ZEN & THE ART OF WATCH COLLECTING
At first, they peep furtively, thinking we won’t notice. (We always do.) Eventually, some might venture an “Oh… that’s a nice watch!” leaving you with little choice but to surrender your wrist for closer inspection. And that, really, is when things start heading south.
Watch collecting, if left unchecked, can be a bruising affair. It can make one feel small in the presence of those intent on flaunting their pricier or rarer tickers – or worse, feel chuffed with misplaced pride. But probably the most unfortunate thing about horological envy is that it makes us forget why we love watches in the first place.
Remember when buying a top-dollar watch was a big deal because, well, it made you happy? Those who are blessed to enjoy such moments – people who eventually become “collectors” – often also tend to morph into competitors. Having written about highend timepieces for over a decade, we can attest to the too-frequent transformation of normal watch-loving fans into catty show-offs. We’ve seen it happen. And if we are not careful, we will become them.
So how can we stop this? For a start, we can try to remember that what we like is right. Your predilection for dainty bracelet watches may make you feel far removed from your plus-sized-man-watch-loving girlfriends. But at least you’re being yourself.
Second, don’t believe everything you read. Just because, for instance, tourbillons are proclaimed as must-haves for any selfrespecting collector doesn’t mean you have to acquire one like some sort of a badge of honour. In fact, if gem-drenched quartz timepieces truly make your heart sing, who’s to say it’s not art, at least to you?
Last but not least, stay calm. Each time a fellow collector tries to start a horological contest, or worse, lavish empty praise as a means of eliciting compliments about her own watch, be cool and see it for what it is. For women who supposedly have some wealth and ability to acquire expensive watches, such behaviour is just plain crass and – just like school in June – they have no class.
LOVING WATCHES IS NOT A SPORT.