I don’t know about you, but from the minute I get up I have my eye on the clock. It starts with my alarm clock, which kicks off the day with lots of rushing around to get the kids to school, then myself to work, followed by meetings and scheduled phone calls, maybe a gym session if I am lucky, after-school activities and finally a trip to the store before it closes so we can eat on time and get everyone to bed at a reasonable hour so we can start over tomorrow. Whoops, I forgot the dog, he needs scheduling in too! I am exhausted just writing this!
I couldn’t do any of this without knowing the precise time at all times, but the right choice of watch can make all the chaos easier and far more enjoyable. Discover a few ideas for some horological wellness!
Take a moment to breathe
As our lives seem busier than ever before, it is important to take a moment every now and then to breathe. Just 30 seconds of deep breathing can work wonders to help relieve stress. After a particularly frantic period last year, I signed myself up for a mindfulness course and found that mindful meditation helped me to find peace in my hectic world. I had previously tended to live in the future, always planning what I was going to do next, without taking the time to enjoy what was going on right now. One of the tricks to staying mindful is daily meditation, so how about a timepiece that could remind you to take 30 seconds to breathe, five or 10 minutes to meditate, or a break to walk around the block?
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Moon has a rendez-vous indicator that can be set at any time of day. It chimes discretely at the allocated hour during the day to remind you to take a moment for yourself, the perfect complication for today’s busy women.
Price: CHF 53’500
Imagining time differently
HYT offers a different perspective of time by indicating the passing hours and minutes with a fluid that passes through a miniature glass tube. The idea is that time flows like a river that will never stop moving. HYT’s timepieces aim to bring sense to time and remind their owners to live in the moment thanks to this unique way of indicating the passage of time. The shape of the watch has also been inspired by a droplet of water with smooth curves that follow this organic form. Pictured here is the HYT H2.0 that will help keep you zen.
Price: CHF 95’000
Stopping time all together
Hermès’s answer to finding a way to unwind is by providing a way to stop the time completely. Its Temps Suspendu collection allows the owners of their watches to literally stop the time at the push of a button. By pressing on the pusher at nine o’clock, the hands go into a “V” shape, either side of the number 12, and are suspended in time. Only when the moment comes for the owner to return to the real world, and another push, and the hands return to the correct time, which had been secretly ticking away within the movement. The position of the hands doesn’t correspond to any particular time to avoid accidently reading the wrong time. This simple complication is anything but simple in horological terms. It was the brainchild of master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and has two patents – one for its construction and the other for its play-reducing gear teeth.
Price: CHF 18’200
This Latin expression translates roughly as “Remember, you are going to die”, which surely isn’t something you want to be reminded of every day? But numerous reports and studies indicate that taking time to think about death actually makes us happier as it helps us put things into perspective. If you had a year left, who would you want to spend time with, what would you like to do and where would you like to go? When life gets crazy, it can help to have a gentle reminder to think about what is important and what is not. Fiona Kruger has the perfect Momento Mori timepiece collection to remind you to appreciate the time you have left and you will find skulls are a common theme in luxury watchmaking for the same reason. See Skulls and Watches.
Price: CHF 27’790 for the yellow version and CHF 14’000 for the blue and silver models.
Our place in the universe
Another way to remember what is important and what isn’t is to think about our place in the universe. We often feel so self-important, but really we are all just microscopic specks in the grand scheme of things. One of the recent trends in watchmaking is to have a dial made out of a real meteorite. Check out this Louis Moinet Tourbillon Asteroid Meteoris. Just the idea of having something that is 4.5 billion years old on my wrist is humbling and makes me worry just that little bit less about not having time to walk the dog!