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I’m John Biggs and this is WristWatchReview.com, the longest-running site on the Internet for lovers of mechanical, quartz, and digital wristwatches. Our goal is two-fold: to create an open 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 a market that is often opaque and seemingly insane.
Why do I love wristwatches and where did my particular obsession begin to surface? I fell in love with my father’s mechanical Seiko diver when I was ten years old and I’ve been constantly fascinated by the design and engineering that goes into a fine wristwatch. Mechanical watches were the high tech of their age. The sheer complexity 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, computers, and smartwatches weigh us down as we trudge through an information society we are reminded of the evanescence of technology. If Ben Franklin came back today he’d consider our iPhones witchcraft 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 Marie Antoinette’s Watch about the most famous and mysterious watch ever made. I was former East Coast 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.
Managing 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 Instagram, and you can also find us over on Facebook.
Author – Ken Nichols – Ken is the son of a photographer and his earliest memories are of his dad’s Wyler Incaflex glowing in his dad’s darkroom. The photography and watch made impressions on Ken, so he followed the family business for a while and earned degrees in photography and journalism. His love of watches include most mid-20th century chronographs, military-themed pieces and any watch with a history. When he’s not working in HR in Birmingham, Ala, Ken, his wife and three kids are camping in their vintage Airstream. Twitter, Instagram