By Tyler, the apprentice
Today I thought I’d quickly address one of the questions
I’m often asked: Why do you like watches? The first and easiest
answer I usually give is I just do. I’ve always liked them.
It’s something you’ve either got or you don’t, there
isn’t necessarily any rationale for it.
But I do have some more concrete reasons. They’re the only
universally accepted jewellery that men can wear. Conversation starters. An
expression of your personality and your mood. You might even use them to
check the time.
Watches are the product of painstaking research, merging many
different fields to make them a reality: mathematics, physics, metallurgy,
chemistry and design. The list goes on. Watchmakers are artists that weave
these different, often conflicting, fields together to produce something
eternal. You can’t carry a sculpture or painting around, but your
favourite timepiece can accompany you anywhere you go.
Few other things we own are as personal as a watch. It goes
through what we go through, always there to reassure you and evoke
memories. A single glance at your watch can bring a smile to your face.
What else is passed down across generations like a watch? There lies a lot
of power in this fact. It speaks volumes to the importance a watch can have
in our lives.
Beyond even owning the watch, the discovery process is equally
thrilling. The thrill of the hunt, the hours of research that lead you to
your favourite piece and the joy that comes when you’ve found
something that ticks all your boxes. It’s addicting.
the weekend approaches, here’s hoping you get a chance to wind up
your watch and unwind yourself. One of my favorite quotes is by playwright
Françoise Sagan who said: “My favourite pastime is
letting time pass, having the time, taking my time, wasting my
time, living out time - against the current”.
Only in those precious idle moments are we able to take a step
back and properly assess life as a whole. Paradoxically, work gets done
when we take the time to do nothing. Watches remind me of the need to take
time off and enjoy the quiet moments, to be more like my watch itself;
content with letting time tick by.
Enjoy your weekend!
Until next time,