If you’re like me, every waking moment of your life is spent thinking about watches. Every free minute in your day is spent reading about watches. People look at you funny when you stop on the street and start taking pictures of your wrist, spinning around and lifting and lowering your arm to get just the right light. You now ENJOY going to the mall just so you can stop into every jewelry store to look at watches. You carry a cleaning cloth in your back pocket to make sure your watch always looks its best, and you have shelves full of books about…well…watches. God help you if you’re like me!
As many of our readers know, last year marked the first time in many years that Bremont did not attend Baselworld. They decided to release their new-for-2017 models at their own event in London dubbed, appropriately, Bremont Townhouse. Following up on a successful 2017 event, Bremont is rinsing and repeating for 2018, kicking off their 3-day Townhouse event on February 27th (the day I write this). Let’s take a closer look at what’s been announced.
I recently returned from a week photographing the annual conference of American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). I was there to teach photography and get images of the event that has been held annually since 1960. I felt like I was speed-dating at a club of modern-day watchmaking shamans, who openly talked about missing their watch bench and the trance-state in which they function as they solve our watch-wearing woes. I learned a lot about what to look for in a watchmaker.
Help create a watch design? You know you want to! The next question is, can you make it in person to an event in Montreal? If you answered yes to both of those, and you can spare $1 CAD, or you can’t do the 1st two and want to get on the mailing list for a new watch, check out Division Furtive’s new kickstarter campaign. Patrick took a look at their last kickstarter project, the Type 40 back in 2012.
For this campaign, Division Furtive is not offering a watch, but rather the chance to sit in on a design focus group to provide input into their next watch, the Type 50. If you attend the event, you also get a keychain, and by supporting the event ether way, you will get updates on the project, which will be launched on a Canadian-based kickstarter platform. The event is stated to take place in June, which I don’t think will happen since the campaign will end in July, but it will be this summer. The event will be at ETOH Brasserie in Montreal (Yelp page), a nice looking spot with local beers, other drinks and nibbles. division-furtive.com