The wristwatch has a long and quite interesting history that dates back to the 15th century. Back then, watches were mainly made as pocket watches to be carried in the pocket. It was several centuries before the first wristwatch was developed.
Wristwatches were first made for women in the late 19th century. These watches were ornaments rather than functional timepieces and were often worn as bracelets. However, it wasn't long before men started wearing wristwatches too.
The first wristwatches for men were often military timepieces. During World War I, wristwatches were worn by soldiers on the battlefield to facilitate coordinated action. Sturdy, simple and precise, watches soon became an essential accessory for men.
The wristwatch reaches the mainstream
Wristwatches became increasingly popular in the 1920s. Technical advances in the field of watchmaking have enabled manufacturers to build smaller and more precise watches. Watches have also become more stylish and versatile, with different materials, designs and functions.
In the 1950s, wristwatches became an important status symbol. Expensive watches were often bought as gifts for special occasions such as weddings and anniversaries. In the 1960s, new technologies such as quartz watches and digital displays came along and changed the watchmaking industry forever.
Today there is a huge selection of wristwatches for every taste, style and need. From rugged and dependable quartz watches to state-of-the-art smartwatches packed with features, there's something for everyone. However, one thing remains unchanged: the wristwatch is still an indispensable accessory for every style-conscious man
MACHIA is part of this story and, with the V5 chronograph, has a versatile watch with well thought-out functions and a robust design in its range.