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SalonQP launches Gems of Time, a specially curated exhibition of high jewellery watches
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LONDON.- Gems of Time is a specially curated exhibition which celebrates the heritage, glamour, and craftsmanship of high jewellery watches. SalonQP will add an extra dimension to London ’s world-renowned fine watch exhibition, which runs from the 6-8 November 2014.

The exhibition, which will take place in a space designed by Leila Latchin, is a contemporary take on a jewellery box, perfect for housing these horological jewels in the Saatchi Gallery. Gems of Time will bring together extraordinary pieces from leading international maisons, in a collection curated by Caragh McKay, editor of the Telegraph’s flagship watch title, Telegraph Time, to reveal the creativity and craftsmanship that beat at the heart of these watches. In addition to this there will be an exhibition of fine-jewellery drawings by fashion illustrator Nuno da Costa, which will be incorporated into the design of the show to provide a dynamic and intriguing exhibition.

The exhibition will explore this unique marriage of form and fashion from both heritage and contemporary perspectives, placing iconic designs by famed jewellery houses Piaget, Cartier and Bulgari alongside a new timepiece from De Beers and a very special watch from the world’s oldest diamond company, Backes & Strauss watch. Included are a unique set of Bulgari ‘Serpenti’ watches, which Elizabeth Taylor famously wore on the set of Cleopatra in 1962, and the 101 mechanical movement by Jaeger-LeCoultre. The Queen wore, on her Coronation Day in 1953, a simple Cartier diamond bracelet housing this tiny watch dial. Created in 1929, its diminutive dimensions made and continue to make many jewelled watch designs possible.

Gems of Time marks an exciting development for SalonQP as this will be the first time that women’s watches have been featured in their own right; a testament to the richness of the ever-growing and expanding watch market. Visitors can look forward to seeing designs from Backes & Strauss, Bulgari, Cartier, De Beers, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget. In addition to those mentioned above other highlights include:

• The Harrods Princess by Backes & Strauss – made especially for Harrods as a celebration of their own Biennale, showcasing its credentials as bespoke craftsmen, this piece has been hand-set with 80 Gemfields Zambian emeralds and 241 natural diamonds.

• The Aria Collection by De Beers – these swirling forms represent the movement of light, captured eloquently in their timepieces. Designed and created by Hollie Bonneville-Barden, it encapsulates the skill of the new generation of high jewellery watch designers.

• Sautoir necklaces and cuff watches by Piaget – these pieces are inspired by its heritage designs and yet are deceptively modern. In addition to contemporary pieces, Piaget will also exhibit key pieces from the vintage collection.

• Cartier will display pieces in a carefully curated exhibition of their high jewellery timepieces which reflect over a century’s worth of gem-setting prowess.

Caragh McKay, editor of Telegraph Time and ST Watches & Jewellery magazine, says, ‘A glittering serpent or panther circling the wrist, a ribbon of gold with a precious stone dial or a cuff with a dial as a gem in a puzzle of links – the breadth of creativity, vision and dazzling skill currently being applied to high jewellery watch design is extraordinary. Gems of Time will highlight this in a very contemporary way, while celebrating the magnificent heritage of great jewelled watch design.’

James Gurney, founder and director of SalonQP says, ‘I'm particularly pleased to have Gems of Time as part of SalonQP as the exhibition covers one of the most exciting and dynamic areas of watchmaking, quite apart from offering a more feminine, and frankly glamorous, aspect to SalonQP’

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