大家都說現在的年輕人不戴錶，或是只戴Apple Watch而不戴機械錶。但是，哈佛大學的正妹高材生 Jaclyn Li不但熱愛機械錶，她的收藏和品味更是令人驚艷！
Hi everyone! My name is Jaclyn and I am from Vancouver, Canada. I am currently a senior college student studying at Harvard University with a passion for vintage timepieces and horology--excited to be sharing with you a few stories of my life and what got me interested in watch collecting!
@a.dose.of.time IG中可見的獨特品味 -PP Aquanaut Travel Time「百達翡麗先進研究」系列特別版時計 5650G
How did you get interested in watches?
I always had an interest in horology, the mechanisms behind movements. I was raised in a family where collecting is a big part of our lives. My dad has a pretty extensive collection ranging from WWI army knives, Zippos, all the way to Mao-tai liquors. My grandpa is a big collector of coins, manuscripts and calligraphies dating all the way back to the Tang Dynasty. Growing up, I’ve just been intrigued by old things and I think there is a direct correlation with watches and why I enjoy collecting them. It is almost like collecting pieces of time from history.
One of the older pieces in my collection, a Rolex 6234 Pre-Daytona from 1957.
Which of your IG posts best represent your style?
My style changes quite often but comfort is always very important. Recently, I’ve just been obsessed with vintage Cartier pieces. I think they fit both on my wrist and in my life perfectly. Because I am still going to school, I don’t like wearing too many jewelries so a watch on the wrist is perfect for me. I also have a relatively smaller wrist, and sometimes bigger watches look quite awkward on me. My comfort zone ranges from 30-35mm and that is the realm where vintage Cartier really claims the prize. They are always extremely elegant, timeless, yet simple.
1945年的卡地亞坦克 Obus Allongée，有著寶璣式的指針，和逆時針手上鍊機制。
A 1945 Cartier Tank Obus Allongée with breguet-styled hands and back-winding mechanism.
My first Cartier and one of my favorite watches in my collection. A platinum tank louis dating to 1979 with burgundy numerals and ruby cabochon.
Have you found any difference between female and male watch lovers?
Yes and no. I think the love for watches is subjective to each person, and therefore kind of the same for all. From what I have seen, female watch lovers try to incorporate their watches into daily styles more whereas male lovers pay more attention to the pieces themselves and less on the overall look. I also think there is a huge stereotype behind female collecting where people think that girls who like watches treat watches like another piece of jewelry. Subjectively speaking, I collect watches, mostly vintage, because they not only fit into my style of choice more, but because I am intrinsically more interested in that touch of time’s passing. I view watches as entirely different things to bracelets or rings.
@a.dose.of.time 的 F.P JOURNE Chronomètre Bleu，搭配不同顏色的錶帶，完美呈現獨特的品味。
What do watches mean to your work and life?
Many people view watches as statement pieces. While I don’t agree with that saying, I can understand where people are coming from. There is this massive stereotype around how watch collecting has to be backup by means. While there are truths behind that, people tend to get caught up on the price tag of a watch and forget that people really only buy what they enjoy wearing. To me, a watch is the perfect accessory. I wear a watch because I like how I feel when wearing a watch. I enjoy the lifestyle, it makes me feel more well put-together. I feel almost incomplete without one, and putting on a watch has become as routine as brushing my teeth first thing in the morning.
這是我最早入手的一只錶之一，江詩丹頓與國際知名鐘錶網站Hodinkee合作推出的限量36枚精鋼款Historiques Cornes de vache 1955。許多人喜愛這只錶；也有許多人因為Hodinkee而不喜歡，但我完全不介意；雖然我覺得不限量更好，可以讓更多人入手。我認為這只錶是江詩丹頓計時腕錶的經典詮釋，它的面盤實在完美。
One of the first watches I acquired, a Vacheron Constantin Cornes de Vache collaborated with Hodinkee. Many people love this watch, and many people don’t because of the “Hodinkee” factor but it doesn’t matter to me. I would have much preferred if it wasn’t a LE so it would have been more accessible to people. I just think this is the perfect testament to historical VC chronographs and the dial on this is perfect.
A bubbleback dating back to the early 1940’s. Another one of the watches I wear most often because of its size and how the dial has this perfect starry-night patina throughout.
Which is your favorite watch? Why?
A hard one! Again, it really depends on how I am feeling or how my style has been refining recently. Right now, my favorite watch is the one that is on my wrist—A Cartier Santos Dumont 90th anniversary edition from 1994. It isn’t vintage per se but the story behind it is fascinating. Cartier made this watch to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Santos Dumont, one of the world’s first wrist-watches ever. This watch is made of platinum, and limited to 90 pieces. It comes with this beautiful, subtle salmon dial with blue breguet hands that change color depending on how the light hits them. It is gorgeous and fits my wrist so well.
As a female watch lover, do you want to say something to the brands and the watch industry?
I think it’s a great thing that more female lovers are expressing their personal styles and sharing their collections with people in the industry. Women need more representation here as the watch industry is mainly a guy’s club. I love the fact that many watch makers from smaller independent brands are women and that they are slowly disrupting the industry, in a good way of course. Really appreciate Horoguides for providing this platform and huge shout out to Luis for sharing stories about female collectors out here. We need more of this!!
@a.dose.of.time 的收藏ROLEX 6234
@a.dose.of.time 的收藏 Cartier Crash
Do you have other hobbies besides watches?
I enjoy photography, travelling (I think those go hand-in-hand), and also sneakers. I am a really big sneakerhead and have been since the age of 11. I LOVE traveling with my best friends where we seek out hidden-gem spots but also really like doing solo trips to rural areas of the world, such as small medieval towns or the places like Iceland, really anywhere with nature.