Our friends at WatchTime have put together a virtual feast for watch collectors and aficionados with their first-ever all-digital event, WatchTime Live, kicking off next week. Taking cues from WatchTime’s mega-popular live events in New York and Los Angeles, the event features more than three full days of informative, interactive panels and discussions, moderated by WatchTime editors and partners.
The festivities kick off at 5 pm (EDT) on Wednesday, October 21, with a celebration of the 55th anniversary of Seiko’s dive watches. Moderated by WatchTime editor-in-chief Roger Ruegger, the presentation covers Seiko’s most iconic dive watches and its extensive history of supporting underwater explorations. Speakers will include Jon Forrest Dohlin, Vice President and Director, Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium; Eric Hofmann, Senior Vice President, Seiko Watch of America; Munehisa Shibasaki, President and CEO Seiko Watch of America; and Becky Schott, Emmy Award-Winning Underwater Director of Photography, Liquid Productions, Inc.
Thursday begins three full days of presentations, including individual brand showcases from Bell & Ross, MB&F, Vacheron Constantin, Bremont, Greubel Forsey, De Bethune, and Norqain, featuring VIP presenters including Bell & Ross founders Carlos Rosillo and Bruno Belamich; MB&F founder Max Büsser; Bremont founders Nick and Giles English; Greubel Forsey co-founder Stephen Forsey; and Vacheron Constantin Heritage Director Christian Selmoni. The day also includes a panel on “High Tech” timepieces focusing on the latest from Accutron and G-Shock, moderated by WatchTime contributor Caleb Anderson; and a roundtable on “Pilot’s Watches” with IWC Schaffhausen, Bremont, and Bell & Ross, moderated by WatchTime Senior Editor Mark Bernardo.
On Friday, Blancpain, Breguet, and Laurent Ferrier show their latest timepieces in solo presentations, while several other brands take part in panels. “Adventure & Sport” features Norqain (with founder and CEO Ben Küffer), Reservoir (with founder and CEO Francois Moreau) and U-Boat. “It’s Complicated,” moderated by WatchTime’s longtime event partner, collector Jeff Kingston, explores the latest high-horology timepieces by A. Lange & Söhne and Vacheron Constantin. Oris and Carl F. Bucherer join Reservoir for a “Dive Watches” 2020 panel moderated by Ruegger, and historical maisons Breguet and Blancpain spotlight the “Man Behind the Brand” in a discussion with Bernardo.
Oris, Grand Seiko, Chopard, and Eberhard reveal their newest timepieces in solo presentations on Saturday, along with IWC, whose CEO Christophe Grainger-Herr will do the honors. Day three also offers Kingston’s panel on “Chronographs in 2020,” which includes executives from A. Lange & Söhne, Blancpain, and Chopard, and wraps up with Ruegger’s panel on “The Future of Watchmaking.”
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets to WatchTime Live and use code: ABTW for $10 off the $29 all-access ticket.
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