Highlights of the watchmakers Club event
After more build-up than even Kanye West feels entitled to, it’s almost here: The Watchmaker’s Club Evening. I’m sure you’re all as bubbling with excitement as we are about it. If not, you bloody well should be.
We have an extraordinary array of brands showcasing what they do best this year – a grand total of 16! – set across two floors at the phenomenal M Restaurant. If you’re a serious carnivore you’ll already know just how great a venue it is.
Now that we’re closer to the day itself – a mere week away – it’s time to share some details one exactly who you should be looking out for on the day. Or evening. Whichever you decide you want to go to.
On the ground floor, we have the British contingent of Vertex, who will be showing off their new (and seriously cool) military monopusher chronograph, Fears, with a new release and of course, Pinion. Then, of course, there’s Garrick, who will be showing off their new Regulator plus a never-before-seen centre seconds model with a sublime engine-turned dial.
They’ll be joined by the Viking-inspired Damascus steel stylings of GoS, Vault Swiss with the V1-X Art Piece they managed to get ready just in time and Andreas Strehler who, ever the showman, will have to hand a bespoke version of his seminal Lune Exacte, a custom creation that has never been seen before.
If that weren’t enough to mull over, things will be kicking up a gear or five on the 1st floor. Headlining the show are the stunning creations of Faberge, including the Visionnaire DTZ Gold that I had the chance to wear myself recently. Returning that watch was like giving up a child. Still, they certainly won’t be dominating proceedings given the haute horological arsenal they’re alongside. Get your cameras ready.
The traditional Glashutte charm of Moritz Grossmann will be front and centre, a must for Saxon traditionalists; Lonville will be showcasing their latest array of exclusive limited editions and excitement ahead of the Lonville Classic and Czapek & Cie will be celebrating their GPHG shortlisting with exquisitely-finished and oddly named Faubourg de Cracovie L’Heure Bleue. The final piece of the ground floor puzzle is Carl Suchy & Sohne, who will be launching the new Waltz No.1 Skeleton. You really won’t want to miss that one.
Worn out yet? So much to see, so little time. Well sorry, there’s still more, all pretty high in the design stakes. Cyrus’ Klepcys vertical tourbillon is one of my favourite watches of the year, so you’ll find me there (or at the bar), while QLOCKTWO will have one of the most eclectic stands with their mesmerizingly modern wall clocks. Last-minute addition – and design-led British stalwart – Schofield always have plenty to show off; just chat to founder Giles and you’ll be there all night.
Finally, the Watchmaker’s Club Evening is somewhat of a welcome party for renowned German horologist Dornbluth & Sohne, who are showing off their intensely traditional craft in the UK for the first time. These guys make Glashutte look new-fangled and modern.
And there you have it, the line-up and highlights for the Watchmaker’s Club Evening on the 7th November. It’s a lot to take in, I know, but at least now you can plan accordingly. Whether you’re after classic British, modern Swiss or anything in-between, you’ll find it there, along with plenty of wine and beer. Well, it’s thirsty work, this watch malarkey.
Before I sign off, we also have one other thing to offer. I’m not sure how many of you are readers of mine outside of this happy little blog, but in case you didn’t know I’m the Editor of watch and luxury lifestyle publication mag Oracle Time. After pulling a few strings with the publishers, I’ve managed to secure 50 free subscriptions to our print edition. That’s ten magazines a year covering everything from extreme skiing to historical hedonism. Oh, and plenty of watches of course. Can’t forget that.
All you need to do is sign up for a free digital subscription using the link below. The first 50 will be placed onto our mailing list for a hard copy. If you ask nicely I’ll even sign a copy. If you ask nicer, I won’t.
See you all on the 7th.