Originally Posted by apropos
It might just be me, and I totally understand if anyone disagrees with me, but I find collectors like that slightly disturbing.
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I know he takes pains to mention that he tries to wear every watch, but when your collection is 140+ and growing, you're only going to wear any given watch once or twice a year if you rotate them daily.
What I am trying to say in a roundabout way is that past a "certain point" (which varies for each of us), it becomes more about collecting stuff, and less about watches.
I'm not saying that I begrudge him his ability to afford that large quantity of watches (I don't), but that I find it disturbing that he has that many watches. It's like watching an upscale edition of Hoarders, or a grownup (presumably) Big Law/Finance version of a Pokemon card collector.
I can safely say that even if I had unlimited funds I would keep my collection tightly focused, by which I mean probably < 10 (sentimental watches exempted). Every watch wanting to enter this hallowed company would have to knock another one out... Iron Chef style.
... like I said, it might just be me.
im honestly not sure where i stand on this. i am sure that with unlimited funds my collection would be far more than 10, of that i have no question. whether or not it would hit 150+ is a good question. i could definitely see myself with those amazing and beautiful watch winding curio cabinets, the ones with outstanding woodworking and inlaying.... and i could see them filled with a vast assortment of timepieces. but, admittedly i do have an addictive personality and a compulsion to own things i find pretty. or, i could see myself with 30 or so watches i love, and buy and sell watches from the collection as my interest in different pieces waxes and wanes.
i do think that the compulsion to buy 6 or so of the same model watch in different dial/bezel/strap combinations is odd, and i dont really relate to that at all. it does seem to lean hard towards the side of strictly collecting, but that does not bother me. to each their own. some people collect stamps or art or cars or baseball cards. i still have boxes of cards at my parents house. while he clearly has a leaning toward collecting, only a watch lover could collect like that, and i would speculate that its both about a love for watches and a personal predisposition towards collecting. i think j leno is very similar with cars, and i would say that is a very comparable situation. and i do believe he is truly a lover of cars
i would not though call it hoarding. to me that is only when one becomes so consumed with having things that it takes over their life to great detriment. now, i dont know this guy, but assuming his house is not so littered with watches that its a hazard to enter, and assuming he is a functioning person with work and family, i would say it stays in the realm of big money collecting combined with watch love, not hoarding.
also, collections like that can be a form of investment. it will become part of his estate and could bring tens of millions of dollars to his family in the future, or more. now, i dont know the full worth of all his models, or if they are the type to gain value over 20 years + or how well they are all cared for (though they look immaculate), nor can i speculate what that money would be worth if held as an investment, and would the investment be successful, but its certainly plausible that its a net gain for his estate. its all speculation, but its not out of the question.
i know that there will be many opinion on this, and this is just mine.