Curated by Telegraph Events, SalonQP returned to the prestigious Saatchi Gallery for its eighth edition on 3 – 5 November 2016. The show attracted over 6,500 watch aficionados, with paid for attendance up 7.4% and brands seeing a windfall of sales across the three-day event.
Visitors came to acquire some of the finest timepieces currently made, 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.” – Kevin Boltman, Managing Director, Montblanc UK.
“An excellent event to present our brand to the world.” – Montse Gimeno, Atelier de Chronomètrie.
“SalonQP is the best place in the world to meet independents watchmakers. For Czapek it is also a unique encounter where British shareholders and watch enthusiasts can meet the team and order their own personal watch.” – Xavier de Roquemaurel, Czapek & Cie.
“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.” – Giles English, Bremont
The unique position of SalonQP in the international watch industry attracted global watch world influencers, both knowledgeable and novice collectors as well as creative enthusiasts for whom captivating design is an irresistible draw. These guests joined the show’s established audience of passionate connoisseurs, to rub shoulders with the who’s who of industry including Stephen Forsey (Greubel Forsey), Roger Smith, Davide Cerrato (Montblanc), James Thompson (Black Badger), Stefano Macaluso (Girard Perregaux), Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner (Urwerk), Giles English (Bremont), David Brailsford (Garrick), Danny Pizzigoni (The Watch Club), Kari Voutilainen (Voutilainen) and Romain Gauthier (Romain Gauthier).