Posted on 11 May
Calling all lovers of bezels, bridges, calibers, and chronographs—luxury watch brand Patek Philippe just made your summer. The Art of Watches, a free exhibition running from July 13 to 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York, will showcase the Swiss brand’s longstanding tradition of high-precision watchmaking, offering the public a very special glimpse into the venerated brand’s distinctive heritage.
Spanning 13,218 feet, the much-anticipated exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to explore ten different themed rooms, each celebrating a unique aspect of the craft and offering insight into the brand’s 178-year history in the realm of haute horlogerie. Among the exhibition’s eclectic offerings, a “U.S. Historic Room” will showcase a collection of 27 noteworthy items, including a quartz-powered clock that once belonged to President John F. Kennedy—a gift from the Mayor of West Berlin during Kennedy’s iconic “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech—as well as an 18-karat yellow gold Patek Philippe Ref. 130J chronograph reportedly gifted to Joe DiMaggio by the owners of the New York Yankees.
Other notable spaces include “The Museum Room,” showcasing a collection of some of the greatest historical timepieces of the last five centuries—including a sampling of the earliest watches ever made—and “The Watchmakers’ Room,” which will give patrons a behind-the-scenes look at the gears and gadgets that make these elegant timepieces tick.
Fore more information about the exhibition, visit Patek Philippe’s website.