When I was a kid I absolutely loathed going out shopping with my parents. Not that we embarked on protracted shopping trips too frequently. But when we did... shudder. Supermarkets bore me, textile shops siphon the life force out of me and, worst of all, my Dad's proclivity for watch showrooms frustrated. We'd be walking along some side road in Abu Dhabi hunting for 'sale' when suddenly Dad would disappear. We'd look around and see him mimicking walking, but not really moving at all, outside a Rivoli or Al Fardan or Al Futtaim gawking at an Omega or a Patek or a Kolber of some kind.
Over the years he did develop a small collection of watches with one or two expensive ones in them that he, I daresay, nurtured like children. After a while he infected a bunch of co-workers with the watch bug. And then every few months they'd all buy and sell watches to each other and feel quite posh.
I hated it.
But that kind of thing does leave residual tendencies.
And now I write about watches for the newspaper. And I bloody can't get enough of the thing.
I can't afford any of them. But, as you will see, just looking at them is a balm for the soul.
Hope you enjoy our second watch special (below) and the first in what will be a periodic series of MintWatch specials. This one is on the SIHH fair that happened in January. There should be at least two more this year.
Sometimes your parents make complete sense retrospectively.