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Gallery: Watch Spotting at SalonQP 2018

Every year we welcome dozens of watchmakers and thousands of passionate watch fans to a three-day exhibition in London, and every year without fail, the wristgame is strong. Very strong. Here are just some of the watches we spotted on visitors’ wrists at this year’s show
By Chris Hall

The TAG Heuer Carrera Limited Edition produced six years ago for Jack Heuer’s 80th birthday

Singer Reimagined’s Track 1 chronograph, with its revolutionary Agenhor movement

Two very different versions of the Gronefeld 1941 Principia (on the wrists of founders Tim, left, and Bart) with a Gronefeld One Hertz 1912 in steel – a limited edition of 12 pieces from 2010

First time we’d seen one of IWC’s 150th anniversary specials in the wild – the Pilot’s Chronograph with white lacquered dial launched this year at SIHH

Another brand new watch for 2018, the Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic 41mm

The lesser spotted black-dialled Tangente from Nomos Glashutte. Wish they still made this? So do we.

One of the few Tudor Black Bay “Harrods” editions that is seeing daily wear

Fears Watch Company’s new Brunswick “Midas” – a watch that combines a bronze case with gold plating for a unique finish

A Tudor Oysterdate “Monte Carlo” chronograph in excellent condition, and very nearly overshadowed by the wearer’s shirt

The Oris Divers Sixty-Five “RedBar” limited edition – on the wrist of none other than RedBar CEO Kathleen McGivney

Rolex Submariner 5513

Bell & Ross BR-V2 Chronograph

A rare sight indeed: the second generation Heuer Solunar on custom Mia Sabel strap

The Garek Thomman GT7 in rose gold

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph

Vintage Wittnauer automatic in yellow gold with cross-hair dial

A glorious example of a Smiths Astral, one of the last watches made by Smiths before it closed in 1970

Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual in steel and yellow gold

If you know, you know.

Avantist: quite probably the only watch brand to use fragments of tennis racquet strings in their dials. This model features strands taken from Martina Navratilova’s 1978 Wimbledon victory

Rolex Datejust in steel

And finally, a group wristshot taken with Portugal’s preeminent watch geek collective, featuring a lovely Omega Speedmaster, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the Cartier Tortue, a Raidillon chronograph, the Jack Heuer 80th Carrera, another Tudor Black Bay “Harrods” and three Bovets

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