ORIS WATCHES & The BWC host the first Open GTG of 2017

While the excitement of a stella 2016 was still dominating our thoughts, we had to focus on organising the first BWC event of 2017, which would be an “Open Get Together”. It was a chance for people that are as passionate about watches as we are to come along and sample the atmosphere and decide if they’d like to become fully fledged BWC members.

There were a few hoops for guests to go through before being invited to the event. This was simply to ensure that all security requirements had been met. Invitations were sent out and on a chilli Saturday night in Antwerp, Belgium, the Open GTG was underway. A private location was soon filled with over sixty passionate watch collectors, discussing their latest and greatest acquisitions, from vintage to modern and at every price point.

The opportunity to try on a watch that you’d otherwise not get to, or one that you’d never considered before is in essence the most rewarding part of being part of a gathering like this.

We were lucky enough to have Oris Watches in attendance at the event to present a selection of watches from their collection. People had the chance to really engage with the brand in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

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The Oris Divers Sixty-Five in 42mm, pictured above, was one of the biggest hits of the evening. From that gorgeous green dial to the creamy lume plots.

Pictured below is the Oris Carl Brashear limited edition. The watch commemorates the U.S. Navy’s first African-American master diver, Carl Brashear. Hollywood made the movie Men of Honor starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Brashear – amazing story of an amazing man.

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No GTG would be complete without a few Ceramic Daytonas to ogle and these two guys didn’t disappoint. The hottest watch of 2016 and probably will continue to dominate in 2017.

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The selection of modern pieces on display was sensational. The Patek Philippe 5990 and 5712 were two stars of the evening. Two great watches that are currently commanding long waiting lists at authorised Patek Philippe dealers around the world.

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Tudor was ever present. A newly acquired Tudor Black Bay Bronze on the wrist of one of the BWC members was photographed on a ton of wrists. A fantastic statement piece at 43mm and the patina the case will develop over time is going to be sublime.

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Fantastic comparison shot with the original Bronzo, the Panerai Luminor Submersible.

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Two more standout pieces were a stunning blue dialled F.P.Journe and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Michael Schumacher Limited Edition in titanium, limited to 1000 pieces.

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There was also a strong vintage showing with a brace of rare vintage Heuers spotted, a gorgeous Omega Speedmaster reference 105.012 from 1965 and a stunning Rolex gilt 5512.

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An amazing evening was had by everyone that attended the GTG. We were humbled by the interest in our club with guests not only from Belgium, but people who had also travelled from London and Paris. After a few Belgian beers, our attention turned to a long held tradition, the inevitable table shot. The idea is that everyone in attendance puts their watch on a table and mass hysteria ensues as iPhones and cameras appear to take pictures of that table so that they can say they attended the BWC Open GTG. Enjoy the final pictures, which by the way were all taken by BWC members, mentioned in the credits. We’ll see you at the next one…..

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Photographers:

Maarten Slaets
Aaron Boucke
Michael Luther

 

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