For as long as I can remember, I have been enamored by watches, mechanical watches. Growing up, I used to collect magazine cut outs of watch advertisements. I had an extensive scrapbook of different watches (mostly 3 handed and few good number of chronographs). Made collages without even knowing that there is actually a term for that. I may have been in the 8th or 9th grade but by that time I was cognizant of Omega, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, Longines and few other brands.
Needless to say I have been hugely influenced by the world of watches from may be like beginning of the time. I guess, that's something that has stuck with me since.
I personally know people who have a dozen or even 2 dozen watches. I genuinely commend the resources they put in to build that collection. But, never, in the right state of mind, I have ever seen me go beyond 4 or 5 watches in the collection. I have been collecting, buying, selling watches for the better part of a decade and this is where I stand today. My signature has the gone but not forgotten time pieces.
For the most part, the watches in my collection do not need any introduction. For Panerai enthusiasts, that is PAM00168 (from 2003 when Panerai limited edition were indeed limited).