Welcome to the last episode for 2016! A special laid-back episode, Christmas-themed. So put on your wool sweater and seat yourself nearby the tree.
As we all know, 2016 was a pretty amazing year with lot’s of ups and downs. The watch market is under pressure and we all experience it. Often we forget that the biggest (positive) changes are created and initialized during hard times. The way I see it, is that everybody involved gets a wake-up call currently and is being stimulated to become creative, inventive and open-minded again. I’m very curious to see how things will develop in 2017. Will it hold the metaphor I’ve created to visualize this: the ‘Watch cracker’. To name a few strengths of this strong wooden beast: bad sales numbers, no new designs, competition, increasing prices from suppliers/certification institutes.
But let’s stay positive: Christmas came early this year for some of us. We had a blast during the Speedy Tuesday Event in Bienne and it was great to meet so many “Speedy” enthusiasts. Did you miss it? Read all about latest Speedy Tuesday Event, while you’re not preparing the ultimate dinner. I wonder what Santa has in mind for 2017…?
People tend to say that there’s no accounting for taste and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Still, design discussions and aesthetic cases are hot. Everybody loves to say whether they like something or not, but often they are not accompanied by strong (proven/objective) arguments or theories. For example: you could love the color ‘red’ or not, but it is a better match with ‘yellow’ than with ‘green’. Got something to do with contrast and harmony. The same counts for proportions (for example, ‘Golden Ratio’). My goal for 2017 is to give you more tools I’ve gathered to define/breakdown good and bad designs and your own taste.
Last year we’ve had a lot of new watches to review. I’ve made a personal selection of 3 watches which I would pick on Christmas. No complicated design arguments or talks about movements or history this time. Just 3 watches which would fit in a fireplace setting with a vintage Chesterfield and Nat King Cole’s “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”:
I’d like to hear your personal choice / top 3. Please leave your personal choice in the comments section below.
Christmas is often a lot of…. eating, sitting, watching bad movies. While Balázs published a nice guide for getting the ultimate X-mas Watch gifts I’ve made a list to prevent you from getting bored without spending money during Christmas:
All there is left is to wish you a wonderful Christmas and may all your wishes come true in 2017!
Teun van Heerebeek is contributor and visual artist to Fratello Watches. With his Watches & Pencils illustrations and other articles he likes to explore the vast watch-lands in all its diversity. His love for watches mainly originates from his eye... read more