Wrist-takers: Time is on my mind

To mark their Walther watch hitting streets nationwide, we continue our time travelling adventures with Antwerp-based watchmaker Komono, speaking to three Brussels-based creatives about their relationship to time.

Philippe Pourhashemi

Time is cruel and unforgiving, yet necessary. I turned 40 earlier this year and I’ve noticed my relationship to time has changed quite a lot – I live moments more strongly and intensely than I used to and worry less about the future. I refuse to be a slave of time, I’d never run after it, because I need moments of inertia, solitude and boredom. You simply can’t have great ideas constantly. I love wasting time walking around unknown places, getting lost in them and daydream for hours at cafés and restaurants, contemplating life. What I fear the most about time is regret. Regretting unfulfilled fantasies and long lost plans. Time is the ultimate limit, but it’s also a framework to actualise our desires.

Philippe Pourhashemi (1976) is a fashion writer, consultant and stylist who was born in Tehran, Iran and is based in Brussels. He cites his most memorable moment being a trip to Kuala Lumpur’s butterfly park, which made him feel as if time didn’t matter anymore.

Koen Galle

I’m pretty pleased with my relationship to time. I don’t like being late, and don’t want to keep people waiting for me. There’s a specific nightmare I have from time to time, one that connects to a fear of events I look forward to. For example, I once dreamed I arrived late at the starting line of a marathon, thus failing to reach the goal I had trained so long for. I have to admit that over the last couple of years my time management skills have increased considerably. Whereas I used to underestimate time, said yes to everything and anything and squeezed in every tiny opportunity, my continuous lack of time and stressed state of being urged me to liberate myself from the false idea of always having to be busy, and my anxiety levels have dropped greatly. I now live by the ‘less is more’ principle.

Koen Galle (1983) is a Brussels-based DJ, manager of ‘Ensemble’ music label and one of Studio Brussel’s editors-in-chief. A marathon runner, he feels as though his runs are the ultimate waste of time, and tells us he forgets everything, time included, when being alone with his feet and his thoughts in nature.

Jeff Lemaire

I’m very obedient to time, no matter the circumstances. Next to managing Goute Mes Disques, I’m a conference interpreter, which means I’m not the one in charge of my schedule – the delegates I’m working for are. This very strict relationship to time tends to influence the way I organise it; I can be very rigid, and most times I’m the one who gets to a meeting point five minutes early, often waiting for everyone else to arrive. I hate agendas, though. I have one on my smartphone yet I barely use it. I like to rely on my brain, even though it regularly plays tricks on me. Wasting time is a terrible feeling. However stupid or useless, the things I do in my free time can’t be wasteful. But the interpretation of wasteful is all about semantics and perspective, I guess.

Jeff Lemaire (1979) is a conference interpreter and family man by day, head honcho at Goute Mes Disques the rest of the time. Admittedly fond of music more than anything else, he still hates the annoying feeling of feeling overwhelmed with the alleged gazillion of jaw-dropping albums released every year.