WATCHFEST 2

OCTOBER 14-17
2020

THE EVENT HAS FINISHED! THANK YOU FOR COMING THIS YEAR!

Thank you to all who came – WatchFest2, 2020, has officially ended. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves over the Zoom, saw a lot of watches, heard a lot of stories, and went to places we normally couldn’t go. We’re already looking forward to the next time and if you are too, the best way to stay in the loop is to follow us on our Facebook or Instagram. Thank you once again, we wish you all the best for 2020 and beyond.

WatchFest2 NATO Straps

By popular request, we have brought back another round of WatchFest NATO straps as a memento for this event. This year’s design pays tribute to our country and community in Australia with its interchanging green and gold stripes. The straps are made by The Sydney Strap Co in their deluxe seat belt nylon material, featuring a special ‘WatchFest’ engraving on one of the keepers.

They are now purchasable for $25 each though our checkout system.

WatchFest 2020 is on!

WatchFest is back and will be great on various levels. We continue to celebrate watches in Australia. We support the watch collecting community with some respite from the challenging times of 2020. 

This year we will holding Zoom sessions with brands and special guests. There will be some great prizes. Whether you are new to watches or a seasoned enthusiast, you are welcome to join and immerse yourself in the world of horology.

Dates & Timetable

Zoom sessions run on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of October. We will start each night at 6:30pm, Sydney/Australia time.
There will be physical get togethers on the 17th of October in Australian states without lockdown.

October 14

Bell & Ross
Cooking and watches with Manu Feildel

OMEGA
Gregory Kissling – Head of Product Management

Grand Seiko
Novelties showcase and 9SA5 movement tear down

Bausele
Exclusive WatchFest release with Founder, Christophe Hoppe

October 15

Bremont
Lisa Blair – explorer, sailor, and adventurer

J Farren-Price
Julian will be sharing what’s new at the store

Girard Perregaux
Presentation on the new Infinity line, followed by a surprise

Holthinrichs and Delft Watch Works
Brand presentation, competition, and prize

Australian Watch Community Guests
Nicholas Hacko
Australian Watch Forum
Geneva Blue + Fifth Wrist
MAS Watches

October 16

Longines
Daniel Hug – Head of Branding and Heritage
Xavier Ligero – Head of Product Development

Oris
Unveiling of their newest piece

Australian Watch Community Guests
Just One More Watch – Jody Musgrove
Wamada Jewellery

SEVENFRIDAY
SEVENFRIDAY presents whisky and watches with CEO Daniel Niederer live from Zurich

Program

It’s a big program this year. Please see the outline below:

OMEGA

OMEGA. If you want to meet Gregory Kissling and ask about Snoopy, now is your chance! He is responsible for many of OMEGA’s watch designs and creations. Truly an honour to meet him.

SEVENFRIDAY

Join SEVENFRIDAY CEO Daniel Neiderer live from the streets of Zurich and Whisky Brand Ambassador Ross Blainey as we pit “the number 1 selling single malt in the world” vs “the longest serving Malt Master” with our friends Glenfiddich & The Balvenie.

Limited to just 45 places, your virtual experience includes whisky and an exclusive gift from SEVENFRIDAY.

1 guest will WIN a $500 voucher from The Independent Collective.

Oris

Oris will return with this year’s new big release! Oris Club is a go.

Bell & Ross

A mystery Plate of Origin chef with Bell&Ross!

Bremont

We meet a guest adventurer with Bremont.

Bausele

Bausele brings some exciting new releases, including a very special limited WatchFest edition!

Longines

The Longines experience. They will have something in store for us.

Grand Seiko

Celebrate Grand Seiko’s big 2020 with a competition and prize! And really, the possibility for a group to catch up in Japan starts here.

Aussie Guests Night

Special guests night of Aussies: Hacko, Glynatsis, Choi, Choy, Hoppe, Cuche, Hooper, and Julian Farren-Price! A special evening with everyone here!

Watch Trail

On the 17th of October, WatchFest will be doing a watch trail. Live get togethers will occur in states without lockdowns. If we adhere to Covid19 safe practices and restrictions we can further help local businesses.

WatchFest 2 Nato Strap

And finally, get this year’s WatchFest nato strap.

As such we have a great online line up with something in store for everyone. Please support us throughout each night for many sessions as you can; you will be very pleased.

I have heard after sharing the program a few people have said they will use their TV sets for the Zoom sessions. Please do this! Get the family involved there should be something for everyone.

There’ll be watches.
There’ll be stories.
There’ll be Australian stories.

I never take it for granted how well we are doing in Australia. Please spread the word! We need the support. It is what you make of it but I do hope Australia can join together again through our passion! Stay in touch. More details will be posted on all channels as they come.

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