Following the presentation of its 2023 novelties at Watches & Wonders, Patek Philippe will exhibit a new edition of its “Rare Handcrafts” at its Geneva salon from April 1 to 15. A grand display of the brand’s commitment to rare métiers d’art, 67 creations will be on display, and a team of Patek’s master craftsmen will be on hand to illustrate their artisanal skills. And if you’re in Geneva in the coming weeks, it is surely something you have to check for yourself.
Time-honoured techniques such as Grand Feu cloisonné enamel, manual engraving, guillochage and micromarquetry are put into practice by the Maison’s artisans to embellish the 22 dome clocks, three table clocks, 12 pocket watches and 30 wristwatches exhibited in Patek Philippe’s luxurious headquarters.
Divided thematically into two areas, the first is dedicated to flora and fauna and features the “Leopard” pocket watch combining wood marquetry, manual engraving and champlevé enamel. The second thematic area pays tribute to the great legends of human adventure and includes a set of timepieces dedicated to motor racing, including the “1948 Nations Grand Prix” Calatrava wristwatch with its miniature enamel depiction of two vintage race cars speeding along the shoreline of Lake Geneva.
In addition to the new launches, a selection of historical timepieces decorated with rare handcrafts from the Patek Philippe Museum will also be on show.
The exhibition is open to the public from April 1 to 15 from 11 am to 6 pm (except Sundays) at the Patek Philippe Salon on Rue du Rhône 41. Admission is free, but visitors are requested to pre-register online at www.patek.com.