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What problems do watches solve?

I was listening to a former Google CEO talk on a podcast the other day and he said something that stuck with me, 鈥淎ll great companies solve a problem....
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Kurono Tokyo Appreciation Post

I鈥檝e noticed there is a growing amount of interest around Kurono Tokyo among the crunchers here. It鈥檚 genuinely surprising how many I see being posted...
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Appreciating Haute Horology Movments

Consuming Haute Horology content has became one of my guilty pleasures lately. I will most likely never been in a position to own a piece such as thes...
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commented on Racerrad's WRUW

Do you mind if I ask for the reference number? It looks kinda like a 1500馃

commented on Hamilton Ventura Dune - Ridiculously Priced?

Yikes, it looks like a cheap toy. Especially compared to the movie prop, it鈥檚 like a poor reproduction.

Love Dune, and I鈥檓 a fan of Hamilton but this is a big fail 馃憥

commented on New Ball Watches

I love mine. I think the extra text is kinda unnecessary and prefer the previous model of the engineer pinoneer

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commented on Appreciating Haute Horology Movments

It is interesting how most of the significant changes in movement tech over the last 20 years have came from entry level brands. Mainly the Japanse, GS with the spring drive, then the Citizen group with their ultra high frequency movement and the electrostatic accutron movement.

Although at the top end, things have went crazy in both material processes and prices, they鈥檙e essentially just optimizing exhausting time keeping devices rather than making an new way to keep time.

commented on The Most Iconic Watch?

I think the correct answer is 鈥淩olex鈥

To me for something to be iconic, it has to be recognizable by average (non-watch) people purely by design. Everyone knows Rolex and recognizes them by design, they look at Sub or an OP and go 鈥渢hat鈥檚 a Rolex鈥. They don鈥檛 even know what the model name is but they know it鈥檚 a Rolex.

Whereas peope know Omega by name and not by design. In the post moon swatch era, maybe it鈥檚 a bit different but still鈥 don鈥檛 think the average person is able to look at a speed master and immediately recognize it as an omega without context.

The only other watch that I think comes close to Rolex in terms of icon status is the Tank. I think 30 years ago, it occupied a similar spot as a Rolex but as dress watches and fell in popularity and sports watches began to rise, the recognizability of the Tank has diminished.

commented on What is the price-point range that provides the most value?

Depends, new or vintage? Also are you talking objective market value or simply personal value?

If you鈥檙e taking a combination of all factors, I think under $3k is the sweet spot. You can still find new stuff that is produced using artisan techniques and get historically significant and rare pieces (for now) on the vintage markets

Personally, I think the $3000-$8000 the worst value- I think this narrative of this price range being 鈥済ood value鈥 is driven largely by the rise of YouTube/blogger enthusiast pretending to be watch deaIers and many people have drank the kool-aid鈥.

Think about it, this price point is occupied by(mostly)large corporate, established brands- at this price point you鈥檙e getting their entry level pieces, that are mass produced. Keep in mind, the entry level item almost always sells the most and hence a business will try and make them their most profitable鈥.which by default makes them inherently lower 鈥榲alue鈥 to the consumer.

So at the $3000-$8000 price point when you buy from an established brand you鈥檙e basically paying for the name on the watch.

commented on Why is the hunt better than the kill?

The part of the brain responsible for planing and really any rational thought has no capacity for emotion. Vise verse, the part of the brain responsible for planning and rational thought has no capacity for emotion.

Meaning, we can plan how we鈥檙e gonna act but not how we feel. Through trial and error, we get better at estimating how we will feel but it鈥檚 an unexact science.

Doubly so, dopamine(our motivational/feel good chemical) doesn鈥檛 just get released upon completion of tasks, actually the highest amount of dopamine come from the motivational stages, creating dopamine arcs that provide us energy to complete a task. Completing a task, although sees a slight up tick in dopamine initially, will always follow with a drop off.

So we are basically set up to fail because our brains suck at predicting emotion and the brain produces less feel good chemicals at the conclusion of the hunt. I鈥檓 sure this cycle evolved out of an evolutionary need to provide motivation to collect resources; but now that it鈥檚 not exactly necessary it gets expressed through weird ways like collecting.

That鈥檚 why almost everyone collects something and the hunt is almost always better than the kill.

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Watch Naming Nonsense: Rolex Oyster

Ah yes the Rolex Oyster鈥ne of the most iconic names in luxury goods, with staying power that has persisted for over 100 years, it shows no signs of s...
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What is the difference between an enthusiast and a collector?

I always like to say: enthusiast wear their watches while collectors think about their watches. Although a tad facetious, I say this from my own perso...
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Downsizing: enlightened thinking or trendy rehtoric?

Downsizing, meaning consolidating your collection into a more concentrated form seems to be a very hot topic in the watch community currently. If I had to cull my collection down to say 3 watches thes...
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Tudor IS a poor man鈥檚 Rolex

鈥nd there鈥檚 nothing wrong with that. First off let me say the phrase 鈥減oor man鈥檚 Rolex鈥 is (most likely) a phrase used by watch snobs to make themsel...
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It鈥檚 really that simple鈥

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5 things I learned this year as a watch collector:

You can鈥檛 compete with people who have more money than you but you can compete with your own imagination You can鈥檛 judge a person by their watch (but...