On October 15th, luxury watch enthusiasts attended the country’s largest event for the accessory, WatchTime New York. Hosted in Manhattan’s Gotham Hall, the two-day event kicked off with a sold-out cocktail for VIP attendees. Guests of the event experienced various panels and discussions from more than 20 luxury watch brands.
High-profile brands including Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Seiko, and Carl F. Bucherer, share an inside look at their most recent collections. Some went a step further, introducing to guests their pieces from collections that have yet to be released to the United States. Omega participated, offering a never before seen look at their Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black collection. Vacheron Constantin also volunteered a look at 10 new pieces that will be added to their Harmony collection.
The line-up of panels and discussions offered insights to the construction, history, and latest developments within the luxury watch market. Philips presented a seminar on “Vintage Collecting” moderated by the Editor-at-Large of WatchTime magazine, Joe Thompson and featuring speakers Aurel Bacs and Paul Boutros. Experts discussed the mechanics of the industry with media personality, Bill McCuddy, to moderate the conversation. The Editor-in-Chief of WatchTime magazine, Roger Reugger, illustrated the developmental progress of dive watches in his presentation. Book signings were also available with authors Roberta Naas and Aaron Sigmond.
Over 800 guests were in attendance to celebrate the craftsmanship and style of this specialized part of the timepiece industry. Journalists, collectors, and influencers took part in the event, including luxury watch collector Gabriel Bender. “Fast and Furious” actor, Sung Kang welcomed guests to visit his booth, where he promoted his limited-edition timepiece, the Turbine Sung Kang.
WatchTime magazine is an award-winning media platform here in New York City concentrated on luxury watches. With seven Digital Magazine Award nominations, two FOLIO Fame Awards for event excellence and more, the platform maintains an audience of 800,000 readers monthly.
This was the second annual year WatchTime magazine partnered with SWISS Airlines, AFAR magazine, Philips auction house, and WatchAnish.com, a lifestyle media platform. The event has greatly expanded from the first year, with a longer list of exhibits and attracting more guests than the year before. WatchTime New York was alive with the energy of the collecting community, with guests excited to be in a place celebrating similar passions. Editor-in-Chief Ruegger sees extreme potential in the event becoming part of the launch process for brands in the future.
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