The Royal Collection, will be showcased at the Saatchi Gallery London, in a dedicated room recreating the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace at Hyde Park in 1851.
Presented will be more than 15 Royal timepieces from the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, and one on loan, being shown for the first time in London for this special event.
The highlights of this room will be the open-face, key winding and hand-setting pendant watch which belonged to Queen Victoria (Queen of Great Britain and Ireland 1837-1901). Made in yellow gold with enamelling and rose-cut diamonds in the case, this watch will be presented alongside two other watches. The open faced, keyless-winding and setting, pendant watch – accompanied with its matching brooch – which is said to have belonged to Queen Victoria, and the Ref. 4975/1G which belongs to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (who has graciously given her permission for it to be exhibited at the Grand Exhibition).
The collection will also include the open face keyless-winding and setting pocket watch, manufactured in 1873, which belonged to Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria (1848-1916), King of Hungary (1867-1916) and the half-hunting case, keyless-winding pocket watch which belonged to Oscar II, King of Sweden (1872-1907) and King of Norway (1872-1905).
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