Patek Philippe Art of Watches Grand Exhibition in NYC

Joe DiMaggio's ref. 130 (1948)
Joe DiMaggio's ref. 130 (1948)

Don’t forget the Patek Grand Exhibition is in New York City this month, open to the public from and free of admission from July 13-23, 2017 (open daily, 10:00am to 7:00pm). It’s a must-see event and one worthy of a special trip to the Big Apple.

Included in the host of historical timepieces spanning 10 special rooms constructed within Cipriani 42nd Street’s exhibition space, there are some highlights that mean a great deal to Americans, including:

The famous Caliber 89, which for over 25 years was the most complicated timepiece in the world (33 complications and 1728 parts) and was created to mark Patek’s 150th anniversary. The Caliber 89 took nine years to develop and produce, and the one on display in NYC is one of the prototypes.

Caliber 89
The famous Caliber 89, which for over 25 years was the most complicated timepiece in the world (33 complications and 1728 parts) and was created to mark Patek’s 150th anniversary

In the US room, there are 27 timepieces that are on loan to the Grand Exhibition, including spectacular watches from Henry Graves, Jr. and James Ward Packard (including the “Henry Graves Supercomplication” pocket watch, created in 1933 and featuring 24 complications, which was recently sold by Sotheby’s in 2014 for a record breaking price of over $23 million), a special desk clock that was given to President John F. Kennedy on the day after his “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech, and famed American baseball legend Joe DiMaggio’s Patek Philippe Ref. 130J, created in 1948 and one of Patek Philippe’s most sought-after chronograph references.

“The United States has been an extremely important market for Patek Philippe collectors since the 1850s,” says Larry Pettinelli, President of Patek Philippe U.S. “We are showcasing some of these extraordinary timepieces, as well as putting into context the evolution of Patek Philippe within the U.S. market.”

Henry Graves, Jr's Grande Complication Pocket Watch
Henry Graves, Jr's Grande Complication Pocket Watch
Henry Graves, Jr's Grande Complication Pocket Watch
John F. Kennedy Clock (1963)
John F. Kennedy Clock (1963)
Joe DiMaggio's REF 130 (1948)
Joe DiMaggio's REF 130 (1948)
James Ward Packard's Astronomical Pocket Watch (1925)
James Ward Packard's Astronomical Pocket Watch (1925)
James Ward Packard's Astronomical Pocket Watch (1925)

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the catalogs for the Grand Exhibition are being donated to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. “We are so thrilled to be able to use the Grand Exhibition to give back to the local community through the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club,” says Pettinelli.

“We could not have chosen a more fitting partner than the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club to benefit from the Exhibition, which we hope will educate thousands of individuals from around the world on the history and current state of watchmaking.”

Celebrating a city of great importance to Patek Philippe, the Art of Watches Grand Exhibition is an event not to be missed.

Just tell them Revolution sent you.