Recently, HODINKEE posted an interview with A. Lange & Söhne CEO, Wilhelm Schmid, from the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este which I found to represent and explain some of the sentiments behind cars, watches, and the mental and emotional attachments we collectors share. At times, I find it difficult to describe the "why" we do what we do to those who don't share these passions, or even understand collecting anything, for that matter. Rather than copy and past the article, I figured I'd go the old SEO route and link to the interview instead. enJOY:
Type A personalities have goal pursuit as default hard wiring. This is excellent for producing achievement, but also anxiety, as you're constantly future focused. I've personally decided that achievement is no more than a passing grade in life. It's a C+ that gets you limping along to the next grade in the right direction. But, for anything more, and certainly for anything approaching happiness, you have to want what you already have which takes perspective...because if you don't want and like what you have, nothing you get will ever make you happy.
During the start of something new: relationships, a new year, a new business, etc., we are able to identify how they make us feel: happy, or excited. However, when we acknowledge our emotions, we primarily do so when they begin, but we rarely acknowledge the end of certain emotions.
For example: In tough times, we make ourselves aware of when times are tough, but we don't acknowledge the moments and feelings we feel when things get better. Business is very tough at times, and cause and effect would be an understatement of a characterization. We all induce change at some point (again, be it in business, or in our personal lives), and an important component of change exists when we acknowledge all of these states of emotions, whether we're coming into or out of tough times. Take note of the end of your feelings and not just the beginning of them.
(This message brought as an unpaid expert from Headspace.)
The latest edition of 30 Minutes With... is a bit different as our next subject, Michael DiTullo, graciously invited us into his home, as well!
Name: Michael DiTullo
Occupation: Product Designer
Home: Leucadia, California
First Car: 1987 2-Door Buick Sommerset Regal in Black which he bought from his grandfather for $1.00
Vehicle Featured: 2015 Audi S3 Quattro. 2.0 liter turbo. 280 horsepower. S tronic DSG transmission. 2013 19" RS4 wheels.
Additional Car: 2001 Audi TT Convertible. 225 horsepower 6-speed manual transmission.
Cars of Note: 2001 Toyota MR2, 2012 Audi S5
Dream Car: Aston Martin DB4 Zagato
Jon Olsson made his name known by winning Freestyle Skiing gold medals in the Winter X Games throughout the majority of the beginning of this millennium. After making a switch over to downhill ski racing, he started a daily vlog on YouTube, which leads us to the below video.
You read the title of this blog correctly, and what you'll see below is borderline beyond comprehension. OUtfitted with a supercharged engine and an Akrapovic exhaust, Olsson itches, scratches and screams through the mountainside streets of Monaco. Like his passenger, this kind of car can only bring smiles to your face, I'm sure. Check it out:
Creative validation does not come from other
people, but from within.
Many of you watch fans, especially those of you in the greater Los Angeles area, may be familiar with Weiss Watch Company. Founded in Los Angeles by watchmaker Cameron Weiss, the Torrance, California-based company has a growing distribution across the city and beyond with solid positioning in shops such as Barneys New York, Wittmore and Stag Provisions on Abbot Kinney.
Recently, we exchanged a couple emails for the below interview. It's short, but it's sweet, and it's always great to receive insight straight from the horse's mouth. enJOY
Cameron, I'd like to start by asking a bit about your background: where were you born & raised, and where in Los Angeles are you currently based?
I was born in San Diego (Del Mar), and now I live in Redondo Beach.
What were the reasons you decided to start making your own watches?
My goal as I searched how and where I could learn watchmaking was always to start my own watch brand. It was just a journey to get here. I was very interested in classical, mechanical items and wanted to build my brand in America.
For those who don't know, with regards to the components you use, what is manufactured in-house and what is manufactured elsewhere?
We manufacture cases, crowns, buckles, straps, dials, and many of the movement components.
What distinguishes your movements from other manufacturers from a mechanical/function standpoint?
What distinguishes our movements is that it was designed to be a workhorse in serial production.
Can you walk us through some of the distinctions between your watches? What is the main difference between the Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch ($950) and the American Issue Field Watch ($2,500)? Can you explain some of the reasons for the price difference?
Our Standard Issue Field Watch is our flagship edition and our entry level offering. It is hand-finished and assembled with a Swiss movement and American parts in our studio.
Our American Issue Field Watch is mostly machined within our Los Angeles studio, has gold finishing, and comes on a Shell Cordovan strap. In addition, there were only 50 timepieces available, making it our most rare offering. Our pricing changes throughout our offerings due to the model, design, movement, and amount produced.
Aside from the military, where else do you draw inspiration (outside of the watch industry)?
I draw inspiration from vintage pocket watches, aviation, old Hollywood icons, and classic menswear.
Smaller brands have traditionally produced very few watches, annually. F.P. Journe, for example, produces around 850 watches per year. As a small business - how many watches would you say will be produced this year?
Since I produce each timepiece myself, we have a limited offering. We will produce 1500 -2000 this year and are currently expanding our production capabilities.
For anyone looking to start their own business, regardless of industry, what advice would you give them?
Take risks, and if it's something you truly believe in and are passionate about, then you will be successful.
What's next for you? Are there plans for watches with more complications (i.e. chronograph, moon phase) involved in the future, or are you wanting to focus solely on time-only time pieces?
We just launched our new Automatic Issue, our first self-winding timepiece, this week. We are proud to offer a new classic style and produce the oscillating weight ourselves in our studio all for an attainable price.
I am trained in advanced complications, so while I envision Weiss as a utilitarian brand, I'll never say never.
What is Weiss Watch Company's ultimate goal?
Our ultimate goal is to produce a trusted everyday heirloom at an attainable price with as many components produced within our studio as possible.
Thank you so much for taking the time, Cameron. We wish you further success and will undoubtedly enjoy witnessing your progress!
Weiss has had some fantastic press as of late. Check out the following links for more information: