Patek Philippe: The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition Now Through July 23!

Patek Philippe: The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition Now Through July 23!

Courtesy of Patek Philippe

“The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York 2017” is going on now through July 23 at Cipriani, an enormous event space reminiscent of beautiful Italian Renaissance architecture with towering marble columns, soaring ceilings, and stunning chandeliers.  This 10-day free public exhibition showcases Patek Philippe’s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing and offers insight into the company’s 178-year history, as well as its history in the domain of Haute Horlogerie. Visitors have the opportunity to discover the world of the last family-owned Geneva watch company from the inside.  

As the guardian of grand Genevan traditions, Patek Philippe is committed to safeguarding the artisanal techniques with which timepieces have been decorated for over 400 years. As an exhibition highlight, Patek Philippe has created an opulent collection of 17 rare handcrafted pieces—dome table clocks, pocket watches, and wrist watches. These timepieces are decorated with motifs dedicated to the city of New York and the United States of America. They illustrate manual engraving or the art of creating a vibrant lifelike motif on a case with several different techniques: miniature painting on enamel, cloisonné enamel, champlevé enamel, pailloné enamel, grisaille enamel with Limoges white, Limoges enamel painting and much more.    

To accommodate and showcase the unique and exceptional pocket and wrist watches dating back to 1530, Cipriani has created a two-story structure. The exhibition occupies 13,218 square feet and 10 specific rooms (including the Theater Room, Current Collection Room, Museum Room, US Historic Room, Rare Handcrafts Gallery and Grand Complications Room). Included with admission, you can interact with Patek Philippe watchmakers and watch educational demonstrations as a way to dive deeper into the inner workings of fine watchmaking. After the tour is concluded, you are encouraged to rest and relax in the Patek Philippe Café. 

 

 >> Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., btw Lexington & Park aves., daily 10 am-7 pm, admission is free

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