Every time a bunch of watch guys get together and have a few drinks, this old chestnut rears its head: “What if you could only wear one watch?” It’s a question loathed and loved in equal measure. Loved because it forces you to distill your values, tastes and hoarding tendencies into a single piece, which can provide clarity. Loathed because it forces you to distill your values, tastes and hoarding tendencies into a single piece, which is a scary proposition. So when Justin from Robb Report US reached out and asked me this exact question, I stewed on it for a good 24 hours. And I guarantee if you ask me tomorrow, the watch will be different.
While I chose something a little left field, I was quite surprised to see just how diverse everyone’s answers were and the rationale behind them. And by the way, it’s an impressive array of people — everyone from auction heavyweights, Paul Boutros and Eric Wind, through to the actor, Aldis Hodge.
I ended up (hypothetically) picking ochs und junior’s Perpetual Calendar, and this is why:
“What a question! OK, let’s deal with this logically. Immediately I have to rule out anything super rare or valuable, given that I’ll be wearing it every day… and by the same token I’ll rule out precious metals. I also wouldn’t want something too safe or conservative as I’d get bored. That said, it needs to be stylistically versatile. Of course some horological credibility is required. Based on all this, I’d have to opt for the titanium Perpetual Calendar from ochs und junior.”
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