A group of Rudells Patek Connoisseurs, the collective noun for the Wolverhampton-based jeweller’s favourite luxury watch enthusiasts, are back from cloud nine following an exclusive visit to the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva.
The group were whisked off to Switzerland in a private jet before being immersed in the world of haute horology for the duration of the trip.
The 20 Connoisseurs were given a guided tour of the Patek Philippe Museum, which charts the history of timekeeping and the history of the company. The former case production building now houses some of the most beautiful, complex and creative watches ever manufactured.
There are over 2000 exhibits on display and many of them are ‘wonders’ when it’s remembered they were hand manufactured in the 16th, 17th or 18th centuries. Our clients were especially delighted to see two exquisite watches which were once owned by Queen Victoria.
The evening was spent at Auberge D’Onex where the scent of Jasmine filled the air and fine Italian food and wine was enjoyed by all on the terrace overlooking the Italianate garden.
On the second day, the group visited the movement production and assembly facility where everyone enjoyed a guided tour to see, first hand, how Patek Philippe watches are made.
After lunch in the Directors’ dining room, the group then moved to the second factory located in Geneva and where the cases and bracelets are manufactured.
“Our collectors were amazed at the complexity of case production and the sheer amount of manufacturing processes involved in even the simplest watch case. One of our guests who have spent many years in the manufacturing industry was inspired by the experience and expertise of the Patek Philippe manufacture,” a spokesman for Ruddell The Jewellers said.
Adrian Lurshay, Sales Director of Patek Philippe UK, added: “It’s always a delight to welcome Rudell’s clients to Geneva because they gain so much from the visit. They enjoy the hospitality and truly appreciate the opportunity of what is really a unique experience at the same time as a more in depth discovery of the best watch brand in the world.”