The ever-popular series of expert talks and panel discussions is back for another year. Find out what this year’s programme contains
All times are subject to change. Please check back on this page closer to the event for a final list of seminars
Friday 4th November
1.30pm – Robert Loomes: making the Stamford
The British watchmaker describes the journey towards producing his latest watch, the Stamford, with a new movement entirely made in the UK. The full story of what promises to be a remarkable creation will only be revealed at SalonQP, but you can read a bit more about this watch here.
2.30pm – Rolex in London: 100 years on
It was while living in London in 1905 that Hans Wilsdorf founded a watch distribution company based in Hatton Garden; in 1908 he named it Rolex. Collector and historian James Dowling gives an unprecedented look into Wilsdorf’s time in England, and the London origins of the most famous watch company in the world.
3.15pm – James Thompson: Watch Illuminati
James Thompson, the creative maverick behind Black Badger Advanced Composites, has become a star player in independent watchmaking through his pioneering work with luminescent materials. Taking a break from the “Lume Room” he’s hosting at this year’s SalonQP, he’ll talk about his work with MB&F, Sarpaneva and Schofield, his creative process, and why luminescence can become a new creative frontier for horology. Earlier this year, we profiled Thompson and the burgeoning “lume scene” in our three-part series, Adventures in Luminova.
4pm – Future moves: what next for the watch industry?
With luxury watches facing a challenging environment, from macroeconomic changes to the competition brought by smartwatches, SalonQP assembles a panel of industry leaders to look at the opportunities for traditional watchmaking in the future.
Saturday 5th November
12.30pm – Vintage watch collectors forum
We assemble a panel of luminaries from the world of vintage watches to discuss the latest issues arising in the world of vintage watches.
1.30pm – Charting the history of watches and aviation – FHH Lecture
The history of horology has tended to accompany great human achievements, and aviation is no exception: watchmaking was a natural companion to the first flyers as they developed the first airborne navigation techniques. Gregory Gardinetti, historian at Switzerland’s Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) sheds light on the story of how wristwatches and aviation emerged side by side. Issue 79 of QP magazine was dedicated to the relationship between aviation and watches – read our in-depth history of the Breguet Type 20 here.
2.30pm – In conversation: Kari Voutilainen. In association with Quill & Pad
Widely regarded as the maker of some of the finest and most beautiful watches on the planet, Kari Voutilainen is one of the most celebrated figures in Swiss watchmaking. He joins Ian Skellern of Quill & Pad to discuss his life, career and approach to watchmaking.
3.30pm – How to start a watch brand, 2016
Following our successful panel discussion at SalonQP two years ago, we assemble a new group of watch brand founders, to discuss the whys and wherefores of creating a luxury watch start-up. Contributors will include the founders of Czapek & Cie, the crowd funded high-end marque; British firm Garrick Watch Company; and brand new revival brand, Fears, launching at SalonQP.