Bring A Passport: Patek Philippe’s Watch Art Grand Exhibition Arrives In Singapore This Fall
Ten rooms dedicated to the brand and its watchmaking legacy offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to step into Patek’s world.
It’s happening again - Patek Philippe is putting on another Watch Art Grand Exhibition - this time in Singapore. It’s sure to be no less than spectacular. We should know, my colleagues at Watchonista and I have experienced both the New York and London editions. These exhibits were so spectacularly immersive and visually rich that I encouraged all of my non-watch nerd friends to visit them too. If you are going to be in Singapore or even a country nearby, it will be worth a trip.
Catch It While You Can
“It is a unique opportunity to take a backstage look into the last independent, family-owned watchmaking manufacture,” Patek Philippe said in a statement. “The exhibition coincides with the launch of several limited-edition watches and also presents a rich collection of Rare Handcrafts timepieces inspired by the cultural and artistic traditions of the countries in this region.” The exhibit runs from September 28th to October 13th, at the Marina Bay Sands Theater in Singapore.
Stepping Into Patek’s World
Entering the exhibit is like stepping into another world. The vast exhibit is comprised of 10 rooms, all with their own themes, in a space that's larger than the previous exhibitions, spanning a full 1,800 square meters (over 19,000 square feet) of floor area. The space will be entirely transformed into environments showcasing the world of Patek Philippe, its storied history, the perfection of crafts and micro-engineering.
Visitors will be able to see Patek Philippe watches that have never been displayed publicly, and "make" movements in the Interactive Watchmaking Room. The legendary super complication Calibre 89, which was the world’s most complicated watch for 25 years, will be on display in the Museum Room alongside the Star Caliber 2000, that has a full 21 complications.
Going To The Movies
The first room in the exhibit is the Cinema Room, where a film about Patek Philippe will be playing. The short film highlights the brand’s storied history, its exceptional timepieces, and its master watchmakers. Moving on from the Cinema World are nine other rooms, described by the brand below.
Chambers Of Secrets
A room-by-room rundown of Patek Philippe’s Grand Exhibition Singapore edition.
Current Collection Room - This room is reserved for the presentation of the current collection. Its interior was inspired by the appointment of the Patek Philippe salons on Rue du Rhône in Geneva.
Napoleon Room - The seductive effect of this room is that it spirits visitors away to the Patek Philippe salons in Geneva, treating them to a fantastic motion-picture panoramic view of Lake Geneva. This is also where the limited special editions created explicitly for the market in Southeast Asia are displayed.
Museum Room - Like the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, this room is subdivided into two departments, one for the Antique Collection, the other for the Patek Philippe Collection.
Rare Handcrafts Room - Artisans demonstrate techniques, especially enameling, with which wristwatches and table clocks are decorated. A selection of watches that would be unthinkable without ancestral skills underscores Patek Philippe’s commitment to rare handcrafts.
Watchmakers Room - Master watchmakers from Patek Philippe invite visitors to take a close look at the inner workings of mechanical timepieces.
Grand Complications Room - A unique overview of the most complicated and innovative Patek Philippe timepieces concentrated in one place. They contributed considerably to the reputation of the manufacture.
Movements Room - This space is dedicated to the extensive range of Patek Philippe movements – from simple calibers to highly elaborate ones developed for the world’s most complicated watches.
Interactive Room - This room allows visitors to immerse themselves in the heart of the Patek Philippe manufacture and the architecture of its movements.
Singapore and Southeast Asia Room - This room pays tribute to Singapore’s 200th anniversary as well as the grand complications made specifically for the Asian market.
Gallery: Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore
Free For All
Unlike Patek Philippe watches, the exhibit will be free to the public. Advance registration is required. There will be two family days, with programs and activities for children. Information and registration is available at Patek Philippe’s website (HERE).
Sunday – Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm (last admission 6 pm) (except October 13: exhibition closes at 5 pm, last admission 4 pm)
Extended hours: 10 am to 10 pm (last admission 9 pm) Fridays on October 4 and 11, and Saturdays on October 5 and 12
Family days: Sundays on October 6 and 13 from 10 am to 5 pm
The Exhibition On Video
(Images provided by Patek Philippe)