I’m an artist, illustrator and sometime writer. I also daydream a lot. I’ve lived in Canada, UK, Australia (I’m a dual citizen CDN AUS). I read widely, enjoying science fiction, “literary” fiction, crime, biographies, science, history and sometimes complete trash. I’m interested in science, particularly physics, astrophysics, archaeology and materials science. But I’m very bad at math. It’s a complicated issue. I think there’s almost nothing better than a good laugh.
I was given my first watch by my father when I was 7. It was a Cardinal watch, silvered dial, I can’t recall the numerals, it was chrome plated, I think.
Then, surreptitiously, undercover of wear and tear and accidental loss I became fond of watches.
My grandparents had a tall, working grandfather clock that chimed quite pleasingly. I liked staring into the dim wooden space to see the dark wheels moving slowly, to the rock of the pendulum. Lovely memory.
And so on and so forth. Now I am going through a phase of whittling down my collection to give it a particular aesthetic focus. Ahem. I’m trying to have exemplars of certain, perhaps quirky high quality. I can’t stretch to the true high horology, although I enjoy talking watches with folks fortunate enough to have’em. There is a middle-space that can and does contain treasure!
I’ll try to get my collection up as soon as I can conquer my current somnolence.
Q: What was the first watch you ever owned?
Cardinal children’s watch.
(secretly, I was hoping for a Timex, but in the end I was delighted anyway!)
Q: Do you have a watch with a particularly interesting story behind it?
Q: What is one piece of advice you have for someone just getting into watches?
Slowly, slowly saves you money and heartache.
Q: What brands have been getting your attention lately?
Longines,Dumoreau, Hamilton, Oris.
Q: What is your grail watch and why?
It’s a big ask!
My grail watch would be 3 watches, one for each of my siblings and myself. it’d be a watch designed by myself, executed to the finest degree by the best maisons in Switzerland and Germany. The movement would be carefully chosen from the very finest houses. The name on the dial is a particular group of initials that they would identify and have real meaning to them.
So, that’s one unobtainable grail!