People always ask me where my passion for watches comes from. I have been a journalist writing almost exclusively about watches for ten years and this always surprises those asking the question. I give the answer that is easiest to explain and understand. A friend of my father always wore fine watches and my admiration for him focused on the objects he collected. But the reality is that watches fascinate me. It's subject with gigantic dimensions, encompassing time, geography, technology and, in terms of its language, the watch is a universe in itself. Yet the watch itself is so small, as are the brands and their histories, relatively speaking. This difference of scale is unusual. I spend my time trying to explain what is beautiful, valid, interesting, new, or what is a failure and inacceptable, in this vast microcosm.