I can see why there are some people would collect watches like my bestfriend and my grandfather for they have a lot of watches and most of them within reasonable use. But what I don’t get would be the Rolex or the expensive equivalent to that, to me it’s like pinning a sign to yourself that overall says, “Rob me, I have an expensive watch.”
Sure the expense is probably from the materials that are used to make it, but at the end of the day, you have a watch to look at the time and not whatever the hell fashion or flex shit you do. That is just me though.
Agreed, my most expensive watch was around $700 and my wife bought it as a gift. A Steinhart Ocean One titanium 500 GMT. Most of mine are closer to $300 mechanical watches.
I did buy a F.P. Journe Chronometre Bleu as an investment piece 5 years ago. I sold it for 5x what I purchased it for, but it seemed like the underpriced model when I bought it. It was a risky enough investment, but I would have never worn a $20k watch.
That is way better gear than most have ( including me ), and you even have a couple of older IEMs that are still standards ( P1 and Starfield ). I would say not a newb, but I was also pretty fast out of the gate, just with a much lower budget.
I like watches but not so much for collecting. I actually wear them. If i didn’t, it would be like buying IEMs but not listening to them. For me watches are the only appropriate man jewelry. Its a statement but if it weren’t functional it would be as unless as a necklace. I have one but never wear it. IEMs have to be pleasing to listen to. Some have really good sound but due to size and sharp edges, are not comfortable to wear. Two sets are larger but the smooth contours make them comfortable. One set sounds good but the large size and sharp contures mean it can get painful for extended listening. If they look fancy its a bonus but not necessary.
Tbh not really needed, since he will always place the Mangird Teas on his Top 5 all the time. As for me the Katos are gone from my list for now due to the tragedy that I had experience with it, and it’s not helping me when Moondrop does not want to handle warranty of it, therefore might put the Olinas on 1 whenever I got the time to get it as a replacement for my Kato.
I find soundstage depth to be rather poor with Hook-X, actually. There is good width, and imaging, but for FPS gaming(or anything needing depth) Timeless should still win there. It’s got a hefty treble peak, though. Hook-X is pretty damn smooth overall. Timeless has bigger bass, but flabbier, and very likely less extension. I would like a touch more bass amount & impact from Hook-X, but it’s a pretty great balance as-is. Tonality might be better on Timeless, where I find it on the metallic side with Hook-X, but it’s not a complaint I have, really.