Before I started writing for Insider Picks, I was not a regular watch-wearer.
I had a few hand-me-downs and an ironic calculator watch buried in a dresser somewhere, but through college I was never one to have a timepiece on my wrist.
Since entering the “professional world” and showing up at an office everyday, I’ve found watches commonplace among my coworkers, and since part of my job became writing about watches regularly, I started wearing one everyday as well.
My watch of choice right now is this gunmetal chrono with a leather strap fromMVMT. It’s the first watch I’ve spent a significant amount of time with (pun, I swear, unintended), and while wearing it over the past few months, I think I’ve finally begun to understand why watches are a thing.
I originally thought wearing a watch was a statement of sorts. It was a subtle way of telling both yourself and the world around you, “I have places to be and specific times I’d like to be there by.” And while I still believe that to be true, to an extent, the functionality of watches is now very evident to me. Where I used to dismiss the need for a watch because I have a phone in my pocket at all times, I’ve found that there’s a ton of value in not pulling your phone out every time you need to check the time.
Personally, and I’m confident I’m not alone in this, a quick check of the time can turn into a Twitter check, which quickly can turn into a deep dive of Snapchat and a drain on my battery and data. By the time I escape the hypnotic Internet void that is my 10GB data plan, I have to check the time again and am probably late to whatever thing I was checking the time for in the first place.
With my watch, I simply glance down and I have the information I need right there without any outside interference. I know this might seem obvious, but it’ something that didn’t really click for me until I started wearing a watch consistently. And while I’ll admit it took my brain a little while to get used to translating analog time again, after a few weeks, my watch check was one fluid motion.
As for why I enjoy my MVMT piece so much, it comes down to style and simplicity.There are still a lot of popular watches out there that I don’t really “get.” There are some with overcomplicated faces and others with extremely BOLD numbering that seems to punch you in the face. I know some people enjoy these; they’re just not for me yet. My MVMT watch is sleek and simple. No numbers are necessary, just simple tick marks to help me find my bearings. While I don’t use the chronograph functionality, I like the color and depth it gives to the overall look. Also, at $135, it’s very affordable, especially when compared to some of its famous counterparts.
The world of watches can be a bit intimidating to jump into, and, for me, that was a huge reason I delayed my first dive into the realm of wristwear. If you’re not a watch guy yet, but have been thinking about it for a while, I highly recommend buying a watch. It’s a simple tool and a fine accessory. And for anyone looking to invest in their first watch, the selection at MVMT is simple, stylish, and very affordable.
MVMT Gunmetal Chrono with Sandstone Leather Strap, $135.
Or check out MVMT’s entire collection of watches here.
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