So I’m wandering around the JCK trade show (Jewelers Circular Keystone – no, don’t ask where the name came from) in the Mandalay Bay convention center at the south end of the Vegas strip. The place is huge – H-U-U-U-G-E – and I’m basically lost.
And I come on this sign.
Well, THAT’s different! Now, I know Adam Craniotes electronically. We wrote together for Gear Patrol a few years ago – taking turns stealing assignments from each other. Watch geek / IWC fan boy aside, the guy’s a helluva writer. But I’d never met him in person. Never even talked on the phone.
But here was a chance to meet him and likely a bunch of other Red Bar types.
There was Kevin Mantell and his henchman, Paul Erhardt, of DKSH.
And I inadvertently outed LivingTheAnchorLife of RedBar-Atlanta on social media (I forget his name – honest).
By now you probably know of the Red Bar phenomenon. It’s all over the place. Most major cities in the US have a “chapter” (term used loosely), and it’s spreading to Europe too. We’ve talked about it before on Everest Journal / Bezel & Barrel. And it’s grown a bunch since that post a year ago.
Even to the point of a guy getting lost at a jewelry trade show in Vegas and bumping into a group of friendly watch nerds.
(Please excuse the dicey image quality from my iPhone.)