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The Death of QP Magazine


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I received a letter this morning to inform me that QP magazine is sadly no more and that publication has ended with issue 93.

Just prior to receiving this letter, I had an unsolicited copy of the latest issue of Esquire posted through my door, which I concluded was a promotional free issue to persuade me to subscribe to that magazine as well as to QP - sent by Hearst, who also publish QP.  It now transpires that Hearst are now sending me Esquire instead of QP until my current QP subscription runs out.

I will certainly miss QP magazine, the only regular British specialist watch magazine, and I am not too keen on Esquire generally even though the magazine has a standalone watch section published once a year and called, "The Big Watch Book", which is included in the subscription. Perhaps Forum members could let me know their opinions on the annual Esquire watch book and let me know whether one can  purchase it separately once a year.

 

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Salon QP was cancelled at the same time. 

I suspect it will be resurrected at some stage by the same people behind it. Maybe on-line only.

I used to get it delivered to me in Thailand, but delivery here isn't great. It was actually sold in many different Countries and languages, including a Thai edition. 

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Although I did subscribe to QP (because there was no other choice really) I always thought it was a bit snobby and "up itself". I always used to try and pick up WatchTime when I went abroad - a far better magazine which appealed to a much wider spectrum of enthusiasts.

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I must admit that to some extent, I subscribed to QP because there wasn't much else out there to read about watches and the current watch market, and it did sometimes give me ideas for Forum topics to write about. A disadvantage with QP was that it restricted itself to a small section of the watch market; a section which I and most people on the planet could not aspire to financially.

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51 minutes ago, Always"watching" said:

I must admit that to some extent, I subscribed to QP because there wasn't much else out there to read about watches and the current watch market, and it did sometimes give me ideas for Forum topics to write about. A disadvantage with QP was that it restricted itself to a small section of the watch market; a section which I and most people on the planet could not aspire to financially.

There is so much available online for free. Various blogs etc, which have been discussed in previous posts . Esquire does have some good info, but it tends to be one big paid for advertising journal for example,

https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-accessories/g32071242/watch-microbrands/

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I do agree with you there, Steve @WRENCH, and the same seems to be true of GQ Magazine. You are also right in mentioning the stuff available online - the bread and butter of much research and material for Forum topics on old and new watches alike. I wouldn't be without my personal collection of offline reference material, though, and I have quite recently joined the AHS (Antiquarian Horological Society).:)

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