The Grand Tour: WatchTime Reader Trip 2017

Last April, 12 WatchTime readers from five countries traveled to Switzerland to visit eight watch brands —a trip that turned out to be a “lifetime experience” for some of the participants.

The Participants of WatchTime's 2017 Reader Trip in front of Vacheron Constantin's HQ in Geneva

The group was hosted by Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Ulysse Nardin, TAG Heuer and Girard-Perregaux. One of the trip’s main objectives was not only to provide a comprehensive overview of watchmaking in general, but also to allow enough time to fully understand each brand’s own specialties, so that by the end of the week, every participant saw more or less “all of the pieces of the puzzle.” These specialties included design, prototyping, research and innovation, movement and case production, assembly, métiers d’art, grand complications, testing, and restoration.

Click through our photo gallery for images from the trip:

If you would like to participate in one of WatchTime’s upcoming reader trips or events (we are working on similar programs right now), we recommend you visit our event page, sign up for our newsletter or contact so that we can add you to our list and keep you informed.




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  1. Atul Jethva

    A magnificent trip!!! First class all the way. This was, absolutely A TRIP OF A LIFETIME!!! Bucket list material!!! And our host, Roger Ruegger, a wealth of knowledge and experience. Thank you so much Steve, and all the Watchtime staff, for putting this tour together.

  2. Warren Dodgson

    Thanks Roger and Steve, Great ! photos, Lots of good memories. Can’t wait for next year. I’m actually meeting up with Atul Jethva today. We will check out all of Roger’s photos over lunch. Thanks again!

    • Stephen Brown

      HI Paul, I will let you know as soon as we have any new tour offerings available. We’re working on them now. Cheers, Steve

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