"Patek Philippe Museum" Geneva Local Custom Tip by eranda

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Less than a century and a half ago, in this neighbourhood which is today both brilliant and energetic, the streets perpendicular to the Avenue du Mail were but local paths. Following the Exposition Nationale of 1896, numerous buildings were erected, entirely modifying the area within just 20 years.
The structure which today houses the Patek Philippe Museum has a long and interesting history dedicated to watchmaking and its related crafts. Most probably designed by the talented architect Mr William Henssler in 1919, it has witnessed gem-cutting under the name Heller & Son, the manufacture of jewellery by the firms Ponti Gennari and Piaget, and the manufacture of watch-cases and bracelets since 1975 by Les Ateliers Reunis for Patek Philippe.
The Patek Philippe Museum traces the evolution of watch making in Geneva from its humble origins through to its current apogee as the world leader in the industry. The museum presents an evocative collection of timepieces dating back as far as the early 16th century, demonstrating the artistic and engineering prowess of Geneva?s past and present masters. Modern masterpieces from Patek Philippe?s latest collections are also on display as well as music boxes, pistols and other historic bibelots spread over the museum?s four floors.

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  • Written May 12, 2006
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