Nobody wears a mechanical watch for function. Its all about prestige, art and the history behind the watches first, function second.
I would argue that expensive watches also help people in Switzerland and Germany keep their jobs. Immoral ? Hardly.
What would be immoral is getting the money from corruption or bribes.
It's debatable whether "ignorance" or "selfishness" is the main feature of luxury goods consumers, because when you start on that path, then the whole developed world should start throwing off our various "luxuries". Why need to sleep in air-con room? Throw away your air-con and save the children! Why need to use computer? Just read books in the library! Throw away your computer and save the children! Why buy an iProduct? Just buy dirt cheap China imitations and save the children? So on and so forth. He qualifies it later on by saying that:We can adapt that judgment to the man or woman who wears a $30,000 watch or buys similar luxury goods, like a $12,000 handbag. Essentially, such a person is saying; “I am either extraordinarily ignorant, or just plain selfish. If I were not ignorant, I would know that children are dying from diarrhea or malaria, because they lack safe drinking water, or mosquito nets, and obviously what I have spent on this watch or handbag would have been enough to help several of them survive; but I care so little about them that I would rather spend my money on something that I wear for ostentation alone.”
Which I can't help but agree with. In the same breath, I don't think we need to go out of our way to live like paupers either. Cheers.Of course, we all have our little indulgences. I am not arguing that every luxury is wrong. But to mock someone for having a sensible watch at a modest price puts pressure on others to join the quest for ever-greater extravagance. That pressure should be turned in the opposite direction, and we should celebrate those, like Sikorski, with modest tastes and higher priorities than conspicuous consumption.
Comparing mechanical watch and a quartz is like comparing Da Vinci's painting with a modern poster sized photo. (OK, maybe I should stick with apple and orange).
It's simply not the same.
Here's one of my fav: Ulysse Nardin Genghis Khan
It's artfully done!
Maybe it's not as accurate as the cheapest quartz anyone can find in pushcart, but this watch using nothing but gravity and Newton principal to keep time.
Last edited by Foxshade; 10th May 2013 at 05:05 PM.
A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
Peter Singer is a ethics philosopher, who, while making several insights into ethics and morality, is getting incredibly tiresome on his various thrusts to "save the world".
To this (now getting ridiculously repetitive) article, I shall continue to say, As I told my ethics professor before, that
1. the world runs on luck
2. Some people live well, some people not as well
3. That I certainly won't die trying to save every soul out there
About his reference to horology, well, I don't think he can understand or appreciate the art of watchmaking. But I think he is merely using this to make his larger point.
Last edited by Blur Shadow; 10th May 2013 at 06:32 PM.
I think you guys miss the objective of this article.
He is not saying that it is sinful to wear luxury watch.
However, when the watch cost more than the salary of the ministers.
The question is where does the money comes from ?
He is indirectly implying that the government is corrupted.
I eats, shoots & leaves
If your intention is to tell the time. A cheap quartz watch is more accurate than a costly branded mechanical watch.
Officials are not born into their role, its possible that they were businessman, or come from wealthy families.
I think this prof is too narrow minded. He only knows about ethics and nothing else.
By his logic, we should only buy cheap Primark clothes made in Bangladesh.
And why the rich should pay millions of dollars for a Renoir or van Gogh when I'm selling my stick man drawing for $500 (cheap right?.. it comes with COA too )
free market la
do what you like with your money
as your conscience dictates.
Next time when you are invited to an official function in MBS just bring your own food from Lau Pa Sat.
I eats, shoots & leaves
different countries work differently.
just because a system is a success in one, doesn't mean that it'll be a success in another.
don't forget that the factors that remain different are socio-cultural, land history and education amongst others.
it's like asking why buy a Leica?
really why do ppl spend so much on a Leica?
Last edited by UncleFai; 11th May 2013 at 09:18 PM.