Los Angeles, CA
Watch expert & blogger. Owner of aBlogtoWatch.com and watch editor for various important publications.
@thornwood36 @aBlogtoWatch Fair enough. It is worn on the wrist but isn't something that tells the time. Sometimes I like to mix it up a bit - but no worries as this won't reduce our watch content.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech
@thornwood36 Because it makes for interesting conversation and I like to share what luxury companies are doing when it comes to wearable tech. I think it is useful to understand the evolving landscape.
2 days ago on Christophe & Co. Armill Is $150,000 Self-Powering Smart Bracelet Designed By Pininfarina With Upgradeable Tech
@Chaz_Hen Yea, there is no shortage of less than noble tactics that take place in the watch industry like there are in most other industries. Reporting on them is something we do from time to time when tempered with the notion of wanting to offer the best for consumers to help them make smart purchase decisions. There is a lot most consumers can see simply by shopping online for watches and being confused about the range of prices available for a lot of models. The gray market and related issues are constantly in flux, and one issue with covering them one year is that the next year the situation might be different. Also, while some of these issues allow consumers to exploit lower prices, they are actually bad for the industry because overall they increase retail prices. If I could say that we have a goal, it is to help retail prices match value propositions as well as possible. That means while it is nice to sometimes benefit from amazing prices, on a larger scale we don't like these more shady sides to the business because they increase costs for everyone and often result in poor customer experiences such as watches that are broken which the company will not fix, etc..
I do fully encourage people to share stories such as you did about their experiences and when we do take the time to cover some of these matters in a more in-depth way I want to make sure as many of the facts a possible are included as opposed to mere personal experience and information from a few interviews. Like everything having to do with huge price tags there is going to be the shiny external surface and a range of good and bad things on the inside. At the least they all make for good conversation.
1 week, 6 days ago on Unexpected Benefits Of Buying Watches From Authorized Dealers And Brand Boutiques
@picanello Of course.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F100 Watch Review
@MisterDeal Auction houses take massive fees on both ends. Anyone who feels that they can sell something themselves will never take something to an auction house.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on 58 New Old Stock Breitling Watches “Last Of The Joseph Iten Collection” On eBay For $125,000
@JosephW We wrote this in 2014, we often have a busy editorial calendar so we publish stuff sometimes a while after we produce it.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Ateliers DeMonaco Tourbillon “Xtreme Precision” Oculus Petite Minute Watch Hands-On
@DG Cayse @aBlogtoWatch It is a topic I would very much like to cover as I believe we should be providing watch options for as wide a group as possible. The most important thing when covering a watch story is that we need to have something to say - something that inspires us to write something. For me many of the more basic or affordable watches are suitable and simple, but really don't inspire me to feel anything. They are just watches, often bland, rarely remarkable. So when there are good lower-priced suggestions that have interesting things to talk about and are attractive - I do want to know about them for sure :)
3 weeks, 1 day ago on Hublot Watches Get The Mr. Brainwash Treatment In Miami
@DG Cayse If we get enough suggestions of quality watches under $500 then we would certainly do that. If you are finding enough we aren't talking about that are worth mentioning e-mail me and we can talk about it being your column - we'd be honored.
@trj66 Enjoy it and thanks for your spirited words. That means a lot to me.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos
@Jonaswinter Well thank you first time commenter for your perception. We waited until the Android app launch of the product to publish this and had met with Kevin long ago. You are of course free to consume what ever content you like and we appreciate your patronage of our older, larger, and more widely consumed website.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Kevin Rose Explains How He Got Into High-End Watches & Making The Watchville App For iOS & Android
@thornwood36 Not for all of our more seasoned watch lover readers of course. Think of it as food for watch newbies helping to make sense of this wide horological world.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Top 10 Gold Watches
@LapYoda The idea in putting this together was about watches that very well communicate the fact that someone is wearing a gold watch.
I should note that part of this experience comes from an important point: that I've seen all of these watches on people in the wild. That means I've been able to better evaluate their communicative effect. A. Patek Philippe Calatrava in my opinion is too subtle to really communicate this. If you are keen on showing off a watch in gold for gold's sake - in my opinion you "go big."
@Patrick Kansa @aBlogtoWatch Exactly like you guessed. "geezer" all the way.
4 weeks ago on IWC Portuguese Annual Calendar Watch With New Portugieser Name & Movement
@Patrick Kansa I agree. In English Portugieser sounds rather ugly. It is the German way of saying it that IWC went with.
@graham3 Kind of you to say. Enjoy.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book By Ariel Adams
@bichondaddy It was a model Hautlence had for a while that had been through the ringer. A prototype that apparently someone liked to abuse with joy.
1 month ago on Hautlence HL2.1 Watch Hands-On & HL2.5 Release
@Shawnnny Doesn't everyone?
@danielsyoga Glad everyone liked this. David and I had a great time reading these on Amazon and putting this article together. Sadly some of the older watches have been taken off the site but there are many amazing ones which are still there. Happy holidays all!
1 month ago on The Incredibly Funny Watch Reviews On Amazon.com
@SuperStrapper Isn't that a cool watch? The person wearing it said that they had Rolex put a different strap on it as the green one isn't exactly "stock."
1 month, 1 week ago on Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Car Show & Race Weekend With Rolex Watches
@Shawnnny Rolex does a good job of selling themselves without having to pay for it, lol. I need to check out that restaurant for sure next time. I miss the Monterey area already just by looking at my pictures.
@sasnak1 Thanks for the kind note and I am glad to be a part of your day.
@yrh0413 I assume the lume is the same or similar. Thanks.
1 month, 1 week ago on Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT SBGE015 Watch Hands-On
@foubourg I really like to meet collectors from all over the world and am fascinated about their psychology. I don't always have all the answers but I think the questions make for good conversation. Thanks for adding to the conversation!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mexico City’s Watch Show: What The SIAR Is Like
@Leestar1122 Thanks for the really nice comment. Happy to hear all that and that you connected with the article so well. Your comments are always welcome :)
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is Luxury Watch Marketing Failing?
@masqueman My pleasure!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Swiss Army Victorinox Dive Master 500 Mechanical Watch Review
@LapYoda I think you should start a winner's club. I mean over the years there have been a lot now.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on WATCH WINNER REVIEW: Minus-8 Layer
@Chaz_Hen @aBlogtoWatch I actually did bring up the topic of just making his own watches outright. I don't think Bamford is into the idea right now, but perhaps in the future!
2 months ago on Bamford Watch Department Customized Rolex Watches Hands-On & Thoughts
@Shawnnny Yes, I have many unpublished images that indicate what I am talking about, but I agree that it does not show up all the time. I think most people when talking about something like a customized Rolex will want to see it in person before making a purchase decision, and when examining the watches personally I found the coatings to feel pretty good. Perhaps I was comparing them to the coatings on other customized watches that don't always look as sharp for sure!
@Shawnnny My motive was to present an analog people might be able to relate to, but no comparison is perfect right? When it comes to watches pretty much ANY modification you make will invalidate the warranty save perhaps for changing a strap. Thanks again for the input.
@WimadS @SuperStrapper It is true that there was some development but it wasn't what post people would consider true full color e-ink and if you see nothing was ever really destined to come to market. Someday!
2 months ago on Sony FES Watch Re-Introduces You To E-Ink
@alvinblin Thanks so much. We will meet again for sure!
2 months ago on The World’s Most Expensive Watches Book Party Photos
@Shawnnny I see what you are saying about the coatings and I think some of that might be the photography. I say this because I've photographed a lot of PVD and DLC coated cases in my time and what you are seeing is not uncommon even among the best of the best. It appears that the coating is uneven which result from how light hits in some ways. All I can say is that to the naked eye they don't exactly appear this way (at least not to me) and that this isn't uncommon among "factory" coatings. Though I can totally appreciate how from some perspectives the business practice might not be something you want to subscribe to. I think it was still important to profile what Bamford does given that the entire Rolex modifying industry is so large and still sort of underground.
@Chaz_Hen Interesting that you feel that way is I see it a bit different. Bamford doesn't seem to create any stories to put a myth behind the brand and they are pretty open where their work is done. No ETA involved here. I do get why some people can be put off by the work from a company like Bamford, and each person is entitled to come to their own conclusion of course. But from where I am sitting the Bamford process is pretty straight forward and the marketing element is more about how they believe their stuff is cool rather than putting a backstory to it.
@Shawnnny It is possible that I am not totally up to date on all the matters related to automobile modifications and you are of course correct when it comes to mere cosmetic changes. Though in observational experience I've seen that people who mechanically modify a car are not exactly met with open arms at their dealerships. Thanks for clarifying!
@watchit Thanks so much. Will have to do that. It is important to keep this as an ongoing conversation so that as many facts as possible present themselves. In the end I simply want consumers to make smart decisions and for there to be fairness in pricing across the board.
2 months ago on 10 Things You Should Know About Wrist Watch Auctions
@mgennone Yes, that is true. Authenticity is something that is difficult to ensure without a certificate from a manufacturer stating that something is totally original - and that isn't something that is always possible to get.
@watchit Proxy bidding is a good concept in theory but it does have the potential of being abused, and it is abused since it is difficult to regulate/police.
The skilled writers who prepare the text used to describe serious watch auction lots do a great job at making the most of the facts and ensuring that the watches sound extremely interesting. These are certainly good to read but their interest is in making the watches sound as valuable as possible and these aren't places for collectors to get more well-rounded explanations of a watch.
Watch auction houses have become very powerful because in a way they help frame the discussion of vintage watches. This is because the pool of collectors has increased but the sophistication level among them hasn't necessarily matched that of the auction houses. In a more pure market the sophistication of the buyers and sellers would be matched. This ensures much more fairness, but right now the sellers are in many instances more sophisticated which has by default allowed many to do the natural thing and exploit knowledge inequalities.
@watchit Thanks for the note and I appreciate your participation in the conversation a lot. When it comes to giving advice it is difficult to make "rules" like "no watch will ever make a good financial investment." That isn't a correct statement because there are rare instances when pieces might make good financial investments. What I think is more correct is to say (as I attempted to) is that statistically speaking wrist watches make poor financial investments compared to the alternative most of the time based on available historical data.
You mention a situation when someone has a cash heavy portfolio. I don't know what percentage of people who consider themselves investors to have portfolios that are mostly cash but I understand that this is generally considered to be a bad idea so almost anything to help diversify would be useful. Given the fear of inflation I believe that most investors have 30% or less cash are part of their portfolios, so I wonder what that demographic is like.
So while there are always going to be statistical anomalies and especially talented collectors/investors I still subscribe to the belief the watches are best as personal luxuries and for enjoyment rather than investment.
A larger issue that I have is that the whole movement to make watches investment pieces is drastically inflating prices across the board. Prices in my opinion have moved very far from their inherent values which makes the watch market very susceptible to bursting like a bubble. It is true that many auction houses are going to take issue with my conclusions, but I feel that the market will lead to better value and stability over the long run when bubbles like this aren't created. Call me conservative in this respect if you must.
@Chaz_Hen Our pleasure. Glad people find value in it. I think you'd be surprised the gravitas a simple blog article can bring in the long run.
@SuperStrapper Yes, I do enjoy the occasional glass of fine brown spirits.
2 months ago on aBlogtoWatch Reader Joins Us For Watch Weekend In Los Angeles
@Shawnnny In my career I might die from a terminal case of horological blue balls given all the dangerous exposure.
@SantiagoT @aBlogtoWatch Whats a mere 84 hours a week when I can have ALL THIS?!
2 months ago on Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic PAM572 Watch And New In-House P.4000 Movement Hands-On
@SantiagoT @aBlogtoWatch I work on your hours! How else would we have time to speak? :)
@SantiagoT David was good enough to write up this article but the wrist shots are mine. On the wrist the Panerai PAM572 feels pretty nice and actually more wearable than 44mm wide Luminor models that are more thick. My only grievance (aside from the reflection-happy crystal) are the lugs that seem to stick out too much thereby making the watch seem larger. If Panerai wanted to break its own mold a bit and curve the lugs down more the watch would wear a lot better.
@QQbaby Oh hey again. Another fake e-mail and new name - so you won't even see the response. Keep on trying to make some type of point.
2 months, 1 week ago on HourTime Show Watch Podcast Episode 167: Should You Pay Attention To Watch Auctions?
@iamcalledryan Yea, I have to work on that. I have no idea. It has been a nightmare trying to find a good software and hardware combo to record sound even though I am using good equipment.
@chenpofu @aBlogtoWatch @Jimxxx Yes of course, but to be honest that minor dial difference eluded me while doing the piece.
2 months, 1 week ago on Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watches Hands-On
@Jimxxx Oh yes - totally deserving of a different model name :) Thanks for pointing that out by the way.
@Chaz_Hen You are correct that fairy tales sell watches. Ask the auction houses and they will tell you.
@AMS168 Thanks for the comment!
2 months, 1 week ago on Rolex GMT Master II Day/Night 116710 BLNR Watch For 2013 Hands-On