We asked our trusty team of writ­ers and pho­tog­ra­phers… Why does time speed up the older you get?

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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 Quil­ – 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.







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