“Madison Avenue has the largest collection of luxury watches anywhere,” declared Matthew Bauer, president of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, Tuesday at the Surrey Hotel.
That’s where Bauer officially launched the third annual Madison Avenue Watch Week, which concludes Saturday, and hosted a breakfast discussion with Marc Hruschka, president and chief executive officer of Chopard; Michael Margolis, president of Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard North America, and Benjamin Clymer, founder of Hodinkee, an online magazine covering high-end watches, who moderated. “New York is a great watch town in some ways and not the strongest watch town in other ways,” Clymer told the crowd of about 20 watch lovers. His point: Luxury jewelry and watch boutiques are fantastic for product and service, but multibrand stores typically lack service and expertise.
For the dozen or so watch lovers on hand, the discussion was wide-ranging, covering topics from currency fluctuations and materials costs affecting prices, to technical innovations like “constant force escapement.” Being accessible to clients was a big theme, with the executives encouraging visits to factories and watchmakers. “Literally meet the person who made your watch,” Margolis stressed. Chopard, said Hruschka, is “pushing vertical integration. We want to have as much control as possible. Ninety-six percent of the components of a piece are produced in-house.”
Watch Week seems to be gaining momentum, this year rounding up 17 boutiques between 57th and 86th streets along Madison Avenue, including Montblanc, Georg Jensen, Graff, Chopard, David Yurman, de Grisogono, Girard-Perregaux and Porsche Design, to stage private parties, discussions with watch experts and watchmakers, and exhibits of the latest styles and technologies, as well as antiques and vintage pieces. “It’s really about bringing collectors to Madison Avenue to see the newest innovations, even before Baselworld,” said Amy Rosi, a spokeswoman for the BID.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion