Centurion Launches Pre-Owned Watch Education Conference
“Top Watch” will be held concurrently with the Centurion South Beach Jewelry Show.
The “Top Watch” conference will be held alongside the Centurion South Beach Jewelry Show, set to take place Sept. 28-30 at the Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach.
The education conference will feature a variety of speakers well-versed in the world of high-end watches.
“We are very excited to announce a phenomenal roster of speakers and sessions for this new, timely, and topical conference,” said Centurion President Howard Hauben.
“They will answer questions on hot retailer topics like buying, selling, taking trade-ins, valuation, authentication, succeeding as a retailer in general, and much more in the ever-fascinating secondary watch market.”
The first session, “What’s Happening Now and What Are the Key Trends in the Vintage/Secondary Watch Market for Rolex and Other Brands,” will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The session will act as a primer for jewelry retailers looking to learn more about the market, according to show organizers.
Robert Velasquez—who has worked with Tourneau, Patek Philippe at Tiffany, Watchbox, ABTW, and Watchtime Magazine—and Ariel Adams, founder of ABlogToWatch, will lead the session.
On Thursday, Adams will return alongside Tirath Kamdar, eBay’s general manager of luxury, to lead “The Promise of Authentication and Power of the Secondary Watch Market” from 8 to 10 a.m.
The pair will discuss a variety of topics, including the rise of the secondary luxury market, watch collecting, meeting demand, and the consumer shift to sustainable shopping, as well as where opportunities are for brands, retailers, and resellers.
The show will also host a two-part education seminar on Friday from 8 to 10 a.m.
The first session of the day, “How Better Jewelry Stores Can Win (and Lose) in the Vintage/Secondary Market for Rolex and Other Top Brands,” will be led by watch industry veteran Matthew Green of Matthew Green Jewelers in Boca Raton, Florida.
Green will guide retailers on how to understand the watch market and what makes a watch valuable, as well as share strategies on buying, selling, and getting a fair deal.
He will also present part two, titled “Session Geared to The Rolex Authorized Dealer.”
Green will share information about gray market dealers, collectors, and flippers, and give attendees a 10-year overview of the Rolex secondary market brand speculation.
He will also delve into where the market is heading, current price trends, and the nicknames given to the most popular Rolex watches.
The sessions are free to attend for retail jewelers attending the Centurion South Beach Jewelry Show.
For other trade attendees, the education session package costs $595.
Those interested can register online or contact Jack Grafing at email@example.com or 516-331-5582.
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