Cynicism and watch collecting

I recently watched a TED Talk by Professor Jamil Zaki, a Stanford neuroscientist. Worth watching the talk, but I wanted to explore a few of the concepts he discussed. In particular he talked about the learnings from a study of two Brazilian fishing villages which I found particularly fascinating, and which I wanted to connect with watch collecting.

A short story about amassing wealth

I attended a conference this week and met a young fellow who, I went on to discover, was worth over £100m. He told me the insane story of how he got this wealth, and thought I would share it with you.

The power of regret – book summary and discussion

It would seem that we tend to be coached both directly and indirectly that we would be wise to live a life with no regrets, and so, we tend to reframe everything with a silver lining, so we can avoid regret altogether. Daniel H. Pink, author of the new book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, reckons this is “dead wrong”! (Not sure I fully agree, but anyway!)

Happiness versus Relief

What is the difference between happiness and relief, and how does this apply to watch collecting? This is a discussion about our inner-critic, and our inner-cheerleader – along with some thoughts about pursuing lasting joy; not only when it comes to watch collecting, but life in general.

Why every budding watch collector needs a mentor

There are many watch collectors who have been collecting for several decades, and have seen and experienced countless watches over the years. Particularly in today’s hype market, this fact is more relevant now than ever before… because these more experienced collectors have had the privilege of experiencing the watches without all the associated ‘noise’ that comes with hype. They have a perspective which many will fail to gain through experience today. This post is about why budding collectors should seek their advice and learn from these veterans.

Do you like the idea more than the reality?

As we collect, we find ourselves seeking advice and opinions from those around us. Inevitably, we might receive so much positive external input about a watch that the idea of owning it seems too good to ignore… and against our own better judgement, we fall into the trap of succumbing to this idea of owning that particular watch… only to find we don’t really enjoy owning it at all.