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Brain blip. There are nearly as many reasons for collecting things as there are things to collect But when it comes to watches and writing instruments, a variety of shared motivations, perhaps catalyzed by the obvious common characteristics of the objects themselves, make them conspicuous crossovers for collectors. For example, a pen – like a watch – is a relatively small, mechanical object that adds some punch to the somewhat restrained category of “men’s accessories.” Each provides more than a little intellectual stimulation thanks to the respective (and often complex) product catalogs and brand histories, and they can both provide a generous hit of luxury for those so inclined. Then again, maybe you just like them. New York native Jon Messer, who has been amassing pens and watches for more than four decades and has earned the distinction of “expert” in both fields, represents many collectors when . More