If you’re going to start designing and making watches, the best place to start is by collecting them. That’s where you begin to pick up on the incredible complexity behind the apparent simplicity of dial and case design. You begin to realize that to produce even a basic three-hand watch you need to have a real understanding of what makes a dial, hands, bezel and case work together.
Dan Henry, 45, the man behind timeline.watch and now an eponymous collection of new watches, has been collecting since well before watch collecting was a thing. He explains, “Collecting has always been a big part of me as far as I can remember. The longing for the missing piece has been there. When I got a Roskopf on my seventh birthday, many nights were spent analyzing, polishing and admiring its mechanical engineering.”
This first watch rapidly turned into a full-blown collecting obsession. Dan spent twenty years getting up at five in the morning and trawling the flea markets of São Paulo, where he’s picked up some remarkable pieces including extraordinarily rare Breguets and Rolexes, often for basically pocket change. He’s a fan of trawling online auctions, too, and has even developed an app to scan them for new listings.