Column by Lex Stolk
I’m the one asking the questions. Or at least that is the case most of the time; after all, I’m a journalist. Still, it frequently happens that once people find out I am a watch journalist they become curious and the roles are reversed. The question I am asked by far the most often is: what is your favorite watch? An interesting question that is impossible to answer. To be able to answer that question and make it much more interesting it is necessary to set some parameters. Without qualifying the question the choice is far too huge and diverse. There is such an enormous space between classic tourbillons and colorful digital diver’s watches that getting lost is almost inevitable. So: out of all the watches being produced select one that can be worn in just about any situation modern man may find himself in. In other words: what is your favorite watch that you can and want to wear on a daily basis?
Now things get interesting. What is the watch that best tells the personal story of the wearer, is never out of place, can navigate everyday hazards and has enough charisma to enchant for a lifetime? This is a favorite game among friendly watch journalists. The choices are still endless, but the search has moved from a chaotic journey through complicated exotics to a driven quest for the feasible. Examples of journalists’ preferences are the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo (the original or the latest version), the iconic Nautilus Ref. 5711/1 or, for time zone travelers, the Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5164A. A steel Rolex Datejust, a classic (TAG) Heuer Carrera and an even more classic IWC Portuguese (strangely enough the 40.9mm Chrono- Automatic is more often preferred over the Automatic with the 7-day power reserve) also make the list. The best thing is that the answer to this question is not set in stone and that the choices can change over time as a result of progressive insights. Not too capricious, obviously, but thoughtful and well-considered.
So now it only remains for me to answer the question. I will do that in just a moment, but not until I have asked you, the reader, the same question. Superfluous, probably, because I’m sure that from the moment you realized the subject of this column you opened and started leafing through the virtual watch catalogue in your brain. After long and careful consideration I have to admit that my favorite daily beater is the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial because of its subtly understated classical beauty and the fabulous movement inside. Or at least it is for now.