Why do I buy a watch? Well, it has to have a charm and appeal that would make me want to look at it many times a day, and I do not mean to get the time.
I recently spent several hours going through my Watchtime magazines dating back from early 2015 to present. I’d like to make one observation and submit two requests. What I’ve observed is that you’ve taken note of the wishes from the “Readers’ Forum” over the years asking for a more broad range of reviews. No longer focused only on timepieces costing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, you’ve incorporated numerous articles and reviews about watches that are reasonably priced. ank you!
If possible, could you please add reference numbers to the watches in more of your articles? You do for in-depth reviews but, for example, in your April 2018 issue, in the “Portfolio – World Records” [“Record Breakers”] and “Entry-level Models” [“Ticking Admission Tickets”] articles there are no reference numbers to be found. Lastly, when your article mentions a transparent caseback or differing bracelets/straps, could you please show them? ank you for your consideration and keep up the great work. J. Miller Tunis, Tunisia
How about an article related to why collectors acquire the watches that become their collection? And within that, how about some discussion about watch case size? I read many watch forums and collectors are constantly making decisions about watches based on case size. For example, a collector might say, “My wrist is 6.5 inches and I can’t wear a watch over 40-mm case size.” at collector is not aware that case size fitting a wrist is not just about overall case size. I wrote you earlier about including lug-to-lug dimensions when reviewing watches as that will give collec- tors a more realistic sense of how a watch will fit. I believe this type of article would be helpful to most collectors.
As always, I continue to enjoy the magazine and have every issue since the beginning in 1999. anks so much.
Inside a Gearhead (I)
I read with interest the Jeff Kingston interview [June 2018, “A Look Inside a Gearhead”] and his comments about real watchmaking related to movement development and those of us in the watch collector group having a better understanding of creativity within the brands vs. a rehash of previous ideas. I find that a lot of the discussion about watch movements leaves me hollow, as that seems to be the factor that for many decides the quality of a watch. For many of us, the watches at the highest price points are not attainable but mainly beyond that is why someone enjoys and values their watch. Case design, dial design, size of the watch, engineering and many more factors contribute to the decision-making process. Many watches from micro-brands come in at much lower price points and have many features and allure that reasonably compare to established Swiss brands.
Why do I buy a watch? Well, it has to have a charm and appeal that would make me want to look at it many times a day, and I do not mean to get the time. ese are mini pieces of art in my opinion and they connect to us on an emotional level. To me, the dial is very important. e intricacy of the watch’s overall design, and the beauty of the piece and how that translates into my life are all important factors related to the watches I consider making part of my collection. I see the watch movement as only one piece within the decision-making process. Stephen Kirsch Ashland, MA
Inside a Gearhead (II)
I’m a subscriber of Watchtime. I just finished your story on Jeff Kingston [June 2018]. Great interview! ank you! Keep it up. Hope to say hello in person sometime.