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Must-See: Patek Philippe’s ‘The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition’

A peek inside the 11-day celebration honoring the watchmaker's history.

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On July 13, Patek Philippe will kick off an 11-day celebration, "The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition," to honor its 178 years of watchmaking. The public spectacle—open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through July 23—will debut in the heart of New York City at Cipriani on 42nd Street.

Throughout the Italian restaurant’s 13,000 square feet of marbled space, ten thematic rooms—the Film Theatre room, the Current Collection room, the Napoleon room, the Museum room, the U.S. Historic Room, the Rare Handcrafts Gallery, the Watchmaker’s Room, the Grand Complication Room, the Movement Room, and the Interactive and Manufacturing Film Room—will display exceptional pocket watches and timepieces, dating as far back as the 1530s.

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One of the most notable pieces, among the 27 (including President John F. Kennedy’s quartz desk clock) located in the U.S. Historic Room, is Joe DiMaggio’s personal chronograph. Reportedly given to the famed baseball player in 1948 by the owners of the New York Yankees, the timepiece (Ref. 130J) has since been purchased by a private collector and loaned for the special occasion. The one-of-a-kind watch flaunts 18-karat yellow gold and applied numerals.

Aside from the timepieces (also on display: 11 pieces made exclusively for renowned early 20th century collectors James Ward Packard and Henry Graves Jr.), the event offers interactive activities and artisan demonstrations. The Swiss brand is also publishing a catalog companion to the exhibition, undoubtedly a collector’s item in its own right.

July 13-23; Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., New York, N.Y.; 646-723-0826


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