5 Things To Expect At Patek Philippe's Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019
Patek Philippe has brought its storied heritage and intricate craftsmanship capabilities to Singapore as part of the Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019.
It will take place from September 28 to October 13 at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands.
Patek Philippe has also curated the exhibition such that attendees will have a chance to understand the inner workings of one of the world's most successful watch maisons.
In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, the Swiss watchmaker launches not one but seven new creations.
First up is the Ref 5303R-010 Minute Repeater Tourbillon Singapore 2019 Special Edition that makes its global debut. The 12-piece-only watch features a new grand complication with a minute repeater and a tourbillon and for the first time, it is skeletonised on the dial side so that the hammers and gongs can be appreciated upon a glance.
Six other limited-edition watches such as the World Time Minute Repeater with a cloisonné enamel dial depicting a map of Singapore, the World Time Chronograph and the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time in a new blue-grey version can also be seen at the exhibition. These six pieces are reserved exclusively for Southeast Asia.
Here are five other things to look out for when you go for the Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019 this weekend.
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1/5 Live demonstrations by watchmakers and artisans
The craft of fine watchmaking is not an easy one to master, and Patek Philippe celebrates its watchmakers and craftsmen in two specially curated spaces—the Watchmakers and Rare Handcrafts room.
While gallery participants get a chance to take a closer look at the inner workings of mechanical timepieces in the Watchmakers room, the Rare Handcrafts space next door plays host to a demonstration on the art of enameling by expert artisans such as the legendary Anita Porchet.
2/5 A movie screening that shows Patek Philippe's history
For those looking to delve into the world of Patek Philippe, the theatre room will be screening a movie that showcases the brand's rich watchmaking history since its inception in 1839.
3/5 Family day at the exhibition
As the last privately-owned watch manufacture from Geneva, family has always been at the heart of Patek Philippe. As such, the Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019 Family Days, which seeks to bring families together through the educational exploration of fine Swiss mechanical watchmaking, will take place across two Sundays on October 6 and 13.
With the aim of recreating a similar experience as a personal visit to the Patek Philippe Museum or historic salons on Rue du Rhone, the exhibition can be a family affair for watch aficionados to share their passion for quality timepieces with loved ones.
4/5 Ten themed rooms to explore
Enter the world of Patek Philippe once you're at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre in Singapore. Held for a limited time only until October 13, the highly anticipated exhibition will also see the 1,800sqm space divided into 10 themed rooms, providing participants with a different gallery experience at each turn.
In line with commemorating the bicentennial year, the brand has also specifically drawn relevance to the city-state's 200th anniversary by setting up a room that's specially themed to the history of Singapore. Presenting selected timepieces and milestones of the Swiss watch maison that coincides with key moments in Singapore's history, it seeks to draw parallels in both timelines to make this a truly unique experience for exhibition-goers.
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5/5 Royal watches make a special appearance
With a storied watchmaking history like Patek Philippe, it is certain that notable individuals (royalty included) would have encountered the brand on numerous occasions. Case in point—the fob watch that was presented to Queen Elizabeth in 1851 during the Great Exhibition at the London Crystal Palace.
During the exhibition, gallery-goers have the opportunity to get a close brush with royalty as this piece goes on display in the space that hosts the Patek Philippe Collection, among many other valued timepieces. One of which also includes the first and oldest known wristwatch with a perpetual calendar that was manufactured in 1925.
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Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019
September 28 to October 13
Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands
The exhibition is open to the public but tickets need to be reserved here.