Carpe Diem or some might say, Seize the Day, is a phrase lived by many of us, and it basically explains that the future is unforeseen and that one should not leave to chance future happenings, but rather one should do all one can today to make one’s future better.
Marvin here, seizes his moments through his watch shots. Each shot encapsulates a time unique to him. That’s living the Sevenfriday way. Two weeks ago, we’ve covered a story about our friend Eduardo, the Seikoholic. Marvin here on the other hand, can be rightfully dubbed a Sevenfriday-head.
Therefore without further ado, Ladies, Gents and Watchfam, let us welcome Marvin. All the way from Central New Jersey, United States.
This, is EP 36 of #wristalk. Enjoy!
For me watches mean many different things. They are a fashion accessory that can help accentuate your image. They are works of art that can be displayed on your wrist for everyone to see. They show us just how far we have advanced in terms of technology.
How it all started?
My interest in watches began around 2012, which was around the same time I became acquainted with the brand SEVENFRIDAY. A friend of mine posted a picture of his SEVENFRIDAY, and all I remember thinking was, wow, that’s one interesting watch. The exact model I was looking at (but didn’t know at the time) was the SEVENFRIDAY P2-1 also known as the “INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION”.
I remember noticing the shape of the watch at first and then the copper colour tone after that. Little did I know, from that one picture I saw, helped spawn a deep and genuine interest for the brand. I also began searching for anything and everything about the brand and also about watches in general, so as to educate myself further. Not too long after, I created “SecondsGoBy”. I wanted to share the appreciation and love I had with everyone else. Since then, I have worn a watch on my wrist every day of my life.
What was your first watch?
My first watch that I wore religiously was the SEVENFRIDAY P1-1. This watch became special to me over time, because it was the first piece in my collection to what it is now and also because of the trouble I went through to get it. In retrospect, every time I think back to how I got my P1, I often shake my head and laugh because it was such a chore.
I still remember it vividly in my mind. I took the train into the city on a sunday, I walked quite a distance just to board another train, and after walking quite another distance I reached the jewellery store. Long story short ,the person who was selling me my watch forgot that I had made an appointment with him and he didn’t have the P1 that day for me to buy either.
All that aside though, when I finally saw the watch in person I was amazed with the level of detail that was put into the watch and I liked the fact you could see the movement of the watch in the background. Even though I went through a lot to get the P1 I don’t regret it one bit. In my head, I knew I wasn’t just purchasing any old watch instead I was purchasing something unique. I was purchasing a bit of SEVENFRIDAY history.
What do watches mean to you?
For me watches mean many different things. They are a fashion accessory that can help accentuate your image. They are works of art that can be displayed on your wrist for everyone to see. They show us just how far we have advanced in terms of technology, because with better technology comes better ways to make watches. Last but certainly not the least, watches provide a sense of expression and individuality of a person. I bet more often than not, the watch somebody is wearing on their wrist represents who they are in some way, shape or form.
What is the focus of your collection?
The focus of my collection is primarly SEVENFRIDAY. The reason that I’ve focused my collection on this brand is quite simple. I find the watches to be quite unique. This is evidenced by two of the brands collections, the M-Series and V-Series. The way time is told on the M-series is compass style and the way time is told on the V-series involves an addition system ranging from a 1-4 scale and adding a number from the circular disk with a number from the 1-4 scale.
Those two methods of telling time are far from conventional and proven quiet fun once you get used to reading the dial. Another thing that I found interesting about them which also contributed to collecting their watches was their slogan,“Carpe Diem“ which means seize the day. I feel that every time I am wearing their watches or whenever I’m taking a watch pic I am seizing the day to the fullest “my own way” Living everyday like its Friday. Even though I’ve focused my collection on Sevenfriday, I’ve also come to admire other brands that I tend to love as well, like swatch for example.
All in all, I feel that this brand is bold and inspiring just like their watches, which is why I continue to follow them and be an avid Sevenfriday collector. Hopefully one day the brand opens up a New York lounge branch location that way there could be a place for other Sevenfriday heads to have a meet up and converse or until they have another flash party in NYC.
What was the last watch you bought?
The last watch that I bought not counting the apple watch was the Sevenfriday V3-1 which I bought at the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey. I was originally looking for the V2-1 but they didn’t have it in stock the day I was there. This was a valentines’ day gift which I gave myself.
Which is your favourite watch in your collection?
My favorite watch in my collection most defiantly would have to be the SevenFriday P2-1. It’s such an eye catcher, every time I wear it out to gatherings or when I go out to bars, people always get intrigued by the watch and ask me where did I get it. The other main reason is because It’s my favorite piece, it was the model that caught my attention and made me look into the brand a whole lot deeper.
Could you tell us about the most interesting piece you ever owned/found?
Honestly, I am very new to the watch community, so there are lots of timepieces that I’ve found interesting that I’ve seen in person. If I have to narrow it down though, I say it would have to be the Swatch System 51. I currently own 3 of them. I heard so much buzz about it on and off of social media that I had to check it out for myself.
Sorry if this wasn’t the answer people were expecting. Again, I’m still very new and still getting my wits about me within the community.
What is the dream watch?
Right now, my dream watch would be a Tudor Black Bay. I know it’s something that I can realistically afford and aspire to own someday in the future.
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