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Words by M. Troch
In the recent Philips auction in Hong Kong, a very interesting watch was sold. Among several rare Patek Philippes, Rolexes and FP Journes, also was a very limited edition Slim d’Hermès GMT For HODINKEE! The hammer came down at the auction with this selling for HK$137,500 (£14,000). Forgetting for a while the fact that this watch is an Hermes x Hodinkee collaboration, there is something perhaps equally interesting about this watch or should I say about its owner? Well, if I haven’t made sense yet let me put you out of your misery, the current owner is none other than The Armoury’s Mark Cho.
The watch just like any other that carries the For Hodinkee description, sold out almost immediately after it was made available to the public. For the longest time, I wasn’t a fan of any watches produced or designed by a brand that wasn’t well-known to the whole world simply because I thought they weren’t up to the task or that they didn’t have enough clout. I know, how foolish of me! My eye was only drawn by mainstream manufacturers such as Rolex, Patek Philipe and Audemars Piguet but fortunately, I have moved on from this poor mentality towards these magnificent pieces of engineering we put on our wrists day in and day out.
For the last couple of months, I have almost entirely detached myself from such ways of thinking and I can confidently say that I have found my niche, my true passion in watches. Personally, I see a Rolex as something everyone can -and probably will- get at some point in his life, regardless of how much or how little he is into watchmaking and the lifestyle that comes with it. This notion makes me steer clear of solely focusing on the giant that is Rolex -or any other ‘’mainstream’’ brand for that matter- and try to explore other avenues in the watch-world. To be completely honest, I find Grand Seiko a much more intriguing option while I have been obsessed with vintage Cartier and the history behind each watch from the three -in the past- completely different boutique ideologies in London, Paris and New York.
Back to Mark Cho and his Hermes x Hodinkee watch. The reason I began writing this is that my shift from the more mainstream horology to what I actually enjoy looking and learning about regardless of how many people will recognize it on my wrist is my introduction to Mr Cho’s world of both sartorial looks and open-minded approach towards watches. The Hermes watch he is ‘’letting go’’ in the auction is one that a few months back I would look at and sigh but today, well, today is a completely different story. I can appreciate it for what it is, a piece of art that combines functionality and aesthetics in a way that only the combination between a house like Hermes and an expert like Hodinkee can offer. These collaborations are what maintain the watch world interesting for both older and younger audiences that want the practicality and reliability of the modern world with the stunning looks and vibes vintage-inspired design can offer.
During quarantine, I had the time to discover new interests of mine and go more in-depth in things I already knew I liked. If you want to appreciate the things you love even more than now I suggest you do the same. Just keep in mind that you need to approach this without any bias and if in the span of 2 months I can appreciate a quartz Grand Seiko or a quartz FP Journe more than a solid gold Rolex then what’s keeping you from doing the same?
What are your thoughts on how people approach watches or anything else for that matter? Do you think that it’s possible that most of us are trying way too hard to show off and impress others rather than do what we really want? Let me know…