Recently, on a flight to New York, I spotted a man in the front seat wearing two watches. A Rolex on one wrist and his Apple Watch on the other. As someone who owns a dozen watches and struggles with which one to wear most mornings, I understand the dilemma this man faced. Decisions are left-brain versus right-brain, practical versus stylish. But having him wear two watches is an extreme solution he never thought of. It’s like wearing shorts with a suit.
After seeing a phenomenon called the “double list” in action, I was intrigued and pondered the issue of wearing two watches in my style-oriented newsletter A Continuous Lean. The reaction caught me off guard. Multiple people have written to me that he wears two watches at once, not just because they want to convey a specific thing. sprezzatura.
The majority of my readers say that the practice of wearing two watches, two on one wrist, or one on each arm, is mostly a mix of mechanical watches and smartwatches. Chris Echevarria, who designs his footwear brand Blackstock & Weber, messaged me with a photo of his arm wearing a Rolex Submariner and his Apple Watch together. I asked why a stylish guy like him would do this. I have replied.
They each explained that they liked the look of a traditional watch, but wanted the health-tracking and other features of a smartwatch. But there is precedent.
One notable example is American General Norman Schwarzkopf, who wore two watches during the 1991 Gulf War. He had a set that displayed the local time in Saudi Arabia and another that displayed the time in Washington.
The ability to monitor multiple time zones at once is a problem Rolex addressed with the introduction of the GMT-Master in 1954. GMT, named after Greenwich Mean Time, was introduced by the Swiss watchmaker at the suggestion of Pan American Airlines to allow a pilot to quickly check the time in two places at the same time. A Rolex GMT would have solved Schwarzkopf’s problem of reading his two time his zones at once, but his approach was the quirky solution he preferred.
Other big names dabbling in the look include Gonzo writers Hunter S Thompson and Marlon Brando, and more recently Billie Eilish and actors Chris Pratt and Bill Murray. Cannes Film Festival.
The tendency to wear two watches raises the question, “What is the purpose of a watch?” A style accessory or a smartphone replacement? Or maybe it helps dodge the question. Technology writer and venture capitalist Om Malik wears two watches. apple pay. I’m old, but I like the idea of fall detection and heart monitoring. ”
But one of the most stylish men in watchmaking, IWC CEO Christoph Grainger Herr, describes the emotional element and self-expression of mechanical watches: The watch I’m going to choose for the morning. I know it’s hard to leave the house without a watch on, but it makes your outfit feel perfect and has always been a very important part of what I’m trying to express.
On the other hand, pun intended, smartwatches offer science-fiction-level technology that many of us don’t think we can live without. This is even more complicated for lovers of mechanical watches.
The battle for wrist territory continues between smartwatches and traditional versions, and tensions were high in Geneva when the Apple Watch was unveiled in 2014, but the technology didn’t derail the Swiss industry. It turns out. It was a quartz watch. Grainger-Herr believes, “It’s a good thing that people get used to the ritual of putting something on in the morning, something on their wrist, and eventually become interested in the right watch.” I’m here.
Perhaps this is just another expression of the everyday dilemma between form and function. You cannot wear two watches at the same time. Instead, you keep choosing whether you want to be a stylish guy with a beautiful mechanical watch or a sci-fi guy who talks into a tiny computer on your wrist.
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