The Miami Design District Associates in partnership with the Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH), announced the debut of Watches & Wonders Miami (WWM). The first of its kind event in Miami will take place February 16-19, 2018 and bring together 21 of the world’s leading luxury timepiece manufacturers, including: A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, Cartier, Hermès, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Louis Vuitton, Panerai, Piaget, Tag Heuer, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels among others.
The watchmakers will each unveil their newest creations for the first time in the United States during Watches & Wonders Miami. This unprecedented advance preview of what’s to come in the world of high horology, coincides with the Miami Design District Concours, an exceptional showing of more than 100 of the most significant post-war vintage, sports/exotic cars and supercars, including iconic examples from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls Royce. The 30th annual Miami Yacht Show, featuring the world’s most extraordinary and uniquely designed yachts from top custom boat builders and brokers, takes place nearby on Collins Avenue, rounding out a weekend of ultimate luxury for guests.
“The Miami Design District is recognized around the world as a destination for art, culture and luxury. Thus, it is the perfect partner to help us create a truly world class watch and jewelry experience where we can not only give enthusiasts a ‘first look’ at the newest products, but also offer them dynamic exhibitions and learning opportunities, as well as interaction with the industry’s leading authorities,” states Fabienne Lupo, Chairwoman and Managing Director of the FHH.
“Watches & Wonders Miami will be an extraordinary event bringing together the very best brands dedicated to luxury timepieces and jewelry. The creativity and debut of new styles will make this a must-attend event for collectors and enthusiasts alike. It’s also the first time many of these brands will be debuting new styles in the U.S. so this is a big moment,” said Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra Development and developer of the Miami Design District. “We are thrilled to host this event in the Miami Design District and to play a role in making this U.S. debut a reality.”
Watches & Wonders Miami will kick-off President’s Day weekend with a full Friday evening program in Paradise Plaza. The evening will feature the Miami Design District Performance Series presented by Knight-Foundation and produced by Emilio Estefan, followed by an exclusive gala cocktail celebration in the Palm Court. Throughout the weekend, guests will have access to ‘Telling Time,’ a special exhibition comprised of nine films, creative installations and dramatic performance works by international contemporary artists. WWM will also feature immersive virtual reality experiences, each designed to bring the world of fine watchmaking to a new dimension. As part of WWM, the FHH is developing a robust conference line-up and educational workshops that will be accessible to anyone from amateurs to connoisseurs and collectors.
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