Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Perfect Watch

You know what lucky is? Lucky is having a fiancee who knows you love watches. Like my fiancee, twenty-two years ago. Who gave me an Omega Manhattan Constellation as an engagement gift.

Or, who as my wife twelve years ago, gave me this vintage 1960s Rolex for our tenth anniversary. Gold case. Perfect 1.1 inch diameter. Face divided into quadrants of pale gold and white. Of course, an alligator strap. I have never seen another watch like it. And I have seen a lot of vintage watches. Not just my favorite Rolex. In my opinion, the best one. Ever. Made well before the horrid "big gold case" trend. On the pattern of the first wrist watches. Used for determining when it was time to climb out of a trench in Belgium.

Some time later, I was wearing my Rolex at a swanky jazz club in a large town. I saw a young hipster to my left peering at my wrist. I arched an eyebrow.

"My God. That watch looks like something Dean Martin would have worn."

Precisely. Did I mention that I was lucky?


CashmereLibrarian said...

Gorgeous watch, Epic. Would love to see the others in your collection, sometime!

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

perfect, Mr. Lane. The wife, the watch, the words.

M.Lane said...

Cashmere, that's a good idea for a future article. I'll do it!

Mrs. Scoffs, thank you! The odd thing is that when I opened the box she didn't think I liked it. When actually I was so amazed at how cool it was I just couldn't say anything. And that is rare for me.


Ben said...

That's a fine watch and that's a fine wife, too. Superlative, really.

And yeah, what the hell happened to Rolex, anyway!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Your wife has impeccable taste!

heavy tweed jacket said...

Watches not only keep track of the time, but can be things we mark memories by. Lovely watch and memories.

Turling said...

Fantastic watch. But, the Dean Martin comment was priceless.

EsseQuamVideri said...

What a beaut!

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