Everybody has a view on houses! Do you prefer your modern, eco warrior palace or perhaps your elegant Georgian manor? Are you a formal dining room fan or an open plan Continental style convert? Functional, Scandinavian decor or English country cottage?
I know that there are as many types, layouts and decors of houses than there are individuals in my favourite town of Harrogate, where I source premium properties.
What I didn’t really understand until recently, is the uniqueness in the world of Horology – defined as the art and science of measuring time. My interest involves the immense surge in interest in fine watches, new and vintage, that seems to have defined the last 10 years.
I must have observed hundreds of men peering into the window of Ogden’s on James Street in Harrogate; a veritable treasure trove of new and vintage watch gems. They say that you can predict a person by the type of pet they own: maybe there’s a connection between one’s taste in watches and houses, as well. What does it say about you?
I was chatting with Neil Hollier, Head of Watches at Ogden of Harrogate and York and we started debating whether you could predict the type of home a person would enjoy from the watch on their wrist. Who knows, but our findings below were good fun and there might be the makings of a bit of office banter or coffee table conversation somewhere.
So, here are the Sheree Foy and Neil Hollier, Harrogate Home and Watch matches.
1. The modern, functional apartments on Beech Grove with commanding views of the Stray. Often a deceptively simple exterior hiding wonderfully spacious interiors with state of the art design.
How about the clean elegant lines of Muhle, still hiding that notorious German sophistication mechanically? The Muhle Teutonic Handaufzug – simplicity and flair beautifully combined.
2. The contemporary homes sprinkled around the town with clean lines and expansive glazing, an eagle eye would spot one of Harrogate’s newest and funkiest smart homes on the route into town from Leeds.
Louis Erard Regulator – Fresh is the best way to describe a regulator not because it is new but because it’s an extremely clean way of displaying the time. 3 hands 3 dials – 1 time. Mastered in Switzerland and adored globally, the regulator has a no fuss finish that brings true horology to life.
3. Georgian homes overlooking the stray. Every one unique but every one blessed with timeless style.
Jeager Le Coultre Memovox – What could be more timeless that a timepiece from one of the oldest and revered watch houses? The Memovox is a fine example of this, released in 1951 as a mechanical alarm wristwatch it was designed with such skill that only to the trained eye would you know that it actually housed an alarm.
4. The countless fine houses on the South side of town. Every house different to the last, but every one offering that little bit more value than some of Harrogate’s more traditional areas.
Frederique Constant Perpetual calendar moonphase – A movement style that has been attempted by no more than a handful of watch houses. Great sophistication, tremendous precision and something that little bit unique in a world of sameness!
5. Victorian homes on the Duchy. Bold, confident expressions of the Victorian era; defying age and constantly reinventing generation by generation.
Zenith El Primero – The story of a watch that we so very nearly never saw. The tools, plans, parts, knowledge were ordered to be destroyed due to the quartz crisis in the Swiss watch industry. As Zenith now continue to grow, the El Primero is its bedrock and is the basis for every re-invention and innovation to make sure that generation by generation it is never lost to the world again.
So, if you’ve caught the watch bug, wander down to Ogden of Harrogate and York and if you’re quick, you might be the proud new owner of any of the above watches. If you want to secure a home that matches your lifestyle, if not your watch, then give me a call at Source Harrogate- The Property Finders. I might just uncover that hidden gem that’s not in the shop window!
Sheree Foy is Principal and Property Consultant at Source Harrogate – The Property Finders.
Source Harrogate provides an extensive search and negotiation facility for clients looking to buy their dream house or apartment, on or off market, and is the only buying agency focusing exclusively on the Harrogate area.
Ogden jewellers have been established since 1893, serving the families of Yorkshire as well as generations of both royal and public figures. The company is now run by the fourth and fifth generations of the family: Glen Ogden FGA, who recently celebrated his 50th year in the business, and sons Robert Ogden and Ben Ogden FGA .