Bryan Martin B. Zialcita
March 6, 2018    |    

Something New and Something Old

A return to the roots of Calibre

Photos by Jerel Fajardo

At first glance, it was nothing more than a dinner at Pablo Bistro organized by Calibre Magazine. The night was put together ostensibly to share with a couple of its friends and supporters an update on the recently concluded SIHH 2018, and some news on the general state of the watch industry as a whole. However, it turned out to be much more than that: it was a return to the roots of Calibre.

Calibre Magazine came to life because of one man’s passion for watches, and his crazy dream of going to Baselworld. Starting a magazine dedicated solely to watches in a 3rd world country back in 2007 seemed like a harebrained idea back then, but here we are more than 10 years and 102 issues into it, and reaching more people than ever before. Calibre has grown by leaps and bounds, and rather than just being tacitly accepted by the watch industry, it has become an integral part of it.

Going back to the Calibre Magazine dinner — this event was a return to ground zero of sorts. As the magazine grew and became more successful, the watch enthusiast got lost in the equation. Watches was still the focus of the magazine, but the watch community was a distant second in priority. This night was all about putting the watch enthusiast at the forefront, and really bringing to life the Calibre Community. And what better way to kick this off than with a simple get together of watch enthusiasts where they get to meet up with old friends, make new ones, talk about their beloved timepieces, and of course enjoy good food.

This night was just the beginning. This year is all about bringing Calibre Magazine back to the watch enthusiast. Stay tuned. More to come.