I stood on the ledge and looked down at the clouds. Machu Picchu, the fabled lost city in the clouds, woke up. Dawn arrived at 2400 meters above sea level and I felt privileged to be among the first humans to feel the sunshine. The cool, light mists broke and the clouds vanished. Sunlight poured over the valley of broken ruins, illuminating a vista of lush rainforest and ancient human ingenuity. My Stauer 1912 Explorer Watch always keeps perfect time, but at that moment it felt 500 years slow.
Machu Picchu is just one of those places on Earth that never changes. Yes, you'll see more smartphones and tourists, but the heart and soul remain the same. On a small stone fence, a woman stood dangling a crystal. Smoke rose from a burner at her feet, and I watched her recite some faint incantation. Something snorted behind me. I turned. A matted brown llama in search of food. I smiled. It snorted again and trotted away. Was it something I said?
Our Stauer 1912 Explorer Watch is inspired by the classic timepieces carried by intrepid explorers who helped map the modern world. This watch boasts a wide, easily readable face, with a continuous seconds hand and a calendar wheel. The 180º dial on the face shows the hour angle that can be used to calculate your precise location on Earth. The numerals and markers around the rose gold-finished bezel are bold enough to stand out in dim light, or at a quick glance if you’re running from a tribe of angry natives… or a hungry llama.
Its precision movement keeps incredible time, so I felt safe, knowing that I wouldn’t miss the train later to Cusco, where I’d transfer to a boat and seek out the wonders of the Amazon Basin. I’ve heard there are pink dolphins in the Amazon. I glanced at my watch again and smiled. There’s time enough for everything.