Watches & Wonders Miami will return to the city’s Design District from February 15 to 17 next year for a festival of luxury watchmaking supported by dozens of major brands.
The event, organized by a partnership between Switzerland’s Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) and the Miami Design District Associates (MDDA), is expanding to include a total of 28 exhibiting watch and jewelry maisons, many of them hosting events from their own boutiques spread throughout Palm Court and the surrounding streets of the Miami Design District.
It will also include a 10,000 square foot exhibition space in Jungle Plaza, as well as a range of programs and enhanced VIP experiences.
A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Bvlgari, Cartier, F.P. Journe, Hublot, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Kari Voutilainen, Louis Vuitton, Panerai, Piaget, Romain Gauthier, RJ, Tag Heuer, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels are back again for 2019.
Joining them are 11 new maisons, including De Bethune, Dior, Girard-Perregaux, H. Moser & Cie., HYT, OMEGA, Roger Dubuis, Speake-Marin, Tiffany & Co., Ulysse Nardin and Zenith.
Four of the world’s top luxury groups: Kering, LVMH, Richemont and Swatch Group, are represented.
The timing of the event, mid-way between the two major Swiss exhibitions of SIHH in January and Baselworld in March, means organizers hope visitors will be among the first in the world to see the 2019 collections from the watchmakers.
Straddling the Presidents’ Day Weekend, also means there are other top end attractions in Miami at the same time including the Miami Concours vintage car show and the Miami Yacht Show.
“We are thrilled to once again be partnering with the Miami Design District for Watches & Wonders Miami. With even more leading watch and jewelry maisons participating and planning to showcase their newest creations and important historical pieces, along with our significantly expanded offering of conferences, workshops and events for the family, next year will certainly be bigger and better than ever,” states Fabienne Lupo, chairwoman and managing director of the FHH.
“Watches & Wonders Miami unites the top luxury timepiece and jewelry brands for a spectacular weekend program and we are thrilled to host once again in the heart of the Miami Design District. Watch aficionados will be able to view magnificent timepieces, many of which are being debuted in the US for the first time. Likewise, car enthusiasts attending from all parts of the world will not be disappointed with the unparalleled selection of exceptional cars at the Miami Concours,” said Craig Robins, CEO of Dacra Development and developer of the Miami Design District. “As this event really creates and brings one of a kind experiences to the neighborhood, we highly anticipate all the immersive experiences that will unfold from the robust lineup of activities in store.”