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.

MoonSwatch: Please Explain

Saturday 26 March 2022 will, without a doubt, be a day to remember in the world of watch collecting. Seeing the queues forming outside Swatch stores all over the world makes you wish Sacha Baron Cohen or Michael Moore (@tamer_lens lol!) would produce a comedy about it someday. Anyway, this post is a discussion around the psychology behind the MoonSwatch release madness.

Aggregation of ideologies

How does one connect Ukraine, watches, herd-mentality and even Palestine? Well, that’s essentially what I’ve done here. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, this is a topic that has overwhelmed every screen on earth for the last month, so I thought we could look into it a little more. The TLDR is this: When most people around you have a certain position, or believe one thing, then the cost of believing something else is extremely high.

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.

Watch collecting and the winner’s curse

The winner’s curse is not a new concept, and it came up recently in an online newsletter, and got me thinking about how it applies to watches. As always, I look forward to your feedback on the topic.

Reciprocation bias and watch collecting

Authorised dealers can sometimes act like you owe them something more than the retail price of a watch, simply for being allocated the watch. I figured we could talk about this in more detail, and consider how the reciprocation bias comes into play.