16 May 2016, NEW YORK:  While the presumption the Apple watch would disrupt the Swiss watch industry has now proven to be unfounded, a new trend has started to define what today’s timepiece collector now wants in his collection.  It appears oversized, complicated timepieces are being set aside for the more sophisticated and sleek, ultra-thin, time-only classic mechanical wristwatches of bygone decades.  Although the Apple watch didn’t quite ravage fine timepiece sales as originally predicted, perhaps the smartwatch’s minimalist design may have piqued the interest of watch collectors.

On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 5:30pm Aaron Faber Gallery’s fourth annual Watch Collectors’ Roundtable will reconvene panelists to investigate this new trend — the rebirth of the elegant, dress timepiece and the demise of the complicated wristwatch.  Are the days of obsessing over chronographs, perpetual calendars, retrogrades, minute repeaters and tourbillons giving way to a new era of the simpler, cleaner dial?

Moderated by Randy Brandoff, Founder and CEO of Eleven James, watch industry insiders Michael Clerizo, “Off Duty” columnist for the Wall Street Journal; Edward Faber, co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery and author of  American Wristwatches: Five Decades of Style and Design; Gary Girdvainis, editor of WristWatch magazine and AboutTime magazine; Michael Fossner, Consignment Director for Timepieces at Heritage’s New York; Pierre Halimi Lacharlotte, General Manager of Montres Journe America;  and Nicholas Manousos, Vice President of Horological Society of New York will examine just what this new era of timepiece collectors want in their watches.

Watch collectors are invited to attend the Roundtable  and encouraged to bring questions for the experts. The event will be held at Aaron Faber Gallery, 666 Fifth Avenue at West 53rd Street, New York, NY.

The Roundtable will be videotaped with footage available to press after the event.

For more information on the Roundtable, please contact The Lilian Raji Agency at (646) 789-4427 ext 701 or lilianraji@lmrpr.com.