Experience 180 years of watchmaking tradition at the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition, a unique opportunity to cast a backstage glance at the last independent family-owned Genevan watchmaking company.
In the days before mass media, international exhibitions and World’s Fairs brought new products to a global audience. Patek Philippe took part in many of these events from its earliest days, and this spirit of discovery is behind The Watch Art Grand Exhibition. Coinciding with Singapore’s Bicentennial year, Patek Philippe is organizing its fifth and largest Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore this year at the Marina Bay Sands Theater in Singapore from September 28 until October 13, spanning across 1800m2 exhibition space, subdivided into ten themed rooms, each with its own distinctive ambiance.
A rare opportunity to immerse in the complete current collection alongside a unique selection of complicated watches and infamous movements at the exhibition, whereby this is the first and most probably the last time that these pieces are united in one place because it includes extraordinary exhibits on loan from museums and private collectors.
For 180 years, Patek Philippe is recognized as the technical pioneer in the realm of haute horlogerie and has had created honorable history and marked new milestones throughout the centuries, inspiring both new and old trade professionals alike in pushing their boundaries in watchmaking.
Naming a few, Patek Philippe left a remarkable mark in horological history during the earlier years when they created the first Swiss wristwatch in 1868, made for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary. This historical piece featured an elegant rectangular case and a slender yellow gold bracelet, with the time visible upon unfastening the flap decorated elaborately with diamonds.
Fast forward to 1989 on its 150th anniversary after countless milestones, Patek Philippe marked another one in its history and that of the entire watchmaking world, by presenting the Calibre 89 which remains the world’s most complicated portable mechanical watch for over 25 years. Powered by a movement comprising 1,728 parts, this super complication double-faced pocket watch contains 33 complications, including a full perpetual calendar, the moon age and phases, a spilt- seconds chronograph and a second time zone with jumping hours on the front side, while the reverse side presents the astronomical indications with sidereal time, equation of time, times of sunrise and sunset, display of the seasons, equinoxes and solstices and zodiac signs together with a rotating celestial chart on display, amongst other acoustic indications and several exclusive mechanisms.
Patek Philippe’s consistency and expertise in creating the finest timepieces in the world while keeping to its roots can be witnessed through the extensive selection of exhibits and live watchmaking demonstrations at The Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019.
Over the decades, Patek Philippe has one unwavering goal: to create the finest timepieces in the world. Exceptional in quality, finest in workmanship, but never losing the human touch. In fact, every single watch detail and component is taken into account and hand-finished by dedicated, trained specialists, with skills passed down through generations.
Hand-finishing expertise is also integral to the rare handcrafts where it is employed to craft exquisite enameled wristwatches, glorious dome table clocks, and collectible pocket watches featuring marquetry, or enameled or gem-set cases and dials.
Discover amazing pieces at the exhibition like the Calatrava Haute Joaillerie Ref. 4899 that is hand-set in diamonds and blue sapphires on its case, buckle and dial, and features delicate hand- engraved motif on the dial and hands.
The Sky Moon Tourbillon wristwatch is one of the highlighted piece at the exhibition. Ever since the introduction of its first pocket watch with minute repeater in 1845, Patek Philippe has been recognized as one of the great interpreters of the music of time. This is confirmed with timepieces such as the Sky Moon Tourbillon wristwatch chiming the most famous "Cathedral" gongs which is twice as long as the classic gongs.
Assembling a minute repeater requires 200 to 300 hours of work from a highly skillful watchmaker with decades of experience to combine over 100 unique components, making it an extraordinarily difficult complication to build. When the tradition of manufacturing minute repeaters died away in the 1960s, Patek Philippe retains the art and relaunch their minute repeater production to mark the company's 150th anniversary in 1989, and has since being offering the largest selection of regularly produced minute repeater wristwatch, with every single one personally checked by the President before leaving the workshops.
As heir to a great Geneva tradition, Patek Philippe is dedicated to preserving all the rare handcrafts that have been used to decorate timepieces for more than four centuries, and had continued to commission work from gifted artisans, even when the market for hand-decorated watches collapsed in the twentieth century.
Patek Philippe plays an important role in safeguarding the ancient professions of the specialist rare handcraft techniques, namely: marquetry, gem-setting, guilloché, chainsmithery, engraving and enameling, producing the often one-of-a-kind exceptional pieces showcasing these fine crafts individually or sometimes in a breathtaking combination. Featuring the complex and precious miniature painting on enamel, coupled with some of Patek Philippe’s most interesting complications is the Venus Binding Cupid’s Wings – an extraordinary pair of repeater pocket watches with music and automata, from circa 1815.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the presentation of a rich collection of Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcrafts timepieces inspired by the cultural and artistic traditions of countries in this region.
Book your tickets at patek.com/watchart2019. Exhibition is open to public and admission is free.