This post sets out the ‘state of play’ in the world of watches and provides some food for thought to any budding horologist who might find themselves going down the rabbit hole.
This is a post about the concept of ‘positive psychology’ drawing on the work of Martin Seligman, and a few ways to apply the concepts to watch collecting.
Dr. Robert Lustig, Emeritus Professor at the University of California, wrote a book entitled “The Hacking of the American Mind”. He discusses “Pleasure vs Happiness”… and talks about how these two concepts are VERY different. I will discuss some of his content, and try and relate it to watch collecting.
The horizon, unlike the equator or North Pole, isn’t a static property or location on Earth. It is a local phenomenon, where the convexity of the earth limits visibility distance. If you take a 6ft tall person for example… their ‘visible distance’ would stretch just over 3 miles (~5km); whereas a bird flying at an altitude of 1 mile would have visibility stretching about 100 miles in every direction. Read on, to figure out what this has to do with watches!
All watches are not for everyone… that’s the beauty of our hobby. If you don’t like a watch, that’s your business. If you’d like to offer feedback to the watchmaker or company selling the watch, that’s obviously a good thing, and they ought to appreciate it. Just remember that you’re dealing with people sometimes, and these people have emotions just like you do. It would behoove you to check yourself before delivering your opinions and feedback. Except for Hublot – those are just shit 🙂
Have you noticed how watch collectors seem to refer to their hobby as a disease? Why is that? Many collectors will attest to the fact that no matter how ‘grail worthy’ a new purchase may be, they always seem to tire of it eventually. Why is that?