This blog with my approval has flamed desire for watches, radios, cars. Desire is fun. As I tell my students, desire makes us human. I am no utilitarian rationalist.
But desire without skepticism makes us less than human. In other words, blind desire is something to be avoided.
So when it comes to watches, and other things, I try to counter my desires by asking myself where to draw the line between fun hobby and out-of-control insanity.
Obsessives like myself benefit when we can stand back and question ourselves with a strong dose of metacognition.