H10: My Favorite Story: Nicholas Manousos
Editor’s Note: The HODINKEE tenth Anniversary Weekend, or H10 as we’re calling it here at HQ, is presently only fourteen days away. We figured it would be fun paving the way to the large end of the week to request our editors and scholars to each pick one from their #1 stories from the primary decade of HODINKEE to share again with all of you. It very well may be a story with individual importance, a story that changed their relationship to fake watch prices or only one that they truly need everybody to look at once more. Every day from this point until December 7 we’ll be distributing an alternate individual’s determination. Enjoy.
Five open letters have been distributed on HODINKEE over the previous decade. The initially was from Ben in 2011 , declaring a recently upgraded and refined site. John Mayer composed an open letter to IWC bemoaning their new fake watch prices plans, and afterward IWC reacted with their own open letter . Shinola Founder Tom Kartsotis composed an open letter after the Federal Trade Commission made a move on “USA Made” claims. Yet, there was one open letter that truly stayed with me, and from the huge number of comments, it would appear that it established a connection with HODINKEE perusers too. I’m discussing Roger W. Smith’s open letter , distributed in 2014 on the “Territory of British Watchmaking.” Smith’s letter is my number one HODINKEE story of the previous 10 years in view of exactly the amount it made me think.
“Perhaps I am a doomsayer,” Smith composed. “In any case, when I read comments from gatherers everywhere on the world talking (reasonably) about ‘more British smoke ‘n mirrors’ is it truly a particularly calculated jump for this to slip into the authorities’ cognizance and cause long haul harm to the standing of British watchmaking?” After understanding this, I began contemplating and investigating the very much like circumstance that was happening in the USA. After a year, I composed a HODINKEE article named ” Smoke And Mirrors In The American Watchmaking Industry. “
A common complaint about horological reporting is that it tends to be light on study. I concur to some degree, however then highlight these open letters as proof despite what might be expected. As we praise 10 years of HODINKEE, I think it merits glancing back at articles (or letters) like this that incited so much solid debate.
Click here to peruse Roger’s unique letter.