Returning to Vicenzaoro Jannuary for its fourth edition, Italian Exhibition Group’s fine vintage watch and jewellery event, VO Vintage, will be open to the general public from 20-23 January 2023.
Collectors and lovers of jewellery icons and timeless wristwatches will gather for the opportunity to purchase unique and valuable pieces, as well as negotiate with the best dealers and keep up to date with experts on sector topics and trends.
Extending to four days (compared with last year’s three-day event), the event will be held in the foyer on the first floor of the Expo Centre at the same time as Vicenzaoro January and T.Gold (20-24 January).
Visitors will be able to discover the latest techniques, trends and curiosities in a packed programme of events, seminars, interviews and training moments with opinion leaders, experts, top dealers, associations, brands and influencers.
35 brands will be exhibiting in the vintage watch and jewellery lounge.
The list of vintage jewellers exhibiting includes: Art Deco’ Bijoux, Montegrandi Gioielli, Micol, Gioielleria Faelutti and I Santi Medici.
Exhibiting vintage watch dealers include: Stefano Mazzariol’s Vintage Watches, Elvio Piva’s Tempus, Roberto Verde’s Goldfingers, and Vintage Watches and Cars by Andrea Foffi.
Andrea Foffi is also returning to Vicenza as a collector with the second part of the ‘Magister Speedmaster Exhibition’, dedicated to the most famous Omega watches from his private collection (the first was hosted at Vicenzaoro September 2022).
The Watch Passion association, which groups together and promotes the best watch dealers, will also be present with a selection of 10 exhibitors.
On Saturday 21 January, the characteristics of a collector of timepieces will be discussed in a panel talk with Jacopo Spangaro, organiser of auction-event The One and owner of Orolegeria Spangaro, alongside Antonio Follari and Giancarlo Befera, collectors and members of L’Orologio Club.
The discussion will be moderated by editor-in-chief of L’Orologio magazine, Dody Giussani.
A discussion on the ‘Latest trends in the international high-end market’ will then follow, with: Stefano Mazzariol, founder and CEO of Vintage Watches; Elvio Piva, founder and CEO of Tempus Padova; and Roberto Verde, president of the Watch Passion association.
The meeting will be moderated by Watch Insanity founder and creative director Jacopo Giudici, and the web magazine’s editor-in-chief Michele Mengoli.
Among the industry leaders set to weigh in on the topic of ‘Defending the passion from counterfeiting and theft’ will be Bruno Bergamaschi (aka Giorgione) – one of the best-known watchmaking experts in Italy, founder of Watchhouse, and Vicenzaoro ambassador of watchmaking passion and culture.
Bergamaschi will be joined by Mario Peserico, president of Assorologi, and Lorenzo Lucchinelli, founder of Ipsum – Identity for luxury goods.
On Saturday 21 January, Italian Watch Spotter will showcase collections from the 1990s and 2000s, and contemporary designs that evoke vintage in a talk with Franco Armentano, founder of DHM, Fabio Bertini, manager of F.lli Pisa in Milan, and Michele Corvo, owner of Corvo & C and GMT Italia.
As for technical training, Sunday 22 January will see the return of the popular masterclass held by Professor Ugo Pancani from the Geneva-based FHH – Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie and member of the GPHG Academy.
While VO Vintage becomes increasingly popular with younger generations of collectors, the talk ‘Collecting out of the box’ on Saturday 21 January – organised by watch lover, consultant, and IamCasa founder Andrea Casalegno – will feature three young influencers.
The discussion on how collecting has changed and the growing role of social media platforms will involve Alessandro Fanciulli, collector and hunter of fine pieces, Joël Laplace, collector and assistant director at the Zenith Heritage Department, and Lorenzo Maillard, collector and content specialist at Watches and Culture – the FHH’s cultural hub.
Sunday 22 January will be the turn of ‘Vintage Game Changers’, with another key player in the changing field of collecting: Jasper Lijfering, owner and CEO of Amsterdam Vintage Watches – one of the most prestigious luxury vintage watch boutiques, with an online offering of high-end pieces for collectors all over the world.
The full VO Vintage programme is available to view online.