Geoffrey Hess invited what he described as ‘the crème de la crème of the collectors’ community’ to a weekend in Manhattan.
On a rainy Saturday evening in late September, 175 guests gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, focused on something other than the 21,000-pound model of a blue whale suspended over their heads.
They came, some with timepieces on both wrists, to attend RollieFest, an invitation-only event for watch collectors that seems to aim at being larger, but nonetheless more selective, than similar meet-ups that have been growing in popularity around the world over the past decade.
“This is sort of like the Super Bowl for
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