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“Lots to See” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Patek Philippe Museum

Patek Philippe Museum
Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, Geneva 1205, Switzerland
(0)22 807 09 10
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Ranked #4 of 65 Attractions in Geneva
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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“Lots to See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This museum has a huge collection of watches and clocks, not just by Patek Phillippe but by many manufacturers. I liked seeing the pieces made for different markets (chinese, turkish).
Be sure to watch the videos. It was not obvious to me that the viewer could choose a language and re start the videos, they were on small screens inside some of the cases. The videos showed how some of the most complicated watches worked - for example, those with little moving figures, singing birds that popped out, and so forth. Enjoy.

Visited January 2014
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“Fancy, expensive, and glittery... it's quite impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

A short video starts your visit, and you can read some about the history of Patek Philippe. There are countless beautiful, sparkling watches on the lower floor, undoubtedly worth millions of francs. The coolest part was an exhibit on a huge watch that had TONS of features and had a video explaining to you how they worked- for example, how does the watch keep track of not only seconds/hours/minutes, but years and LEAP years? The mechanisms were absolutely crazy! About 10 CHF to get in, which is worth it if you take the time to read what you can (you can't possibly read all of everything). IF you can, take a tour- we didn't get to take one and I wish we had someone to walk us through the maze of gold and diamonds. Overall a good place to visit!

Visited October 2013
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“magnificent exhibition and poor explanation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Exhibiting countless delicate watches, this museum offer an impressive experience of understanding about the achievement the Swiss have made. But the achievement of those craftwork based on larger material development, which is totally, and unfortunately, neglected by this museum.

Visited December 2013
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“Very impressive collection of fancy watches”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

This must be one of the world's largest watch displays. This museum will be of greatest interest to someone with a real passion for fine watches. It was impressive to see such a variety of exquisite antique and fantasy creations, including many with interesting historic origins. The exhibits include a detailed history of Patek Philippe, the firm's innovations (eg., winding mechanism for wrist watches), and design evolution from the 1800's to now. The entry fee was 10 CHF per person. No gift shop or free watch samples at the end!

Visited December 2013
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“Top two floors - great - then just leave”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

I found the top two floors to be fascinating. The bottom two floors were mind-numbingly boring (to me). Why> The top two floors were incredibly interesting and lovely automata and ornate jewelry watches, and "trick" machinery. I could have spent all day on the floor with the bird cage mechanisms, the trick pistols that when fired made a beautiful automata bird pop out the end and sing a song, the watches/mechanisms that caused ornate dancing figures to prance about............ fascinating. I overheard a private tour guide showing some of the hanging gaudy watch jewelry that contained a secret little ball that contained smelling salts to revive ladies who swooned because their corsets were pulled too tight.

Based on the low amount of English explanation, I would like to do the tour with a guide. You may too.

The lower two floors were full of general watches that all looked the same to me. With no curation - it was a real snore. Skip that part unless you have a guide. The workbenches/machinery on the entry floor were interesting though. It cost 10 CHF to get in per person.

Visited December 2013
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