Further to our previous chronicles on South African social life, the Watch & Jewellery Gallery in Nelson Mandela Square opened an exclusive Patek Philippe Exhibition on Monday the 28th of June, which was celebrated with a ‘by-invitation-only’ VIP Cocktail on Thursday the 1st of July. The event saw leading Southern African industry leaders and watch enthusiasts come together in celebration. The event also marked the re-opening of The Watch & Jewellery Gallery after a major 6-week renovation with a now much bigger Patek Philippe store-in-store boutique.
Operating under the auspices of GMT, this is the Watch & Jewellery Gallery’s second South African Patek Philippe exhibition to date after having managed the brand in Africa for almost 15 years. GMT, a specialist in luxury retail management, also manages exclusive brands like Gucci and Bally amongst others in Southern Africa.
Visitors to the exhibition were treated to some exquisite timepieces, which showcased Patek Philippe’s innovative technology employed alongside its rich tradition and heritage. The exhibition saw watches and jeweler from the current collection on display. GMT also showcased its own collection, which includes discontinued pieces such as Reference 5026 in a complete set of four precious metals.
Mr David Martinez, Patek Philippe Area Manager for South/Eastern Europe and Middle East, welcomed guests together with GMT’s Managing Director Ms Christina Tan and Vice President, Ms Angelina Tan. Invited guests which included business leaders like Mr Brian Joffe, Mr Bright Igbinedion, Mr Iqbal Meer Sharma, and Mr Mohseen Vallie Moosa amongst others, as well as Princesses Tirelo and Motswana Molotlegi from the Royal Bafokeng family.
After an official ribbon cutting, and a traditional ‘Lion Dance’ to celebrate the store opening, guests were treated to delectable canapes by Vicky Crease, French Champagne by Veuve Cliquot and award winning wines by Val de Vie.