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Invest in a watch or invest in a movie?

by Michael Weare
16 December, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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Believe it or not, there are successful independent movies out there making money and reputations for considerably less than the cost of a decent watch.

A. Lange & Sohne Cabaret Tourbillon

Take the A. Lange & Sohne Cabaret Tourbillon wristwatch for example. Well you don’t get to take it at all until you part with at least $229,000.

The Cabaret Tourbillon was chosen by readers of the German Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag and specialist watch magazine Armbanduhren as “Watch of the Year 2009”.

The Cabaret embodies one of the key principles of the A. Lange & Söhne movement philosophy which states that every timepiece crafted by the Saxon manufactory must contain a movement developed and made in-house by Lange.

A. Lange & Sohne Cabaret Tourbillon movement

As a rectangular watch it has been customised with its own form fitting movement, filling every last corner of the slender case with micromechanical ingenuity and Lange’s superb horological artistry.

This approach results in a particularly elegant case and balanced dial design, without being restricted by the dimensions of a round movement that would be either too wide or not high enough to harmoniously accommodate all displays.

The Cabaret Tourbillon represents a breakthrough in the more than 200-year-old history of the tourbillon. It is the first timepiece of its type that can be set precisely to the second. This is achieved with the V-shaped arresting spring of the patented stop seconds mechanism for a tourbillon. The beauty and finesse of the delicate tourbillon with the patented stop-seconds mechanism can be admired through a window in the solid-silver dial.

By any measure it’s a stunning watch from one of the best brands in the business. But assuming one had $229,000 to invest, would it be wiser to invest in the watch or invest the money in an independent movie?

The Killing of Jacob Marr

The Killing of Jacob Marr

36 year old Brad Rego from Massachusetts is President and CEO of 221 Films. His 2010 independent movie The Killing of Jacob Marr has received rave reviews by critics and audiences alike and has even garnered a few awards including first runner up in the CultCuts Magazine Horror Movie Contest of 2010. According to IMDb, the movie was made for an estimated budget of just $15,500.

The budget and filming schedule was so tight the crew and cast had to stay in the lodge in the Catskill Mountains where the bulk of the movie is set.

But think about it, if a talented up and coming director like Brad Rego can achieve great things with just $15,500, think what he could achieve with $229,000!

To put things in perspective, John Carpenter made his fortune with the horror movie Halloween. The movie cost $320,000 to make, it has so far grossed $60 million – and that’s just on the first movie. (Source: IMDb)

The Killing of Jacob Marr theatrical release

While your A. Lange & Sohne Cabaret Tourbillon will slowly appreciate in value over many years, bear in mind the right movie with the right investment and distribution deal can make back many times its investment even in the first weekend. Imagine what watches you could buy if the movie really took off.

Young directors like Brad are constantly looking for financing. Additional funds for The Killing of Jacob Marr had to be found just to finish the movie.

So here’s an idea. If you want to be a watch collector and a movie mogul there are hundreds of good independent projects screaming out for funding. Just ask Brad.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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