GAD­GET GURU

T3’S NUTTY PRO­FES­SOR OF TECH IS THE MAN TO STRAIGHTEN YOU OUT How do I get into me­chan­i­cal watches?

T3 India - - GADGET GURU - AAKAASH KUMAR

THE MAR­KET COM­MANDS THAT A RIDICU­LOUS COL­LEC­TION OF LUX­URY MA­TE­RI­ALS BE GLUED ONTO EVERY WATCH

It would be fair to say that the me­chan­i­cal watch has been bat­tered over the years. First the quartz rev­o­lu­tion kicked them in the gut, clock-ad­dled phones stuffed that be­jew­elled wrist­wear into a box, then smart­watches ham­mered the nail in. But the proper watch never truly died. It is easy to spend stupid money on a me­chan­i­cal watch. Those tight-wound springs, teeny screws, and in­tri­cate move­ments re­quire a level of crafts­man­ship far be­yond ma­chine-as­sem­bled dig­i­tals and, at the higher end, the mar­ket com­mands that a ridicu­lous col­lec­tion of lux­ury ma­te­ri­als be glued onto every watch. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Af­ford­able time­pieces like Seiko’s ven­er­a­ble 5 se­ries and Stührling’s range, which of­ten come with al­lur­ing naked move­ments, mean tak­ing your first step into the game need not cost you the foot you stepped with. When you’re ready to up­grade, you’re re­ally not short of op­tions. Ap­prox. `40,000 will buy you the ab­so­lutely gor­geous Tor­goen T33 403, while the Vic­tori­nox In­fantry 241520, for around `45,100, gets you a de­lec­ta­ble Swiss move­ment in a rugged case. You’ll want an Omega, of course, but you won’t want to spend up­wards of `3,00,000 on a Sea­mas­ter chrono­graph, un­less you do, in which case Guru will hap­pily take some of that money off your hands.

GaGu has a few catch-all tips be­fore you open that wal­let, so lis­ten up. Don’t get a leather strap, be­cause it won’t last. Try on watches first, to find the right size for your dainty wrist. Look to Ja­pan if you want cheap, de­cent time­pieces. Don’t pick up a fake – you’ve got no guar­an­tee of move­ment or build qual­ity, and you’ll have to ex­plain your­self to gaw­ping wrist-watch­ers. Fi­nally, pre­pare for main­te­nance costs; re­place­ment straps, glass and ser­vices aren’t cheap, and you’ll need them if you want to keep that in­vest­ment valu­able.

ABOVE Un­lock a new state of be­ing with a me­chan­i­cal watch

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