SALON LES MONTRES, 3 DAYS OF DISCOVERIES IN PARIS
Held in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris, The Salon Les Montres recently offered 3 days of discoveries from 13 great watchmakers for the greatest pleasure of all aficionados. Multiple pleasures awaited those visiting, not only due to the magnificent setting and the relaxed atmosphere, but also as you could actually buy the precious timepieces. You also had the chance to discover the leather workshop of Camille Fournet (producer of high end colorful leather straps), book watchmaking classes with my friends Jean-Yves and Samir from Objectif Horlogerie or let your imagination roam in the poetic and illuminated cristal sculpture of Alain Pers, the time sculpter.
In a current gloomy market with the decreasing tourist flux due to political uncertainties, the volatile currencies, the deserting Russian collectors and the stalling of the Chinese market…what have the brands decided to present? The general trend confirms the impressions of the SIHH and Baselworld. Sobriety with less exuberant complications are presented with brands focusing on their iconic models and play the trendy vintage card. Stainless steel steals the spotlight and enables great names to offer their know-how at affordable prices, ceramic is also well represented with welcomed innovations. Finally, women are openly courted with new and beautiful timepieces. Here is a little tour of the major brands.