The next guy you see wearing a wristwatch, I want you to pull him aside for a second. Don’t be creepy about it, but lean in and ask him: “Hey, do you ever think about how tiny the pieces are inside that thing?”
I’ve been wearing a watch on my left wrist since I was eight years old. I still remember the first watch I wore: a little bulletproof Swiss Army number. Since, I’ve had the pleasure of wearing watches at all edges of the complexity, price, and aesthetic spectrum. But until a few weeks ago, when Audemars Piguet invited me to the Four Seasons hotel in New York for a chance to build one of the most beautifully designed movements available in a wristwatch today, the Calibre 3090 Manufacture, I had no idea just how incredibly difficult it is to assemble one of these bad boys.