Between 22 and 24 November, London will be the centre of the horological universe as SalonQP 2018 takes place at the Saatchi Gallery. For its 10th edition, and the first under the aegis of Hearst Publishing and QP editor James Buttery, the exhibitor list is an impressive one, visitors able to get up close and personal with a vast selection of brands.
What a line up! Stands will be occupied by the AHCI, Andersen Geneve, anOrdain, Armit Wines, Atelier de Chronométrie, Ball, Birchall & Taylor, Bovet, Bravur, Breguet, Breitling, Bremont, Bulgari, Cyril Brivet-Naudot, Czapek et Cie, D. Candaux, Emile Chouriet, Favre-Leuba, H, Moser, HYT, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jessica McCormack, Konstantin Chaykin, Longines, Matthias Naeschke, MB&F, Meccaniche Orologi Milano, Montblanc, Panerai, Parmigiani, Reservoir, Robert Bray-Sinclair Harding, Scatola del Tempo, Schwarz Etienne, Swiss Kubik, Urban Jürgensen, Vacheron Constantin, Vertex, Voutilainen, William & Son, and Yunik.
Powerful enough to attract major debuts, SalonQP will treat visitors to the first public appearance of Vertex’s long-rumoured MP45 Chronograph. This, the second model from the revived British brand, is a monopusher chronograph inspired by military timepieces. Bravur’s Geography series, officially launched on 15 November, will have its first public showing, consisting of automatic GMT models assembled, fine-tuned and tested in Båstad, Sweden. Inside the Geography is a Swiss-made Sellita SW330-1 movement, rhodium-plated and decorated with snail and perlage decoration, and equipped with a custom rotor.
Bremont’s new Supersonic Limited Edition honouring Concorde will be on show, each example containing a tiny bit of the actual aircraft. Montblanc will display a pair of limited-edition creations from the Minerva-inspired 1858 collection: a tribute to Minerva’s 1920 monopusher calibre 13.20 movement, the latest 1858 Monopusher Chronograph in a series of 100 pieces, and the brand’s compass-equipped, titanium monopusher pocket watch with dial of Dumortierite stone. Bulgari’s limited-edition Octo for Harrods, with its distinctive green dial, Breitling’s Navitimer 8 collection – watch lovers have never had it so good.
Among the talks organised for the event are “Inside Vintage”, in which Adrian Hailwood and Chris Youé discuss the ins and outs of buying and selling prized 1960s and 1970s pieces, along with advice for both beginners and experienced collectors; “On the Edge”, with adventurer, and – since last year, part of the Breitling Explorer Squad – Inge Solheim bringing to life the connection between watches and adventure; and “What Makes a Watch Fine?” which will dispel some of the myths and misconceptions that surround haute horlogerie, as explained by respected horological authority and FHH historian, Gregory Gardinetti.
Speakers confirmed for the salon are world-renowned Rolex expert James Dowling, master watchmaker Roger Smith, Red Arrows Red Team Leader Martin Pert, TAG Heuer and Zenith designer Christoph Behling, designer Marco Borraccino, journalist Simon de Burton, noted collector and influencer Kristian Haagen, explorer Pen Hadow, photographer and journalist Justin Hast and Toby Sutton of the auction house, Watches of Knightsbridge.
Says Alun Williams, Managing Director, Men’s Lifestyle, Health and Fitness, Hearst UK, “We have realised our new vision for this industry-leading event and created a fine watch and luxury lifestyle experience that truly connects with our clients and consumers. SalonQP is an engaging and immersive experience where guests will have the unique opportunity to see the world’s most sought-after and coveted timepieces, alongside leading luxury brands, while also having the opportunity to come face-to-face with the experts through a thoughtfully curated programme of specialist talks and panel debates.
“We know that tangible and stimulating experiences are the best way to help consumers discover and access the world’s finest brands, and the best way for these brands to reach them. With SalonQP, we can bring everyone together, all under one roof, while also supporting and re-investing in the watch industry as a whole.”
Entry to SalonQP is free, visit salonqp.com to register. Tickets for the panel discussions can also be booked here.