REDBAR: WHERE HOROLOGY MEETS CAMARADERIE

REDBAR: WHERE HOROLOGY MEETS CAMARADERIE

Redbar, a globally recognized watch enthusiast group, started as a modest gathering in New York City and has grown into an international community of horology lovers. The brainchild of Adam Craniotes (@craniotes) and a few other dedicated watch enthusiasts, Redbar was founded with a simple mission: to create a judgment-free, pretentious-free space where people could bond over their shared love for watches, enjoy some drinks, and form lasting friendships.

The Origins of Redbar

Redbar's story began years ago with informal meetings among a group of friends who shared a passion for horology. These initial gatherings were small, intimate affairs held at a bar that eventually lent its name to the group – Red Bar. Adam Craniotes initiated a weekly email chain to coordinate the meetings, discuss plans, and share updates. This email chain quickly became a beloved part of the Redbar experience, filled with inside jokes, quick updates, and a list of watches available for trade or sale within the group – a practice Adam fondly referred to as "keeping it in the family."

The chosen venue for these meetups was crucial. A centrally located bar, not too crowded and with a somewhat secluded area like a large table in a back corner, provided the perfect setting. The meetings usually began around 7 PM, with members trickling in at different times and often staying late into the night. Over time, the group grew, attracting more members from various walks of life.

The Growth and Evolution

In its early days, Redbar was a small, close-knit group of guys from watch forums and participants in New York's "watchwalks," where they would visit several watch boutiques in one outing. Photography and social media, particularly Instagram, played a significant role in Redbar's growth. The group's use of hashtags allowed members to share their photo spreads, attracting attention from other watch enthusiasts eager to join.

Despite a conservative approach to admitting new members, focusing on genuine passion for horology, the group's popularity soared. The weekly gatherings became a highlight for many members, offering a chance to catch up with friends and see new and exciting watches. The sense of community was strong, and members made efforts to attend regularly, not wanting to miss out on the fun and surprises each week.

Redbar Today

Today, Redbar NYC meets weekly, continuing the tradition of bringing together watch enthusiasts in a relaxed, enjoyable setting. The group's success has inspired the formation of chapters in other cities, including Redbar Toronto, which meets monthly. Each chapter maintains the core values of Redbar – inclusivity, camaraderie, and a shared love for horology.

Redbar's journey from a small hangout to an international phenomenon is a testament to the power of community and shared passion. What started as a casual gathering has become a cherished tradition for watch lovers worldwide, fostering friendships and creating unforgettable memories. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a new enthusiast, Redbar offers a welcoming space to explore the world of watches and connect with like-minded individuals.

Here are some of the key locations where Redbar is currently active:

1. New York City - The original chapter, which continues to meet weekly, offering a vibrant hub for watch enthusiasts.

2. Toronto - Hosting monthly gatherings, Redbar Toronto is one of the prominent chapters outside the US.

3. London - London has been a significant chapter, with events attracting a diverse group of watch collectors.

4. Bombay (Mumbai) - Redbar Bombay is the first chapter in India, reflecting the growing watch community in the region.

5. Edinburgh - Highlighted by hosting the Redbar Global Meetup, showing its importance within the Redbar network.

6. Dallas/Fort Worth - Known for its lively events, this chapter has a strong presence in Texas.

In total, Redbar has over 70 chapters globally, including locations across Europe, Asia, and North America. Each chapter operates with a degree of autonomy, allowing them to cater to local preferences while maintaining the inclusive and community-driven spirit that Redbar is known for.

 

Learn more about Mark Fleminger RedBar Toronto Chapter Head

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