Hi, it's Hamish the CEO of The Watch Collectors' Club. I'll start by wishing you a Happy New Year and I hope that you got a good break over the holidays. This blog post is to tell you what we have planned and how you can help!
2022 is going to be a big year for The Watch Collectors' Club as we host a series of fun and engaging events here in London. We will continue our online Showcases and Virtual Talks. We will develop our educational content, bring you a variety of interesting things from around the watch world, and help you learn more about timepieces, no matter what kind of watch sparks your passion.
Two watches at our October Meetup
We need Your Help
We can't do this without you. We want as much feedback as you can give us, whether it's on a Blog Post, Event, or simply a question you'd like answered. We're here to help you in any way we can.
We have so many ideas that we want to try, and to know what works we need you to tell us what you liked and didn't like. We won't be offended, it's all part of growing as an organisation. We've already had excellent feedback from our in-person and virtual events and you can be sure that we take it into account for our next efforts. If anything springs to mind at any time, please let us know.
A Casio Pacman Digital watch and a Universale Geneve Dress watch
We hope that you find our blog interesting and useful. People tell us they enjoy them and are learning a lot, so if you have something you've always wanted to know about in the watch world, please let us know and we will write it! We will ramp up our educational content this year so please look out for more on our Social Media Channels and Website, including video!
When we have enough followers, we intend to launch an online community where we can talk to each other, share our timepieces and our passion, to learn from each other as well as from Club materials. We don't know what software we will use just yet, but I can assure you we will make sure it is a safe, welcoming and fun place to spend time. Online forums can be intimidating, and Social Media overwhelming. We intend our community to be easy to use, and a friendly place to be.
Some of our Watch books. There are many more!
Events in 2022
The COVID pandemic has led to huge restrictions on our ability to hold events, and more clearly, a drop in interest for people to try new events as they worry about infection.
We feel that with the worst stage of the pandemic behind us, 2022 is the time to experiment with different kinds of watch events. Some will be educational, some will explore the fringes of the watch world, some will help you meet other watch lovers, and some will focus on brand new watches. We want to move away from stuffy boutiques and strict brand guidelines. We want to experiment with locations that make learning fun, make it easy to enjoy the watches and get to know people. We want to do it all safely and in a way that welcomes people from all walks of life.
Do you have an idea for an event you'd like us to put on? What do you want us to do? What kind of thing is watch related and might be fun? We have no monopoly on ideas, and the watch world is so conservative almost nothing has been tried. We're here to change that, so do let us know your thoughts.
A Shot from our October Meetup Event
We are holding an in-person and a Virtual Event this month, and indeed every month in 2022. The in-person Meetup will be relaxed and intimate, somewhere in Central London. We will ask all attendees to register a negative lateral flow test before attending. It's on Thursday, January 20th from 6:30PM and you can register here.
Our next Virtual Event is A Short History of Rolex, hosted by yours truly, where we'll run you through just a tiny part of the Rolex story to help you understand how they have maintained their quality and reputation for so long. It'll be on Zoom, it's completely free, and it's at 8:00PM on Monday 24th January. Please register here.
The Rolex Submariner that featured in James Bond films in the 1960s.
The more people who can help us build this community, or if you know of anyone who likes watches, of any kind, please let them know about us, and tell them about our events. It'd be great to have them along.