Fashion watch out!
Renee Minus White | 11/1/2018, 2:15 p.m.
Last Friday’s WatchTime event, held at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall, began with a sold-out cocktail party. Presented by WatchTime magazine, the two-day affair showcased the latest watches from 35 internationally renowned watch brands. No.1 ranked amateur boxer, Brian Cebello, made a special appearance at last Friday’s VIP event, adding to the excitement.
Additional supporting partners included SWISS Airlines, Wempe NS, Four Roses bourbon, The Wall Street Journal, the Horological Society of New York and others. This WatchTime New York show has become both a direct-to-consumer experience and hub for the industry. The format was uniquely tailored to attract the U.S. market with a format much like New York Fashion Week., but for watches.
As the buzz surrounding the show has grown, many watch brands have seized the opportunity to debut new watch models. This year, American watch brand RGM debuted its William Penn Model for the first-time, and AkriviA watchmaker Rexhepi made in his first-ever visit to the United States. Japanese high-end watchmaker Grand Seiko unveiled three versions of the Grand Seiko U.S. An exclusive limited edition to the world, Raymond Weil debuted a new version of the Calibre RW1212 Skeleton as part of its Freelancer Collection with a “titanium-toned steel” case. Britain’s Bremont also launched its eighth, historical, limited-edition timepiece to the world, the Bremont Supersonic, that commemorates the 50th anniversary of iconic aircraft, the Concorde.
During the panel discussions, the future of watchmaking was a big topic. There was a rise and revival of American microbrands, including Brew Watches, Monta Watches and Oak & Oscar. Remarking on WatchTime New York 2018, luxury watch collector Holt Ardrey observed, “This is the best WatchTime New York show yet, in my opinion. WatchTime New York is really a family for serious collectors.”