I was recently reading a collection of essays by Umberto Eco where he talks (complains, really) about how wristwatches have been replaced by cell phones. Why has this happened? “Technology had invented the wristwatch so human beings didn’t have to carry a pendulum clock around their neck or pull a pocket watch out of their waistcoat pocket every few minutes, and now my friend [with a phone] has to walk around, whatever he’s doing, with one hand perennially busy. Humanity is losing the use of one of its limbs . . . ”
But enough complaining from grumpy old men! Here’s a line-up of watches for you to examine in one of our more challenging quizzes.