One thing that watch companies don’t pay enough attention to is the used watch market. Watch companies are mostly focused on selling new watches, but at the same time, they face competition from the used market. For every watch collector and lover that swears by buying watches new, there is another that will insist on only buying used. And this week, we are going to take a deeper look at China and how we could be on the cusp of a pre-owned watch sales boom.
Moving on from used watches, we also explore the debate on whether "fashion house" watches by brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Ralph Lauren hold muster when compared to brands that are exclusively dedicated to watchmaking. Our Ariel Adams and James Stacey take the two opposing sides in our latest "Point/Counterpoint" article.
1. Interview With Ariel Adams Of aBlogtoWatch On His Personal Watch Collection By Founder Of Crown & Caliber
Ever wondered what watches are in the private collections of the people who write and maintain aBlogtoWatch? Wonder no more. Because in this video, you’ll see some of the watches from the personal collection of none other than the founder of our site, Ariel Adams. Besides showing watches from his collection, he also shares the story behind some of them and also explains his reasons for adding certain watches to his collection.
2. Is China About To Experience A Massive Pre-Owned Watch Sales Boom?
The past decade or so has been a very successful and profitable one for the watch industry. With so many watches being sold in the past couple of years, many brands racked up record profits and expanded at a lightning rate. Much of this has to do with China. For the most part, the watch media has been very focused on new watches, but a thought that we would like to raise is what would happen and what would it be like if these watches, that were bought in large numbers by the Chinese, began to be put on the second-hand market as the Chinese economy slows. Think about that for a moment.
3. Bell & Ross BR 03-93 GMT Watch Hands-On
The simplest things are often the hardest to do. Not everyone is a fan of square watches, but it is undeniable that insofar as square watches are concerned, it is hard to think about them without thinking of Bell & Ross. And I admire Bell & Ross for that - turning a simple square design into a modern icon of watchmaking. The BR 03-93 GMT is their latest GMT watch, and I think that it is a very handsome piece.
4. Cartier Calibre De Cartier Diver Blue Watch Hands-On
Cartier is renowned for its elegant watches and this elegance permeates everything that they do. Even their tough-as-nails ISO-certified dive watch, the Calibre de Cartier Diver, is sophisticated and dignified, quite unlike most other dive watches. Blue is one of the most popular colors in the horological world. And this year, Cartier released a new blue version of the Calibre de Cartier Diver watch. It is remarkable how colors can completely alter the look, feel, and vibe of a watch, and this is probably Cartier’s most fun watch yet.
5. Lepsi Watch Analyzer Review
So you just got your first chronometer-certified watch and you want to know if it really keeps time as the specifications promise. What do you do? You could do it the old-fashion way, which is to set it against an atomic-synced clock and then count its gains or losses. For most users, it is a fairly good way of measuring your watch’s accuracy and precision, but it isn’t the best. If you are serious about timekeeping, then you want the Lepsi Watch Analyzer. It’s a high-tech device that measures your watch’s performance and then collates the data into an app on your iOS or Android device. It even measures your watch’s performance in six positions. You know you want one.
6. Point/Counterpoint: ‘Fashion House’ Watches For Men?
In the past couple of years, we have seen more fashion houses entering the watch business, and by “fashion houses” I mean brands such as Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton who don’t necessarily have a long history in watchmaking. This is a contentious point amongst many watch collectors and lovers. Some see these brands as trying to make a quick buck, or that making watches is just another platform for their branding exercise; while others believe that these brand offer something different and refreshing, and that some of them make truly great watches. Which side are you on?