For generations, Patek Philippe has inspired collectors and admirers with timepieces crafted with the goal of perfection in mind. Founded in 1839, the company is steeped in watchmaking tradition, knowledge and skill — while still continuing to innovate the industry.
As an exclusive Patek Philippe dealer, we were fortunate enough to be invited to an exclusive event celebrating the company’s journey. The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition will be held inside the New York City venue Cipriani, in a space that has been custom-built to include both museum and theater rooms. Attendees will be able to learn the story of Patek Philippe, the oldest independent and family-owned watch manufacturer in Geneva, Switzerland.
(To give you an idea of the expected crowds, a similar event in London two years ago attracted up to 4,000 visitors a day.) This is the first time a Patek Philippe event of this proportion has been held in the United States and it is not expected to tour the U.S. again for decades.
We will be making the trip to the Big Apple and taking plenty of notes along the way. Over 30 of Windsor’s clients, all of whom are Patek collectors and enthusiasts, have been invited to accompany our staff members to the event for a client reception and group tour of what is considered to be the biggest Patek Philippe exhibition in the US. Along with films about the evolution of the company’s tradition and pieces from Patek’s private collection dating back to 1530, and the opportunity to purchase special pieces, there will be a re-creation of the company’s flagship store in Geneva.
After establishing Patek Philippe in 1839, founder Antoine Norbert de Patek made his first visit to America in the 1850s. Current president Thierry Stern hopes that this exhibition will expose the history and tradition of luxury watchmaking to a new generation: “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 the Henri Stern Watch Agency in the Rockefeller Center in 1946. I trained in the U.S. when I started in the company. I am very proud that American visitors will be able to learn more about the historic and contemporary ties between our company and the U.S.”
To commemorate the exhibition, Patek has created nine limited special editions of ladies’ and men’s watches, and will have rare and one-of-a-kind timepieces available for purchase only at the New York City event.
Because of their exceptional craftsmanship, these timepieces have acquired real sentimental value as they pass down through the generations — making them perfect gifts for the person who seems to have it all.
This is an amazing opportunity for us to get a look at the inner workings of a prestigious watchmaker, and we can’t wait to bring back what we learned to share with our local Patek Philippe connoisseurs. Stay tuned!