When I was eight years old, my grandparents gave me my first piece of real jewellery. It was a gold ring with my birthstone, and I lost it the very weekend I received it. Unsurprisingly, it was not replaced! Five years later, for my thirteenth birthday, my parents figured that I was a little older and could now handle having genuine jewels. My new piece was a very dainty, gold cross encrusted with tiny diamonds. I had it for several months before misplacing it, then miraculously finding it, then later losing it again for good when it became tangled with another necklace. I had left the knotted chains on my bed after I gave up trying to free them, then forgot they were there, and somehow the whole thing seemed to disappear into thin air, never to be seen again. There is nothing quite so frustrating as losing something that means a lot to you, in your own house!
Being a sentimental person, I carried that feeling of guilt-riddled loss with me for a long time, and as I got older, I developed a kind of reverence for precious personal items, never losing one again. Good jewellery, like a diamond ring or a luxury timepiece, are objects that we grow attached to; every day we wear them next to our skin, and in a way they become a part of our identity. If we have to be without our special jewellery for one day due to repair or cleaning, we notice that we don't feel like ourselves and it's a relief to feel it back on our body. We intend to wear it for a lifetime. For this reason, it makes sense that we would invest in an especially worthy piece, for ourselves or to give to a loved one, to keep forever.
While precious jewellery tends to be a symbol of a life event, such as an engagement or wedding, fine watches are a right of passage, a sign that we've earned their presence on our wrists. However, a companion of status can indeed be expensive. Luckily, there are alternatives to buying new, with Chronoexpert being a trusted option for finding pristine, second hand luxury timepieces both recent and vintage, including Cartier, Patek Philippe, Rolex and Breitling, and for followers of high fashion, a selection from Chanel. Sites such as this are also a great resource for finding models that may no longer be available new, but are still coveted.
The key to lifelong happiness with our piece is to choose one that speaks to the heart of who we are. Something that is classic yet exciting, maybe due to an extraordinary feature, is likely to have longevity, and even better if it's a brand that someone in your family happens to love. Also, it goes without saying these days that foregoing endless purchases of throwaway, trend-driven accessories in favour of investment pieces is the better way forward for the planet, so if you needed further justification to buy yourself an outstanding watch, that may help you make your decision!