News / Communiqué 03.06.2016 - Le Locle
The 2017 edition of the International Chronometry Competition has been postponed.
In a meeting on June 2, 2016, the Committee of the International Chronometry Competition decided to postpone the 2017 edition of the competition.
It has been observed that, in its current form, the competition has not been receiving the support of the majority of watch companies. The committee has therefore decided to re-evaluate the overall concept. The President of the Competition consulted numerous personalities from the watchmaking world, representing brands, manufacturers, specialised press, collectors and associations in the sector.
Several options were proposed in order to improve the format of the contest, but none reached unanimity within the committee. Its members – all volunteers and watch enthusiasts – aspire above all to promote the values of watchmaking excellence, accuracy, reliability, expertise, know-how, innovation and tradition. They strive to promote watchmaking excellence and innovation; both for and with the watch manufacturers!
The decision to postpone the 2017 edition was the one that was required and gives the association some time for reflection in order to undertake a deep restructuring of the competition. A dedicated “thinktank” will be created, composed of representatives of all watchmaking circles. Its task will be to create a competition which will promote innovation and excellence while uniting the world of watchmaking.
See you in 2018!
See official site here: http://www.concourschronometrie.org/e/home.
IMHO this issue is also relevant to the recent thread by Bill on the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Geneve, which also depends on Manufacture interest and has been absented by Vacheron Constantin for some years. I always feared that too much industry manipulation would suffocate the Concours. Is the same true for the GPHG?