Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby TemerityB » October 14th 2017, 9:47pm

This is likely to be the longest thing I've ever posted here and a real modem killer, so forewarned is forearmed: Today I attended the WatchTime New York Show at the amazing Gotham Hall here in New York City. It was the second day of the two-day event, and I took a mess of photos – some really good, some meh – but I'm going to post a lot of them here to try to give the flavor of an event that I really enjoyed like gangbusters.

Sure, this particular watch event is really high end, as you'll see from some of the photos and the descriptions I could conjure up (so to speak), but I'm going to try to be as succinct as I can with all this. It was such a lot of fun that I wanted to detail this one as much as I can.

Met couple of actual watch world celebrities along the way: I got to meet he delightful Marc Andre Deschoux of TheWatches.tv, one of the most enjoyable sites and YouTube spots for watch news; Marc was a genuinely nice fellow with a great knowledge of watches. Plus I actually talked to RGM founder Roland Murphy and Martin Guitars head Chris Martin; more on them in a bit.

About Gotham Hall: This incredible building was actually built in the early 1920s, and it was a bank. Gotta be the biggest and most beautiful bank ever; it stayed there until about 1980, when some smart cookie turned it into an event space. I've never really seen another place like it; I imagine you can squeeze about 2,000 people in there. It's a beautiful, classic NYC-style old school building, and I know my bridge SLR photos aren't doing it justice. One of the things I get a kick of in this place is that they left all the pen areas where people used to sign their documents; they even keeps the pens replenished and fresh.

As with last year, the event featured Italian wines and all the Swiss chocolate you could ever ask for, all included with the price of admission. There were several lectures from WatchTime editors and other watch professionals, but I could only spare a couple of hours for this event.

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This year, in the foyer, there was a huge Longines display featuring the watches the brand is currently selling (their “Heritage” collection), including the newest version of the Legend Diver and the Railroad 888, and other homage models. A great way to start the event off this year, as last year the entrance space where this display was located had only Wolf winders in the space.

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Okay, on to the brands:

RGM really outdid themselves this year. In short, they're doing a cross-promotional thing with Martin guitars; there' sa Martin-themed RGM limited edition watch, and there are some limited edition Martin guitars based on the watches – the guitars actually have watch movements in the headstocks. I'm sure some of you will think that this kind of thing is silly, but both the watches and the guitars (remember, I'm a musician myself) were absolutely stunning. It all is meant to mark Martin's two millionth guitar, one of which is one of the RGM-themed ones. Both Martin and Murphy knew musicians I've worked with, and it floored all of us what a small world it is. Great experience.

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Also on display was another chess-themed RGM model that was just stunning. I'll likely never own one, but given the work they do with both their own movements and their modified ones from other makers, the quality is absolutely stunning and the watches are just gorgeous.

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For the rest of this, I will devote more space to the brands I could actually get some time with – the place was packed, and I had trouble waiting around to even get near some of the brand displays. I'll start with who I was impressed with and work down from there.

Omega: They're really pushing their new Speedmaster Racing Master Chrono, and their overall presentation was easily the most lavish and complete of any brand at the event, save Grand Seiko.

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And man, Grand Seiko was really rocking this time out; their area was packed every second that I was there. The new 600m Diver's model is just about the most beautiful dive watch I've ever seen with my own eyes (and on the same floor was the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms). I haven't had a lot of exposure to Grand Seiko in real time, but overall these are some of the nicest watches I think I've ever had the luck to get near. Seriously. For tokker, I included the one Credor they had on display.

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Longines: All I know is that I really want the Legend Diver to be the next watch I own. I can't find anything that's the sweet spot of price, quality, and style, as least for my sensibilities. The new model on the mesh is pretty good looking.

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I'll never be able to afford Moritz Grossman; we're talking 20 large for their cheap stuff. The German brand, however, produces some astoundingly beautiful watches; lots of limited editions with some of the most incredibly decorated movements I've ever laid eyes on. At least I got to play with a couple.

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Alpina's whole line knocked me out – and Allison: For the first time ever, I saw some women's models (they were from the “Horological Smartwatches” series, but it's a start. Their styling is so mint, and they're affordable. I could see going back to the well for sure.

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To keep this shorter: More stuff that knocked me out was from Zenith, JLC, Glashutte Original, and some of Tag's new models, though I was disappointed that a lot of the stuff that debuted at Basel wasn't brought to New York. For foggy, here's some MB&F for ya, man.

Okay, on to more photos. Hope some of you get a kick out of these.

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Wempe branded:
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby Mark1 » October 14th 2017, 10:17pm

Yeoman's work TB. Much appreciate the pics, this is the kind of stuff I won't see otherwise out here in Podunk. Looks like a good time to me.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby conjurer » October 14th 2017, 10:35pm

Mark1 wrote:Yeoman's work TB. Much appreciate the pics, this is the kind of stuff I won't see otherwise out here in Podunk. Looks like a good time to me.


Ditto. If I see some cocksucker sporting something other than a TeeVee brand, it's a good day for me. An absolutely fantastic piece of photojournalism!
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby iwasbanned » October 14th 2017, 10:42pm

Did you by any chance see the green dialed GS?
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby Racer-X » October 14th 2017, 10:45pm

Wow, thanks for this post T. Living in the rural Midwest, i can barely imagine being there. but this is fantastic.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby foghorn » October 15th 2017, 3:59am

MB&F pictures aside, that was one of the finest,most enjoyable posts I have read in,lo these many years, of foruming.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby JAS1125 » October 15th 2017, 4:19am

Holy crap, that was awesome!
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby Wasp » October 15th 2017, 4:47am

Yes a warm thank you is in order. Nice work and appreciated share. After the gold GS on brown strap I had a cigarette.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby codguy » October 15th 2017, 5:51am

:Thumbsup: :Thumbsup:
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby AJC » October 15th 2017, 6:51am

1. Absolutely wonderful post and pictures.
2. Longines>Wolf Winders
3. That blue dial Zenith. Wow.
4. Mr. Murphy is an OK dude, huh? I had the pleasure of meeting him twice, actually. Very down to earth and it's cool to meet someone from the same area that is so talented.
5. My first time hearing of this Moritz Grossman but they look incredible.
6. No words are needed for number 6.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby kevco » October 15th 2017, 6:56am

I gotta agree with ya on the Longines diver.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby spanky1 » October 15th 2017, 7:38am

Fabulous; Thanks for posting the photos.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby TemerityB » October 15th 2017, 8:01am

iwasbanned wrote:Did you by any chance see the green dialed GS?


Banned, I indeed, looked for the green-dialed GS, but I didn't see it on display; what you see here is just about everything they had. And I was hoping Tag Heuer had the new Calibre 6 Formula 1 models that are actually priced lower than quartz Aquaracers, but they didn't have those on display, either. That will teach me to read so many articles before going to a watch fair - seems they don't always display the most recent releases, for some reason.

Glad you guys enjoyed all this, though. The only problem with Imgur is that, unlike Photobucket, I had to reduce the photo sizes before I could post them. That alone took longer than than anything else.

Next week: There's a Chelsea Market watch fair featuring less expensive brand and accessories, and I'm going to that one, too.

And I'm honestly thinking of going to Baselworld in March. I need a vacation and even my wife likes the idea.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby Falstaff » October 15th 2017, 8:22am

Fabulous! You get my vote for Watchlords' Roving Reporter, Foreign Correspondent and All-round Intrepid Traveler!
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby smellody » October 15th 2017, 8:32am

Lots of good stuff there: write up, pictures, guitar, watches.

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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby foghorn » October 15th 2017, 11:01am

TemerityB wrote:[ The only problem with Imgur is that, unlike Photobucket, I had to reduce the photo sizes before I could post them. That alone took longer than than anything else.





I have the same problem. This had to take forfuckingever!!!!
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby bobbee » October 15th 2017, 11:04am

Lovely stuff TB, some amazing images.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby Racer-X » October 15th 2017, 11:17am

TemerityB wrote:...The only problem with Imgur is that, unlike Photobucket, I had to reduce the photo sizes before I could post them. That alone took longer than than anything else.


Hmm, never had to do that using iPhone 6S. You using a hi-def camera?
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby AlbertaTime » October 15th 2017, 12:38pm

Thank you--spectacular post!!
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby AntFarm » October 15th 2017, 12:49pm

Amazing post TB. I really like the Alpina Compressor and also the green diver and also the red Moritz... This is a yearly event? I'll have to look out for it next year.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby Rusty » October 15th 2017, 2:18pm

I feel like I was almost there. Great post. But I can't help wondering if those TAG guys are roasting while wearing those leather jackets.;-)
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby TemerityB » October 15th 2017, 5:24pm

@ant: Yeah, it was the third year. Just check out WatchTime Magazine or its site for announcements. It's cheap admission, too.

@rusty: I was thinking the same thing talking to them. I was wearing a sport coat and I was pretty warm.

Here's how WatchTime itself summed things up, with a spectacular overhead shot:

https://www.watchtime.com/wristwatch-in ... hird-year/
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby biglove » October 15th 2017, 7:17pm

What an absolute amazing way to spend a day. Hell, I am just tickled to handle a few Rolex, Breitling and so forth when I stunble across a jeweler out of town carrying them.

Thank you so very much for sharing.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby TemerityB » October 15th 2017, 8:20pm

biglove wrote:What an absolute amazing way to spend a day. Hell, I am just tickled to handle a few Rolex, Breitling and so forth when I stunble across a jeweler out of town carrying them.

Thank you so very much for sharing.


Really glad you folks enjoyed. Thanks a bunch.
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Re: Modem Killer: WatchTime New York

Postby svaglic » October 15th 2017, 9:45pm

Thank you for putting the time in to resize the photos and post them. I keep going back to this and just looking at the pictures. There is some nice stuff being put out. I would be in a daze at an event like this, I would be so into taking it all in I would be oblivious to anything else.
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