what if you had only five watches to live with the rest of your life? It’s a question I constantly ask myself when reasoning out a purchase. Do I like it enough to add it to my list of five? What about it stands out? Does it fulfil a function I need it to? Thankfully, there are no impositions on a man’s watch collection (your wife’s opinion may vary) but with seven days in a week and 52 weeks in a year – what does a man really need on his wrist?
Some of the best conversations I’ve had in the past year have revolved around the question. Some men are size kings – only stopping to look at a watch if it’s huge while others insist on brand names. A friend of mine swore an allegiance to the Crown, stating that his five watches could all be Rolexes. Another said that he’d probably give up his collection because five was an impossible task.
As for me, my imaginary five would all have to fit functions. Two dress watches, one in white gold with a black leather strap and one in red gold with a brown leather strap (to match the shoes, you see). The other three would have to be daily beaters – versatile as hell and ready for anything I throw at them. Over the years, my five have only changed every once in a while but it’s a great question to identify a man’s taste since it’s truly subjective. A watch, after all, means something different to everyone and the divisive taste for horology is truly what drives the industry further.
So take a minute to answer the question. Get your friends in on it too. It’s a good way to know what matters to you in those tickers we love so much. We hope you enjoy the supplement. It might just tweak your imaginary five.