For all intents and purposes, the Kardashians own Instagram. @kyliejenner has 144m followers. That’s roughly half of the U.S. population. If you’re a watchmaker looking to promote your product with a post on Ms. Jenner’s account, that’ll run you $1m plus. Plus a watch. Any watch Ms. Jenner wants. Four? Ten? Who knows. One thing I do know . . .
My name is Robert Farago and I’m a watch addict. No surprise there; I’ve started a watch blog. And I’ve got to say it’s doing nothing to get the horological monkey off my back, and everything to make the little bastard bounce off the walls like Robin Williams during major coke binge. So anyway, a new feature debuts: Need Want of the Day. It’s that little guy on the left . . .
“Under bursts of rain and occasional rumbles of thunder, protesters packed the streets in several areas of Hong Kong on Saturday,” The New York Times reports, “days after both the demonstrators and the police came under criticism for taking violence and mayhem to new levels.” Not a great time or place to sell a luxury watch then. And that has major repercussions for the international watch business . . .
Timex makes some of the best-looking three-hand watches three-martini lunch money can buy. Their designers have an uncanny ability channel the brand’s “takes a licking and keeps on ticking” DNA into modern yet classic designs. The new-for-fall Timex Waterbury Automatics are no exception . . .
I recently posted on the “controversial” Bremont Wright Flyer, a limited edition watch that contains a bit of fabric from the Wright Brother’s first-in-flight airplane. It’s not the first watch to incorporate a piece of something else in its construction. Here’s one from a slightly faster and definitely meaner airplane . . .