Spider clocks and punk diamonds shine at London's Saatchi Gallery
Get ready, watch lovers: The world's luxury watchmakers are descending on London's Saatchi Gallery this week for the city's most prestigious watch show.
Positioned between industry-focused Baselworld and the strictly invitation-only Salon International de Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, SalonQP is one of few internationally renowned watch events targeting consumers directly.
"SalonQP is a public exhibition in London's finest art space, where you can talk directly to the brands and get up close with some of the world's most important watches and watchmakers," says Timothy Barber, editor of QP Magazine, which hosts the boutique fair.
"It's like going to a film festival and chatting to Martin Scorsese while he shows you his latest script."
The show brings together almost 100 brands from across the world. But it's not only the big brands attending. Household names like Audemars Piguet, Piaget and Vacheron Constantin will show alongside independent labels like Detroit-based Shinola, and Dutch brand Christiaan van der Klaauw.
"Watchmaking is a very, very broad church and we want to reflect that," says Barber. "All the brands at SalonQP are leaders in their fields. You wouldn't class Shinola as haute horlogerie, but it has demonstrated real excellence in design and has huge crossover appeal."
Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn a thing or two from seminars on subjects like the mechanics of diving watches, the popularity of colored gems, and how to navigate the vintage watch market scheduled for the weekend. There are also specialty exhibitions programmed, including the first public presentation of the winners of this year's Grand Prix D'Horlogerie De Genève, which Barber calls "the Oscars of watchmaking."
See the gallery above for a preview of the best in show.
SalonQP runs from November 12-14 at the Saatchi Gallery in London.