Maxima Gallery presents Watchmakers - The Masters of Art Horology, an exhibition showcasing Independents as contemporary artists

Mar 13, 2018,06:21 AM

PuristSPro is one of the 3 Media Partners for this travelling exhibition which will make 4 stops - Rome, New York, Hong Kong, and London.

The exhibition schedule is as follows:


April 6 to 15 – the MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts

New York

April 26 to 30 – Phillips, 450 Park Avenue

Hong Kong

May 24 to 29 – Mandarin Oriental, Central


June 19 to 26 – Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, Mayfair

Our very own Don Corson, AHCI & Independents discussion forum moderator, has also written an article for this event's coffee book too.

Below is the official press release for your perusal as well as the 13 photos of the Independents.



Maxima is an art gallery specialized in modern and contemporary art, mediating and curating some of the most prominent Italian art collections.

Claudio Proietti, owner and curator, watch collector and a passionate supporter of the independents, conceived the “Watchmakers” exhibition as a unique showcase which presents watchmakers as contemporary artists specialized in the study of horology.


Maxima Gallery presents WATCHMAKERS

The Masters of Art Horology

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The Exhibition


An Exceptional Exhibition in Support of Independent Watchmaking Conceived by Claudio Proietti and Presented at The Extra MAXXI in Rome


Featuring Pieces From The World’s most Talented Watchmakers


In collaboration with Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, the Leading Watch Auction House Dedicated to Highest Quality Timepieces


Maxima Gallery invites All Enthusiasts and Art Lovers to The Opening of The International Travelling Exhibition In Rome From April 6th to 15th, 2018


We are therefore thrilled to announce Watchmakers – The Masters of Art Horology , a special exhibition, which will present exceptional pieces of horology made by some of the world’s most important independent watchmakers.


The exhibition will showcase watches from Hajime Asaoka, Christophe Claret, Ludovic Ballouard, De Bethune, Philippe Dufour, Laurent Ferrier, Romain Gauthier, Vianney Halter, Christian Klings, Jean Daniel Nicolas, Roger W. Smith and Kari Voutilainen at the MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, the first national institution devoted to contemporary creativity.


Also displayed is the – Anniversary – the last piece made by the late George Daniels, who many consider to be the father of modern independent watchmaking, and who has directly influenced the work of so many of the men cited above.


The exhibition is in collaboration with Phillips in association with Bacs and Russo, the Leading Watch Auction House Dedicated to Highest Quality Timepieces.

While Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo is known predominantly for finding the world’s rarest vintage watches, its team of experts are fans of all great watches, no matter when they were made.

As the current market leader for vintage and contemporary watches, Phillips feels it is their duty to support these thirteen watchmakers, who represent a very important and fragile community of artisans working tirelessly to safeguard their craft, for our benefit. It is no surprise that many of their watches have been previously featured in Phillips auctions, as they are already highly sought-after. Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo believes the future is bright for these watchmakers and their watches, which one-day collectors will call vintage. It is our privilege to be able to enjoy them while they are modern.


Conceived as a travelling exhibition, Watchmakers will debut in Rome before flying to New York, Hong Kong and finally London. Maxima Gallery invites Watch Enthusiasts and All Art Lovers to discover the work of these artists during their four stops.


The opening and first leg of the international exhibition will be held in Rome from April 6th to 15th at the Extra MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Arts, followed by New York from April 26th to 30th, at the Phillips NY Gallery at 450 Park Avenue, Hong Kong from May 24th to 28th at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel - finally the exhibition will fly to London in Phillips’ HQ at Berkeley Square from June 19th to 26th.


The Watchmakers - The Master of Art Horology exhibition is accompanied by a coffee table book, 252 pages, ACC Art Book edition, imagery from Guy Lucas de Peslouan, introduction by the prominent Aurel Bacs, critical note by the influential journalist Nicholas Foulkes and many others.


Check out interview with Claudio Proietti on

More posts: Christophe ClaretDe BethuneDufourGeorge DanielsHajime AsaokaJean Daniel NicolasLaurent FerrierLudovic BallouardRomain GauthierVianney HalterVoutilainen

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Claudio is definitely a true purist and collector.

 By: piccolochimico (aka dsgalaxy1) : March 13th, 2018-06:32
His love for Independents has raised in the last years and this exhibition is the final step (or perhaps the first?) in his path. Thanks to all those directly involved in this amazing event!

How did they choose those watchmakers, I wonder....

 By: KIH : March 13th, 2018-06:38
I am really shocked. Ken

How do you mean, Ken? [nt]

 By: Ornatus-Mundi : March 13th, 2018-07:06

I'm curious, too.

 By: Spangles : March 13th, 2018-11:52
Some pretty good reputations for at least a few, if not many of those names.

Can’t wait for the exhibition

 By: iamcalledryan : March 13th, 2018-09:30
And the book will be nice too - it’s my publisher 🤓

Big thanks to Claudio!!

 By: cirotti : March 13th, 2018-11:05
Will be an amazing event, can't wait to attend this fantastic exhibition...hats off to Claudio, he put a big effort to realize this...really really a big thanks to you!!

That looks very promising...

 By: Mike H : March 13th, 2018-13:22
Many good friends among the exhibitors including the 5 that we have visited last year during our Grand Indies Tour I am afraid I shall have no other choice but to get to London also for the occasion. That will be a perfect occasion to meet there, let's tr... 

I knew it for sure my friend...

 By: Mike H : March 13th, 2018-15:29
I'll give you a call for the dates, we still have some time...

Great my friend 🤗

 By: Watchonthewrist : March 13th, 2018-23:50
Looking forward to it 🙏🏻

All initiatives to support the work of those tightrope walkers are welcome

 By: ztirual : March 13th, 2018-13:55
Are there just pictures of their work on display or real watches and how many? Is PF Journe not an independant? Ought to be included in the selection? Best Z'

26! Thanks Alex [nt]

 By: claudio969 : March 15th, 2018-15:55

Thank you, Alex! [nt]

 By: ztirual : April 3rd, 2018-09:42

Thanks Claudio, I'd seen this picked up on other channels.

 By: Jay (Eire) : March 18th, 2018-07:50
Question: it's not clear to me from any of the materials/website how one attends? Does one need to register, receive an invite or just show up? Thanks.

London is coming!!!

 By: cirotti : June 10th, 2018-08:53
After the great success of Rome, New York and Honk Kong can wait to attend the London exhibition.!!!