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Horology Forum 2018 – Moderator Profiles

Suzanne Wong

Revolution international editor-at-large Suzanne Wong fell in love with mechanical watchmaking in 2010, helming the publication’s flagship Asia edition for four years. She then moved into the digital sphere in mid-2015, resulting in the launch of Revolution’s new online platforms at the beginning of 2016. Her unique editorial voice and style have defined her position today as a leading personality amongst international watch media and industry observers. Suzanne is currently based in Switzerland and serves on the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Her specialist subjects include technical innovation (both mechanical and materials-related) and the cultural and industrial ecosystem of Swiss watchmaking.

 

Barbara Palumbo

Barbara Palumbo is a public speaker and freelance jewelry and watch editor currently contributing to U.S. publications such as Watchonista, The Jewelry Book, and Modern Luxury. In August of 2013, after spending nearly eighteen years working in a variety of roles across different genres of the jewelry industry, she launched her blog, Adornmentality.com, in order to bring an air of humor to jewelry editorial. The success of that blog earned her back-to-back nominations for an Award for Excellence in Editorial Media by the Women’s Jewelry Association, and in March of 2016, she carried that same concept over to the watch side of the industry by launching WhatsOnHerWrist.com.

As a former metalsmith apprentice who worked under the direction of the world’s finest jewelry artisans, Barbara appreciates a watch’s details and finishing above all else. She is a believer that the watch industry needs both its scientific and its artistic sides working together harmoniously if it wishes to maintain its importance for future generations.

Barbara currently resides in Atlanta with her husband and two young children.

 

Andrew Hildreth

Andrew K. G. Hildreth gained his Ph.D in Economics and Statistics from the University of Cambridge.  Was a Fellow at Oxford University and more recently Professor of Economics at the University of California – Berkeley.   Currently he is a partner in the professional services firm: Berkeley Research Group.  Dr. Hildreth is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, Freeman of the City of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.  A lifelong enthusiast and collector of watches – it was the first thing he asked his parents for when he was four years old.  He has written for a number of publications on watchmaking and haute horologerie (along with photography, fountain pens, and vintage cars – especially Bentley).   His articles can be found in Revolution, The Rake, The Telegraph, GQ, MensHealth, Hodinkee, WatchesbySJX, Watch Journal, PuristsPro (AndrewH_219), QP, iW Magazine, The Hour, Twelve, or Calibre.

 

Jack Forster

Jack Forster is the Editor In Chief at HODINKEE.com. Prior to coming to HODINKEE, Jack was Editor In Chief of Revolution Magazine, US edition. He has lectured on the subject of watches, time, and precision timekeeping at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art and the Horological Society Of New York. Jack is the author of Cartier: Time Art, a comprehensive history of watch and clockmaking at Cartier. He has contributed to a number of publications, including The Economist and CNN Style, and has been interviewed on the subject of watches, clocks, and horology by such publications as The New York Times and the New Yorker.

 

John Reardon

John Reardon is the International Head of Christie’s Watch Department, a team of 30 that curates 10 live auctions per year around the world in addition to ongoing online watch sales. John personally curates several important private and corporate collections and is well-known for his academic and methodical approach to collection building. John first became a part of the auction world in 1997 after spending several years working at leading watch and clock museums in the US. He is a regular contributor to Forbes Life magazine as well as a contributing writer for the ‘Life and Times’ feature article in the Patek Philippe Magazine. He has written three books on the history of watches, most notably Patek Philippe in America: Marketing the World’s Foremost Watch.

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