A very happy new year to all of you from your co-hosts at Fratello On Air! We’re back with our first episode of the year. Now that 2024 is here, we discuss some of the trends we expect to see while sending out 2023. It was quite a year with plenty of drama and plenty of new watches. We hit the high and low points.

Sending out 2023 — the year that was! In some ways, we’re ready to move on, but it’s worth taking some time to look back on some of the key events. We cover both vintage and new topics and then look ahead to what may come in 2024. Enjoy the show!

Handgelenks Kontrolle

Before sending out 2023, we take the time to discuss a recent article on Perezcope about the Rolex Space-Dweller. It’s a worthwhile article and will certainly raise your eyebrows! Then, it’s on to the Handgelenks Kontrolle. Balazs is at home in Hungary and sporting his vintage Grand Seiko 5646-7010. It’s a great all-arounder that is getting plenty of wrist time over the holidays. Mike has opted for a watch he hasn’t worn in some time, the Omega Speedmaster 1957 Reissue. The watch is paired with a modern Forstner Komfit JB mesh bracelet.

CK2915 from November 1957 — Image: Phillips

Sending out 2023

We then come to our main topic of sending out 2023 and focusing on 2024. Of course, we can’t ignore some of the concerns that came to light on the auction circuit over the past year. We also discuss changing trends as they relate to dial colors, gold, smaller-sized watches, and the return of both simpler and square watches. For 2024, we question how the market will perform because it certainly slowed down in the second half of 2023. We expect “value for money” to play a strong role this coming year, and finally, we discuss the role of free-standing single-brand boutiques.

We hope you enjoy this episode, and we look forward to being with you all year! As always, if you have ideas for future show topics, please feel free to let us know.