From September 28 to October 13, Singapore will be hosting the biggest edition of Watch Art Grand Exhibition for the first time in Asia. Here’s what visitors can look forward to at the free exhibition.
To mark Patek Philippe’s fifth watch exhibition in host city Singapore, the last independent and family-owned Genevan manufacturer will be paying homage to the Lion City and its neighboring countries via historic timepieces in a dedicated exhibition room.
Visitors can look forward to celebrating the 200th anniversary of Singapore by taking a priceless glimpse into the history, culture, art, and natural surroundings of the city and its region. The role of the city-state as a hub of trade between the Far East and the Occident is exemplified with a Genevan pocket watch that depicts the port of Canton in miniature painting on enamel and was commissioned for the Chinese market around 1830.
Meanwhile, the Patek Philippe dome table clock decorated with the “Thai Ornaments” motif in cloisonné enamel infused with silver spangles is a tribute to the aesthetic sensitivity of these countries as expressed by architectural decorations and traditional textiles.
A pair of peach-shaped pendant watches crafted in Geneva for the Chinese market around 1810 highlights the uniqueness of the regional flora and fauna, while the marvels of the submarine cosmos can be admired in cloisonné enamel on the Patek Philippe dome table clock themed “Tropical Island.”
Other highlights include two Patek Philippe pocket watches that once belonged to King Rama V of Siam (now Thailand), which emphasizes the cultural uniqueness of the region.
Finally, the dynamics of Southeast Asia with its promising future is depicted on a Patek Philippe dome table clock that was crafted in 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Singapore’s independence and depicts performance theater Esplanade.
Overall, visitors can also look forward to seeing 10 themed rooms in this free public exhibition, held in Marina Bay Sands Theater in the heart of Singapore. To gain admission, visitors must first reserve their free tickets here.
Here’s a closer look at the 10 themed rooms:
The historic Patek Philippe film will be screened here.
2. Current Collection Room
This room is reserved for the presentation of the current collection, with interiors inspired by the appointment of the Patek Philippe salons on Rue du Rhône in Geneva.
3. Napoleon Room
This room is designed to spirit 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Watchmakers Room
Master watchmakers from Patek Philippe invite visitors to take a close look at the inner workings of mechanical timepieces.
7. Grand Complications Room
A unique overview of the most complicated and innovative Patek Philippe timepieces concentrated in one place.
8. 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.
9. Interactive Room
This room allows visitors to immerse themselves in the heart of the Patek Philippe manufacture and the architecture of its movements.
10. Singapore and Southeast Asia Room
This room pays tribute to Singapore’s 200th anniversary as well as the grand heritage of Singapore and all of Southeast Asia with its rich historic cultural, artistic, and natural legacy.
This article was brought to you in partnership with Patek Philippe.