In July, a 10-day public exhibition in New York will focus on Patek Philippe’s tradition of watch manufacturing as well as the company’s 178-year history.
For the first time ever a two-story structure has been created within the former Bowery Savings Bank building across from Grand Central Terminal to accommodate the square footage required for the 10 specific rooms that will showcase different topics. Visitors will have access to exceptional pocket- and wristwatches dating back to 1530, watchmaking demonstrations, and interactive experiences in a space of 13,218 square feet.
The aim of the Grand Exhibition is to recreate elements of a visit to the company’s manufacture in Geneva, the company’s museum, and the historical Salons on the Rue du Rhone. Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern: “From its earliest days, when our founder Antoine Norbert de Patek made his first journey to America in the 1850s until today, the importance of America to Patek Philippe can be seen through our history exhibited in the Grand Exhibition in New York. Moreover, it is a tradition in my family that the owners of Patek Philippe train in the new world; following the path of my grandfather, Henri, who founded in 1946 the Henri Stern Watch Agency in the Rockefeller Center, and my father, Philippe, I trained in the U.S. when I started in the company.”
The exhibition “The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition” will take place July 13 – 23, 2017, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. Stay tuned to WatchTime.com for an opportunity to be our special guest on the tour.