As Watchtime New York has grown, many brands have seized the weekend as an opportunity to debut new watch models and collections to the U.S. market for the first time. is year, the show served as a platform for a number of brands to either release new models just in time for the show or use the show as the first opportunity for American-based collectors to see the watches on their own turf.
Models making their U.S. market debut included: the Akrivia Chronométre Contemporain, which joined founder Rexhep Rexhepi in an inaugural visit to the United States; the square-shaped Lang & Heyne Georg; Raymond Weil debuted a new version of the Calibre RW1212 Skeleton as part of its Freelancer Collection; Grand Seiko unveiled its first series of limited editions for the U.S. market with three new timepieces; American watch brand RGM debuted four new models that included a variety of arts and handcrafts with dials constructed using wood marquetry, hand painting and American-made cloisonné enamel; and Britain's Bremont launched its eighth historical, limitededition timepiece, the Bremont Supersonic, which commemorates the 50th anniversary of
Czapek & Cie. harks back to the origins of one of the watch industry’s most prestigious names, which was founded by two Polish émigrés who sought refuge in Switzerland after Poland’s November uprising. The Patek, Czapek & Cie. watch brand was born when Antoine Patek and François Czapek joined forces in Geneva. The partnership lasted six years, after which the two gentlemen parted ways, both continuing in the watch business. But while one of them grew into what is today one of the most coveted names in watchmaking, the other, after a period of great glory, mysteriously vanished. On 10th November 2015 the Czapek name and brand were revived in a new company in true 2.0 style, encouraging watch aficionados to invest directly in the brand through a one-ofa-kind crowdfunding equity financing. The exceptional launch collection, called Quai des Bergues, stands out with a unique design featuring two sub-dials in the bottom half of the dial, recalling the original Czapek & Cie. watch No. 3430 from 1850. It is fitted with a 7-day proprietary movement developed in partnership with Chronode (Jean-françois Mojon). The leading model in the collection, the No. 33bis, won the Public Prize in the Grand Prix de l’horlogerie in Geneva (GPHG) in November 2016, only one year after the relaunch of the brand. The company’s second collection, Place Vendome, a limited edition suspended tourbillon with a second time-zone also developed with Chronode, was launched one year later in 2017, while 2018 welcomed Czapek’s third collection. The Faubourg de Cracovie line features a contemporary integrated colum-wheel chronograph with vertical clutch, manufactured by Vaucher in a bespoke version exclusive to Czapek. Both the Place Vendome Tourbillon Suspendu and the Faubourg de Cracovie ‘L’heure Bleue’ have been pre-selected for the GPHG in 2017 and 2018 – a big achievement for a young and independent Swiss made watch brand, “for watch lovers, by watch lovers”. Today, Czapek is available in the US at Oster Jewelers, in Denver (Osterjewelers.com).
e Concorde. MB&F also provided collectors attending the show an exclusive sneak peek of an LM2 with a purple dial that was released two weeks after being first seen at Watchtime New York 2018.
Frequently described as “e Oscars of Watchmaking,” the Grand Prix d’horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) is the most coveted prize in the world of horology and takes place two weeks after Watchtime New York. However, during the show, a number of the selected brands were in attendance with their nominated watches on display. Bovet, which won the most important prize of the year, the Aiguille d’or, for the Récital 22 Grand Récital, had the winning model on hand for collectors to view and try on. Rexhep Rexhepi and Akrivia had the Chronometré Contemporain, which took home the Men’s Watch award, on display. De Bethune, which won the Chronometry award for the DB28 Starry Varius, had the watch available to collectors. Vacheron Constantin, which won the Revival Prize for the Historiques Triple Calendar, also had the watch on display. Other brands that were nominated and attended Watchtime New York included: MB&F, Kari Voutilainen, Czapek & Cie., Montblanc and Zenith. Greubel Forsey won the Mechanical Exception prize for the Grande Sonnerie, but the model was not on display at Watchtime New York 2018.
FAUBOURG DE CRACOVIE “L’HEURE BLEUE” PRE-SELECTED AT GPHG 2018
QUAI DES BERGUES NO.33BIS WINNER OF THE PUBLIC PRIZE AT GPHG 2016
PLACE VENDOME TOURBILLON SUSPENDU “ICI ET AILLEURS” PRE-SELECTED AT GPHG 2017