Day 4:30 Day Writing Challenge
Recently I was browsing through an op shop, oggling every curious little item when my peepers hit upon something particularly shiny. I was like a bower bird, eyeing it lustfully… It was a beautiful gold retro Tissot watch. I’m not much one for brand names but I do seem to have a seventh sense for good quality serendipitous finds. I would never go out and buy one new but to find something opulent for next to nix is what makes it so special.
Anyone can go out and buy a diamond, something gold or a designer thread, but to discover it second hand, in a place where its true value is overlooked is like discovering hidden treasure. It’s so exciting!
I asked how much it was… A grand total of $3! They cautioned me that it probably didn’t work. I said I’d take it anyway. It felt pleasingly heavy in my hand. The weight of something just a little bit special. I left the shop, pulled out the watch, set the time, wound it up and… tick, tick, tick… It’s little cogs sprang into action with swiss made perfection.
Ah, music to my ears. Not a loud tick, tick like a tinny alarm clock. More of a faint, quick fluttering like a fawn’s heart… Yes, I’m so in love with this thing that I’m coming up with poetic little metaphors. Haiku will be next!
I haven’t owned a watch for years and my punctuality is notoriously bad, so this find was not only delicate, beautiful, stylish and exclusive… But also very practical.
The face is a little scratched but I love looking down at it on my arm. It’s bordering on obsession actually. One recent afternoon, sitting outside in the sun with my partner and sons, I lovingly admired the way the sun glint off the facets of the band. I pointed it out to my sons and they just looked at me like I’d gone potty. Perhaps I have!
I love the ritual daily wind up. There’s something intimate and comforting about the simplicity of turning cogs; imagining the micro precision engineering that went into all the little parts that with no more propulsion than a spring loaded wind up, keep perfect time. It really is amazing.
Happened upon precision craftsmanship is so satisfying,
especially when it’s adorning my arm.