SalonQP 2016 Draws Global Crowd of Watch Lovers

By Paul Joseph

SalonQP returned to the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in west London for its eighth edition earlier this month, attracting over 6,500 watch aficionados to the high profile event.

Visitors came to acquire some of the finest timepieces currently available, from established names such as Girard-Perregaux, Chopard and Bremont to leading independent brands like MB&F, Garrick and F.P. Journe. Launch brands included Atelier de Chronomètrie, Fears, JR Bespoke Timepieces and Vault Watches.

British brand Garrick reported £45,000 of sales on the first public day, including the sale of their newest timepiece The Portsmouth. Montblanc received unprecedented interest in their Orbis Terrarum Special Edition Great Britain, which launched internationally at SalonQP, and Fears had a robust start, selling pieces on both the opening night and the first public day of the show.

“SalonQP has once again given Montblanc the platform to share our passion for fine watchmaking with watch collectors, enthusiasts and novices over three days. We were delighted to launch our 4810 Orbis Terrarum Special Edition Great Britain as well as showcase haute horlogerie and new collections to press and clients,” said Kevin Boltman, Managing Director of Montblanc.

“As a British watch brand Bremont is passionate about educating people on the amazing history of British watchmaking and reinvigorating a once-booming industry for this country. As such it’s always great to support SalonQP, a fantastic British initiative in the beautiful setting of the Saatchi Gallery,” added Giles English, co-founder of Bremont.

Salon QP was founded by James Gurney, who also established QP, Britain's first magazine devoted to contemporary fine watches.

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By Paul Joseph