Is collecting mechanical watches meaningful? I've thought about this existential question quite a bit. Recently I was fortunate to spend some time chatting with Leonid Khankin, President and Creative Director for the brand Ernst Benz. Leonid has a deep understanding of the watch industry. Our discussion is worthy of a separate article. But at one point he made a statement that, coincidentally, resonated with some of my recent thinking. Leonid said that the pursuits of the watch community are honourable. This was the first time I'd heard this word applied to horology.. We've all had the question enter our minds at one point or another: are watches, in the end, a frivolous luxury? Is it indulgent to spend our precious time debating topics like the position of a date window? Would we be better off figuring out the number of angels that can dance on the head of pin (a question for which you'd no doubt need a loupe, but I digress)? After giving it some more thought, three clear arguments emerged for why we should feel good about collecting watches, even during a global crisis. The watch industry is generous and quick to act in a crisis It's been…

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