WatchTime New York makes its triumphant return as a live, in-person event starting tonight, uniting collectors, enthusiasts, and 28 registered watch brands under Gotham Hall’s famed rotunda in Midtown Manhattan after a year’s hiatus. The sixth edition of the show, produced by WatchTime and presented in partnership with cocktail-party sponsor Tourneau | Bucherer and BMW, has expanded from two days to three; tonight’s opening cocktail party is sold out but the show is open to paid attendees on Saturday, October 23, and Sunday, October 24, 2021.
The longer event format was designed to encourage ample space for social distancing, while also expanding on the show’s popular panel discussion series, featuring notable collectors, designers, brand executives, and other leading figures from the watch world. This year for the first time, admission for each day of WatchTime New York will be ticketed individually to allow participants to build their WatchTime New York itinerary of choice.
The show has long fostered dialogue, face-to-face connections, and hands-on experiences for the watch community, something that WatchTime New York show organizers and editors realized their audience needs now more than ever. “Interest in WatchTime New York is at an all-time high,” said Sara Orlando, WatchTime Publisher. “We are so excited to ride this uptick in interest and finally reunite.” Orlando will also feature in the event’s first dedicated panel about women’s watches, led by and featuring an all-female panel, scheduled for Saturday, October 23, at 3:00 p.m.
WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Roger Ruegger: “Our followers, collectors, and watch brands are desperately asking to get back to normal and meet in person. Thankfully, this is not 2020, and we know how to carry on safely with the right guidelines in place to ensure the health and comfort of all WatchTime New York show attendees and participants so we can all get back to doing what we love: getting together and talking about watches.”
Brands, too, are excited to return to WatchTime New York. Participating brands this year include A. Lange & Söhne, Armin Strom, Arnold & Son, Bell & Ross, Blancpain, Bovet, Breguet, Carl F. Bucherer, Chopard, Czapek, De Bethune, G-Shock, Glashütte Original, Grand Seiko, Greubel Forsey, Jaquet Droz, Laurent Ferrier, L. Leroy, Massena LAB, MB&F, MeisterSinger, Montblanc, Norqain, Oris, Seiko, Vulcain, and Zenith. In addition, from its inception, the show has served as a key staging ground for launching new horological products to the world. Many brands will follow this tradition and will unveil exclusive limited-edition watches to the world for the very first time, live from the WatchTime New York show floor.
WatchTime New York will observe current New York City and CDC guidelines to ensure the health and comfort of all event participants by asking that all guests provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon entry. For those who cannot attend WatchTime New York this year in-person, but who still want to take part in the energy and excitement of the event, WatchTime will record the panel discussions and present them on its online and social media platforms. Additionally, WatchTime’s Roger Ruegger and Mark Bernardo will host the monthly TimeOut session via Zoom on Sunday, October 24; registration here.
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit watchtimeevents.com.