The Ace List – Live with Robert-Jan Broer of Fratello Watches – S01E06
Robert-Jan Broer, the founder of leading Dutch online watch magazine Fratello Watches and our own Alon Ben Joseph of Ace Jewelers are long-time friends. This promises to be a fun talk about anything and everything watches. Obviously they touched upon their shared passion for Omega and Speedmasters as well.
Collecting watches is cool. No longer is it exclusive to geeky forums and dusty fairs – it is now certified hip and happening.
Think about it; watch-focused Instagram accounts like Hodinkee, Watchmania and WatchAnish have hundreds of thousands of followers – well into the million even for the latter.
Watches are also a regular subject on trend-setting pages like Hypebeast and Highsnobiety. A vintage Paul Newman Daytona in 18k? They’ll feature it without blinking an eye. And perhaps without us realizing just how far we’ve come.
The popularity of watches new and vintage is a far cry from not-that-long ago, when the passion for watches was much more niche and private, best enjoyed on obscure fora and on dusty fairs. Watch collecting has finally arrived to the main stage. We made it!
But how did this come about? Below I’ll explore a few factors that I think played role in this. Fully personal and unsubstantiated, connecting dots where there are none, and leaving out substantial bits. Poor yourself a drink – it’s a long one.
The Omega DeVille Hour Vision was introduced back at BaselWorld 2007 as the first watch to sport the all-new caliber 8500. In addition it featured a rather spectacular case with sapphire crystal sides. Over a decade later, the watch is nearly forgotten and / or virtually unknown. I don’t think that’s fair – the Hour Vision is a thing of beauty.
In what seems like a few short years, Instagram has grown out to be one of the go-to sources for your daily watch fix. Today we take a look at CEO’s of watch brands and their Instagram profile. Which one of them has the strongest Instagram game?
The Omega Speedmaster is hotter than it’s ever been. Prices for vintage pieces are steadily rising to heights previously exclusive to Rolex and Patek Philippe, and modern limited edition pieces sell like hotcakes. Over the years we’ve had the pleasure of shooting many of them. In this article you’ll find our favorites.
So, you’ve caught the watch bug. Welcome to the club. Next thing you know you’ve saved up a bit of money and now you’re eager to start your journey into the watch collecting world. What are the best watches to start your own watch collection with?