Watch-feast in Warsaw
On 22nd July 2006 in ‘Westin Hotel’ (Warsaw, Poland) a gathering of Polish WIS, members of ‘Klub Milosnikow Zegarow i Zegarkow’ (Club of Watch Aficionados) took place. More than 100 people from all over the country arrived to share their passion…
The Club was founded in 2004 by a few WIS. Their aim was to create a place where watch aficionados can share their experience but also as an educative institution. Now the Club has more than 2500 members, mainly fans of mechanical timepieces but there also some people fascinated in tower clocks, sun clocks and grandfather’s clocks. The Members are participating on a discussion forum (www.zegarkiclub.pl), which is a huge knowledge base on watch-related issues.
From the web to the real world
The first meeting took place in 2004 in the Warsaw Technical Museum. This year the event became a prestigious meeting hosted by the ‘Westin Hotel’ Conference Centre. During the meeting, the participants gave 4 speeches followed by a fervent discussion.
First speech by Mr. Zdzislaw Pieciurek dealt with one of the most astounding achievements of Polish contemporary horology. Mr. Pieciurek, member of a team assembled by Mr. Artur Kucharczyk revealed to us the fascinating story of constructing 30 Polish Astronomical Clocks. These marvelous clocks stand up to the expectations of most demanding users are highly appreciated by collectors all over the world.
Ms. Monika Horosz acquainted us with the problem of fake watches market in Poland and outlined the legal regulations concerning this issue. The problem is very serious and the lecture became a basis of fervent discussion. WIS gathered decided to begin a co-operation with the biggest Polish internet auction site (Allegro.pl) to minimize the amount of fakes sold via the internet in Poland.
Later, the Chairman of the Club, Prof. Zdzislaw Mrugalski gave a most interesting and entertaining speech on relations between watches and stamp collecting. Prof. Mrugalski is an avid stamp collector and showed us his impressive collection of stamps presenting watches and clocks. We had a possibility to marvel at these miniature works of art from Poland, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Romania, Hungary and other countries.
The last lecture was given by our special guest – Mr. Fabien Burnier, representative of H.Moser & Cie. In November the official Moser point of sale will be opened (“Od czasu do czasu” Boutique, Warsaw) and on this occasion Mr. Burnier gave an enthralling speech on Moser’s history and their current, innovative collection. The lecture drew the maximum attention of WIS gathered and Mr. Burnier was given a very warm applaud.
After the lectures, we had an opportunity to marvel at watches presented at showcases. These were, of course, Moser but also Ulysse Nardin, Girard Perregaux, IWC, Hublot, Parmigiani Fleurier, Chronoswiss, Franck Muller and some less popular brands like Cuervo y Sobrinos, Anonimo and Van der Bauwede. Most of the participants brought also their own, most interesting collections.
The meeting can surely be hailed as the most important watch event – wonderful, friendly atmosphere inspired the members of the Club to organize a even more impressive gathering next year.
(Translation: Lukasz Walczyna)
Here is a fotogallery: http://www.pbase.com/klod100/westin