A simple and beautiful watch
March 25, 2015
Passing the law school exam I got a good watch as a present. This was in 2009. Since then a lot happened, my watch was with me at breathtaking places. I have it with me daily except while exercising, showering and being in bed. And I took it with me abroad, since I am of the opinion that my watch shall be will not withstanding the location.
In Brussels the lady I used to date admires my watch, an effect I did not intent. Whoever owns a decent watch for the sole purpose to show off, will fail, but more you can learn in the category „dress for a date“. Part of the story is, that I later loose this high class lady which indeed had other reasons and was beyond the power of my watch.
Shirt, watch and the world
There is a Chinese saying that a real man should stand on the Great Wall once. I play safe and be there several times, in winter and in summer. It is rather a climbing tour but both at degrees below and oppressive heat my watch accompanies me during this period of life’s travel. My Tangente watch shows me in Far East that the time in China passes faster. Weeks are like days in Europe. The time runs between countless people.
During the same longer working stay in Asia I am in Hong Kong for vacation. Thousands of kilometres from home suddenly I stood in front of a huge advertisement banner of NOMOS. The situation was paradox and showed me how small the world is. On the peak, the breathtaking viewpoint over Hong Kong there I stood with the shirt I bought for my first internship and my daily time companion. It is oppressive hot and exhausting, but the view pays off for these efforts.
At a dinner in a nice restaurant with my Chinese friend in Beijing the watch was studied by skilled Chinese eyes. I was a little reluctant to put off the watch and gave it over the table but to resist the Chinese interested would be very impolite. Price, manufacturer, background, occasion to purchase it, all this I was supposed to tell and the stories are quite popular. In Asia I went curiously to many watch shops which sold other big names. Although the nearly realistic models of fight yets which seem to fly through the store window fascinated me and kindled my manly joy desire, I wondered whether men spend so much money on watches, which I consider rather as clumsy.
My Tangente watch has a hand-wound movement, which means I have to use the winder to wound the watch. The watch runs for nearly two days, so I wound it daily. My long-term girlfriends once said, my day always starts with having an espresso, wound the watch up, showering and then put on my glasses. This was like lace shoes, I did not even realize.
Smog, heat and smog
Far north my watch accompanies me on long walks in the snow and we experience the contrast to Chinese climate, degrees below and darkness. Moment of shock in Stockholm (where I lived): The watch fall down in the restroom and the glass flap out the setting. A watchmaker at Stureplan, the venue of the Swedish high society (see the report about Swedish fashion) inserted it in for free and besides praised my watch („Very nice brand, Sir“).
NOMOS Glashütte tells in the manufacturer book that the watch is suitable for an extended daily life, but (extreme) sports shall be avoided. I have not asked them about the fight for every millimetre against considered one billion fellow Chinese travellers in the Beijing subway.
My watch has to face service every three to four years. It is reviewed and polished. After it was with me in Brussels, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Stockholm, coped a temperature margin between 15 °C below and 45 °C and I wore it daily in eastern heat, snow, smog and rain, 2014 I let change the watch strap and it was for service in Glashütte. Except that it was a few minutes slow, the watch strap smelled a bit and looked worn, it was like the first day looking super beautiful. Even more than my watch I love my shoes and NOMOS proves having class by using Horween cordovan leather, the leading manufacturer of horse leather. Cordovan leather is extremely resistant, a reason why shoes made of horse leather are among the most long-lasting garments ever (see the shoe category). On balance, you can not expect more from your watch.
My watch belongs to me like no other accessory and is a loyal companion. Abroad it was kind of an reminder and connection to home, the constant being always with me. It an issue whether you have to own a watch equal more than 1000 Euros (the same issue actually whether you have to have the latest smart phone or the extra optional equipment for a car). In my opinion the price performance ratio is good and my burning admiration for my watch it has for sure.
This article is an independent journalistic contribution, personal experience and indeed the ultimative long-term product review. Men’s Individual Fashion thanks NOMOS Glashütte for furnishing further information.