Study Shows That Yes, People Who Wear Watches Really Are Superior Humans, HoDinkee.com proclaims. The headline over Jack Foster’s article raises a few interesting questions. Why no scare quotes around the word “superior”? Does Mr. Foster “do” irony? And how bogus is this University of Glasgow, College of Science & Engineering study? It seems Mr. Foster forgot his grain of salt . . .
Earlier this year, Patek Philippe announced it wouldn’t be introducing any “novelties” for 2020. No surprise there. Why stimulate demand and spend precious marketing money in a Coronageddon sales void? Watchpro.com reports that the Swiss watchmaker is reversing course. Patek Philippe dealers will get new-for-2020 product. What’s that all about? . . .
As a new pocket watch collector, I’m wandering around at the bottom of the learning curve, looking up at a high mountain. My journey so far includes writing sales copy for Jeff at The Pocket Watch Guy and working with Brendan at Frett Clockworks to restore my watches to their former glory. And reading history. And screwing up, big time. Here are three ways you can kill a pocket watch . . .
Why is it nearly impossible to buy a steel sports watch from Rolex, Patek and Audemars Piguet? Quill & Pad (writing that ampersand makes me die inside) offered some excellent insight into steel sports watch scarcity. I’m not going to excerpt it. It’s worth reading in its entirety – at least after you get past GaryG’s wealth braggadocio. Towards the end . . .
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas was late to the luxury steel sports watch party. Even as the Patek Philippe Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak made their mark, the oldest surviving Swiss watch manufacturer saw its strengths elsewhere. In a way, the Vacheron Constantin 222 of the 1970’s was a reaction to its competition. Unlike its peers, Gerald Genta’s pen had nothing to do with it . . .