A couple weeks back, we said goodnight to the forever lights of New York City

And rose early the next day for the umpteenth edition of the Timezone Watch Walk NYC.

Let’s get to steppin’

We’ve been leading Watch Walk NYC for five years, and will likely have to stagger groups going forward, as we had a wait list within hours!

We began at Audemars Piguet, where we have the past several years, as the entire boutique staff kindly comes in an hour early just for our group.

They awakened our day with champagne, coffee, and a beautiful spread of breakfast delectables

And the boutique was impeccable

Of course, we tried on some spectacular watches, some of which were brought in for us

The rarely seen AP Concept Tourbillon

The recently launched LeBron James LE in rose gold/titanium

The Royal Oak 15450 37mm in rose gold on the wrist of boutique Manager Goly Noghrey

The Jules Audemars ChronAp with AP Escapement

Millenary 4101 in SS and rose gold

Some of the group were also wearing APs

The Rubens Barrichello 2 LE in Titanium

Action shot

Royal Oak Equation of Time

We were able to handle the brand new Offshore Diver in ceramic, which caused quite a stir. It’s that impressive in person

Next stop, IWC.

If you have not been to the IWC Boutique on Madison Avenue, you must. They’ve constructed what feels essentially like an apartment for a WIS, a watch-lover’s cave on steroids, complete with lifestyle settings that take commodity out of the equation, and leave you with a sense of what it’s like to wear the brand.

You literally have to comb the boutique to be sure you don’t miss a thing. Watches are set between books, pilot gear, and inspirational props of all sorts.

The Deep Two doesn’t get enough airtime on the discussion forums. This muscular Aquatimer is a powerhouse

The Big Ingenieur line is equally as impressive

Some of the group also wore IWCs, including the discontinued hallmark, the 3227 Ingenieur

The forever classic Portuguese Chrono

Next stop on the tour, Girard-Perregaux

Where Timezone’s Adam Craniotes played bartender and served up the mimosas.

And the wonderful staff gave us an up-front look at the watch that just this week took home top prize at the Grand Prix of Watchmaking in Geneva, the Constant Escapement

Any questions? The watch is a marvel.

You can read more this top prize winner here

We were also treated to the new GP integrated, column wheel chronograph, with a close-up tour from the GP watchmaker himself

And of course, to all of the model lines

We continued up Madison Avenue for a visit with FP Journe

Where they too spoiled the group with delicious pastries

And legendary watchmaking

The stunning Octa UTC

Final stop of the day was with our friends at Wempe, where the champagne flowed once more

And we caught a look at the new Nomos World Time made for New York

There we go again, trying on watches

A VC Overseas Chrono with blue dial? Irresistible…

Patek Philippe 5960P

PP 5980…love this one!

A window of JLCs

Glashutte Original

And a leisurely walk home

A big thank you to AP, IWC, GP, FP Journe and to Wempe for so graciously hosting our group. The hospitality was extraordinary as always, and impressed at least one of us to buy a new watch on the way home.

Watch Walk NYC is a very special outing for me, as it helps so many to form lasting relationships with the people who bring us these magical timepieces. A mix of elegance…

And camaraderie

And no one lights that flame better than Adam Craniotes, who also helped organize Walk Walk NYC.

Not too shabby with a pen either…

Thank you for reading, and a special thank you to everyone who came along. It was the best!

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