Patek Philippe has announced that plans for its Grand Exhibition in May have expanded since first being announced last year.
The 11-day Watch Art Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition London 2015 was originally intended to occupy 12 rooms over two floors of London’s Saatchi Gallery, but has now evolved into 15 separate themed areas covering 2,200sq mt with more than 400 timepieces on display.
The new rooms are the Movement Room; showcasing the entire current movement collection and offering a 360 degree view of some of the most intricate movements ever created, the 175th Anniversary area; showcasing last year’s commemorative models with a dedicated space displaying the Grandmaster Chime, the Napoleon Room; recreating the Patek Philippe Salon on Rue du Rhone, Geneva, and the Interactive Room; a learning centre with library and interactive animations.
Mark Hearn, managing director for Patek Philippe UK, said: “We are bringing so many historical timepieces to the Exhibition that visitors will be able to learn about horology generally, the history of watchmaking and also find out interesting information about this fascinating industry which is not only composed of watchmaking but also rare handcrafts techniques”.
The Immersion room, the Film Theatre room, the Current Collection room, the Museum room, the Grand Complications Room and the Rare Handcrafts Gallery room are other areas that will be part of the exhibition.
The exhibition, which is open to the public and free of charge, opens at the Saatchi Gallery on May 27 and closes at on June 7. Doors are open between 09.00 and 19.00 weekdays and Saturdays and 10.00 and 16.00 on Sundays.