At a place where time has stopped, this Audemars Piguet watch exhibition will make the old railway station alive with reproduced sounds and sights inspired by its birthplace, the Vallée de Joux in Switzerland.
Get to admire fine watches and re-visit the old railway station at the watch exhibition, held from October 10 to 14, 2012.
Accompanied by the artworks of three contemporary artists, this Audemars Piguet exhibition aims to provide an immersive experience for visitors.
The 1972 edition of Royal Oak, designed by late wristwatch designer Gérald Genta
Having travelled to cities that include New York, Milan and Beijing, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak exhibition will make its sixth stop at Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar Railway Station.
The exhibition is held in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of its luxury sport timepiece, the Royal Oak. Distinguished by its octogonal bezel and the square “tapisserie” motif on its clock dial, the Royal Oak was first designed in 1972 by the late designer, Gérald Genta.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 40 Years Exhibition
At this exhibition, you’ll find 100 Audemars Piguet timepieces from 1972 to present, showcased in shard-like cases that resemble “rocks that you’ll find in the (Vallée de Joux),” explains artist and exhibition curator, Sébastien Léon Agneessens. “It’s a rock that has broken up in six pieces . . . (representing) different aspects of watchmaking.”
Loosely translated as the “valley of rocks”, the Vallée de Joux is known for its long history of watch-making; its Le Brassus village is also the birthplace of Audemars Piguet.
Le Brassus by photographer Dan Holdsworth
You’ll also find majestic sights of the Vallée de Joux, as photographed by Dan Holdsworth; this photo series captures an environment that is both beautiful and unforgiving in winter time.
There’s more than just visual representations of the rocky Swiss valley. Looking like the lean birch trees of the Vallée de Joux, artist Agneessens’s tall metal sculptures broadcast atmospheric sounds around the exhibition.
Listen to sounds of clock gears clicking, trees rustling from these tall sculptures; you’ll even hear the faint ringing of cow bells, if you’re paying close attention.
Look upward and you’ll see abstract shapes inspired by Rodin’s iconic The Thinker sculpture; created specially for this exhibition, multimedia artist Quayola’s video (featured on the left) will be broadcast on a tall vertical screen.
Besides the iconic Royal Oak watches, expect to view timepieces designed for celebrities too — Audemars Piguet timepieces made specially for footballer Leo Messi, actress Michelle Yeoh are amongst some of the limited edition designs on display.
Head over to the “watchmaker’s area” to get to take a closer glimpse at the behind-the-scenes work of master watchmakers and see how Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak clock dials are made, as the luxury watch house has brought one of its brocading dial machines to the exhibition.
Want to find out more about the Royal Oak and more of these exquisite timepieces?
Join the exhibition’s guided tour and let the guides take you through the watchmaking world of Audemars Piguet.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 40 Years Exhibition: From Avant-garde to Icon runs from October 10 to 14, 2012 at the Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, 30 Keppel Road, Singapore.
Admission is free; shuttle services are also available from the Liat Towers Audemars Piguet Boutique and Tanjong Pagar MRT on October 13 and 14, 2012. Visit www.audemarspiguet.com/s/ro40y-register/ for more information.