Musings on horology and the watch industry
On differentiating between good and bad watches
Whether it's a professional athlete, expert sommelier, acclaimed actor, or master watchmaker, my assumption is that the trained eye always recognizes and evaluates details better than the untrained eye. This idea really begs the question in the watch world: how does one acquire a keen eye for horology? What does that learning process look like?
On watch collecting: an alternative to “buy what you love”
"Buy what you love" is one of the watch community's most common prescriptions against being swept away by never-ending social media hype. I want to propose an alternative to "buy what you love." Something more concrete and tangible, something easier to work with.
What battles are worth fighting in the watch community?
At the inception of The Open Caseback, I wrote "we're not the target audience." It was a reflection on the feelings of disenfranchisement many collectors and enthusiasts have. It fulfilled its role as the foundation, or a manifesto, to guide my writing efforts and those of the contributors. But it missed a key question that's needed more and more: what battles are actually worth fighting in the watch community?