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2nd September 2017 | Kenwood House Gardens, London

Across eight stages, our acclaimed writers,
columnists and guest speakers.

The FT Weekend's annual festival celebrates the wit, ideas and range of enthusiasms which are our hallmark. An eclectic array of the FT's writers will debate the ideas and passions of our age, from Brexit and the rise of the robots to Lucy Kellaway's new career in teaching. They and leading editors from the FT Weekend and How To Spend It, will host dozens of key figures from fine art, music, literature, dance, business, food and drink to fashion and politics in the grounds of Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath.

Our all-day event will unfold on a series of stages: Food & Drink, How To Spend It, House & Home, FT Money, Arts & Fashion, Books, Travel and the Weekend stage for the principal debates. The FT Weekend is, as one reader wrote to me recently, "nourishment for the mind and soul". So come and be nourished; and for those who attended last year's inaugural festival, in the spirit of our age, prepare for innovation - as in our journalism each weekend.

Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend


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Vacheron Constantin is the world’s oldest watch manufacturer in continuous production. Founded in Geneva in 1755 by Jean-Marc Vacheron, whose workshop was established in the heart of Geneva. The same year, the young watchmaker recruited an apprentice, and so this desire to share knowledge related to his craft became the founding act of the Manufacture. In 1819, Jacques-Barthélémy Vacheron, grandson of Jean-Marc, was joined by a new partner, François Constantin, a businessman with a strong commercial mind. He travelled around Europe for decades with great energy, opening up the market to the marvelous ingenuity designed by the Manufacture.

Throughout its existence, Vacheron Constantin has pushed the boundaries of fine watchmaking by creating outstanding pieces for private commissions. Year after year, unique know-how as well as technical and aesthetic innovations contributed to the progression of the Manufacture’s reputation. The Swiss Maison continues to design, develop and produce exceptional timepieces true to the three fundamental pillars: perfectly mastered techniques, inspired and harmonious aesthetics, and an extremely high level of finishing.

Today, Vacheron Constantin works with no less than 20 specialist artisans and artistic craftsmen who use their combined and rare talents to create some of the most exclusive timepieces in the world, including the creation of the most complicated watch ever made; a timepiece that took 3 watchmakers 8 years to complete and was unveiled last year for the company’s 260th anniversary.