Moderator Patrick_y brings the Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition to PuristSPro, for those who cannot go to the Grand Exhibition in New York themselves. Please enjoy this post and attend the Grand Exhibition in New York in person from July 13th to the 23rd of 2017. Many thanks to Patek Philippe for their generosity in hosting this miraculous event!
The New WorldTime Minute Repeater and lady's New York Minute Repeater. Louis Cottier would be proud!
First of all, thank you for reading this posting about the Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition. Before I continue, I strongly advise you to make the journey to New York to see the exhibition. Book an airplane ticket if you have to, that's what I had to do, and I'm so pleased I did because it is totally worth it. The scale of the grand exhibition, the amount of time, blood, sweat, tears, money, and thought invested by the Patek Philippe team is incredible and unprecedented. Even if Patek Philippe is your least favorite brand, I encourage you to get on a plane, train, car, crutch, or feet to attend this exhibit; it's an exhibit about watches, art, and history. It's not a Patek Philippe event, in fact, the Patek Philippe specific marketing is quite low in my opinion. It's an event that celebrates all mechanical watches and it's open to the public. For FREE to the public, you don't need to be a Patek Philippe owner or have an invitation from a dealer. Come see the Grand Exhibition, from July 13th to the 23rd in New York City at Cipriani on 42nd Street.
Secondly, this is an apology to our readers who cannot make it to the Grand Exhibition in New York City. The Grand Exhibition is so well executed that I'm humbled. So humbled that I have to admit that this report will be extensive, but even at best, it will not give you the full immersion the Grand Exhibition provides. That is because the Grand Exhibition is something that is so moving and powerful that it's very difficult to convey in a report. With ten themed rooms, covering 178 years of history, it's difficult to distill all of those years of excellence into a report. There are watchmakers there, Patek Philippe's development head, the most famous enamel artisan, a miniature painter, an engraver, a special guilloche artisan, a historian from the Patek Philippe museum, each one with a career of stories and experience that they are all so keen to impart. All whom possess humbling wisdom and extensive stories that can't all be into this report. So go if you can, read on only if you must...
The Grand Exhibition is located right across the street from Grand Central Station on 42nd Street.
Le entrance de la Grande Exhibit at Cipriani.
The original building was a bank with 40 plus foot ceilings (about 13 plus meters). Today, it is part of the Cipriani restaurant group.
Patek Philippe has erected a structure within a structure.
Your moderator came direct from his red eye flight to the event. Tarmac to Cipriani. Early enough to see that they were setting up.
Calatrava crosses adorn the structure's exterior walls.
Watchmakers' benches with overhead video cameras so attendees can see what's going on...
A room filled with movements, including the new WorldTime Minute Repeater movement!
Historical WorldTime watches from the Patek Philippe Museum. Gorgeous pieces, especially the enameled ones.
The Caliber 89 from the Patek Philippe Museum.
A reproduction of the Patek Philippe Salon.
The Patek Philippe structure is erected within the Cipriani structure.
A little relaxation garden without any watches calms the nerves from hyper-horo-exposure!
Six rooms on the ground floor take you on an incredible journey into history and fine art craftsmanship of the watches.
The upper floors get technical, this is where the science happens.
This report has been divided into multiple sections. Please read the individual sections in links below.
Mark's Excellent Summary of the New York Grand Exhibition Limited Editions
Patek Philippe 5531R WorldTime Minute Repeater Limited Edition Special In-Depth Report
Part 1: Theater Room and Collection Room
Part 2: Napoleon Room and Pictures of New York 2017 Novelties
Part 3: Patek Philippe Museum Room
Part 4: United States Historic Room