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An interview with ‘A Dutch Wrist’: The Rise of the...
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An interview with ‘A Dutch Wrist’: The Rise of the chronograph

Thursday, 14 September 2017
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Mischa

Mischa

  • Marketeer
  • 31 years
  • Netherlands

Mischa uses his Instagram page 'A Dutch Wrist' as a way to combine his hobby, photography, and his passion, Fine Watchmaking.

A Dutch Wrist combines technical and detailed photograph with the elegance and beauty of Fine Watchmaking. Mischa uses it as a meant to display his passion to others whilst also meeting other collectors and enthusiasts.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself? How did you get into Fine Watchmaking?

Hi and thank you for the opportunity to share some of myself with you. It’s wonderful to see how my Instagram account (@adutchwrist) – where I combine my hobby (photography) and our shared passion – brought me in contact with you and so many other enthusiasts and collectors!
 
I am 28 years old and I’ve had a passion for watches ever since I was a kid. I bought my first watch when I was 13 years old, I still own that piece and it’s still running. I collected watches until I owned about 20 watches from various brands – from fashion brands like several Armani and Massimo Dutti to Breil and Seiko. About three years ago I purchased my first “serious” watch, a Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 16. I’ve owned it for several months after which I started reading more and more fell in love with the Tudor Black Bay Red 1st gen, so I went to a local AD and traded my Tag Heuer and come cash for my Black Bay! It hurt at first, but I am so happy I did it!

 What is your favourite chronograph watch and why?

I currently own two chronographs, a 2017 Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch” with the hesalite crystal and Caliber 1861 (ref. 311.30.42.30.01.005) and a 1999 Breitling Chronomat GT.
 
There is no doubt that the Speedy is my favorite chronograph in my collection. It is, however, not my favorite chronograph of all. My grailwatch and favorite chronograph of all is the Patek Philippe 5170G-001. It’s elegance, simplicity and clean dial make it the perfect watch in my opinion. Who knows I might one day be able to get it. To all readers: feel free to donate for a good cause!

What are your personal views on a chronograph watch compared to other complications? Do you like/dislike the chronograph?

I believe the chronograph is a complication which has lost its importance due to technology. I am one of the few I believe who actually prefers to use the chronograph on my watch over my iPhone timer to measure time when cooking (okay, microwave!). Heck I even use it to tell my girlfriend that she’s been talking to me non-stop for 6 minutes and 32 seconds without noticing that I wasn’t listening… AT ALL!
 
But to answer the question, I believe that the only complications that people actually use are the date and GMT complications. I mean, come on.. you know which day of the week it is, you don’t really care about the position of the moon and we stopped wearing our watches in our pocket a long time ago, so there is no need to fight the effects of the gravity of the earth either. We all love the complications because they are just that.. a complication! Incredible complicated handmade elements to admire on a timepiece! And as long as you’re not a professional diver, you don’t really use the bezel on your Submariner either. Though we appreciate complications, we enjoy looking at them and it makes a timepiece feel special because of it.
 
If I would have to pick a complication based on its functionality, it would be the date complication or the GMT complication for people who work with different time zones or travel alot. Yet I own two chronographs.. haha!
 

Why do you think the chronograph is so popular among both Fine Watchmakers and consumers?

I believe the chronograph is still popular because of historic importance combined with the fact that some designs just need a chronograph. Can you imagine the Daytona without a chronograph? Or a Speedmaster? It’s impossible.
 
Unfortunately (and yet fortunately) many consumers have no idea what a chronograph is, what the function of the bezel is and how you can read it. Many consumers just fall for design and a chronograph just looks “cooler” and more sporty than any other watch design to many consumers. So it’s a complicated question to answer – let’s just say it’s a combination of many factors.

Do you think the chronograph is still so popular because of its functionality, or simply because of its aesthetics and historical importance?

I think it’s because of the latter. I don’t know anybody who uses his chronograph to measure the average speed while driving, so it has to be the latter.

What is your go to: 

Daytime watch? Why?
My “daily basher” is my Breitling Chronomat GT. It can take a hit or two and the crystal is protected by four “protectors” so it’s impossible to damage the saffire. It is more than 17 years old, yet still looks cool on the wrist!


 
Dress watch? Why?
I have to go for the Speedmaster, preferably on a handmade Classic DeGriff strap. When you wear it with a blue suit, it’s just a perfect combination. I have plenty of shots with this strap on my IG.
 
Sport watch? Why?
Whenever I dress sporty I usually wear my Black Bay. Why? Because it is a tougher looking watch and catches the eye because of the red bezel.

If you could own any watch, what would it be and why?

That’s a hard decision. As I mentioned earlier, my dream watch is the Patek Philippe 5170G-001. However, I am also totally in love with the Rolex Daytona Zenith with a white dial. How can you NOT love that piece?

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