As Southeast Asia’s most significant — not to mention among the top in the world — export destination for premium Swiss timepieces, Singapore was chosen to host the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019. Taking place at the iconic Marina Bay Sands theatre, avid collectors, aficionados of watchmaking artistry, and members of the general public were invited to immerse themselves in the brilliant world of Patek Philippe, in a setting reminiscent to visiting the historic salons, the manufacture, or even the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva itself. Now that the exhibition has come to a conclusion, we take a look back at the key highlights that stood out to us most.
The World of Patek Philippe, presented in ten themed rooms.
The rich, nuanced world of Patek Philippe was brought to life for visitors of the exhibition through ten thematic rooms, especially curated to evoke the historic salons on Rue du Rhône in Geneva, the manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, and the Patek Philippe Museum. Through the rooms, visitors were introduced to some of the earliest enamelled pocket watches, as well as an extensive Patek Philippe Collection which dates back to 1839. Among the most impressive highlights included a pocket watch Antonie Norbert de Patek received in 1842 for his 30th birthday, as well as a drum watch crafted in 1548.
There Was a Tribute to Singapore and Southeast Asia
Coinciding with Singapore’s 200th anniversary, one of the ten themed rooms was explicitly dedicated to Singapore and its neighbouring countries. The room presented selected timepieces that celebrate Southeast Asia as a key artery that connects the West and the East. Among those pieces, were three that paid special tribute to Thailand, including a pocket watch that once belonged to HRH King Rama V, as well as an enamel table clock delicately adorned with iconic Thai emblems. Patek Philippe also retailed a detailed catalogue that showcased all the pieces exhibited — with proceeds going to support the National Museum Singapore in its efforts to help preserve national arts and heritage.
The Six Limited Edition Watches
To commemorate the Grand Exhibition, Patek Philippe released six limited edition watches that impressively offer a documentation of the manufacturer’s know-how, and experiences. Among them was a grand new complication, that came complete with a minute repeater, along with a tourbillon that offers surprising new insights into the chiming mechanism.