Along With Bigger And Better, SalonQP Come Back To London
It has kept getting bigger, and better. SalonQP was back in town at the middle of this month, taking over the Saatchi Gallery for the seventh time.
Collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts flew in from entire world to get the chance to see the ten best watches of the year, as voted by the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2015, or be the first to witness some last-minute new releases before the Christmas season. Once again, SalonQP had a British focus, with brands such as Schofield, Roger Smith and Bremont drawing local collectors.
Nevertheless there was a continental flavor to the fair this year, with established Maisons such as Vacheron Constantin, A. Lange & Sohne, Montblanc, Tudor and Jaeger-LeCoultre.When guests could marvel at their latest creations, they could catch a glimpse of their past as well via a special preview of the November auction from Watches Of Knightsbridge Auctioneers, including an completely rare stainless steel Rolex Tudor submariner and a 1965 Memovox Polaris Alarm Divers Watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Also SalonQP presented “The Art of Colour” an exhibition dedicated to the dazzling creations past and present from the likes of Piaget, Bulgari, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Backes & Strauss, as well as “Inside A Second,” a tribute to the glorious history of the chronograph, one of horology’s most alluring and enduring complications.
A selection of key pieces from the Harrods Fine Watch Room was presented on the ground floor lounge, including one-off pieces and watches from Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Jason Broderick, Fashion Director of Menswear, Sports and Fine Watches, said he was, “delighted to be partnering with SalonQP for the fourth consecutive year. The exhibition is the flawless showcase for our most exclusive and innovative pieces and an ideal environment in which to share our passion for fine watches.”