Japke a.k.a. japke_watchgirl
Even though I am a 15 year old girl, my love for watches isn’t exactly new. Even in elementary school I built a simple clock with my dad and made a presentation about the history of telling time. My dad owning a microbrand watch shop and me helping out with the packing and shipping maybe was the start of it all.
Anyway, it wasn’t weird for me to wear mechanical watches to school from the age of 10. When I turned 14 last year, I asked a watch-box to store the watches I wear. Mostly loaners from dad’s shop with my favorites being some awesome Seiko’s (Cocktail Starlight and SARX055) and the Halios Seaforth’s (in various colors and even one with a bronze case that I actually got as present from Jason, Halios’ owner).
Obviously my friends in class use their phones, sometimes a smart watch or a Daniel Wellington, but in general they hardly have an interest in watches. I don’t mind. I love to share the passion with my father and to visit watch shops everywhere, also on holidays.
During one of those holidays in 2019 we visited a Nomos dealer in Munich. Up until then I really liked whatever I could get my hands on, but when seeing the Nomos watches in real life, a totally new and fresh spark ignited. I realized they were really ‘me’ and that feeling was strong.
Back home I started browsing the internet, checking Chrono24, watchrecon.com and various blogs, online magazines and review sites to learn more. Also, I knew my dad had some friends at Ace Jewelers and they kindly helped me to get a Nomos Orion poster for my bedroom. All the support helped me to save up all my money for a Nomos. In the meantime I created a separate watch account on Instagram to share pictures of the watches I enjoyed.
Minimatikal obviously has been a great source of information for me as well. Just when the saving got hard (there are lots of other things you can spend your money on when you’re 15), I received a package from Dale at ACE, sent via @NomiesForLife. In it was this fantastic Nomos Club neomatik Siren White for me to wear and enjoy. They even put on an S-sized strap knowing my wrists are tiny. I still don’t know how to describe the feeling. I mean, really? This isn’t exactly a shabby watch to simply send to a teenager, right? I was just totally confused, but very, very, very excited!
Asking cautiously what I could do with it, the answer was an easy “just wear it and enjoy it, don’t be afraid to scratch it”. Well, I am not too shy to follow good advice, so that is exactly what I did.
My first post on Insta of the Club was April 8th. Since then my Instagram account has only grown with people who shared my love for watches and Nomos in particular. Even people whom I followed in admiration myself. I still feel a bit lonely as a teenage girl in a world that is dominated by mainly older men, but hey: someone has to change the balance, right?
Like for many of you reading this, also for me, it is nice to engage with others who share your passion online. Especially since my real-life friends simply couldn’t care less.
Back to the watch itself: the Club Siren White is exactly what it says: very white and fresh. I thought it was a great watch to wear on sunny days, with the light making the contrast between the dial and the red and blue accents stand out even more. It actually fitted my 14,5 cm wrist well considering the relatively long lugs. Maybe because I was used to wearing 40-41mm watches before. I would say it is “just on the edge”.
During (online) classes I took it off now and then to have a look at its amazing automatic movement and its decoration. I am not an educated watch maker, but anyone can see the difference between more standard Miyota, ETA or Seiko movements I was used to and this top grade finished movement.
Knowing that this ticks inside adds lots of value for me. It feels like carrying a hidden secret on your wrist. Just for me to know and enjoy.
With the grey nylon two-piece strap, I actually had no big issues wearing it with my regular outfits. Because yes, I’m a girl who likes her watch to fit her style. Even in quarantine.
After months of wearing it a lot (5 days a week on average), I finally returned it last week (August). It was really hard to leave behind, but I was very excited to exchange it for the Nomos I finally had been able to save up for. If you want to see which model I chose, have a look at my Instagram account.
Maybe Minimatikal will allow me to share the story behind my choice in another blog. In the meantime, you are welcome to follow me (or my dad as he is jealous of the attention his girl is getting)!
PS: can I just say I am truly overwhelmed by how the team of Ace and the people behind Minimatikal have supported my passion by their enthusiasm, cheering me on to stay a watch girl! So thank you!