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The international show for jewellery machinery and manufacturing will be back.

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the international show for jewellery machinery and manufacturing

From 10 to 14 September 2021, the international show for jewellery machinery and manufacturing will be back, with physical attendance, and in the same halls as Vicenzaoro September

About one hundred companies have confirmed their physical attendance from 10th to 14th September at T.GOLD, the international show for jewelry machinery and the most innovative technologies applied to gold and jewelry processing, organized by IEG – Italian Exhibition Group, which heads the sole directorship of B2B events for the international gold and jewelry industry.

Attending companies include, among others, key market players like Legor Group Spa, SISMA Spa, LM INDUSTRY SRL, OMBI Srl, INVIMEC Srl, DWS Srl, B.T.T. Impianti from the LEM Industries Group and O.M.P.A.R. Srl., as well as a significant number of international companies: Hemerle + Meule GMBH and Goodwin Refractory Services LTD GRS. Names that will take the exhibiting companies to a high qualitative level.

The most important event in the world dedicated to technological innovation along with the gold and jewelry industry’s supply chain and which traditionally takes place in January will therefore move to September for its 2021 edition and will take place ‘live’, at the same time as Vicenzaoro September, as a pro-active response to the needs and requests of the international community of sector traders for a complete overview of the latest ideas that they could qualitatively implement in their jewelry production and processing.

Moreover, in 2021, T.GOLD will be housed in a new location inside the same exhibition area as Vicenzaoro September. IEG has, in fact, redesigned the layout of T.GOLD to guarantee exhibitor and visitor safety in terms of social distancing. Larger spaces and adjacent locations – without the need for participants to take the shuttle – will make the visitors’ itinerary much more fluid and create greater synergy between the finished jewelry exhibition and that of the tools for creating it.

Buyers will easily find their way around the exhibition’s six macro-category divisions: – preparation of alloys, galvanic treatments; – digital prototyping and production; – mechanical machinings, grindings, laser-cut; – assembly and welding; – refining and recovery of production waste; – finishing, polishing, and enamels.

T.GOLD is a meeting point for artisans, companies, and suppliers of advanced technologies thanks to the partnership with AFEMO (Italian Association of Jewellery Machinery Manufacturers and Exporters) and Italian Exhibition Group’s collaboration with ITA, the Italian Trade Agency, that supports the business development of Italian companies abroad and promotes foreign investment in Italy.

T.GOLD will host the second edition of the “StartUp and Carats” initiative, organized by IEG and strategically management together with ITA: an exhibition and informative area entirely dedicated to the world of Startups and SMEs. Innovations for the benefit of visitors and exhibitors who will be able to intercept new opportunities for developing, optimizing, and perfecting technologies at the service of jewelry.

A five-day event that offers the chance to tell the sector the story of technological know-how – which historically speaks Italian – and to meet in person at last after the pandemic period to celebrate that inseparable the bond between creative ability and the technologies that make it possible for sparkling dreams to come true.

international show for jewellery machinery and manufacturing
From 10 to 14 September 2021, the international show for jewellery machinery and manufacturing will be back, with physical attendance, and in the same halls as Vicenzaoro September

VICENZAORO: IEG READY TO RE-START IN TOTAL SAFETY

Green pass to access the Expo Centre; and the new Safe Travel service for international and safe customer mobility
organized with the specialist Studio Arletti&Partners.

Green Pass and Safe Travel so that exhibitors and visitors are guaranteed the highest possible level of security.

IEG – Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A., after having been the first in Italy to develop the SAFE BUSINESS protocol in April 2020 and had then followed up with numerous initiatives aimed at global security, is now adding further elements to ensure the safety of the people and companies attending the shows.

GREEN PASS FOR ENTRY INTO THE EXPO CENTRE
From September next, in order to protect companies, visitors, suppliers, and staff, all those entering the expo centers while trade shows are underway, will be required to be in possession of a ‘green pass’ (or an equivalent document). The first trade shows to be involved will be Macfrut in Rimini and Vicenzaoro in Vicenza. “The aim,” explains Corrado Peraboni, CEO of IEG, “is to guarantee our exhibitors/visitors with Covid-free halls, a place where the only thing those inside need to worry about is doing business.

The request for this measure has come loud and clear from the companies, particularly the multinationals, that want to be able to guarantee maximum safety for their collaborators who will be attending the shows once they open in September. It is no coincidence that the Green Pass is foreseen as a requirement by the vast majority of European trade show organizers.”

SAFE TRAVEL
In regard to safety, sharing information so that every difficulty in terms of mobility can be overcome, is a precious asset to offer exhibitors and visitors. With this mission, yet another first in our country, the Italian Exhibition Group will offer its own foreign guests a new opportunity to be aware of the rules for entering and sojourning in Italy. This will prove even more valid as the pandemic situation continues to evolve. The information offered comes from an agreement signed with Studio Arletti&Partners, a firm specialized in global mobility which, since 1998, has been assisting companies and private individuals in matters of foreign postings, covering every aspect of consultancy relating to global mobility.

In the expo centers where IEG operates, timely, constant, agile, and informative assistance on the regulations and compliances that international visitors and exhibitors should abide by in order to enter Italy will be provided. A service that regards arrivals by plane, train, bus, or car and which indicates the national requirements and those that the AUSL, Italian Health Service, may outline in the various territories where the shows are to be held. Customers will receive the information by completing a simple form available on the shows’ websites. The only information required will be the place of departure, international connection locations, if any, and place of arrival. The response will also provide territorial medical assistance contact numbers.

The system will be updated daily in regard to any changes in regulations thanks to a pool of professionals specialized in legal disciplines. Should customers require any further assistance, IEG, together with Studio Arletti, will be able to provide customized services.

15 MONTHS OF SAFETY INITIATIVES
The SAFE BUSINESS BY IEG protocol, devised in April 2020, has been extended with adhesions to AEFI (Italian Exhibition and Trade Fair Association) and UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) protocols and IEG’s attainment, for all its venues, of the GBAC STAR™ facility accreditation, the global certification program regarding the correct practices, procedures, and systems to meet the international standards of cleanliness, disinfection and infectious disease prevention for facilities and staff promoted by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council.

IEG facilities are the only ones in Italy to be able to boast of having this accreditation.
Last May, IEG voluntarily adhered to the Confcooperative Romagna, Confindustria Romagna, and Legacoop Romagna project for vaccinating its employees against Covid thanks to the inter-company hub set up in the Romagna regional territory. Activities accompanied by a constant track and trace campaign: between June 2020 and May 2021, IEG has carried out, on a voluntary basis, 900 serological tests and screening swabs on the human resources at its four venues.

Source: ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP

FOCUS ON ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), listed on the MTA (screen-based stock exchange) organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has built up over the years, through its Rimini and Vicenza venues, a position of domestic leadership in the organization of trade fairs and conferences, and has developed its foreign activities – also through joint ventures with global or local organizers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, India – which have positioned it among the leading European operators in the sector.

ABOUT ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), listed on the MTA (screen-based stock exchange) organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has built up over the years, through its Rimini and Vicenza venues, a position of domestic leadership in the organization of trade fairs and conferences, and has developed its foreign activities – also through joint ventures with global or local organizers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, India – which have positioned it among the leading European operators in the sector.

The Passion for Vintage re-starts in September with Vicenzaoro

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The Passion for Vintage re-starts in September with Vicenzaoro

As part of Vicenzaoro September (10-14 September 2021), VO Vintage will be back for the second edition of the event devised by IEG – Italian Exhibition Group, specifically for all collectors, enthusiasts, and onlookers of vintage watches and jewelry.

From Saturday 11th to Monday 13th September 2021, a precious moment and vis-à-vis encounter for every player in the high-range vintage world, a sector that is expected to grow constantly from now to 2025, with watch sales in the second-wrist market estimated at between 29 and 32 billion dollars1.

And that’s not all. VO Vintage also offers a trip into the wonderful world of jewelry that has become iconic with time.

Community and culture are the keywords behind this free for all exhibition, devised and created thanks to the expertise of IEG which, with its Jewellery Agenda, oversees top gold jewelry events in the world. VO Vintage is a moment of exchange, reunion, and the sharing of a passion that inspires all those who gravitate around the vintage watch and jewelry world.

Immersed in a distinctive location, they will have the exclusive opportunity to find unique pieces that created the luxury dimension in the past, as well as top experts from the sector. A much and long-awaited chance
to build relations after almost a year of forced standstill for this physically-attended event which, as a guarantee of exhibitor and visitor privacy and safety, will take place in the foyer on the first floor of the Vicenza Expo Centre in an exclusive and restricted context.

The sector’s four most important dealers are expected to attend, great enthusiasts even prior to becoming market operators, each with a selection of rare and highly-sought watches: Stefano Mazzariol, Maurizio De Angelis, Elvio Piva, and Corrado Mattarelli.

Exceptional individuals who make VO Vintage a chance for visitors and collectors to admire the very best of luxury vintage watches and share their story and manufacturing peculiarities with the greatest experts and satisfy their curiosity about the various models.

The program, organized under the directorship of Michele Mengoli, advisor for VO Vintage, foresees three full days of talks with sector experts and high-profile figures, including Dody Giussani and Mario Peserico, in moments of exchange and in-depth investigation amid focuses on the fascination of watches and the ambitious future of the vintage world.

To round off, two high-quality educational moments, each in partnership with a prestigious institution. On Sunday, technical training was held by educators from CAPAC in Milan, the Trade and Tourism Polytechnic, which represents Lombardy’s excellence in the field of training services in the watch sector. Monday will be the turn of the “Watch Essentials Class”, an unprecedented course held by the FHH Federation Haute Horlorogerie, a Geneva-based institution that, for over 10 years, has been promoting and disseminating watch-making excellence and its culture around the world. The class will have an outstanding educator: Ugo Pancani, Watch-making, Mechanics, and Electronics
Professor and FHH Ambassador.

VO Vintage is the chance to admire and learn the gold-jewelry tradition of the past and be seduced by the charm of those precious items that have gone down in history as symbols of their own era, yet are still contemporary due to their uniqueness. In fact, selected traders in the specialized valuable antique and vintage high-jewelry will be in attendance, including Montegrandi Gioielli, Luise Gioielli, and Barbara Bassi.

THE PASSION FOR VINTAGE RE-STARTS IN SEPTEMBER WITH VICENZAORO

From 11 to 13 September VO VINTAGE, the event for timepiece lovers that unites the market’s leading players, key influencers, and the international vintage watch and jewelry community, will be back.
An event that combines passion, expertise, lifestyle, and high-level training.

VO Vintage has three partners: AHCI – Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, the historical Swiss association whose aim is to keep the art of independent watch-making going; the new Watchhouse Forum dedicated to the watch enthusiasts and founded by Bruno Bergamaschi, a key opinion leader in the sector; WP – Watch Passion, a category association for new, second-hand, contemporary and vintage watch dealers.

But VO Vintage is not only timepieces and vintage jewelry: the new entry at Vicenzaoro September 2021 will be VO’ Clock, the B2B area dedicated to contemporary watches, a new and lively community that already counts 25 independent brands on display.

Every enthusiast of the vintage wristwatch world, its stories, and its most iconic brands will be able to register and take part in the event, which is open to the public and free of charge, on the following link: https://visita.vovintage.com/reserved-area

ABOUT ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP

Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), listed on the MTA (screen-based stock exchange) organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has built up over the years, through its Rimini and Vicenza venues, a position of domestic leadership in the organization of trade fairs and conferences, and has developed its foreign activities – also through joint ventures with
global or local organizers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, India – which have positioned it
among the leading European operators in the sector.

The Ulysse Nardin futurist ovoid table clock called UFO gets a suntan fort he Only Watch Biennal.

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The Ulysse Nardin futurist ovoid table clock called UFO gets a suntan fort he Only Watch Biennal.

The Ulysse Nardin futurist ovoid table clock called UFO gets a suntan fort he Only Watch Biennal.

The 9th edition of the auction of unique timepieces sold in aid of research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will take place on Saturday, November 6th,2021. Boosted by touches of iridescent orange, the Ulysse Nardin only watch UFO has everything to raise the bidding of lovers of beautiful objects.

This year, the timepiece auctioned by Ulysse Nardin for Only Watch is not a wristwatch but a wacky high-flying clockmaker’s object, a work of art, a piece of design and architecture, a toy, quite simply: the UFO, a table clock ready to welcome you onboard for a new entertaining odyssey, in a “unique piece” version with an orange hue.

Indeed, the electric orange palette of Only Watch has sprung out in touches on the Ulysse Nardin UFO! The out-of-the-ordinary object, already venerated by traditional clock lovers and acclaimed when it was released in April 2021, is already sold-out in its metallic blue version of which the house produced only 75 pieces. The UFO is making an energetic return to center stage for the auction patronized by H.R.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, established by the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy.

The spherical aluminum base of the clock on which the blown glass dome is secured by a bayonet system is made orange by a special anodizing surface treatment. The three connecting cylinders and the three lower ties of the movement have also been colored orange. The power reserve disk, the decorative insert with the Ulysse Nardin emblem – the anchor – also colored orange. The three dials also painted, but with a mat appearance unlike the other
metallic orange elements.

A unique piece, exclusively produced for the occasion, it will be auctioned in November 2021. Its pop details remind us that the orange color is stimulating and full of joy. A call to the nonchalance of sunny days. As if illuminated, energized and sunlit, the UFO sways in the most refined way. So, with this orange version, this is a golden opportunity to acquire a unique origin of this art object

Only Watch brings together unique timepieces by luxury watch brands.

ONLY WATCH

Under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Only Watch auction was established by the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM). This eagerly awaited biennial event will premiere in Monaco as part of the Yacht Show (September 22nd -25th 2021) which has been sponsored by the brand for over a decade.

This promotional tour, which will end in Geneva (November 6th) will allow many collectors, fans, aficionados, and media representatives to discover the creations. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the American continent will host stages
of it.

The event aims to raise money for research into muscular dystrophy, including Duchenne. Duchenne muscular dystrophy affects around one in 3,000 boys at birth and causes progressive degeneration of all the muscles in the body.

Only Watch brings together unique timepieces by luxury watch brands. Since 2005, some 40 million Swiss francs have been raised for this cause thanks to the watches donated by around fifty participating brands.

Luc Pettavino, President of the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy explains that “this initiative demonstrates, edition after edition, that empathy, altruism, and mutual respect expressed within a collective movement
have extraordinary strength and are a form of hope in a world undergoing great change
”.

THE ORIGIN OF THE OBJECT

Swinging, the design object has just what it takes to revive all your childhood dreams. It is a sphere, a globe. From the marine chronometers of the 19th and 20th centuries to the Freak in 2001, and then the Blast in 2020, the Manufacture has constantly designed technical and cutting-edge watchmaking objects.

THE MARINE CHRONOMETER OF THE FUTURE

175 years ago, Ulysse Nardin was renowned for its incredibly accurate and extremely reliable ships’ watches and marine
chronometers. These were prize-winning machines, scooping up the first prizes in the chronometry competitions of both Geneva’s and Neuchâtel’s observatories. Forty-five admiralties were kept on course, navigating the high seas thanks to Ulysse Nardin’s superlative craftsmanship.

So how to celebrate the future of the brand, while staying true to the desire to make the best time-measuring tools,
which was the challenge Ulysse Nardin set himself in 1846?

Reissuing a watch from the past by reusing vintage codes was not part of our creative intentions for this anniversary
object. On the contrary, we wanted to reverse the trend and make a leap forward of 175 years, rather than a leap
backward. We always look ahead. We wondered what a marine chronometer designed in 2196 would be like
,”
explains Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin.

With its 675 components and triple-dialed time zones, the UFO is the futuristic interpretation of what Ulysse Nardin’s
designers, engineers, and watchmakers think a marine chronometer should look like in 175 years’ time. This UFO
has been designed to guide the explorers of the future, whichever seas they may sail.

ROCKING AND TURBULENCE

Taking the ocean as the ultimate inspiration, the movement of the UFO is that of the waves made mechanical. The entire structure of the clock is built on an imbalance, on a gentle swing that recalls the ebb and flow of the tides, the perpetual movement of the ocean. The secret of the balance is its orange half-spherical aluminum base, which contains a tungsten mass. The base and glass bell is joined by a bayonet mounting the system, which looks similar to the old systems of marine chronometers from which the glass could be unscrewed.

Whereas marine chronometers were housed in wooden boxes and set on gimbals to counteract the effect of the ship’s constant sway, Ulysse Nardin reverses this. Here it is the object itself that makes waves when it is nudged gently. Weighing 7.2kg, the UFO swings up to 60° from its axis – an amplitude of 120 degrees – and the engineers have accurately calculated the center of the gravity/mass/inertia ratio, which allows UFO to swing neither too fast nor too slowly and without significantly affecting the operation of the balance.

It isn’t just the UFO’s movement that is inspired by the ocean, the architecture is too. The bell under which this incredible creation is housed suggests floating black and yellow cardinal buoys – objects that also provide inspiration for the X sitting in the spine of the table clock. From above, the construction of the UFO seems almost kaleidoscopic, with its
emblem, the marine anchor, dominating the heart of the rosette.

COSMIC OVOIDS

The UFO is mesmeric enough, but attention should also be paid to the ovoid glass bell under which it sways. It has been created by Romain Montero, a 26-year-old artisan glassblower who works for Verre et Quartz, a technical glass-blowing workshop located on the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Neuchâtel. He had the responsibility for handcrafting for every one of the 75 numbered limited-edition UFO glass covers.

The biggest challenge was the overall aesthetics of the glass tube. To get 50 spotless glass bells, I had to blow out three times the number, 150 bells. You need to blow gently as if you want to make a soap bubble. Even so, the glass is imperfect at the base and is sensitive to micro-vibrations during blowing, but there is beauty in those imperfections and small flaws,” explains Montero.

75 numbered limited-edition UFO glass covers

To manufacture each 3mm-thick tube, it was necessary to stretch the glass when it was still hot, for more than 45 minutes, using only the naked eye, on a traditional glass-maker’s lathe at temperatures of up to 1,500 degrees. As it is heated the glass is transformed, becomes orange, red, white, and morphs through all the hues of pink. The total process takes almost half a day of work: cutting of the glass, blowing, checking the blowing and the measurements,
furnace annealing, cutting again, lamination, final and visual inspection, and then cleaning.

HEAVY ARTILLERY

Like all the most successful voyages, it takes an experienced crew. For this particular journey, Ulysse Nardin decided to collaborate with the celebrated clockmaker Maison L’Epée, who has been manufacturing traditional clocks since 1839 and is now famed for bringing the fantastical imaginings of MB&F’s CEO Max Busser to life.

Comprising 675 components, and with one year of power reserve supplied by its six extra-large barrels, and a balance wheel rim that reaches the spectacular diameter of 49 mm, UFO displays the time on three trapezoidal dials, which are so complex it takes 28 hours to manufacture just eight of them. Having three dials allows the owner to display three different time zones at once, seen from three different angles.

The XXL brass balance wheel beats at 0.5 Hz and the objective is twofold: to maintain a power reserve never before offered – one year – and to make the movement of the object like a meditation; gentle and soothing with ample time to admire one alternation (half oscillation) per second. The addition of a dead-beat second adds to that sense of this
table clock is a meditation on time, with the passing of each second uniformly marked.

TREASURE CHEST AND KEY

UFO comes in a wood treasure chest aged as if it been discovered washed up on a beach; something that appears to come from the past but with a message from the future contained within. Inside, you will find UFO, but also its operating instructions, its warranty card, and a special place for its winding key. It takes 40 wind-up turns with a square-end stainless steel key to wind up the mechanism for one year. Each dial has its wind-up notch, which is also used to set the time (four notches in total, one for winding up and one for each time zone wound up using a single key).

The Ulysse Nardin futurist ovoid table clock called UFO
The Ulysse Nardin futurist ovoid table clock called UFO gets a suntan fort he Only Watch Biennal.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Reference9023-900LE-5A-OW
MovementUN-902 caliber
Table clock
FeaturesManually wound movement 3time zones / Hours, minutes Deadbeat second
675 components
Extra-large oscillator (49mm) 0,5Hz /3’600Alt/H
Power reserve1 year, 6 barrels
CaseAluminum & blown glass
Dimensions263 (H) x 159 (Ø) mm
Weight7,2 kg
Limited editionOnly Watch – a unique timepiece
Orange elementsSpherical anodized aluminum base
Power reserve disks
Lower ties
Connecting cylinders
Ulysse Nardin Logo insert
Estimated price42’000 CHF

About Ulysse Nardin – Manufacture of Freedom

Ulysse Nardin is the Pioneering Manufacture inspired by the sea and delivering innovative timepieces to free spirits.

Founded by Mr. Ulysse Nardin in 1846 and a House of the international luxury group Kering since November 2014, Ulysse Nardin has written some of the most beautiful chapters in the history of Fine Watchmaking.

The brand owes its reputation to its ties with the nautical world: its onboard marine chronometers are among the most reliable ever designed and remain very popular with collectors all over the world. A pioneer in cutting-edge technologies and the use of innovative materials such as silicon, Ulysse Nardin is one of the few manufactures with the in-house expertise necessary to produce its own high-precision components and movements.

An exceptional level of horological excellence has earned it a spot in the exclusive circle of Swiss watchmaking: the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. Ulysse Nardin is taking action in two main ways to help conserve the oceans: reducing marine plastic pollution and developing scientific knowledge in shark conservation, animals which are its emblem. Today, from Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin continues its quest for watchmaking perfection around four pillars: Marine, Diver, Blast, and Freak. In 2021, Ulysse Nardin is celebrating its 175th anniversary and is offering fans of exploration a vertical odyssey, from the ocean depths to the upper atmosphere.

Source: Ulysse Nardin

Maddy Barber’s Bespoke Jewellery Brand, MADLY, Takes ‘Meaningful Jewellery’ to the Next Level

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Bespoke Jewellery Brand

Maddy Barber’s Bespoke Jewellery Brand, MADLY, Takes ‘Meaningful Jewellery’ to the Next Level

Given how MADLY has flourished, it’s finally time for the radio veteran to hang up her mic and commit to taking her jewellery brand to the next level. The multi-hyphenate thanks her lucky stars that her attempt to sell MADLY years ago, for a tenth of what it’s currently worth, was foiled. It was challenging to juggle the early mornings of a Breakfast DJ, being mum to two daughters and a growing business but Barber stuck it through.

Maddy Barber’s days in radio have definitely left their imprint, and even form one of the cornerstones of MADLY’s DNA – fun. “On radio, I discovered how having fun on the job, any job, was just as significant as striving for excellence. Why can’t we do both? We can take our work seriously without taking ourselves too seriously,” Barber believes.

coloured gemstone industry

MADLY may be a fun, vibrant and sassy brand but the bespoke jeweler definitely takes their commitment to the finest gems, bespoke design and craftsmanship very seriously. Whether your piece is a symbol of power, a statement of freedom, or a sparkly reminder of those nearest and dearest, MADLY’s bespoke service offers you the chance to create meaningful jewellery that speaks of who you are and who you want to be.

bespoke design and craftsmanship

Source: Media OutReach

IMAGINATION, the international watch-making trade show will take place in Neuchâtel

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IMAGINATION, the international watch-making trade show

IMAGINATION, the international watch-making trade show will take place in Neuchâtel from 1st to 6th September 2021

Neuchâtel from 1st to 6th September 2021

Called IMAGINATION, it is in Neuchâtel, the cradle of the Horlogerie, that the international trade
show dedicated to brands of watches, jewelry, precious stones, and writing instruments will
take place at the beginning of September 2021, with more than one hundred exhibitors
participating in the event.

After the cancellation of the Rhenish exhibition and the different initiatives taken by watchmaking conglomerates, the other brands had to do something to exist in the eyes of the world, and an international showcase was exactly what they needed.

The first edition of IMAGINATION – OneWorld OneVision watch-making trade show – which will take place in Neuchâtel from 1st to 6th September 2021 – will make it possible. It will be organized by Swiss Creative Events, a company co-founded by Carlo E. Naldi, who has already brought together independent brands.

We couldn’t abandon 500 independent brands to their fate“, says Naldi. “I have known them for too long to leave them inactive now that we are going through one of the most crucial periods in history. So, André Colard – my business partner – and I decided to take action and launch IMAGINATION, as well all know that artisan and industrial brands are a reservoir of creativity for the watchmaking industry.

Why Neuchâtel?

With its important high precision ecosystem, the Three Lakes region is the cradle of the Horlogerie”, explains Naldi. “Here we can find all the watch-making industry players, including suppliers and brands. In this region, watchmaking is a family business, as men and women have passed down their passion for watchmaking and know-how for many generations. It is, therefore, an appreciable return to origins, which was made possible thanks to the support and
help offered by the authorities of the Swiss city and canton of Neuchâtel
.”

Watchmaking, in all its forms, is a tradition here in Neuchâtel” says Ms Violaine Blétry-de Montmollin, President of Neuchâtel city council. “Hosting this trade show means celebrating the know-how of this region and its dynamic artisan, industrial and economic sector.

The municipal and cantonal support allowed us to obtain all the official authorizations we needed. And we are now proud to announce that IMAGINATION will take place at the prestigious Esplanade Léopold-Robert, between the Beaulac hotel and the Place du Port on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. In particular, all meeting rooms, restaurants, and guest rooms at Hotel Beaulac will be reserved for the event.

So, this will be both an indoor and an outdoor event. Outside, the pavilions will be equipped withstands with the same basic structure, so that all brands feel treated equally. “This first edition will make 130 stands available to brands”, says Naldi, “As far as we know, all of them will be taken for this first 2021 editions. They were all eager to know when and where the event would take place before confirming their participation. We are working so that, in 2022, we will
be able to welcome 400 exhibitors.

As for attendance, 10 to 15,000 visitors are expected. “With the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions in Europe – a process that will be hopefully completed in September – we know that international travels will be possible by then”, explains Naldi. “It will also be the first time that the “our world” industry players will meet again after a long time, which is no small feat, as they all want to see each other again and discover new products and creations, regardless of the size of the company that is launching them!

A safety plan will be developed to ensure that both exhibitors and visitors will respect the rules in force in the country to combat COVID-19.

Why ‘IMAGINATION’ accompanied by ‘OneWorld OneVision’?

Because it is an international name, and, above all, because it recalls the limitless creativity of these companies and the technological, design, and aesthetic innovations they can bring to a trade show.

OneWorld OneVision reminds us that Horlogerie, jewelry, precious stones, and writing instruments are one world sharing the same vision, that is, audacity and the ability to face the most difficult challenges, thanks to the talent of master watchmakers, engineers, micromechanics, designers, and all those young people graduating from professional, watchmaking and engineering schools.

Imagination is supported by Swiss and international professional associations, such as the Fédération de l’industrie horlogère Suisse and France Horlogerie.

Geneva-Neuchâtel shuttles

An IMAGINATION satellite will be installed at the Galerie St’Art in Geneva (Rue de Chantepoulet 19, one hundred meters from the train station), from 30 August to 6 September 2021. It will welcome visitors, journalists, and people who want to go reach the Salon in Neuchâtel. A shuttle service between Geneva and Neuchâtel will be available on request in front of the gallery.

Source: Dynamics Group

Wear Freak X Explore Silicium Marquetry

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Freak X 43mm

Freak X is presented on an alligator leather strap with a titanium folding buckle.

Ulysse Nardin has been the undisputed master of silicium since 2001. Continuing its trajectory, the manufacture has once again turned a material originating from the electronics industry into an authentic medium of artistic craftsmanship. Ulysse Nardin now presents an astonishing new FREAK X model, embellished with a decorative technique that had hitherto been almost totally undiscovered: silicium marquetry. A revolutionary material par excellence, silicium had already proved its worth in Ulysse Nardin’s watch movements. It now exhibits its virtues on its watches’ dials for the second time.

Silicium marquetry – a surprising decorative technique to which only Ulysse Nardin holds the secret

A totally new revelation in the world of watchmaking, silicium marquetry involves assembling slivers of silicium cut into segments with a plasma accelerator. The subtlety of this technique lies in the craftsman’s dexterity, given that the silicium used is extremely flaky and fragile when moved. Slightly superimposing the segments one on top of the other (rather than interlocking them) would be enough to chip their edges. It thus represents a veritable feat of “technological craftsmanship” – assembling by hand a collage of segments needed to create these astonishing mosaics. The end result delivers a unique impact as the eye is dazzled by the glittering marquetry, which resembles a galaxy of interacting laser beams.

Marquetry mosaic on the Freak X are dramatically reactive to light

For this new Freak X, Ulysse Nardin used advanced technology, still in silicium, to produce a matt effect on the blue part of the decorative plate, thus creating a visual contrast with the green “X” in silicium marquetry.

Ulysse Nardin timepiece
The dial of Freak X embellished by a decorative technique that had hitherto been almost totally undiscovered: silicium marquetry.

Silicium marquetry offers a spectacular display of reflections of unmatched brilliance, with fragments in different sizes illuminated as the light sweeps around the watch like the beam of an X-ray!

The FREAK X watch makes its debut as the entry point into the FREAK collection. The sizing, 43mm, makes the watch easy to read and operate. It has a crown for time correction, which breaks with one of the most iconic aspects of the crown-less FREAK VISION which correct time by the bezel.

The movement is a carrousel, turning once on itself every hour to indicate the time. It has no dial and no hands – the central bridge acts as a minute hand and one of the wheels indicates the hours. Inside and clearly visible beats a super-light balance wheel in silicium, extra-wide, with nickel flyweights and stabilizing micro-blades The movement itself, the UN-230, is a fusion of the manufacture calibers UN-118 and FREAK VISION UN-250. The case, nicely rounded with curved lines, is seriously transformative.

This is a watch whose call of adventure will tempt any self-respecting modern-day Ulysses.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

2303-270LE/03-MARQ-BQ
2303-270LE/03-MARQ-BQ

Reference2303-270LE/03-MARQ-BQ
MovementCaliber UN-230, self-winding movement
FunctionsFlying carrousel manufacture movement rotating around its
own axis
Oversized oscillator with Silicium technology
Wide-diameter 3Hz silicium balance-wheel with nickel inert
masses
Index & Bridges in Vivid Blue with Superluminova
205 Components
Power reserve72 hours
CaseTitanium with Blue PVD
Diameter43 mm
Case-backOpen Sapphire crystal
StrapBlue alligator leather strap
Scratch closing system with Titanium buckle
Water resistance50 m
Decorative plateCutting-edge Métiers d’art with Silicium marquetry decorative
plate (bottom of the movement)
Limited edition30 pieces – Boutique Only
Price29’500 CHF / 29’500 EUR / 31’100 USD

About Ulysse Nardin – Manufacture of Reedom

Ulysse Nardin is the Pioneering Manufacture inspired by the sea and delivering innovative timepieces to free spirits.

Founded by Mr. Ulysse Nardin in 1846 and a House of the international luxury group Kering since November 2014, Ulysse Nardin has written some of the most beautiful chapters in the history of Fine Watchmaking.

The brand owes its reputation to its ties with the nautical world: its onboard marine chronometers are among the most reliable ever designed and remain very popular with collectors all over the world. A pioneer in cutting-edge technologies and the use of innovative materials such as silicon, Ulysse Nardin is one of the few manufactures with the in-house expertise necessary to produce its own high-precision components and movements.

An exceptional level of horological excellence has earned it a spot in the exclusive circle of Swiss watchmaking: the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. Ulysse Nardin is taking action in two main ways to help conserve the oceans: reducing marine plastic pollution and developing scientific knowledge in shark conservation, animals which are its emblem. Today, from Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland, Ulysse Nardin continues its quest for watchmaking perfection around four pillars: Marine, Diver, Blast, and Freak. In 2021, Ulysse Nardin is celebrating its 175th anniversary and is offering fans of exploration a vertical odyssey, from the ocean depths to the upper
atmosphere

Source: Ulysse Nardin

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