Ask A 30 Under 30(ish) Honoree: Favorite Watch Trends
In the next installment of an ongoing series, Watchonista asked our inaugural 30 Under 30(ish) honorees, what their favorite watch industry trends currently are.
As the landscape of the watch industry changes, it’s necessary to not only embrace that change but get insight from the people at the forefront of that shift.
So, with our 30 Under 30(ish) honorees ranging from watchmakers to auctioneers, from influencers to photographers, the perspectives of the next generation industry leaders, despite their diverse backgrounds, yield far more similarities than differences.
Last time, we asked our honorees which watch changed the game and set them on their path in the watch world. Today, we ask:
Currently, what are your favorite trends in the watch industry?
“My favorite trend is that watches are getting smaller and more compact! In the past, we would see the most beautiful pieces in magazines and online – only to become disappointed with their final, unreasonable dimensions and proportions on the wrist.
“There are a few watch brands out there that are taking aesthetic cues from the past and reinterpreting them into new creations.
“For example, I really like the Furlan Marri and its mechaquartz Tasti Tondi Ref. 1011-A, which takes inspiration from a Patek Philippe Ref. 1463, or its Black Sector Ref. 2116-A with black sector dial, Breguet numerals, and fancy lugs inspired from a Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Cornes de Vache.
“Brands are telling more stories than ever before and bringing back some of their famous calibres, designs from the past, and developments. Also, the collaborations between auction houses and brands are a great thing to see.
“Additionally, I want to mention the use of virtual reality and 3-D experiences, which we are starting to incorporate in the watch buying process. This breaks the boundaries between virtual and physical objects and helps the e-commerce platforms better display their product to customers.”
“I’m a big fan of brands that push technical boundaries, whether in terms of materials, design, movement construction, or something else.
There’s an inherent contradiction in applying the best and newest modern technology to tackle problems that were adequately solved long ago. But therein lies the appeal. Besides, mechanical watches are essentially anachronistic anyway, so why not take that anachronism to the extreme?”
“I love seeing the resurgence of smaller watches among every group, from the fashion crowd to hardcore collectors!
“I hope this becomes more mainstream while the steel sports watch craze takes a backseat to more unusual, unlikely vintage designs.”
“For me, today’s number one trend in watchmaking and collecting is the dichotomy between the iconic and funky. We have icons on the one hand (like the Royal Oak or the Tank) getting the attention and holding a place in everyone’s heart, but then, on the other hand, we have pieces that scoff at the idea of consensus.
“There is no in between for me. That said, the trend is either: cementing an icon or trying to excite and amaze with the unseen.”
“After seventeen years of collecting, I don’t pay attention to trends. My interest in watches is simple: design and rarity. The motivation behind buying any luxury item is to own a piece that is not common and feel uniquely accomplished.