SalonQP 2012 – Best of British
Following on from our Series of SalonQP related posts and Press Releases, we have taken the liberty to introduce you to some of the British watchmakers who will be present at this Fine Watch Event. We have seen an emergence or should we say a re-emergence of British watch making talent in recent years and this is highlighted at the key event of the UK calender in the watch world SalonQP 2012.
In respect “Swiss made” hasn’t always been the de facto mark of watchmaking quality. Many of the most significant advances in horology were made in London, not the Alps. It is fitting then, in this year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and London’s Olympic glory, that visitors to SalonQP will witness the continuing revival of British watch and clock making.
Last year at SalonQp 2011 we saw Bremont steal the show with a little help from Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, who collaborated with them for a limited edition marine chronometer, we also had the launch of the Schofield Watch Company with Giles Ellis and his Signalman GMT timepieces and both these British brands are back this year.
We have another British watch brand launching at SalonQP 2012 with Meridian Watches.. they have kept the final product undercover and your first chance to catch a glimpse of this new handmade British Timepiece will be at SalonQP.
This British Re-emergence is led by the Bremont brothers Giles and Nick English, the roster also includes Speake-Marin, Thomas Mercer, Graham London, Robert Loomes & Co., Schofield and Meridian, who will launch at SalonQP 2012. Not a bad list we think.
Bremont has been busier than ever, in 2012 the brand opened its first boutique in London and completed The Victory Watch, including wood and copper from HMS Victory, whose refurbishment is supported by proceeds from the watch’s sale. The Victory will be exhibited at the show alongside Lord Nelson’s Pocket Watch.
English watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin, takes a sentimental approach and uses emotional inspiration for his elegant and highly personal pieces; from the original The Piccadilly to his latest Spirit watch, whose conception came from his own hardship. Discrete luxury – bashfully British.
Robert Loomes & Co.’s Robin watch is British through and through. At its heart is a 1950’s English movement, whilst on show is a strap cut from a herd living 10 miles away from the watchmakers’ Stamford workshop and sapphires cut and polished by the brand itself. An extraordinary effort, resulting in a beautiful clear-faced dial that hides the years of perseverance. Watch geeks can (and will) pick the piece apart, but won’t find a foreign accent lurking anywhere.
Having launched to fanfare at last year’s SalonQP, the Sussex-based Schofield return in 2012. Founder Giles Ellis says his watches are a “testament to great British engineering”. Ellis is quietly proud of the oh-so-English eccentricity and individuality that courses through him and into his brand. The pieces’ impeccable timing and precision ensure the brand’s endurance.
Launching brand, Meridian, are keeping its cards close to their chest – with elusive stories of military commissions the only thing to escape from its workshop. The brand’s ‘handmade in Britain’ debut will be presented at the Saatchi Gallery in November at SalonQP.
Master Horologist George Daniels CBE, MBE, creator of the revolutionary co-axial escapement, was regularly described as ‘The Greatest Living Watchmaker’. SalonQP was honoured by his participation in 2010 and this year is privileged to host the preview screening of a film devoted to him, ‘The Watchmakers’ Apprentice’. This heartfelt tribute to the man and his legacy, completed in the year since his passing, explores the professional and personal friendship between Daniels and his only student, Roger Smith, who will introduce the documentary at SalonQP. There will be a few chances during the event to catch a viewing of the Documentary as demand has called for additional showing throughout the show.
SalonQP presents the best from the world of watchmaking right here in the UK and is fantastically proud to showcase the best of UK watch making right back to the world.
Please join us at the Saatchi Gallery in London 8–10 November to fly your flags (whichsoever they might be)!
And on that note about joining all the above at SalonQP, we have a special surprise, the guys and girls at Schofield Watch Company have made it possibly to offer one lucky reader of The Watch Review Site and a guest the opportunity to attend the show on Saturday 10th November 2012, along with attending the ‘Designing in Circles’ Talk by Giles Ellis and a chance to get up close and personal with the Signalman GMT. All you have to do for the opportunity to win this prize is enter your name, email address and phone number on the following page http://www.thewatchreviewsite.co.uk/schofield-watch-company-salonqp-2012-competition-entry/.
The winner will be notified on Friday 9th November 2012 at 10.00am by telephone and or email and your tickets will be waiting for you at the Saatchi Gallery on Saturday, all we ask is that you are able to travel to The Saatchi Gallery in London on Saturday for the show.4
So to recap you can win 2 tickets to SalonQP 2012 for Saturday 10th November 2012, attendance at Talk by Giles Ellis ‘Designing in Circles’ and a Hands on Experience with the Signalman GMT PR in the company of Giles or one of his team.
For your chance to win click here. Good Luck.