THE HOME OF WATCH CULTURE

Buffy Acacia

Hi, I’m Buffy and I can obsess over just about anything.

When Buffy went rummaging around the third draw down to find a watch for work, they had no idea what they were in for. The process of pulling out the vintage relic, researching what it needed to get working again, and having the serviced heirloom on their wrist awakened the obsessive part of their nature that loves to delve deep. Buffy sent Andrew an email about becoming a writer for Time+Tide, and the rest is history. Now, having gone through countless types of watches to discover their style, Buffy finds joy in the unique, the exuberant and the weird.

First watch: I never liked wearing watches until I needed one for work, and found my great-grandfather Harry’s 1958 Omega Seamaster. I got it fixed up, and went down the rabbit hole of watch collecting in no time.

Favourite watch: Currently my favourite watch is a vintage Seiko 1320-5490 from 1981, which I snagged on eBay for dirt cheap. Its frosted silver dial is incredibly rich, and the ornately-carved bracelet makes me feel like a Tolkien elf.

Finale watch: The Pasha de Cartier reference 1033 has haunted me ever since I sold mine. Of course the prices have gone up and it’s out of reach for now, but I’ll get it back someday.

Articles by Buffy Acacia

My DIY restoration of a solid gold Universal Genève that cost $7
Can I use an ultrasonic cleaner on my watch?
Which crystal is best for you? The difference between sapphire, acrylic, and mineral glass
What is a cocktail watch?
The Spinnaker SP-5129 Dolphin Project puts a playful twist on the wave dial
Can anyone actually tell white gold and stainless steel apart?
Hublot are as goth as it gets with the Spirit of Big Bang Depeche Mode
Atelier Wen makes the Perception worth it again with a more refined V2
Are these the most affordable Swiss sapphire tourbillons? Inside the ArtyA Purity Tourbillon family
I bought a solid gold Universal Genève for less than a Big Mac
The Longines Flagship Heritage Year of the Dragon proves you can wear a milestone watch all year round
Formex goes sci-fi classy with the Worn & Wound Essence Sector 39 Chronometer
15 watches celebrating 2024’s Year of the Dragon
The best Valentine’s Day watches from humble to extravagant
The new Piaget Polo 79 rivals beloved retro legends like the 222
The Panerai Luminor Due PAM01424 has a perfect dial, but can we get more?
Chopard take a roadtrip to France with the Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph French Edition
Three failed watch technologies Buffy believes never caught on
Hey Lewis Hamilton, I’ve designed your new Richard Mille
Depancel’s new Allure Manual Chronograph is a value-driven ’70s charmer
TAG Heuer’s new 34mm Solargraph is proof of solar supremacy
Zenith adds a moonphase to the Chronomaster Original and blings out the Sport
The Andras is devilishly handsome as Makina hit their stride
The surprising wrist presence of the Baltic MR01 Gold PVD
The Citizen Tsuki-yomi A-T makes moonphases actually feel important
The Code41 Moon Inception breaks tradition by going traditional
Three ways Rolex is the Nintendo of the watch world
The Longines Conquest Heritage Central Power Reserve is a recreation of a rare 1959 release
Every brand is a fashion brand
Frederique Constant’s Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture is back in smoky grey
How I made it one year without buying a watch
The highlights of Elton John’s Christie’s auction
Zenith keeps blue to themselves with the Pilot Collection Boutique Editions
The very large asterisk of vegan leather straps