On November 27th, Carollinum, Czech Republic’s premier watch retailer in Prague, organized an elegant watch fair with haute horology brands in Prague. The watch fair was hosted in Rudolfinum cultural building. The building is designed in the neo-renaissance style and is situated on Jan Palach Square on the bank of the river Vltava. Since its opening in 1885 it has been associated with music and art.
This is the second edition of Art of Time fair in Prague. The fair follows in the tradition of annual “Salon de la Haute Horlogerie,” held in major metropolitan cities like Geneva, London, New York, Vienna, and other cities around the world.
The watch fair exhibited more than 250 exclusive watches by the top tier of the horology brands which included Rolex, Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Söhne, Vacheron Constantin, Breitling, IWC, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, TAG Heuer, Tudor, Montblanc and Baume & Mercier.
Patek Philippe, a brand that rarely exhibits in regional watch events, presented their 2018 collection including the highlights such as the Nautilus Perpetual calendar, Ref. 5740/1G-001, and the very first Chronograph in the Aquanaut collection, Ref. 5968A/001.
The most complicated watch of the fair was the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbograph Perpetual “Pour le Mérite”, a watch consisting of 684 parts and additional 636 parts for the fuseé chain mechanism.
The watch fair was open to public. Visitors had the opportunity to participate in demonstrations of the art of watchmaking and witness the craftsmanship of a master engraver at the A. Lange & Söhne booth.
The watch fair also celebrated the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. As part of the celebrations, a Golden Second Award was presented for the first time to three distinguished Czech and Slovak personalities; one of them being Mr. Petr Skala, acknowledging his dedication for restoring historical tower clocks. He was responsible for the restoration of the famous Astronomical Clock in Prague old town square. The award, designed as an hourglass, was manufactured by the traditional Czech glass manufacturer Moser (established in 1857) especially for this occasion.
“This event means Prague is appreciated by the world brands as a place where such exclusive event finds its knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience,” stated Tamara Kotvalová, the owner of the Carollinum.
You can read about the event on Carollinum website.
Photo credit: Carollinum and Martin Janna