In all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity

Longfellow wrote this and I am always reminded of it when I see a beautifully simple, but amazingly executed watch.  I received the latest addition to my budding collection today – a Patrimony Automatic.  While it’s no secret that I have been coveting the Bi-Retrograde, I decided ultimately that a good collection needs a great foundation and went for a simple classic – something evocative of the foundations of the brand.  This watch ticked all the boxes for me – simple, elegant, dressy, Geneva Seal, transparent back, white gold.  It was a tough choice between this and the Traditionelle, but in the end the more modern aesthetic of this one won me over.  Beyond just ticking the boxes, there are so many things I love about this watch – the dagger indices, the pearl minute track, the opaline silvered dial.  I find it to be a beautiful expression of both modernity and classicism, somehow.

VC Pat Auto

Another great quote on simplicity comes from no less than Da Vinvci, who said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  I think this is an apt explanation of this watch.  It has a very sophisticated simplicity – something not easy to achieve.



So, once I have enjoyed this piece for a while, I will begin again looking at complications and flights of horological fancy, but for now, I heeded the words of Longfellow and opted for an expression of supreme excellence.

In all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity


And another for Alex's "Thank goodness for other hairy wrists" collection also.

hats off to you sir! The Patrimony is probably the ultimate dress watch and I am more and
12/09/2014 - 17:45

more drawn to this piece.


May it tick only happy moments as we sayyes

Thank you Alex.
12/09/2014 - 21:57

I have really fallen in love with the aesthtics of it - the whole thing really.  Your well-wishes are appreciated.  Hopefully, I will have occasion to post a wristshot with a proper shirt soon.

Congratulations, a great choice :-)
12/09/2014 - 19:28


Thanks Dean.
12/09/2014 - 21:59

There are a few from whom "great choice" bears some significance.  You are most definitely one.  Thank you.

Nice choice Jamie!
12/10/2014 - 00:41

I look forward to seeing it if you come up to New York again.  In the meantime, may you wear it in good health.

Thank you, Mike.
12/10/2014 - 11:15

I am sure I'll be that way sometime shortly after Christmas. I'll be sure to let you know when I am scheduled in. 

congrats Jamie
12/10/2014 - 07:55

It really follows Longfellow's saying, which I agree with 1000%

I'm very happy for you, hope it is the start of a great holiday season for you!


BR, Dan 

Thanks Dan.
12/10/2014 - 11:19

I appreciate the holiday wishes and hope that you and your family also have a great holiday season.

Keeping it simple isn't all that hard!...
12/10/2014 - 21:03

Jamie, I have read your well chosen words and fully appreciate how the Patrimony Automatic won the day yes...

This will, I'm sure, give you a lot of pleasure.

It's always good to hear from you - I'm a fan, so keep up the good work!!

Best wishes


Thanks Tony. In this case, staying simple was harder than I thought!
12/11/2014 - 03:16

It was hard to resist the siren song of the more complicated pieces.  But alas, I don't feel that I have earned it yet. This is an investment in the collection and one that does, indeed, give me great joy. I am likewise a fan of your inspirational and insightful posts. Thank you for the kind thoughts and I look forward to your next entry. 

Re: In all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity
12/11/2014 - 13:32

Beautiful, Jamie, congratulations!

I agree with you about the simplicity of beauty and this watch certainly quapifies for that description.

Wear it well and in the best of health.


Thank you for the well wishes Joseph.
12/11/2014 - 16:06

Hopefully with a few more years of education, I can aspire to match some the amazing finds that have made their way to your collection.  The real joy of collecting is as much in the knowledge gained along the way as it is in the pieces themselves.  Well, maybe I wouldn't go THAT far.  Let's say that the knowledge contributes immensely to the joy of the piece.  You and many others here set a high standard for acquiring the knowledge to imbue the collection with meaning in addition to its worth.  Thank you (and the others) for the inspiration.