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Edited and Photos by Mary Ma | 24 December 2015
Certain types of people seem to like watches more than others and over time, places of work have become significant confluences where fellow watch lovers have started identifying other members of their flock.
Whether one starts loving watches at a relatively late age or the appreciation for those small mechanical wonders is something a person is simply born with is not at question here; what is, on the other hand, is the fact that watch lovers around the world tend to congregate in the most unexpected of places. Those places are often conditioned by the aficionados' own doing, but every now and then, an irregularity comes forth that, sort of, breaks the mold. Certain types of people seem to like watches more than others and over time, places of work have become significant confluences where fellow watch lovers have started identifying other members of their flock. So, the following are six professions whose practitioners seem to have a mutual affection for all things horological.

Pilots

It's no secret that many of the elements that modern watches today possess and incorporate almost regularly stem from a feature designed and premiered on some type of airplane or other aerial craft. Therefore, the fact that pilots actually have a genuine need for a good watch is quite logical. Furthermore, long power reserves, accuracy and readability are just some of the characteristics of these features, and even though pilots tend to rely on many instruments in their planes, their wrist watches are still important, essential even, additions to their cockpits. For example, the ability to have a second or even third time zone available at the push of a button, as well as switching almost effortlessly between different time zones, makes for a nice addition instrument-wise.

Pilots constantly depend on the precision and reliability of the instruments in their cockpits, which also sharpens their criteria when it comes to other types of machines in their everyday lives, including cars, computers, and especially watches. Therefore, when you see a pilot wearing a specific model of a watch, you know that the company that built it put some serious muscle and creativity into satisfying even the most stringent of requirements. Some of the brands you'll typically see on aviators’ wrists include Citizen, Rolex, Breitling, Sinn, IWC, Glycine etc.

Chefs

When someone mentions chefs as people who are fond of nice and rare watch brands - that might not sit well with you, at first. But then, once you remember that chefs are actually people who have a very developed sense of taste because of their line of work, as well as that they work with reliable tools most of the time, you'll start to wrap your head around why chefs also deserve to be categorised as a specific group of people who can really appreciate a good watch.

That being said, when you think of a typical chef, it's easy to focus on the fact that many of them rather enjoy creating flamboyant and ostentatious dishes, and in accordance with that, they tend to have corresponding watches adorning their wrists. Finally, since there are chefs and signature restaurants on almost every corner nowadays, and because many chefs constantly try to set themselves apart and create something new and characteristic, it's no surprise to see them boasting somewhat avant-garde and even lesser-known brands of watches.

Photographers

Is any further explanation really necessary? Think about this - in order to make a good photographer, a person needs to have an innate eye for style and looks, in addition to the ability to work efficiently and quickly with accurate, and at the same time, very delicate equipment. That means that most photographers tend to be similarly obsessed with technology on one hand, and aesthetics on the other. Photographers are one of those people that can be said to really understand that you most often get exactly what you pay for when it comes to machines, especially because they are relatively used to spending hefty sums on high quality lenses, cameras and other photographer equipment.

Utility is what photographers tend to focus on more when selecting a watch, even compared to style, and the perfect watch for a hard-working photographer is guaranteed to be as legible as it is reliable in any condition imaginable. A large face, chronograph and power reserve are some of the most typical features of any photographer's watch.

Engineers and IT professionals

Who knew that there was a connection between well-performing watches and expert programming? While it's an unwritten rule that software developers and IT professionals tend to be more classic when it comes to their tastes, every now and then an out-of-the-mold programmer can be found who has a flare for theatrics, which is demonstrated by an avant-garde type of device on their wrist. According to many members of the industry, the distinct utilitarian elements of "tool" watches are a favorite in the IT world, despite the fact that many experts have a habit of removing their watches during long typing sessions.

That being said, it does sound kind of illogical to be wearing a small mechanical device that tells time on one's wrist when a simple gaze at the corner of the computer screen does the same. But, be that as it may, IT pros generally like well-built utility watches that focus less on looks and more on functionality, which means that some of their favorite brands include Breitling, Omega, Tag Heuer, IWC, Ball, Sinn, Fortis and so on.

Finance and banking professionals

The simplest way to explain why people working in these professions need, and often want, to have high-quality timepieces around their wrists would be to invoke an old Wall Street saying: "In order for a person to become truly successful, they must first project the image of success around them." That said, it's easy to comprehend why people who spend their days buying and selling investments and dealing with millions in various currencies are required to have a precise grasp of time, combined with the capability to see the bigger picture.

In that respect, watches are no different - even the tiniest and seemingly insignificant elements that comprise a watch need to be manufactured with the utmost precision and according to the highest of standards in order to create the most appealing and functional result as possible. That's why it's common to see people, who are wealthy and prudent investors during the day, turn into avid watch collectors at night. High-profile bankers and finance people tend to focus on brands the likes of Franck Muller, Rolex, Panerai, Chopard, Mont Blanc, Girrard Perregaux and others.

Attorneys

Generally speaking, the main reason for the positive correlation between the number of lawyers who are fond of horology and the number of lawyers who actually own high-end, quality timepieces is the fact that both watch makers and (most) attorneys are characterised by an uncanny attention to details. Accuracy, reliability, as well as inherent value are also some traits that lawyers commonly tend to hold in high regard, and luck (as well as marketing) would have it that watch makers tend to abide by the same principles. Lawyers are also people who feel it important to be able to make a stand, especially in the courtroom, and the showmanship of being an attorney goes hand in hand with the fact that many (the majority) of watches out there are designed specifically for the purpose of making a statement.

Therefore, lawyers are almost ideal people to be wearing a good quality watch, especially because they need to be able to communicate strength and purpose to observers; what better way to do just that than to boast brands like Roger Dubuis, Rolex, Breguet, Sinn, Franck Muller, A. Lange Sohne and the like?


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