Life moves pretty fast, but before it can get away from us, and the stunning generosity shown towards Australia is forgotten – when one crisis is replaced by the inevitable next one, which is already sadly happening – we want to pause and celebrate the moment. With a party. Buy tickets here. Because just one month ago, Australia was in dire trouble.
150 bushfires were burning, some of them ‘megafires’ covering many thousands of hectares. People all over our vast continent were displaced from their homes, thousands of which burned to the ground. Animals were dying in their millions. For wildlife and Aussies still enduring the aftermath, there is now more than $200,000 of extra funds at their disposal, thanks to the world watch industry. For a list of auction lot results, check in over here.
Today we announce the ‘Watch & Act!’ World Watch Auction Wrap Party, to be held on Saturday the 29th February at our Melbourne headquarters. This is all about recognising the donors of the watches and the enthusiastic bidders, who pushed 90 per cent of the watches above their retail value, some to the tune of 500 per cent!
Tickets are $80 / $40 (non-club and club pricing applies) and include a limited edition T-shirt, as well as a raffle ticket to win one of two seats at the Horological Society of New York’s ‘Watchmaking 101 – 103’ course the very next day, March 1, also in Melbourne. Each ticket is worth in the realm of $880. One is donated by HSNY and one by The Hour Glass, who are hosting the HSNY and the event. Quite a door prize. The T-shirt is cute as absolute you-know-what, and is the unmistakeable mark of somebody who cares deeply for Australia.
If you’re not a member and would like to be, sign up at www.timeandtide.club
Aside from this small number of T-shirts for attendees, the remainder will be sent to all those who so kindly donated watches to the auction. Our special guests on the evening, as we announced here, will be none other than the Horological Society of New York in their first ever visit to Australia with their Traveling Education courses happening over the same weekend.