Friday, July 22, 2016

Why I Love Watches

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.


As 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 Fran├žoise 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,

Tyler


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