ASK Gonzo about watches – XIII

Unlearn the unnecessary in the world of mid-tier and mid-entry-level luxury watches. Let the Watch Gonzo guide your course through the roundabouts and swirly labyrinths and rid-off all your horological ignorance. How well your prenominal viewpoints face the blow is beside the context, but it will definitely remove the crusty covers barring your illumination.

WG comments: Oh, good old watch days!

Q. Gonzo,

I’ve read a couple of your posts and I might call them interesting, leaving out the slight bigotry I sense everywhere. Well, maybe I won’t use a harsh term like that, but tell me something, is it always possible to follow your conventional wisdom and style guidelines and taboos? Wearing a watch is all about it pairing well with the rest of your attire and why should I be at all bothered about, say – If it’s sitting below the wrist bone or up above – not on or near the elbow, I mean to say – according to the band type? IMHO, steel or leather or some other synthetic material – they can always fit just above the wrist bone and again IMHO, that does the job. Even if you wear it underside, the way some of the old photographs show it.

My point is, what I’ll wear now depends on my current mindset and what I like in particular is a different thing altogether. Why should fashionistas tell me what I should pair with? That’s silly behavior on their part. So I don’t want to hear any silly logic.

A. Okay, I got your point. You mean to say whether it is smaller, thinner, bigger, bulkier, plain or high-tech or complicated, it is okay to wear a Seiko Premier Moon Phase at an employee meeting and a  Seiko 5 Automatic Map Meter  while sitting amongst the Board of Directors over a corporate dinner and cocktail? Worst, wearing a fleece jacket at the wedding while appearing in tux for the interview? I know you call that simple living, but some of us really like the complicated side of it. Matching food and wines, blending tobaccos or pairing major and minor notes and even different brands of ammos (of same caliber, that is) for your gun. Even if you have experience with firearms, I wonder if you ever experimented with other brands of cartridges than the one you use.

So IMHO, you won’t actually know what is what, or what makes what. Either way, it’s the same, but then again, you really don’t need to understand that. Keep wearing the steel watch with the brass belt buckles or a synthetic strap Citizen Promaster Eco Drive Aqualand to the office. Three Cheers!

Q.  Hey Gonzo,

Isn’t a watch always to show your personal style, taste and preferences? I don’t mind wearing my Casio Edifice with an Armani suit or a Hamilton Jazzmaster with leather. I believe it’s more of how you carry yourself. If you are wearing your choice, you are bound to feel confident and carry it well. All yours this-goes-with-that are meant for old folks so don’t expect the young to go by that. By the way, I’m not so young and by no means I’m advocating for the 20-somethings; let them learn on their own. I believe it is fun finding out what goes with what as you move on; don’t spoil the fun.

A. Absolutely. But there are some rules some of us watch lovers always tend to follow (or love to follow) and that goes from the size of your watch to the type and tightness of the straps and bracelets. My posts are for them watch lovers, primarily; I should be proud that even the rest are also taking interest in them.

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