Yorubas especially Ibadan people are known around the world for their high taste in fashion. Within our techno-savvy world of smart phones and watches, the simplistic ability to be able to tell the time has taken a back seat. Initially, wrist watches was ridiculed by the public as a silly trend – wrist watches soon became the norm as their practicality made pocket watches obsolete.
Some might argue that trend of wrist watches is slowly fading away. Why should a modern man wear a wrist watch when he could easily consult his phone for a quick time-check? Well, in this article are reasons Ibadan men still wear a watch:
Watches Are Punctual
Phones are not convenient, watches are. A wrist watch is the most convenient way to tell the time. I don’t need a watch because I have a phone, is a common response from a generation who are now questioning the adverse effects of constant cellphone use. Fishing for a cell phone on regular occasions just to check the time looks improper and desperate.
A quick glance towards your wrist is a much classier way to keep tabs on time during a date or a meeting. Not to mention how rude it would seem to your companions if you pulled out your phone during a conversation. On other occasions where it’s advisable to leave the phone concealed – like the beach, a funeral, a wedding, a watch is a much more subtle and convenient way to check time.
Watches Are Functional
One of the big advantages of a watch especially over a smartphone is how long it can operate in the field. Many watches are made to either be self powered through motion or use a small amount of energy from a battery. Think years of maintenance free time telling compare that to a smart phone’s 8 hours.
Watches Signal Style
The range of acceptable jewelry for a man is limited. Many men are only going to be seen with three main accessories decorating their hands – a nice watch, a stylish pair of cuff links, and a simple wedding band if they’re married.
In addition to helping wearers stick to their schedules, wristwatches make it easier for them to display their sense of style. They are a form of self-expression – reflecting hint of danger, adventure and sports depending on the make of the watch.
Watches can communicate a lot about the wearer’s personality. For those that prefer a bit of high-status bling on their wrist, a Rolex can be an understated, timeless and incredibly masculine accessory.
Watches Make Great Heirlooms
Not only is a timepiece the quintessential gift – it is the quintessential heirloom. No matter what your philosophy is on the end of life, we can all agree that people can live on through the memories of those that knew them.
Owning timepieces from a different era is a remembrance of people who lived before you. Having their watches makes you think of them, in a real way. They wore these same watches which show signs of use, care and and love.
A watch collection is also a legacy. It doesn’t necessarily have to be worth a mini treasure – but leaving your watch(es) to someone you care about is in essence passing on values that were important to you, to someone else.