The Magic of 5

From a design perspective, 5 is a nice number. Take my beloved Seiko 5 for example:

knot problem

It’s no secret by now that Seiko’s are remarkably durable timepieces, and it’s hard to find another automatic watch in that price range that gives as good value for money. The eponymous name comes from the following traits each watch has:

1. Automatic winding
2. Day/date displayed in a single window
3. Water resistance
4. Recessed crown at the 4 o’clock position (though that has changed for some models like mine, presumably to cater for those uncomfortable with the slightly unorthodox placement)
5. Durable case and bracelet

I took this approach when it came to the design process of the various passport holders. I wanted something more than a simple folder, but version 5 (ironically) proved that too many functions crammed in was no good as well.

So I’ve focused the functions down to 5:

1. Entirely hand-sewn saddle stitching
2. Card/Ticket holder
3. Pen holder
4. Currency pocket
5. Hard wearing, travel-appropriate leather


I’d also like to believe the number 5 has conjures up an image of an open hand, symbolising my own philosophy to always be receptive to feedback in order to improve.

And of course, there’s always this:


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