Friday, November 23, 2007

Origin of an Horophile

First Things First
When I started at Gray & Sons four months ago I knew this much about watches: people wear them on their wrists. I have a watch somewhere in my closet that sees the light of day once a year, maybe. I don't wear jewelry or have any tattoos, and I thought quartz meant that a watch was really good. But as I began taking pictures of fine watches it dawned on me that there really is something special about a nice mechanical watch - beyond the purely aesthetic beauty of polished gold and shiny dials. I am beginning to understand how someone could spend $30,000 on a watch (!), and I daydream about some day being able to afford one (or many) myself. So what is it about a well crafted watch that fascinates us? Is it the unbelievable precision of the movement? The shape and weight of the case? I suppose some people buy a watch simply as a status symbol, but I imagine a collector couldn't care less about that. If he has the money to collect great watches status is not an issue. I must admit that if I could buy a nice watch, I'd have more than one. And this is coming from someone who, four months ago, didn't know the difference between Timex and Rolex! I'll grant you that I still don't know very much about watches, but I am learning more every day, and I am developing an appreciation that will undoubtedly last the rest of my life, whether I ever own a Patek or not! Browse the complete collection of fine watches at -Brian


Blogger Taccia said...

Hello. And welcome to the virtually secret world of mechanical watches ! Indeed, like yourself some months ago, most people know very little about the magic and beauty of these amazing little machines and the pleasure they can bring. Enjoy your position at Grays & Son. You're in the perfect spot to enjoy and learn about the finest little machines ever made by man ! Regards, Taccia.

December 11, 2007 9:36 AM  

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