Five things every watch enthusiast should own

As you build your watch collection, explore the wider world of books, winders and more, to help complete it.

By Justin Mastine-frost 19/08/2017

As your passion for watches grows, so will your interest in all things that surround the hobby. Traveling with multiple watches will become commonplace, and reading up on the world’s horological masters will become your new preferred way to unwind. Rather than scouring web forums or relying on those god-awful Amazon reviews, we’ve opted to assemble some of our favorite watch-related goodies in a single location in a list that we intend to update on a quarterly basis.

A watch roll – Discommon goods

A watch roll solves the problem of how to travel with multiple watches without hiding things in socks or packing each and every one in its individual soft case. There are ample options out there, but the sturdy, shock-proof construction of the Discommon watch roll ($310 ($A395)) sets it apart from the rest. The brand is known for its high-spec, low-volume creations that have included machined aluminum drinkware and straight razors. And the brand also consulted on the incredible URWerk X Macallan flask we covered earlier this year.

A loupe – Loupesystem

A basic loupe will deliver an up-close-and-personal look at details of a watch dial or movement that the naked eye is unable to see. Most jewelers will offer you a cheap, basic loupe that’s better than nothing, but Loupesystem’s offerings (from $525 ($A669)) are built with the same level of precision as a macro lens and can be purchased with a built-in light ring to illuminate those tiny details. For those more engaged in social media, they can also be mounted to your smartphone to capture amazing macro shots for your social media feed.

Watch art – Marcus B. Williams

In recent years, a respectable number of artists have found ways to fold horology into their creations, including some of the sculptural creations that can be found in MB&F’s M.A.D. Galleries as well as drawings and paintings by artists like Marcus B. Williams. Williams’s work ranges from detailed pencil sketches to colorful, pop-art-inspired works, each featuring the complex clockworks of Breguet, Ulysse Nardin, Grönefeld, and Hublot (among others).

Watch storage – Döttling watch winder and safe

There comes a time when it’s no longer okay to leave your fine timepieces resting on the dresser or nightstand, and depending on the volume of storage you need, Döttling has an appropriately sized safe with built-in programmable winders to keep your favorite timepieces safe and ready to go. The Colosimo Dual Wing seen above is one of the more contemporary options; however, the brand also offers a range of beautifully restored antique safes if a traditional aesthetic is a better fit.

A proper watch guide – The Wristwatch Handbook

Looking for a clearer understanding of how a minute repeater functions or why a split-seconds chronograph is so complex? The Wristwatch Handbook by Ryan Schmidt provides a thoughtful lesson in the complex inner workings that power our prized possesions. It’s even packed with extensive imagery to make the learning a little more palatable. If history is more fascinating than engineering, Aaron Sigmond’s Drive Time offers an in-depth lesson in the tight-knit relationships shared by watch brands and the automotive realm through the years.


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