SE­CRET WATCHES

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - The Buzz -

Omega in­ter­na­tional brand her­itage man­ager Pet­ros Pro­topa­pas re­lates the his­tory of the se­cret watch: “Al­though for cen­turies, women would have had the right to in­ter­rupt a man and in­di­cate ‘You talk too much’ by look­ing at their watch, sud­denly they lost it in the early 20th cen­tury be­cause men — sol­diers — re­turned from war and took own­er­ship of the wrist­watch. So in Art Deco-era New York, women are not sup­posed to look at their wrist­watch any­more, but they can pre­tend they are look­ing at their artis­tic jew­ellery piece and then whoops! By ac­ci­dent they pop it open and see the time. Then, in the ’60s, af­ter the revo­lu­tion of the Lady­matic [model], the idea of a se­cret watch comes back into style, but not with the orig­i­nal mean­ing. Just be­cause it’s beau­ti­ful.”

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