The Watch Collectors’ Roundtable Resumes at Aaron Faber Gallery to Debate the Potential Impact of Smartwatches to the Swiss Fine Watch Industry
26 May 2015, NEW YORK: The most complicated watch ever made is the Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication by Patek Philippe, boasting such fetes of horological engineering as a minute repeater that chimes the fifth bar of Handel’s Messiah every hour, a celestial chart of Manhattan’s night time sky, a perpetual calendar that self adjusts for leap years, an indicator for knowing the current moon phase, an alarm clock – oh, and it also tells time! The Apple smartwatch also has an impressive CV, telling you when you need more exercise, where you need to be in the next hour, displaying your text messages and allowing you to answer your phone calls, all with a literal flick of the wrist. But can the person who appreciates the daring of the Graves watch be lured by the bells and whistles of the Apple smartwatch?
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 5:30pm Aaron Faber Gallery, 666 Fifth Avenue at West 53rd Street, New York, NY, will reconvene their semi-annual Watch Collectors’ Roundtable to discuss just how much an influence smartwatches will have on the buying habits of fine timepiece collectors. Will smartwatches create a cataclysmic change as far reaching as the 1970s invasion of Japanese quartz watches? Or can this new technology deliver those dependent on their cell phones for time into the seductive realm of watch collecting?
Moderated by Randy Brandoff, Founder and CEO of Eleven James, watch industry insiders Edward Faber, co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery and author of American Wristwatches: Five Decades of Style and Design, Gary Girdvainis, editor of WristWatch magazine and AboutTime magazine and Jeffrey Hess, CEO of Ball Watch USA, will engage luxury industry veteran, Milton Pedraza, CEO and Founder of The Luxury Institute, and technology industry expert, Jason Alan Snyder, Chief Technology Officer of Momentum Worldwide, in a frank and lively examination on whether smartwatches can really shake the Swiss watch industry.
The Roundtable will be immediately followed by a fine Scotch and Irish Whiskey presentation, hosted by Pat Corrigan, the in-house Whiskey, Scotch and Malt expert for Best Beverage.
Watch collectors and whiskey aficionados are invited to attend these events and encouraged to bring questions for the experts. The event will be held at Aaron Faber Gallery, 666 Fifth Avenue at West 53rd Street, New York, NY.
Randy Brandoff, Moderator
Aaron Faber Gallery
The Luxury Institute
Jason Alan Snyder