From April 6 to 23, 2022, Patek Philippe will present its Rare Handcrafts 2022 Exhibition at its historic headquarters on Rue du Rhône in Geneva. The nearly 60 Rare Handcrafts creations (15 dome table clocks, 9 miniature dome table clocks, 10 pocket watches, and 25 wristwatches) pay tribute to a wide range of rare and sophisticated artisanal skills. Apart from these gems that reflect magnificent handcraft at the highest level, visitors have the opportunity to observe the work of the virtuoso masters performing these tradition-steeped techniques on site.
As the guardian of the grand Genevan watchmaking tradition, Patek Philippe is deeply committed to preserving the artisanal skills which were used to lavishly decorate timepieces for nearly five hundred years. Each year, the manufacture unveils a new collection of one-of-a-kind pieces and limited editions that spotlight such exceptional talents. This also applies to the 2022 collection that brings to life different artisanal techniques such as grand feu cloisonné enamel, miniature painting on enamel (a genuine Genevan specialty), manual engraving, manual guilloching and paillonné enamel – not to mention skills like wood micromarquetry and Longwy enamel on faience that are so unique in watchmaking artistry.
Among the numerous topics of this year, a showcase also exhibits several objects directly related to Geneva, the domicile of Patek Philippe. One of them is the dome table clock 20118M “Bol d’Or” in cloisonné and paillonné enamel as a reminder of the seven trophies that the manufacture’s president Philippe Stern won at the famous regatta on the Lake of Geneva. The case back of the pocket watch 995/130G-001 ”Swan“ shows the eponymous bird in wood micromarquetry in his habitat on Lake Geneva.
The Rare Handcrafts 2022 exhibition at the Patek Philippe Salons on Rue du Rhône 41 is open to the public every day except Sundays from April 6 to 23, 2022, from 11 am to 6 pm. Visitors are requested to preregister online at the patek.com, starting on March 28, 2022.
For the first time, the “Haut artisanat 2022” exhibition will also take place in Paris: From May 14 to 22, 2022, in a gallery on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré 85, that will be totally remodeled for this event.
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