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The Wempe branch on New York

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40 Years of Wempe New York.

You simply cannot imagine Manhattan nowadays without our flagship store on New York City’s famous Fifth Avenue. However, the past 40 years haven’t always been easy for us. Like all New Yorkers, we had to overcome recessions and rent explosions in the 1980s. Business picked up in the 1990s under the leadership of Rüdiger Albers, who has successfully managed the store for the past 30 years – in close collaboration with Kim-Eva Wempe. Expertise and resolve have turned our New York store into Fifth Avenue’s premier address for fine watches and jewelry.

Interior and exterior view of the Wempe New York branch on 5th Avenue

Courage, Magic and Commitment.

It was Hellmut Wempe who launched the international expansion of the Hamburg-based family company back in 1980. Getting established on the U.S. market was difficult and it was thanks to Hellmut Wempe’s enthusiasm, commitment and resolve that he kept the New York store open despite critical voices. And he was proven right. Kim-Eva Wempe, a big New York fan, took over the management of the family business 20 years ago.

Collage of the early days of the Wempe branch in New York, left a black-and-white photo with a car driving in front of the branch, on the right a colored photo with the interior view of the branch on Fifth Avenue

We Made It There.

In 1991, the store moved across the street. In 2016, Wempe doubled its sales area in the freshly renovated landmark Peninsula Hotel and now occupies 5,500 square feet with half a city block of frontage on Fifth Avenue. Our New York store counts among the top retailers in its category in the United States. Regular customers include Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro and Scarlett Johansson.

Portrait of Rüdiger Albers, Managing Director of Wempe

40 Years of New York,
30 Years of Rudy

 

Rüdiger Albers, president of Wempe’s US operations and general manager of the Fifth Avenue flagship, has created an aura of casual, yet stealth perfection over the past 30 years, nurtures talent and demands excellence without taking the fun out of it. So, his staff members attend to their international customers every day with passion, joy and commitment.

 

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Raik Krausem, Patek Philippe Boutique Manager New York

Our Team Makes Your Dreams Come True

 

The expanded store includes now two dedicated in-store boutiques featuring the worlds of Rolex and Patek Philippe, where Raik Krause, the ever high-spirited Patek Philippe Boutique Manager, is also the go-to person for the brand’s Grandes Complications.

Michaela Kesselman, Jewelry Director and team

 

 

Jewelry Director Michaela Kesselman, a 20-year Wempe veteran, and her team of cordial and competent jewelry experts make every jewelry dream come true. Melanie Epstein, Director of Sales, is ever present and eager to create customer enthusiasm.

Fine Watches and Timelessly Beautiful Jewelry

Wempe New York’s star watch brands include A. Lange & Söhne, Breguet, IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tudor and Vacheron Constantin, and of course, our own Iron Walker, Chronometerwerke and Zeitmeister lines. We have been closely linked for generations with many of the internationally renowned watch brands. Our partnerships are marked by a trustful cooperation. No matter if you already know exactly what you want or if you would like to take a first look – our watch experts are always at your service.

Two prominent display windows at the entrance and the center of the store are dedicated exclusively to jewelry. Whether you are looking for delicate items for everyday wear, opulent red carpet looks, radiant colored gemstones or sparkling diamonds: as a jewelry lover you will always find the perfect piece with us, no matter whether you want to give yourself a treat or make a gift a special person. Trained jewelers and graduated gemologists will gladly provide you with personal and individual advice at our Fifth Avenue store.

Of course, no Wempe store would be complete without a state-of-the-art workshop. Service Manager Ari Roman and his team of master watchmakers are proud to have achieved the extraordinary status of official Patek Philippe Authorized Service Center, one of just four in all North America.

Visit our New York store and learn more about the renowned watch and jewelry brands that we carry at Wempe on Fifth Avenue. We are looking forward to welcoming you.

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