PRETTY PIC­TURES

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they also be­gan build­ing their trea­sured col­lec­tion of the house’s ear­lier cre­ations. In 2001, the Patek Philippe Mu­seum in Geneva opened to the public, show­cas­ing th­ese his­tor­i­cal show­pieces, in ad­di­tion to the largest known col­lec­tion of por­ta­ble time­keep­ing de­vices, dat­ing back to the 16th cen­tury.

The open­ing of the mu­seum co­in­cided with an ef­fort to re­vive aware­ness of highly skilled tra­di­tional watch­mak­ing hand­i­crafts. Patek Philippe’s hon­orary pres­i­dent, Philippe Stern, and his son Thierry, the cur­rent pres­i­dent, were acutely aware that the rare ar­ti­sanal skills and know-how ev­i­dent in the ex­quis­ite mu­seum pieces would not sur­vive un­less they were prac­tised daily, re­fined to per­fec­tion and passed from one gen­er­a­tion to the next. Con­se­quently, the man­u­fac­ture en­listed the last few masters of th­ese skills to en­sure they passed their knowl­edge to the up-and-com­ing gen­er­a­tion of crafts­men.

As the old­est and only re­main­ing in­de­pen­dent fam­ily-owned watch man­u­fac­turer in Geneva, it came as no sur­prise that this year’s fes­tiv­i­ties took place in the city.

THE OPEN­ING OF THE PATEK PHILIPPE MU­SEUM CO­IN­CIDED WITH AN EF­FORT TO RE­VIVE AWARE­NESS OF HIGHLY SKILLED TRA­DI­TIONAL WATCH­MAK­ING HAND­I­CRAFTS

The highly de­tailed video of the il­lus­tri­ous watch­maker’s jour­ney was com­ple­mented by an ex­hi­bi­tion of some of its finest rare his­tor­i­cal hand­crafts, and was fol­lowed by an op­u­lent evening of fine food and cham­pagne. The evening was a cel­e­bra­tion of not only Patek Philippe’s com­mer­cial tri­umphs, but also its un­re­lent­ing pas­sion and deep un­der­stand­ing of the art of watch­mak­ing.

A num­ber of limited edi­tion Rare Hand­crafts mod­els were on dis­play dur­ing the evening to high­light the man­u­fac­ture’s jour­ney and its skillset. They paid trib­ute to tech­niques such as en­grav­ing, enam­elling, gri­saille, guil­loché, mar­quetry and high jew­ellery. In ad­di­tion,

FROM LEFT: WALL PRO­JEC­TIONS ON THE FA­CADE OF PATEK PHILIPPE’S MAN­U­FAC­TURE; THE CHIM­ING JUMP HOUR IS ONE OF SIX NEW TIME­PIECES FOR THE AN­NIVER­SARY

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