Last weekend, the Miami Design District was the focal point of the watch world in North America as it facilitated the absolute first Watches & Wonders Miami. Coordinated by the Miami Design District and the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH), this version of Watches & Wonders (which in earlier years has occurred in Hong Kong) was a chance for watch sweethearts to find both the stores, shops, and neighborliness of the Design District, just as, for a significant number of the partaking brands, new watches just presented in January at the 2018 SIHH. An affair premiere night occasion, gone to by more than 1,000 visitors (counting, obviously, numerous HODINKEE perusers) was trailed by three days of occasions, including talks and board conversations on a wide scope of subjects, including the rudiments of how a mechanical watch functions, parts of gathering and contributing, complications, and more.
Guests were additionally treated to the Miami Design District Concours, with a genuinely wonderful arrangement of both vintage and new autos, and were likewise ready to see extraordinary parts in the upcoming Phillips Daytona Ultimatum sell off ( just as a watch that once had a place with Elvis Presley ). Furthermore, obviously, a large number of you were there brandishing your #1 watches, and were adequately thoughtful to impart them to us.
Red Bar organizer Adam Craniotes.
Watchmaking show at A. Lange & Söhne.
Leading a watchmaking class, at Jaeger-LeCoultre.
The new-for-2018 Lange & Söhne Saxonia Copper Blue.
The Bulgari Magsonic Grande Sonnerie: a tourbillon, minute repeater, and grande sonnerie with Westminster chimes.
Opening night watch perusing at Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Polaris.
The 2018 Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpagraphe Chronometre, at the Parmigiani Fleurier boutique.
There were numerous genuinely noteworthy autos at the Concours, from ageless vintage vehicles, to present day supercars.
The TAG Heuer store highlighted a magnificent assortment of vintage Heuer watches, including some once in a while seen quartz LCD models from the 1970s.
Heuer Autavia “Dim Lord” 1975
A 1974 Autavia GMT, with type 14
A Heuer Microsplit split seconds wrist clock, 1978, with waterproof case and texture strap
A Heuer Senator simple advanced quartz chronograph, 1977
A Heuer Carrera, 1970, with type 11
A choice of autonomous watch brands showed also, including, among others, Kari Voutilainen and F. P. Journe.
Phillips’ Paul Boutros showed us some upcoming pieces which will be on the square for the Daytona Ultimatum and Geneva Watch Auction: 7 auctions.
‘The Ricciardi Panda’ Rolex Daytona Reference 6263
‘Pintabian’ Rolex Daytona Reference 6265 With Brown Sub-Dials
‘The John Player Special’ Rolex Daytona Reference 6241 In Yellow Gold
An irregular Breguet triple schedule chronograph, with moonphase, utilizing the uncommon Valjoux 88 type; additionally surprising for its steel case. Coming up in the Geneva Watch Auction: 7.
The Elvis Presley Omega
Watch master and long lasting gatherer Paul Boutros, of Phillips
One of the end of the week’s occasions: a conversation and book marking with Matt Hranek, writer of A Man And His Watch, and Revolution Magazine USA Editor in Chief Keith Strandberg, at the Vacheron Constantin boutique.
One of the most pleasant parts of the end of the week, obviously, was getting an opportunity to meet HODINKEE perusers, a large number of whom were sufficiently caring to impart their watches to us. It was astounding to see such an assortment of tastes and watches, and it simply demonstrates that HODINKEE perusers have unbelievably wide running tastes and interests. Getting together to share our common energy for watchmaking was a significant feature of Watches & Wonders Miami for us, and it was fabulous to have the option to meet so numerous HODINKEE readers!
Inside the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique.
The Hublot boutique
The Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu.
Vintage jumper dress, at Panerai.
A model of the W-16 motor of the Bugatti Chiron in plain view at the Parmigiani Fleurier boutique.
Thanks to Miami Design District and the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie , and obviously the entirety of our companions who went along with us in Miami – desire to see you again next year!