Do Collectors Really Care About High-Tech Watch Materials?

As brands continue to experiment, some say they only wish they could afford the results.

With the continued emergence of new watch case materials, collectors and watch lovers are faced with a dilemma: traditional materials versus forged carbon, industrial sapphire, ceramic alloys and more.

Watches using many of these materials — which have been expensive to develop and produce, so retail prices are equally high — cost more than the steel or titanium alternatives. And will they hold their value on the resale market?

“Unequivocally, yes, these newer material watches will have staying power and hold their value, but it depends on the brand and the model,” said Paul Boutros, head of

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