Its Watchmakers: The Master of Art Horology exhibition drew together timepiece titans from Philippe Dufour to Kari Voutilainen via Hajime Asaoka, Christophe Claret, Ludovic Ballouard, De Bethune, Laurent Ferrier, Romain Gauthier, Vianney Halter, Christian Klings, Jean-Daniel Nicolas, Roger W. Smith and Kari Voutilainen. To name a good few.
Now, Phillips London has announced its next showcase event, Well Suited – an exhibition and sale that will bring together the world’s finest independent watchmakers and the tailoring excellence of London brand Thom Sweeney.
For those late to the party, Thom Widdett and Luke Sweeney – barely into their thirties – weave the tailor’s magic arts with a mastery that belies their youth. Since working together at Spitalfields tailor Timothy Everest then founding their own establishment in 2009, they’ve honed a unique style that could be described as classic Savile Row (high armhole, slim sleeve) with a healthy dash of Italian insouciance. Michael Fassbender and David Gandy are among their legion of high-profile clients.
Along with James Marks, Specialist Director of Phillips, Sweeney and Whiddett have selected 25 timepieces from makers including Philippe Dufour, Vianney Halter, Richard Mille, Romain Gauthier, Ludovic Ballouard and F.P. Journe, which will be on sale during the exhibition (one passionate collector will take home a Philippe Dufour Simplicity (above), only a handful of which have ever been offered in London). Attendees can also peruse a selection of bespoke tailoring handmade specifically for the exhibition, and observe on-goings in a working cutting room.
“We can’t wait for the exhibition,” says Sweeney. “Thom and I have collected watches for many years and have always felt that the mark of a man was excellent manners, a great suit and a beautiful watch. We’re happier still to have worked alongside James Marks on the curation of this exhibition, which brings two forward-thinking brands together through a shared appreciation of craft and design.”
Well Suited will run from March 15-21 at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6EX from 10-5.30pm on week days and 12-5pm at weekends