There's something sad about a watch with a lot of complications. There it gleams, massive and precious on the proud owner's wrist, a beacon of unfulfilled aspirations. You think he's ever used the flyback chronometer on his $15,000 stainless steel IWC Portuguese or stopped to consult the moon phase on his $35,000 gold Breguet? If he can afford it, he probably hasn't had time to use it.
James Tarmy reports on arts and culture for Bloomberg Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News.