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.

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More Va­ri­ety

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

More Specs

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.

Ken Ni­chols

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