Ten Brands And Five Exclusive Launches At The Watchmakers Club Event
A Brief Introduction To The Brands Attending The Watchmakers Club Event On The 1st November
For the fourth consecutive year, ‘The Night Before’ returns to England’s historical capital city on the 1st November. This annual watch event provides a platform for independent watch brands, collectors and industry influencers to meet and share their common passion for horology.
At this year’s event, there will be several new and innovative watches unveiled for the first time.
Andreas Strehler needs little introduction, his reputation as one of the finest watchmakers of his generation is renowed and there are few pretenders to his throne. The Swiss watchmaker is known for his complicated watches equipped with very precise moon-phase complications. At this year’s event, Andreas will be showcasing his latest watch, the Lune Exacte, for the delectation of horophiles.
Czapek & Cie is the brainchild of three watch enthusiasts who vowed to rekindle a legendary name of the past. By raising capital through crowdfunding, the company has gone on to launch a collection of new timepieces, including the wonderful model N.33bis, winner of the GPHG Public Prize. The Swiss brand will be showing an array of its prestigious watches at the event.
GoS watches will showcase the Sarek Ice Blue, an eye-catching timepiece imbued with Scandinavian flair. This timepiece features a tempered Damascus steel dial and is offered in a choice of dial patterns. Irrespective of the variant chosen, the dial evinces a plethora of blue shades, each wonderfully nuanced to glorious effect.
Christiaan van der Klaauw is synonymous with astronomical watches. Indeed, the company has been crafting astronomical complications for over 40 years. Initially, the Dutch brand produced astronomical clocks before creating its first wristwatch in 1996. This year, Christiaan van der Klaauw will be displaying an array of fine watches, each lovingly imbued with exalted craftsmanship.
British brand Pinion will release its latest watch, the Atom, at this year’s event. This timepiece, featuring a self-winding movement, marks a new chapter in the company’s history. The 41mm steel watch is a new, affordable, entry-level timepiece for those would-be watch buyers who seek value for money, a mechanical movement and impeccable style.
Moritz Grossmann, based in Glashütte, Germany and named after the legendary watchmaker from the Ore mountains, is a shining exemplar of haute horlogerie. The Manufacture crafts exquisite watches, featuring movements which harness such details as a ⅔ plate and cantilevered balance cock with Grossmann micrometer screw. Several of this brand’s watches will be on display at ‘The Night Before’ event.
Mark Schwarz and his colleagues will be unveiling their new timepiece, the Vault V1, at this year’s event. This watch was developed in collaboration with the aforementioned watchmaker Andreas Strehler and his company Uhr Teil AG. Project Vault took four years to bring to fruition, but the amazing outcome justifies the effort expended. The Vault V1 redefines horology and represents a new means of imparting the time.
Zeitwinkel, the Manufacture from Saint Imier, Switzerland has earned a reputation for its elegant, uncluttered designs. One of the specialities of the brand is the large date display, found on its 273° timepiece. This watch has also led to the release of the fascinating 273° saphir fumé, a timepiece with a tinted sapphire crystal dial which reveals many of the mechanical manoeuvres typically hidden from view.
Fears, a British brand, designs its watches in Blighty and manufactures them in the watchmaking haven of Switzerland. This year the company launches its first ever mechanical watch, the Brunswick. This magnificent hand-wound timepiece, featuring an ETA 7001 movement, a resin enamel dial and cushion-shaped case, measures a delightfully restrained 39mm and will be on display at the event.
Garrick is unveiling two new timepieces. Firstly, a new version of the Portsmouth, sporting a gorgeous guilloché dial, will be shown for the first time at the event. Secondly, the brand’s all new ‘S1’ will be unveiled. Created by Master Watchmaker, Craig Baird, this open-worked watch is truly remarkable. The watch has been built entirely by hand including each individually cut gear. The movement is hand frosted and features screwed gold chatons while the dial incorporates a power-reserve indicator at 2 o’clock with a small seconds display opposite. As a consequence of its protracted creation, Garrick will only be making four examples of the S1 per annum.
With demand for tickets outstripping supply, the popularity of The Night Before has been overwhelming. Those individuals who sadly failed to secure tickets will hopefully be more successful in 2018 when they will see first-hand why this is a must-attend event on the British horological calendar.
Andreas Strehler, Christiaan van der Klaauw, Garrick and Vault will also be attending SalonQP, 2nd – 4th November. Click HERE for more info.
Watchmakers Club event info HERE