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Opinions are like onions, but we really don’t have a clue why. All we know is that our editors all have their own personal view at watches, brands and the industry. In our Timegeeks section you find personal insights, melancholic recollections and other random thoughts and opinons.

Watchspotting

Watchspotting

Watchspotting is my thing and I do it all the time and wherever I am. When I'm watching TV - I spot Charlie Sheen wearing a Patek Philippe in a repeat of Two and a Half Man and I find myself chuckling, not at the corny jokes but because of the fact that I'm spotting a Patek - when I'm eating in a restaurant - to the serious displeasure of my dinner companion who is feeling neglected - when I'm on a plane - the fellow passenger can feel eyes on him, but strangely enough on his wrist rather than the back of his neck.

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Thoughts about the poor

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Recently, I read an interview with Karl Lagerfeld in Monocle. In it, he tells Tyler Brûlé that, in terms of what he does for Chanel, he “does not work with the poor”. Lagerfeld, being a prominent fashion designer, is, of course, talking about the fashion industry. However, it could easily be a quote from a high-end Swiss watch manufacturing CEO, seeing as the costs in the Swiss watch industry are very high, causing the watches to become pretty pricy themselves.

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Kristian Haagen column: Entertain me!

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0024 reporter Kristian Haagen went to a horological presentation at a famous watch brand together with a group of journalists from around the world. There the press officer went into details about a new calibre, indicating that this was a new in-house movement. Saying 'in-house' is a dangerous word. Especially because it is only the very few watch brands that actually offers a true in-house movement.

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Retro-melancholy

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Nearly everyone is occasionally assailed by nostalgia. The sense of having lost something important or cherished and the longing for that item or time are perfectly normal emotions. A Rolex GMT from the 1980s is a reminder of a safe and careless youth, daydreams about – undoubtedly – magnificent adventures, the complete absence of disillusionment. The watch houses cleverly respond to such emotions by reissuing yesterday's hits in a “remix”.

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