10/30/2015
 3 minutes

Wristshots: The Watch Collector’s Selfie

By Christopher Beccan
Watch Wristshots

For some time now, we (watch collectors) have had the pleasure of using social media platforms to share our timepieces. Showcasing wristshots with timepieces ranging from the downright rare to the insane, opulent, and ostentatious. Yet they all share a common theme: watches. Some can be a little harder to spot within the images, but it’s all about watches in the end. However, I believe some wristshots are taken too far.

I think it is fair to say that amongst all the social media platforms, Instagram is by far the most popular to showcase your collection and watch photography skills – whether you are using just a smartphone or a DSLR. Facebook does have its use for open/private wristwatch shots, but it can also be used to build relationships to other watch collectors, with whom you can later enjoy heated discussions in collector’s forums or at meetings. In my eyes, this is what watch collecting is all about.

Moving back to wristshots in general. It’s good to see timepieces in their natural habitat. Whether they are diving watches under water, chronographs being put to the test (or even on the moon), or dress watches being used as, well, dress watches. They just look cool when worn by actual people; this is where the wristwatch becomes more than just an instrument of time. I’d rather see this instead of perfectly placed and overly edited images of timepieces in an irrelevant setting.

We can’t forget the A-C list celebrities, of which I must confess a small minority own some really cool pieces. More often than not, however, they simply showcase their wealth and have a complete disregard for taste, leaving watch enthusiasts shaking their heads in disbelief. Known as the champagne life style, they [celebrities] mostly portray this image with the use of said item and baguettes galore. Just in case you were wondering, I’m talking about diamonds – though food always seems to creep into to these wrist shots as well. And while we are on the topic of food – please, just don’t.

I think what is most important, is the community these social platforms have allowed like-minded collectors and enthusiasts to build; this is for sure the coolest thing about social media. It has allowed people who are continents away to come together and gain a wider understanding of timepieces, sharing not only images but also knowledge and sometimes wisdom on purchases. On top of this, sharing some of the rarest examples that have never been seen in the metal. The ever-growing watch collector community is truly passionate about special pieces and their stories.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch wristshot
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch wristshot

I will leave you with just a few thoughtful tips. First and foremost, I think it is important to try to be as original as possible and to showcase the timepiece’s good side. Trust me, every watch has a bad angle that I’m sure you will be aware of – or maybe you are trying to highlight this? Keep it clean, keep it simple, and always try to be inventive. And if you are using your mobile phone to take pictures of your prized possessions, use as much natural light as possible. Above all, have fun – after all, it’s only social media…


About the Author

Christopher Beccan

Christopher Beccan is the founder of the online magazine "Bexsonn," where he regularly writes about his two passions: extraordinary timepieces and whiskey. His work …

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