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 Willaim 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.”

We will not have a sales board: there are other sites, including Ebay, that perform that function with more efficiency than we could ever hope to achieve. We will simply talk about new and old watches from a 21st century point of view, appreciating the value of a good sweep second movement or a particularly ingenious new smart watch.

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.

WWR: Founded June 29, 2004


  1. Hello, John

    My name is Nick Iliason, I am the owner of the http://www.timebooth.com. It is a young site with the focus on watches. In general it is very similar to your site, which I enjoy reading very much. In fact, I read your blog regularly in order to keep in touch with the latest news. What I really want is to establish some personal contact and, if possible, sort of cooperation. You could even find the weekly review of your site’s entries on my site (http://timebooth.com/wordpress/2007/10/12/1764.html).

    I would like you to answer a number of questions (a few personal, a few professional) that will make a sort of interview. If you don’t reject my proposal, I will publish the interview on my site, and if you provide any additional information about yourself, it will be published as well

    As I mentioned above, the goal of the idea is the diversification of the content on the sites and moreover, it could built up the traffic and help both my and your sites grow a little. Are you eager to cooperate?

    If yes, here is the list of questions:

    Official introduction block:

    1. 1. Name
    2. Age
    3. Occupation
    4. Educational background
    5. Marital Status
    6. Children

    Site owner information block:

    1. How long have you been in the watch industry?
    2. Why did you choose watches to be the major topic of your site?
    3. What are you trying to focus on when you work on the site?
    4. Practically every site bears some subsurface (hidden) message, does your have any?
    5. Do you consider yourself to be a specialist in some special branch of the watch industry, if yes, in which and why?
    6. At what audience you target your entries, I mean who do you think are your potential readers?
    7. Do you think your blog/site is interesting and attractive for the users?
    8. What watch web-resources do you trust and why? (which sites do you think are the most reliable sources of information)

    Personal Info block:

    1. What is your inspiration to work?
    2. Do you think the data you publish is somehow useful for the readers?
    3. What watch model do you own? Why?
    4. What are the major tendencies in the watch industry at the moment?
    5. What are you major interests in the watch industry?
    6. Name your “top 5” watch brands?
    7. What manufacturer do you consider to be the most reliable one? Why?
    8. Do you treat a watch as a means of timekeeping or a lot more?
    9. How do you see the development of the industry in the forthcoming decades?
    10. What technology do you consider to be the most promising one? Why?

    And the final question-summary:

    Could you give some pieces of advice or hints to your web-readers and the ones who are just starting to write for the web?

    Thanks a lot in advance

    Best regards, Nick Iliason

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