The best watches we spotted at SalonQP 2018

From Rolex and Tudor to Gronefeld, Nomos Glashutte and Heuer, these are the coolest watches we saw on visitors' wrists at SalonQP 2018

TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Anniversary
Chris Hall

Every year we welcome dozens of watchmakers and thousands of passionate watch fans to a three-day exhibition in London, and every year without fail, the wristgame is strong. Very strong. Here are just some of the watches we spotted on visitors’ wrists at this year’s show.

TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Anniversary
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TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 80th Birthday Edition

A limited edition panda dial TAG Heuer Carrera produced in 2012 to celebrate Jack Heuer's 80th birthday. Like the man himself, this is ageing very nicely.

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Singer Track 1 Chronograph
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Singer Track 1

The first edition of Singer Reimagined’s Track 1 chronograph, with its revolutionary Agenhor movement.

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Gronefeld Parallax Tourbillon, One Hertz and Principia
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A trio of Gronefelds

Two very different versions of the Gronefeld 1941 Principia (on the wrists of founders Tim, left, and Bart) with a Gronefeld One Hertz 1912 in steel – a limited edition of 12 pieces from 2010.

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IWC Pilot's Chronograph
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IWC Pilot's Chronograph 150th anniversary edition

First time we’d seen one of IWC’s 150th anniversary specials in the wild – the Pilot’s Chronograph with white lacquered dial launched in January 2018 at SIHH.

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Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic

Another brand new watch for 2018, the Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic 41mm with brown Santoni leather strap

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Nomos Glashutte Tangente Black
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Nomos Glashutte Tangente Black

The lesser spotted black-dialled Tangente from Nomos Glashutte. Wish they still made this? So do we.

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Tudor Black Bay "Harrods" Edition
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Tudor Black Bay "Harrods" Edition

One of the few Tudor Black Bay “Harrods” editions that is seeing daily wear.

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Fears Brunswick Midas
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Fears Brunswick Midas

Fears Watch Company’s new Brunswick “Midas” – a watch that combines a bronze case with gold plating for a unique finish.

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Tudor Oysterdate "Monte Carlo" Chronograph
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Tudor Oysterdate "Monte Carlo" Chronograph

A Tudor Oysterdate “Monte Carlo” chronograph in excellent condition, albeit very nearly overshadowed by the wearer’s shirt.

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Oris Divers Sixty-Five "Red Bar"
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Oris Divers Sixty-Five "RedBar"

The Oris Divers Sixty-Five “RedBar” limited edition – on the wrist of none other than RedBar CEO Kathleen McGivney

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Rolex Submariner 5513
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Rolex Submariner 5513

The old ones are the best. Beautiful example of a Rolex Submariner 5513.

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Bell & Ross BR-V2 Chronograph
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Bell & Ross BR-V2 Chronograph

Is it just us or are we seeing more round watches than square ones from Bell & Ross out there in the wild these days?

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Heuer Solunar
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Heuer Solunar

A rare sight indeed: the second generation Heuer Solunar on custom Mia Sabel strap.

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Garek Thomman GT7
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Garek Thomman GT7

The Garek Thomman GT7 in rose gold - the Garek Thomman name was last seen in the quartz crisis, but is on its way back.

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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph

The old diving-chronograph-with-a-suit conundrum.

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Vintage Wittnauer
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Vintage Wittnauer

AVintage Wittnauer automatic in yellow gold with cross-hair dial.

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Smiths Astral
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Smiths Astral

A glorious example of a Smiths Astral, one of the last watches made by Smiths before it closed in 1970.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual

A vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual in steel and yellow gold with black leather strap.

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Harris Horology
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Harris Horology

Perhaps the ultimate "if you know, you know" - a watch assembled by the wearer at the Harris Horology school in South London.

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Avantist
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Avantist

Avantist: quite probably the only watch brand to use fragments of tennis racquet strings in their dials. This model features strands taken from Martina Navratilova’s 1978 Wimbledon victory.

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Rolex Datejust
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Rolex Datejust

A Rolex Datejust in stainless steel.

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SalonQP 2018 Group Wristshot
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Dead Seconds Society group wristshot

And finally, a group wristshot taken with Portugal’s preeminent watch geek collective, the Dead Seconds Society, featuring a lovely Omega Speedmaster, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the Cartier Tortue, a Raidillon chronograph, the Jack Heuer 80th Carrera, another Tudor Black Bay “Harrods” and three Bovets.

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