WatchTime New York
Takes Place October 14–15 at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall
By Kathy Ortt
The consumer event and show for wristwatch collectors and enthusiasts is being held a second year at Gotham Hall. Twenty luxury watch brands, ranging from internationally renowned to aspiring independents, will exhibit their latest watches. Along with seeing the latest advancement in watches, guests will mingle with watch company executives, industry, experts, and other watch collectors. Last year’s event drew in nearly 1,000 attendees, including collectors, enthusiasts, journalists, celebrities, and personalities known on social media.
The event will kick off with a VIP cocktail party Friday, October 14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Roger Ruegger says, “WatchTime New York enables attendees to interact face-to-face with brand principals and experts in the watchmaking industry, and to mingle with other watchmakers, designers, enthusiasts, and collectors—particularly at the Friday night cocktail event. It’s an excellent time to network with peers and discover the latest product developments and novelties for 2016.”
Saturday, October 15, is an all-day session featuring watch exhibitors, entertainment, industry panels, and meet-and-greet opportunities. Several exhibiting brands will have professional watchmakers at their benches. Ruegger says, “The show provides the opportunity to handle groundbreaking new watch novelties, some presented in the US for the very first time, and discuss their innovative mechanical movements with informed professionals rather than in a disconnected retail environment. Select brands will present watchmaking demonstrations live on site for an up-close look into their complications and production. WatchTime New York will also host a few watch accessories vendors of interest to repair professionals, including strap vendors.” Some of the exhibiting brands include Breguet, MB&F, Seiko, Bell & Ross, Armin Strom, and Nomos.
According to Ruegger, “WatchTime has curated some of the foremost experts in watchmaking from various sectors of the field, including preeminent journalists (Joe Thompson, WatchTime Editor-at-Large, and Roger Ruegger, Editor-in-Chief, and Sarah Orlando, WatchTime Publisher), social media influencer Anish Bhatt, WatchAnish, noted collector and consultant Jeff Kingston, as well as several notable watch-themed book authors and speakers—to be announced. Each panel session allows a Q&A during which attendees may present their questions.”
WatchTime New York, formerly known as Inside Basel Geneva, is hosted by WatchTime magazine. The watch venue was completely revamped in 2015 with a new location and a broader range of watch brands and schedule of activities to appeal to consumers of today. Guests may purchase tickets at www.watchtimenewyork.com.
Kathy Ortt is an editor for the Horological Times.