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Bowdens blooms & Wempe at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016

Wempe was very happy to take part in Bowdens’ and Belmond’s historic first at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2016 with the largest ever display since the show began 102 years ago. The Bowdens Floral Garden, set around an authentic 1920s carriage from Belmond British Pullman, in which Wempe displayed a maritime chronometer, captured an era when pioneer plant collectors took off by train across the globe to make exciting new discoveries. On this occasion, Wempe gladly offered all Bowden customers to have their watch checked by Wempe free of charge in our showroom in London.

The Wempe Unified Chronometer Brass/Mahogany on the road.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show, organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, is the World's most prestigious flower show and the place to see cutting-edge garden design, new plants and find ideas to take home. It is held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913. Today, the show attracts 150.000 visitors annually.

This year the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea were once again transformed into the world’s greatest flower show, home to amazing plant displays and the best cutting-edge garden designs. Later in the day, members of the Royal family visited the show, including the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Countess of Wessex, Prince Harry, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Furthermore, impressive show features like photographic exhibits and a floral arch were exhibited to honour the 90th birthday of HM the Queen.

Welcome to the Bowdens Garden: A Journey through Time and Plants

Multi-RHS gold medal winning Bowdens’ garden has been a time-traveller’s journey centred on the planted-up station. Belmond British Pullman’s 25 metre vintage carriage was the centrepiece of the 6,000 square foot exhibit, located in the centre of the Great Pavilion at the prestigious Monument site. Bowdens is a family business run by Tim and Ruth Penrose specialising in mail order plants. They hold an impressive haul of 126 RHS Gold Medals including 26 at Chelsea Flower Show.
The visitors were able to step from an English country station platform to board Belmond British Pullman and travel through a collection of plant hunters’ ephemera. Afterwards their journey led into a Malaysian rainforest featuring a display of tree ferns including a rare Cameron Highlands Cyathea contaminams.
From the gardens of England to Asia’s tropical forest

Exquisite Timepieces and Jewellery for Travellers

As a Co-Sponsor of the event, Wempe was very happy to take part together with Bowdens in this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The maritime chronometer by Wempe displayed on the Belmond British Pullman carriage is part of this Hamburg-based company’s long association with the finest timepieces and jewellery. Since 1878 Wempe has extended its reach worldwide, offering voyagers the ultimate nautical technology and watch brands including Rolex and Patek Philippe.
Train Wagon with wempe logo
Wempe Chronometer Brass on a table
On this occasion, Wempe gladly offered all Bowdens customers to have their watch checked by Wempe free of charge. This check included the testing of water-resistance, the verification of the watch’s rate accuracy, a battery check, etc. and was available for all listed watch brands. With nearly 140 years of experience in watchmaking, customer counselling and aftersales service, Wempe Jewellers is the insider tip for watch lovers throughout London: real watch connoisseurs buy at Wempe on New Bond Street.

We look forward to welcoming you at our showroom in London and showing you the finest timepieces and watches.

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