With the vacations behind us and the beginning of a brand new yr to sit up for, it’s time to make some resolutions. Everyone knows the standard new yr’s resolutions about getting wholesome, spending extra time with our households, and all that boring stuff, however what concerning the issues that actually matter? After all, I’m speaking about watch accumulating right here. That is what the members of the aBlogtoWatch workforce have vowed to do in 2022.
After all, we additionally wish to hear what your resolutions are, so depart them within the feedback. We want everybody a cheerful new yr (*insert cork pop*), and right here’s to 2022!
From a collector’s perspective, the final yr has been decidedly extra form to small, agile watch manufacturers than to the bigger manufacturers and large teams. That is very true in the case of product availability and advertising and marketing finesse. As a collector, I try to take probably the most curiosity within the manufacturers that take probably the most curiosity in me. I discover that working with corporations that seem to “need my cash” (versus those that don’t seem to care) results in extra satisfying carrying experiences but in addition extra consolation and pleasure as a shopper of timepieces. 2020 and, actually, 2021, had been typified by some main manufacturers receiving outsized curiosity in some or all of their merchandise. This created a market during which getting these watches was each irritating and costly for a lot of customers — and I don’t assume too many collectors benefitted, consequently.
The issue in coping with main watch manufacturers during the last two years or so is that doing so results in an excessive amount of frustration within the passion. Getting watches you possibly can purchase and afford is what folks needs to be doing. When the hype or investor sentiment bleeds into our house, I don’t see us, as collectors, profitable. All that occurs is that individuals are actually requested to spend more cash and vitality on shopping for the very same merchandise. I don’t see that as a win for hobbyists. For these hyper-focused on “worth retention,” I ask one easy query: Are you actually going to promote that Rolex you simply labored so exhausting to “earn?” Most likely not. Other than the pleasure that carrying a “theoretically extra useful” product in your wrist gives, is there really a extra enhanced carrying expertise due to all of the hype? Not likely. So, my decision in 2022 is to higher ignore these watch manufacturers which can be ignoring me and in addition not advertising and marketing to my demographic. Shopping for a watch is meant to be a feel-good expertise, not an train in irritating denial or insecurity. So, when a model isn’t fascinated by a buyer like me, I make a degree to search out different manufacturers (and there are loads) who’re fascinated by my consideration. Doing so merely will increase the happiness that always comes with new timepiece acquisitions and I hope proves good recommendation for others locally.
Hmm, this can be a good one. All through 2021, I’ve carried out a completely excellent job at resisting the varied temptations of impulse purchases — a lot in order that I’ve made none! I actually am proud to have exercised such reserve, and that’s for 2 causes — one boring and one moderately extra thrilling. The boring cause is the pandemic that made me wish to train larger warning. The thrilling cause is the transition that I acknowledged in how I respect watches: During the last year-and-a-half, I’ve been drifting away from impulse purchases or purchases I’d identified I used to be making for the enjoyable of short-term experiences and towards the fun of long-term possession.
In different phrases, my decision for 2022 is that if I had been to buy a watch (new or pre-owned), it was to be a keeper, ideally for all times. I wish to have a small assortment of watches which can be to operate form of like tattoos: “timestamps” from sure intervals of my life. It might be cool to have a collection of tangible gadgets, every representing my style, my selection of apparel, my monetary standing, and so forth, at totally different occasions. So, there. Spend not on passing fancies, however on a watch that you would be able to take a look at and say, “This was me in 2022.”
Till just lately, I used to be admittedly boorish in my perspective towards “smaller” watches, however I’ve come to be taught simply how unsuitable I used to be. I’m now discovering myself tantalized by the prospect of carrying a 36.5mm case (not the Grand Seiko seen above which is 37.3mm) and, at this level, I’m simply grateful to only understand the error of my methods. So, for 2022, I’m not going to write down something off as being “too small.” In actual fact, I wish to begin calling out watches which can be disproportionately huge extra typically. I imply, how typically will we see a watch in a 42mm case with a motion made for a 38mm? On a regular basis, and it’s a nasty look.
Oh, and extra titanium watches.
Yearly, I resolve to personal “fewer, higher” issues, however yearly, come December, I discover myself with a number of extra watches than days of the week, and it’s an issue that doesn’t appear to be going away anytime quickly. If I had been to tie myself down on a correct decision, although, it will be to focus my accumulating vitality round compelling tales and fascinating folks within the trade, moderately than simply fascinating merchandise — in any case, we had been in no obvious scarcity of the latter in 2021. Apart from, in the case of this fascinating little area of interest nook of the world, we’re nothing with out the those who encourage us — and till somebody makes a sporty and easy-wearing worldtimer that doesn’t break the financial institution, I feel my focus is ready.
It’s been a curler coaster of a yr for my very own assortment, with main new arrivals balanced out by way more gross sales than I anticipated, and by the tip of the yr, the tempo of all of it has began to put on on me. With that in thoughts, my decision going into 2022 is “much less, however higher.” I’m going to make an effort to restrict myself to not more than two watch purchases for the yr and compromise much less on what I really need. So, for 2022, I’m focusing totally on a number of potential additions — the Cartier Pasha, the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, and the traditional Heuer Autavia Viceroy.
On condition that I’ve been on this passion for a very long time, and given the state of the world proper now, I can’t say I’ve any concrete watch-collecting resolutions in thoughts. If something, I really feel the identical means I’ve for the previous couple of years — and that’s to be extra discerning and solely purchase what I really like. All of us want to chop down on excesses.
I’ll admit that I sometimes don’t strategy watch accumulating with something resembling a plan. In any respect. The closest factor to a rule I’ve is a bastardization of the KISS precept, on this case by preserving it small. This rule is partially philosophical — I hate proudly owning issues I don’t use — however principally sensible. My watch-collecting funds are restricted, so if one thing is available in, one thing else has gotta go. The draw back to this strategy is that it’s led to a good bit of flipping over time. I’ve no regrets (nicely, not many) since I’ve been capable of discover fascinating watches, refine my tastes, and never lose an excessive amount of cash alongside the way in which, particularly since I typically purchase used. Nevertheless, frequent shopping for, and particularly promoting, loses its enchantment moderately shortly. In 2022, my purpose is so as to add a single, well-considered watch to the gathering with the intention of it remaining in perpetuity. There are some sturdy contenders (and hopefully one or two I can usher in for assessment earlier than making a choice), however my plan is to take it gradual, do some critical contemplation, and keep away from the fixed purchase-and-purge cycle. A minimum of, I’ll attempt.
In 2022, I’d like to hold ahead my aforementioned behavior of carrying a unique watch each single day. I’m additionally going to make an effort to put on every thing I personal, even the bizarre stuff I purchased on a international eBay a decade in the past beneath questionable circumstances. That being mentioned, I feel it’s additionally time to skinny the herd, not less than a bit. (Is that my spouse over my shoulder crying joyful tears?) The watches which can be hardest to select up and placed on have most likely earned that standing for a cause, and I feel it’s time to search out new loving house owners for a number of of these. And eventually, the older I get, the extra I understand one of the vital essential truths in watch accumulating: Completely nobody cares what’s in your wrist. Yet one more time for the fellows within the again, nobody cares! With that in thoughts, I shall endeavor to put on what I like, with out regard for what’s cool or what another snarky fanatic may say. It’s about enjoyable on the finish of the day, and after the final couple of years, particularly, I feel we’re all prepared for some extra enjoyable.