The “NYC TimeCrafters” event will be celebrating its 4th edition this May 13th to the 15th 2016, at the Park Avenue Armory, here in Manhattan. This is a great time for any horologist enthusiast to make some time and head out to see and learn something new about watches.
At this year’s gathering there will be about 18 brands represented at the “TimeCrafters” event, such as: A. Lange & Söhne, Alpina Watches, Ateliers DeMonaco, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Chopard, Frédérique Constant, Hublot, HYT, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, TAG Heuer, Tiffany & Co, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin and Zenith.
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Another interesting activity being held here is the watchmaking workshop. Participants will be immersed in a 2.5h class where they’ll have to sort through a bunch of small gears, springs and other parts. Moving on to the escapement mechanism and placing a balance wheel. With the assistance and guidance of professionals you’ll take apart and re-assemble a UNITAS 6497-1 mechanical movement. There will be one workshop held each day with a limit of 10 people per class. These signature “Step into the Shoes of a Watchmaker” workshops are administered by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH). You are encouraged to register online ASAP in case you don’t want to miss out.
Also, during this event Christie’s Auction House will be offering a complimentary assessment and valuation of vintage timepieces. These experts can demystify or enlighten you about the real historical and monetary value of any watches you may have questions about.
There will also be an art exhibit focusing on “time”, which will include the work of artists like: Salvador Dali, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Valay Shende and others. This exhibit was made possible due to a partnership with the Opera Gallery, which is a network of 11 contemporary art galleries worldwide that were inaugurated in 1994, and are present in most major cities, including New York.
And if all this was not enough, Hublot will set up a Ferrari F1 simulator with a full immersion driving experience for attendees to enjoy. While Vacheron Constantin will be unveiling the world’s most complex watch with 57 complications, which took three watchmakers nearly 8 years to complete. Or you can take a look at 100 years of watchmaking innovation by TAG Heuer and their new limited edition Carrera Heuer 01 Indy 500 watch with a customized Indy race-car.
Tickets can be purchased online now and run $25 for a one-day pass, $35 for a multi-day pass or even $250 if you’re interested in attending the VIP cocktail happening on opening night. Follow the link below for more information.