Anyone geared into the horological world knows there was an extra special event held in New York City last month; Patek Philippe’s “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York” debuted July 13th at Cipriani 42nd Street, and lasted for 10 days. The event was open to the public, and was intended to generate excitement among watch enthusiasts, history buffs and anyone curious about watchmaking.
Timepieces from the early 1500’s, as well as iconic museum pieces and contemporary collections filled 11 rooms, expanding into two stories within the spacious venue. From watchmaking demonstrations to hands-on tutorials, the exhibit educated thousands on timepiece mechanics, the history of the world-renowned Swiss watch world and its many unique nuances. Highlighting the rare artisans who are employed in crafting these exquisite timepieces, including enamelers, engravers and wood workers, the exhibit went a long way towards demonstrating that these timepieces are actually wearable works of art.
While versions of this exhibit have been shown in Dubai, Munich, and London, its New York location was especially significant. Founder of Patek Philippe, Antoine Norbert de Patek made his first trip to the United States in the 1850’s, and the Switzerland-U.S. relationship continued to grow, aiding New York in becoming the brand’s largest market.
If you didn’t have a chance to explore the exhibition, Hodinkee gives you an informative inside scoop!