After kicking off in Chicago on September 11, WatchTime’s “Inside Basel-Geneva” tour continued last week, as the popular watch-collector events, helmed by WatchTime and noted collector Jeff Kingston, touched down in Philadelphia, on September 18, and New York City, on September 20, the latter event drawing a record crowd of nearly 300 guests.
The Philadelphia IBG was held, for the second year in a row, at the prestigious Union League Club, and the New York City event was held for the first time in the elegant surroundings of the Plaza Hotel, near Central Park. As in Chicago, guests enjoyed mingling with fellow watch lovers and visiting an impressive lineup of luxury watch brands in the two-hour, pre-dinner cocktail, and then sitting down to a three-course gourmet dinner while viewing Kingston’s multimedia presentation on the highlights from this year’s Swiss watch fairs.
RGM’s Roland Murphy, the founder and chief watchmaker of the brand, made a personal appearance at both shows, and both Panerai and Vacheron Constantin had watchmaking demonstrations at their booths in New York. For details on the other additions to the IBG program this year, click here to read our report on the Chicago event.
The 2012 “Inside Basel-Geneva” series makes its final stops next week on the West Coast, first in San Francisco on October 2, then in Los Angeles on October 4. The San Francisco event is sold out, but a few tickets remain for L.A. Click here to order tickets and for more details on the events.
Click below to view a slideshow of images taken at this year’s New York IBG.