As GQ’s senior fashion author, I’ve spent the previous couple of years absolutely immersed within the watch world. What began as a single story has changed into principally my total job: studying about Paul Newman’s “Paul Newman” watch, and determining why Paul Newman owned a watch known as the Paul Newman, despatched me down the rabbithole. And I’m not alone. Ask any collector, supplier, or professional they usually’ll inform you that watches have grown from area of interest concern to large cultural phenomenon. Tons of nice new watches! Classic mania! A lot cash! Obsessed celebrities! Nonstop intrigue! It’s fairly clear there’s by no means been a extra thrilling time to be into timepieces.
Which is what Field and Papers, GQ’s new unique watch e-newsletter, is for. Even after I’m not writing a watch story, I legitimately can not cease having bizarre, shocking, and enjoyable conversations about watches. Each time I feel I’m getting on the telephone to speak about one factor, I find yourself sidetracked: speak inevitably turns to long-lost watches whispered to lastly be reemerging, the items sellers can’t hold in inventory as a result of so-and-so purchased one, rumors of who snapped up such-and-such record-breaking watch, and whispers of clandestine movie star meet-ups to swap among the world’s most fascinating tickers. And whereas increasingly more folks appear to be rising obsessive about watches, the watch world continues to be small and insular sufficient that single folks and occasions could make an enormous distinction: an auctioneer can change how we worth watches, a gross sales rep can ward over essentially the most coveted treasures, and a hush-hush meetup can affect the entire market.
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