It is the moment we have all been waiting for: live watch shows instead of digital shows. The first big one starts next weekend in New York City when, on October 22, 2021, through October 24 the WatchTime New York show takes place at Gotham Hall. Postponed in 2020 due to Covid-19, this year, the show is live. It is open to the public (for a fee) and will showcase watch brands and their newest products, as well as offer educational and informative panel discussions.
In fact, the sixth edition of the collector-driven show, has nearly 30 brands showcasing their newest watches, with brands such as A. Lange & Sohne, Armin Strom, Arnold & Son, Blancpain, Breguet, Carl F. Bucherer, Chopard, Greubel Forsey and others in attendance. This year also marks the first time the brand will host an all-female panel discussion on watches and women.
That panel discussion takes place at 3:00 on Saturday October 23, 2021, and I am proud to say that I will be a participant on the panel, moderated by WatchTime’s Sarah Orlando. Also on the panel discussing what it means to be a “women’s” watch today and how women are marketed to in today’s world as compared to in the past, are Brynn Wallner of Dimepiece, Kathleen McGivney of Red Bar, Laetitia Hersey of Kaaviar PR and H. Jane Chon of HSNY.
What to expect at WatchTIme New York 2021
Throughout the three-day show, WatchTime New York attendees get the chance to take a closer look at how these intricate mechanical timepieces are made, with live watchmaking demonstrations offered by premier watchmakers like Breguet and Grand Seiko. Additionally, and for the first time ever, WatchTime New York will have space for on-site timepiece authentications and evaluations from pre-owned luxury leaders eBay and WatchBox. Naturally, as in the past, certain notable celebrities and personalities will be present, including watchmaker and actor (and a truly genuine person), Aldis Hodge.
In addition to the women’s panel, other presentations and events are as scheduled:
Friday Oct .22 cocktail party:
Sponsored by Tourneau | Bucherer on Friday, October 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. where guests get the first chance to survey the timepieces and interact with participating brands and notable attendees. “Party guests may indulge in top-shelf cocktails from the open bar and passed catered fare while interacting with fellow enthusiasts, industry notables, brands, pre-owned luxury exhibitors eBay and Watchbox, and WatchTime editors. The event typically sells out well ahead of the show, so advance tickets are strongly recommended.”
Saturday, Oct. 23 panel presentations:
• 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – PANEL: “Is this 2019 all over again, or have things changed?” Moderated by Jeff Kingston and with William Rohr, founder of Massena LAB and watch collector Michael Hickcox.
• 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – PANEL: “What is a women’s watch in 2021?” As mentioned above, this is the first-ever women’s watch panel at WatchTime NY.
Sunday, Oct. 24 panel presentations:
• 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: PANEL: “ “Brand x Brand – the Power of Collaborations”
Moderated by WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Roger Ruegger, and featuring special guests: V.J. Geronimo, CEO North America at Oris, Pierre Jacques, CEO De Bethune, Ana Martins, Founder Ana Martins Communications, and more
• 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: PANEL: “Why is Steel so Hot, and is This Going to Continue?”
Moderated by collector Jeff Kingston, and featuring special guests: actor and watch enthusiast Aldis Hodge, as well as Head of Americas, Senior Vice President, Phillips Watches Paul Boutros, and Technical Development Lead at Formation Design Group Inc., Joshua Munchow.
WatchTime New York 2021 will open on Saturday from 11 am until 5 pm and on Sunday from 11 am until 4 pm. For more information, to purchase tickets and to register visit WatchTime Events.