By Zahra Al-Kateb
The Watch Art Patek Philippe Grand Exhibition London at The Saatchi Gallery has drawn to a close after receiving over 25,000 visitors in just seven days.
The well received exhibition presented more than 15 Royal timepieces from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva. Visitors were able to view over 400 exceptionally crafted pieces in the Gallery, distributed over two floors in a space of 2,200 sq. meters. Highlights included the open-face, key winding and hand-setting pendant featuring yellow gold and rose cut diamonds, originally belonging to Queen Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837-1901.
Also on display was the open face keyless-winding and setting pocket watch. Manufactured in 1873, the watch once belonged to Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria (1848-1916).
The exhibition also boasted an interactive room where guests were able to read books including Timepieces of Royalty 1850-1910 by Patek Philippe. The book was the theme of the first thematic exhibition at the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva in 2005.
The ever so popular exhibition was extended over the weekend due to popular demand. Mark Hearn, Managing Director for Patek Philippe UK said: “‘We are delighted with the numbers of visitors who have come to see this wonderful exhibition, and also the age range of the visitors, young people as well as older have been completely enthralled by the magic of this event.”