The Watchmaker’s Club November Event
We came, we saw and we damn well conquered. It may have been a touch smaller than our summer spectacular back in the less depressing half of the year, but last week’s Watchmakers Club Evening was no less impressive, even if we do say so ourselves.
In case you missed it, we took 16 member brands and set up shop at The Refinery in Regent’s Place, a lovely venue that this time of the year was looking pretty damn festive, full of bare brick and cool design flourishes – the perfect backdrop for some serious watchmaking.
The attending brands change every event, but among this edition’s 16 were a few Watchmaker’s Club regulars like Fears, Garrick and Vertex. They were joined by newcomers ranging from the shiny, new, racing-inspired British timepieces of Zero West and the custom-built haute horology of the phenomenal Karsten Frassdorf. It was about as varied as you can get.
Out of those the brands that really shone on the night were Minase, with their incredibly polished cases; the aforementioned Karsten Frassdorf; the inimitable Arnold & Son and the cool, Glashutte-made pieces of Tutima.
Even the old guard had things to show of course. New pieces on the night included the beautiful Brunswick Blue from Fears, two new prototypes from Garrick showing off their now-signature single-piece chapter rings and the Bidynator from Dubois et Fils, the first time the famous bi-directional winding movement has been used since the 70s.
Evidently, the combination of brands and watches (not to mention the usual free bar) drew a crowd; 175 collectors came through the doors, a number that would have been higher had we not limited tickets. It was a number that balanced a good crowd with enough watches to see and space at the bar. It’s a format that has been imitated a fair amount recently, but ours is the original – and best.
The whole vibe was closer to chatting with friends over drinks than the usual stuffy watch events, whether you were talking to a fellow collector, a watchmaker or an owner of a brand. Egos were checked with bags at the door – and if anything’s going to facilitate good chat it’s the triumvirate of passion, product and pints.
Still, we hate to get stagnant and next summer we’ll be kicking things up a notch or three. Rather than the relatively tame number of brands we had this time, we’ll be upping to a grand total of 30. That’s about all we’re at liberty to say right now but watch this space.