From Dec 7-9 was held in Paris the biggest watch show in Europe, throw in a dash of SIHH for the luxurious atmosphere and the fact that all exhibitors had the same booths as not to rival in artcitectural extravaganza (a la Basel fair), add in some Basel buzz and variety of exhibitors (including many independent watch makers) as well as some educational material (horological library, watch appraisal by Christie's, a chronograph exhibition...) place the whole in one of the most prestegious and histolical locations in the world: the Louvre and you have a winner!
One very good idea was to enable visitors to sit down and discuss the watches with each brand but most of all have the watches taken from their display and touch and feel them.
On the way:
(click on scans for a bigger view)
My first stop was of course to go see Vacheron Constantin and to make sure they were talking alot about The Hour Lounge to the visitors
the gentleman in glasses is Jean-Yves DiMartino head of VC for France and Belgium
Happy to be here!!
Josephine Dauriac, responsible for marketing (French and belgian markets) taking the new Patrimony Traditionnelle perpetual calendar skeleton to show it to an interested visitor.
yup the Hour Lounge was also there!
Our next visit was to the retrospective of the evolution of the chronograph. Two amazing vintage pieces were lent by Vacheron Constantin.
monopusher from circa 1925
cushion shapped monopusher from early 30s
Other watch related artisans were also exhibiting, one of them being watch box and winder manufacturer Eli Bleu (specialised originally in humidors) who make some very attractive objects
One of the strong attractions of the fair were the independents and for those who have been on the Lounge long enough know that I have a soft spot for them
Does he still need an introduction? Of course not. Philippe even though has no watches to sell was still exhibiting as to participate in the broadening of the public's knowledge on these little known artisans.
Jérôme "Mercator" in deep conversation with Dufour
a seldom seen version of the Simplicity: brushed platinum with slate grey dial: very stealth!
Felix baumgartner the master watchmaker behind the brand started his career with Vacheron Consatntin. I loved their display case!
Ur 201 in black coated platinum
their first model is a gorgeous tourbillon with a very modern and strong look
Dufour's protegé, a very classical timepiece filled with subtle details and awsom finish The rose gold model is for a Lounger and will be sent to him shortly
HLs, jumping hours with retrograde minutes in a funky case shape
His watches would not seem out of place in Captain Nemo's Nautilus The man who first mixed design and horology Gorgeous!!
Janvier Equation of Time
It was a fantastic show and definately worth the trip for those who are not far from Paris because it definately is the occasion to see watches/brands which you do not often see And before leaving the now classical wrist shot:
from left to right: Patek 3940, Dufour Simplicity, Lange 1815 chrono, Patel Aquanaut, Vacheron Patrimony