The Case For Steel: Here’s Why Stainless Steel Is The Most Precious Metal For Watches (Archive)

In the world of watches, especially with regards to collecting, rarity is a large factor contributing to the cost of a luxury timepiece. The reason is because rarity is almost always an implied condition that seems beyond control – like it just happens. The reality is usually never that simple, especially with new timepieces. But the effect leads to valuing rarer watches, materials, and even techniques more than others of relatively equal standing. That statement is bound to draw disagreement, and such disagreement is perfectly justifiable. Rarity and the assumed value based on rarity are all tied to emotion. Emotion is a perfectly valid reason to value something, otherwise humans would never fall in love, fight for their country, or sacrifice anything for the good of others. But through the years I have come to discover that I am often a pragmatist and therefore making decisions based solely on emotion usually doesn’t work out. So in the world of watches and collecting I end up standing on the opposite side of the fence from the majority. That is why today I am offering up another edition of “Here’s Why” in which I focus on what I consider to be the most precious metal in watch...

Why Having Chargers At Small-Town Walmarts Could Help Spur Electric Car Sales

Both well-established automakers and high-tech upstart companies alike are planning a slew of new full-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for the coming model years in anticipation of a future where the roads are populated with battery-powered cars, crossover SUVs and even pickup trucks. They could well be necessary for manufacturers to achieve corporate average fuel economy quotas down the road, but there’s no telling if sufficient demand will be there to make them sustainable in the marketplace. According to InsideEVs.com, 110,886 full-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold in the U.S. this year through the end of May. That’s more than the 99,226 plug-in cars sold over the same period in 2018, but it’s still a drop in the proverbial bucket as a percentage of overall new-vehicle sales, which reportedly stand at over 4.7 million units year-to-date. One element that could help gain interest in electrified vehicles in the short term, and perhaps boost sales down the road, is the recent installation of more than 120 fast-charging stations in Walmart parking lots across America. They’re part of the Electrify America network and are situated at stores in 34 states, most of ...