SalonQP, the annual fine-watch fair held at the Saatchi Gallery, brought the world’s top watch brands, makers and collectors to London last week. But along with the first-rate crowd, one of the year’s biggest draws was the distinctly stylish ‘Gems of Time’ exhibition, exploring the design and innovation of the jewelled watch.
Cartier‘s set of three contemporary ‘Panthère’ watches celebrated 100 years of the house’s iconic design in white gold, onyx and pavé diamonds. Piaget reflected on its tradition of hammered gold, hard-stone dials and turquoise, exhibiting cuff watches from 1970 alongside pieces from this year’s ‘Extremely Piaget Paris Biennale’ collection.
Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ‘Joaillerie 101 Manchette’ cuff played a trick on the eyes: nestled among a puzzle of pavé and white-gold squares, the tiny Calibre 101 ticked away, the miniature movement as impressive now as it was when it was created nearly 100 years ago, in 1929.
Pale-pink walls lined with emerald-shaped windows revealed a mesmerising collection of current and archive pieces, including a rare collection of Bulgari Serpenti watches.
The ‘Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend’ wall sconces by Matali Casset for Made by Meta were crafted using paktong, a zinc, nickel and copper alloy traditionally imported from China and used for domestic fittings in the 18th century. Latchin’s addition of four ‘Ilios’ disc and sphere wall lamps by Atelier Areti, the London design studio run by sisters Gwendolyn and Guillane Kerschbaumer, added a modern Deco-style touch
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