Watchmaking is showing its hands again.
While waiting for the curtain to rise on Watches&Wonders in Geneva at the end of March, the unmissable appointment for wristwatch enthusiasts is in Vicenza, where VO’Clock Privé will be staged from 18 to 20 March. Conceived within the framework of Vicenzaoro (17-21 March), it is a real space, or rather a salon, hosting some of the most prestigious brands in the time industry. In the past, the international gold and jewellery exhibition had reserved an area dedicated to the world of hands, but for the 2022 edition, IEG – Italian Exhibition Group, the organiser of Vicenzaoro, wanted to raise the bar even higher.
The format with which it was conceived VO’Clock Privé was born with the desire to strengthen the bond between fans and collectors, and the watch industry in a geographical area like Italy has always been considered a strategic reference for the world of time. This is not enough. All this happens in a historical moment that sees after two years of pandemic and experiences lived at a distance and only in digital format, bring back to the centre of the scene the opportunity finally to return to touch the news. Yes, because VO’Clock Privé has the merit of being the first event in the sector, at European level, to take place in presence. And just scroll through the list of brands that have confirmed their presence to certify the interest and importance of this event.
The sea comes to Vicenza
Some of these brands boast, and it could not be otherwise, a strong link with the world of the sea in all its forms and declinations. Eberhard & Co., for example, counts the Scafograf 300 among its most successful collections. Recently returned to the spotlight, it is now available in an “MCMLIX” edition with a blue galbé dial, the official colour of Eberhard & Co., with a matt finish and “vintage” luminescent hour markers and hands. The marine element, this time in the world of sailing, has always been an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Corum, whose name is among those present at the Vicenza event. For lovers of sporty timepieces with a marine vocation, the reference collection proposed by the Maison is called Admiral. A name that leaves no room for doubt and brings back memories of the glory of the Admiral’s Cup.
The trophy is linked to a famous regatta organised by the RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) which took place in the waters of the Solent from 1957 to 2003 and whose importance and prestige was second only to the America’s Cup. Corum has been able to reinterpret this sailing tradition through a family that has become a reference in the world of hands over the years, winning over the wrists of many enthusiasts and collectors. The Admiral 42 and 38 have recently been added to the collection and are available in a variety of materials and colours. But the link between VO’ Clock Privé and the sea is further strengthened by the presence of Locman, an all-Italian brand based on the island of Elba. Engaged on several fronts, not least the commitment with OISA 1937 in support of the Andrea Bocelli Foundation, the creations designed by the Elba-based company have an important reference in the marine element, as evidenced by the success of the new Mare 300 in a very short time. The Q Timex range from the famous American watch brand, also present at the Vicenza exhibition, is also part of this trend.
The fascination of watchmaking
Expanding the perimeter and leaving the confines of the sea, VO’ Clock Privé is above all an unmissable appointment to see up close the latest creations of watchmaking giants such as Zenith with the new products presented at LVMH Watch Week, Girard-Perregaux, Perrelet, not to mention Wyler Vetta and independent brands such as Vincent Calabrese and Junghans. All this will be enriched by opportunities for in-depth analysis of techniques, complications and the art of watchmaking in general, with the involvement of the FHH-Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the CAPAC in Milan, an authoritative watchmaking training centre.
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