It’s London’s watch season and that means another annual event from our friends over at QP Magazine. However, they’ve decided to switch things up this year and rather than their usual haunt at the Saatchi Gallery this year will be a smaller-scale affair at Ten Trinity Square, Sponsored by 1762, Brewin Dolphin, dubbed Club QP.
So far a good range of brands has been announced, from Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre to Emile Chouriet and Reservoir, along with presentations on walking the Yangtze (courtesy of Ash Dykes) and the current state of vintage.
Where: 27-28 November, 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ
Smartech at Selfridges
The future is here, and it comes in the form of a sleeping robot pillow! And a robotic bartender, an automatic telescope, water-activated light show and chocolates carved into the shape of your face… all of which is a drop in the ocean that is Smartech, the latest flagship tech haven in Selfridges. Better than the variety of gadgets on offer is the chance to try them out yourself. Don’t be shy; have a chat with a robotic helper or dance in front of a proximity-activated iPod commercial. Get lost in ‘The Store of the Future’ more wholeheartedly than Marty McFly.
Where: Lower Ground Floor, 400 Oxford Street
The Watchmaker’s Club
High end watchmaking can be a bit intimidating; not so at the Watchmaker’s Club. Despite 16 great independent brands in attendance – ranging from Andreas Strehler to Zeitwinkel – you won’t see a display case anywhere, just brand owners and watchmakers more than happy to talk you through their work while you try it out for yourself. This year the London-trotting evening will take place at The Refinery in London’s Regent Place, just a minute’s walk from Warren Street tube. Expect good food, great watches and a fantastic time for anyone with an interest in haute horology. For more information and to book your ticket, head over to The Watchmaker’s Club’s website.
Where: 20 November, 5 Brock St, NW1 3FG
The Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
If you want to see some serious vintage automobiles get along to Hyde Park bright and early, the starting point for the Bonhams annual London to Brighton run. This isn’t serious, more an opportunity to see some motors that you’d more expect to find in museums. The same goes for most drivers, including their period dress.
Where: 3 November, Hyde Park