Last weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Patek Philippe exhibition of luxury watches at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The security presence was intense, as this collection of beautiful timepieces (which were mostly made of gold or platinum and many encrusted with diamonds and jewels of all kinds) represents considerable value. We were also given an insight into the workmanship involved in the making of all the intricate parts of these watches, as well as the time and skill required to do so.
I’m very glad to say that I have no photographs to share with you from this exhibition. The clicking of smartphones was irritatingly continuous and I’m sorry to say that the smartphones often got a better view of the objects on display than did I. The joy of experiencing and appreciating things in the present, with one’s own eye, seems to have now lost out to the desire to “share” things via social media after the event.
Nonetheless, I feel very privileged to have visited the exhibition and to have seen these watches at close quarters. It also rekindled a desire on my part to compose a piece based on the idea of the passing of time and how we are made acutely aware of this by the timepieces around us.
However, this idea will have to join my ever increasing wish list. Some posts ago I said that I wanted to compose a piece about the Klimt painting “Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, which was the subject of the recent film, “Woman in Gold”. I’m pleased to say that I’ve been working on this piece and will be ready to unveil this within the next week or so.