This feature was inspired by one of my users who owns more than 60 Hamilton watches and uses Watch Case to manage his collection for quite some time now. While in my opinion, every watch is unique, sometimes it might be easier and faster if you could re-use the fields structure and some of the information while adding new pieces to your collection.
Attached screenshots should give you an idea how this feature works. It starts with having at least one watch in Watch Case.
You can modify pretty much all visible fields that I pre-defined for you. You can update labels of those fields, add new ones, hide them or remove fields you don’t need.
Form editing will a topic for one of my next blog posts so let’s focus on the Templates feature.
Templates can be added through the Control Panel and the only field you need to fill out is the name of your new template. There are a few granural settings for more control but the name is the only required one.
Once you save your new template, using it is easy. Each time you’re adding a new piece to your collection, you will see a small menu with all of templates in it. Templates can be managed in the Template manager.
Why do I think templates are important for Watch Case users? Well allow me for a short digression to make my point.
When I started collecting my watches, I kept all the information in an Excel file. And as much as it wasn’t too hard to add new pieces… I had hard time starting it. I wasn’t sure what type of information I would like to save for later. Should I focus on the information about the model, the brand, the movement, the history of the brand or the measurements of the watch? We all know that each criteria can be its own rabbit hole.
And in fact the multitude of options is the cool part about our collections. Each one is unique and focuses on different aspects of watchmaking.
I wanted to build an app that doesn’t restrict you only to store what I think is important about your pieces. New templates can be completely wild and instead of focusing on the usual info like the brand of your watch or some basic information about its origin and the type of the movement, you can add fields to store information about the case type and its measurements, the complications your watch has or straps you find appropriate to wear with it. Go crazy with it and I’m sure collectors of vintage Rolexes will focus on different aspects than Casio Mudmaster lovers.
I would love to see screenshots of how others use Templates.