Over this past year of WUS membership, I have learnt a lot about watches, discovered my own taste in timepieces, stumbled on brands both high-end and micro- that I never knew existed ... and during this period, have been fortunate to own multiple timepieces in different price ranges..
I must say .. I have thoroughly enjoyed the micro-brand revolution with great designs, case quality, top grade movements and unparalleled customer service.
My initial reaction to 'inspired' designs paying salute to 'classic' timepieces of yesteryears was all positive .. after all, it gives us a unique opportunity to own these 'modern' regurgitations with technical improvements, case hardening, valves and sapphire crystals with AR and such.. I owned a few, was interested in a lot more, but many a times, found that within days of contemplating one, I would get tired of the idea of having a 'homage' and would very much long for the 'original' .. or for that matter, even if the timepiece has no history, at least it should represent a unique design.
However, of late, with multiple new introductions, I just can't seem to get over the fact that many many many of them are openly 'inspired' .. marketed as such ... and mind you, they don't come cheap .. nearing 700 to 800 bucks .. till 15 months back, I thought Hamilton Sunset was just 'too' expensive of a watch.
With this rate, I fear that we will soon RUN OUT OF VINTAGE CLASSICS TO GET INSPIRED FROM OR PAY HOMAGE TO ....
As if this isn't enough, almost every watch corporation is Regurgitating their own 'classics' in a flurry ... U Name It, We Got It ... If I am a vintage watch collector, I sure would be VERY MAD.
And so, I wonder ...
Aren't out guys sick of this 'overdose' of Inspired Designs & Homages ?
I apologize guys if my thought sounded too polarizing .. It can't be. I am not free of this addiction or the sin of 'splurging' on inspired designs ... I own a Ploprof 1200 which is a 'dignified' replica of Ploprof 600 and WCT Seal, an 'inglorious' take on Kobold Seal and I love them both !
But then.. Thoughts are Thoughts ... And I like to share ... and Hear you All !