The Value Proposition of a Rolex

For many, owning their first Rolex is a sign of success and affluence that many aspire to achieve.  Should you be ready to purchase your first Rolex, you’ll need the Minimalistic Gent’s guide to understanding the value proposition of this easily distinguishable watch.

When talking about his prominent character James Bond, Ian Fleming, the creator of the James Bond novels, articulated, “He could not just wear a watch. It had to be a Rolex.”  Founded in 1905 by German watchmaker Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex, as a brand, reached elegant prominence in professional settings to be the ubiquitous object signaling success. Seeded in the ownership of prominent A-list celebrities, affluent entrepreneurs, and successful individuals globally, the exalted excellence that Rolex emanates is prestigious.  Although there are other opulent brands that connoisseurs will argue in favor of, none are as illustriously known as Rolex.  Experience is the best educator on the indoctrination of  an aficionado, and we advise every successful gentleman to own at least one Rolex in their lifetime.

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To proselytize the rationale for possessing a Rolex, one must look at the zeitgeist of the brand’s history.  The prolific name Rolex stemmed from the ease of pronunciation across all cultures and the eloquent way it displayed on the actual timepieces.  Owning the epic tale of the creation of the very first water-proof watch, Rolex’s historical feats are numerous.  Crossing the English Channel in 1927, the Rolex Oyster passed a true trial of its water-proof capabilities by being on the wrist of Mercedes Gleitze and retaining full functionality throughout the strenuous ordeal.  1933 also marked a year where Rolex garnered huge media publicity; being on the wrists of the crew who first flew over Mount Everest. Sir Malcolm Campbell in 1935 set the land speed world record at 300mph while wearing a Rolex which attests to the unique narratives that make this brand so noteworthy.  With innumerable legends riddled throughout history, Rolex has ascertained a fabled legacy of being found on the wrists of successful individuals.

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Historic significance of the brand has cemented Rolex’s prominence in the watch industry, but it is their attention to the finished product that continues the perpetuation of their legacy.  Withstanding an entire year of testing, each Rolex is hand-crafted with extravagant materials that are manufactured in-house.  Unstinting lengths are undertaken in the makeup of these horological masterpieces; with Rolex having all of the internal resources to produce their own fine materials such as steel and gold. Rolex sets elevated standards when it comes to their craftsmanship, and their research and design team are continually pushing the extortionate standards that allow Rolex their imaginative yet pragmatic designs.  The name Rolex is synonymous with hand-crafted quality and premier exclusivity that any successful gentleman can truly appreciate.

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As a purveyor of the Minimalistic Gent lifestyle, one must wonder the rationale behind owning an extravagant watch of opulence.  The functionality of utilizing a singular watch exacerbates the need for that timepiece to be a superlative object of quality and recognition.  Rolex is a global brand, and there are few watch companies that are equally appreciated by both casual enthusiasts and zealous savants which indicates their prominence in contemporary culture.  When making the life decision  to live with less, high quality items, one can not deny the paramount value proposition that Rolex offers.

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Owning a Rolex is a prominent milestone signaling prosperous success. Historically, the brand has always respected the impressive accomplishments of others, and they will always be found on the wrists of awe-inspiring individuals with a taste for excellence.  With such an incredible legacy, every gentleman should eventually achieve their aspiration of owning one of these stupendous watches. The quintessential accessory that every gentleman should own is a superb wrist watch, and Rolex provides an excellent value proposition for it to be your watch of choice.

Are Street Wear Brands Luxury Brands?

The rise of street wear has been swift from small subculture to being featured on celebrities and actors alike.  This once underground fashion style has resonated with huge audiences over recent years, and many are led with questions about street wear and their place in the market.  Due to the exclusivity, prices, and brand awareness, we at the Minimalistic Gent believe that they can be categorized as luxury brands in today’s society.

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Exclusivity

The main attraction that gets A-list celebrities wearing street wear is the exclusivity and lack of stock.  Brands like Bape and Supreme spread their releases across various dates while controlling the supply to produce an air of exclusivity also found in luxury products.  Street wear brands are extremely proficient at not meeting the demand for their products, much like luxury brands, so they control their respective markets exceptionally well.  Lineups are immense around these stores when they release their product; reaching record amounts of individuals that want their hands on these coveted items.  The fact that exclusivity is at such extreme heights means that street wear brands are wanted on a grand scale which makes them comparable to the exclusive luxury brands that limit their supply.

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Prices

Street wear can be comparable to luxury brands in price.  Although they may lack the quality that we at the Minimalistic Gent advocate for, we can’t deny the exuberant prices street wear comes in at.  An example of an item would be the iconic Bape shark hoodie (cotton hoodie) which starts at around $405 in stores.  The brand still does well and is able to instantly sell out of their stock every single release.  Prices are extremely high in street wear which is comparable to other introductory luxury brands and that’s without even going into the exuberant second hand market (where prices can even be double of what the retail is). The infamous box logo tee from Supreme is iconic enough to be extremely desired and can go on the secondary market for prices easily exceeding $1,000.  This is an insane markup from the t-shirt that was purchased for about $148 from the Supreme store.  The price range that street wear brands can reach is extensive, but it is comparable to the price ranges of various luxury brands.

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Brand Awareness

Street wear has evolved from the confides of a select few people wearing it to being common place in media.  Seeing an A-list celebrity wear a street wear brand increases awareness where others try to emulate the style.  The air of high-end haute culture is very similar in this aspect because you will instantly be recognized by your peers for the clothes you decide to wear.  Supreme’s flagrant box logo can be recognized from distances away and it is one of the most counterfeited items.  There is an insane counterfeit market for these brands which shows how the worldwide awareness of these items has reached cult following levels.  Due to the brand awareness, anyone will recognize items such as the Bape ape logo or the Supreme red box logo.  The brand awareness of these street wear brands has become so great that it is easily recognized as a high end commodity comparable to luxury brands.

Although some may say that street wear lacks the quality or the history of other luxury fashion houses, there is no denying their impact on contemporary culture. Even historically stringent brands have recently been more accepting of street wear culture (like the eye opening collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Supreme).  We at the Minimalistic Gent advocate for less items that are of quality and value, and street wear brands definitely carry a huge value when it comes to resale and brand recognition.  Street wear brands can be considered luxury brands because of their price, exclusivity, and brand awareness which has been an unexpected but interesting phenomenon in contemporary times.  Let us know your thoughts below on whether street wear can be considered luxury-esque, and stay tuned for more from the Minimalistic Gent!

3 Ways To Get Ridiculous Amounts of Work Done!

We know you are all extremely busy individuals.  Today though we are giving you three essential tips to utterly annihilate all that you have to do! Time is of the essence so here are the three ways to get lots of work done:

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1. Destroy All Distractions

Distractions are everywhere and detract from your performance.  If possible, turn your phone off and rid yourself of everything that does not help in the work you are doing.  When answering other people’s needs and wants (like answering emails and phone calls), you put your time at their mercy and are not able to utilize your time as your own.  Get rid of all distractions that can keep you from doing your work and your efficiency will skyrocket!

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2. Have Goals in Mind

If you write your goals the chances of you accomplishing it grow to ridiculous levels.  Incremental goals that are specific yet quantifiable are the best kinds of goals that will ensure you maximize your potential.  Before going to bed each day, jot down all of your goals for the coming day and you will be sure to accomplish them.

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3. Take Breaks

We are not machines that can work incessantly.  Without breaks you will experience burnout that will decrease your efficiency and effectiveness.  We cannot recommend a perfect break system, but you need to find out what works for you.  Some of us need more frequent breaks to keep our attention level at peak levels, and some need less breaks.  Your break system will all depends on your focus level and how intense your work is (for some a five minute break on the hour is sufficient and for some a 30 minute break every couple of hours works).

Staying extremely efficient and getting the most out of your day is pivotal to being a Minimalistic Gent.  Minimizing your possessions is only one part of the equation, and the other aspect is maximizing your efficiency.  We can’t wait to see what you accomplish here at Minimalistic Gent!

 

 

3 Questions To Ask Before Your First Luxury Watch Purchase!

To many gentleman a watch is more than just an instrument to tell a wandering stranger the time. Watches exude class and a tiny snippet as to who you are as a person. They nonverbally cue that you are a responsible and timely person that is able to get things done.  With all this emanating from a simple watch, it is important to find the one that matches your personality and compliments your unique style.  Here are the three things you need to think about before making your first luxury watch purchase.

1. When Will I Wear This Watch?

The very first thing you need to think about when purchasing a watch is its purpose.  Are you an experienced diver that needs to take his watch on expeditions at extreme depths? Are you a cutthroat business executive that will be in meetings throughout the day? Are you an entrepreneur that frequently travels and needs to have two different time zones on his wrist at all time? These are all questions to ask that will lead to the type of watch that will fit your needs.  Watches have features that can make them water proof to extreme depths, shine and impress those around you, and display multiple time zones on one dial.  Think about where you will mostly be using your watch, and this will quickly allude you to the right watch that you need!

2. Do I Even Like How It Looks?

If you don’t like how the watch looks, you won’t wear it.  Just because someone else owns a watch, doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for you.  We at Minimalistic Gent recommend going to the actual boutiques and trying a few pieces on before purchasing.  Due to everyone’s wrists being different sizes, some watches will look better on others.  If the act of putting on your watch doesn’t brighten up your morning a little bit, it’s not the watch for you.  Watches are supposed to be fun, and you need to purchase a watch that you enjoy wearing above all else!

3. Why Is This Watch Special?

In the world of watches there are a plethora of choices.  Each watch has something unique that will draw your attention, but there has to be a reason for why you like the watch.  You may not intrinsically know the exact reason and some watches may just resonate with you causing you to gravitate to that model, but there is a reason.  Inability to quantify exactly why you like a watch isn’t a bad thing, but you have to love the watch you are purchasing in order for it to be a happy and momentous experience.  Some things to think about though are brand recognition, exclusivity, movement type, resale value, and resilience to damage.  Whatever the reason is, the watch has to be special so that you can enjoy it to the fullest on a daily basis.

In conclusion, these are the three questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a luxury watch.  The hardest realization for myself was really understanding that I can only wear one watch at any given time (least I look foolish with one on each wrist).  That led me to really minimize my watch collection and only keep the pieces that I really loved.  Above all else, it should be a fun and exciting experience that can mark a significant moment in time!

5 Watches For The Gentleman That Wants To Be Taken Seriously!

Watches have transcended their function of just being an instrument to tell time. They carry a strong sense of image in a professional career, they tell a story of your financial prowess, and they are great conversation topics to break the ice with potential clients.  To keep you from deteriorating your image it is pivotal you know which watch to get. I can’t count how many times I’ve made a sale because of the watch I was wearing. It is a great conversation piece, and it gives the people you meet a sense of your sophistication and maturity. The following are the five watches that will make a statement and help you to garner the respect you deserve from others:

1. Rolex GMT Master II Ref: 116710 BLNR (The Watch All Collectors Want)

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When it comes to a wrist watch, I find that the best conversation starters are watches that have either an interesting detail or a rarity that only true connoisseurs would appreciate. This watch has both! The black and blue split bezel truly gives this Rolex a strong sense of uniqueness that can be spotted a mile away. It is also easily recognized as a Rolex which can help even those who don’t know watches see that you mean business. Good luck finding one for a great price because demand for this watch is extremely high, but if you do find one you will not be disappointed with the level of satisfaction you will get from wearing it!

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2. OMEGA Speedmaster Professional (The Moon Watch)

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This watch was the first watch worn on the moon… is there anything else you need to know? The iconic Speedmaster Professional has garnered the respect of many for having a very strong design presence with a great history as being the first watch worn by astronauts on July 21, 1969. If that isn’t a cool fact that will start a conversation with someone, you need to find different company. There are so many iterations of this watch that you need to do a little research to find which one works for you. It also isn’t the most expensive watch on this list, but none can deny the amount of impact this watch has had on the world of horology.

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3. Rolex Day-Date 40 in 18K Rose Gold (Not Your Grandfather’s Watch)

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I could spot someone wearing this watch 100 yards away! In fact while on my recent vacation, I saw the rose gold glint of this watch from across the pool deck. What better way to dazzle and garner someone’s attention than with a bright rose gold Rolex. It does carry a little bit of weight as compared to the other watches on this list due to the 18K of gold that are present in this watch. I do still believe this is a great modern watch to wear for those that aren’t afraid of a little bit of gold. This definitely isn’t your grandfathers watch, but it could be your future grandsons!

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4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold On A Strap (Because the “Brick” is Too Heavy)

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I am a huge fan of the “brick” (the Royal Oak on it’s rose gold bracelet), but I am not a fan of wearing the “brick.” Although it commands attention, the wear and tear on the wrist and forearm are tremendous. If you ever get the chance, go into a dealer and put this watch on. You’ll instantly understand why it is nicknamed the “brick.” I’m a big advocate for being comfortable, so the Royal Oak in rose gold on a strap is much more manageable. This Audemars Piguet still garners attention from colleagues and associates, but it is comfortable enough to wear on a daily basis.

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5. Jacob and Co. Astronomia Tourbillon (Destroy the Competition)

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Nothing quite commands attention than a 50mm watch of the universe that spins on a three axis tourbillon around the entire watch as it oscillates (I didn’t even get to the diamonds). I’m not a fan of big watches, but seeing this instantly sets an individual high above the rest of the pack. This is not the watch for the faint of heart as a look at the price could make an individual faint, but it is a complicated watch that is extremely revolutionary in design and presentation. If you don’t believe me, head over to YouTube and search up this watch. It truly is a fantastic art piece that is mesmerizing to watch. If you want respect, this watch will give it to you!

Watches mean much more to the average gentleman than a way to tell time. Most can just look at their smart phone and find a much more accurate time than any of these pieces above. If you want to be respected though, you deserve one of these tremendous time pieces to show the world that you are a classy gentleman with a good sense of taste!