I can’t believe it has already been nearly 4 years since the inception of The Matick Blog. Frankly speaking it all felt like a blur, the year 2015 was also coincidentally around the time when I first began to collect and actively write about watches. I was still somewhat of a little boy back then – a first year undergraduate law student in Oxford Brookes.
For those who don’t know, we were formerly known as Chronomatick back then.
It was a helluva time for sure (mind you, this was wayyy before the implementation of the notorious IG algorithm). Looking back and now that it’s all said and done, it has certainly been a bloody fun ride albeit the highs and the lows, the trials and tribulations that came along the way.
I’ve felt that everything unfolded just the way it should be, although not exactly the way I wanted it to be.
The reason why I am bringing this up today is because I wanted to pay a tribute to the good ol’ days. Back then, I was just a really passionate kid who didn’t cared much about the world around him (except for watches of course), and I would spend hours in South Park (its a huge park in Oxford, google it) during spring, just busking in the warm sun rays, feeling the cool gentle breeze on my face, typing away on my bulky laptop. It was an exciting project back then, my friends (on and off IG) would always tell me how excited they are for our wristalk episodes.
It was definitely a thing that our readers look forward to every week for sure, and I live for those stories.
Origins of #Wristalk
What is #Wristalk? You may ask.
Well, to put it simply, it is a platform that we introduced in order to bring to light untold stories of watches belonging to collectors and enthusiasts alike from all walks of life, by giving everyone in this wonderful community a voice to express and document their love and passion for this amazing hobby.
It is solely because of this particular segment, our humble little watch blog witnessed an unprecedented rapid increase in popularity back in 2015, just a few months after the site was conceived.
Its been 4 years since then, so I guess it’s about time we go back to our roots – to where it all began for us. On that note, we’re going to dispense with the need for a format like we used to adopt. That being said, we’re going to start off with 2 very important watches I recently had the opportunity to acquire. They are the following:
Dietrich Watches – Time Companion TC-1, 1 of 2 pieces worldwide, not commercially available for sale (formerly an unique execution)
Those who know me would know my obsession and affinity with Dietrich Watches. There’s something about the story of the brand, the character as well as the design philosophy that struck a chord within me. Emmanuel has been a real inspiration to me for the past couple years, not just as a designer or a watch brand owner, but also as a human being.
This particular piece right here is no stranger to many of you who follow me on IG. It was previously considered an unique execution, but today it is now 1 of 2 pieces in the world. As we know it, the second piece is in the care of the good hands of Robert Velasquez (@spanishrob on IG)!
Its just one of those watches that I wear so often to the point that I felt like I was sort of the unofficial brand ambassador. Because to me, that watch was more than just a material possession, it came with a story and an important life lesson, and that was the sort of kinship I felt with the watch.
Everytime I look at this watch, it brings back lots of bittersweet and beautiful memories of London, and I received this watch at the very end of my time there, specifically on the day before I got called to the Bar as a Barrister of England and Wales. So to me, this very piece right here represents a form of recognition which validated all the hard work, struggles as well as the sacrifices I’ve made along the way to get to this point.
I wear it quite often actually, its my go-to watch for special occasions. Similarly to my philosophy of collecting, I use watches as reminders, so everytime I put on this watch, it reminds me of the special moments and experiences I’ve had so far.
This watch I adore dearly, and regardless of what people would tell me about the brand, design etc. This is my heirloom to my son/daughter when the time comes.
Mr Jones Watches – King
Mr Jones Watches is an independent London-based brand we’ve been working very closely with ever since the inception of Team Matick. Needless to say, as we started out as nobodies in this crazy and vast world of watches where coverage of the historically established brands i.e Rolex, Omega etc would be considered futile (since there are already online websites/blogs/magazines covering them). I am not going to lie, it was a daunting vision. So given that position at the time, we naturally gravitated towards independent brands such as Mr Jones Watches due to the uniqueness portrayed in the design language of their watches. We wanted to introduce a different approach to watch collecting, and that is by way of story telling.
To be completely frank with you, when I first came across MJW, I was quite skeptical. But today it has become a brand I’ve grown to love and hold dear.
Emily and Crispin were so kind to have given us a chance when we first approached them for our very first review opportunity, and from there onwards, the rest is just history.
The reason why I brought up MJW was because two of my recent acquisitions were actually the King and the Queen (the Queen now belongs to the missus).
I guess you can say that the royal pairing of the King and the Queen are one of those watches you would buy to commemorate a special day/occasion. What I like about this pair is that it is difficult to imagine one without the other, which somewhat interplays with the dynamics of having a ‘significant other’ in a relationship. I think the watch itself is the ultimate symbol of a relationship between the owner and the watch. To put it simply, the way I see it – it also connects us to those people who matter the most to us in the form of memories.
The dial itself and the time telling mechanism is also very cool. Upon closer observation, the cards symbolises the changing nature of fortune. And if you look close enough, the placement of the King’s/Queen’s hands on their chest area serves as a reminder to keep our cards close to our chest, and to always be bold when fate has dealt us a winning hand.
I’ve been wearing my King almost every single day ever since the day I got it. And every time I look at my King, I would remember the warmth of my girlfriend’s smile, and that I’m carrying a piece of her close to me everywhere I go, and I felt that it’s a very comforting thought.
To end this entry, I’d like to give a massive shout out to the amazing people I’ve met on this journey so far, I wouldn’t have gotten this far without all of you and I cannot thank you enough for your friendship and sincerity.
James Jackson, Andre Kusni, Daniel Afoke, Ken Munoz, Mo Khan – for your friendship and kindness.
Emmanuel, Tristan – for opening your arms and for being so accepting of me into the Dietrich family.
Charles Devan, Nathaneal Teoh– for giving me the opportunity to discover one of my other passions – Coffee. P.S I was at my happiest when I worked for Ingrained.
Leon and Isa – for your friendship and for accepting me into the BOLDR family.
Ken – for being my best friend and my brother of 11 years, and many more years to come.
Jacqie, Meor and Max – for always being there and keeping it real since ’13.
Pete Foo, Jo Huang, KC, Regina, Regis – for your sincerity and for being so genuine. Wouldn’t have made it this far without you guys.
SQ – for your love, kindness, understanding and acceptance of my obsession. And for being the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love you, always.
You guys are a big part of my journey and my art, which has helped shaped me into the man I am today. I’ve said this a million times and I will say it again.
“Its bigger than watches.”
For Team Matick,