One of the oldest and most acclaimed luxury watchmakers in the world, Patek Philippe was established in 1831. Over the last nearly 200 years, its exquisite timepieces have been renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship and classic elegance, and sought after by royalty, world leaders and other great personalities. And it is this uniquely rich heritage that will be on display at the Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019 at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre in Singapore, from 28 September to 13 October 2019.
Hosted by the prestigious Geneva-based maison, the exhibition has previously been held in New York (2017), London (2016), Munich (2013) and Dubai (2012). Now, the fifth edition of this grand event plans to make its first-ever, extravagant appearance in Singapore, during the magnificent Singapore Bicentennial Year celebrations. This special timing holds special significance. It is designed to express the importance of the Southeast Asia region and Singapore for the Swiss brand. It’s also the reason why Thierry Stern, president of Patek Philippe, and his father, honorary president of the company, are placing so much emphasis on ensuring the event is of extraordinary proportions
Spread over an expansive 1800 sq m arena, artistic renderings of the exhibition reveal that it will be held across ten themed rooms. Visitors will be able to enjoy an exclusive backstage look into Patek Philippe origins, which includes a movie depicting the brand’s history. An enviably vast selection of their watches will also be showcased. Several of these timepieces, many of which are quite rare, have been sourced from the Patek Philippe Museum.
The exhibit has been divided into two sections: the Antique Collection that includes some of the first portable timepieces from the mid-16th century, as well as richly enameled pocket watches and musical automata. The second section will present the Patek Philippe Collection, featuring some of the house’s most remarkable creations, including a watch that was presented to Queen Victoria in 1851 during the Great Exhibition at the London Crystal Palace.
The event will also host live demonstrations by immensely talented watchmakers and artisans, including enamel painters. The horological artistry and spectacular skill on display here is certain to enthrall audiences. And the specially themed Singapore 200th Anniversary Room will present a select array of timepieces that will beautifully bring together the key milestones from Patek Philippe and Singapore’s rich histories, some of which can be viewed in the gallery below.
The Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019 will be open to public from 28 September till 13 October 2019. Admission is free. For more details, visit www.patek.com