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Special Exhibition Explores the History of the Chronograph

SalonQP, in partnership with the Fondation de le Haute Horlogerie, is presenting a new exhibition at this year’s show. ‘Inside A Second’ recounts the history, development and state of the art versions of the chronograph. The exhibition will take place in a dedicated space within the Saatchi Gallery on the second floor.

Chronographs feature in the catalogues of almost every exhibitor at SalonQP and are the most familiar and simple to use ‘complication’ in wristwatches. Their development, use and impact have been vital to the history of watchmaking, whether as tools to measure performance or challenges to test designers

The exhibition, curated by James Gurney, founder of SalonQP, will explore the history of the chronograph through design, technical development and use, demonstrating how to show recorded time in the limited space of a wristwatch, illustrating the technical elements behind the chronograph, from early stop-watches to 1/100th of a second chronographs, and highlighting the wide reaching use of the chronograph, which have been utilized by professionals involved in science, industry, the military, and sports.

Highlights include mechanical creations such as the 1820’s inking timer invented by Nicholas Rieussec for timing race horses, pocket-watch chronographs from Vacheron Constantin, and some of the 20th Century’s most important wristwatches, including the newly unveiled Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition, Zenith’s El Primero and the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

James Gurney – SalonQP founder: “As a curated exhibition focussed on a key aspect of watchmaking, ‘Inside A Second’ adds a new dimension to SalonQP. As with Gems of Time, the aim is to present a narrative that resonates across the brand universe and will enhance the SalonQP experience.”

For more information visit SalonQP.com/exhibition, or call 020 7931 3987

About SalonQP

SalonQP 2015 will be the event’s fifth year at the Saatchi Gallery and seventh in total. The exhibition has established itself as Europe’s leading public event for those interested in, or curious about, fine watches.

SalonQP attracts a high net worth clientele of both international and UK visitors, experiencing its unique blend of watches, luxury, horological history and creative arts. In 2014 over 7,000 visitors to the Saatchi Gallery enjoyed seeing watches from over 80 exhibiting brands – a significant growth at all levels on previous years – ranged over all three floors of the Saatchi Gallery.

SalonQP grew out of QP magazine, the authoritative British voice in luxury watch media. Founded in 2003 and acquired by the Telegraph Media Group in 2013, the magazine is published six times a year, featuring the finest writing and photography in the world of watches and luxury.

For more information, go to SalonQP.com

Tickets can be purchased here http://www.salonqp.com/tickets/

Preview Night – Thursday 12th (18.00-22.00) £100

Friday 13th Day Ticket (11.00-17.00) £20.00

Friday 13th Cocktail Reception Ticket (18.00 – 22.00) £50.00

Friday 13th Day Package (Day and Cocktail Reception ticket) £60.00

Saturday 14th Day Ticket (12.00-18.00) £20.00

About the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

The Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) was established in Geneva in 2005 by three founders, the Richemont Group, Audemars Piguet, and Girard-Perregaux, to promote Fine Watchmaking internationally. The FHH fosters and promotes Fine Watchmaking’s values of creativity, culture, and tradition.

The FHH is active in Switzerland and internationally to introduce a wide audience to this highly distinctive world. The Fondation is recognized as a global thought leader for the watchmaking profession with a mission to inform, educate and train.

The FHH has worked extensively with SalonQP, staging exhibitions and contributing to the seminar programme. For 2015, the FHH is using its expertise and connections in support of Inside a Second.

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