SalonQP hosts record 1,500 guests on first night

SalonQP, which is now in its fifth year, has reported a record breaking opening night with nearly 1,500 guests in attendance.

The consumer luxury watch show, which is taking place at The Saatchi Gallery today and tomorrow, has more than 70 brands and independent watchmakers exhibiting across three floors, revealing impressive demonstrations of horological innovation.

On the opening night of the event, Bonhams hosted a charity auction with 1005 of the proceeds donated to charity. Timepieces from Nomos Glashutte, Frederique Constant and Bremont sold for sihnificantly more than the recommended retail value. In total, more than £10,000 was raised. The charities that benefited from the auction were Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, The British Heart Foundation and Walking with the Wounded respectively.

On the first night of the event, which runs until tomorrow, nearly 1,500 guests attended, including journalists from New York, Singapore and Continental Europe .

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Other highlights of SalonQP 2013, include Hoptroff unveiling its atomic pocket watch, TAG Heuer’s MikroPendulumS making its UK premier, the impressive showcase of Konstantin Chaykin’s Cinema Watch and Urwerk giving people chance to see the EMC timepiece.

SalonQP event director James Gurney said: "We felt this has been the best SalonQP to date. We were particularly pleased to welcome so many new brands to SalonQP and to be able to host so many premiers of both watches and brands. As time goes on, SalonQP’s reputation has grown and it’s been great to see this take concrete form in terms of the calibre and number of visitors. And now that we are part of The Telegraph Media Group, the future looks even brighter."

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