19 October – 4 November 2019
Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi)
Audemars Piguet, a Swiss luxury watch brand, will unfold soon a version of its world-touring exhibition for the first time in Japan at Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi.
The show introduces the high-end watchmaker’s legacy from multiple angles, from geographic and historical backgrounds to the craftsmanship of haute horology.
Free admission (online reservation is available).
Audemars Piguet exhibition “Beyond Watchmaking”
The exhibition “Beyond Watchmaking” will take place as part of the 13th edition of “Design Touch”, an annual design event hosted by Tokyo Midtown. A pavilion will soon appear in the grassy space of Tokyo Midtown.
Highlights include more than 150 timepieces of the luxury brand, ranging from vintage watches to the latest models, as well as watch movements. The show will also present audiovisual installations created by Ryoji Ikeda, one of the artists supported by Audemars Piguet.
Beyond Watchmaking highlights
Inside the pavilion is a ring structure made in the image of a metallic watch face, divided in 12 sections:
Room I presents the natural environment and resources of Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux, where Le Brassus, the birthplace of Audemars Piguet, is nestled. Room II introduces the history of the founding (and managing) families, the Audemars and the Piguet.
Rooms III and IV showcase the elaborate and complex mechanisms of high-end watches in which the house specializes, including the Perpetual Calendar that accurately displays leap years.
Room V features the transmission of skills and know-how of haute horology, and Room VI illustrates how the dual strands of tradition and innovation are woven together in the watchmaker’s design.
Room VII is a “Lab” to learn from Le Brassus-based specialists about the latest developments, with a hands-on experience of hearing the sounds of chiming watches.
Room VIII presents “Royal Oak”, the world’s first high-end sports watch made in stainless steel, while Room IX sheds light on the artful and highly intricate craftsmanship involved in the engraving of the guilloché design. And Room X takes the visitors behind the scenes of the new collection “Code 11.59”.
Finally, Room XI and XII exhibit Ryoji Ikeda’s audio-visual installation “data.anatomy [for Audemars Piguet]”, which delves into the luxury watchmaker’s mathematical composition and aesthetics. The second variation of Ikeda’s trilogy “data-verse”, displayed at Venice Biennale, is also on view at the pavilion’s entrance.
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