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Thai King's Watches and Other Rare Patek Philippe Timepieces to Go On Display

A must-see is the roomful of timepieces that celebrates the rich history and culture of Southeast Asia.
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Following well-attended shows in Dubai, Munich, London, and New York, Swiss luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe brings its fifth and largest Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019 to Singapore this September.

Photo by PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVA.

Happening at the Marina Bay Sands, the exhibit recreates the wonderful world of Patek Philippe into ten themed rooms, spanning over 1,800 square meters. Closely replicating the historic salons on Rue du Rhône in Geneva, the headquarters in Plan-les-Ouates, and the Patek Philippe Museum, the two-week-long presentation visually transports guests to the brand’s motherland and its picturesque views.

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Photo by PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVA.

Photo by PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVA.

The tour begins with a screening of the Patek Philippe film at the cinema, followed by an immersive walk-through that allows guests to see its current collection in the flesh and allow them a special preview of the timepieces, their complications, and stunning movements.

Photo by PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVA.

Photo by PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVA.

Live on site are actual demonstrations by watchmakers, artisans, enamel painters, among others, showcasing the intricate detail and meticulous work that come with the horological artistry and finesse that the brand is known for.

Of the ten themed rooms, the most notable is the Singapore and Southeast Asia Room. It features a special showcase that commemorates the 200th anniversary of Singapore.

In honor of the city-state and its neighboring countries, several limited edition watches will be launched alongside a display of rare handicrafts timepieces, flown in from the Patek Philippe museum in Geneva. It's the first time for several of these select timepieces to leave their home to be showcased abroad.

A Genevan pocket watch, which features a miniature painting on enamel depicting the historic Port of Canton, highlights the role of Singapore as a hub for trade between the Far East and the Occident. A dome table clock, crafted in 2015 in honor of Singapore’s 50th year of independence, features the famous esplanade.

Two Patek Philippe watches that once belonged to King Rama V of Siam will also be on display. A dome table clock, decorated with Thai ornaments in cloisonné enamel infused with silver spangles, pays homage to the exceptional aesthetic of Southeast Asia, as expressed by its art deco and traditional textiles. 

Peach-shaped pendant watches crafted in Geneva for the Chinese market take inspiration from the region’s unique flora and fauna. There’s also the dome table clock called “Tropical Island,” which illustrates the marvels of the submarine cosmos on its cloisonné enamel.

From the Antique Collection is a drum watch crafted in Nuremberg in 1548. Showcasing a panorama of horological history, the collection also includes a handful of enamelled pocket watches, musical automata, among other timepieces crafted by Europe’s most illustrious watchmakers. 

The main Patek Philippe collection features a cross section of the luxury brand’s most beautiful creations since its founding year in 1839 up to this day. A true pièce de résistance is the pocket watch that founding father Antoine Norbert de Patek had obtained in 1842 for his 30th birthday. 

Also among the historical repertoire is Patek Philippe’s first-ever Swiss-made wristwatch, its first documented wristwatch with a perpetual calendar, the Calibre 89—the world’s most complicated portable mechanical watch for over 25 years, and the Star Caliber 2000 with 21 complications. 

A Patek Philippe lounge café will serve as a fitting finale for guests to relax in after the tour.

The Watch Art Grand Exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands Theater in Singapore will be open from September 28 to October 13, 2019, from Mondays to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Photo by PATEK PHILIPPE, GENEVA.

For more information, visit patek.com/watchart2019

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