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Baselworld Roundup: Thoughts After the Most Important Watch Show of the Year

Posted on April 25, 2018

I went into Baselworld with a lot of trepidation this year. Some brands had left Basel for Geneva’s SIHH, while other brands just didn’t exhibit at Basel at all. So, I didn’t really know what to expect. Would the halls be empty? Would I have a lot of time on my hands? I needn’t have […]

Football Time

Posted on October 3, 2018

Thank goodness the 2018 NFL season is here. I’m a huge football fan and am the QB of a team here in Switzerland, the Geneva Warriors. Luckily, football and watches often go hand in hand, combining two of my passions. There are several brands involved with football and players, including TAG Heuer with Tom Brady, […]

Giving Thanks

Posted on November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving is coming and I can’t wait. This is my favorite holiday, not just because of the turkey feast and football, but because there are no presents and no real pressure. I celebrate Thanksgiving here in Switzerland, but it’s not really the same. Thanksgiving is for family, and two of my sons live in the […]

History, Horology and the Modern Watch Collector

Posted on February 14, 2018

In the beginning of 1987’s “The Princess Bride,” the grandfather tries to convince his sick grandson who stayed home from school that the book he is about to read to him is exciting. He says the book has fencing, sports, fighting, revenge, true love and miracles. Spoiler alert: in the end the grandson asks his […]

Life as Usual, Then It Isn’t: Baselworld Impacts Life Even in August!

Posted on August 29, 2018

There I was, sitting at my desk ready to write this blog for you, dear reader, planning to talk about German Excellence, Gucci and Hamilton’s newest watch placement, when Baselworld intruded. Well, to be exact, the Swatch Group was the culprit, with the announcement that they were pulling out of the 2019 Baselworld, leaving a […]

My Top 6 Complaints About Luxury Watches

Posted on August 8, 2018

Though the title of this article might seem negative, this article is actually meant to help the watch industry become better.  Note that the complaints are not about the watch industry, but about the actual luxury watches.  More than being my subjective dislikes, the below nuisances are in fact enemies to comfort, practicality, and even […]

Purpose-Built Sports Watches Make the Living Easier

Posted on July 25, 2018

I am hard on watches, especially in the summer. My lifestyle is not suited to delicate watches. As the father of an energetic nine-year-old, I am constantly chucking a football, going for a bike ride or paddle boarding on the lake. If I don’t have a robust sports watch on, any day could see a […]

Sol Meller: Friend to Many, Family to a Lucky Few

Posted on October 17, 2018

I first became interested in watches at the age of 12 when my father bought me my first timepiece. Later, I joined a watch group near Stanford University where I would meet with other watch collectors to have lunch, look at watches and listen to lectures from the head of the group, Jeff Kingston, JD, […]

The Changing Face of Watch Journalism

Posted on January 31, 2018

Watch Journalism is Changing…and this blog is just one example. I have been covering the watch industry for more than 25 years now. People are always surprised that I can make my living writing about watches, but I’ve had a great career and it’s been a wild and very interesting journey. When I first started […]

The Evolution of a Watch Collector

Posted on January 17, 2018

It all started innocently enough.  As a young kid, I pretty much always wore a watch.  A G-SHOCK or Casio, possibly even a few Diesel fashion watches.  I didn’t wear them to make a fashion statement or because I had developed an early appreciation for watchmaking. I wasn’t fascinated by the backstory of G-SHOCK, in […]

The Formula

Posted on July 10, 2018

Unless you are a “one watch man” like King Harald of Norway, legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, or award-winning actor Tom Selleck, most watch aficionados are ruled by the “formula.” For watch collectors, the “formula” calculates the upper limit of the number of watches a person is permitted to have in his watch collection at any […]

The Rise of Vintage

Posted on February 28, 2018

Vintage is the hot thing, whether it’s new vintage or actual vintage. I’ve never been a big vintage buyer. I like the idea of vintage watches, but I have only bought one vintage watch my whole life — a 1946 Hamilton “Keith” watch. I am a big Hamilton fan, having lived a big portion of […]

The Tourbillon Patent is 200 Years Old

Posted on May 23, 2018

Abraham Louis Breguet made the clock for Napoleon’s carriage. It was a heavy piece weighing more than 100 pounds. In the 18th century, the finest clocks money could buy had a tourbillon as part of the movement. Much more than two hundred years ago, Breguet patented the tourbillon as a pocket watch feature (not a […]

Thunder Out of China: Revolution Goes to China, and More

Posted on March 28, 2018

Hello again. This blog coincides with the release of the Spring edition of Revolution USA, so here are some highlights from the issue that is available in-store at Feldmar Watch Company and on newsstands across the country. To celebrate a big birthday, I led my “Gang of Eight” across Yunnan Province in China to wear […]

Watches and the Action Movie Stars Who Love Them

Posted on October 31, 2018

I love this time of year, with warm days and cool nights, the wind with a slight edge to it telling us that winter is on the way and the NFL in full swing. One thing I don’t love is “falling back.” Why in the world are we still switching time in the fall and […]

Watches in Movies: How and Why it Happens

Posted on May 23, 2018

Summer is the time for movie blockbusters, so what better time to talk about how watches end up in movies? Watches and clocks have been used as symbols throughout the history of film. Remember Harold Lloyd hanging from the giant clock in the 1923 silent film Safety Last? In a way, every watch in every […]

What Happens in Vegas: Betting on the Las Vegas Shows

Posted on June 27, 2018

Every year, Las Vegas hosts the American watch shows, Couture and JCK. Now, JCK isn’t much of a watch show any more, but it is still hugely important for jewelry. I LOVE going to the Couture show. It’s a chance to catch up with friends from the watch industry, including the great people from Feldmar, […]

What I Enjoy About Watch Collecting

Posted on March 14, 2018

  As a child, I was fascinated with collecting coins from all over the world.  I acquired Spanish pesos, Italian lire, Greek drachma, amongst other international coins. As I saved money, I started to add more American pre-1965 silver coins.  I would occasionally pull out the binder that contained my collection, admire it and then […]