Chapter VI: The only piece of jewellery a man is allowed to wear, Part I.
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In a Gentleman’s busy lifestyle, arriving on time is of upmost importance. It also shows respect to the other party. So this chapter is going to be all about watches, of course.
There comes a time in every man’s life, when he starts thinking about owning a timepiece. Not always but in most cases. When that time comes, the first watch that usually comes to mind is a Rolex. It is quite a common timepiece among recently successful individuals and it is a genuinely great watch, no doubt about that. It’s well made, tells great time and also looks very pleasant – all and all a great combination. However, is that truly the best that the watch world brings to the table?
To comprehend the man's enthusiasm for a timepiece, we first need to understand his fixation on time itself. My enthusiasm began with a basic digital stopwatch, given to me by my mother. I was never properly acquainted with the world of watches; nobody in my family had a proper Swiss Made (don’t forget Glasshutte) watch. But I never saw that as an obstacle – it was merely a small delay.
The first wristwatch I owned was a straightforward Seiko with a quartz movement (now that I’m older I understand what that means). To a ten year old kid, that was the best watch in the world. It even had a digital dial which illuminated at the press of a small button. It was amazing. The passion later developed and I felt this urge to digg deeper and explore every corner of this new world. I needed to see what else is out there.
Someone once showed me, what I now understand to be a mechanical watch. I observed the sweeping hand and quickly got interested in finding out the reason behind the smooth moving second hand. Time seemed to flow so effortlessly and it captured my imagination for the years to follow. It only escalated when I saw, what really made it work the way it did and it quickly grew into a real passion – a fire that still burns to this day.
If we delve deeper into the watch variants and specifications, we find ourselves in a world full of dials, gears and millions of small moving parts. The general purpose of a watch is simple; it tells time, obviously. That’s what's called a single complication watch. For every additional function such as date, moon phase, stopwatch, tourbillon etc. the watch gets the recognition of an additional complication. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We shall take a closer look at that in part II.
Until next time, RP.