With my last journal entry published in November, I figured now was as good a time as any to offer an update to my faithful readers. It’s been two years since the shop has closed for spring break and so we’ve all headed to distant parts to get a breather. One goes to Vegas, another to Phoenix and others parts unknown. My wife and I, after having waylaid our last trip to Mexico in 2020, decided that we had to go…. And here I am. Isla Holbox, on the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula is where we are spending the next week. Flip flops and not snow boots, t-shirts and not fleece. I’m all over it. Time to relax and gather thoughts and reflect on the past few months.
We at the Last Wind-Up had a stellar fall season. Lots of vintage sport watches flying out the door, from Rolex and Breitling to Omega and Tag. I could not be more proud of my staff for making this all happen. The vintage watch market is about as hot as the new watch market. Some new models are selling for double retail! Who saw this coming? The resurgence of mechanical watches is outstanding. The dissemination of information about these watches is flowing through the internet at lightning speed.
And since the launch in July, my watch brand, DB, is selling beyond my expectation. With a total of 50 movements and 50 cases, there are about 20 pieces remaining. The response has been excellent and I could not be happier. Thanks for all your support as this enables me to continue to pursue my passion for designing functional and appealing watches for my clients. So, for those who follow this journal, there is another model in the works. I think this time off will give me the necessary inspiration to solidify the details, but I am leaning towards a more robust “field watch”. An automatic, three handed timepiece of similar 38mm size would be a great addition to the line-up. Graphics and other details are yet to be determined but keep an eye out for updates here or in the shop if you happen to stop by. After all, your input is greatly appreciated!
With a two year hiatus from a vacation, thanks to Covid, I’m wondering more about the significance of “time off”. It is generally accepted that Americans tend to take fewer vacations than most developed countries. The Swiss, Germans and others take a month off. This must certainly have a beneficial effect on their work ethic. We could learn something from this method.
I feel fortunate to be able to have time off to experience other places, people and their culture. Here on the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, I’ve had some time to eat some wonderful meals, spend time with my wife, see the beautiful island of Holbox and visit with the locals.
As many of you know, I enjoy fishing and I am pleased to have landed my first tarpon ever, on a fly rod. It is not like fishing in Montana, this I can say for sure. These silver giants are stealth and easily spooked. My guide had near x-ray vision as he poled me around the mangroves and flats searching for the fish. We were hunting! Once located, the fly has to be presented with great elegance and dexterity. Too big of a splash and they are gone! I can vouch for that as it happened numerous times. I’m not used to throwing a line with a 9 weight rod, 40-60 ft out to the target (side casting). And setting a hook is not done the same way as one might on the Yellowstone or Madison rivers. I lost a substantial tarpon because of this lack of understanding as it launched into the air and dislodged the hook. But when that first one came to the boat after 3 magnificent leaps, I was ecstatic.
So with only another day left of this glorious time off, I’d better stop working and take in the most of it. As always, thanks for reading my posts. Be well, stay healthy and keep in touch.