This November we are launching the first in a series of events aimed at bringing the world of watches to life in a fun, informal and entertaining way for serious collectors and enthusiasts alike. You can find the full details and buy your tickets for ClubQP here: now, we are excited to announce details of what visitors can expect at the inaugural event. We have a fantastic roster of guests from across the horological world - authors, journalists, collectors, designers, engineers and explorers, not to mention the one and only Evelyne Genta joining us at our VIP reception to discuss her late husband's life and legacy.
Access to the talks is included in the price of attendance, but please be aware that space will be limited and on a first come, first served basis.
Wednesday November 27th, 8pm
Gerald Genta: A Legacy of Design
Join Evelyne Genta, author Alex Barter and collector Ahmed Rahman for an evening dedicated to the life, works and legacy of Gerald Genta. Eight years after his death and four decades after he transformed the luxury watch world with his Royal Oak and Nautilus, Gerald Genta’s star has never been higher. We will hear why his landmark designs are so often imitated but never bettered, alongside tales of what it was really like doing business in the watch industry in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, as well as what the future holds for the Genta name.
Thursday November 28th, 12:30pm
Watches around the world: Walking the Yangtze with Ash Dykes
Explorer and adventurer Ash Dykes made global headlines this year for his 4,000 mile trek along the length of China’s river Yangtze, the world’s third longest. Travelling from the Tibetan plateau to Shanghai over nearly a year, Dykes faced numerous hazards and hardships along the epic journey. Through his long-standing partnership with Ball Watches, we are pleased to have the opportunity to hear first-hand how the spirit of adventure is alive and well in the present day.
Thursday November 28th, 2pm
A good vintage? Assessing the market in 2019
As the vintage watch world shows no sign of slowing down, we are joined by a panel of highly experienced collectors, dealers and auctioneers to talk about the trends, high points and surprises of the past twelve months, culminating in November’s high profile auctions. And we will ask whether there is still value to be found in a market that seems harder and harder to approach from the outside, and increasingly bound up with ‘hero’ pieces.
Thursday November 28th, 6pm
The future watch
From nanotechnology to bluetooth, today even the most traditional watchmakers are exploring how cutting-edge science and 21st century materials can be incorporated into mechanical watchmaking in a way that preserves our passion for mechanical engineering. Hosted by Timothy Barber, we will hear from Roger W Smith OBE, Benoit Mintiens of Ressence and Stephane von Gunten, director of research and innovation at Ulysse Nardin on their very different yet equally innovative approaches to watchmaking.
Thursday November 28th, 8pm
The Speedmaster: a celebration
2019 has been a landmark year for the Omega Speedmaster, as we marked 50 years since its historic use on Apollo 11. In honour of this most celebrated of chronographs we are inviting Speedmaster enthusiasts everywhere to join us for an informal discussion on the everlasting appeal of the Speedy. It will be an excellent opportunity for collectors to get together to swap stories and show off their prized watches. With journalist Robert-Jan Broer, Omega vintage specialist Daniel Somlo and MoonWatch Only author Gregoire Rossier.
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