Its nice to be back home. Our cruise ship went to Aruba and Curacao. They are close to each other in the Caribbean, just above South America, Venezuela. I missed not getting onto WUS. I felt like such a watch nerd on the cruise. Many women will turn my head, but for the first few days I was only focused on the watches people were wearing. That is a WIS for you.
First I will say it appears that big watches are really in. I know I like them big, but it was kind of shocking in Aruba, which has many very upscale jewelry stores, at the percentage of large watches on display. Lots of cruise ships stop there so I imagine these large watches are selling.
I didn't see too many people on the cruise ship with bold watches like I enjoy wearing. One fellow had a very large, yellow plastic watch with yellow band. Awful looking. I could see his watch approaching at 75 yards. I don't know what he looked like but I could draw you a picture of his watch. That is a WIS for you. A few others had unusually large or attention grabbing watches, but not many.
I only took one watch for personal reasons - my Tissot T-Touch, to see how good it was to travel with. It was a very decent travel companion. I used the alarm to get up early, the temperature gauge the first couple days to set the air conditioning for sleep, and for the first few days I used the compass to orient me on the ship - that was a surprise. But I was mortified not to have something wild and crazy to wear although I took some consolation in a comment to me that my Tissot looked very impressive. But I'm glad to get that Tissot off my arm and wear something more colorful.
The shopping for watches on Aruba was excellent with a great selection of JLC, Breitling, Maurice Lacroix, Roger Dubuis, Carl Bucherer, Zenith, TW Steel, Panerai, IWC, Girard Perregaux and many others. It was my first chance to play with a Roger Dubuis diver chronograph and I was blown away. I am now thinking what to get rid of to make room for that.
EDIT 2/19: Just pulled the trigger on a mint Roger Dubuis from overseas. Including Fed and State import duties/taxes, best price I've seen. Now committed selling something expensive.
And I found a very bold quartz chronograph that I will probably buy here in the states. Made in Italy. I've always been disappointed in quartz chronographs because all counters don't return immediately, like a mechanical chronograph. I recently found out that some do, I've just never found one in a style I liked. But this one does. I will post the obligatory pictures when it arrives.
Nice to be back. Missed you all.