When you talk to watch nerds about their first trips to Geneva, there’s one things that’s pretty consistent, no matter the collector’s taste or preferences: they almost all visit the Patek Philippe Museum. The halls of that Swiss institution hold some of the coolest watches of the last few centuries, including many not made by the famed manufacture. So when Patek decided to bring some of its most valuable pieces to New York City for a temporary exhibition, open to the public, in the summer of 2017, it was a very, very big deal. Ahead of the opening, we paid a visit to the so-called Grand Exhibition and gave you an inside look – let’s take a glance back and revisit the experience.
In addition to tons of vintage watches, Patek Philippe also brought over watchmakers to do demonstrations, their contemporary collection to offer a comprehensive look at the brand, plenty of pieces representing their rare handcrafts, and even a few limited editions that were released just to commemorate this occasion. Getting a personal tour of the space from Patek CEO Thierry Stern was quite the treat and we’re of course glad we could share the experience with you.