From exclusive behind-the-scenes peeks to one-of-a-kind limited edition pieces, it is an exciting week for luxury watch enthusiasts in Bangkok this week. From the first ever Audemars Piguet exhibition at Central Embassy to Hermès’ playful reimagination of time, we’ve rounded up the best luxury watch exhibitions you need to visit this June. Whether you’re looking to explore the rich history of Swiss watchmaking, or finding inspiration for your next special purchase — we have a feeling you may just stumble across the piece that will make all time stand still.
Audemars Piguet ‘From Le Brassus to Bangkok’
When: 10.30am – 8pm daily from 8-17 June
Where: G/F, Central Embassy, Bangkok
Featuring a specially curated selection of over 50 unique time pieces, Audemars Piguet has arrived in Bangkok with a stunning first-ever exhibition to highlight the brand’s rich watchmaking heritage, as well as its close relationship to Thailand. A precious interplay of technology and artistry, ‘From Le Brassus to Bangkok’ highlights many of the key milestones throughout Audemars Piguet’s 143-year history. It’s an intriguing installation for all luxury watch lovers, with several one-of-a-kind features — from an original 1880 Triple Complication Pocket watch, to a 1930 Art Deco timepiece featuring jumping hours with an aperture display, and most curiously, a specially-flown-in watchmaker from Le Brassus itself.
Whilst the behind-the-scenes look into the clockwork is certainly a riveting one, the highlights of the exhibition are most certainly the iconic Royal Oak watches. Drawing on Audemars Piguet’s close connection to the country, the brand designed two of these special edition watches for Thailand. The ‘Royal Oak King of Thailand 80th Birthday watch’, a 50-piece steel and pink gold edition, was produced in 2008 and paid tribute to the special milestone in the monarch’s life; whilst the ‘Royal Oak Offshore Pride of Siam’, featuring a sculpted engraving of the royal white elephant of Thailand, was inspired by Audemars Piguet’s involvement with the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. Beautifully portrayed around a specially designed art piece by Thai pioneering artist Arin Rungjang, the exhibition is a beautiful journey of watchmaking through time and across space. Truly, it’s quite possibly the fastest way from Le Brassus to Bangkok in one afternoon — just like time travel.
Blancpain ‘Ocean Commitment and Fifty Fathoms Collection’
When: Daily from 8-17 June
Where: M Court, Crystal Floor, Siam Paragon, Bangkok
One of the oldest Swiss watch brands in the world, Blancpain has launched its Ocean Commitment exhibition last week, drawing inspiration from the underwater world to bring viewers a dreamy experience with a powerful message. A first ever exhibition of its kind in Thailand, the event is a collaboration between Blancpain and Pendulum, featuring many of the brand’s most iconic time pieces, from vintage models to the novelties launched at Baselworld 2018. Committed to supporting underwater expeditions and the protection of marine resources, Blancpain’s exhibition follows a nautical theme.
Alongside a selection of the Swiss brand watches, visitors will get to admire an array of stunning underwater photographs, each highlighting the beauty and importance of preserving the ocean. While all luxury watches displayed are sure to get anyone dreaming of the beach from Bangkok, the exhibition is a particular must-see for avid divers. Dating back 65 years, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms watch was actually the first ever modern diving watch, and soon became a signature wrist companion for passionate divers and ocean lovers ever since. Beautifully balancing craftsmanship with heritage and a bout to save the planet, dive into the world of this iconic piece and many others daily at the Blancpain Ocean Commitment this week.
Hermès ‘Time, a Hermès Object’
When: Daily 7-17 June
Where: Hall of Fame, M Floor, Siam Paragon, Bangkok
The latest Hermès exhibition ‘Time, a Hermès Object’ invites its visitors to view time in a fresh light, through a diverse new collection of time pieces. Designed for ‘measuring the hour, of course, but so as to have more fun with it,’ the French luxury powerhouse has put together an exhibition that soothes the eye like a slip of the brand’s iconic silk scarves. Featuring a range of new luxury watches, as well as updated classics, the exhibition is all about telling time the Hermès way — playfully, spontaneously, and packed with personality.
A definite stand-out piece is the new Heure H Lacquer, featuring the brand’s signature bold letter as the face of the watch. Created in 1996 by Philippe Mouquet, the watch is an exquisite conversation piece, tailored around the unique idea of capturing time inside a letter. Displayed with multiple colourful straps from classic black and white to bright red, yellow, and blue, the watch adds a crisp pop of colour to any wrist — a reminder that a watch does not merely count the hours, but also colour them, too.
However, if colour is not your thing, the Arceau Cavales provides a beautiful black and white alternatives. With an elegant face and a delicate dial, the watch designed by Henri d’Origny diverts classic watch design with its asymmetrical lugs, balancing a subtle paradox between bending the rules and creatively abiding by them. Our favourite piece of the exhibition is definitely the Cape Cod, with an imposingly classic and original design, recognisable from afar by its tell-tale square embedded rectangle face and double tour strap. From intricate twists to opulent hues, ‘Time, a Hermès Object’ proves that of all the ways you may wish to tell time, you can truly make it your own at every hour with an Hermès watch.