26 May 2015, NEW YORK: The most complicated watch ever made is the Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication by Patek Philippe, boasting such fetes of horological engineering as a minute repeater that chimes the fifth bar of Handel's Messiah every hour, a celestial chart of Manhattan’s night time sky, a perpetual calendar that self adjusts for leap years, an indicator for knowing the current moon phase, an alarm clock – oh, and it also tells time! The Apple smartwatch also has an impressive CV, telling you when you need more exercise, where you need to be in the next hour, displaying your text messages and allowing you to answer your phone calls, all with a literal flick of the wrist. But can the person who appreciates the daring of the Graves watch be lured by the bells and whistles of the Apple smartwatch?
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at 5:30pm Aaron Faber Gallery, 666 Fifth Avenue at West 53rd Street, New York, NY, will reconvene their semi-annual Watch Collectors’ Roundtable to discuss just how much an influence smartwatches will have on the buying habits of fine timepiece collectors. Will smartwatches create a cataclysmic change as far reaching as the 1970s invasion of Japanese quartz watches? Or can this new technology deliver those dependent on their cell phones for time into the seductive realm of watch collecting?
Moderated by Randy Brandoff, Founder and CEO of Eleven James, watch industry insiders Edward Faber, co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery and author of American Wristwatches: Five Decades of Style and Design, Gary Girdvainis, editor of WristWatch magazine and AboutTime magazine and Jeffrey Hess, CEO of Ball Watch USA, will engage luxury industry veteran, Milton Pedraza, CEO and Founder of The Luxury Institute, and technology industry expert, Jason Alan Snyder, Chief Technology Officer of Momentum Worldwide, in a frank and lively examination on whether smartwatches can really shake the Swiss watch industry.
The Roundtable will be immediately followed by a fine Scotch and Irish Whiskey presentation, hosted by Pat Corrigan, the in-house Whiskey, Scotch and Malt expert for Best Beverage.
Watch collectors and whiskey aficionados are invited to attend these events and encouraged to bring questions for the experts. The event will be held at Aaron Faber Gallery, 666 Fifth Avenue at West 53rd Street, New York, NY.
ABOUT THE ROUNDTABLE
Jason Alan Snyder
Jason Alan Snyder is an inventor, technologist, futurist, marketer and business strategist. In his role as Chief Technology Officer at co-creation agency Momentum Worldwide, Snyder collaborates with creative, strategy, business leadership and production talent to ensure the most effective and current technology solutions for Momentum clients – offering insights to emerging technologies that boost experience and engagement. Snyder is a reputed inventor, technologist, futurist and business strategist with nearly two decades experience in the creative development of technology products and services.
As a technologist Snyder has led the creative development of digital products, applications and services for nearly two decades. With more than a decade of service at various InterPublic Group agencies including as a founding member of Deutsch's digital capability (iDeutsch) and most recently at McCann Erickson (MRM Worldwide) he has also held the position as head of Product Design at AOL and Yahoo!. His brand work includes Google, American Express, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, U.S. Army, IKEA, U.S. Postal Service, Johnson & Johnson, Porsche, Nike, Procter & Gamble, TiVO, and Unilever among others.
Snyder's specialist knowledge in developing mass market consumer software products, applications and mobile technologies, combined with hands-on experience building Human Computer Interaction (HCI) models has led to him being invited to design, author and present a comprehensive amount of materials on a wide range of technology and futurist subjects.
Snyder has also been a pioneer in mobile marketing. He developed a large intellectual property portfolio that serves as foundation patents for many popular geo-location and image recognition mobile products and services. One product of his work, JAGTAG, which he invented and commercialized, was the only mobile 2D barcode solution that did not require the consumer to download an application prior to use. In 2011 Hipcricket, Inc. acquired Snyder's patents including JAGTAG to complement their powerful tech portfolio.
Snyder also invented the Luci solar lantern. Luci is a lightweight, inflatable and durable LED lantern with a solar powered lithium polymer battery. Waterproof and collapsible, Luci is being heralded by the technology, design and non-profit industries alike. It won two coveted Innovation & Design awards at CES and has been featured in WIRED, Engadget, TechCrunch, The New York Times, Boston Globe, Davos Summit, CBS news and on television around the world. Snyder co-founded MPOWERD the company that manufactures Luci to empower the developing world through solar power, providing equity to those without electricity.
In addition to Luci, Snyder is the named inventor on dozens of patents for new technology products related to the Internet of Things, social networking and information serving. He serves on the board of the Calyx Foundation and is an advisor to a number of other notable technology companies.
ABOUT AARON FABER GALLERY
Aaron Faber Gallery was founded in 1974 to present the work of studio jewelers, those artists creating one-of-a-kind jewels that are inspired by creativity and originality, made in the artist’s studio and imbued with the artist’s spirit, concept and style.
The gallery, owned by Edward and Patricia Faber, is located on West 53rd Street down the block from the Museum of Modern Art, where its contemporary interior is the backdrop for changing exhibitions by studio jewelers as well as permanent collections by the gallery’s artist group. For more information, please visit www.aaronfaber.com.