Established in 1831, Patek Philippe has long been heralded as one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious watchmakers. Exceptionally crafted timepieces with an elegantly luxurious aura have been the hallmarks of the Swiss brand, contributing to its rich heritage. And it is this enviable legacy that will be on display at the fifth edition of the Watch Art Grand Exhibition at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre in Singapore, from 28 September to 13 October 2019.
Hosted by the Geneva-based, family-owned manufacturer, this event reaches Singapore for the first time after making successful appearances in other prominent global locations such as New York (2017), London (2016), Munich (2013) and Dubai (2012). Planned and expected to roll out on a grand scale, the exhibition is perfectly timed to be a part of the extravagant Singapore Bicentennial Year celebrations. If anything, it highlights the significance of the host country and Southeast Asia for the acclaimed horologer.
Presented in 10 themed rooms across an expansive 1800-square-metre arena, the Watch Art Grand Exhibition Singapore 2019 will showcase a unique, backstage insight into Patek Philippe’s history and its collections over the years. A selection of rare timepieces, including richly enamelled pocket watches, will also be on display; some of these date back to the mid-16th century. Many of these remarkable creations once belonged to royalty and other great personalities. For instance, a piece presented to Queen Victoria in 1851 during the Great Exhibition at the London Crystal Palace holds a revered place in the exhibit.
The Singapore 200th Anniversary Room
Adding further excitement to the occasion is a live show by watchmakers and artisans, including enamellers, who will demonstrate their extraordinary skill and horological artistry in creating these exquisite watches. The special Singapore 200th Anniversary Room will feature selected timepieces in a presentation that harmonises key milestones from Patek Philippe’s and Singapore’s rich histories.