Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Quite a few men collect wristwatches but I am not one of them. Indeed, I have but two reasonably modest watches by the standards of those same men. That has not kept me from day dreaming about another from time to time over the years, principally when I was far from home and trying to calculate whether or not my wife would be awake. Or wondering what a colleague was or was not thinking when he called me in the middle of the night.
Of course I was thinking about dual time zone watches in those days - the Jaeger LeCoultre Master Hometime in stainless steel was a particular favorite - but no longer. iPhone and iPad presets tell me the time in a dozen cities around the world today, relegating my watch to a piece of jewelry that gives me the time without the bother of pulling a phone out of an inside pocket. And so now my only requirement for a watch is that it keeps reasonable time for a day and looks good on the wrist, like the twenty year old Jaeger LeCoultre Gentilhomme in the photo.
If these are not simpler times, surely keeping time is simpler than it was.