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PANEL DISCUSSION at The Masters of Art Horology London Exhibition 20th June 2018

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As per the announcement, the Watchmakers "The Masters of Art Horology" Exhibition [CLICK] started its run in London from 18 - 26 June 2018.

As media partners, PuristSPro was there to check it out.


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PuristS Ludovic Ballouard and Alex Ghotbi



Claudio Proietti and Maxima Gallery of Rome

Conceived by Maxima Gallery founder, Claudio Proietti, the final stop of the exhibition global tour is London.

Claudio welcomed the watchmakers and guests to the reception and panel discussion as well as thanking various sponsors and partners, especially Phillips Auctions.

Irene translated.


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Claudio, Irene and Watchmakers Panel


On 20th June 2018, a Panel Discussion was held at Phillips Auction House with Roger Smith, Ludovic Ballouard and Christophe Claret representing independent watchmakers.


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Roger Smith, Ludovic Ballouard, Nicholas Foulkes, Christophe Claret and James Marks

It was moderated by author Nicholas Foulkes.

James Marks, Phillips Auctions' newly appointed International Specialist for Watches made up the final member of the panel.


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Mr and Mrs Ballouard, Daniel and Jean Roth

Amongst the audience of watch collectors and art aficionados were many PuristS and three more renown watchmakers - Stephen Forsey and Daniel & Jean Roth.

We even spotted Mrs Smith, Mrs Ballouard, Mrs Claret and Mrs Forsey; an unprecedented experience for me!

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Mr and Mrs Forsey


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Jean Daniel Nicholas Tourbillon Two Minutes


Panel Discussion


One of the points mentioned was the "lonely independent watchmaker" as Roger Smith noted that he had not seen Ludovic Ballouard for at least 7 years, being isolated on the Isle of Manx.


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Roger Smith The Great Britain


This was a segue way from the question posed by Foulkes to all the watchmakers:

What is it like being an 'independent' watchmaker and what attracts you to do it?


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Roger Smith The Great Britain movement

Roger Smith O.B.E. is still fascinated by improvements to the coaxial escapement he inherited from his mentor, the Late George Daniels C.B.E., and continues to refine. He also likes to work on horology ideas to his own timetable with only one boss -- Mrs Smith!


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Inspirations


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Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down Pt


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Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down RG


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Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down movement


Ludovic Ballouard has worked for other brands before but found the experience different with his own brand because he enjoys seeing the fun and joy his watches give to individual collectors. His inspiration is to make quirky mechanical movements and his favourite clockmaker was John Harrison (1693-1776).

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Ludovic Ballouard Half Time


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Ludovic Ballouard Half Time movement



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Drivers

Christophe Claret has invented and made hundreds of different movements, mainly for other brands but since starting to make watches with his own name on the dial, has been inspired by the "bright eyes" of the collectors when they play with his watches.


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Christophe Claret Aventicum


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Christophe Claret Marguerite


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Christophe Claret X-Trem-1

Each watch must present time in a different way. Since childhood, Christophe has been driven by the goal of perfectionism, much to the annoyance of his mother! That is still a driver in his watchmaking life but his inspiration comes from fields outside watchmaking like art or cars.


Other Discussions

There was some discussion about whether watches from low production independent watchmakers could be considered art pieces and the reasons for their collectability.


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Kari Voutilainen Scintillante


The panel fielded questions from the audience about mechanical servicing during the lifetime of the creators and afterwards.

The general consensus was that there will always be talented and skilled people able to restore and repair mechanical watches constructed from traditional materials.


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Audience included Aurel Bacs and Stephen Forsey at the back of the room


After the panel discussion, there was opportunity for networking and deep discussions amongst the attendees, mostly about watches, lubricated with delicious cool beverages and champagne.


The Book

I also commend the 252 page hardcover book that accompanied the exhibition that can be ordered from Maxima Gallery [CLICK] for €70 or £85.

Or Directly from reception desk at Phillips entrance.

It contains critical essays from the curator, Aurel Bacs, Kari Voutilainen and commentators including our own Don Corson with interviews and biographies of the watchmakers and portraits and studio images of the watches.


Regards,

MTF


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templetowers June 23rd, 2018-00:23
Thank you for an informative post MTF. I'm very much looking forward and will be going next week :)  
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MTF June 23rd, 2018-00:42
Treat it as an art exhibition templetowers, Have a nice time at this art exhibition. Remember that it is not a sales show and there are no salespeople on hand. Also, the Panel Discussion was only one evening and already passed. This is because someone on another thread was expecting t... 
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templetowers June 23rd, 2018-01:16
Thanks for clarification MTF, that is how I will approach it. Best wishes , Will  
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Passionata_george June 23rd, 2018-02:46
Great report ,thanks  for sharing it,some very interesting pieces for sure.
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foversta June 23rd, 2018-03:51
Thanks a lot for the detailed post... and I see a lot of familiar faces in the audience!  
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MTF June 23rd, 2018-09:42
There were some unexpected people present... Many old friends were in the audience including wives who usually never attend horology events. We even had people from the large luxury groups..... Regards, MTF
CR June 23rd, 2018-04:58
Thank you Melvyn, this was a great read!  
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alex June 23rd, 2018-14:58
Was good seeing you Melvin and thanks for the write up  
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MTF June 23rd, 2018-17:54
Some of us "old" guys are still around. 😉 (nt) MTF
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Ornatus-Mundi June 23rd, 2018-23:12
Thank you Melvyn for sharing your impressions the The Masters of Art Horology event! I personally an eager to learn more. Particularly the discussion on how the watchmakers consider the collectabilityy of their own pieces. This I think could have sparked an engaged exchange with the market expecrts and collectors who were present! Best, M... 
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