HOROGUIDES1 AUG. 2018
HOROGUIDES1 AUG. 2018
watchestolove收藏手錶不追新、但很有自己的原則，從市場熱門的ROLEX藍黑圈、PANERAI、IWC到獨立製錶的H.MOSER & CIE，收藏很具多樣性，甚至在還沒看過實錶的情況下，就買下獨立製錶CZAPEK重生品牌的手錶，賞玩手錶的主見越來越強。而且伴隨著他的攝影技巧及熱情，總是能在鏡頭下呈現手錶不同的美感，有別於品牌公關照的商業氣息。手錶、攝影、熱情這三個在IG手錶社群裡面最重要的元素他都具備了，這樣的IG達人，我們當然得follow啊 !
Sharing my passion for watches through camera
When did you create your IG account? and why?
I created my IG account in late September of 2016. I used to go out and take a lot of photos but since I had two babies I no longer have the luxury of personal free time. That is also when I really became a WIS（Watch Idiot Savant） so I thought to myself, why not blend the two passions together? It's a perfect chance for me to practice watch photography and document my new acquisitions at the same time.
Please choose the posts that can represent your style.
Many friends on IG have told me that they can recognize my photos without even seeing my account name, but to this day I still do not know how they are able to do that. When I am taking photos, my goal is to light the watch in a way that shows off the depth, details, and textures of the different surfaces.
Which post impressed you the most or which post has the most engagement rate? Is there any story behind?
我覺得是從這張H. MOSER & CIE Purity手錶的照片開始，我的帳號開始變得有很多人追蹤。在上傳了這只錶的照片到IG之後，來自我的追蹤者們的觸及率開始變高，我也和跟我一樣對獨立製錶有興趣的族群開始有互動。
I believe that this Moser Purity photo really began to accelerate the growth of my account. After posting photos of this watch, I started to get a lot more engagement from my followers. It is also when I started to interact with people interested in independent watchmaking like me.
What does watches mean to your work or life?
我從小時候就喜歡每天都戴著手錶，直到現在我都還保有這個習慣。 如果我手上沒有戴東西的話，我會覺得好像全身赤裸一樣不自在。從我開始每天拍照並且把照片發佈在IG上之後，收集手錶成為我日常生活很重要的一部分，我甚至也影響了我的妻子，讓她也跟著喜歡上手錶。 在過去幾年裡，我在手錶的社群遇到了許多很棒的人，我們相互學習、並分享許多故事。，這個經歷是我當初決定踏入這個狀態時所始料未及的。
I have been wearing a watch everyday since childhood, and I still do today. I feel “naked” if I don't have one on my wrist. Watch collecting has really become a big part of my daily life as I take photos and post them on IG daily, and I have even converted my wife to a watch lover as well. Over the past few years I have met many great people in the watch community, learning from each other and sharing incredible stories. This result was not something I had anticipated when I first started my journey.
What are your principles in collecting watches?
No date. Now that I have several watches in my collection, adjusting dates have become a pain. Plus more often than not dates ruin the symmetry of an otherwise beautiful dial. Handwind movement. This isn't a must have but a big plus. I truly enjoy the connection with the watch whenever I have to wind it. Most importantly, I get an unobstructed view of the movement (usually a beautiful one too). Whenever possible I would choose a non mainstream model. I prefer a watch that is more unique and only people in the community will understand, which is why I am really fond of independent brands lately. Then, affordable.
Which watch(es) do you usually wear?
I generally rotate one watch a week, sometimes two depending on the mood, this way all my watches get roughly the same amount of wrist time. Ironically my biggest watch, PAM422, is my beater because it is so robust and can take a beating. I wear it to chase after the kids, do groceries, you name it.
Please share the craziest watch that you have.
我最瘋狂的手錶是CZAPEK的Quai des Bergues，不是因為它的複雜性，而是它的合適性。 CZAPEK是一個非常新的品牌，它的品牌名甚至很難去發音，品牌在2015年的時候正式重生。 其實在購買之前，我也沒有看過實錶。很多人都會問我，為什麼不選擇比較有名的A牌或B牌呢？對我來說，設計也是我之所以熱愛手錶的原因之一，從每個單一的細節，到面盤、錶殼、然後機芯，每個部件都具備完美的作工。CZAPEK的機芯也很有特色，是很能表現出他們成立之初懷錶時代機芯的體現。這是一款很值得欣賞的手錶，可以感覺到品牌在製造手錶的時候，投注了大量的熱忱和喜愛。
The craziest watch I have is the Czapek Quai des Bergues, not really because of its complexity, but how niche it is. Czapek is a very new brand that was officially reborn in 2015, with a name that not many can even pronounce. I also never saw the watch prior to purchasing. It is a piece that many will ask, why choose this over a more famous brand A or brand B? There is just something about the design that really speaks to me, for the love of horology I guess. There is so much attention to every single detail from dial to case to the movement, and every component is perfectly finished. The movement is also unique to the brand and created from the ground up to resemble their pocketwatch era movements. It's truly a watch to behold and clearly evident that the brand has put a lot of love into creating it.
Do you have a dream watch?
這對任何一個收藏家來說，都是一個很困難的問題。現階段我想要擁有的手錶是ROMAIN GAUTHIER的Insight Micro-Rotor。我並不是一個複雜功能控的錶迷，雖然面盤看上去只是簡單的三針，但視覺感令人驚豔，它是具有創新設計和精緻機芯作工的頂級製錶，對我而言真的是極品中的極品。
This is a really difficult question for any collector, but at this moment my dream watch would be the Romain Gauthier Insight Micro Rotor. I'm not a huge fan of complications, and this is just a visually stunning three hander. It is haute horology with innovative design and exquisitely finished movement. It is really finest of the finest.