A celebration of Patek Philippe’s heritage in the domain of Haute Horlogerie
Patek Philippe has been instrumental in developing the appreciation of the art of mechanical watchmaking amongst watch collectors and enthusiasts in the Southeast Asian region. In September, I had the opportunity to experience The Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019, which is the largest Grand Exhibition to date with a record turnout of 68,000 visitors over the 16-day exhibition. The exhibition was a collaboration with the National Museum of Singapore, an institution of the National Heritage Board, Singapore, as a joint effort in the preservation of the arts and heritage.
The space at the prestigious Marina Bay Sands Theatre was reconfigured to displayed over 400 exceptional timepieces that were presented in 10 themed rooms spanning across 1,800 square metre. Notable highlights include 120 historical timekeeping instruments from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva and the complete collection of Patek Philippe timepieces such as some of the most complicated watches ever created by Patek Philippe – the Calibre 89 and the Star Calibre 2000.
With a broad array of dome table clocks, table clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches that are lavishly decorated by artisans with the mastery of the most elaborate rare handcraft techniques, the Grand Exhibition once again reinforces Patek Philippe’s keen interest in preserving the art of watchmaking.
To mark the Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore, six special editions and an important collection of rare handcraft timepieces inspired by the mix of cultural and artistic expressions of Southeast Asia and Singapore were presented. The Singapore 2019 special edition Ref. 5303R-010 Minute Repeater Tourbillon was revealed for the first time during the Grand Exhibition, making another watchmaking breakthrough with this new creation.
A new grand complication with a minute repeater and a tourbillon affords surprisingly new insights into the chiming mechanism. The World Time Minute Repeater with a cloisonné enamel dial depicting a map of Singapore The World Time Chronograph debuts as a black-red special version. The Aquanaut in stainless steel for men also sports the black-red combination. The Aquanaut Luce for ladies presents itself in stainless steel and a new interpretation in raspberry-red. And the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time with a medium-format steel case comes in a new blue-gray version. Beyond that, the manufacturer has created a rich collection of dome table clocks, pocket watches, and rare handcrafts wristwatches that are decorated with the most challenging artisanal techniques ever to adorn timepieces. They display motifs that are inspired by the cultural and artistic heritage of the city-state of Singapore and its neighboring countries. It is a proud collection reserved exclusively for the markets in Southeast Asia.
Also, in celebration of the Watch Art Grand Exhibition, Patek Philippe published a limited-edition commemorative catalog that highlights the hundreds of historical timepieces, current collection (including 2019 new models), Rare Handcrafts, and Grand Complications were showcased during the exhibition. 100 percent of the proceeds were donated to the National Museum of Singapore in support of the preservation of arts and heritage, reinforcing and entrenching a strong message about Patek Philippe’s values in continuation of the brand’s efforts to contribute to the arts and heritage in the country.