An exclusive by-invitation-only VIP Cocktail, hosted by the Gallery, will see industry leaders, watch enthusiasts and leading South African media come together in celebration of this exceptional exhibition.The VIP Cocktail and exhibition will mark the re-opening of The Watch & Jewellery Gallery after a major 6-week renovation. Its Patek Philippe store-in-store now boasts a much bigger space than before, and will also offer a more comprehensive collection of exquisite timepieces, along with a Private Viewing Room exclusively for its VIP clients. This illustrates the confidence that the Gallery has in the South African market, and marks their incredible growth over the years across the African continent.
Visitors to the exhibition can expect to see only the most beautiful creations that showcase innovative technology employed alongside the tradition and heritage vested within Geneva’s oldest independent, family-owned watch manufacturer: Shown for the first time in South Africa, will be Ref. 5170J manually wound men’s chronograph that was launched at BaselWorld 2010. Anticipated by many collectors and connoisseurs, Ref. 5170J is as classic as chronographs get. This watch, with the classic round Calatrava style and rectangular pushers is visibly reminiscent of Patek Philippe’s 1940s chronographs that rank among the most coveted treasures at auctions. Also on display, and something that Patek Philippe’s female clientéle can look forward to, is the first chronograph for ladies – the diamond-studded Ref. 7071R that bespeaks unrivalled elegance and unparalleled functionality. Underlying the beauty of the manufacturer’s watches is a core that now bears the prestigious Patek Philippe Seal – a marque that embodies a comprehensive suite of watch-making regulations that surpass any other existing industry standards.Underlying the beauty of the manufacture’s watches is a core that now bears the prestigious Patek Philippe Seal – a marque that embodies a comprehensive suite of watch-making regulations that surpass any other existing industry standards.
About Patek Philippe
Since its birth in 1839, Patek Philippe has unceasingly introduced inimitable innovations in fine horology and, in so doing, established itself as one of the most respected manufactures in the world today, possessing an astounding compendium of more than 80 patents. Timepieces crafted by Patek Philippe have been honoured as being the first timepiece with keyless winding and setting system (1844), the first Swiss wristwatch (1868), and the most complicated timepiece – the Graves pocket watch (1933), which held the title until defeated by Caliber 89 in 1989, incidentally also a creation of Patek Philippe. Patek Philippe S.A. today is a constellation of celebrated entities – a main operational center in Plan-les-Ouates, a Museum in Geneva, as well as workshops in Perly and other parts of Switzerland.
About The Watch & Jewellery Gallery
The Watch & Jewellery Gallery is a multi-brand boutique that operates under the auspices of GMT – a specialist in luxury retail that manages exclusive brands like Gucci and Bally, with presence in both Sandton, Johannesburg, and The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
The Patek Philippe Exhibition will run from 28 June to 11 July 2010, from 9am to 9pm.
Patek Philippe can be found exclusively at The Watch & Jewellery Gallery in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. Enquiries may be directed to +27 (0)11 784 2595, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.