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Watchmaker’s Club London: The Best Collector’s Event in Town

The Watchmaker's Club

With Salon QP changing its tone this year to a more lifestyle, party vibe – which we here at OT are psyched for – serious collectors are more excited than ever for another event: The Watchmaker’s Club Evening.

Previously billed as The Night Before Salon QP, the name pretty much says it all. It’s one of the few chances collectors get to not only handle some seriously high-end timepieces, but chat to the guys that conceived, designed and built them. This year, however, is a little different as the event has been announced to start a few weeks earlier, on the 7th of November.

In the past it’s been a pretty toned-down affair; it started at a pub before graduating to a members’ club. This year though they’re upping the stakes – and the steaks – at Bank’s M Restaurant. The only downside is that the proposed meat tasting M is putting on is the only thing that can distract from a good astrological complication.

The Watchmaker's Club

Andreas Strehler at The Watchmaker’s Club

As well as the upgraded locale, The Watchmaker’s Club will be showcasing more independent brands than ever – a grand total of 15 – ranging from the accessible to the extraordinary. In the same five minutes you can try on the Fears Brunswick we loved so much then Andreas Strehler’s Transaxial Tourbillon. You don’t need to know the price tag (very high) to recognise that last as exceptional.

Pinion at Watchmaker's Club London

Pinion at The Watchmaker’s Club

The biggest new addition to the Watchmaker’s Club ranks however is Faberge. We’ve been a fan of their Visionnaire ever since it lent its haute horological credentials to the jeweller’s watchmaking repertoire, and we’re expecting to see some seriously cool things this year.

The Watchmaker's Club

There are a ton more brands to see, test and quiz to your heart’s content and they’ll all have something new to say. And hey, if you need a break from the watch geekery, you’ll find us at the bar, cocktail in one hand, steak knife in the other.

If you’re interested, sign up to one of the limited places here. The full list is as follows:

  • Andreas Strehler
  • Carl Suchy & Sohne
  • Cyrus
  • Czapek
  • Dornblüth & Sohn
  • Fabergé
  • Fears
  • Garrick
  • GoS
  • Lonville
  • Moritz Grossmann
  • Pinion
  • Qlocktwo
  • Vault Swiss
  • Vertex

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.