Musings on horology and the watch industry

On the Watch Industry’s Language Barrier

What impact does the language barrier in the luxury watch industry have on fine watchmaking's overall health? Well, quite a large one.

Is Clubhouse a game changer for the watch community?

This week, I was able to get my hands on an invite to Clubhouse – a new social media platform still in private beta. After four days on the app, I find myself... excited. And what excites me the most about Clubhouse is its potential for the watch community.

The implications of increasingly financialized watches for dealers and brands

As broad interest in alternative asset classes grows, it is without doubt that watches will attract more attention as a financial instrument. To go further on this topic, I want to think through some of the implications of a flood in investment capital for watches for brands and watch dealers.

The next frontier of financialized watches

The increasing financialization of watches isn't merely fascinating in the abstract— it has wide-ranging, concrete implications for brands, dealers, and the watch community's future. Previously, I've looked almost exclusively at the past and present. Today, I want to look more toward the future.

Inside the mind of a watch designer

With the rise of independent watchmakers, the watch community has gotten a good grasp of the general persona of watchmakers. Though our image of the watchmaker still might lack depth, it is still significantly more concrete than our understanding of watch designers. So what are the character traits of watch designers? What do they care about?

Handmade watchmaking isn’t about aesthetics, it’s about people

It is often "handmade" timepieces that gather the most admiration, acting also as the catalyst for some of the watchmaking community's Luddite undertones. But if we take a closer look, the Luddism of the watch community today is quite different from the Luddite movement's historical origins.

I’m never selling my watches at a premium

Today, I'm going to share my ethos on managing my own personal watch collection: I'm never selling any of my watches at a premium.

“The internet is for poor people” and other watch industry insights

Hodinkee's founder, Ben Clymer, made a guest appearance on an insightful podcast. The discussion revealed a lot about the watch industry, casting some light on the watch community's longstanding sentiments and conspiracy theories.

Was Gerald Genta a glitch in the matrix?

There might be no historical figure more important to the shape of modern watches than Gerald Genta. Yet it's quite difficult to imagine a contractor for watch brands gaining such widespread recognition for work, especially in today's watch industry. Will there ever been another Genta figure again?

On gimmicks in the watch industry

"Gimmicks" tend to evoke negative connotations, but I believe there is a wide spectrum of good and bad quality marketing gimmicks in the watch world.