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I’m John Biggs and this is WristWatchReview.com, a new site for lovers of mechanical, and, to some extent, digital, wristwatches of all kinds. Our goal is two-fold: to create open a forum of discussion about what William Gibson calls “the very finest fossils of the pre-digital age” and to bring our own experiences and intellect to bear on what, thus far, has been a closed cabal of high-end wristwatch manufacturers ($21,000 bling-bling anyone?) and, to some extent, high-end watch consumers who value flash over elegence and ultility.
Why do I love wristwatches and where did my particular, and very recent, obsession begin to surface? Mechanical watches were the high tech of their age. The sheer complexity of involved in creating a small, perfectly functioning timepiece in a case the size of a few quarters stacked is amazing on many levels. To engineer, and eventually collect, a fine timepiece or even one that wouldn’t normally be considered a “quality” piece requires precision, intelligence, and a flair for the somewhat quixotic. Again, to quote Gibson’s excellent essay, My Obsession, “They’re pointless in a peculiarly needful way; they’re comforting precisely because they require tending.”
Watches are one of the few things we have in common with the generations that came before us. Since the 16th century, men and women around the world have carried watches. Now, as cell phones, PDAs, computers, and media players weigh us down and trudge through an information society, many of the things we carry would be considered witchcraft during the time of Abraham-Louis Perrelet, who invented the of the perpetual self-winding watch in 1770. But our watches, small, self-contained, and perfect, would be instantly recognizable. The world has changed, but seconds still fold into minutes and these fold into hours.
I founded WristWatchReview in 2004 and it is one of the oldest and most established watch blogs on the Internet. Thanks for visiting.
Editor – John Biggs – I live in Brooklyn, NY and write about technology, security, gadgets, gear, wristwatches, and the Internet. After spending four years as an IT programmer, I switched gears and became a full-time journalist. My work has appeared in the New York Times, Laptop, PC Upgrade, Surge, Gizmodo, Men’s Health, InSync, Linux Journal, Popular Science, Sync, The Stir and I’ve written a book called Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age.I am currently Gadgets Editor of TechCrunch.com and I run the BWL family of blogs, SlushPile.net, Audiomonger and WristWatchReview.com. I also run the HourTime Podcast with Ariel Adams. This site holds my musings on technology but for goofy stuff you can visit biggs.cc. You can check out my Amazon Author Page here.I’m @johnbiggs on Twitter.
Contributing Editor – Patrick Kansa – Since John is over in NY, it seems only appropriate that I’m over in the “Second City” of Chicago, IL. And while he’s no longer a developer, I spend most of my day as a database developer.My interest and appreciation for watches has certainly grown over the past few years, and I enjoy the fact that I get to learn even more while reviewing pieces right here on WWR. While I lean towards mechanical ones these days, I don’t shy away from the quartz watches, even in my personal collection.I’m @abtw_patrick on Twitter, and you can also find us over on Facebook.