60s This was my first wristwatch, a birthday present. I used it mainly to see how long I could hold my breath in maths classes. The numerals glowed in the dark, probably mercurially poisoning me.

70s Heavy metal braceleted chronographs, dialled and stopwatched up just in case I took the holding breath skill to a professional level.

80s Then lightweight Swatches, but not the jazzed up pieces that Ivan decided to bulk buy. I don’t think he wore them when he beat John McEnroe in 1984, when Lendl came from two sets down to win the final.

although I quite like this Memphis-style piece in hindsight.

90s Minimalism, I yearned after this watch but never possessed. I did have the Ram’s calculator though.

00s Yet more chronographs, never snobbish about the brand, it was the look of the face.

010s I moved over to a Withings smartwatch, the gateway piece to the inevitable conclusion of …

020s The Applewatch, on which there is an app which reminds me to breathe. So full circle.

A few year’s ago I was asked to design Patek Philippe’s official history book, see an earlier post: Their watches are beyond anything affordable. A recent Christies auction sold the Grandmaster chime for an astonishing 22million pounds.

When I started the design process for the book I posted this on instagram:

Some of the watches above I still have, valueless but significant to me. I like the Timex perhaps the most, what ever happened to Timex?