London’s Saatchi Gallery has a thing for luxury. Following this month’s wildly popular “Hermès Wanderland” show, a sequel of sorts to the 2013 “Hermès Festival des Métiers,” the West London space plays hosts to another big name with the “Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition.” Continuing to explore the crossover between consumerism, craft and art, Saatchi describe the show as “a rare insider’s perspective into the art of watchmaking within a family company.” A name synonymous with precision and quality, Patek Philippe have sought to balance the grandeur and opulence that surround the brand with an independent outlook, proudly describing themselves as “the last privately family owned Geneva watch company.”
Visitors to the Saatchi Gallery will get acquainted with Philippe across 12 rooms and two floors. A series of introductory films begin the journey, with both current collections and unique historic pieces shown across sections titled “The Museum Room,” “The Grand Complications Room” and “Immersion Room.” Additionally, taking us inside the highly-skilled world of the Patek Philippe maker, “The Rare Handcrafts Gallery Room” unveils a range of specialist techniques used to decorate these “haute horlogerie” pieces. A fascinating exhibition aimed at watch geeks and fans of shiny objects alike, this highly-respected name reminds us that great watch making is an art rather than a process.
“Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition” runs until June 7 at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY.