WatchTime ambiance at the opening night cocktail party at Gotham Hall.

WatchTime New York Luxury Watch Event
Kicks off at Gotham Hall

   Photo Credit: Nick Ford

Photo credit: Nick Ford and WatchTime

​​​Writer: Yerelyn Cortez Hidalgo

What time is it? It's WatchTime...

On Friday, October 14th, WatchTime held the Opening Night VIP Cocktail Party to launch their event at Gotham Hall in New York City which continued thru Saturday, October 15th, 2016.​ What a great way to see the best of the best luxury watches from all over the world. Any watch connoisseur or enthusiast was able to see the latest pieces and get more information to obtain their next little timely treasure.

WatchTime Magazine, America’s best-selling and most influential media brand devoted to wristwatch collectors and enthusiasts opened WatchTime New York's weekend festivities with a sold-out long cocktail reception. Guests were able to enjoy an open bar offering a selection of wines and specialty drinks as well as delicious passed hors d'ouevres and to top it off, an exquisite selection to choose from the buffet.

The exhibitors included internationally renowned watch brands, such as Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breguet, A. Lange & Söhne, Carl F. Bucherer, Seiko, Bell & Ross, and more, each of which exhibited the newest and most interesting timepieces in their current collections. A handful of brands even took the opportunity to introduce entirely new models and collections to the United States, including Omega, with its new Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black collection; Vacheron Constantin, with 10 new references in its Harmony collection; Nomos, with its blue-dialed neomatik nachtblau editions; Armin Strom, with its new rose-gold Edge Double Barrel model; and Blancpain with its Fifty Fathoms Bathy Scaphe Limited Edition with Blue Case.

WatchTime New York continued on Saturday, October 15th with a full line-up, including a talk on “Vintage Collecting” presented by Phillips Auctions, with WatchTime Editor-at-Large Joe Thompson and Aurel Bacs and Paul Boutros; an expert panel discussion of the distinctive quality of hand-made luxury mechanical watches, moderated by Media Personality and Reporter Bill McCuddy; a presentation on the history and evolution of dive watches by WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Roger Ruegger; guided watch tours and talks by leading watch collector and brand consultant Jeff Kingston; and book signings with authors and industry experts Roberta Naas and Aaron Sigmond. Actor Sung Kang of The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift fame was on site with Perrelet to meet the public between 12PM and 2PM. Several exhibiting brands showcased professional watchmakers plying their trade at work benches in real time throughout the day, allowing consumers to observe and learn about the watchmaking process firsthand. The event hosted by WatchTime magazine for the second consecutive year in partnership with SWISS airlines, AFAR magazine, Phillips auction house, and watch lifestyle media platform

The 2016 edition of WatchTime New York surpassed the first, with an expanded line-up of watch exhibitors and a notable increase in ticket sales. "The energy and excitement from both the guests and the exhibitors was palpable throughout the show," said Roger Ruegger, Editor-in-Chief of WatchTime. "We have in only two years established WatchTime New York as a destination event for the luxury watch community, and we expect even more brands to recognize the potential of WatchTime New York as a platform to launch and showcase their important timepieces in the future.

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