Patek Philippe Announces Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2022 in Tokyo

The sixth mega-showcase.

Just a month after the Watch Art Grand Exhibition in Singapore closed its doors – after receiving some 68,000 visitors – Patek Philippe has revealed the next event will happen in three years’ time, in 2022.

Slated to take place in Tokyo, Japan, the event will no doubt pay tribute to one of Patek Philippe’s biggest, oldest and most sophisticated markets.

And as it was with past events, the exhibition in Tokyo will be accompanied by a slate of event-exclusive limited editions, just as it was recently in Singapore.

The Aquanaut Singapore 2019 ref. 5167A-012

The announcement of the next exhibition comes just days after the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime in steel made for Only Watch 2019 sold for 31m Swiss francs, smashing the last world record. And it’ll probably still be the world’s most expensive watch in 2022.

The sixth Watch Art Grand Exhibition will take place in Tokyo in 2022, most likely in fall. Dates and venue have yet to be announced, but we’ll publish it as soon as information is available.


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Longines Introduces the Heritage Military 1938

A hand-wound remake.

Following the recent Heritage Classic with a “sector” dial, Longines continues to churn out compellingly-priced, well-conceived remakes with the Heritage Military 1938.

Limited to 1938 pieces, the watch is modelled on the ref. 4092, an oversized military watch produced by Longines just before the Second World War. Such watches were often made for the firm’s agents in Eastern Europe, most prominently Zipper in Poland.

The original watch from 1938 (left) and the modern reissue (right)

Like the original, the Heritage Military 1938 has a 43mm stainless-steel case topped by a domed sapphire crystal, which is pretty much the only obviously modern element of the watch.  The rest is pretty much faithful to the original, right down to the typeface of the logo and numerals, even on the sub-dial.

Crucially – traditionalists will surely approve – the remake is hand-wound like the original, in contrast to most other Longines remakes that are self-winding.

The case has a polished top surface on the lugs and bezel, with a contrasting brushed case band.

And the matte black dial features a railway minutes track, along with sans-serif Arabic numerals and baton-shaped hands filled with cream-coloured Super-Luminova to mimic the aged appearance of the radium “lume” on the original.

And because the watch is powered by the suitably large ETA Unitas 6498-1 that fills the case, the small seconds is correctly positioned, sitting a distance from the central axis and close to the bottom edge. In contrast, many modern watches of this type rely on smaller movements, resulting in sub-seconds sitting high up, close to the hands.

Originally developed for hunter-case pocket watches, explaining its size, the cal. 6498-1 is a hand-wound movement that runs at a frequency of 2.5 Hz and has a 46 hour power reserve.

The watch is available with either an aged charcoal-grey leather strap or a brown NATO-style leather strap, and accompanied by a strap removal tool.

Key facts and price

Heritage Classic Military 1938
Ref. L2.826.4.53.2

Case diameter: 43mm
Height: 10mm
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 30m

Movement: Calibre L507.2 (ETA 6498-1)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Frequency: 18,000 beats per hour (2.5 Hz)
Winding: Hand-wound
Power reserve: 46 hours

Strap: Charcoal grey leather strap and a cognac-coloured NATO-style leather strap

Availability: From December 2019
Price: US$2,450, or 3,660 Singapore dollars

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Correction February 3, 2020: The movement inside is an ETA Unitas 6498-1, and not the 6498-2 as stated in an earlier version of the article. 

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