WatchTime Los Angeles Luxury Event Launches in Downtown LA
Los Angeles, CA (May 8, 2019)
The first edition of the WatchTime Los Angeles show launched at Hudson Loft in downtown Los Angeles last weekend, marking the West Coast’s first two-day luxury show dedicated solely to wristwatch enthusiasts.
The event kicked off on Friday, May 3, with a VIP cocktail party and a first look at the latest watches from 27 renowned international watch brands and continued Saturday, May 4, with a day-long celebration of timepieces and related panels and presentations.
With the launch of WatchTime Los Angeles, WatchTime Magazine, together with longtime event partner Watch Anish, was proud to take its popular WatchTime New York event series bi-coastal for the first time, joined by west coast retail partner Bhindi Jewelers and additional supporting partners The Hollywood Reporter and WatchBox. Over 500 collectors and wristwatch enthusiasts attended the first edition of WatchTime Los Angeles.
The annual WatchTime New York has been held for the last four consecutive years in midtown Manhattan at Gotham Hall and will return for year five from October 25-26, 2019.
As attendance surges year over year, buzz and demand has only grown, prompting the launch of WatchTime Los Angeles at Hudson Loft in downtown Los Angeles.
The event was modeled on the New York show’s winning formula and caters both to watch enthusiasts and brands with a unique direct-to-consumer event format tailored to the U.S. market.
Neither trade show nor traditional exposition, WatchTime Los Angeles invites the general public and WatchTime Magazine’s long-established network of wristwatch collectors and enthusiasts to an informal social meet-up and trunk show exhibition that is equal parts educational forum and industry hub.
WatchTime Los Angeles began with a luxurious VIP cocktail party on Friday, May 3.
Watch lovers came from near and far to get coveted hands-on time with the latest watch designs from 27 distinct and fascinating brand exhibitors, including Greubel Forsey, A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Grand Seiko, Romain Gauthier, HYT, and more.
Many of the timepieces on display had never been seen in the United States before and arrived fresh from their worldwide debuts in Switzerland for the occasion.
Attendees sipped on premium beverages and enjoyed charcuterie while mingling with fellow watch lovers and enjoyed the chance to interact with watchmaking idols, high-profile designers, watch experts, Hollywood influencers, and WatchTime editors.
WatchTime Los Angeles continued Saturday, May 4 with a full day of curated presentations and panels geared to watch lovers of all levels, from established watch collectors to budding enthusiasts.
Saturday kicked off with a pre-event panel entitled “Inside the Atelier: Meet the Independent Watch Brands.” The Q&A session offered guests the chance to hear insights into the careers and creative process of favorite independent watchmaking stars including Kari Voutiliainen, Romain Gauthier, Roland Murphy (RGM) and VIPs from Armin Strom, F.P. Journe and HYT.
The weekend’s keynote panel, presented in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter, convened a diverse group of industry experts and Hollywood influencers who spoke on the topic of “Hollywood Watch Collecting,” starring actor Fred Savage, noted collector Morgan King, watch expert and The Hollywood Reporter writer Degen Pener, stylist to the stars Jeanne Yang, UTA talent agent David Park, and WatchTime Senior Editor Mark Bernardo.
Later that afternoon, WatchTime Los Angeles guests were treated to a fascinating presentation on “The Chronograph 101” by renowned watch collector Jeff Kingston.
“This is amazing. I’m like a little kid in a candy store,” said “Mayans MC” actor, watch enthusiast, and WatchTime profile subject Antonio Jaramillo.
“It’s great to see all of these amazing watches and watchmakers in one room.
I discovered wonderful independent brands like Christophe Claret and Czapek and had the pleasure of meeting Roland Murphy, who’s done so much for American watchmaking. I am geeking out right now.
Gary Getz, a well-known watch collector, added, “I think [WatchTime L.A.] will become a fixture on the calendar of West Coast collectors.
It’s great to have an event like this where watch enthusiasts can see old friends, meet new friends, and interact with old veterans as well as people who are new to the hobby.
The panels were fun and there was an excellent variety of exhibiting brands. I saw some watches here that I didn’t get to see at the major shows.”
“WatchTime’s inaugural show in L.A. immediately set a new benchmark for multi-channel event platforms in the luxury watch industry,” said WatchTime Editor-in-Chief Roger Ruegger.
“With WatchTime’s combined reach in print and online, the show provides the ideal opportunity to connect watch brands with collectors and enthusiasts on the West Coast.” WatchTime publisher Sara Orlando added, “WatchTime Los Angeles exceeded all our expectations and we can’t wait to return next year!”
|About WatchTime: 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. For more information, please visit: www.watchtime.com
About WatchTime Events: WatchTime Los Angeles and WatchTime New York, America’s Luxury Watch Events, are two-day event experiences for lovers of fine timepieces presented by WatchTime Magazine and luxury lifestyle media platform WatchAnish. WatchTime LA will launch in May of 2019 at Hudson Loft, expanding on the success of WatchTime NY, now in its fifth year, and held each October at Gotham Hall in Manhattan. WatchTime events feature a star-studded lineup of internationally renowned watch brand exhibitors, with more than 25 brands that include Greubel Forsey, A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Grand Seiko, Romain Gauthier, HYT, and more.