WatchConnect network at EPHJ: almost full!

Temps de lecture : 2 minutes

EPHJ 2024, Wednesday 12 June evening, Potinière (behind the Flower Clock in Geneva). Up to 150 enthusiasts enjoy these occasional get-togethers: independent watchmakers, brands, groups, co-suppliers, collectors, “world builders”… These gatherings are now an institutional affair, supported by the Journal Suisse d’Horlogerie JSH.

by Albert-J. de Buttes-LaCôte / TàG Press +41 (News Agency)
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( Front page pic ): Watchmaker Christophe Waelti (WatchConnect) taking a selfie. On the far left, Philippe Perret du Cray, alias PPDC, General Secretary of the Swiss watchmaking journal JSH, partner of the Fondue evening at Time to Watches at Head Geneva. (Photo above) Over 150 participants: a network of influence within the trend

A few places still available
Wednesday 12 June 2024, 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
La Potinière Restaurant
Le Jardin Anglais, Geneva (Switzerland)

Information, invitation only

So, who is behind the influential WatchConnect network, and how did it start? From an informal need to get together initiated by Robert Kitto, an Australian who returned to his continent in 2015, these networking events have become the “Places to Be” during Watches & Wonders or EPHJ exhibitions.

Up-and-coming watchmaker Julien Tixier, from the Vallée de Joux, came to support the Geneva event organized by artist-designer Matthieu Allègre

“We owe this group to Robert Kitto who, when he was manager of the Richard Mille boutique in Geneva, was taking sales courses in Le Locle. While there, he would gather a few friends from the Neuchâtel watchmaking world at the Café du Cerf, whose owner was the well-known watchmaker Stephen Mc Gonigle“, explain designer Matthieu Allegre in Geneva and watchmaker Christophe Waelti in Fleurier, the two “spiritual disciples” appointed by the founder to keep the event going. And they remind us that the first meeting took place on September 27, 2012 under the name “On se voit à Neuchâtel.” (editorial note: Let’s meet in Neuchâtel)

Anchored in this altruistic belief that moves mountains, the two ‘take-overs’, assisted by up-and-coming watchmaker Julien Tixier (Vallée de Joux) and a handful of partners, naturally joined by the Swiss watchmaking journal JSH, recently created quite a buzz: the Fondue evening, set up in the HEAD area of the Time To Watches 2023 trade show, had to turn away quite a few people! It’s in places like these that ideas flow and connections are made…

Robert Kitto, the Australian behind the WatchConnect network launched in Neuchâtel in 2012 under the name "On se voit à Neuchâtel"
Two prestigious guests: Agenhor's brothers Nicolas (l) and Laurent Wiederrecht celebrated the entry of Melb Lux (owner of H. Moser & Cie) into their capital on the same evening. This was during the Watch Connect Soirée at the April 2023 Time to Watches exhibition

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