When we started off as small time enthusiasts in the early days, not only do we talk about the aesthetics of a watch, but also what is inside of it. The movement. The movement is the very heart and soul of a watch. The movement makes a watch tick, it makes it keep time, and it makes a watch “come to life”. Every part of a watch’s movement has its role to play. Brett here, like us, cares about what is inside a watch. It is clear that he is serious about it through the pieces he has in his collection. Every once in a while, we would be delighted to cover high end collectors from the watch community. Therefore today, we are proud to present Brett Harmon. Heads up for some serious pieces that might tickle your watch bone. (hint: Basel World 2015 Novelty.)
Without further ado, this my friends, is EP32 of #wristalk.
Watches are just simply my thing. I love everything about them, from the different styles and brands, colour combinations to the lines and angles of the watch.
–Brett Harmon (@bharmon417)
How it all started?
Ever since I was a little kid I have always had a fascination with watches, particularly the mechanisms of a watch and how they work. I love the process of how each part works in unison, even outside of watches. I was a collector of many things when I was growing up. From a small baseball card collection to my cheap collection of watches. I had a large collection of inexpensive watches growing up, but it wasn’t until 4 years ago that I was able to purchase my first real luxury watch. My first luxury watch was purchased from a local advertisement in my home town. It was a Breitling Super Ocean Chronograph Heritage. Ever since that day my collection has grown in many different ways.
What was your first watch?
My first watch that I can recall was a rubber/plastic Swatch watch, followed by a few Swiss Army watches.
What do watches mean to you?
Watches are just simply my thing. I love everything about them, from the different styles and brands, colour combinations to the lines and angles of the watch. Watches are an accessory to my wardrobe. I will actually base an outfit around what watch I want to wear for the day. When seeing someone in public that I know, they will actually look to see what watch I am wearing before they even say hello. I am known as the watch guy among my friends and family.
What is the focus of your collection?
The focus of my collection is strictly personal, I buy and collect what I like, not what anyone else likes. I am not the type of collector that buys what is popular at the time, although some of the pieces in my collection might say otherwise. I have watches ranging from the cheapest at $20.00, on up to $12,000.00. I love the simplicity and history of Panerai and then something more complex and busy as a Breitling or Rolex dial. I have a fascination for the water, so naturally I am drawn to dive watches. The thing I love most about them as I feel there is a real purpose and I actually don’t feel bad when wearing them or using them for what they were made for. I just recently dove with Great White Sharks and brought 5 watches with me to dive. Although we only dove for 3 days, I managed to rotate and wear all 5 watches for different dives.
What was the last watch you bought?
My most recent purchase by no surprise was the new Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver. This diver was introduced at Basel earlier in 2015, soon as I saw it my sights were set and I had to have it.
Which is your favourite watch in your collection?
My favorite watch currently in my collection would have to be my Panerai Pam 389. I purchased this watch to wear on my wedding day. Although it is a very sporty dive watch, the watch looked great on a custom leather strap that I had made by Peter Gunny with Gunny Straps. Days after the wedding I was able to change straps and put the 389 back on its OEM rubber strap just in time for a honeymoon in Bora Bora.
What is the dream watch?
My holy grail would have to be the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk in rose gold. This watch is so different than anything in my collection, and I absolutely love that it is analog. Although the watch is smaller than my normal go to size, this 41 mm would fit perfectly.