Mark your calendars: WatchTime New York, which sold out to record audiences last year, will return, bigger and better, on October 13 and 14 at New York City’s Gotham Hall, at 1356 Broadway, and tickets are going fast. Once again, watch collectors and aficionados will be able to see and try on watches from a wide array of companies and talk to watch-company executives. They’ll also be able to attend presentations and talk watches with their watch-fan confrères. Last year, 24 watch brands displayed their newest timepieces to nearly 1,000 watch lovers who attended. This year, 30 watch brands have confirmed their attendance, from major players like Omega, TAG Heuer, Jaeger-LeCoultre, A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet, and Blancpain, to hot independent watchmakers like MB&F, Romain Gauthier, and Kari Voutilainen (The full lineup of brands appears below).
WTNY kicks off Friday evening with a VIP cocktail party, held from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, during which attendees can visit the watch companies’ exhibits and chat with special guests, including noted watch collector Jeff Kingston, and enjoy an open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. On Saturday, the show hours are 11 AM to 5 PM. That day, Kingston will give a series of presentations and present a “watch tour” of the show floor, highlighting the most interesting timepieces.
WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Roger Ruegger will moderate a panel of watch experts including Ruediger Albers (President, Wempe USA), Nicholas Manousos (President, Horological Society of New York), Gabriel Benador (private collector), Jeremy Roizin of Watch Anish, and Josh Shanks (Managing Editor, Watchonista); Kingston will moderate a panel of star watchmakers, including Kari Voutilainen, RGM’s Roland Murphy, Romain Gauthier, and Claude Greisler of Armin Strom; and WatchTime Digital Media Editor Mark Bernardo will host a presentation on the evolution of James Bond’s watches over six decades of novels and movies. The full schedule and details can be found on www.watchtimenewyork.com. The price for Saturday is $39 and includes admission to all panels and seminars. For tickets, and info on this and other WatchTime events, click here.