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Our Vision - February 2011

Exhibtion

Geneva Time Exhibition

A Veritable Watch Laboratory


The second Geneva Time Exhibition, proved to be a tremendous success. Nearly 6000 persons in all watch professionals, collectors and international media – attended the Independent Watchmakers’ Fair and admired the creativity of its sixty exhibitors. The enthusiastic response re-affirmed GTE’s status as an important event in the watch calendar.

‘GTE has now confirmed its role as the international focus of independent watchmaking’ declares Fair Director Florence Noël. ‘This was proved by the quality of visitors present at our second edition: a stream of high-level international clients and prominent members of the specialist media.

An overwhelming majority of GTE 2011 exhibitors declared themselves highly satisfied with feedback from their clientèle, with any number of de luxe timepieces snapped up at the Fair. ‘Some exhibitors say they tripled their turnover compared to when they used to exhibit their collections in Geneva hotels,’ adds the Director of Geneva Time Exhibition.

In a warm and friendly atmosphere much appreciated by both exhibitors and visitors, the Independent Watchmakers’ Fair trod new ground this year by launching the GTE Superwatch Award for the most accomplished independent watch, in terms of conception, design and technical sophistication.

A jury of independent watch experts gave the inaugural Superwatch Award to the young watchmaker Frédéric Jouvenot for his Helios timepiece which, for the first time in watchmaking history, shows the time without using traditional hands, numbers or discs.