Worn and Wound Hosts Independent Brand Watch Fair in New York City
The “affordable watch” enthusiast blog and online store, Worn and Wound, held their second annual Wind-Up Watch Fair at New York’s Chelsea Market, October 21-23. The free and open-to-the-public showcase featured over 30 independent brands from around the industry displaying their latest watches and accessories. The show organizers advertised that: “It’s the first and only watch fair of its kind, designed to bring watches, brands, and fans together in a fun, approachable, and engaging environment.”
Swiss watch brand Monfort debuted a line of watches in November with several proprietary features never seen on watches before. The “super stainless-steel” cases will be put through a nitrocarburizing process to harden the steel to more than six times the traditional hardness. The dials will also be 3-D printed stainless steel and will resemble “the mineral, crystalline structure of rocks.” The company launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign on November 17, and the watches are available for pre-order at 50% off the suggested retail price.
Patek Philippe to Host Free Museum Exhibit in New York in 2017
The largest ever event of its kind hosted by the brand, “The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017,” is planned for July 13-23 at Cipriani 42nd Street, across from Grand Central Station. Patek Philippe is building a custom 13,000-square-foot, two-story structure within the building that will house 10 different rooms, each with a specific theme or purpose. Attendees will experience many historical timepieces, current models, rare watches and clocks, and a collection of watches on loan from collectors, which will only be on loan for this show. There will also be watchmaking demonstrations and a re-creation of the look and feel of the Atelier in Geneva.
The New Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 568
Jaeger-LeCoultre released a new limited-edition version Atmos clock by Australian designer Marc Newson. The clock features an “extra-clear” Baccarat crystal glass case and specially finished mechanism to highlight the specialty features of the Atmos clock. The dial indicates the hours, minutes, month, and phases of the moon. The mechanism is engineered efficiently enough to power the clock for two days on one single degree of temperature change. The clock retails for $28,000 and is available by phone order or at a Jaeger-LeCoultre boutique location.
Zenith Creates Watch Exclusively for HODINKEE
The Zenith El Primero Original Limited Edition For HODINKEE is described as “a vintage watch, made today.” The watch features a modest 38mm case and slate gray sunburst dial with minute counter and continuous seconds sub-dials. It was limited to 25 pieces worldwide and sold exclusively online through the HODINKEE shop for $7,900. They sold out within hours of being announced. This is the second collaborative wristwatch made for the popular watch-enthusiast news source, the first being a collaboration of 10 watches with MB&F.
Shinola, the Detroit-based American watch brand, continues their revitalization efforts in the heart of Detroit by announcing plans to renovate a 100-year-old building at the corner of Woodward and Grand River Avenues, and turn it into a 130-room boutique hotel. Local developer Bedrock Detroit will work together with four design firms to create a “thoughtfully curated hospitality experience” that will reflect the philosophy of the Shinola brand.
Aaron Recksiek is an independent watchmaker in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a graduate of the 2008 WOSTEP class at the Lititz Watch Technicum.