-“Pardon me Sir, but do you have the time?”
I slide my hand into my inner-breast pocket and slowly pull out my immaculate, pint-sized piece of the past – my most prized possession, a pocket watch.
-“Why yes Squire, I most certainly do.”
Your old pal Ape here, and I’ve got some exciting news to tell you – remember, you heard it here first – the pocket watch is back.
In the past, they served as a status symbol; they were large, bulky and unwieldy and also extremely expensive. In the 16th century they evidenced a good man’s wealth and authority, and the above scenario was an opportunity for the gentrified Renaissance man to ‘flash the cash’ in the most respectable and subtle way. Pocket watches exuded style and sophistication; a reputation which has preceded them all the way into the present day.
On my travels, sourcing and collecting rare and beautiful watches, I have become familiar with the term ‘smartwatch’. The first time I came across one, I was excitedly expectant – you know my passion for all watches runs deep – but when presented with it, I felt crestfallen. Aesthetically, it was a plain old thing, rather non-descript. Inoffensive, in an uninspiring black - square in shape. But alas, I was left aghast when I opened up the back. Nothing but a few microchips and a battery, nothing so smart about that indeed. Pah!
Pop open your pocket watch and you’re greeted with the site of an intricate working-system of gears and cogs – an elaborate and technical mechanism ticking along in perfect horological harmony. Not only stylish, but a miniature masterpiece of engineering, your tiny timepiece also arms you with the knowledge of time, should ever a fellow gentleman ask.
Pocket watches as a fashion statement are becoming increasingly popular. The classic, vintage style that a pocket watch affords its wearer is perfect for anyone who fancies their flair as a cut above the rest. My fashionista friends in the watch world are enthusing that they’re set for a ‘comeback’ but for me, they never went away.
Remember gents, the pocket inside your suit was never intended for your wallet – I spent many years trying to fit a banana in there – but serves as the perfect place for your pocket watch. Not just for the elderly or the eccentric, pocket watches are appearing everywhere. Keep your eyes peeled (sorry – I seem to have bananas on the brain now) for Weird Ape’s guide to wearing one, coming soon.