This fall, as the leaves drop and the crisp days shorten, America’s leading luxury watch show, WatchTime, is coming to Manhattan on October 14th and 15th. Bringing together the world’s leading watch brands and internationally renowned watch experts to the magnificent Gotham Hall, this event is something no watch connoisseur should miss.
Opening with a cocktail party on the 14th (with limited tickets available if you are quick), the evening offers the first chance to meet with representatives from world famous watch producers, and enjoy drinks and canapés while presentations by Joe Thompson and Anish Bhatt, amongst others, are given.
The luxury watch event – Image courtesy of Watch Time New York
Hear from the experts
Thompson, editor-in-chief of the most popular watch magazine, WatchTime, will be sharing insights into a market he has written about for 38 years. His unparalleled knowledge is often quoted in the media, from The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal to the BBC, the International Herald Tribune and Switzerland’s Neue Züricher Zeitung. Bhatt, founder and CEO of the much followed WatchAnish.com, will be sharing the knowledge he has learned from years of brand consultancy with luxury watch and fashion brands through his offices in London, New York and Geneva. His work styling shoots that place high-end timepieces within a broader lifestyle context will also provide some fascinating points to fuel discussion.
The $1.1 million watch over New York – Image courtesy of WatchAnish
The following day will give guests a full schedule to make the most of as they browse and shop the latest and classic designs. Jeff Kingston, renowned technological and IP lawyer and now one of the world’s foremost watch collectors and historians, will be leading morning and afternoon watch tours and also presenting Inside Basel Geneva, which has been bringing luxury timepieces to collectors in America for 10 years. Joining Kingston for a key seminar on Saturday will be experts Michael Friedman and Nicholas Manousos plus presentations on vintage collecting by Aurel Bacs, Joe Thompson and Paul Boutros, and the history and evolution of dive watches by Roger Ruegger.
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Explore the metropolis
Of course, a New York City break offers plenty to see and do before and after the fair. Head north to Central Park to take a stroll before it gets too cold, and be nestled within the autumnal hues of its magnificent canopy of trees, taking the chance to stop afterwards at Bergdorf’s to find something smart to wear as the perfect partner to any new purchase the fair might have enticed you to make.
New Yorks famous Central Park
Just up Broadway from Gotham Hall you’ll also find Manhattan’s dazzling theaterland, and the mega-wattage of Times Square. Its biggest hit musical for years, Hamilton, the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, would make any evening special – though finding tickets would test even the most well-connected concierge.
Stay at the chatwal
Speaking of which, there are of course a plethora of places to stay, either near the fair or in a quieter neighbourhood. Close to Gotham Hall is the Art Deco stunner The Chatwal, originally designed by Stanford White as The Lambs Club, which counted Fred Astaire and Charlie Chaplin as members. Further downtown towards the financial district The Beekman has been causing a stir since opening recently after years of renovation, and its magnificent 9-storey atrium and dramatic glass skylight have been gracing the pages of international magazines keen to detail its exquisite architecture and its elegant and lively scene too.
The exterior of the Chatwal – Image courtesy of The Chatwell NY
In a city where shopping plays such a large part in the lives of residents and millions of visitors, what better reason to invest in a new timepiece for life with experts to guide you, and with the energy of New York to spur you on. Jet in to Teterboro Airport and don’t miss out on this exciting event!
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