If you run with the wrong crowd, your friends can be a very bad influence.
Recently, I had reached a zen state with regard to my collection. I’d decided that I was content with the watches I had, and no reason in the world to seek out fleeting, ephemeral pleasure in the pursuit of yet more. And, then, @VictorAdameArt took me and @STAYINGWARM to a little jewelry store called Passion Fine Jewelry in Solana Beach. From the outside, it looks like any beach town tourist-trappy jewelry shop...
But, you walk in, and you are transported to a whole different dimension. It’s like this…
This is where @VictorAdameArt got his Habring 2. Inside this case here...
… can be found some of the world’s most amazing watches from independent brands, and incredible vintage finds: Habring 2. Roman Gauthier. Speake-Marin. WWII pilots’ watches!
Also, a Patek Philippe pocket watch from 1912, which @STAYINGWARM said was the most incredible thing he’d seen at the shop. “My brother is really into pocket watches. He would love this.” So, did he buy it for his brother? No, no he did not. Why? Because @STAYINGWARM is a terrible human being. In spite of knowing precisely what would make his brother happy, and simply acting on that knowledge, he chose to do nothing. What is it they say about sins of omission? Remember what I said about “the wrong crowd”?
The experience in the shop is like no watch shopping trip I've ever had. You lounge there. We literally sat for an hour and a half talking watches with Brandon - https://www.instagram.com/thegrailwatch/?hl=en on Instagram - who brought out watch after watch for us to inspect and admire and talk over. There were bottles of whiskey and other fine beverages on hand, which I'm sure we could have busted into, although we did not partake, because @STAYINGWARM is doing "Dry January." WTF is that? It was like sitting around and having a fun bull session with friends, handling $100k watches.
The shop also has Kudoke! The Kudoke 2… it was love at first sight!
I am a sucker for finishing. And the dial is out of this world! Pictures don’t do it justice. In the picture below, the dial looks plain white, but it’s got this texture like frost on a window… It’s every bit the equal of the best GS dial out there… if not better!
I’m on record as stating, and I maintain still, that I couldn’t care less about movements. But, look at the finishing on this movement! It is extraordinarily beautiful!
So, is it time? Is it time to sell the SBGK015 to raise the funds to buy the Kudoke 2???
Or, do I wait till March 2024? Hopefully, by March 2024, I will have saved up enough to do our home remodel, and then I can go back to spending irresponsible sums on this ridiculous hobby, instead of selling off my watches.
Or, am I just deluding myself? Am I like one of those clowns who sees an indie film for the very first time, and suddenly starts dressing in turtlenecks and French berets? I mean, am I being like one of those college kids who stumbles across "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” and suddenly swears off all “Big Hollywood” films, when in reality we all know that Avengers Endgame is 8,000x more intelligent and meaningful than anything Wes Anderson could ever hope to produce?
Well, which is it? Would you sell off the SBGK015 for a Kudoke 2? Anyone else go down the independent rabbit hole? Did you swear off all big watch brands forevermore? Is this just a phase?
And what is the meaning of life?