Innovation and watchmaking

About a month ago, Erik Hoel wrote a post about how the decline in great minds has been caused by ‘aristocratic tutoring’ being replaced by ordinary education. This post tries to connect this idea with ‘geniuses’ in watchmaking, and what that means for the future of watchmaking innovation.

NFTs and watches

Watches and NFTs might seem like a pointless combination; after all, we enjoy wearing the watches we own, so what’s the point of having a digital version? In this post, I dig into NFTs and conduct a few thought experiments and draw some analogies with the success of the famous Bored Ape Yacht Club.

Do you miss depreciation?

I recently had a fascinating conversation with “D” @doobooloo about his new Furlan Marri watches, contrasting them (perhaps surprisingly) with his new R. W. Smith “micro architectural wonderland” which he recently took delivery of, after a 5 year wait! We then got onto the topic of how depreciation has changed the collecting mindset… and this post gives us a glimpse into collecting in what I call the “endgame league” – I’m sure D will disagree! I hope you enjoy the perspectives.

Will the Apple Watch kill the luxury watch industry?

According to Neil Cybart at Above Avalon (the world’s top ranked Apple analyst), it took just over five years for the installed base of the Apple Watch to surpass 100 million people, and its growth trajectory continues to accelerate. What does this mean for the ‘traditional’ Swiss watch industry, and how should they react? A 14-year-old who wears an Apple watch today, will have worn nothing else until they’re old enough to afford a Rolex – The question is, when this day comes, will they want one?