Dubai Watch Week gathers in New York for forum workshops and a special Patek Philippe exhibition

Dubai Watch Week is coming to New York. The watch forum and fair held in Dubai since 2015 has typically attracted collectors from the Middle East and Europe, but now North American collectors can join in the fun – for free – in a recreation of the event titled Moves New York. The three-day event won’t have a show component this year – so no new watch presentations – but consists of forum discussions between collectors, artisans, industry executives, journalists and aficionados. There will also be hands-on workshops and watchmaking demonstrations and even a watch photography course. More. Christie’s auction house will present the collection. Moves New York will take place September 24-25 at 875 Washington St. in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

On Saturday, a panel discussion titled Made in America will explore current grassroots attempts to revive watchmaking as a homegrown industry in the United States. Panelists include Hollywood actor and watch enthusiast Aldis Hodge, and Eric Wind, a renowned vintage watch expert and owner of Wind Vintage. They will discuss the growing demand from American consumers for “Made in America”. The moderator will be Cara Barrett, formerly of watch blog Hodinkee and founder of children’s watch brand Parchie. Also on Saturday is a panel titled The People Vs. Luxury, an exploration of the influence of consumers, media and culture on luxury products. Panelists will answer the question “How powerful is clickbait and does it affect authenticity”. The moderator is Jian DeLeon, editorial and fashion director at Nordstrom Men’s. Panelists include Mark Cho, co-founder of menswear brand The Armory and co-owner of menswear brand Drake’s, and Rebecca Ross, assistant vice president and head of watch sales at Christie’s New York.

Attendees are also invited to join a private tour of Patek Philippe clocks titled Meeting Point: The World’s Largest Collection of Patek Philippe Electronic Clocks. While most are well aware of Patek Philippe’s status as the world’s greatest watchmaker, few know the brand as the maker of some of the finest atomic and quartz clocks ever produced. The exhibit includes 40 electronic clocks custom-made by Patek Philippe between the 1950s and 1980s, each telling an important story of time and place. The one-of-a-kind collection has been assembled over nearly four decades and includes clocks that have served to power iconic institutions such as the Swiss Parliament, international airports, a nuclear power plant, a Swedish military hospital and the French Navy. The centerpiece of the collection is an entirely unique Patek Philippe Chronoquartz Master Timing System, manufactured by Patek Philippe for Rolex circa 1968. It is located at Analog:Shift at 145 East 57th Street, 12th Floor, by appointment only. Contact John Reardon at [email protected]

Dubai Watch Week was founded in 2015 by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, a leading watch retailer in the United Arab Emirates. It is a biannual event that provides an educational platform with the aim of sharing knowledge, making connections and celebrating watchmaking.

Harry L. Blanchard