While the first London Watch Event only dates to 2017, the whole idea started developing when we created the Diver’s Watches Facebook Group, in 2011. The group grew very fast (now approaching 55,000 members, making it the biggest online watch group), very popular and friendly which led us to decide to organize get-togethers, to give our members the opportunity to meet personally. In the last few years we have organized such get-togethers all around the world.
The first London get-together was organized in 2017 and quickly grew to double the size in 2018. In 2019 we had an astounding event with almost 45 brands present. The upcoming 2020 event is expected to grow even more, attracting a large number of exhibitors and visitors.
Our effort is to grow the World Time UK (The London Watch Event) to a European-based exhibition fair that will give the opportunity to watch brands around the world to exhibit their products and meet their prospective customers not only from the United Kingdom but also from Europe.
From 2020 onwards we are moving the event to a slightly later date (late September instead of late August) so that we can make it easier for watch brands to attend and exhibit, as the late August dates we have had so far are very close to the Hong Kong Watch Fair which takes place in the first week of September, making it difficult for some watch brands to attend both events. For 2020, the date will be Saturday, September 26th and we will also confirm the 2021 date (provisionally Saturday, September 25th 2021 as soon as the Sofitel confirms the date to us.
The Sofitel London Heathrow in Terminal 5 has proved an exceptional venue so far and we intend to continue with the same venue while space availability allows us. Being a large and modern hotel, security is better and all rooms have safes. The hotel provides us with competitive room rates and discounted parking prices. For anyone flying in to attend, it’s a short walk from the terminal, with no need to get into downtown London. For visitors driving in, it is easily accessible from a large portion of the UK with ample parking.
If you are a watch brand and would like to exhibit, send us an email and we will reply with all the necessary information. If you are a visitor, follow us on Instagram for regular updates on the events. Either way, we look forward to seeing you soon!