The best part about living on this earth with myself for almost 50 years . . . is that I know a great deal about what makes me tick. I know what makes me happy. The things which make me cross. And I know how much I'll begin to obsess about something as simple as a ribbon watchband. I amuse easily. I frustrate easily. But, I obsess about things only with a certain amount of forethought.
You see . . . when I was a wee lad . . . well, more accurately, when I was in high school and college . . . I began to collect ribbon watchbands. I had a simple tank-style watch and I would change my watchband every morning to match whatever I was wearing to class that day.
I had brightly striped bands of every imaginable colour combination. Some purchased specifically for a particularly coloured sweater. Or to match the hues of a favourite plaid shirt. Or sometimes I would just buy them somewhat randomly . . . and they would sit idly in my bedside drawer until a certain morning arrived . . . and then - out it would come. Perfect. Resplendent. Flawless.
I can even clearly recall a particular watchband is a bright yellow and blue paisley silk . . . I think I had ordered it from Talbot's . . . that had a matching yellow and blue paisley bow tie. I still remember the first time I wore it to church. To say that I took a certain amount of pride in my wardrobe was somewhat of an understatement - lol.
But . . . after many years, and varying watch styles, apart . . . I've started back with these little treasures. There's just something I love about greeting each new morning - and making a certain ritual out of choosing a watchband. Thinking about the day. And finding the perfect one.
Like any part of design . . . it's the almost microscopic details that make the magic. The perfect tape trim running along the leading edge of a drapery treatment. The hand-chosen fringe framing a pillow. The sparkle of a chrome hinge on a french door.
|My New Watch . . .|
So we're off again - and here's one of my new favourites. Run through a simple Timex watch. Grosgrain ribbon in a fancy shirting stripe. Matching the various hues of a madras plaid patchwork shirt and charcoal cashmere cardigan.
It's only been a few days . . . and I've already purchased over a dozen watchbands. As new obsessions go, it's a good start.
- If you want to start your own collection . . . check with Brooks Brothers or even J. Crew. Both have a nice selection in their stores.