Timekeepers. Universal utility. The fashionable and personal style of the wrist watch. Perhaps there is no singular statement, by both men and women, than the stylish choice of the watch. A personal preference, indeed.
Of course, a look back at the history of the development of the mechanical watch deserves our focus. Brought forth by evolution from the portable spring driven clocks which first appeared in 15th century Europe, the portable timepieces that now adorn our wrists have endured in holding timeless appeal. Yet before the wrist watch, the early watches of European innovation were generally carried in the hand or worn on a chain around the neck. It is credited that ornamental timepieces worn as pendants (known as “clock-watches” or taschenuhr in German) were invented by Nuremberg, Germany clockmaker, Peter Henlein (or Henle or hele) during the early 15th century. Known today as the “Father of the modern clock and the originator of the entire clock making industry”, Henlein’s ability to create a small spring-powered brass clock in 1510 would create a sensation throughout Europe and eventually, in America. Evolution, indeed.
During the 1700’s the spread of “portable clocks” (Pocket watches) and what began as a timepiece that offered convenience of timekeeping, brought forth the evolution of the pocket watch during the late 18th and early 19th century. With links to the timekeeping practices of soldiers during wartime, the “Wristlet Watch” that held the initial function of reliability rather than the artist personal style that fashion would in time take hold of. Of course. In terms of fashion, the wristwatch is thought to have initially been a woman’s accoutrement. Fashion’s evolution, indeed.
“The wrist watch….is now the fashion of the hour. It is worn over here by women who have to work as well as those who play. Not only that, but it is the most useful piece of jewelry that has been invented for many decades” . “The watch hidden away in the belt, or turned face downward on the bust, or swinging loose from a chatelaine pin, was an ornament but not always a help. As it was usually under one’s furs or topcoat in Winter, it was better to guess the time than to try to prove it” -The New York Times (Reported from Paris/1912)
Fashion and time would once again evolve and form and function of universal utility would result. Reflecting on the nature of time itself…a tribute to the measure of time on-the-go. Timeless elegance with the highest precision, the investment of a watch that endures to hold time offers us the ability to match our personality and fashionable preferences. The wrist watch that evolved to adorn as an enduring mark of time for both men and women marches onward in fashion history. Fashion & style, onward. Time Keepers of distinctive appeal, indeed…
A visual reflection, awaits…
Appreciation and a focus of vintage advertisements of fashionable history…
A visual homage to the watch and its fashionable appeal…..the art of the watch, fashion and personal style. Statements of time, indeed….
Consider with appreciation the mere art of the wrist watch. A measure of time accessible for us that acts as a personal object of style which will never be replaced by electronic devices that also offer time-on-the-go. For the watch and its allure will never fade out of style. Like time itself, change is inevitable. Yet the watch will remain a timeless accoutrement of timekeeping. Onward in appreciation of the timekeepers that you have held within the confines of your collection of accessories. Whether you hold only one investment time piece or several to match an occasion, long live the timekeepers of style. Wrist worthy, indeed….
“Life teaches us to make use of good time, while time teaches us the value of life” – Author unknown
“Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going”
– Sam Levenson
“Alice: How long is forever?
White Rabbit: Sometimes just one second”
-Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland