Our first challenge of the brand new watch yr for 2022/23 takes in all probably the most breathtaking novelties, or at the very least those that made the most effective first impressions. After years with out bodily watch festivals, WOW Singapore reaffirmed our personal dedication to those occasions… sure there have been a couple of, and you’ll examine them in separate tales within the Summer time challenge and my Dialog with Ruckdee, the editor of WOW Thailand who was in Geneva with me.
Provided that the Web and all its benefits have freed us from having to make sweeping statements, we use this challenge to take inventory of the large information dump that commerce reveals often are. We will likely be feeling the influence of Geneva effectively into 2023, and we’re actually glad about it.
Reacting to the releases — turning on a dime as they are saying — on the honest, we modified our materials focus this challenge from a generic take a look at valuable metals to at least one extra centered on platinum and bi-metal watches, and the potential worth propositions in each that will likely be necessary to collectors, fanatics and even the extra informal status patrons. That is an in-depth take a look at pricing, which is all the time a contentious challenge so far as watchmaking goes. I imply, manufacturers didn’t even publicly announce costs on their very own web sites till a couple of years in the past.
Little doubt the Dialog will flip to this within the subsequent challenge, and we already know that at the very least one in every of our watch purchase suggestions can have emerged from our Geneva adventures. What’s going to these be? You’ll simply have to hold on until the tip of the yr for that. For now, simply bask within the heat afterglow of recent watches, curated for you by the WOW crew!
This challenge can also be a reminder that the world of watches is wider than any commerce honest, with our cowl watch having debuted after the Geneva reveals, and quite a lot of interviews and watch highlights that don’t have anything to do with Geneva, and even Switzerland within the case of Moritz Grossmann. CEO and founder Christine Hutter gave us an enormous chunk of her time when she was in Singapore. So sure, worldwide journey is again and we will likely be taking the temperature right here on the retail entrance later this yr. We might also be compelled to look as soon as extra at whether or not watches can actually act as a hedge in opposition to inflation, since it’s a well-known proven fact that watch costs have been outpacing inflation for the final 20 years. They’ve by no means dropped, at the very least at retail. For what it’s price, official chatter from manufacturers stays the identical as ever: watches are for enjoyable and pleasure, not capital safety.
Elsewhere this challenge, we focus on perceived worth with Anthony de Haas of A. Lange & Söhne, Laurent Lecamp of Montblanc and naturally Hutter. On a distinct observe, almost about our cowl, we even have Man Bove of TAG Heuer on the document about how he addresses revisiting iconic timepieces such because the Monaco. If nothing else, we cherish the chance to interact with the highest brass of watchmaking companies, and talking with them in particular person is completely pleasant. Personally, I hope these tales will depart you a bit of extra enlightened than you have been earlier than. As an apart, this challenge occurs to be our first correct engagement with Hutter and Lecamp, whereas de Haas and Bove are outdated buddies.
Lastly, the Summer time challenge covers each necessary improvement in watchmaking within the yr so far. Keep on with us as a result of issues are about to get actually attention-grabbing as we construct in the direction of our particular Legacy challenge. Till then, I depart you to tuck into the unfold we’ve ready for you.
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