I recently went on a bit of a selling spree in an attempt to downsize my personal collection into something a bit more manageable. Frankly, too many of my watches were sitting in a box collecting dust, and I’m of the mind that if I’m not using something, then it’s got to go. And so I channelled my inner Marie Kondo and began a period of selling that I’ve jokingly referred to as “the purge.”
I found myself rationalizing (or, rather, I was attempting to rationalize) why I was holding on to some watches and flipping others. Most went bye-bye simply because I grew out of them (we’ve all been there). A handful were sold because they weren’t being worn regularly, though I was still fond of the watches themselves. And some I kept even though I hardly wore them simply because they had sentimental value attached to them. I’m happy with where I’m at now, though to any normal person the number of my personal watches would still be quite baffling.
But the experience got me thinking. What would I keep from my current batch of watches were I to get rid of everything but two pieces — regardless of any inherent sentimentality influencing the decision-making process? Why two? Because I believe you can cover pretty much all of your bases with just two watches, and because having some variety can’t hurt.
So I took a long, hard look at my watches and, after some very, very serious deliberation, I landed on my picks.