SalonQP 2012 is the UK Watch Event to visit this year! That’s right end your year right booking a flight to attend the SalonQP 2012 event at the Saatchi Gallery in London November 8 – 10, 2012.
SalonQP 2012 event will be held for its fourth year at the Saatchi Gallery. The event will be hosted by QP Magazine, a UK watch magazine, lead by the magazine’s editor and SalonQP founder James Gurney. An enviable list of who’s who amongst luxury watchmakers will feature luxurious timepieces as well as a list of exhibitors of independent watchmaking brands. The list includes power names like Bell & Ross, Bulgari, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin, Christophe Claret, Sarpaneva Watches and Urwerks to name a few. For a complete list of confirmed watchmaker brand attendees go to http://www.salonqp.com/2012-exhibitors/.
Guests in attendance will have an opportunity to view rare timepieces, the latest models as well as meet the people behind some the world’s most exciting luxurious watch brands. A limited number of tickets are now available on sale for the VIP champagne and canapé reception on November 8. It is highly advisable to leap on purchasing these tickets today to avoid being disappointed. To book tickets visit www.salonqp.com or call 020 7428 2916.
Launching a new watch is TAG Heuer with its MikrotourbillonS. Urwerks will debut a new timepiece as well as British brand Meridian. Frederic de Narp CEO of Harry Winston will also feature a new timepiece at the event as well.
In addition to the SalonQP 2012 event, weekly competitions are being offered leading up to the actual SalonQP event. One lucky winner each week will win a prize. This week’s lucky winner will attend a Macarons and Martinis Masterclass event sponsored by Legend of Kremlin Vodka. The selected winner and along with a friend will enjoy whipping up tasty treats with the help of world-class pâtissiers. London mixologist will also teach the winner how to mix and shake the perfect Martini. Also up for grabs is a pair of ticket to one Masterclass, set to take place in Central London on Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas.
SalonQP is certainly making this year’s event enticing and well worth the trip to good ole London. Last year’s event included Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. Don’t miss out on another exciting SalonQP event. The VIP Reception to be held November 8, 12pm-6pm will include a movie at 2:30 pm on George Daniels. A cocktail reception will also be held at 6pm-10pm.
Bell & Ross, the French watch company, is known for making timepieces that try to replicate and revive early watches which influenced history. In the 2011, this company brought back the first wristwatches worn during the First World War: the Pocket Watch 1 (PW1) and its wristwatch development, the Wrist Watch 1 (WW1). The watches show a parallel between the history of aviation and watch-making. Bell & Ross have created the PW1 and WW1 Argentium, a new oxidation resistant alloy, to create watches that is unique and deep in its look as well as its vintage appearance.
In the Vintage WW1 Argentium, Bell & Ross bring back the high-quality design and feature of early wristwatches. It pays tribute to the first wristwatches worn by pilots in the 1920s. One way this watch differs from the other WW1 models is that it has a smaller diameter (41 millimeters) compared to the others, which measure 45 millimeters in diameter. The silver case, which is made of a more striking and resistant silver alloy, further has a unique luster not seen in the others. Lugs welded to the side of the watch give impression of horns and are attached to thin leather straps, all of which work together to give the watch an authentic, vintage look. Inside the case is a manual winding movement.
The silver version of the Vintage WW1 Argentium has a sunburst dial with opalescent reflections. The hands, numerals, and index marks are in applique metal. The ruthenium version has a deep-gray sunburst dial that contrasts nicely against the silver case. Covering the dial of these watches is a dome shaped glass that is made from sapphire.
Vintage WW1 Argentium Technical Specifics:
Movement: mechanical manual
Case: 41 mm diameter, made of argentium, a sterling silver alloy that has high tarnish resistance
Functions: hours, minutes and small second hand.
Dial: Comes in two versions – silver or ruthenium finish, sunburst,
Small seconds subdial at the 6 o’clock position
Applique metal numerals and index
Crystal: anti-reflective sapphire, dome shaped
Water resistance of up to 30 meters
Strap: grey alligator leather
Buckle: pin, argentium
As the press release by the brand points out, “The WW1 Argentium models are the perfect embodiment of Bell & Ross’s mission: to turn back time in order to add new treasures from the past to its collection. The firm is restoring silver to its rightful place. And by improving the properties of the metal, Bell & Ross ensures its new models are of a unique quality. Charismatic, bright and precious: the latest Vintage inspirations from Bell & Ross are born.”
Pocket watches may be making a bit of a comeback these days, but in today’s fast-paced world, a wristwatch is much more accessible. Luckily, the Bell & Ross WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir Heritage combines the best of both worlds to capture the allure of the pocket watch with the functions of a wrist watch.
The best parts of the watch? The design is incredibly clean, which is its own aesthetic attraction. The open black dial face with easy-to-read cream and white indices is a dream. The chronograph dials are equally legible and well-placed. The watch is also available in a cream dial with black indices.
Based off the popular watches of WWI, just about the time that timepieces were making the switch between wristwatches and pocket watches, the clean, large design translates well into the modern day.
Building off the design ideals of the 1920s and some of the earliest pilots, the Chronographe Monopoussoir WWI (in this case, the initials stand for Wrist Watch 1), Bell & Ross work to incorporate the best parts of watch history with a few modern modifications.
A single winding chronograph, the single button on the side of the watch controls all of its functions with a few simple commands including 60-second and 30-minute totalizers.
The wristband on the Chronographe Monopoussoir Heritage line is unique as well. Choose between distressed leather or calfskin with contrast stitching. Both versions incorporate comfort and style into the watch, lending it an old world feel.
The large watch design is made to resemble the key fob of pocket watches, not only mirroring them in the font and size, but in its construction as well. Adding to the feeling of eras past is the domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal dial window. The sapphire is incredibly durable, adding to the longevity of the piece.
Waterproof up to 100m, or 330ft, and encased in stainless steel, this watch is as sturdy as an airship. Indeed, the WW1 timepieces are more inspired by the early pilots who pushed the trend of wristwatches into the public eye than by the war.
Time moves at such a fast pace these days, but it’s good to know that some ideals will remain untouched by the passing of the years. The clean good looks of the Bell & Ross WW1 Chronographe Monopoussoir Heritage combined with its sturdy reliability and wearability stand as a testament to the times gone by.
Bell & Ross have been known to make luxury watches for professionals who work in extreme conditions and must face hazards as part of their routine duties. For many years, experts in the fields of diving, astronautics and bomb disposal have relied on the precision timekeeping and ergonomical design of Bell & Ross timepieces to aid them in their occupations.
Bell & Ross has mastered the art of creating very attractive timepieces that can withstand even the most extreme environments without sacrificing comfort and accuracy. The BR-03 92 model is available in a plethora of colors and styles that will please those who love the monochromatic look to those who crave color in their life.
The BR-03 92 is an analog watch featuring a self-winding automatic movement with hour, minute, second and date functions. The smart square case has anti-reflective glass and measures 42 millimeters with the rubber strap measuring 11 millimeters in thickness. The stationary square bezel appears to be military inspired and has a rugged look while exuding subtle luxury which works perfectly for work and after hours leisure. This timepiece is definitely a far cry from similar luxury watch brands that have a lot of embellishments and bells and whistles but for those who can appreciate a luxury watch without all of superfluity, the BR-03 92 is a perfect match.
Staying within the streamlined and minimalist design is the BR-03 94. This timepiece is also available in many styles of faces and bands. The stainless steel case with matte black PVD finish measures 42 millimeters and is said to resemble the BR-01 94 but without the bulk. The BR-03 94 has a rubber wristband that is ideal for those who have sensitive skin and wear their watch on a daily basis.
Those who require a timepiece that is as hard working as them will appreciate the durability and reliability of the BR-01 94 which features a black dial with numerals and index hour markers, chronograph and stop-watch function and a 42-hour power reserve. The watch’s easy-to-read black hands are coated with photoluminescence and there are two sub dials for central seconds and seconds located prominently on the dial for easy readability.
Both the BR-03 92 and BR-03 94 are excellent timepieces for busy professionals who desire a smart and sturdy watch from a brand with a long history of creating only the finest timepieces that are the constant sidekicks of experts in various industries.
French luxury watchmakers Bell & Ross has premiered yet another stunning timepiece which reflects their four core principles of design: optimum resistance in water, well-defined optical displays, expert functions and precise Swiss movement. Bell & Ross’ signature timepieces often mimic the appearance of aircraft cockpits however the brand has also mastered creating specialized timepieces for those who require watches which can stand up to high levels of external pressure and deep water resistance. As Bell & Ross is highly skilled at creating first-rate timepieces for professionals therefore one can expect only the most superior craftsmanship.
The Vintage BR126 Sport Chronograph pairs high fashion, sports and luxury watchmaking all in one stylish watch. The name of the piece suggests that it is a vintage style however; this magnificent timepiece is anything but antique when it comes to design and function. Gentlemen should be assured that the vintage qualities of this timepiece are reflected only in the high quality watchmaking and design which Bell & Ross has long been world renown.
Bell & Ross’ Vintage BR126 Sport Chronograph is a very smart-looking watch with its stainless steel case and bezel, round black dial and anti-reflective sapphire dial window. One can instantly transform the look and feel of this watch by simply changing the watch band. The Vintage BR126 Sport Chronograph gives you the option of wearing a stainless steel band or select another one of their assorted watch bands such as black calfskin. This allows one to easily change from work to leisure time within minutes while still being able to depend upon Bell & Ross’ superior horological function and design.
The black dial bears a three-hand display with two supplementary dials for the date and power reserve. The case diameter is a bold and impressive 41 millimeters with the case thickness being 14 millimeters. This striking watch has the customary Swiss-Automatic movement and is water resistant to 330 feet so those who enjoy time by the water need not worry about damaging his sports watch. The sleek and sporty look of this watch is largely due to the minimalist design of the black dial with 12 and 6 o’clock denoted in Arabic numerals, luminous hour markers and minutes marked on the outer circumference of the dial.
Gentlemen of all ages should be drawn to the classic design and contemporary look of the Vintage BR126 Sports Chronograph. This timepiece perfectly complements men of refined taste and those who desire only the best.