Rolex owner Mark Ewart used an unorthodox technique to thwart a mugger after his treasured timepiece. Mr. Ewart threw his Rolex into the roof of a nearby building. Luckily, the hood didn’t follow through on his threat to stab Mr. Ewart. But make no mistake: whether you’re in a “developing country” or Basildon, England, Rolex robbers are out there, somewhere. Saying that . . .
Today is International Women’s Day. In case the woke media hasn’t give you the 411, it’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Of which there are many. A list that doesn’t include writing for The Truth About Watches (ping me!), a blog that hasn’t featured any women’s watches. Some of that’s because . . .
The Truth About Watches has been reporting on the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak on the watch industry since it first reared its ugly head in December. HoDinkee’s been predictably silent on the subject – given their closerthanthis relationship with the main playas. Post Baselworld cancellation, HoDinkee can’t ignore the story. They’re ridiculously late to the party, but they brought some interesting info . . .
Coronageddon claimed Watches and Wonders and Baselworld. Both held off on deep-sixing their events as long as they could. Shortly after they pulled the plug – and not-so-coincidentally – the Swiss government banned all large-scale public gatherings. So that’s that. And then a conglomerate of Swiss watchmakers decided to create a new event with limited-size groups: Geneva Watch Days. Here’s part of their press release . . .
“The coronavirus is keeping Chinese tourists away from its London boutiques, British retailer Watches of Switzerland said,” reuters.com reports, “but local demand for Rolex sales is so strong it is making up for the decline.” And once that demand is satisfied? The Asian Rolex market’s coronavirus-caused disappearance spells good news for people waiting for a Rolex, bad news for Rolex resale . . .