SalonQP to Host Exhibition on the History of the Chronograph

By Paul Joseph

The 2015 edition of SalonQP, the globally renowned watch fair, arrives in London next month and among its offerings will be a new exhibition charting the history of the chronograph.

Created in partnership with the Fondation de le Haute Horlogerie, and curated by James Gurney, founder of SalonQP, the “Inside a Second” exhibition will take place in a dedicated space within the Saatchi Gallery on the second floor.

It will explore the history of the chronograph through design, technical development and use, demonstrating how to show recorded time in the limited space of a wristwatch, illustrating the technical elements behind the chronograph, and highlighting the wide reaching use of the chronograph.

Highlights of the exhibition will include the 1820's inking timer invented by Nicholas Rieussec for timing race horses, pocket-watch chronographs from Vacheron Constantin, the newly unveiled Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition, Zenith's El Primero and the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

James Gurney, SalonQP founder, said: "As a curated exhibition focussed on a key aspect of watchmaking, ‘Inside A Second’ adds a new dimension to SalonQP.

“As with Gems of Time, the aim is to present a narrative that resonates across the brand universe and will enhance the SalonQP experience."

Taking place from 12th – 14th November, SalonQP 2015 will be the event’s fifth year at the Saatchi Gallery and seventh in total. The exhibition has established itself as Europe’s leading public event for fine watches.

By Paul Joseph