Worn & Wound NY: 2018

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Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby TemerityB » November 3rd 2018, 7:25pm

One thing is for sure: This year's Worn & Wound Wind-Up Watch Fair New York event at Chelsea Market definitely captured the flavor of the real New York City – particularly if you are one of the moribund unfortunates that have to take the subway every day. The event, at least during the time when I entered the glass doors (we showed up at 1 pm on Saturday; it runs again tomorrow of its last of three days from 11 am to 7 pm), was so jam-packed that it sorta kinda made this year's trip out there almost untenable. I'm not kidding: Hordes of Mr. Neckbeards swarmed throughout the hall, packing the areas in front of many of the most popular brands (especially Oris, Laco, Stowa, and Dan Henry), slamming their backpacks into others who simply wanted to get a look at the tables. My wife wasn't having a particularly good time getting almost knocked to the ground, so we made it a much shorter visit this time out.

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The idea of these shows, according to W&W, a “3-day long watch culture event featuring a range of curated watch brands, accessories and ephemera.” That's basically what it is, but this particular fair really does seem to focus on startups and new brands; for every, say, Mido, there's a Brew, Collins, and Farer. It's all fun … when you aren't armpit to armpit with village dwellers – but it is a chance to, even if you don't buy anything, come home with a bag full o' catalogs, pens, and other watch-related crud.

Thanks to the horde of watch fans that attended this year, it was exceptionally hard to capture a whole lot of decent photos. So we'll offer what we can here, and hopefully they're not too bad, but not as plentiful as last year's “coverage.” Cripes, even Chelsea Market was barely passible. Just a busy Saturday, I guess; welcome to New York.

Observations on various brands: Other than Dan Henry, last year's best cost-to-value brand I found (in addition to Orient, of course) was Mercer Watch Co. of New Jersey – and this year, I picked up an auto Brigadier, the first watch the brand ever issued a few years back. Lots of brands were offering discounts to buy at this fair, and the 15 percent off was a factor, sure. Most Mercer watches offer Miyota, Seagull, or even Sellita autos (there are quartz offerings as well); mostly sapphire crystals; the watches are assembled in NJ (no phony flag-waving involved this time); and the case work as well as the quality of the straps and bracelets make this brand a real bargain – from their handsome diver to the other watches, prices only range from about $650 on down.

The watch I picked up, and some watches from the Mercer displays:

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Oris, the lead sponsor of this Fair the past two years, always knocks me, out, and their display seemed to be the biggest one this year:

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This missus absolutely fell in love with this watch from a brand called Schon Horology – but the day I lay down $6,000 for a watch of undetermined quality – even this Dot Prismatic in steel and titanium – is the day I join the NYC Ballet. I honestly didn't think the casework came even close to warranting the prices – especially since the movement was described as a “new old stock Doxa 100 caliber.” I was born on a Tuesday, but not last Tuesday:

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The German brand Stowa was a real highlight last year, and this year was no exception. Really enjoyed these pieces:

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The same can be said for Laco, which really impressed me – I don't think there was a single watch on their entire display I woudn't be happy to own. The build quality and movements were all just what I'd covet.

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Mondaine: Nothing new; the Railroad series (still cool), and an array of those Helvetica things, many in day-glo colors. I don't get it.

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Mido's presence there always surprises me; it seems funny to see an expansive Swatch company display tucked in with all the mom-and-pops. Great stuff; the Multifort remains on of my favorite designs.

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Martenero was another pleasant surpsrise: Autos and sapphire crystals, low prices, and some pretty unique designs.

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Dan Henry was touting its new 1964 chronos, and they seemed pretty sleek, but it looked and wore small (I don't even have large wrists and it seemed oddly tiny, even to the point of being flimsy), so I passed. They're also touting the new 1972 alarm chronos on bracelets, and those particular bracelets I also didn't care for. Already own the 1970 and 1968 at present.

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The other brands ranged from interesting to incredibly garish. The best of the shots from the rest of the show are used here – it was really hard just getting to the front of the tables, and photos of the displays themselves were really hard to do; too many shots of the backs of heads and torsos. Hope you enjoy in any regard. If anyone wants to learn more about any of the brands, go to the following link and click on the brands.

http://www.windup.wornandwound.com/

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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby biglove » November 3rd 2018, 9:11pm

As always, appreciate you sharing your access to such events. Hate that it was so crowded.
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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby conjurer » November 3rd 2018, 10:15pm

Fantastic reportage, T. I enjoyed this a lot.
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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby Racer-X » November 3rd 2018, 11:52pm

Nice, I like MIDO.
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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby codguy » November 4th 2018, 6:45am

Someday, Oris will discover anti-reflective coatings.
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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby Thunder1 » November 4th 2018, 7:07am

Thanx for sharing!!..what a great way to spend the day..
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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby foghorn » November 4th 2018, 8:20am

Thanks for all the great info. That's a nice Mercer you got. I was surprised to see that Stowa makes a hideous watch. First bad one I've seen. I'm sure you know which one I mean. Same can be said for that Oris moonphase. The Chronoris chrono is my pick 'o the litter.
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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby TemerityB » November 4th 2018, 3:25pm

foghorn wrote:Thanks for all the great info. That's a nice Mercer you got. I was surprised to see that Stowa makes a hideous watch. First bad one I've seen. I'm sure you know which one I mean. Same can be said for that Oris moonphase. The Chronoris chrono is my pick 'o the litter.


Didn't like those Stowas? Check these out (I didn't think these photos were so well done, but I'll post them here):

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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby foghorn » November 4th 2018, 3:43pm

Actually I was referring only to the 3rd Stowa picture,watch on the right with the gnarly case. But these latest pics with the vomitous hues can join it.
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Re: Worn & Wound NY: 2018

Postby TemerityB » November 4th 2018, 4:17pm

foghorn wrote:Actually I was referring only to the 3rd Stowa picture,watch on the right with the gnarly case. But these latest pics with the vomitous hues can join it.


Side by side like that, they remind me of one of those four-in-one Croton TV sets ("Buy it once, you get four gifts for your loved ones!").
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