It’s All in the Wrist
Yeah, we’re still wearing watches. Mechanical ones and smart ones. Affordable daily beaters and investment-level future heirlooms. Here’s a rundown of what’s on our wrists—and why. For the best new watches of 2022, turn to page 104.
SWATCH ONCE AGAIN
The chocolate-chip cookie of cheap watches. It’s been on my wrist since 2008 and it’s never coming off.
TAG HEUER MONACO CS2110
For my first big magazine internship, my dad let me borrow this reissue of the watch Steve McQueen made famous. I’m still borrowing it 22 years later. Thanks, Dad!
TUDOR BLACK BAY FIFTY-EIGHT
I got it when I found out I was having a son. It’s the watch I’ll give to him someday—once I’m done with it. (Read: dead.)
Q TIMEX REISSUE
Timeless yet true to the ’70s. Looks like a million bucks but thankfully isn’t.
APPLE WATCH SERIES 7
It’s my fitness tracker and my alarm clock, plus I have a few cloth bands I can switch out to make it feel more analog.
1967 OLD ENGLAND DRESS WATCH
It’s the size of a dinner plate, clanks like a tractor, and cost $65 on eBay. Having ID’d one— after much zooming in on a couple early-’70s photos— on the wrist of one Mick Jagger, I couldn’t pass it up.
I received it as an extremely generous and meaningful gift on a work milestone. The more I’ve learned about its backstory, the more deeply I appreciate it.
CARTIER TANK FRANÇAISE
No smartwatch or tech specs in the world could make me trade it for anything else.
NIXON SENTRY LEATHER
There’s a six-word message engraved on the back—yes, groan, from my girlfriend. It’s my personal Titanic Heart of the Ocean necklace.
SEIKO AUTOMATIC 17 JEWELS HI-BEAT 2906-0010T
My boyfriend’s grandmother recently passed away, and he found this tiny Seiko from the ’70s in her dresser drawer and brought it home for me.