- € 9,99
5/5 Stars ***** Great book for watch enthusiasts! »This is the second e-book from this author, that I've read. He has a nice, clear writing style and definitely he has lots of insight on what makes a particular watch brand and watch model valuable. I thought the omission of Grand Seiko was somewhat odd, but it is still a great book.« (July 18, 2017)
The field of Luxury Watches is not only an interesting hobby for rich people. Our new book Collecting Luxury Watches gives the reader some detailed real life experience what it is like to purchase, own, wear and not least 'invest' in these timekeeping little pieces of art.
There are a lot of books on the market that show what watches are available, basically catalogs, but there are not so many that give the reader basic background information about the watch industry, the watch market, historic vintage collectible and other relevant models from the rich history of watchmaking.
And even less books deal with the real experience from a personal standpoint, showing what pros and cons the real life use of watch A or B has and if it is really worth a purchase of at least $5000.
We discuss practical real life questions like: can I trust a grey market dealer? Do I have to purchase used watches (as a lot of people suggest) or can I also buy new ones? Are the interesting models available or is there a shortage, and why is that the case? What is it like to buy a used watch? Why are 40 year old Rolex models sometimes more expensive than their new incarnations? Is a hand wound watch a thing from the past and just an utter nuisance?
The Author tells you from a first person perspective and from the view of an ordinary guy, who cannot spend some 25 grand, just because.
Leonard Lowe already wrote three books on Luxury Watches:
'Luxury Watches - a purchasing guide' is a who is who of watch makers, brands and models with a lot of basic information for the watch beginner.
Then 'Rolex Watches' focuses on the primary brand of the luxury watch market that owns 1% of the market but 25% of the revenue. It is the one outstanding brand of the whole watch industry and surprisingly one of the most misunderstood ones.
'Ten Fun Things to do with Luxury Watches' then discusses the world of possibilities that opens up if you finally deal with the hobby of luxury watches.
Now finally Leonard Lowe offers us insights in his own personal development as a watch collector. He gives reasons how he selects the models he buys, why he buys a model (which can differ a lot from watch to watch) and what each watch he bought means to him personally.
This of course does not mean that his standpoint towards this watches is the only reasonable one on the planet. But it gives you insight into the mind and thoughts of a dedicated watch enthusiast, which you might appreciate or even reject, but cannot ignore for your own decisions.
Worthless one side book
Writer mainly focused on Rolex as being a watch to collect. Other major brands are only shortly mentioned. Not worth spending the money.