In what may be one of the largest-ever Patek Philippe exhibitions, and most likely the largest-ever watch brand presentation in New York, Patek Philippe brings 450 historic, legendary and current-day timepieces to the forefront. Beginning July 13 and running until July 23, the Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is free and open to the public.
For this amazing showcase of time and innovation, Patek Philippe has taken over the entire space of Cipriani 42nd Street — and has even built a second floor in the historic space. The brand has divided the space into 10 different rooms to showcase its innovation, its watchmaking prowess and its watches. From a theater room and a U.S. historic room to demonstrations of watchmaking and the brand’s legendary rare handcrafts, the exhibit is guaranteed to surprise and delight.
Patek Philippe has also brought in famed timepieces from its Geneva museum, and borrowed pieces from private collectors and other museums to give the most comprehensive look at the brand. A clock owned by President John F. Kennedy made by Patek Philippe in the 1960s is on display, as is a watch owned by baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, and ultra-complicated pocket watches owned by James Ward Packard and Henry Graves — entrepreneurs of the early 20th century whose bid to own the most complex watches gave way to the world’s first most complicated timepieces.
In some rooms, the brand recreates the look of its Geneva boutiques, while others underscore the beauty of the famed city and its lake and fountain. The concept is all about bringing a bit of Geneva and Patek Philippe to America — a country with which the brand has had longstanding and close relationship. If you have the opportunity to travel to New York City between July 13 and 23 don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.