For many visitors, the Carré des Horlogers offers the boldest and most daring watchmaking at the SIHH! This will once again be the case from 15 through 19 January when the Carré des Horlogers will showcase such watchmakers as Kari Voutilainen, Tim and Bart Grönefeld and Speake Marin.
The date 15 January 2018 is no doubt already underlined in red in the agendas of all lovers of fine watchmaking. This is to mark the day that the SIHH, the most prestigious international exhibition dedicated to luxurious timepieces, opens its doors for the 28th year.
The 34 brands attending the show include famous manufacturers considered “historical” for their credentials and their loyalty to the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, and this year, those 16 watchmakers in the Carré des Horlogers will enjoy an enlarged area as compared to the two previous fairs. For the 3rd time, independent designers have been invited to this timekeeping festival to present their latest creations. Among these exceptional craftsmen are three Houses represented by the Ekso Watches Gallery: Voutilainen, Grönefeld and Speake Marin. These watchmakers – one Finnish, one British and two Dutch – underscore the universality of fine watchmaking in a field where Switzerland most often claims the limelight. Kari Voutilainien, by the way, arrives crowned with glory after winning the Artistic Crafts Watch Prize in November at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva with his superb Aki-No-Kure featuring a lacquered dial.
While the number of exhibitors and the reserved Carré des Horlogers area have increased this year, the event’s watchword is still “exceptional”, as explains Fabienne Lupo, chairwoman and managing director for the SIHH: “The fair does not aim to grow indefinitely. We must control its growth to preserve the values of excellence that have forged its reputation. It must continue to meet the expectations of the exhibiting Houses as well as those of current and future clients.” I can only endorse this statement since anything that can help “my” watchmakers to share their passion and reveal their savoir-faire to a wide audience is absolutely essential in my opinion.
Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. Geneva, from 15 through 19 January 2018. With the presence of Kari Voutilainen, Tim and Bart Grönefeld and Speake Marin at the Carré des Horlogers.