Watch Event Experiences

Have you attended any watch events or meetups? 

1.) Pro's

2.) Con's

3.) Which would you recommend

4.) Other comments

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These are usually held in big cities like Miami NYC LA etc. Nothing around where I live. But I would like to go to a grand seiko event though. 

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I went to the Windup Watch Fair in March and wrote up my experience.

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I went to Watch Windup in SF a few months back. I was plotting buying myself a nice watch soon and wanted to see some up close, which is exactly the reason you go to these things. I’m not really trying to network or anything, I’m shopping. I can look at all the pictures we share on WC here but until you hold it you don’t really understand how it’ll feel. 
The colors on Farer’s stuff, or the Norqains were all so nice. I ended up pre-ordering my Christopher Ward Aquitaine shortly after seeing them there and I’m still thoroughly in love With it. 
There was a bar and certainly a lot of socializing but I had to work afterwards so I just took notes and said hello to some of the brands. Its always nice to be able to show gratitude to people who made the stuff you like and I had my Brew on when I got to say hi to those guys. 
Some folk are a bit too salesman-ey but most are pretty nice, all in all in led to me buying an expensive watch (at least for me) a month later, and I’ll probably buy more from the brands I saw there. Particularly that purple Farer… I got a big crush on that thing. 

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I've been to a couple get togethers over the years.

Truth be told, I prefer talking watches through social media.

I've met some great people but none of it was because of the "watch" talk.

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Windup NYC in 2019, it’s awesome! as far as watch events go, it’s got to be one of the most unpretentious event. there is a certain culture there that I suspect is shared by micro brands and their owners. The passion and creativity are easy to see. The con, is obviously the fact that you won’t see any of the main stream brands there.

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There has been an event in Poland (for only two years unfortunately) which is called “Matura z Wiedzy o zegarkach”. matura is a Polish exam, students take when they finish high school and intend to go to Uni. So you can translate the name for something like “Matura exam of knowledge of watches”. This whole thing resembles experience of actual Matura so you sit away from other participants and take an exam with different questions about watchmaking, brands, history and so on. The last task was also writing an essay about future of watchmaking or something like that. After you take exam there were couple of lecturers from watchmakers, brands executives or sales people. I scored something like 12th place in Poland and actually have been rewarded with a Doxa automatic. They had like 20k euro budget for watches + also covered personal income tax. A lot of nice timepieces to see, knowledge to gather, nice folks to meet and also test yourself.
 

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watchdawg

These are usually held in big cities like Miami NYC LA etc. Nothing around where I live. But I would like to go to a grand seiko event though. 

Same for me. The closest big city to me is Chicago, and I'm not a fan. Miami or  LA would be fun.

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roberto

I went to the Windup Watch Fair in March and wrote up my experience.

Cool! I'll check it out.

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Dingus

I went to Watch Windup in SF a few months back. I was plotting buying myself a nice watch soon and wanted to see some up close, which is exactly the reason you go to these things. I’m not really trying to network or anything, I’m shopping. I can look at all the pictures we share on WC here but until you hold it you don’t really understand how it’ll feel. 
The colors on Farer’s stuff, or the Norqains were all so nice. I ended up pre-ordering my Christopher Ward Aquitaine shortly after seeing them there and I’m still thoroughly in love With it. 
There was a bar and certainly a lot of socializing but I had to work afterwards so I just took notes and said hello to some of the brands. Its always nice to be able to show gratitude to people who made the stuff you like and I had my Brew on when I got to say hi to those guys. 
Some folk are a bit too salesman-ey but most are pretty nice, all in all in led to me buying an expensive watch (at least for me) a month later, and I’ll probably buy more from the brands I saw there. Particularly that purple Farer… I got a big crush on that thing. 

This is a great point and good info @dingus ! I've yet to attend one, but had the same level of thinking. It'd be great to see the pieces, get a feel for them, maybe take video or photo for future reference and of course thank the folks who make these incredible pieces.

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Bsblaw

Windup NYC in 2019, it’s awesome! as far as watch events go, it’s got to be one of the most unpretentious event. there is a certain culture there that I suspect is shared by micro brands and their owners. The passion and creativity are easy to see. The con, is obviously the fact that you won’t see any of the main stream brands there.

Sounds like a good time. NYC isn't too far from me, I'll have to look into it.

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Mateusz

There has been an event in Poland (for only two years unfortunately) which is called “Matura z Wiedzy o zegarkach”. matura is a Polish exam, students take when they finish high school and intend to go to Uni. So you can translate the name for something like “Matura exam of knowledge of watches”. This whole thing resembles experience of actual Matura so you sit away from other participants and take an exam with different questions about watchmaking, brands, history and so on. The last task was also writing an essay about future of watchmaking or something like that. After you take exam there were couple of lecturers from watchmakers, brands executives or sales people. I scored something like 12th place in Poland and actually have been rewarded with a Doxa automatic. They had like 20k euro budget for watches + also covered personal income tax. A lot of nice timepieces to see, knowledge to gather, nice folks to meet and also test yourself.
 

Very cool!