Every watch collector or connoisseur usually has one: a grail watch. This deeply horological term comes from the Holy Grail, the vessel from which Jesus drank at the last supper, which was later used to catch his blood when he was crucified. This, the most sought-after Christian relic, is prominent in pop culture, with both Indiana Jones and Monthy Python standing as good examples having fictitiously chased it. Watch collectors often share the same determination to get their grail watches as these fictional characters did onscreen. In general, grail watches have at least one of these two things in common.
•They are hard, sometimes even impossible, to find.
•They demand a significant financial investment, usually more than you are comfortable spending.
A grail watch can be pretty much anything. But one thing a grail watch always is is personal. Very personal. Some might dream of a white-dialed Rolex GMT-Master Reference 6542, while others wake up in sweat at the thought of an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Grande Complication. Some may want a current generation Grand Seiko, while others can’t shake the thought of a Svend Andersen made especially for them.
I was introduced to my personal grail watch by a close friend of mine who had recently treated himself to a new watch. At the time I had no idea that this would become my grail watch, but when he placed his timepiece in my hands, I felt like time stood still. A warm glow fell over me: I knew I held in my hands true horological perfection! The watch in question was a Louis Cartier Tank. When the generic “Tank watch” is mentioned, this is usually is the version most people think of. Read the rest of this article on Quill & Pad