Retrospective: A Week With a Luxury Watch

Last week, I tried to demystify the driving force behind luxury goods by wearing an “expensive” watch for a week. This is what I found:

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Introducing the Retrospect

In designing the Retrospect, we sought to create something from the ground up that has its own unique identity, but at the same time channels the spirit of our favorite dive watches from the past. In this blog post, we outline our thought process behind designing the Retrospect and shed light on some of the decisions we made in regards to each component of the watch.

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Top Microbrand Releases of 2017

The bar is constantly being raised by microbrands, both in terms of design and build-quality. But at the same time, these brands deserve my respect and admiration. Looking at the releases on this list, I can see now why there was a sudden surge in interest and popularity of microbrands

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To Homage or Not To Homage?

Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain posed a similar question to the art world in 1917: What is art?

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Trieste Limited Edition: Tropical Brown

The Tropical Brown variant is perfect for the lover of all things vintage. Its gilt hands and indices are a perfect compliment to its matte-textured tropical brown dial. A rich brown bezel insert makes the watch uniquely understated with just the right amount of color. This is the perfect watch to greet the fall colors with, making way for winter.

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The Sad Truth About Microbrands

There was a recent debacle in the microbrand world that has brought to light many of the issues that microbrands frequently face. From sourcing a factory to raising the funds to buy the product, microbrands are at the mercy of these Chinese factories

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STP 1-11 vs ETA 2824

You can find watches that costs $450 all the way to $2500, all with the exact same movement. Do you know what you are really paying for when you pay a $2000+ premium on a watch?

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Decisions, Decisions…

“Is there anything you would change about the Trieste if you could go back in time and go through this process again?”

I asked this question to Cullen just before the official release of the Trieste. Part of me was wondering if there was any part of him that was dissatisfied with any aspect of the watch. Another part of me was hoping he was just as happy about it as I was. We had collaborated before in the past, from school projects to a blues-rock band, but this was the first time we had started a company together and designed a product to be sold all over the world. This time, it had to be perfect.

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