Swiss luxury watch manufacture Patek Philippe announces The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017 which will take place from July 13th– 23rd, 2017 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.
The 10-day public exhibition will showcase Patek Philippe’s tradition of high-precision watch manufacturing, an insight into the company’s 178-year history as well as its heritage in the domain of Haute Horologerie. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the world of the last privately family owned Geneva watch company from the inside.
For the first time ever a two-story structure has been created within Cipriani to accommodate the square footage required for an exhibition of this scale. Ten specific rooms (including the Theater Room, Current Collection Room, Museum Room, US Historic Room, Rare Handcrafts Gallery and Grand Complications Room) have been created to showcase unique environments.
Visitors will have access to exceptional pocket and wrist watches dating back to 1530 in a space of 13,218 square feet. Watchmaker and Artisan demonstrations are some of the interactive activities taking place during the exhibition as a way to educate visitors on the inner-workings of fine watchmaking. After visitors have concluded their tour they are welcome to rest and relax in the Patek Philippe Café.
The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition will be open to the general public and free of charge from 10:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Sunday, and with special extended evening hours on Thursday, July 20th from 10:00am to 9:00pm. Guided tours will be available on a daily basis. School tours and a Family Day will be planned as part of the educational objective.
About Henri Stern Watch Agency
The Henri Stern Watch Agency manages all of the business operations for Patek Philippe in the United States. Patek Philippe has had a long and significant history in the US, with Patek timepieces being sold in this market since the 1850’s. In 1935 Henri Stern solidified a presence in the US by leasing an office space in Rockefeller Center, where the company remains.
The Henri Stern Watch Agency was officially incorporated in 1946. HSWA currently has 57 employees which includes 20 watchmakers, and is the sole distributor and official service center for the United States. Patek Philippe timepieces are currently offered at 96 authorized retail locations throughout the country.
In October, 2015 the Patek Philippe Institute of New York was created to provide watchmaking training to selected students. At the end of the two-year program graduates will be able to successfully repair all level 2 Patek Philippe timepieces and will have the potential to join the HSWA watchmaking workshop.