Like you, I believe a watch a necessary component of my daily life. It tells time, hugs the wrist like a little hitchhiker, is a tiny machine powered by tension or electrons, and most often...an aesthetic object to admire.
Aside from the obvious, what makes our watch so desirable? Is it the shape of the case, the make of the crystal...the geometry of the indices?
I declare the feature that influences a watch's appeal most is the secondhand. Whether a sword or a lollipop, a rectangle or a skeleton...the watch doesn't seem complete without one.
The secondhand seems to make the watch alive...taking a breath each time it ticks...while showing steadfastness in its willingness to stay its course round and round the chapter ring.
The secondhand makes the watch-wearing experience more mesmerizing. Don't we all need something like a watch to yank us away from the mundaneness we face daily when the sun reappears at our east facing door?
What is your take on the secondhand? Is it necessary and integral, or a feature of less consequence?