FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Parties, panthers and patina FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Parties, panthers and patina

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Parties, panthers and patina

Nick Kenyon

There was no time for rest after the epic week that was Watches & Wonders and new releases from the crème de la crème of the Swiss watch industry. The Australian half of the T+T team were in the air on the way to sunny Sydney, to host our first Time+Tide Club event for 2021. I hadn’t realised how much I missed events until I spent some quality time with a few local collectors over lunch recently, but it’s such a special thing to be able to share a drink with other enthusiasts and talk all things watches. We were fortunate enough to hold the event at the new Four Pillars venue Eileen’s Bar in Surry Hills, which served up some of the best Negronis in the country.

This was an opportunity to catch up with the Sydney-based watch collectors in the Time+Tide Club (which if you have been thinking about joining, you can do right here) and discuss the dozens of new releases that had been announced over the last few weeks. Hot topics included the the new case materials from the likes of Omega and Tudor, the new EasX-CHANGE system for bracelets and straps in the IWC Big Pilot and, of course, the colourful collection that is the Cartier Tank Must.

The evening seemed to disappear far too quickly as we spoke with Club Members about the watches they had their eye on as a next purchase, the pieces that had recently entered their collections and the coolest watches they’d seen around the room that evening. From exotic Grand Seiko references to the Ralph Lauren Negroni Bear timepiece made in collaboration with Revolution and The Rake, there was horological stimulation whichever way you turned.

The first Time+Tide Club event of 2021 was long overdue and set the tone perfectly for the upcoming events that we have lined up for the rest of this year. We’re looking to hold our first-ever event in Canberra, return to the community in Brisbane and, of course, hold several more events in Melbourne. It’s going to be a big year for the Club and we can’t wait to share more of our big plans for the year ahead.

Have a fantastic weekend,


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