ASK Gonzo about watches – XII

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: Extremities are in fact co-existence of matter and anti-matter.

 

Q1. Dear Mr. W. Gonzo,

I see no trouble in your die-hard respect for brands that have set themselves apart from the rest. However, while I hold the masterful sustenance of traditional watch making in high regards and innovative engineering too, I can’t really feel averse to the inexpensive lot you often sneer at. I’ve had a Timex that looked better than quite a few more expensive kinds. So, inexpensive doesn’t mean bad always; all we need to see is if it can bring the controversial sides of watch making together and that it brings it together well. What’s the problem if it’s just traditional design elements without any high-tech feature?

A. I guess theories like yours have made dressing up so much easier these days. No, that’s surefooted. I’m yearning to see your personal list of the top 10 watches; it shall really help me to look beyond mere complications, to the intricate, awesomely, finely crafted embellishing artworks that actually make a watch.

In life, we usually avoid complications, so here also we must, to bring parity into lifestyle. The lesser is actually the better (you really made me think on this point); let the clutter surround the dial than be on it. It shall really add a timeless quality and shall fetch good price in future as an antique artwork, you bet.

Since people must see what you are wearing, the pink, flower shaped quartz with crystals around the petals must stick out; why buy something you need to keep discreet almost always? Any bold soul must not be afraid to show proudly his or her preference; I must thank you heartily to open my eyes towards a true fact.

Q2. Gonzo,

Hi. I’m not accustomed to florid greeting terms, so a simple ‘Hi!’ Okay, now to the deal.  I’m lost in the dress watch domain and afraid might end up losing my money on a wrong choice. What would you buy if you were in dark, formal trousers and light-colored shirts nine-to-five every day? As work wear, that is. I have an Edifice EQW, a Seiko Solar Chrono and a Seiko 5 Sports already, but none quite fits the work scenario.

A. IMHO, a dress watch, with what you told you are mostly in will do nothing but distract an onlooker from your attire, how much ever you match the leather strap with your belt and your shoes. However, some are definitely there – the handful – which you might like but don’t buy my words on it, though.

The first one, well, I’ll hardly call dress. It is the Seiko Automatic 23 Jewels. It runs on the same 6R15 so hacks, hand-winds and holds power for 50 hours. It has two other versions with leather straps (SARG011 and SARG012) which I guess will suit you better.

However, a real slender piece is the Seiko Premier Alarm Chronograph (SNAF24P1). I suggest you get this one for those special work situations when pristine looks count. It’s an attention stealer when you want; else, got a very subtle wrist presence.

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