Programme of the week
Meet with the heads of Girard-Perregeaux and Ulysse Nardin, visit the smallest watch manufacture in Geneva, the biggest watchmaking publishing house and the Patek Philippe Museum
The Fine Watch Club will welcome you in its gallery in Eaux-Vives, located in the GMT Publishing premises, where the core of watchmaking editorial is created with publishing powerhouses such as GMT Magazine and watchmaking news website WorldTempus.com, as well as the offices for the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), the Geneva Watch Tour and the Watch Photo Awards.
During the visit you will be able to discuss with the CEO or Director of Creation of Girard-Perregaux, the brand known for its tourbillons under three gold bridges or its triple-axis tourbillon, awarded multiple times at the GPHG. It’s a great opportunity to discuss brand strategy for a high-end watchmaking brand and discuss the process of launching a collection such as the Laureato. You will also be able to exclusively discover a watch prototype for a special project. A lunch held in an intimate setting will follow the visit.
The visit will then head towards Old Town Geneva, to visit the smallest watch manufacture in Geneva, Akrivia, in the company of its founder, who only produces a few dozen watches a year. Here, traditional craftsmanship is as authentic as it can get. Akrivia won last year’s Men’s Watch Prize at the GPHG.
Patek Philippe Museum
Then we change scenery at the Patek Philippe Museum, whose Art Deco building houses five centuries of horological creations. Often considered the holy temple of watchmaking, the museum doesn’t just contain the oldest or most complicated Patek Philippe watches, but also has automatons and miniature enamel wonders that reflect traditional watchmaking art. The visit will be headed by an experienced guide, dedicated to the Fine Watch Club.
The day will end with a meeting with the head of Ulysse Nardin, the brand known for its Freak collection and its marine chronometers. Its manufacture, entirely integrated for movement creation, is one of the most innovative manufactures in the industry. The brand has entered a new and dynamic era since the appointment of its CEO, Patrick Pruniaux. Discover the brand’s latest creations as well as a new prototype, exclusively for the Fine Watch Club.
As an added option (without an additional charge and depending on timing), it will be possible to go to the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire to see first-hand the GPHG exhibition (made up of 84 watches up for consideration) and the Watch Photo Awards (a selection of 60 watch photos).
All-inclusive price per person: CHF 250.-
*Members can participate in as many days as they like.