Watches are not just time-telling devices, but they can also be objects that hold deep personal significance for individuals, particularly those who are passionate about horology. Watch enthusiasts often develop a strong emotional connection to their timepieces, which can be rooted in the watch’s history, design, or the memories associated with it. For some collectors, their love of watches stems from an appreciation for the intricate movements and the craftsmanship that go into making them. Others may be drawn to the artistry and design of the watch or its historical significance. Whatever the reason, the passion for watches often brings people together and creates a sense of community and camaraderie.
This shared interest in watches can lead to the formation of lifelong friendships. Watch enthusiasts often bond over their shared love for the craft, exchanging stories about their collections and experiences with different brands and models, network and collaborate on projects, or simply meet up to chat about their latest acquisitions. Watches also have the ability to connect people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world. It is a shared interest and passion that can create lasting friendships and connections. The story of meeting Nicholas through watches is a perfect example of how this can happen. Nicholas is the great great great grandson of Edwin Fear, the founder of Fears watches, and he has decided to continue the family legacy by re-launching the brand around 7 years ago. Meeting him was not just an opportunity to talk about watches, but also to learn about the history of his family and their contribution to the watch industry. It was an enriching experience to meet someone who is so closely tied to the history and tradition of watchmaking.
It is such a delight to see a true watch enthusiast at the helm of a watch brand, and one who is happy to not only talk about his own brand, but all watches in general, showing genuine appreciation for what others are doing. We will certainly see great things from Fears watches and I’m definitely coming along on the ride. The last but not least, Fears Watches get together in Australia (for now) was a casual affair, with great vibes and great people, excellent banter and of course, great watches to be handsy with. As the lightning cracked across the sky, the thunder roared and the rain poured down in torrents, there was no dampening the mood or the high spirit of the watch enthusiasts.
This is more than just another event coverage write up. It’s a testament to the bond and friendship that can be formed over the world of watches, a rich tapestry of craftsmanship, innovation, and creativity that has captivated people for generations. It is an art form that needs to be protected and nurtured, especially in an age where disposable technology is ubiquitous. Therefore I will continue to be an advocate for watches, to champion the beauty and enduring craftsmanship of this tradition and believe that watches are more than just an accessory. They are a symbol of excellence and a reminder that even in a fast-paced world, there is still room for beauty, elegance, and human ingenuity.