If your passion for watches has tipped into an obsession or even a career, the first week of November in Geneva is like Elton John’s farewell tour and Glastonbury rolled into one. There are vintage and future classics galore.
The Grand Prix d’Holergerie de Genève hosts its annual awards ceremony that names the finest watches made this year.
The Only Watch charity auction raises money by selling unique, one-off watches from around 50 corporate and independent watchmakers.
And the top auction houses jostle for position with headline-grabbing sales of impeccably sourced and certified pieces.
If that is not enough for multi-millionaire collectors, Geneva-based Fine Watch Club is offering members exclusive programmes of activities including manufacture visits, exhibitions and meetings with watchmaking personalities; all sustained with cocktails and fine dining in the company with top industry executives.
The tours take in manufactures and museums from the likes of Patek Philippe, Frederique Constant, Girard-Perregaux and Vacheron Constantin, plus the chance to attend the GPHG exhibition showing all the finalists’ watches. The fourth of four days finishes at the Only One auction.
Members of Fine Watch Club can book one of the four days for CHF250 or CHF350. There are only 10 slots available per day.