Hello again #watchfam ! We are back again on a beautiful Sunday for another episode of #wristalk. Today we are proud to present Chase Pratt in this edition of #wristalk. Chase here loves watches inspired by good design. Being in a profession that works with design, I can understand the appeal of watches that are aesthetically interesting, towards him.
Chase has his own unique taste when it comes to his collection of watches, and you can observe a slight similarity among them. Here are some pointers, black dials, white markers/numerals, clear and legible faces, and uniqueness of the watch, just to name a few.
Therefore without further ado, let’s welcome Chase. All the way from USA!
This, ladies, gents and fellow #watchfam, is EP34 of #wristalk.
Watches to me represent an endless palette for creativity and innovation… For me, my watches represent a little retreat from the daily grind, and the worries that come with it.
-Chase Pratt (@prattpxls)
How it all started?
The watch bug bit me right around the time I landed my first real “big boy” job out of graduate school. I got a job at an engineering firm in Atlanta, and moved here from my small hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky. I began looking for a piece that would be versatile both in the office and in more casual settings. I recalled browsing Amazon for hours, and was overwhelmed with the diversity of brands and design aesthetics out there. At the time, I landed on the Skagen Titanium Multi-function on bracelet. A few years passed, and I had really begun to appreciate the world of mechanical watches, especially in the affordable and practical watch area.
What was your first watch?
My first watch was a gift from my father when I was 12. An L.L. Bean Japan Quartz Field Watch, with sunburst blue dial. I absolutely loved that watch, and wore it a lot during middle school and high school. I stopped wearing it for several years, but somehow it always made the journey with me wherever I moved, just packed away for safekeeping. I recently replaced the battery in it and it’s ticking right along like no time has passed. My dad is an avid outdoors man and hunter, and he instilled in me a great appreciation for nature.
He had all the best gear you could imagine, and I was always admiring his over-built gear and technical equipment. I think some of that has carried over to my taste in watches to this day. While I appreciate a finely finished dress watch, I always gravitate towards a rugged, modern, and an aesthetically clean design.
What do watches mean to you?
Watches to me represent an endless palette for creativity and innovation. The platform and archetype is invariably simple, a wearable device that regulates time, yet provides such an amazing opportunity to appreciate something new. I enjoy classically inspired watches, and those that show time in the most clear and straightforward manner.
However, I also appreciate watches that approach a watch from outside the box, such as brands like Dietrich, Xeric, SevenFriday, and a myriad of other manufactures that are constantly trying to push the limits on how we view time.
Being in a design profession myself, I can understand the passion and determination that goes into solving a design problem, and working on a watch like these guys do would be a real treat and keeps our interest peaked. Who knows, I may startup my own shop one of these days if I feel so inclined.
The concept of time itself is something we all take for granted. Being in a fast-paced corporate environment makes me appreciate the small moments I get to look down at my watch and literally watch time go by, without having to worry about my workload or any specific agenda at all. For me, my watches represent a little retreat from the daily grind, and the worries that come with it. I think this is something we can all relate to, and we all develop our own mechanisms for managing the feeling, mine just happens to be watches.
On top of that, the #watchfam community had really played an important role towards fuelling my passion towards watches. When I really got into this hobby about 3 years ago, I never expected to find such a thriving group of people that truly enjoy horology and the diverse design language of watches as I do. It’s truly been a joy to participate and contribute, especially on the Instagram platform, and get to know some really awesome people in the process.
What is the focus of your collection?
This is a tough one, but the focus of my collection tends to evolve around legibility, simplicity, and durability. I have a passion for modern dress pieces, but love what the Germans, and some Swiss brands, bring to the table. Especially the likes of brands like Sinn, Damasko, Seiko, and Oris. I am also deeply affectionate towards aviators and practical watches, and have several in my collection. To me, they really translate the actual necessity of accurately being able to tell the time in an instant when quick decisions matters the most.
Not to mention the durability and robustness required in tolerating the elements in aviation environments. I love the concept of timepiece as an instrument, and have always been inspired by the look and feel of gauges (any gauge really), and imaging what that may look like translated into a timepiece.
In correlation to this, historical significance is one thing I do consider, but modernity usually wins out in the end. I gravitate toward high tech and evolved, but love it when it’s packaged in a more classic design. Any new example of the Omega Speedmaster, Rolex Sub, Tudor Black Bay, Oris ProPilot or Longines Legend Diver would fall in that category for me.
What was the last watch you bought?
I recently purchased two watches back-to-back. The first was my Sinn 103 ST Acrylic, which I bought from WatchBuys. This was a reward for passing all of the national Landscape Architecture Registration Exams, a huge professional milestone for me. I had ogled at this thing for hours on end, and always knew a Sinn was on my horizon, so when I found out I passed my last exam, I pulled the trigger and couldn’t be happier with my decision.
The other watch which i recently purchased was a late Christmas gift to myself, and the watch I intend to wear for my wedding in April. The Hamilton Jazzmaster Regulator was on my wishlist for several years, so I pulled together some funds to reel it in.
One that’s also been on my radar for a long time is the Dietrich OT-3. Its details are exquisite and well-honed, while it has a free-flowing spirit and aesthetic that rings true with my own taste and approach to design. Not to mention, @Kicktok takes some amazing shots that get my blood pumping for this piece! (Update: I found a great deal and just added this guy to my collection! Love it!).
Which is your favourite watch in your collection?
It has to be the Sinn 103 St Acrylic,hands down. There’s something about it that pulls you in, just to stare in awe and admire its many details and quirks. It’s one of those classic designs that will always look fresh, and it is built to last, a requisite for any Sinn watch. The acrylic crystal really adds a warm vintage feel. When paired with the matte dial and polished stainless steel, it’s an undeniable killer combo.
What is the dream watch?
I have to admit that this is a hard one, digging through the horological chasms to pin down a grail watch can be exhausting, but for me, it’s the A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater (Silver Execution). Its form and silhouette are obviously classic, but it just looks like something awe-inspiring and unique.
Its simplicity lures me in, yet leaves you wanting to know more about what’s going on behind the handsomely tailored façade. To me, it’s quintessential design excellence with a modern take on a classic profile, everything I look for in a watch.
On a more practical note, my current obtainable grail watch is the Omega Speedmaster Professional. This one really doesn’t require much explanation does it? It’s a timeless, mid-century modern icon, which looks good with anything and will always be in style.