Swiss luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe will present its new “Rare Handcrafts 2022” collection at an exhibition in Paris. Some sixty of its timepieces will be on display, along with three creations specially designed for the event that pays tribute to the Paris World Fairs.
The exhibition celebrates the ‘little hands’ who work behind the scenes to bring to life exceptional models, often offered in limited editions or even in a single creation.
The very extensive “Antique Collection” of the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva which last year celebrated its 20th anniversary allows you to appreciate the techniques used for hand engraving, miniature painting on enamel, hand guilloche, wood micromarquetry, or diamond setting. All of this is sometimes highlighted through demonstrations by experts.
The focus of this first-ever exhibition in Paris, nestled just off the Champs-Elysées, will be on the high level of craftsmanship, from the technical development of the watches to the decorative arts used to enhance them. Patek Philippe will unveil 59 high-quality timepieces, with a focus on the different skills required to make them great.
Connoisseurs, collectors and the simply curious will be able to discover fifteen Dôme clocks, nine Dôme mini clocks, ten pocket watches and twenty-five wristwatches. But the highlight of the show will be the three pieces specially created for the event, pocket watches with hand-engraved backgrounds designed and meticulously crafted to celebrate various Paris World Fairs.
These three creations pay homage to the most emblematic attractions that marked these World Fairs, namely Henri Giffard’s captive balloon in 1878, the colossal head of the Statue of Liberty, also in 1878, and the famous Eiffel Tower in 1889. These monuments are sublimated on the back of the pocket watches with a three-dimensional effect thanks to the engraving of the models.
Admission: Open to the public with prior registration
From: May 14 to 22
Address: 85 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 75008 Paris France