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Just back from Les Journées de la Passion in Luxemburg: my selection of wristshots

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I have just come back from Luxemburg after having attended the "Les Journées de la Passion" event which aim is to present the latest offer from a lot of brands to end customers. This event takes alternatively place in Luxemburg and Brussels and is always successful because the organizer manages to involve the local retailers. I always like this type of event during the last quarter because they allow me to do a kind a wrap-up of the year, to discover some of the latest novelties from the brands and of course to meet friends!

The perfect organization of "Les Journées de la Passion" makes me regret the end of the Salon Belles Montres in Paris several years ago and it is a true pity that Paris doesn't have a similar event anymore. Anyway, I propose you to browse the gallery of wristshots I took during the day spent in Luxemburg:


I was wearing my AP RO Chronograph Limited Edition Italy:

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The Limited Edition of the Senator Chronomètre is very baroque! But at least it shows the capabilities and skills of the manufacture:

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The Panoinverse Limited Edition shares the same concept and decoration style:

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The SeaQ 1969 is a very nice watch, very well made and I much prefer the 39mm version:

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The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Complete Calendar is a spectacular and intriguing piece. I'm not very convinced to find this type of complication in a diving watch but it is very well made:

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One of the most famous watches of the year, I think I don't need to introduce it. And I still love it after having seen it for the first time several months ago. Well, the Air Command is fully approved by myself!

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Vacheron Constantin was one of the Richemont exhibitors and I could try the Overseas Chronograph:

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And the Fifty-Six Complete Calendar. It takes fully advantage of the blue dial:

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Girard-Perregaux brings a wide range of pieces. So I could try the spectacular Quasar!

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From the prototype seen during the SIHH to the final version, here comes the Laureato Absolute Rock:

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The Laureato Absolute Chronograph:

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Ressence is a Belgian brand so it was a bit the local brand of the event! It is always a pleasure to meet the team.

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I couldn't miss the opportunity to see the watches from Hamilton because there are always some gems offered at a fair price.

I like a lot the Pilot Pioneer Mechanical:

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I was very surprised to discover this one because I have never heard about it! The Chrono-matric 50 is inspired by a watch from 1972.

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The Hamilton x Schott NY is not my cup of tea!

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The Frederique Constant Worldtimer is now available with a beautiful grey dial:

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The Breitling Premier Chronograph x Norton is a well made watch I must confess:

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One of the stars of the event was the stunning Logical One from Romain Gauthier:

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Zenith was of course one of the main exhibitors. Here comes the original Defy Zero-G:

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And the Pilot Bronze Chronograph:

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Another surprise is this Submersible BMG-Tech:

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It is too small on my wrist but the Luminor Due Titanium with blue dial is a good way for Panerai to expand its customer base:

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Ulysse Nardin displayed a wide range of spectacular pieces...

Like the Free Wheel:

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I love this version of the Freak X because I find it luminous:

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And I don't speak about this Executive Skleton XL!

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Thanks to the retailer from Brussels De Greef, Lange could exhibit some watches of its collection:

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I was happy to see again the Royal Saphir from Pequignet. It is a great contemporary piece.

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Chopard had one of the largest booths.

I could try again the Alpine Eagle Blue Dial:

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And this eye-catching LUC Spirit of Nature:

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Here come some additional pictures to illustrate the atmosphere of the Salon:



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I would like to thank a lot the staff of the exhibitors for the time spent with me. I enjoyed each minute spent in the Cercle Cité bulding and I can't wait for the next edition... in Brussels!

Fr.Xavier

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brauner November 17th, 2019-10:02
Thanks a lot I like the GP Laureato Absolute Rock very much.
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foversta November 17th, 2019-14:08
Me too. It was the first time I could handle it and I was very convinced by the Carbon Glass.  
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Jad November 17th, 2019-10:05
Merci Thanks for this great repot, it was very interesting and a lot of really nice pictures as always, I love the logical one. Your photo makes it look so real.
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foversta November 17th, 2019-14:07
Thanks a lot for your nice comments!  
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Jurry November 17th, 2019-10:07
What a Great event That must have been one heck of a nice event to attend. I’ve been drooling vier some of the pictures res your u shared with us. Glashutte more and more is starting to impress me although many are slightly too big for me. I agree on your observation on the... 
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foversta November 17th, 2019-14:07
Thanks Jurry for the detailed comments. The point about the complicated diving watches is that they come further to requests from clients! I remember it was the case of the Easy Diver from Roger Dubuis. Fx
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Jurry November 18th, 2019-06:28
Agreed Yes clients want it and the good news we don’t all like the same haha
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VMM November 17th, 2019-10:13
As usual, excellent wrist shots. Thanks a lot for sharing, FX. Vte
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foversta November 17th, 2019-14:05
Thanks Vicente!  
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FlyingSnoopy November 17th, 2019-10:27
Thanks for sharing! The GO SeaQ is really growing on me! (I agree with you, I also prefer the 39,5 edition) Cheers
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