If Patek Philippe is renowned for its super-complicated watches and its iconic luxury sports timepieces, we often forget that there is something else, something simply exquisite that the brand masters: métiers d’art or rare handcrafts. Enamelling, micro-painting, micro-marquetry, hand-guilloché… Few manufactures can compete with Patek in terms of the calibre of its artistic work. From April 19 to April 21, the entire 2018 Rare Handcrafts collection, something that you don’t have the opportunity to see anywhere else than at Baselworld, will be showcased to the public in the Salons on Rue du Rhône, Geneva.
From April 19 to April 21, 2018, Patek Philippe will exhibit its entire 2018 Rare Handcrafts Timepieces collection in its boutique (the so-called Salons) on Rue du Rhône, Geneva. Enamelled desk clocks, engraved pocket watches or wood marquetry wristwatches will be shown to the public only once, before being sent to their future owners around the world.
Around 50 pieces of this new collection will be exhibited, showcasing some of the most impressive artistic skills of the manufacture. A recurring topic of these rare handcrafts timepieces is, of course, enamelling. For 2018, a wide range of techniques is to be discovered, including cloisonné, paillonné, grand feu enamel, bas-relief enamelling and finally, a Geneva speciality, micro-painting on enamel. Another focus will be done on micro-marquetry, a rare and complex technique introduced by Patek a few years ago, which is now used, combined with other handcrafts, on the dials of wristwatches and the case back of pocket watches.
- Where: Salons Patek Philippe, Rue du Rhône 41, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland
- Exhibition: April 19 to April 21 – open to the public from 10am to 6pm