It’s a double jubilee celebration between Cortina Watch and Patek Philippe. In marking 50 years for the luxury watch retailer since its founding in 1972, Patek Philippe presents “Once Upon a Virtuosity”, exhibiting the private collection of Patek Philippe Dome Table Clocks that the retailer has acquired over the years.
It will be displayed at the Patek Philippe boutique in ION Orchard until 26 June, before moving to The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on 28 June until 3 July.
Over the last 50 years, Cortina Watch and Patek Philippe have forged a longstanding business relationship and personal friendship between Cortina Watch’s founding family and the Sterns. Mr Lim’s personal interest in the rare handcrafts used in watchmaking led him to start building his own collection of artistic timepieces from Patek Philippe.
The Dome Table Clocks, like many of Patek Philippe’s Rare Handcraft timepieces, are unique creations featuring a multitude of different crafts in one object. Three of the Dome Table Clocks that Cortina Watch have collected are intimately connected with Singapore.
The first is the Ref. 1677M “Esplanade”, created for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee in 2015; the second is the Ref. 20094M-001 “Bay of Singapore” that was created for the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition, hosted in Singapore in 2019.
This year, in commemoration of 50 years of partnership, Cortina Watch debuts the Ref. 20145M-001 “Singapore Skyline”. This unique piece, crafted in Grand Feu cloisonné enamel, features Singapore’s waterfront skyline.
The picturesque scene is depicted in 50 enamel colours, while the dome features a cascade of fireworks with 50 gold stars, made with gold and silver dust. In addition, Patek Philippe had 100 pieces of a Calatrava model specially made.
Limited to 100 pieces, the Ref. 5057G-010 in white gold commemorates the jubilee milestone with a transfer print on the sapphire caseback with the message: Cortina Watch 50th Anniversary Since 1972. The reference features a moon phase and analogue date display with power reserve indication, a configuration unique to Cortina Watch.
A previous iteration of Ref. 5057R-001 is also on display, marking the retailer’s 25th Anniversary in 1997. On the sapphire caseback, the rose gold model has the transfer print “Cortina Jubilee Watch” referencing the silver anniversary of the retailer.
Entry to the exhibition is free to the public prior to pre-registration access on the website. Register your attendance here.
2022 marks 50 years for Cortina Watch in the business since its founding in 1972. Since its early beginnings from a single retail store in Colombo Court, Cortina Watch has expanded into East and Southeast Asia, and more recently, Australia.
To celebrate its golden jubilee, the luxury retailer is introducing several special edition timepieces with its longstanding partners. For more information, visit www.50thanniversary.cortinawatch.com.