Happenings: Your First Look Inside The 2017 Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition In New York City (VIDEO)

By Jack Forster

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The Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is open to the public today, and yesterday we had an opportunity to walk through it with none other than Thierry Stern, the CEO of Patek Philippe. If you’re wondering what the show is like, we can definitely say – as the saying goes – that it’s “just what it says on the tin.” This really is a Grand Exhibition, with an incredible diversity of watches and clocks spanning centuries of production.


One of two military prototype hour angle watches made in the 1930s – both sized at 55mm.

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Complicated pocket watch made for James Ward Packard. Delivered in 1927; minute repeater (on three gongs), perpetual calendar, moon-phase, day-date, equation of time, sunrise and sunset; star chart on the back.

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Complicated pocket watch made for James Ward Packard. Delivered in 1927; minute repeater (on three gongs), perpetual calendar, moon-phase, day-date, equation of time, sunrise and sunset; star chart on the back.

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Patek 5204R Perpetual Calendar Split Second Chronograph.

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Patek 5204R Perpetual Calendar Split Second Chronograph.

Of course there is an amazingly comprehensive selection of current and modern Patek Philippe watches ranging from the simple to the most complex, and here Patek has been able to strive for comprehensiveness with great success – you can see a phenomenal range of Patek Philippe’s more modern production watches. There are also two rooms devoted to high complications, including repeaters, astronomical complications, and Patek’s signature perpetual calendar chronograph watches, with a separate room devoted to high complication movements (that has a virtual reality installation that you really have to try; it’s good clean horological fun).

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Ref. 5959 monopusher split second in rose gold.

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Ref. 5959 monopusher split second in rose gold.

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Ref. 5089G-077 “Rare Handcrafts” Calatrava with engraved gold and enamel dial.

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Ref. 5089G-077 “Rare Handcrafts” Calatrava with engraved gold and enamel dial.


The exhibition is of course quite logistically complex and though it is in theory a regular traveling show, it’s been two years since it last went live (the last time was in London). Visiting the exhibition, you can understand why – it’s located inside the cavernous main room of Cipriani 42nd Street, and Patek has constructed a two story, building-inside-a-building to house the whole show. A major feature of the New York version of the show is the addition of a room housing Pateks that were …read more      

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