As we previously announced, WatchTime is bringing the WatchTime New York event concept to the West Coast on May 3 – 4, 2019. We’ll be taking over the Hudson Loft space in Downtown Los Angeles — just minutes from Staples Center — for two days to bring you the best in luxury timepieces. For those who have attended the New York show before, you can expect a similar experience, with brands of all sizes and price points taking part; an abundance of panel discussions featuring industry VIPs, brand executives, and high-caliber collectors; wine and whisky tastings; and plenty of opportunities to spend some quality time with your fellow enthusiasts. We’ll be collaborating with our longtime event partner Watch Anish once again, and will be working with the renowned California retailer Bhindi Jewelers for the first time.
Today, we’re happy to announce the third batch of the 30+ brands we have confirmed for the show. Click here to see the first six brands we announced on March 1, and here for the second six, announced last week.
Since the acquisition of the venerable, historically significant Minerva manufacture by parent company Richemont in 2006, Montblanc has been embracing that Swiss watchmaker’s rich history in its ongoing mission to move beyond its renowned role as a purveyor of fine writing instruments and stake its claim among the top-tier maisons of high watchmaking. In recent years, the brand has revamped and refocused many of its watch families, perhaps most notably the 1858 collection, which takes its name from the founding year of Minerva, an acclaimed maker of chronographs. With 2018 marking Minerva’s (now Manufacture Montblanc’s) 160th anniversary, Montblanc incorporated many of its historic design codes into this modern collection, along with a “mountain exploration” theme (Montblanc is, after all, named after a mountain). The dials offer several period-appropriate details from early Minerva watches, including cathedral-shaped, cloisonné-style hour and minute hands, railway minute tracks, tachymeter scales on the outer edges of the chronograph models, and a circa-1930s Montblanc logo in a historical font. The collection’s dual-time model, the 1858 Geosphere (below), was made available this year in a new bronze case and khaki-green dial. On the technical sides of things, each movement used inside the Montblanc 1858 Collection is subjected to the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, which consists of three weeks of non-stop testing that effectively simulates the first year of life for a Montblanc timepiece.