WATCH TALK FORUMS - WATCH TALK FORUMS NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2012
  • WATCH TALK FORUMS NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2012



    WATCH TALK FORUMS NEWSLETTER - JANUARY

    Welcome to the January 2012 WATCH TALK FORUMS Newsletter! Happy New Year...

    WE'RE HUGE!

    Every year WATCH TALK FORUMS experiences a little more growth than the year prior. At the close of 2011, we had over 26,000 registered members, over 53,000 threads, and over a half-million posts!

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    DID YOU RECEIVE A WATCH IN DECEMBER?


    If so, remember to post it here: http://www.watchtalkforums.info/foru...orum/56305.htm

    We also have the January Arrivals thread going: http://www.watchtalkforums.info/foru...orum/57397.htm


    SHOW US YOUR 2011 CHANGES!


    There are several threads detailing member's Ins and Outs for the year, and SOTC posts are welcome too! Feel free to participate in any one of these discussions:

    http://www.watchtalkforums.info/foru...orum/56984.htm

    http://www.watchtalkforums.info/foru...orum/57323.htm

    http://www.watchtalkforums.info/foru...orum/57444.htm

    There are other threads too - just search "2011" for more.

    HOW DO I POST A PHOTO?

    I wanted to make sure all of our new members (and a reminder for our long-time members) know that we have some GREAT tutorials posted in the Guidelines and FAQ forum which provide simple, step by step instructions on how to post photographs. In particular, this video I recorded shows how, in less than five minutes, you can post a photo on WATCH TALK FORUMS. If you'd like to step up the recognition and respect you receive from the community.

    REVIEW OF THE ORBITA SIENA 3 EXECUTIVE ROTOWIND WATCH WINDER

    In case you missed it, here's a link to my review of the Orbita Siena 3 Executive Rotowind Watch Winder - it's one that I've added to my personal collection.

    REVIEW OF THE EILUX DUOLUX WATCH WINDER FROM WATCHCASES.COM


    I also did a review of this great value priced Eilux watch winder from Watchcases.com - here's a link to the review in the Watch Winder Forum.

    GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE GMT


    Joe From Arizona Fine Time posted a great article on the Grand Seiko Spring Drive GMT in the Japanese and Asian Watch Forum - here's the link in case you missed this interesting piece!

    ALPINA STARTTIMER PILOT WATCH


    Joe From Arizona Fine Time also posted a neat article about the Alpina Startimer Pilot Watch over in the General Discussion Forum. Here's the link.

    MORE GREAT STRAPS FROM KAIN HERITAGE

    Last month, I also did a review of some great, high-end straps from Kain Heritage - here's a link to the review over in the new Watch Strap Forum.

    DO YOU HAVE SOME TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR WATCH?


    If you have technical questions about how your watch is running, look no further than the WATCH TALK FORUMS TECHNICAL FORUM - a resource for our Patron Members. Rikthewatchmaker is standing ready to answer your questions and try and help diagnose your watch related issues.

    PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO THE WATCH TALK FORUMS CHANNEL ON YouTube!


    Speaking of videos, have you checked out the WATCH TALK FORUMS Channel on YouTube? Have you subscribed? The channel has lots of video items that will appeal to a broad user base - it's not just watches. Check it out!



    My hope is to not only bring video content to our members and visitors here on WATCH TALK FORUMS, but also to reach the YouTube audience who don't know about our community. We get about 200,000 visitors here monthly on WTF, but YouTube gets millions of visitor every day, so I'm hoping this will be a GREAT opportunity to expand our community.

    Here's what I like you to do - please visit our new video channel on YouTube:

    WATCH TALK FORUMS Channel on YouTube

    Please "subscribe" to the WATCH TALK FORUMS YouTube channel (You'll see a little yellow button at the top of the screen which says "subscribe." The more subscribers we have, the greater the "snowball" effect of popularity which will drive people to the channel. This will help draw attention to the channel, the videos produced on the channel, and help grow our community.

    Video content will really help improve our community and your experience here in the months and years to come, so I hope you're as excited as I am about this news!


    THE WATCH TALK FORUMS GROUP ON FACEBOOK!


    Do you use Facebook? Who doesn't?!?! WATCH TALK FORUMS has a dedicated group on Facebook - check it out by clicking here.

    2011 WATCH TALK FORUMS PATRON PROGRAM CAMPAIGN


    Every day, we're seeing the ranks of WTF Members joining the Patron Program grow! Thanks SO MUCH to everyone who has joined the program!! We're on our way to the goal of 1500 Patron members in 2012!

    WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE PATRON PROGRAM? WHY IS WATCH TALK FORUMS ASKING FOR DONATIONS FROM MEMBERS?


    The Patron Program began at the end of 2008 as a way to help fund the growth of WTF. Our commercial WTF Forum Sponsors essentially cover the basic overhead costs of the site. However, we have no budget for things we desperately need like travel (to get to places like Basel or SIHH for example so we can bring our community a first hand account of the new watches which are introduced every year) and advertising (so that we can draw in even more participation in our various forums which is more fun for everyone), and compensating the Admin Team for article work (who work as volunteers currently) so we can generate more professional content for the site which we all can enjoy.

    We started the Patron Program with the understanding that the primary benefits to the contributing member was the recognition within the community for being a Patron Program Member, and the satisfaction which comes from contributing to a worthwhile cause. Based on the extremely low participation in the Patron Program in 2009, it was clear that there was not enough incentive for Registered Members to become Patron Program Members.

    SO WHAT'S CHANGED WITH THE 2011 PATRON PROGRAM? WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CONTRIBUTING FINANCIALLY TO WATCH TALK FORUMS?


    Last year we started rolling out our brand new Patron Program. This program is designed to provide a lot of added value to our Patron Program Members, with MANY new and positive benefits for them, including:
    • NEW and EXCITING system functionality - the "My Watch Box" feature which allows you to showcase your collection for all to see!
    • Special pricing and discounts which WTF Forum Sponsors will ONLY make available to WTF Patron Program Members!!!
    • Special pricing and discounts which WTF Forum Sponsors will ONLY make available to WTF Patron Program Members!!!
    • Exciting drawings and giveaways for watches and watch related accessories which will only be available for Patron Program members!
    • Sales Forum posting privileges - Since the start of this year only Patron Program members and Forum Sponsors are permitted to post in the Sales Forum.
    [CENTER]To join the WTF Patron Program, click here.

    That's it for this month's newsletter - see you next month!

    **Photos & Text Copyright 2011 WATCH TALK FORUMS INC. No part of this report can be reproduced outside of WATCH TALK FORUMS without the expressed permission of John B. Holbrook, II.
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