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This is a piece I've been thinking about writing for quite some time. First let's define Nostalgia; according to the Webster Dictionary, Nostalgia is "pleasure and sadness that is caused by remembering something from the past and wishing that you could experience it again". Wow, for those who have interests rooted in history, this can be a very powerful effect. But everyone either takes pleasure in or suffers from Nostalgia several times a day. In fact I would argue that nostalgia has nothing to do with remembering something from the past. We put an emotional state within an era, or a specific frame, and choose to idealize that specific time. We deduce that because we remember the feeling of happiness at the park; our childhood must have been better than right now or at least we hope it was.
When I pick up and wear a vintage watch such as the one for sale at adamvintage.com, it makes me have feelings of being there, imagining what this man was like and the story behind how this was received. This particular piece had belonged to the famous producer Daniel Mann which certainly makes it more exciting, but in addition to that, this oval Men's Jaeger-Lecoultre model is very tough to find in the market because so few were made. Rarity, and the emotions that brings to certain people is a totally different topic I suppose. But the power of nostalgia can in fact, emotionally, bring you back in time just like a time machine (yet to be invented).
Like I said earlier, Nostalgia's effect on a person can be powerful indeed. When I pickup up the pocket watch shown below (right) for the first time, I was mesmerized by several things. I saw the incredible hand craftsmanship of the dial and how much time and skill that was put into the extreme personalization. The pocket watch on the inside is also inscripted, revealing that this watch was given by Julia and Imogene to their Dad on Christmas 1903. It's a super fine pocket watch, made by one of the most exclusive Swiss manufacturers of that time, an expensive gift indeed as the lettering on the dial is not applied but hand integrated into the rest of the design. It makes me feel like I have something with meaning, I imagine the excitement of giving this gift at this period of time and how much it must have been appreciated and cherished by their dad. A time when gifts really had meaning and purchased with the idea that they will last forever, because back then, that's how things were made.
Notalgia doesn't have to come from personalization. If fact, the picture to the upper left shows a rare Piaget automatic ultrathin which was and still is the thinnest automatic ultrathin ever produced. To own one of the originals is so fun to have because it tells a story that everyone can enjoy. That's why the luxury watch industry has focussed on the re-making of some of their most coveted vintage pieces as a modern watch - and they've been extremely successful in doing so...why? the power of nostalgia.
Adam J. Dubilo, founder of Adam Vintage
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