Patek Philippe’s “Art of Watches” Grand Exhibition Opens in New York in July

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.

Cipriani Ballroom interior
The former Bowery Savings Bank will be the site of 10 different rooms showcasing timepieces dating to 1530.

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.”

Patek Philippe pocketwatch - gold
Among the displays will be historical Patek Philippe pocketwatches, including an 1850 model with an enameled portrait of George Washington (below).
Patek Philippe pocketwatch - George Washington

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 for an opportunity to be our special guest on the tour.

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  1. Harold Singer

    Looking forward to attending this exhibition. A dear friend of mine owns two of the watches.

  2. Leo Bressman

    Just became a Patek owner….a Calatrava. I would love to attend this event. Thank you

  3. Oliviero Colleoni

    Suuure , it shall be a it shal be a very important event. I can’t miss .

  4. John Thompson

    As a subscriber to WT and the owner of a PP this would be a very special opportunity.

  5. Ken blankstein

    I am very interested in this exhibit. How can I get tickets

  6. Gary Yellin

    Very confusing article – is the “Grand Exhibition” at the former Bowery Savings Bank or is at at Cirpriani on 42nd St.?

  7. Gordon Miller

    I am interested in, The Art of Watches Exhibition, Please contact me with the tour information.

  8. Barry Stein

    Looking forward to the grand exhibition. I’ve been collecting Patek’s for over 25 years. Great family and company!

  9. Ron Mundy

    The enameled portrait is wonderful but the simplicity of the watch face and those delicate hands are a joy to look at!

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