Checking the hour after his recent SXSW keynote speech, Cory Richards looks over his jam-packed schedule and realizes the day is slipping by faster than he imagined. Living life on the edge provides Cory with unprecedented clarity, a unique perspective much wiser than his youthful 35 years might suggest. After inspiring a massive crowds at the Austin Convention Center, the extreme mountain climber and Nat-Geo photojournalist is quickly able to settle down and explain his ongoing relationship with the passage of time, the watch brand Fossil, and his very first Fossil Q smartwatch collaboration.
Owning a Fossil Blue Chronograph in his twenties, the partnership holds significant sentimental value. “I wore it, and I wore it, and I wore it, and it got just beat to hell. I did not take care of it,” he explains.
“It got scratched, and eventually the crystal cracked, and after I had gone on this hiking trip when I was in my early 20s to Australia, it filled with sea water. The saltwater started to rust the crystal shut. It began to corrode the inside of the face.” But Richards kept the watch. “I took a picture of it when I first got into photography, and I sent it into Fossil.” The broken Blue Chrono became a deeply meaningful keepsake, an important artifact that not only provides a link not only to his past but to his current work with Fossil.