Page and Cooper at SalonQP
There are few places in the world that can gather together one of the most exceptional collections of fine watches than SalonQP. More to the point, the idea of occupying an entire gallery where, like a work of art, the watch alone was the star of the show and not the size or glitter of the stand.
Only in London’s fine Saatchi Gallery could the mighty, the rare, the exotic and the historic, stand side by side attracting equal attention.
Page and Cooper were delighted to have been invited by QP Magazine to the VIP opening night and it was great to meet old friends, make new friends and see ‘in the metal’ some of the most fascinating time pieces the world has to offer.
Bremont’s stand featured Nelson’s own pocket watch, as a companion to their new ‘Victory’ watch, which contains material from the original ship. We had a great chat with The National Maritime Museum’s own Giles Gould, who gave us an up-to-date report on the on going restoration of this National Treasure.
Jaquet Droz had a wonderful display of enamel face decoaration and Hermes featured a charming young lady who displayed her expertise and skill in creating one of their legendary leather watch straps before our eyes.
Large and small watchmakers stood shoulder to shoulder. However the main benefit of the show was the accessibility where one had a chance to be 'hands on' with the watches and to chat to the watchmakers themselves.
We had a fascinating look at the mind boggling creations of UR Werk, whose pieces really do need to be seen to be believed.
We also enjoyed the pleasure of welcoming our own guests, Squale Watches from Milan. Andrea Maggi, CEO of Squale, brought with him exclusive prototypes and rarities from the archive.
Amongst these were some fantastic examples, the 2002 101 ATM watch with custom-made bezels featuring white gold, emeralds, rubies and diamonds. We also had new bezels and cases in prototype form, currently under development.
These caused quite a stir with journalists, bloggers and Dive Watch enthusiasts galore. We’d like to thanks watchuseek founder Ernie Romers and #thewatchnerd for all their enthusiasm and interesting views.