Toronto, September 20, 2017 – Elvis Presley performed two concerts in one day at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens that would go on to become one of only five dates he ever performed outside of the U.S. Fitting that 60 years after that 1957 performance Hamilton Watch would celebrate The King in Toronto. Over 200 guests gathered at Toronto’s Spoke Club for the 60th anniversary celebration of the Hamilton Ventura collection which included a display with two of the three Ventura watches owned by Elvis himself.
Hosted by Hamilton Brand Ambassador, Glen Baxter, local singer/songwriter Michaela May hit the stage for a night of exciting Elvis covers. Guests enjoyed hair styling courtesy of American Crew and OGX Toronto, Elvis-inspired hors d’oeuvres, as well as Stoli elit cocktails and Peroni beer served in honour of The King.
Elvis Toronto 1957
Introduced on January 3rd, 1957, the Ventura was not only progressive in design, but also made watchmaking history as the world’s first electrical, battery powered watch. A revolutionary movement in a revolutionary design, the Ventura was unique in many ways and attracted some famous watch fans such as Elvis Presley himself who wore it in Blue Hawaii in 1961.
Mirroring the unconventional case design detail and distinctive features of its ancestors, in 2017, the Ventura Classic and Ventura Elvis80 Skeleton form the backbone of a magnificent trio in which each variation symbolizes the past, present and future of Ventura. And as a remembrance of things past, each dial on the Ventura Classic bears a large electricity symbol as a reminder of the breakthrough innovation that the world’s first electrical watch in 1957 represented.
Hamilton Watch Celebrates 60 Years
Elvis Toronto Photos: York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds
Product Photos/Video: Hamilton Watch
Event Photos: Evan Bergstra / Ryan Emberley Photography