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    Wabi Sabi, A pictorial guide Thread idea stolen from Thieuster

    A few days ago Thieuster posted "Wabi? This is wabi!" then *Part II*. A beautiful pair of watches.



    It got me thinking as I was reading the various web pages on the philosophy of Wabi Sabi, which of my watches would be considered as good examples.



    I read that the concept included the notion that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect. It seems it is somewhat like a Japanese flower arrangement, same vase/ same flowers but not equal.



    I noticed one thing, the wear must not be intentional (it is a gift of time) and it must not harm the functionality. Just a beat up watch would not automatically be considered Wabi Sabi in nature.



    Please post pics of your watches and readers critique them for Wabi Sabi. Maybe we all can learn a little. I won't start because I do not think I own a good candidate. For example my 6105-8110 has a new sapphire crystal. I think it looks Wabi Sabi, but would a new crystal preclude it from admission into this select state of being?
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    Re: Wabi Sabi, A pictorial guide Thread idea stolen from Thieuster

    Quote Originally Posted by TimeTracker View Post
    For example my 6105-8110 has a new sapphire crystal. I think it looks Wabi Sabi, but would a new crystal preclude it from admission into this select state of being?
    I don't think replacing the crystal really effects its 'Wabi-ness'. My understanding is that Wabi is about embracing imperfection and the ephemeral nature of all things. To replace the crystal, in my opinion, would provide a means by which you can better enjoy the patina of the watch.

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    One of the few watches in my collection that I have not tried to clean away its daily use marks. There are micro swirlies all over the acrylic crystal, case and bracelet. The lume has all but since turned a darkish black patina. But when I look at it in its current state, it puts a smile on my face and reminds me that these small imperfections is perfection.


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