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.
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).
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