As many of you know, over the past six months, the visibility of accounts with a very large number of followers like ours, has been compromised by Instagram's desire to drive up their advertising revenue. As our following on Instagram has plateaued at the 125,800 follower mark and the number of likes per post have significantly dropped no matter how hard we try, we find it harder and harder to feel motivated to spend as much time posting as we used to and liking posts of those that we follow. You can follow us here in case you are not doing so.
Since many of the accounts that we love/follow now rarely appear on our feed thanks to Instagram's algorithm changes, we've decided to put together a list of ten IG accounts —solely belonging to watch collectors with no watch dealers, reposting accounts or watch industry professionals included— that we are not seeing on our feed as frequently as we used to but that we absolutely love and we think you should follow in case you're not already doing so. One thing all these accounts have in common is that all the content is created by their owners and are not one more of the too many reposting accounts on IG like @whatchs and others.
While there are many more IG accounts that create unique content on a daily basis, we can only feature so many in just one article. For those of you that didn't make it to this list, don't worry, we will include you for sure on the next one.
Ken is not only a moderator at the Rolex Forums but also a seasoned watch collector with a very impressive collection. With a wide range of watches from Rolex and Audemars Piguet, Ken for sure will keep you entertained as he posts some of the sharpest and most versatile wrist shots along with his signature monogrammed shirts.
A Texan at heart and a passionate watch collector with a weakness for vintage watches, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, micro-brands and more recently crazy in love with his Patek Philippe Aquanaut ref. 5167 on a brown 'tropical' strap. @bzabodyn214 is a serious 'watch flipper' and family man with a gallery filled with natural light images and signature 'upside down' wrist shots with the occasional 'Negroni' in the backdrop.
A good friend from Canada and perhaps the biggest fanboy of Omega that we've ever met. With a vast collection of watches including Omega, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Breguet and Ulysse Nardin amongst others, he recently has turned into the second biggest fan of Grand Seiko after our very own special contributor in Singapore @orangedial17. With perfect lighting and a signature 'look and feel' throughout his gallery, @rjkama is a must follow.
Wayne is not only our IG exclusive contributor for Singapore since October 2015, but a very well-rounded watch collector well-known for his contributions to The Rolex Forums, The Purists and Timezone. He is a collector with a great eye for photography and through his IG feed, you will see what we mean. His passion for Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, H. Moser & Cie. and more recently Grand Seiko will warrant a crazy amount of #watchporn.
The man behind the hashtag #Head2HeadCopycat and a seasoned watch collector that mainly posts pictures taken with his DSLR and occassional iPhone 6. Doc Kicktoc will bring captivating images and a breath of fresh air to your IG feed. A very friendly individual whose camaraderie has brought many watch collectors together to fill the gram with #Head2HeadCopycat images every Wednesday.
If you like Panerai watches or consider yourself a true Paneristi, @noel1844 is an account that you must follow. Not only his images are stunning but the choice of straps for his Panerai watches are simply drool-worthy and very unique.
One of the biggest collectors of Patek Philippe timepieces and a creator of some of the best images of Patek Philippe on the gram, @patekcollector will leave you in awe with some heavy hitters in his collection and some never before seen Patek references.
A seasoned photographer from Toronto, Canada that tells his story through watches. With crazy awesome compositions, delightful macro photography and wonderful food/watch pairings will bring one of the most colorful watch images to your feed.
A very seasoned collector located in Hong Kong with an eye for Patek Philippe and Richard Mille, follow his travels around the globe in search for that next grail. A true watchlifestyler that couldn't love watches and the good life even more.
A watch collector and enthusiast in love with the 'Holy Trinity of Watchmaking' —Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin— and well curated vintage timepieces along with a few posts here and there of independent watchmaking brands like Laurent Ferrier and F.P. Journe. Subtle imagery where the star of the picture is the watch mostly under natural lighting and light colored backgrounds.