Happy New Year! We begin 2015 by looking at back at the top read articles on aBlogtoWatch. Next, we take a lighthearted look at some of the funniest user reviews of watches that we found on Amazon. We also report on our Fantasy Secret Santa Anti-Gift-Guide Watch Gifting Experiment, where we picked watches for our colleagues at aBlogtoWatch and asked them to respond on the watches that were “gifted” to them. Finally, we also offer tips on how you can trade your watches.
And if you thinking of celebrating the new year with a new sports watch, we got the perfect article for you – an in-depth look comparing two absolute titanic sport watches, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus. We also know that many of our readers love to browse watches on eBay, and while the selection on eBay is indeed great, buying online does have its pitfalls. Thankfully, we came across a guide with some good tips on how you can shop safely on eBay.
1. The Great Team ABTW Holiday 2014 Fantasy Secret Santa Anti-Gift-Guide Watch Gifting Experiment
What’s Christmas without gifts? Ok fine, we did not actually give out watches for this article, but virtual gifts count too right? Anyhow, the point of this article was to pick watches to “gift” to another aBlogtoWatch colleague and have them share their response to their “gift.” Was it a watch they like? If so, why do they like it; and if not, why do they dislike it? There are some really interesting choices inside and while some were hits, some were misses. Find out what we thought about our watch “gifts.”
2. How To Trade Watches Versus Buying Them
Make no bones about it, watch collecting is an expensive hobby. And unless you are a big shot Wall Street-type banker or a Middle Eastern oil sheik, chances are, you have to set aside a limited budget for this hobby. Unfortunately, as most of us are only too aware, there are just so many watches out there that we want. A workaround to this conundrum is trading – taking a watch you no longer want and exchanging for something else that you do. But how can you do it effectively? We share some pointers.
3. Top 10 Watch Blog Articles Of 2014
A round-up within a round-up? What sorcery is this? Jokes aside, this post takes a look at the most read articles in 2014 on our blog. Clearly, Rolex is on the minds of many of our readers and it also seems that many of our readers are fearful of a zombie apocalypse. One of the surprise entries in this round-up, for me at least, is Van Cleef and Arpels’ Midnight Planetarium watch, which I think is a seriously underrated watch and deserves more recognition for its design and complication. I’m glad to see that many readers feel the same way too.
4. Top 10 Editor’s Choice Watch Articles Of 2014
In the earlier entry, we highlighted the top 10 most widely read articles on aBlogtoWatch. In this entry, allow us to toot our horns a little as we highlight the top 10 articles that we feel were amongst the most insightful and interesting that we have written and also those that have generated the most heated discussions. Here you will find our analysis of Rolex prices over the years, our trip to Richard Mille’s high tech manufacture, a detailed look at the history of dive watches, and more. You do not want to miss the stories in here.
5. The Incredibly Funny Watch Reviews On Amazon.com
You can buy almost anything on Amazon and one of the reasons why it is so successful is that it has built a website that is easy to use and also allows for a high degree of user interaction. An example of this is the user review function, which allows users to leave comments for products that they have purchased. Although this feature certainly has good intentions, not everyone has taken the review section seriously, and here are some of the funniest watch reviews that we have seen on Amazon.
6. Piaget Altiplano 900P “World’s Thinnest Mechanical Watch” Hands-On
Piaget is renowned for its ultra-thin watches and early last year at SIHH, it announced the Altiplano 900P, which set a new record for thinnest mechanical watch in the world. By integrating the movement into the caseback, Piaget succeeded in creating a watch with a total case thickness of just 3.65mm. And by the looks of it, it will take a lot to usurp it.