WatchTime L.A. Panel Preview: Meet the Hollywood Watch Connoisseurs

WatchTime Los Angeles, the West Coast’s biggest watch collectors’ event, kicks off tonight and continues into tomorrow, with 27 exhibiting watch brands and a number of entertaining and informative panel discussions. For our inaugural event in the world’s entertainment capital, we have gathered a group of prominent L.A.-based aficionados to discuss the intersection of watch collecting with TV, movies, and celebrity culture. Here’s an introduction to our panelists.

Many of us grew up alongside Fred Savage, who portrayed young Kevin Arnold on the 1990s series The Wonder Years. Since then, Fred has gone on to forge an eclectic career as an actor, director, and producer. He is the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy for lead actor, at 13, and has since been nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards for acting and directing. As an actor, he has starred in series such as The Grinder, Working, and Friends From College; directed episodes of 2 Broke Girls, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family; and his next project is a high-concept spoof of after-show shows called “What Just Happened?” Fred began his watch collecting career in his 20s, with a vintage Illinois wristwatch, and has gone on to amass a large and varied collection of vintage and modern pieces that includes Rolex, Tudor, Bell & Ross, and a very special Breitling Navitimer that he bought on the occasion of receiving a pilot’s license.

Fred Savage
Fred Savage

Morgan King is not a celebrity in the traditional Hollywood sense of the term, but is most definitely a bold-faced name in the fraternity of serious watch collectors. Morgan bought his first serious watch, a TAG Heuer Formula 1, on a trip to Switzerland when he was 18 and has been infected with the watch collecting bug ever since. He has assembled a world-class collection featuring two of the watch world’s most collectible models made famous by movies and actors: the Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona and the “Steve McQueen” TAG Heuer Monaco. Morgan will provide insights from a collector’s perspective on what factors transform a watch seen on the big screen from a prop to an icon.

Morgan King
Morgan King (center) with members of pop band Spandau Ballet (photo by

Stylist Jeanne Yang has made a stellar career out of placing timepieces on the wrists of clients including Robert Downey, Jr., Christian Bale, Henry Cavill, Katie Holmes, and Jason Momoa. She’s been interested in timepieces since the age of 14 when her mother, an immigrant from Korea, gave her the gift of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust that she had saved up for so her daughter could have a nice watch to wear to boarding school. Ever since then, Jeanne told The Hollywood Reporter , she has understood the power of matching the right timepiece to the right occasion and brings that sensibility to her dozens of watch-savvy clients who walk Hollywood’s red carpets.

Jeanne Yang
Jeanne Yang (photo by Hollywood Reporter)

As a television literary agent and partner at United Talent Agency (UTA), David Park represents entertainment-biz movers and shakers like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller, actors Don Cheadle, Owen Wilson, and Timothy Olyphant, and famed author Salman Rushdie. He has also become known throughout his industry, according to a recent Hollywood Reporter profile, as a “watch whisperer” of sorts, advising clients on timepiece purchases and educating them in the details of collecting, while also building an enviable collection of his own. David is a card-carrying member of the Paneristi, owning a number of rare and coveted Panerai references (a brand also well known for its celebrity fans) as well as high-end pieces from brands such as Audemars Piguet, IWC, and Rolex.

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