Last night we had the chance to get up close with timepieces from some of the leading luxury watch brands at the TimeCrafters 2012 exhibit in New York City. The likes of A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier and Blancpain were all in attendance. And while these brands don’t usually make it to the front page of worn&wound for reasons that should be obvious (hint: the very high price point of their watches), we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see first hand what the best of the best luxury watch brands have to offer, all under one roof. Best of all, this show is open to the public from September 14 – 15 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
Here at worn&wound we are committed to bringing our readers leading reviews and coverage of affordable, well designed watches. However, we also geek out just as much as the next watch nerd when presented with some of the most technically advanced watches in the world.
One brand that had a showing of some seriously lustworthy watches was Tag Heuer. One that we really enjoyed seeing in person was the TAG Heuer Monaco V-4 featuring a belt driven movement. We also got a kick out of seeing the MikrotourbillonS, the worlds fastest tourbillon.
Oris, one of the most affordable brands showing at the event, had a number of nice pieces on display. Notable of which was their Tubbataha regulator, a limited edition diver. The watch’s 46 mm in diameter case is beefy, but is also offset by its titanium construction. Oris also was nice enough to give us a hands on review of the Kittiwake limited edition 1000 M diver, an even larger 49mm titanium piece. The female representative we chatted with was wearing one from her personal collection and looked (and claimed) to be perfectly comfortable doing so.
One piece on display that we’re sure a lot of watch nerds out there are familiar with was the Richard Mille Bubba Watson watch (RM038). Another infamous piece to check out at the show is the Harry Winston Opus 12, with its amazing and one of a kind design.
Also making an appearance was Swatch, with an interesting exhibit of The Blum Collection. A private collection that once sold for $6.6 million, this gathering of Swatches is like no other, featuring dozens of one of a kind prototypes from the past decades. If you’re really curious about the collection or are just a Swatch nerd, there is a book available on The Blum Collection from swatch for $40.
The list of really interesting and lustworthy watches at the TimeCrafters 2012 NYC show goes on and on. For those of you in New York or nearby, don’t forget to head over to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City and check out the show for yourself. Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, check out the TimeCrafters website here.