The first GS9 Club USA member event has come and gone, and what an event it was! Hundreds of GS9 members from across the United States descended upon New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center to experience the exciting world of Grand Seiko. From the illuminating displays and watchmaking tutorials to the engrossing panels and seminars, there was something for everyone. And, of course, who could forget all the watches, from the timepieces on display (both new and old) to the personal collections members brought with them to share with like-minded folks.
Below, please enjoy a video and photo recap of the event, and over the course of the following weeks we will make available to members all the discussions and panels from the day.
Seminar: Caliber Assembly Demonstration: 9SA5 and 9RA2
Members learned about the these two next-gen Grand Seiko calibers from Grand Seiko’s very own Brand Curator and National Training Manager, Joe Kirk.
Panel: How to Capture Your Collection
Hosted by Christian Zeron of Theo & Harris, panelists discussed watches and photography, and the intricacies of using a camera and lens to capture the essence of your watches.
Panelists: Atom Moore (independent photographer), Michael Kristy (Theo & Harris), RJ Kamatovic (collector), Liam O’Donnell (Watchonista)
Panel: What is The Nature of Time?
Moderated by Stephen Pulvirent, panelists explored Grand Seiko’s brand philosophy and how it relates to the watches themselves.
Panelists: Adam Craniotes (RedBar, Revolution), Joe Kirk (Grand Seiko), Zach Weiss (Worn & Wound), Kathleen McGivney (RedBar Group), Erik Strickland (collector)
Live Podcast: Blamo! – Exploring Japanese Craft
Host Jeremy Kirkland and guests explored the fine details of what makes Japanese craftsmanship stand apart.
Guests: Kiya Babzani (Self Edge), Mark Cho (The Armoury), Michael Williams (A Continuous Lean)
Finally, members were treated to an exhilarating live performance from the Anthony Hervey Quintet.