Five things we learned about watches

Our pan­el­lists dis­cussed the in­ner work­ings of the cur­rent mar­ket, touch­ing on the best in­vest­ments, the strong­est brands and most de­sir­able mod­els to buy right now

Esquire (UK) - - Esquire Townhouse with Dior -

The cus­tomer is bet­ter in­formed “Peo­ple come in the store with great knowl­edge, and the level of de­sire is greater. They do know what the cool watches are now. The dif­fer­ence in sup­ply and de­mand of qual­ity watches is prob­a­bly at its great­est-ever point.” Brian Duffy, CEO, Au­rum Hold­ings In­vest in an old chrono

“Cool Six­ties chrono­graphs, well-made and a good size (it’s got to be wear­able): ev­ery­one’s get­ting on board. It’s a good, healthy mar­ket. Or buy a Rolex GMT

675 with a Pepsi bezel; you’re golden.” Chris Youé, The Watch Club Cus­tomi­sa­tion is on the rise

“At the big watch shows, they al­ways say it’s go­ing to be the year of in­de­pen­dents, be­cause they can move quickly, and that’s where my per­son­al­i­sa­tion came in.”

Ge­orge Bam­ford, founder, Bam­ford Watch Depart­ment They’re ad­dic­tive “They might not know it but ev­ery­one wants a watch. Have one you want two… have two you want three. Once you get hooked, un­der­stand the sto­ries, the her­itage, the crafts­man­ship, the brand, that’s what you’ll go for and you’ll love it.” Brian Duffy They are the de­tails peo­ple no­tice

“The watch is like a car for your wrist. Men view watches as a form of sta­tus, and there’s an el­e­ment of in­di­vid­u­al­ity there, of ex­pres­sion of your style.

And that’s why

I like them.”

Toby Bate­man, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Mr Porter

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