2 amazing watch shows are coming to New York this weekend
Timing is everything. And the co-occurrence of two major watch shows in New York this weekend elevates everyone and amounts to a horological cornucopia that any bracelet fan won’t want to miss. WatchTime and WindUp take place October 21-23 and each showcase a different side of this industry/hobby. We say you should go to both if you can – even if you’re not in the area, it might be worth the trip.
We are obviously delighted. But for good reason: there are few opportunities for watch enthusiasts to get so much intellectual food in person. On the one hand, WatchTime represents a range of brands that lean towards the high end and the esoteric. WindUp, on the other hand, focuses primarily on smaller independent brands (microbrands, startups, or whatever your preferred term is), many of which are in the affordable range. For good measure, a few brands like G-Shock, Seiko and Oris will be represented at both shows.
Either way, this means you can experience not only new releases from these companies, but also watches that you probably don’t normally see in person. There will be talks, events and presentations at everyone and, of course, the opportunity to purchase watches as well. Need one more reason to come? Watch nerds will be like kids in the proverbial candy store with all the watches, but you’ll also get the chance to connect with other enthusiasts who are there for the same reasons you are.
WindUp Watch Fair New York 2022
WindUp is organized by the Worn & Wound site (and its WindUp Watch Shop) and this year will be its biggest edition of the show with no less than 68 exhibitors (many, but not all, of whom are watchmakers) — see the full list here. This is an opportunity to see and try on watches from your favorite micro-brand and other watchmakers, as well as possibly discovering brands you didn’t know before.
Where: The Altman Building, 135 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
When: October 21-23, 2022. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
WatchTime Paris 2022
WatchTime is offered by the website and magazine of the same name and you must purchase a ticket to attend. Here you can see new watches from brands Gear Patrol readers love like Bell & Ross, Bremont, Seiko and more, but also rare and exotic watches from independents like MB&F, Laurent Ferrier, HYT and more. In total, 32 major watch brands will be present. Get the full list plus ticket details and event schedule here.
Where: Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway, New York, NY 10018
When: October 21-23, 2022. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday (full), 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Price: Tickets from $39 per day, Saturday and Sunday, $50 for both days (Gear Patrol readers get $10 off with code GEAR10)
The shows are both held in midtown Manhattan, but within a few blocks of each other, so you’ll need to plan your attendance. They are approximately 10 minutes away by metro (F, M or 1 trains) or by car and 20 minutes on foot. Hope to see you there.