Gwendolyn Benda

Watchtime.net, Uhren-Magazin, Chronos

COUNTRY

Germany

ABOUT

Although I never (like a boy maybe would have done it) wondered about the inside and although it was by no means a Sunday watch I remember my first time-piece very well: It was a gift from my parents to my first day at school and it was like it should be at the mid-eighties, completely made of plastic, multi-coloured and with a digital indication… Nevertheless I wore it day and night.

It took some time until I had my next impressive watch-experience: That was when I started a student job at Ebner Verlag. The task was to collect information about watches, which were treated in Chronos and Uhren-Magazin, in the data base on Watchtime.net. You can imagine that I discovered in this way a totally new world. Watches without batteries? Amazing!

That watches are able to indicate the time for all the time zones of the world, that watches are able to calculate calendar indications, which are called perpetual, that watches are able to measure successions of time intervals – and all of this by mechanical means: That seems to me until today nearly incredible.

Even though, or rather, because I now know more about the inside of mechanical watches, of the numerous parts and their capacities and the way they interact: Watches are a fascinating topic to write about and a topic which surprises every day.

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Gwendolyn Benda

Watchtime.net, Uhren-Magazin, Chronos

COUNTRY

Germany

ABOUT

Although I never (like a boy maybe would have done it) wondered about the inside and although it was by no means a Sunday watch I remember my first time-piece very well: It was a gift from my parents to my first day at school and it was like it should be at the mid-eighties, completely made of plastic, multi-coloured and with a digital indication… Nevertheless I wore it day and night.

It took some time until I had my next impressive watch-experience: That was when I started a student job at Ebner Verlag. The task was to collect information about watches, which were treated in Chronos and Uhren-Magazin, in the data base on Watchtime.net. You can imagine that I discovered in this way a totally new world. Watches without batteries? Amazing!

That watches are able to indicate the time for all the time zones of the world, that watches are able to calculate calendar indications, which are called perpetual, that watches are able to measure successions of time intervals – and all of this by mechanical means: That seems to me until today nearly incredible.

Even though, or rather, because I now know more about the inside of mechanical watches, of the numerous parts and their capacities and the way they interact: Watches are a fascinating topic to write about and a topic which surprises every day.