Watches are simple devices. They tell time. Some have other functions like a date, stopwatch, 2nd time zone, and count up or countdown bezels. Primarily, though, they tell time.
Do I ever love ‘em! Why? Watches are interactive jewelry. Without the aid of a mirror, you can’t see your earrings or necklace. Some piercings are also hidden from your view of them. But watches, they’re always there for you to look at and interact with. Their motion is constant. The ticking seconds hand never stops (assuming a good battery or functioning mechanical watch.) Look at the face and then look again a few minutes later and things are different. Time has progressed. What did you do during that brief interval that you can never get back?
My watches remind me of how precious time is, especially now that I’m a northern55er. If I notice several hours have elapsed without my recalling much about what I did during that time, have I squandered that time? Only you can answer that. And, I believe none of us should be obsessed with being in perpetual motion. Often, busy work is a greater time waster than legitimate rest. When I relax I’ll use my chronograph to time how long I want to do nothing. Sometimes, I may grab my digital watch and set the alarm to wake me in an hour.
Despite simply telling time as their main function, look at how many permutations there are? Some watches cost as little as a few dollars and some well into six figures. Why?
In future posts I’ll talk about my favorite watches from my collection. I’ll also discuss watches I don’t own that I’d like to, and why. For now, the accompanying photo is of my automatic Victorinox Swiss Army Alpnach Chronograph. It’s one of my favorites because of its design, layout, chronograph function, and exhibition back. As an automatic, the motion of my wrist keeps it wound. There is no battery. Once taken off, this watch has a 43-hour power reserve…in other words, that’s how long it stays wound with no further movement. Notice the seconds hand is at the 9:00 position and is a propeller. That’s because this watch commemorates the Swiss Air Force’s Cougar helicopter base in the Swiss Alps. The dials are designed for easy reading like the instruments in a helicopter’s cockpit. When I wear this watch I’ll remove it several times to look at the exhibition back and marvel at the mechanical movement.
Did I mention that watches are interactive?!