Watches and Wonders 2023

On April 1 and 2, Watches and Wonders Geneva, the largest watch
making industry event ever held in Geneva, will open its doors to the public. Tickets can be obtained
through the online ticketing at watchesandwonders.com. Watch the video clip to get an idea of the show. Visitors will be able to discover the new releases of the 48 exhibiting Maisons, from the historical watchmakers to independent workshops and artisans.

The future of watchmaking will be on show in the LAB area, while the exhibitionWhat time is it? by Karine Bauzin will give a preview of the Swiss photographer's work on her artistic perception of time.

To find out more, head for the Auditorium. Themed talks will cover the key watchmaking news and trends throughout the weekend - in two languages. No registration required. The Salon will also run guided tours for small groups, several times a day.


In parallel Watches and Wonders will also be present in the heart of its host City. This festival of watchmaking, called In the City, will be free and open to everyone. Visitors can therefore wander freely through the Rues Basses of the city center and spot the WandW display columns. This will be the sign that the boutiques have surprises in store: including historical pieces, demonstration workshops, a chance to chat with the watchmakers, a preview of new pieces, etc.
Furthermore, an interactive watch rally has been organized for the occasion. Using the QR codes scattered along a route, the public will be able to discover the participating boutiques and emblematic sites.
When the sun goes down, In the City will continue to beat in the heart of Geneva: on March 30, all the participating boutiques will stay open until 9pm, while a special program has been created for this evening of festivities. Artists, dancers and musicians will take over five stages along the streets, beginning at 5pm. At the Pont de la Machine, a conference on "Geneva, Switzerland and Watchmaking" will be open to all who register.



Vintage Ads - Heuer (1939)

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"Chronographs and Timers". A few years after the release of the first two button chronographs by Breitling (1933) and Universal Genève (1934), single button chronographs were still popular among customers. 
Do you like vintage watch ads? Visit the page about Watch Ads, my two-volume pictorial history of communication and design in 20th Century watchmaking. Do you wish to know more? Watch the video clip about the publication and download the preview of Volume 1.
The vintage ads presented in this website are not featured in the Watch Ads books.

“Cronografi e contatori”. Alcuni anni dopo il lancio dei primi cronografi a due pulsanti da parte di Breitling (1933) e Universal Genève (1934), i monopulsante godevano ancora di ampia popolarità.
Ti piacciono le pubblicità d'epoca? Visita la pagina su Watch Ads, la mia storia illustrata in due volumi della comunicazione e del design nell'orologeria del Novecento. Vuoi saperne di più? Guarda il video sull'opera e scarica l'anteprima del Volume 1.
Gli annunci pubblicitari d'epoca presentati in questo sito non sono tra quelli scelti per i volumi Watch Ads.



New releases – Maurice Lacroix Master Grand Date Black


This new version of the model launched in 2021 features a 45 mm stainless steel case dressed in black DLC. The vertically brushed, black DLC dial plate discloses several movement components in motion. The two off-centre dials displays the hours and minutes, and seconds respectively. The self-winding, in-house Caliber ML331 includes a mechanism with two date discs delivering a large-format date indication.




Watches at auction

'Top of the Time' is the name of the upcoming Christie’s Hong Kong online sale (10-23 March). The catalog presents several contemporary complicated timepieces, including two Patek Philippes rarely seen at auction.
The 12-complication Ref. 6002G Sky Moon Tourbillon with blue champlevé and cloisonne enamel dial has an estimate of 28-45 mln HKD (3,300,000-5,400,000 EUR).
The platinum-cased  Grande Complication Ref. 5208P-001 is a chronograph, minute repeater and perpetual calendar with moon phase. Estimate: 5.5-9.9 mln HKD (660,000-1,200,000 EUR).


Modern classics - Cartier Diabolo

The brand new mini-documentary from the 10e10.ch YouTube Channel: the time-only, mechanical version of the model launched in 1992.


Classici moderni - Cartier Diabolo

Il nuovo mini-documentario dal Canale YouTube di 10e10.ch: la versione meccanica solo tempo del modello lanciato nel 1992.



New releases – Ralph Lauren Polo Vintage 67


This tribute to the brand’s passion for timepieces from the early 1920s and 1930s features a 40 mm case in aged stainless steel with an onion-shaped crown, and an opaline silver dial with black lacquer Arabic numerals. The boxed sapphire crystal is finished with an anti-reflective treatment. The manual-winding movement (Caliber LJP7380) has a 90-hour power reserve.




Art & Time - La Via del Sangue (Jannis Kounellis, 1973)

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This post launches a new section of 10e10.ch, devoted to Art in Time and Time in Art. Thanks to exclusive access to the archives of Galleria La Salita, a prominent art gallery in Rome from 1957 to 1998, I will be able to feature works by a few modern and contemporary artists that deal with the favorite subject of this website – time. As it can be expected, they do so in an original, unusual, sometimes puzzling way - the kind of timepieces you never get tired of looking at, even though they do not actually tell the time.

The artist’s book titled “La Via del Sangue” is a perfect example of this. Its author is the Greek Italian Jannis Kounellis (1936-2017), the world-famous exponent of Arte Povera, who created it in conjunction with an exhibition titled “Apollo” and held by Galleria La Salita in 1973.

“La Via del Sangue” was published by La Salita and printed by Nazareno Iori from Rome in 290 numbered examples: 250 were offered to the public, 30 were not for sale and 10 were individually signed artist’s proofs.

Each booklet was contained in a publisher’s printed slipcase. Its format is 15 x 11 cm (5.9 x 4.3 in.) and the example seen here is number 24/30.
The latest example of "La Via del Sangue" to surface at auction was part of the 1-250 series. It was sold at Finarte / Minerva Auctions on 14 December 2016 for € 3,000.

Why choose “La Via del Sangue” to start the Art & Time section? Because it is a weekly planner, albeit of a very peculiar sort, and as such it relates to time. During the aforementioned exhibition, Kounellis went to the gallery daily, struck a match and mounted it onto paper. 

The result is a booklet featuring seven burnt wood matches, each mounted onto a singed page annotated by the artist himself with a day of the week. The simple act of striking a match to mark each day of the week suggests a ritualized cultural or religious expression, even one of penitence. In this instance, Kounellis is indirectly invoking Apollo, known as the god of light and the sun, to whom the exhibition was dedicated.

Associated with Arte Povera since the 1960s, Jannis Kounellis investigated the alienation inherent in contemporary society, juxtaposing the materials of mass urban and industrial civilization with symbols and values of the pre-industrial world. Incorporating humble non-art materials such as cotton, wool, coal, grain sacks, glass bottles, meat hooks, fire, soot, smoke, bed-frames, doors, shelves, and clothing, Kounellis' work is a melodramatic mixture of installation, environment, performance, and theatrical show.


Questo post inaugura una nuova sezione di 10e10.ch, dedicata all’Arte nel Tempo e al Tempo nell’Arte. L’accesso esclusivo all’archivio de La Salita, galleria romana di primo piano tra il 1957 e il 1998, mi permetterà di presentare le opere di alcuni artisti moderni e contemporanei che trattano il tema preferito di questo sito: il Tempo. Come si può immaginare, esse lo fanno in modo originale, insolito, a volte sconcertante. Si tratta di “segnatempo” che non ci si stanca mai di guardare, anche se in realtà non dicono che ora è.

Il libro d’artista intitolato “La Via del Sangue” ne fornisce un esempio perfetto. L’autore è il greco-italiano Jannis Kounellis, celebre esponente dell’Arte Povera, che lo creò in occasione della mostra dal titolo “Apollo”, organizzata da La Salita nel 1973. “La Via del Sangue” fu pubblicato da La salita e stampato dalla tipografia Nazareno Iori di Roma in 290 esemplari numerati: 250 in commercio, 30 fuori commercio e 10 prove d’artista firmate. Il libriccino si trovava all’interno di in una custodia di cartoncino sulla quale erano stampati il titolo e il nome dell’autore. Il formato è 15 x 11 cm. L’esemplare presentato in queste foto è il numero 24/30.
L'esemplare de "La Via del Sangue" apparso più recentemente sul mercato faceva parte della serie numerata da 1 a 250. È stato aggiudicato da Finarte / Minerva Auctions il 16 dicembre 2016 per 3.000 Euro.

Perché scegliere “La Via del Sangue” per aprire la sezione Art & Time? Perché si tratta di un agenda settimanale, sia pure di tipo molto particolare, e quindi è in rapporto con il tempo. Durante la mostra citata, Kounellis si recò tutti i giorni presso la Galleria, accese un fiammifero e lo attaccò sulla carta. Il risultato fu un libriccino con sette fiammiferi, ciascuno montato su una pagina bruciacchiata e annotata dall’artista con un giorno della settimana. Il semplice atto di accendere un fiammifero per contrassegnare ogni giorno della settimana suggerisce un’espressione culturale o religiosa ritualizzata, perfino di penitenza. In questo caso, Kounellis sembra invocare indirettamente Apollo, dio della luce e del sole, al quale è dedicata la mostra.

Esponente dell’Arte Povera dagli Anni 60, Jannis Kounellis ha indagato l’alienazione connessa alla società contemporanea, sovrapponendo i materiali della civiltà urbana e industriale di massa ai simboli e ai valori del mondo preindustriale. Caratterizzata dall’uso di materiali umili e non-artistici quali cotone, lana, carbone, sacchi di iuta, bottiglie di vetro, ganci da macellaio, fuoco, fuliggine, fumo, telai da letto, porte, scaffali e abiti, l’opera di Kounellis è una commistione melodrammatica di installazione, ambiente, performance e spettacolo teatrale.