The 1986 movie, Stand By Me, is a coming of age odyssey of self-discovery. In it, sensitive Gordie (Will Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix) and friends embark on a two day trek to verify the truth about the rumors of a missing teenager’s body. Eventually, far down the train tracks, Gordie and his pals discover what they were searching for that forces them to come to grips with their own mortalities.
Like Gordie, I was sensitive to the prospect of buying a watch from a brand that seemed to be at the heart of rumors and controversy. But I took the trek anyway. What I found was a pretty darn nice watch! And that is the Vincero Icon!
In addition to the watch‘s clean lines, deep navy dial, and gleaming die cut silver hands and markers…it boasts a nicely-polished case, solid link bracelet with quick release spring bars, and sapphire front and back.
Its solid stats are as tough as Chris in the movie:
When Gordie walked down the hill from the train tracks into the thicket and found the deceased, all his fears of his decision to make this journey were justified in the fact he had now graduated into something more than just a timid boy. He had now become one step closer to being a man.
Like Gordie, I was timid to buy the Icon from a company that often uses its marketing like a battering ram…which has accumulated a fair bit of ire from the watch community.
But, after making the purchase, sizing the band, proudly-wearing the watch around and showing it off to packs of barking and howling watch nerds, I have said good bye to my watch timidity and welcomed a brave new world of the appreciation of all watches, great or small. Because after all…isn’t that what helps make this whole enterprise so damn fun?
Time dictates my linear path to its bitter end. My watches keep me one step ahead of time...and bring a bit of flavor to my daily duties.