Why do we wear watches? To tell the time, of course! But there’s more to it than that – watches are one of the primary tools of social peacocking, and – because they were once expensive items, in the days before mass production – they’ve traditionally been used to mark special occasions, like milestone birthdays or life events. So it was that I found myself – wanting to symbolically mark a kind of personal achievement – in the market for a new watch.

Off I trundled to the loca...


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