Paris 2022 Rare Handcrafts exhibition

May 14, 2022,10:46 AM

Yesterday evening, i had the pleasure to visite the Paris 2022 Rare Handracft exhibition .. and wow !

This is the first time i have the chance to see rare handcrafts "live" (beyond my 5231) and i have to say that even if some of the themes do not speak to me at all like planes or different topics, the work involved in all of them is simply phenomenal  ! (coming from someone who cannot draw 2 straights lines ... ) 

Below some pictures i could take, bear with the very thick display glasses in front of the watches and the very bright spot lights on top of them. 
I m pretty sure that with natural light they would look even better . 
Dome clock and pocket watches are all unique pieces, while the wrist watches are made in batches of 6 or 10 ...

Cuba - Enamel 



Engraving ( several years of work according to the guide .. and poor pictures ...) - Theme was Paris univeral exhibition .. 

Eiffel tower 

Miss Liberty before she left us smile

Insane wood marquetery ( unique pieces about 500/600 tiny pieces of wood ...)

Back to enamel with some animals :

and last but not least some of my favorites, enamel in green tones 

Conclusion, if you are in Paris and have the opportunity go and see them, it is really 1 hour in another galaxy. 
Cheers !

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Wow 🤩 Thanks for the post and photos ! 👍

 By: GLau : May 14th, 2022-11:26
The engraving ones are fantastic ! The details are excellent ! Although some of the themes might not resonate, the artistic work is undeniable. Which enamel piece sang to you ?
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Cameleon #1

 By: chris7509 : May 14th, 2022-12:30
In the wrist watches ( the one with some red / pink parts) is the one i like the most. I hope some fellow collectors will be able to take better ones in natural light conditions Then looking at unreachable ones, wood marquetery and engraved pocket watches... 
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Best of

 By: GLau : May 14th, 2022-18:20
luck for you to get the chameleon #1 ! 💪
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Eye candy! 👌👌👌

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : May 14th, 2022-11:27
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Just wooow

 By: @lberti : May 14th, 2022-11:27
Thanks sharing
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+1, not that I mind the other Rare Handcrafts (!), but wood marquetry is arguably one of the most challenging and fascinating, given its incredible complexity and the ability required to produce each dial by means of tiny wood slivers! ;-)

 By: FabR : May 14th, 2022-11:58
In fact, note that only ONE person on this planet (J.B) is authorized to produce these dials for Patek! ;-) Also, production is so limited that, while we have some pocket watches (as shown in Chris's pictures), this year NO wood marquetry wristwatches are... 
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Thanks for the additional info FabR.

 By: xiu laba : May 15th, 2022-00:45
Didn’t know that only one person is making them for Patek. Hope they are training more people so the art would not be lost.
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What did J.B do all year then? 😆

 By: blau : May 15th, 2022-10:44
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Many thanks Chris for a great photoreport on the 2022 Rare Handcraft collection! The artists who produce these masterpieces for Patek are THE top on this planet at their crafts, and viewing these artworks in person is such a fantastic opportunity! ;-)

 By: FabR : May 14th, 2022-11:51
Let me just remind our members that the Paris Rare Handcraft Exhibition is taking place through May 23 of this year, in rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Below is the link to Patek's official site with the registration details (note that admission is free). P... 
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Amazing! Thank you for posting

 By: coz : May 14th, 2022-14:00
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 By: FabR : May 14th, 2022-14:26
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Animals of the Savannah fact sheet attached.

 By: Pretty Boy : May 14th, 2022-14:34
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I am lost for words!

 By: aperna : May 14th, 2022-16:11
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Fantastic! Many thanks for sharing

 By: paulscurfa : May 14th, 2022-17:25
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Thanks for the pictures.

 By: lavrentivs : May 14th, 2022-17:56
The chameleons are my favourites.
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Not my style, but I can't deny a certain charm.

 By: amanico : May 14th, 2022-22:04
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Agree...I greatly admire the craftsmanship/artistry...

 By: mdg : May 15th, 2022-20:59
...but not something I would seek out.
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A monochrome offer would please me...

 By: amanico : May 15th, 2022-21:27
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What a cool photo documentary of these pieces!

 By: TeutonicCarFan : May 14th, 2022-23:45
the Cuba 1 pic I like. I would think a RG case Cuba with brown tones and rolling cigars or tobacco leaves would be cool.
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