We asked our trusty team of writers and photographers… Why does time speed up the older you get?
1. Josh Sims
Josh Sims is a London-based freelance writer and editor contributing to the likes of the Financial Times, the Times and Wallpaper, among others. He's the author of several books on men's style and editor of the forthcoming 'Aston Martin: 100 Years'.
Now regretfully in what used to be called 'middle age', he has found that, in fact, time does not speed up as you get older – you just get slower relative to everything around you.
2. Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle
A freelance journalist and editorial consultant, Y-Jean moves easily among cultures and regularly comes face to face with inspirational individuals in pursuit of excellence. She finds joy and solace in writing and contributes to regional and international titles such as Asia Tatler, Forbes and Harper’s Bazaar, shining a spotlight on art, architecture, design, horology and jewellery.
“Time speeds up as you get older because life gets increasingly complicated and there are more responsibilities. Just when you think the job is done and that there’s nothing left to do, something new always pops up. Time is the ultimate luxury.”
3. Elizabeth Doerr
Elizabeth Doerr’s 20 years in luxury watch publishing has now culminated in the founding of QuillandPad.com – an online magazine that “keeps a watch on time.” Aside from regular contributions to numerous high-quality print magazines, books and websites all over the world, Elizabeth, who lives and works in Germany, released her first independent book in early 2010. The International Herald Tribune called 12 Faces of Time a “love letter” to independent watchmaking. A member of the prestigious Cultural Committee of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, Elizabeth is also on the jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for the third year running.
Time, always foremost on my mind, is a phenomenon I have not yet been able to demystify. Time speeding up as we age seems to be a manipulable perception, though I personally believe it feels this way because we pack our days so full, meaning that 24 hours are never enough!
4. Sven Prim
Sven Prim is a Sweden-based image-maker with a talent for transforming impossible ideas into complex images that capture and sometimes stun the imagination. Both a world-class photographer and a skilled retoucher, Sven has proven time and again that he can build anything from nothing. This even holds true in his everyday life, for when he’s not working you’ll find him building and engineering the sound systems that have helped keep the techno scene alive and raving in the city of Stockholm.
The older you get, the more you fall in to routines. It is not surprising that a parent of two will perceive time as passing very fast if each day seems to resemble the last.
5. Laura Collacott
Laura Collacott is a long-term logophile who loves nothing more than stumbling across new and obscure words. Based in Bristol, UK, she has been working as a freelance writer for five years, mostly for the pure, unadulterated access to dictionaries.
Time speeding up as you get older? According to the New York Times, that's a “big fat cognitive illusion”.
6. Simon de Burton
Simon is a UK-based freelance journalist whose articles about luxury living appear in publications around the world, ranging from GQ to Architectural Digest. He is a contributing editor to the Financial Times How To Spend It magazine and has written for the FT's highly regarded watch report for almost 15 years. He is also a columnist for high-end motoring magazines EVO and Octane and the watch saleroom specialist for Patek Philippe international magazine, QP and Vanity Fair 'On Time'.
Time speeds up the older you get because you realise how little you've done and how much is still to do. And that's just on planet Earth.