As we float about in the liminal space between Christmas and the new year, it's a great chance to reflect on the year that the watch world was in 2019. Andrew mentioned in his Letter from the Editor that 2019 could be defined by the hysterical focus on SSR (stainless steel Rolex), as well as similar watches from both Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet. As a result, this has certainly been a part of almost daily discussion in the Time+Tide office. It might be an eye-watering auction result, a watch listed for sale online at double retail, or a question we receive about what the next watch will be to "hold value", but the fact that there is very strong demand in a very narrow section of watch collecting can't be ignored.*Andrew articulates the many reasons this is a problem for the watch-loving community, and rather than repeating him, I wanted to take a closer look at the three other areas that I found interesting in the watch industry this year. Watch Fairs vs. Watch Conferences Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending the 4th Dubai Watch Week, which was maybe the first time the event hit scale.…

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