Ronny Chieng Is the New Patron Saint of Awesome $500 Watches

Is there one thing about this new assortment of watches that was compelling to you?

Nicely, the reality is, as quickly as they mentioned Seiko Rowing Blazers, I am like, “I already know it should be good.” And for those who go Rowing Blazers, Eric Wind, Seiko, it is like, “I do not even want to take a look at it. I already know it should be nice.” And true sufficient, it is nice.

However I believe what attracts me is the Seiko heritage, which, in some ways, may be very Asian to me. This overachieving, underrated model. I do not know if there’s a greater analogy for being Asian in America. When you go to the origins of Seiko, they had been attempting to beat the Swiss watchmaking business by way of accuracy. And so they succeeded, to the purpose the place they brought on the quartz disaster by inventing the quartz motion. 

And but they’re nonetheless, in some ways, a bit underrated as properly when you concentrate on watches. And I’ve had a Seiko since school and just lately I obtained again into extra classic Seiko—the Bruce Lee watch is the most effective instance. 

Was there a second while you grew to become an enormous watch collector? Did you simply have the one in school? 

Yeah, I simply had a watch, however this goes once more to my level about Seiko. When you knew nothing about watches, which is what I knew about watches in school, I nonetheless ended up getting a Seiko. When you’re in search of a watch, interval, you gravitate in direction of Seiko. This concept that, “Oh, this is one thing you by no means have to purchase a battery for. It will recharge in your hand.” And then you definitely begin in search of, “Nicely, I would like one thing with a day and a date for performance. I would like one thing that is straightforward to learn. I do not need one thing the place, if I lose it, it should be prohibitively costly. I will get mud on it.” Then every little thing leads you to Seiko.

In order that was what drew me to it in school—not figuring out something about watches, simply doing fundamental analysis the best way you’d analysis a blender or a vacuum cleaner. And then you definitely simply discover the one that everybody thinks is nice, and that is what led me to Seiko. 

I wasn’t gathering watches then. However simply earlier than the pandemic, I used to be seeking to get a watch as a result of I had been on The Each day Present for a pair years.  My wardrobe was getting upgraded, however I used to be nonetheless carrying this watch I obtained in my early twenties. It simply did not appear to suit anymore—it did not match what I used to be doing, what I used to be about, what I used to be attempting to say. I used to be in search of one thing that expressed who I used to be a bit extra precisely at that time in life. So I ended up getting one other watch, after which one factor led to a different. After which the subsequent factor you are watching John Mayer discuss [Audemars Piguet] at 3 a.m. on Hodinkee.

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