Romanson Watches. A Korean made luxury.
In an earlier article about chopsticks, I berated a commenter on her idea about Koreans having exceptional skill in precision based industries because of Korean use of metal chopsticks. One example I used was to point out that the Swiss don’t use chopsticks and lead the world in clock and watch making. “Where are the Korean watchmakers?” I asked? Well it turns out, I was wrong. There is a major Korean watchmaker, Romanson. It appears Romanson has mastered an exact kind of advanced technology in watchmaking. This includes a watch with a “cuting glass watch with a surface that has been carved in a diamond shape,” according to Romanson’s website.
The company was founded in 1988, and began manufacturing watches with Swiss movement in the 1990’s. Most of Romanson’s watches are manufactured in Korea with Swiss movement, except the Premier class, which is manufactured in Switzerland. Here’s some more info about the company and its products from someone else’s blog.
Among the more notable accomplishments of the company include designing a unification watch for Korea’s leaders, and designing a watch for specific use by Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General.
The last watch that I actually used was a Timex Indiglo that cost less thta $50, because I’ve never been into luxury items. I think that even if I was stupid rich, I’d still live frugally, because I don’t believe in showing off my wealth to everyone on my wrist, in my clothing, or with the car I drive. But that’s just me. Recently I don’t wear a watch because I look at my cellular phone to find what time it is.
As far as the chopsticks = dexterity debate goes, I’m not changing my mind. I don’t see any correlation between metal chopstick use and precision based activities, but the idea is quite popular both in and outside of Korea.