The watch connoisseurs in Delhi got an opportunity to check out four premium watch brands at a special preview of the Independents of Time hosted by The India Watch Club. The by-invitation-only event held at the new bar Novelé, facilitated a close-up introduction to the four brands, Cecil Purnell from Switzerland, Laurent Ferrier the two time GPHG winner from Geneva, GOS from Sweden and French-Dutch watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard’s namesake brand. Guests could also personally interact with the two fine watchmakers Ludovic Ballouard and Patrick Sjogren of GOS watches, who had specially flown into India for the showcase.
Rahul Kapoor, Founder of The India Watch Club, with his deep understanding of fine watches, has conceived the private haute horlogerie salon Independents of Time, hosting previews dedicated to independent luxury watch brands, most of which have been nominees or winners at the Grand prix d’ horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).
The critically acclaimed French-Dutch watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard displayed his eccentric timepieces. Some of the most popular ones are Upside down, Time and Half Time pieces, both recognised as high-end complications. GOS, another premium Swedish watch brand, was born out of a shared passion between master “blade-smith” Johan Gustafson and master watch maker Patrick Sjogren , reproducing traditional Scandinavian crafts by hand-forging Damascus steel with fine watch making. Represented by watchmaker Patrick Sjogren, GOS watches highlighted some of its finest creations that include the Sarek Midnight Blue and Varing Bronze.
Another haute horologerie brand from Switzerland, Cecil Purnell is dedicated to creating only Tourbillion pieces, which is the epitome of watch making. On display were some of their most luxurious timepieces such as the Spherion Gyro-Tourbillon and Diamond Pavé Lucky Lady. The two times GPHG winner from Geneva, Laurent Ferrier, is renowned for its neo-classical style while reflecting mechanical perfection. On show were Galet Annual Calendar – Red Gold – Slate Grey dial, Galet Traveller – Stainless Steel.
Rahul Kapoor is also the co-founder of Excedo Luxuria, the exclusive distributor and retailer for all the participating brands in India.
Constituted in 2013,the Independents Of Time held under the aegis of The India Watch Club, establishes itself as one of the most exclusive and prestigious entity. It is the first-ever streamlined club dedicated to watches and lovers of the art of watch making.
Rahul Kapoor said, “The key to the success of the Independents of Time is the sheer experience our watch makers bring to the table giving us collectively the ability to accurately forecast trends and develop watch movements par excellence which are then shared with clients and connoisseurs at each salon hosted by us. After keen interest shown by our Indian clientele we have woven together a beautiful collection of limited edition time pieces from some of the world’s finest independent watch brands, where each time piece is an appreciating investment.”