Photo Report: Everyone Brought Out Their Best Watches For The ‘Keeper Of Time’ World Premiere

Last Thursday, the watch world descended upon New York City’s SVA Theater to witness the world premiere of Michael Culyba’s first feature length documentary, Keeper of Time. A packed house of over 400 watched his film – a movie about watches, time, mortality, and family – in the darkened theater, and stayed for a special panel hosted by our own Editor in Chief, Jack Forster. The panel was comprised of HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer, Michael Friedman, Gary Shteyngart, Will Andrewes, Brittany Cox, William Massena, and Culyba himself. You can see a photo of all the panelists in the lead image, above.

Of course, HODINKEE had a cohort on the scene for the film’s debut. I published a review and Q&A with Culyba – but that’s not all. What’s a watch event without photos of watches? That’s right, we had a photographer on the ground catching all of the moments from Thursday’s fusion of the horological and cinematic, from the red carpet to the after-party. And this audience came correct – I mean, where else are you going to find an F.P. Journe, Lange Rattrapante, and a Panerai with a diamond-set bezel under the same roof? Feast your eyes on the sights and wrists of the Keeper of Time world premiere, and be sure to look closely – familiar faces abound. 

Exterior of SVA Theater in New York City
Michael Culyba greeting guests in front of a step and repeat.
Wrist shot of a man and woman each wearing a watch.

A JN Shapiro Infinity Meteorite, designed in collaboration with Collective Horology, and a Frederique Constant Double Heartbeat

Photograph of a man showing his wrist watch in front of a movie poster.

A Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Automatic

Ben Clymer and Michael Culyba walking into the theater.
Three guests show off the watches on their wrists.

Clockwise: A special-edition F.P. Journe made for members of the Journe Society, a Unimatic × Massena LAB Modello Uno U1-ML6, and an A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar

Film panelists seated in a row on stage.
Seated guests show their watches before the screening begins.

A Rolex Datejust

Michael Culyba answers a question on stage with moderator Jack Forster.
A seated guests asks a question during the Q&A.

A guests asks the panelists a question during the Q&A, wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph.

Panelists pose on stage in a line for a photograph.
Mojdeh Cutter and Zoe Abelson chat with guests at the reception.

Mojdeh Cutter (far left) and Zoe Abelson (far right) chat with guests at the after-screening reception.

Wrist shot of a guest.

A Panerai Luminor Marina PAM71

Wrist shot of a guest.