EP22 – #Wristalk – Alex (@whatmakesmetick)

Today on Chronomatick, we are proud to have Alex or better know as @whatmakesmetick in the @watchfam community as our featured guest for this week’s episode of @wristalk. Let us dive into his passion for watch collecting and learn more on how it all started. Let us learn more on what really makes him “tick”.


watches always represent a specific moment of my life

How it all started?

It’s really difficult for me to pinpoint exactly when I started being interested in watches, but I remember when I was 12-13 we with my friends, we used to trade our Swatch watches and as I grew older I got more and more interested in watches and the more I discovered the more I was fascinated by this magical world.

What was your first watch?

My first watch was a Swatch, I think, but my first serious watch was a Daniel Roth, from the days where Daniel Roth the man was still behind the brand.

What watches meant to you?

Watches are truly an element of human genius, imagine the hundreds of tiny components ticking away and keeping time. On a personal level for me, watches always represent a specific moment of my life, each has a story behind it, an encounter. For me, the most important thing in watch collecting is not the watches but the people I have met during the years!

What is the focus of your collection?

My collection is very eclectic as it goes from vintage to extremely Avant-Garde and disruptive pieces from independent brands such as Urwerk or MB&F. However for me, the most important is that the watches need to be mechanical, to have character, and also personality.

MB&F Legacy Machine No. 1 (LM1)

What was the last watch you bought?

My last watch was a Tudor Heritage Blackbay in September.

Tudor Black Bay

What is the dream watch?

I don’t have only one dream watch, it’s impossible as there are so many! But if money was no issue, I would like to commission a unique ultra-complicated watch from Vacheron Constantin.

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A truly elegant time piece

Which is your favourite watch in your collection?

Very tough question, but for the moment I have 3 favourites, a vintage Omega Scarab from the 1930s, a DeBethune DB28 and Urwerk UR-210

1930’s Omega Scarab
De Bethune DB28
Urwerk UR-210

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