Quick! What time is it?

Last Sunday morning I went out to brunch with four friends of mine.  Four of the five of us were wearing nice watches.  One was wearing a Hublot Big Bang, one was wearing a Tag Heuer, another was wearing a SuperOcean Steelfish and I was wearing a Chronomat B01.  It was a nice little collection the four of us had going together.

After I ordered some delicious blueberry pancakes, my one friend asked what time it was.  My buddy who was wearing the Hublot brought out his Blackberry, looked at it for a second and said, “12:15.”  I could not believe it!  I immediately asked him, Did you really just take out your cell phone to see what time it is? The guy was rocking a ridiculously sick 44mm Big Bang!

We then had a short conversation as to the overall purpose of a nice watch.  We all love watches obviously; four of us were wearing one at that time, and our other friend owns a really nice two-tone Rolex.  When asked what the time was though, my one friend still looked at his Blackberry.

If you think about it, watches are really one of the only ways a man can express himself from a material standpoint.  Musician John Mayer, who is a huge watch collector, had a great quote: “A man’s got two shots for jewelry: a wedding ring and a watch. The watch is a lot easier to get on and off than a wedding ring.”

John Mayer on watches

Why do you wear a watch?  Is it because it makes you happy and puts you in a good mood, or do you wear one primarily to know the time?