At Couture’s recent show, I was honored to be—for the third year running—a Couture Time judge along with fellow jurors including watch collectors Sam Yukon and celebrity chef Nick Stellino, journalist Keith Strandberg, author John Reardon, and Daryn Schnipper of Sotheby’s.
Judging is a big responsibility as there are many particularities that go into judging a contest and you have to hold your own true emotions at bay to offer a fair and just verdict. There were many great entries this year as with other years—and, in fact, we have covered three of the four winners on ATimelyPerspective.com in detail in recent months.
The winners were:
Tutima won for technical excellence with its Hommage Minute Repeater, which is made entirely in-house in its new Glashutte workshops.
Shinola won for innovation with its Runwell watch—quite an achievement considering it’s not every day a new watch brand starts up in America.
Magellan won for architecture with its Magelluna for a wonderfully daring case and dial design.
TW Steel won the people’s choice award for its $100,000 diamond CEO Tech World Centennial watch, proving that the public really does still love big watches with lots of glitz.
Congrats to all of the brands who participated in Couture Time, and thanks to Watch Journal for making it happen.
Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.