The second day of DWW started with an interesting panel discussion between the representatives of popular online blogs – Hodinkee, Revolution magazine, Quill & Pad, and WorldTempus.  The topic of discussion was “Language of Time” which focused on how journalists and bloggers write and influence watch reviews and opinions.

Each speaker had a valid point in the discussion.  Paul O’Neil from WorldTempus stated that just from Switzerland there are over 700 brands, hence it is difficult to cover and distinguish between each brand.  Stephen Pulvirent from Hodinkee made few good points like ultimately watch blogs are entertainment and people escape from their normal routine to read about watches.  He also stated that he recommends a watch that he would be willing to buy with his own money.

Suzanne Wong countered Stephen’s points by stating that bloggers and journalists should be able to provide constructive criticism but at the same time tell the story of watchmaker/watchmaking.  Ian Skellern of Quill & Pad provided a more direct response that if a watch is bad, it should be called out as such.  He also stated that there is major shift from Print to viewing articles online, and more recently to viewing content on your mobile device.

In the afternoon, H. Moser unveiled Venturer XL Concept Dubai Edition, designed by and made exclusively for Seddiqi & Sons, largest watch retailer in UAE. It is the first Venturer XL to feature a steel case, paired with a white and blue fumé dial with blackened hands. There are only 9 limited editions made and are already sold out.

Baume & Mercier had recently introduced the Clifton Perpetual Calendar in red gold with Vaucher 5401 movement (and Dubois Depraz module) for $22k USD.  There are only 30 being produced annually and the first pieces will be sold in UAE at Seddiqi & Sons.

The final presentation of the day was by Daniel and Maria Reintjes of Christiaan Van der Klaauw (CVDK) was very educational and informative.  CVDK specializes in astronomical complications.  It was fascinating to see the inner working of smallest planetarium watch and why 3D moonphase watch is more accurate than any other moonphase complication watch.

In between the panels and presentations, we had opportunity to breifly speak with Max Busser of MB&F, and the appreciate the work of talented Rexhep Rexhepi (with lovely Naomi Barokas) of Akrivia.

Photo Credit: Scott Sitkiewitz