WindUp has turned into a pilgrimage for small and independent watch brands, and enthusiasts alike. This was the first time we attended WindUp together (Cullen attended the San Francisco WindUp in May of this year), and I confidently say that this will not be our last time attending.
A little over a week ago, Cullen and I returned from a two-week tour of the Northeast. We hit Toronto, Ottawa, New York City, and Boston, in that order. It was certainly great to have a change of scenery and to meet the local watch communities in those cities.
One of the main inspirations for the Contrail was one of our favorite watches of all time, the Sinn 104. In our research, we’ve seen the 104 referred to as a pilot, a diver, or as it says on their website, an “instrument” watch. While the 104 is officially deemed an “instrument watch”, its 200m water resistance suggests that it was designed with water-resistance in mind, perhaps even originally intended to be a diver.
Unfortunately, the veil has been pulled so far over the markets eyes that even highly intelligent people still believe the lies and deception perpetuated by large corporations who have only one goal: to make money.
The beauty of collecting watches is that everyone’s journey is both personal and unique. One of the reasons why I wanted to share my story is so that I can hear about yours. What was your journey like?