FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Complecto – a watch community with diversity at the forefront FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Complecto – a watch community with diversity at the forefront

FRIDAY WIND DOWN: Complecto – a watch community with diversity at the forefront

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Ricardo here again! Before I hand the mic back over to Zach for the usual Friday Wind Down programming, I quickly wanted to give a shoutout to an exciting event happening this week here in NYC. Months back, we did a  “Who to Follow” feature on Jason, who was focused on building a new type of watch community. His goal? To create a space that was inclusive to anyone who is passionate about watches. And now, that goal has been accomplished with the creation of Complecto. With it’s first meetup scheduled for April 29 in New York City.

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The guiding principles of Complecto are simple and pure.

“From Apple to Zenith (and everything in between), we are a community for people who appreciate all watches irrespective of price-point or provenance,” they explain.

“We believe this hobby is at it’s best when novices and seasoned collectors alike can share their knowledge, passion and watches in a welcoming and safe environment – we engage with curiosity, kindness and respect.”

“We are building a vibrant and diverse community for enthusiasts from all walks of life and seek to engage and welcome more women, BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of colour) and LGBTQ+ collectors and enthusiasts into this hobby.”

Some may look at these principles and ask if such a community is even needed in this day and age. Yet, as a person of colour, there are many instances when I am one of a handful in the room. The hope is that by having spaces like this, it creates an avenue for minority groups new to the community to comfortably join it and not feel alone. From there, they can spread their wings and increase the amount of overall representation in this hobby. With their different experiences added to the conversation, the overall community benefits.

If you’re interested in this mission and would like to know more about Complecto, definitely give their site a visit. And keep your eyes on our site for coverage of the first meetup.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

-Ricardo

Watch meme of the week: Elon Philippe?

 

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Very few people in the world can just decide to buyout one of the world’s largest social media platforms. Elon Musk is one of them. The news has not particularly been taken well by the world at large, with many concerned, even under his pledge of promoting free speech, that social media companies should not all be owned by the world’s wealthiest people. Whether Musk’s purchase of Twitter is a good idea is up for debate. But a Musk-owned Patek Philippe where there are Nautilus watches available for everyone… now that I can get on board with.

Wrist shot of the week: Eric crashes the wrist shot party

 

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It is quite rare to find someone with one Cartier Crash on the wrist, but, to promote the currently ongoing Cartier Week on his auction platform Loupe This, Eric drops the mic with, not one, but two Crash watches on the wrist – one in yellow gold and one in white gold. To learn more about the lots, you can check out my interview with Eric here.

Time+Tide select of the week: Tissot Seastar 1000 36mm White

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Both lovers of water sports and those who prefer to stay on dry land will be thrilled to hear the suavely sporty Tissot Seastar 1000 is now available in a 36mm model for both men and women. An essential in the water thanks to its ability to handle pressure up to 30 bar (1000ft) and its accessible quartz movement. The functionality of the Tissot Seastar 1000 36mm is reflected in the design itself. Luminescent hands make for easy readability while the minutes until 20 are marked on the face after which it subsequently becomes every five minutes on the user-friendly scale. Its coloured mineral uni-directional bezel  coupled with its screwed down case and crown, make it a great budget option for the life aquatic.

Price: $600 AUD

Buy it now at the Time+Tide Shop, available for Australia only.

Our favourite Time+Tide coverage of the week:

MEET THE TEAM: Ricardo’s top five from Watches & Wonders

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It is “Meet The Team Week” here on Time+Tide, and what better way to get to know the watch-loving team than the watches they loved from Watches & Wonders? Click here to see Ricardo’s top 5.

The comprehensive watch buying guide to Melbourne

This is it. The decision has been made, the dollars have been saved, and the significant other has been convinced this is the last one (honest). Time to buy a new watch. Only issue is, where to do it? Our contributor Borna has got you covered with his new watch buying guide column. First up is Melbourne, but stay tuned for more destination guides to come . You can check out Borna’s comprehensive watch buying guide for Melbourne here.

MEET THE TEAM: Jeremy’s 5 favourite steel sports watches from Watches & Wonders

You know what… while you are at it, you might want to know what the blue-steel, wrist-model of all wrist-models, thinks are his favourites, too. Click here to see Jeremy’s top 5. Search “meet the team” to see Luke and Borna’s picks as well, and stay tuned for the remaining team top five’s coming this weekend.