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Treasure hunter: Watch museum curator Peter Friess finds great joy in collecting rare watches for Patek Philippe

Dr Peter Friess, curator of the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, played a key role in choosing the more than 400 timepieces on show at the exhibition. Below: The watch acquired by Queen Victoria at the World Exhibition in London in 1851 is on display
Dr Peter Friess, curator of the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, played a key role in choosing the more than 400 timepieces on show at the exhibition.
Dr Peter Friess, curator of the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, played a key role in choosing the more than 400 timepieces on show at the exhibition. Below: The watch acquired by Queen Victoria at the World Exhibition in London in 1851 is on display
The watch acquired by Queen Victoria at the World Exhibition in London in 1851 is on display here.
Left: REF 7234A-001 CALATRAVA PILOT TRAVEL TIME. Right: REF 5531R-010 WORLD TIME MINUTE REPEATER
Left: REF 7234A-001 CALATRAVA PILOT TRAVEL TIME. Right: REF 5531R-010 WORLD TIME MINUTE REPEATERPHOTOS: PATEK PHILIPPE
Left: REF 5167A-012 AQUANAUT. Right: REF 5067A-027 AQUANAUT LUCE.
Left: REF 5167A-012 AQUANAUT. Right: REF 5067A-027 AQUANAUT LUCE.PHOTOS: PATEK PHILIPPE
Left: REF 5930G-011 WORLD TIME CHRONOGRAPH. Right: REF 5303-010 MINUTE REPEATER TOURBILLON.
Left: REF 5930G-011 WORLD TIME CHRONOGRAPH. Right: REF 5303-010 MINUTE REPEATER TOURBILLON.PHOTOS: PATEK PHILIPPE

Watch museum curator Peter Friess finds great joy in collecting rare watches for Patek Philippe

The transformation is startling, with the Marina Bay Sands Theatre looking totally unrecognisable.

The wizard is Patek Philippe, which has chosen it as the venue for its Watch Grand Art Exhibition Singapore 2019. The Swiss luxury watch brand has spared no expense in turning the space into a stunning showcase for its unique horological heritage and expertise.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2019, with the headline 'Treasure hunter'. Print Edition | Subscribe