In theory, we should all love digis. Ask a digi-wearer the time and assuming he’s not an actuary, he’ll tell you, precise to the minute. It’ll be “five-forty-seven”; none of this vague and analogue “about quarter to six”. Digis are robust, never need servicing and are ready to go as soon as you drag them... Continue Reading →
How to start collecting watches.
Starting a watch collection is a dangerous thing. Like most addictions (for it is just that) it sneaks up on you. That first step - from having just one utility watch that tells the time to buying the second - seems simple. "Just one," you say, "I'll get one good watch. I only need one.... Continue Reading →
Well, it’s certainly an Apple, but is it a watch?
The world’s gearheads were gathered around their laptops this evening as Apple unveiled their new Apple Watch. It’s a remarkable piece of kit. It’ll tell you if your heart’s beating (handy) and how fast. It’ll tell you where you are, how quickly you’re running and even the reason - an incoming email from your boss... Continue Reading →
The one watch I’ll never sell.
Gun to your head... which watch would you never sell? Unless you have Harrison’s H5 marine chronometer or George Daniels’ Space Traveller stashed in your watchbox (and if you do, an invitation to tea would be splendid), every watch you own is utterly replaceable. And if they’re all replaceable, it doesn’t actually matter a damn... Continue Reading →
Episode 4 – and so it ends
So, my month of self-imposed watch austerity is up. I’ve done it. No watch but the F has passed my wrist in the last 31 days. What have I achieved? Well, clearly absolutely nothing. This is first-world stuff. Wearing a £7 Casio is not deprivation in even the remotest sense. However, a glass of decent malt... Continue Reading →
Episode 3 – The Devil’s Watch?
A little over a week ago, I decided to lock my watchbox and forsake my usual vintage mechanical, and high-end quartz serious tickers for just one watch. And not any old watch at that - I chose, from Amazon, a £7, resin-cased Casio F-91W, the cheapest of the cheap. A watch for less than the... Continue Reading →
Episode 2 – The Arrival
One thing is guaranteed to brighten up a standard, nose-to-desk sort of day. The arrival of a new watch. Our postman (for we still have such things in Burford as ‘our’ postie) handed over a package this morning, with his usual grin. “Another five mill thinner and it’d have gone through the letterbox,” he said.... Continue Reading →
Episode 1 – Living on the plastic – for a month.
Episode 1 - July 9, 2013 And so it begins... As a self-confessed watch addict, I know I spend too much time, money and effort pursuing the latest Ideal Watch. I spend hours talking with watchie friends, comparing ideas and thoughts on new and vintage watches. I even spend too much time in the morning... Continue Reading →
Old watches, old bikes and a bit of soul
It had been quite a day. We’d only ridden just over 160 miles, but through winding, high-banked lanes, over moors and finally down a flaky, clacky shale track that would have given a mountain goat vertigo. And now we’d made it. Tintagel. I climbed off the bike, helped Pip out of the sidecar and leaned... Continue Reading →