Some People Just Don’t Understand Watch-Collecting Addicts

 |  April 22nd, 2014

By David Dadian, watch collector, NJ “So, what is your favorite watch?” My friend asks knowing I have many. He sees the IWC catalog in my office and just shakes his head. “Why would anyone wear a watch that costs as much or more than a car?”  As he flips through a watch magazine, he comes across a Blancpain Le Brassus Tourbillion and exclaims, “Really? A $5 million watch! More than a house, more than a few houses! Who would wear this?”  I sit back in my chair listening to his rant, then say: “Anyone acquiring one most certainly has a hell of a lot more than $ 5mil in the bank. “ He responds with:  “So this person would…

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Watch Collectors Voice Opinions, Wish Lists and More

 |  April 22nd, 2014

You may recall that just about a week ago, we announced here  that we would be launching a new section: Watch Collectors’ Corner. Rather than have one single perspective from an in-house resident watch lover, we opt for breadth.  Beginning this month – in fact starting today – we begin our monthly Collectors’ Corner, wherein readers share their thoughts on a variety of watches, watch collecting and other issues in the watch world that keep them pondering.  The first such contributions actually began in January as a quiet launch  as watch lover Alex Lam  talked about his love affair with watches here. We are excited about having our collector readers on board monthly to voice their opinions and offer their…

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Independent, Family Run Companies Offer Mega Advantages: Introducing our Collector’s Corner

 |  April 11th, 2014

When we first created ATimelyPerspective just about three years ago, we knew we wanted to put our 30-plus years of experience in the watch industry to good use (For more about this see our “About” column here.). We wanted to keep the site focused on original content that offers watch education, reviews, and insightful moments in time with celebrities, sports stars and industry executives, and more. We have done exactly that, offering you- our watch collectors and lovers – strong journalistic content day after day that brings you behind the scenes and keeps you constantly up to date. As a  family owned and operated site, we do something different here: we involve the family.   Both of my young adult children…

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We’re Officially Back: BaselWorld 2014, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 |  April 7th, 2014

This was a particularly long trip f or me. It always is. Basel is an eight-day marathon test of endurance of strength and memory. This year, however, I also went a week early to Europe to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Bulgari (we’ll bring you more about that here soon).  So, two and a half weeks later, we return to the USA – intent on bringing all the news that’s fit to print (and maybe a little that is not).  Here we indulge in giving you highlights of the sheer dimensions and scope of BaselWorld. For those who already know and have visited BaselWorld, we posted an insider’s view a little earlier thanks to a Guest Editorial from watch veteran,…

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Collectors Hooked on Swatch Watches

 |  March 6th, 2014

Just about four months ago, I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris and Switzerland with Breguet. (You can read about that trip here, here and here.)   One particular night during that trip, I met a gentleman wearing tomato-soup-red pants and sporting a Swatch watch on his wrist. We got to talking and – turns out – the gentleman is an avid Swatch watch collector. A big collector who has hundreds of  Swatch watches. We got to talking. You see, I remember when Swatch was born in 1983. It was a top-level executive at ETA, Ernst Thomke, who led  a team of enthusiastic engineers to consider making the caseback of the watch the movement plate. The idea was to garner…

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