SalonQP 2018 will feature a diverse schedule of lectures, panel discussions and collector debates
The UK’s biggest horological event is nearly upon us – November 22-24! – and we are proud to announce the first of our talks, which will run throughout the two days. Tickets are now on sale (for the talks as well as the Thursday night VIP reception and Friday Night Late) and places are limited, so don’t miss a chance to secure your place. If you are into watches on any level, you aren’t going to want to miss these. And we must stress, more talks are yet to be announced!
This year’s programme spans a wide range of themes with speakers drawn from all corners of the watch world. On Saturday 24th, Roger Smith will give an exclusive lecture on the state of fine watchmaking today, its strengths and pressures, and what the future may look like for haute horlogerie.
On Friday night, Good Year/Bad Year promises to be an energetic and irreverent discussion: journalists Justin Hast, Kristian Haagen, Simon de Burton and Chris Hall will deliver their verdict on the year in watchmaking.
In a similar vein, We will have what promises to be a fascinating – and frankly honest – discussion on the good and bad of watch design with Christoph Behling and Marco Borraccino. Behling, a London-based freelance product designer is best known in the watch world for his work with TAG Heuer (with six GPHG-winning watches under his belt over a seven year period), while Borraccino, as co-founder of Singer Reimagined, has been responsible for some of the most creative chronograph designs of the last decade, and is better placed than most to discuss how motoring design should really influence watches.
There will be tales aplenty from Fast Jet Time, our talk with none other than Red 1, aka Red Arrows Team Leader Martin Pert. A highly experienced frontline pilot, Martin comes to SalonQP at the end of a momentous year for the display team, having celebrating the RAF’s 100th anniversary at events around the world. Among other things, he’ll discuss just how it is that in this age of fly-by-computer multi-million dollar warplanes, the elite pilots of the world’s military are still besotted with mechanical watches that are little changed from those worn by their WW2 forebears.
Meanwhile, military watches are well-represented elsewhere, first in James Dowling‘s in-depth history of military Panerai, a topic guaranteed to bring up dozens of opinions at any collector gathering, and secondly in our hands-on guide to the Dirty Dozen, delivered by Watches of Knightsbridge’s Toby Sutton.
If your vintage watch tastes are a little less specific, we’ve got you covered with Friday’s Inside Vintage panel discussion. Experts Adrian Hailwood and Chris Youé will lead a discussion of the major trends in the vintage watch market, in particular the recent rise of Heuer, Longines, Breitling and Omega. Taking an even broader look at the defining principles of fine watchmaking, we have industry-renowned historian Gregory Gardinetti of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie delivering a talk on what really makes a watch valuable.
Finally, there will be a chance to hear from two individuals who are accustomed to putting their watches through the kind of tests guaranteed to make a watchmaker shudder; polar explorer Pen Hadow, in partnership with Favre-Leuba, will talk about the trials and privations of his unmatched solo trek from Canada to the North Pole, and straight from the Breitling Explorer’s Squad we have Inge Solheim, polar guide and leader of Walking with the Wounded. Solheim will discuss adventure as a metaphor for the strategic and personal challenges we all face (and the watches we wear along the way…).