Sunday, October 12, 2008

I Don't Think It's A Timex

I tried to buy a wind-up Timex watch once. I’m not even sure self-winding watches are still around. Anyway, here is a real exchange I had with a high-end (highest-end) dealer in New York City.

To: Cellini, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria
From: Tom Carten
I am a subscriber to the New York Times and saw an advertisement for the RM 020 in its advertising supplement this week. While Richard Mille’s watches are somewhat above my resources, I am curious about the price in the lower right-hand corner of the page. It reads, “From 450,000 USD.” Am I to presume this watch sells for $450,000? Just curious. Envious, but curious.

To: Tom Carten
From: Cellini, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria
You are correct. It retails for $450,000

To: Cellini, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria
From: Tom Carten
Thank you for your prompt reply. All I can do is dream. And change the battery in my Timex.

(I wonder if they discount for quantity? I’m not going to ask.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen those wtches! They do everything but talk, but you can buy an option for directions like on a GPS.

Basically the watch cost ten grand, the rest is for the batteries.


October 13, 2008 4:24 PM  
Anonymous ruthc said...

"From 450,000 USD".
From? From??? Whatever does it climb "to"!!!

October 13, 2008 10:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

It's about the ugliest thing I've ever seen. For $450k, you'd think it would look good.

Then you add $27,000 tax at 6% -- the equivalent of 13 to 17 New England/Canada cruises. Or, enough to keep me onboard annually until I turn 80.

October 14, 2008 12:54 AM  

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