While many watch collectors and enthusiasts associate the finest timepieces with Europe, one very well known and respected exception, Hamilton, traces its origins here in America.
Few weeks ago, I had a wonderful experience during Hamilton Watches Pre-Basel Event for an exclusive sneak peek of their newest collection that will be featured at BaselWorld Fair. The most important marketplace and trendsetting show for the world’s watch and jewelry industry in March this year.
The event was held at the Presidential Suite at The Gansevoort, Park Avenue in New York that added more exclusivity for each timepiece and setting the perfect mood.
Being walked through by one of the Hamilton’s staff and even with the Product Designer himself, Alexandre Gannac, we were introduced to the newest collection called Broadway, the relaunch of Khaki Frogman Watch (a true diving watch and first Hamilton Watch to appear in movies ‘Frogmen’ in 1951) and their limited edition full 18K rose gold timepiece from their Jazzmaster collection, just waiting for me to take home.
Ok, this girl can only dream.
You could say that I was seriously having a major mind-blown moment being able to get up close with each of the watch and see the beautiful details I have never seen from a watch before. Just look (and we are talking about just the back here) !
The limited edition Jazzmaster Thinline 18K Rose Gold Watch (pictured above) simply swept me off my feet with its intricate design, overall uniqueness accented with simplicity enough for it be your everyday watch. Of course, that’s if you don’t mind wearing a $5K watch all the time.
Having scoured the web prior to the event, Hamilton’s beginning never cease to amaze me and you could say I am enamored by the brand’s timeline and rich history both in aviation and cinema and that every time piece features Swiss precision.
Above photos taken by me.
We’re talking about Hamilton being founded and pioneered in the 19th century in Lancaster Pennsylvania, USA. Them being the ultimate provider of accurate timekeeping, which gained Hamilton the prestigious rank of supplier to the US Armed Forces!
Even The King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley, couldn’t escaped Hamilton’s first electric watch Ventura in 1957 and became one of its first fans!
Or their recent appearance in blockbuster movie, The Martian, where you can watch Matt Damon on his epic journey of survival in Mars and making every minute counts wearing Hamilton’s BeLOWZERO Auto 2826. (see what I did there?)
To me, a Hamilton watch doesn’t only tells accurate time, it also carries such a beautiful story enough to spark a conversation where words are not required. (And apparently turns me into a poet).
Gallery updated below. [source: Hamilton Watches]
FTC: This event coverage is in collaboration with and sponsored by Hamilton Watch. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising.