For many people, a watch is an indispensable thing in life. It seems that if you don’t wear a watch, you will feel that you are missing something; some people think that now you can see the time by taking out your phone, and the watch has become a timekeeping tool. Outdated, so what else is necessary to wear a watch?
1. The watch is not only a tool, but also a manifestation of life attitude
In a questionnaire, there is a question: Do you usually like to wear a watch? As a result, more than half of the respondents said they like it, and the distribution of men and women is also very even, especially those born in the 80s and 90s who like to wear watches.
When asked "what are the reasons for wearing watches", personal habits, time, decoration, and status symbols became the most common reasons.
So, there are not many ways to look at the time now, why do people still like to wear watches?
2. People in the past wore watches and valued the value of tools
For the ancients, time is mysterious and unpredictable. It is difficult to guess and cannot be touched. It was not until the advent of clocks that humans could intuitively "see" the existence of time.
In the 15th century, with the invention of the mainspring, it became possible to make portable timepieces. Although it was still very heavy at first, it can already be hung on the chest and held in the palm of the hand to carry "time" with you. In the 17th century, pocket watches in pockets became essential equipment for gentlemen.
Today, the wristwatch that is regarded as a "man's toy" was first worn by women. For example, at the beginning of the 19th century, Mr. Breguet made an oval minute repeater for Napoleon's sister, Queen Caroline of Naples, and it can be worn on the wrist.
Patek Philippe also produced watches combined with gold bracelets for the Hungarian Countess Koscowicz.
Men's pocket watches and women's wrist watches were once the mainstream of the times. In those days, if men wore wrist watches, they would be considered innocent. This situation did not change until the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
Men wearing watches are actually related to war. After all, it is extremely inconvenient to take out a pocket watch to check the time when fighting or riding a horse. So many officers began to tie pocket watches to their wrists, and even companies specially produced pocket watch leather cases. Wristband.
Special occupations such as pilots have even higher requirements for watches. For example, Cartier’s Santos was specially designed by Louis Cartier for the pilot Santos, so that when he controls the plane with both hands, he can easily check the time without having to take out his pocket watch.
Breitling later also developed an aviation chronograph with a ring-shaped sliding ruler, which can help pilots quickly calculate average speed, flight distance, fuel consumption, rate of climb, rate of descent, and other data, bringing the watch’s utility properties to a new level. Altitude, so far is one of the favorite watches of pilots.
Diving watches were first developed for special occupations such as explorers and frogmen. For example, the Fifty Fathoms of Blancpain, which is so hot now, was made at the request of the French Navy’s Nageurs de Combat elite diving unit in the early years. It was worn during missions in the deep sea. Later it became the naval force of the United States, Germany, Israel and other countries The standard equipment.
3. Nowadays people wear watches and value symbolism
Compared with the past, we now have a variety of ways to look at the time. Mobile phones, computers, smart speakers...Each is a timekeeping tool. The necessity of a watch to check the time has been greatly weakened.
Therefore, for modern people, wearing a watch is not only a tool, but also a symbol. In Fan Zhu's view, wearing a watch is first of all a manifestation of an attitude to life.
Before going out, choose a watch that fits the match and mood of the day and wear it on your wrist. For us, it is a moment of ritual in our daily life, as if we are also reminding ourselves to be refreshed.
On weekdays, winding up the watch and playing with the timing function is also an interaction with the watch. Like some high-end players, they also like to listen to the three questions, or watch their perpetual calendar watch jump to February 29th and then March 1st every four years. All these make the invisible rich people enjoy themselves. .
Even the act of raising one's hand to see the time invisibly expresses a kind of respect for time, and doesn't raising one's hand to see the watch save time than taking out the phone and pressing it on again?
Secondly, wearing a watch is also related to your personal image. Especially in occasions where there is a Dress Code requirement, or where you need to make a good impression on the other party, wearing a watch can help you look professional and decent.
4. The watch is also a kind of jewelry, especially for men
Women have a wide variety of jewellery and jewellery, while men’s accessories are relatively few. For this reason, watches that are both conspicuous and beautiful have become rare accessories for men’s wrists.
Many exquisite boys and successful men usually have many watches, such as Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.
Whether in or out of the play, he often uses different watches to match different looks, which can be said to be very slippery.
Of course, watches are not exclusive to men. There is a very interesting data in the survey report. A considerable number of girls born in the 90s have more than ten watches, which shows that watches are also uniquely attractive to girls.
There are also many trendy people who like electronic watches, which are also a major trend equipment.
5. As a personal thing, the watch carries feelings and memories
Watches are our close partners in life
The watch has a blind date with our skin every day, and it can be said to be the closest partner. It can span time and give people a long-term company; it does not limit the space, even if it is thousands of rivers and mountains, it can accompany you through it.
Many people will remember their first watch deeply. Owning a watch at that time seemed to symbolize growing up.
6. The inheritance of the watch is also the inheritance of longing
The watch is also an item that can be passed on for many years. For example, Patek Philippe’s ad slogan is "No one really owns Patek Philippe, but keeps it for the next generation."
In fact, the inheritance value of a watch does not lie in how valuable it is. What really matters is the people who have worn it, the things experienced, the emotions and memories left behind.
We often say that seeing things and thinking about people, the watches left by our ancestors will always bring us the most sincere thoughts. The same is true for celebrities. Like Prince William’s Omega Seahorse, he has worn it for many years, and has witnessed his growth from his youth to his fatherhood.
The reason why he has been so dedicated for ten years is that this watch was a gift from his late mother Princess Diana. Perhaps in William's heart, this is also a way to accompany his mother.