Let’s Talk

Tuesday August 31st

2pm – 2.30pm CET
Let’s Talk : Certified Pre-owned watches & Ecommerce

Our experts discuss this burgeoning segment that is showing no signs of slowing down.

Speakers: Geoffroy Ader from Ader Watches (Founder and Watch Expert) and Fabien Chicha from Iconeek (Founder and Watch Expert).

Fabien Chicha has been passionate about watchmaking since his early years. Following his diploma as watch and clock restoration technician and graduation from WOSTEP he was recruited by Antiquorum becoming a watch expert who valued and catalogued watches and contributed to prestigious sales. In 2011, he joined Christie’s Geneva and was responsible for the impressive results of worldwide auctions. Today a watch expert at Iconeek, Fabien has built up an international reputation as a vintage and modern watch specialist with a vast network, is a consultant for the most demanding collectors, and most recently, he conducts live online auctions with no seller commission.

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5pm – 5.30pm CET
Let’s Talk : A Question of Gender, women in the Watch Industry

‘From diversity in the workplace to the rise of the unisex watch, our experts will be discussing a number of topics relating to women in the world of watches.

Speakers: Suzanne Wong from WorldTempus (Editor-in-Chief), Sharmila Bertin from The Watches Magazine (Editor-in-Chief) and Vanessa Chicha from Iconeek (Owner).

Singapore native, Suzanne Wong is a veteran watch journalist currently serving as editor-in-chief of WorldTempus. Her experience spans print and digital publishing and ranges from directing editorial strategy to creating compelling watch-related content. One of the leading voices of opinion in the global community of watch enthusiasts today, Suzanne has been a member of the Cultural Council of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, served on the jury of Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG), and is part of the pioneer cohort of the GPHG Academy.

Born in India and brought up mostly abroad by a French journalist father and a Spanish mother, Sharmila received her first watch – a Casio – from her parents when she turned 7 and started a Swatch collection at the age of 12. After spending her teenage years in Argentina, she came back to Paris to study translation, marketing and international commerce, worked in advertising and luxury industry before moving to Switzerland. Her journey as a watchmaking amateur begun at Omega HQ where she spent 3 years in the Sales Department and bought her first “real“ watch, and led her to trade journalism in 2011. Though she truly appreciates artistic and poetic timepieces, loves history and is mostly driven by her emotions, this mother of two has a weak spot for divers watches. Being able to communicate this passion to her children is undoubtedly her biggest pride.

Vanessa Chicha has worked in the luxury and watchmaking business for over 25 years. She developed a passion for high-end horology and jewelry early, and after graduating with a diploma in marketing and management in Paris she ventured into the business. Following numerous stints with a variety of renowned brands. Currently Owner and Managing Director of Iconeek, vintage and modern certified pre-owned watches e-shop and auction house, Vanessa is recognized in the horology community as an accomplished sales and managerial professional. She possesses a wide portfolio of clients and collectors and is reputed for her expertise and professionalism.

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Wednesday September 1st

10am – 10.20am CET
Espresso Talk with Michel Loris-Melikoff and Jean-Christophe Babin

A relaxed discussion between Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director, Baselworld and Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari.

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5pm – 5.30pm CET
Let’s Talk : Demystifying Blockchain

A discussion about how blockchain technology can benefit the watch and jewellery industries.

Speakers: Gaetano Cavalieri from CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation (President) and Francesco Pagano from Qiibee (Head of Sales).

Dr. Gaetano Cavalieri has served for the past 20 years as president of CIBJO, The World Jewellery Confederation, which is the body that unites national jewellery and gemstone associations from more than 45 countries around the world, and also includes many of the industry’s major international corporations and international representative associations. In July 2006, he was responsible for the organization receiving “Special Consultative Status” with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), making it the first and only jewellery and gemstone representative to be officially recognized by the international body.

“Frank Pagano is the Head of Sales at qiibee ag, a start-up specialized in loyalty on the blockchain solutions. He studied at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he received a Master of International Affairs (MIA), with a concentration in International Finance and Business.
He has 20+ years’ experience in Brands and Marketing, with companies like Barilla, Kraft/Mondelēz and Fossil, covering from innovation, to communication, to business development across EMEA and the Americas.”

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Thursday September 2nd

09.30am – 09.50am CET
Espresso Talk with Michel Loris-Melikoff and Aurel Bacs

A relaxed discussion between Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director, Baselworld and Aurel Bacs, Senior Consultant, Phillips in Association with Bacs&Russo.

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12.15pm – 12.35pm CET
Espresso Talk with Michel Loris-Melikoff and Rolf Studer

A relaxed discussion between Michel Loris-Melikoff, Managing Director, Baselworld and Rolf Studer, Co-CEO, Oris.

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5pm – 5.30pm CET
Let’s Talk : The Art Of Collecting

Are there different profiles when it comes to collectors? What gets them excited? How to reach them? These are just some of the questions we will be asking the experts.

Speakers: Thierry Gasquez from Passion Horlogère (Co-Founder) and Rémi Guillemin from Christie’s Geneva (Head of Watches).

Founder and President of the Passion Horlogère collectors’ club, Thierry Gasquez is Editor-in-Chief of three specialised web magazines and responsible for the watchmaking section of “l’Officiel”. His legal and literary background enabled his entry into the world of publishing which culminated in his authoring the successful book “100 Montres Culte”. Thierry has been a been a member of the GPHG Academy since its creation and has chaired numerous international competition juries. Today, he is a marketing and communications consultant for all players.

With experience in the Christie’s watch departments in Geneva, New York, Hong Kong and Dubai, Remi Guillemin has acquired an international understanding of the watch market. Responsible for key consignments and transactions via auctions and privates sales, Remi is now acting as Head of Watch Department in Geneva, and has been able to bring collectors together and successfully sell properties internationally. Through his understanding of market trends and collectors, Guillemin has participated in the internationalization of transactions within the watch department and led successful auctions, notably with the December 2020 auction achieving the highest total for a Christie’s Online watch auction, with the highest value watch sold in a Christie’s online watch auction.

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