In the realm of luxury watches, where precision meets passion, a new entity has emerged to redefine the collector’s experience. The 1916 Company, born from the amalgamation of WatchBox, Govberg, Radcliffe, and Hyde Park Jewelers, has set its sights on becoming the ultimate global destination and community for fine watches, jewelry, education, and experiences.
Uniting the World of Watches:
The 1916 Company seamlessly integrates both primary and secondary markets under one unified brand, boasting over 20 boutiques and Collector’s Lounges strategically placed in key watch markets worldwide. This is not just a collection of stores; it’s a global community for enthusiasts who appreciate the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into every timepiece.
Honoring the legacy of Albert Govberg, who founded Govberg Jewelers in Philadelphia in 1916, The 1916 Company is a 107-year-old start-up. Danny Govberg, Co-founder, Executive Chairman, and grandson of Albert, notes, “The principles of our business are rooted in enduring relationships, while our commitment to innovation and transformative change drives us to anticipate the ever-evolving needs of discerning watch collectors today and tomorrow.”
WatchBox pioneered the digital frontier for watch collectors. Founded in 2017 by Danny Govberg, Justin Reis, and Tay Liam Wee, The 1916 Company builds upon this foundation. Elevating the client experience digitally, as well as fostering physical interactions in a world that craves genuine connections.
According to Justin Reis, Global CEO of The 1916 Company, “Watches have the power to bring people together.” The company recognizes the desire of collectors for both digital connectivity and rich physical experiences. The evolution into The 1916 Company is not just a rebranding; it’s a response to the voices and needs of their clients. It reinforces a sense of community, rooted in existing relationships while eagerly embracing the opportunity to forge new ones.
The physical footprint of The 1916 Company spans eight multi-brand salons and five monobrand boutiques in key locations such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, Denver, Newport Beach, and Scottsdale. Leading the authorized retail network are industry stalwarts John Shmerler and Damon Gross of Radcliffe and Hyde Park Jewelers, respectively.
Complementing these locations are lounges in global hubs like Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, and Dubai, as well as major cities in the United States.
A Collector’s Paradise:
The heart of The 1916 Company lies in its $200+ million pre-owned collection, accessible both online and across all physical locations. The focus is on the ultra-rare, collectible timepieces and the world of artisanal independent watchmaking. John Shmerler expresses the company’s vision, stating, “We want collectors and enthusiasts to feel part of our extended family and Collector’s Circle as they discover The 1916 Company’s uniquely personalized approach to collecting.”
In a significant move, The 1916 Company has joined the official network authorized to sell Rolex Certified Pre-Owned watches. This means that these coveted timepieces will be available online and within dedicated Rolex CPO environments at the company’s Official Rolex Jeweler locations.
The 1916 Company is now positioned as one of the world’s premier luxury watch and jewelry retailers. Combining the strengths and legacies of the largest pre-owned platform with three independent jewelers, the company sets a new standard in hospitality, warmth, and experience. The longstanding partnerships with renowned luxury watch brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe emphasize the commitment to excellence.
New and existing clients of WatchBox, Govberg, Radcliffe, and Hyde Park Jewelers will be introduced to The 1916 Company over the next six months. As the company continues to evolve, its vision of timeless connections and unparalleled experiences in the world of luxury watches remains at the forefront.
The 1916 Company is not just a retailer; it’s a curator of experiences, a facilitator of connections, and a steward of horological legacies. With a blend of digital sophistication and a commitment to personal interactions, The 1916 Company is set to redefine the landscape of luxury watch collecting, inviting enthusiasts into a world where every tick of the clock is an opportunity to forge lasting connections within a global community of like-minded connoisseurs. Learn more about the future of luxury watch collecting at www.the1916company.com.
Words by Tom Burleson