As we previously announced, WatchTime is bringing the WatchTime New York event concept to the West Coast on May 3 – 4, 2019. We’ll be taking over the Hudson Loft space in Downtown Los Angeles — just minutes from Staples Center — for two days to bring you the best in luxury timepieces. For those who have attended the New York show before, you can expect a similar experience, with brands of all sizes and price points taking part; an abundance of panel discussions featuring industry VIPs, brand executives, and high-caliber collectors; wine and whisky tastings; and plenty of opportunities to spend some quality time with your fellow enthusiasts. We’ll be collaborating with our longtime event partner Watch Anish once again, and will be working with the renowned California retailer Bhindi Jewelers for the first time.
Today, we’re happy to announce the third batch of the 30+ brands we have confirmed for the show. Click here to see the first six brands we announced on March 1, and here for the second six, announced last week.
Czapek & Cie.
Eberhard & Co.
Scroll down to learn a little bit more about these six brands and stay tuned for the next set of brand announcements to be revealed after Baselworld.
You can buy your tickets here and we hope to see you there!
WatchTime New York 2018
For a relatively young brand, Armin Strom has, in rather short order, joined the ranks of watch manufacturers — like Panerai and Richard Mille — whose products are identifiable across the room. The Armin Strom “look” owes largely to the brand’s focus on skeletonization, the specialty of the brand’s founder and namesake, Swiss watchmaker Armin Strom. The brand’s owners, Strom family friends Serge Michel and Claude Greisler, have since expanded from skeletonization to ever more complex mechanisms, like the recent models based on the concept of resonance. Resonance timepieces generally involve two independent mainsprings, gear trains, escapements, and balances that are connected by a rack and pinion to allow exact tuning of the distance between each of them. When the two oscillators (all of the above combined) are beating in sync, they are able to find a concurrent rhythm in opposite directions that continuously averages out errors. Basically, the two “resonating” balances offer higher accuracy, energy conservation, and overall better stability. The most recent model to employ this concept is the Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance, introduced at SIHH 2019 (below), which features two independent time zone displays, powered by two separate movements, in a transparent sapphire case that offers a view into its horological complexity. For more on this watch, click here.
The Armin Strom Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance Sapphire
Czapek & Cie.
Czapek is named for François Czapek, a 19th-century Polish watchmaker who was the original partner of Antoine Norbert de Patek (of Patek Philippe) before leaving the nascent brand to form his own watchmaking atelier, Czapek & Cie, in 1845. A Polish immigrant in Geneva, he is credited with opening what is considered the first watch boutique on the Place Vendôme in Paris and served as the official watchmaker to Napoleon III during his lifetime. After his death, the brand slowly faded into obscurity until it was finally revived in 2015. In the subsequent years since the brand’s resurrection, Czapek & Cie. has claimed the Public Prize at the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie for the Quai des Bergues timepiece in 2016 and released a second collection featuring a suspended tourbillon with GMT. In 2018, Czapek announced its third collection, featuring its first contemporary chronograph: the Faubourg de Cracovie (the panda-dialed “Dioné & Rhea” version pictured below) named after the location of François Czapek’s third boutique in his home country of Poland.
Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie Dioné & Rhea
Eberhard & Co.
Eberhard & Co. is a Bienne-based watch manufacturer, popular throughout Italy while known to just a relative handful of collectors here in the States, which continues to innovate after 130-plus uninterrupted years. Founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds by 22-year-old Georges-Lucien Eberhard, whose Bernese family traced its watchmaking heritage back to the 10th century, Eberhard & Co. adopted the chronograph as a specialty from very early on, developed such enduring classic models as the Extra-Fort, Contograf, and Chrono 4. The company also secured its place in the pioneering history of diving watches with the release of the Scafograf in the 1950s, a model whose modern revival secured Eberhard the coveted GPHG Sports watch Prize in 2016. Eberhard’s fondness for Italian design and culture, and Italy’s embrace of the brand, also brought about one of the most enduring relationships between a watch company and an auto racing icon: Eberhard began crafting timepieces inspired by the legendary Tazio…