I love New York! What an excitement to be in The City talking watches! Watchonista is delighted to call New York the home base for our North American office. Around the corner from our office, our friends at Watch Time, have quickly built their annual New York exhibition to become one of the most attended horological events on the US calendar. This year, 30 brands will be exhibiting at the show and several educational experiences will be offered.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that we’ve joined forces with WatchTime as partner of the upcoming New York show. Occurring October 13th and 14th at New York’s Gotham Hall. This will also be an opportunity for you to meet our Managing Editor of North America, Josh Shanks, who will participate in a panel discussion on the state of the watch industry. This is an event not to be missed!
Watchonista strengthens its presence in North America
Our online magazine Watchonista.com was founded in 2009, and ever since, we’ve been active in covering the latest news, releases, and opinions from the watch industry via comprehensive and engaging content. We work with some of the best and most important writers on the scene. In addition to our editorial mission, we seek to educate novice to experienced collectors and watchmakers. Watchonista was the first website to aggregate watch news, and over time, we’ve built a comprehensive database of almost every watch made in the last decade.
Earlier this year, we launched our operations in North America, led by Josh. We’ve enjoyed a warm welcome by audiences, brands, and fellow collectors. Things sure move fast on this side of the world, in just a few short months, we co-hosted WISCON 2017 in Las Vegas for collectors of Rolex & Tudor, we partnered with Red Bar Crew for the Summer Watch Walk Series, and joined as sponsors of AWCI and NAWCC to help raise awareness of horological causes. Moreover, we’ve been covering the latest novelties, industry news, and important events happening in the US and Canada.
During this time, we’ve brought on esteemed contributors Rhonda Riche and Barbara Palumbo. I’m excited about the great team we’re building in North America. We also have some very exciting things coming up that are sure to surprise and delight. Ultimately, we’re optimistic about the future of the watch Industry and we’ve been active in strengthening our presence in the US and abroad.
About Watch Time New York
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WatchTime New York will return for its third edition on October 13th and 14th at Manhattan’s elegant Gotham Hall. This luxurious consumer weekend experience is produced by WatchTime Magazine, America’s best-selling and most influential media brand devoted to wristwatch collectors and enthusiasts. With this premiere consumer watch event, the Magazine is leading the way in building a community beyond its pages, bringing collectors and brands together in a weekend long celebration of watchmaking. This year, WatchTime New York reflects the show’s success and momentum in its third year by presenting a record number of 28 exhibitors and more educational experiences than ever before.
WatchTime New York’s 2017 exhibiting brands include Omega, Longines, Tag Heuer, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Breguet, MB&F, Baume & Mercier, Carl F. Bucherer, Grand Seiko, Voutilainen, Czapek, and more (a full list of the exhibiting watch brands can be found below.) From internationally renowned manufacturers to up-and-coming independents, each brand will showcase its newest and most fascinating timepieces— some of which will be launched in the U.S.A. for the first time. Guests will have the opportunity to see and try on these world-class wristwatches as well as mingle with watch company executives, industry experts, and fellow watch collectors and enthusiasts, including WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Roger Ruegger and prominent Instagrammer Anish Bhatt (@watchanish)
The festivities begin on the evening of Friday, October 13th with the VIP cocktail event (5:30-8:30PM), and a few words of welcome from industry luminaries and partners. In a testament to the show’s prestige amongst consumer collectors, spread largely by word-of-mouth and social media buzz, this year the Friday October 13th VIP reception had already sold out by July, three months ahead of the show opening, and WatchTime has released more tickets to accommodate the large demand.
Tours, panels, and insider events
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Saturday, October 14th offers a full day of browsing, shopping, mingling, and an opportunity to observe watchmakers plying their trade at the bench, hosted by several exhibitors on the show floor. There will also be a full Saturday line-up of collector experiences, educational tours, panels, and meet-and-greets (11AM-5P) including:
- A pre-show panel and Q&A: “Meet the Watchmaking Stars” moderated by Jeff Kingston, featuring renowned watchmakers Kari Voutilainen, Roland Murphy, Antoine Presuzio, and Romain Gauthier, discussing how and why they started their watchmaking careers.
- Two guided watch tours and talks by leading watch collector and brand consultant Jeff Kingston
- Panel of Watch Experts discussing Watchmaking Today, moderated by Roger Ruegger, WatchTime Editor-in-Chief, and featuring expert panelists Ruediger Albers (President Wempe USA), Nicholas Manousos (President, Horological Society of New York), Gabriel Benador (Private collector), Anish Bhatt (Founder of Watch Anish) & Josh Shanks (Managing Editor, Watchonista)
- “Inside Basel Geneva” presentation, by leading watch collector and brand consultant Jeff Kingston gives collectors insider analysis and a recap of the most notable watches of BASELWORLD 2017
- “Meet the Brands: A Chance to Meet Watch Company Executives,” Panel and Meet-and-greet - guests to be announced
- “James Bond's Watches: Six Decades of Memorable Timepieces from Printed Page to Silver Screen” - Hosted by WatchTime Digital Editor Mark Bernardo
WatchTime New York’s exhibiting brands
WatchTime is an award-winning luxury watch media platform based in New York City, and a founding member of the Watch Experts Excellence Network. WatchTime’s watch magazine products reach a monthly audience of almost 800,000 watch collectors. WatchTime is the most successful watch magazine in North America and one of the leading watch magazines globally. WatchTime is the world’s only watch magazine with two FOLIO Fame Awards for excellence in media events, seven Digital Magazine Award nominations, a SmartCEO Future 50 Award as well as two Mequoda Rocket Award nominations for outstanding digital audience growth and an Apex Award for excellence in electronic media.
For more information or to purchase tickets and benefit from Watchonista’s discount code, visit: watchtimenewyork.com use promo code “WATCHONISTA” to save $10 off your ticket!