Originally Posted by Caveat
People who wear $40K watches are good at spotting $40K watches. Just like anyone on this forum is able to spot someone wearing CPs, MMM GATs, Schneider knits, RO leathers, etc. The difference being that to belong to the $40K watch club, you have to be, almost without exception, wealthy and successful. That's a powerful message to communicate to that exclusive group of people. That's all I'm saying.
Most watch guys just give an approving nod or say nice xxxxxxx, never heard of anyone getting hired or not hired over a watch, inappropriately dressed is another thing though.
Originally Posted by gdl203
I'd say good taste and bad taste are entirely uncorrelated to liking mechanical watches. The distribution of good taste is likely pretty much the same for people who like watches as it is for people who don't. That said, I think that maybe your point is that there would be an expectation that if your hobby is multi-thousand dollar watches, you should exhibit higher taste than average - and that is not the case, so failing to meet that expectation may be something to highlight.
Also, to your point, most high end watches are ugly - and they have a market. But that's the same with every other designed product out there : most cars are ugly, most clothes are ugly and most furniture and appliances look awful. Nothing better or worse in the world of horology - gotta find the good-looking stuff amid an ocean of disgustingness. People with bad taste like the ugly stuff, those with good taste don't.
I think the problem is that the watches people notice are the nouveau riche watches, that ballers, oligarchs etc. wear, which are generally ostentatious as fuck Jacob the Jeweler type stuff, it's the same people who buy a yellow Lamborghini, mac mansion and all Gucci/Burberry/LV, but for what they pay, you can get something truly beautiful and understated.
These people buy something because they want people to recognize that they have money, real watch people buy watches for themselves to enjoy.
Originally Posted by kashmir
just for the hell of it, what contitutes good taste and bad taste in cars? beyond the obvious ones like chris bangle BMW, SUVs and minivans
Good taste is generally vintage european cars like old Citroens, jags, Alfa's etc. and don't think aficionados would say any new cars are good looking or maybe something like the new Alfa's and Spyker.
Originally Posted by Fuuma
It's from a movie!!?? I just google imaged toy car and chose the best one, future soccer mom styled by blind half-sister was just a bonus.
The car is from the movie Cars.