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i'm not a fan of the Hermes watches.

if their plan is "welp, nobody able to buy Nautillus, Aquanaut, or Royal Oak anymore, plus the Big Bang is ugly A-F ... why not tap that market?" - then I dig it.
I can see how some of their more distinctive models have features that can inspire such feelings.
 

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A septuagenarian small-c conservative and a crooner who would be employed on cruise ships for septuagenarians if people with some music taste had any say in it. Sorry, I understand the influence market is particularly segmented these days, but these two people are not tastemakers outside of suburbia. (Yes I woke up in a bad mood today; I'll reply to the rest after my first meeting.)
yeah, the whole tastemaker and influencer thing I don’t understand. I get it for hair products, but luxury timepieces?

With Rolex, at least, I’ve always been more impressed by those who actually used them as they were intended (Edmund Hillary, George Bond).

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With John Mayer? I’m more interested in how Katy Perry was in bed over his watch collection.
 

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A septuagenarian small-c conservative and a crooner who would be employed on cruise ships for septuagenarians if people with some music taste had any say in it. Sorry, I understand the influence market is particularly segmented these days, but these two people are not tastemakers outside of suburbia. (Yes I woke up in a bad mood today; I'll reply to the rest after my first meeting.)
I don’t personally think Joe Biden has any noteworthy taste, but tell that to all the people in this thread suddenly clamoring for blue dial Datejusts as if they suddenly found Jesus.

Whether you like him or not, John Mayer is one of the most influential streetwear figures in pop culture and one of the most influential watch collectors, period. What planet have you been on?
 

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He is clearly one of the best today and until relatively recently (5 years ago) most people didn't know that. Even Clapton calls him a Master.

There are some outtakes from years back of him going back to Berkley School of Music (where he went) and playing with some students; really cool stuff.

Say what you will about Mayer's singing, but he is an excellent guitar player.
 

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Say what you will about Mayer's singing, but he is an excellent guitar player.
He is an excellent vocalist and writer as well as one of the greatest living guitarists—certainly the greatest of his generation.
 

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As a serious Grateful Dead lover, it says a lot that the guy who wrote "Your Body Is a Wonderland" has been accepted by the Deadhead community in the current incarnation of Dead & Co.
 

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As a serious Grateful Dead lover, it says a lot that the guy who wrote "Your Body Is a Wonderland" has been accepted by the Deadhead community in the current incarnation of Dead & Co.
He is an exceptionally talented guy.

And while I don’t always 100% agree with him on watches, he does demonstrate sharp, well-studied, individualistic taste and deep earnestness in his enthusiasm.

His two Hodinkee Talking Watches episodes below:




Anyway, agree with his taste in watches or not, I’m not sure I can think of any individual off the top of my head with more influence in the hobby today.
 
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Conkers...:cool:


He is an exceptionally talented guy.

And while I don’t always 100% agree with him on watches, he does demonstrate sharp, well-studied, individualistic taste and deep earnestness in his enthusiasm.

His two Hodinkee Talking Watches episodes below:




Anyway, agree with his taste in watches or not, I’m not sure I can think of any individual off the top of my head with more influence in the hobby
today.
 

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I don’t personally think Joe Biden has any noteworthy taste, but tell that to all the people in this thread suddenly clamoring for blue dial Datejusts as if they suddenly found Jesus.

Whether you like him or not, John Mayer is one of the most influential streetwear figures in pop culture and one of the most influential watch collectors, period. What planet have you been on?
Earth, but I'm not as enthusiastic about it as you seem to be.
 
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Earth, but I'm not so enthusiastic about it. I suppose your taste skews more pop than mine.
It’s not about my taste or yours. You said “tastemakers” in general.

As for being “more pop”—might be worthwhile to listen to more of John Mayer’s music, not just his radio hits. He is an exceptional blues/country songwriter and guitarist.

Anyway, in watches, Mayer’s influence is transcendental of genre. People buy the watches he wears regardless of whether they have any familiarity with his music or personal style.

He single-handedly made the rainbow Daytona cool and the green-dialed YG Daytona a grail watch. I don’t like either, but the influence is unmistakable.
 
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He is an exceptionally talented guy.

And while I don’t always 100% agree with him on watches, he does demonstrate sharp, well-studied, individualistic taste and deep earnestness in his enthusiasm.

His two Hodinkee Talking Watches episodes below:




Anyway, agree with his taste in watches or not, I’m not sure I can think of any individual off the top of my head with more influence in the hobby today.
When I saw these videos a couple of years ago I realized there were whole other levels to being into watches that my current interests and knowledge. I can't remember which one its in, but there's a part where he winds one of the older watches and comments on the winding sound and 'chunkiness' of the movement and you can see how giddy he is about it

I've known he was a truly talented musician for a while, and I was pleasantly surprised at how he slid into his current Dead role. But it was really refreshing and humanizing to see how enthusiastic about something totally separate from music. Certainly helped re-frame him from the jerk playboy that the media likes to portray him as.

In Dead/watch hobbyist analogies, I realized I was the type of guy who might say that I like Working Man's Dead over American Beauty or might be able to point to Barton Hall being the "best" Dead concert. Mayer was the type of guy to tell you that Fall of '79 is criminally underrated, and that 87-90 were arguably some of the best years for the Dead.
 

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