Pop-up Museum Highlights Fine Watchmaking
Appreciate a fine timepiece? Get thee to Manhattan for “The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition,” being held through July 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street.
Luxury watchmaker Patek Philippe has set up the two-story temporary museum to educate the public about mechanical timepieces and their history, including the brand’s significant American history with links to John F. Kennedy, Joe DiMaggio, Duke Ellington and collectors James Ward Packard and Henry Graves, Jr.
Watches and timepieces from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva dating back to the 1500s are on display, in addition to a new collection of watches created exclusively for the U.S. market and designed to commemorate this event. One of those is the Ref.5522A, a limited edition stainless steel pilot watch inspired by two originals found in the Patek archives (one of which you can see on display in the pop-up museum). It retails for $21,547. Steep, yes. But these are watches that have lasting value, the type of thing you pass down through the generations. Keep in mind, a steel perpetual calendar chronograph, made by Patek Philippe in 1941, sold for a world record-breaking $11,112,020 in 2016.