In my search for unique and unusual watches I have encountered many people from across the globe. One thing that’s always fascinated me about the human race is your vast array of cultures and sub-cultures, many of which are defined not by geography or race but by the very clothes you wear. One such subculture that has really intrigued me recently is the sci-fi inspired ‘steampunk’ movement.
“Oh, Weird Ape, what is this steampunk thing you talk of? Do tell us more!” I hear you cry. So without further ado, here is my guide to the weird and wonderful world of steampunk.
Steampunk most recognisable by its aesthetic, which combines elements of old-fashioned Victorian or Wild West fashion with a fictional vision of the future where everything is powered by steam instead of electricity. Think corsets, top hats and waistcoats combined with driving goggles, ray guns and bizarre looking mechanical contraptions.
Accessories are key if you want your outfit to look really authentic. Now, being the watch aficionado that I am, I have stocked up the store with range of beautiful steampunk inspired timepieces. Cogs and mechanical contraptions make up a big part of the steampunk aesthetic, which is why anyone of our mechanical skeleton watches with their visible mechanisms match the look perfectly. For a really authentic neo-Victorian style, why not try a waistcoat with a stylish pocket watch? I did and trust me, I looked very dapper. (Well as dapper as a 400lb gorilla can look)
More than just a fancy form of ‘dressing up’, the whole steampunk movement has its roots in science fiction and fantasy by writers like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne who imagined a colourful version of the future inspired by the industrial revolution that was happening around them.
The writings of these two heavyweights have gone on to inspire hundreds of modern writers, comics, and film directors who have taken those original visions and made them even more fantastical, in turn inspiring humans the world over to dress up as their favourite characters and even create ones of their own.
Now, what’s the point in getting all dressed in your hats, goggles and pocket watches if there’s nobody to share the experience with? That’s what steampunk events are for. There are events up and down the country where weirdoes (my favourite kind of people) gather in their hundreds in their finest regalia to basically have a jolly good time.
The biggest one in Europe is The Asylum, which takes place in a lovely place called Lincoln during August bank holiday (28th – 31st August). If you’re thinking of going, that gives you plenty of time to have a look through our collection and pick out a steampunk watch to go with your outfit. Personally, I’m going to for the Abbrecci Victorian worn with a top hat and body hugging leather corset that will really show off my curves.
So there you have it, my rough guide to the weird and wonderful subculture they call steampunk. I do hope you have learned something today, human. Watch out for more blogs coming your way soon. Until then, I’ve got a tyre swing that ain’t going to swing itself.
Weird Ape out.