Photos: Jerel Fajardo
There’s a store in Bonifacio Global City called Signet. It’s not a thrift store. Indeed, thrift is in no way associated with it, so bring your credit card. But you might get a kick out of some of the things they have for sale.
They have clothing, and shoes, and an assortment of accessories. The Calibre team recently did a photo shoot there, and one of the things we got pictures of was a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. Someone mentioned, you know, this was the watch that Dr. Strange was wearing in the Marvel movie.
A bit of background, for those sad souls who don’t watch superhero movies: Dr. Strange was a recent addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, an interconnected web of stories. In this particular film, arrogant, brilliant, and apparently eidetic neurosurgeon Strange (as played by Benedict Cumberbatch) is a widely successful leader in his field. He has fame, fortune, and a drawer full of automatic mechanical watches all on auto-winders. (When I saw this movie, I’m pretty sure that only my editor-in-chief and I gasped at that reveal.) But he had a particular favorite, given to him by a lovely ex-girlfriend. When Strange gets into an accident and ruins his hands, he sells everything he has trying to regain the use of them. The only thing he keeps… is that one watch. He fights to keep it, too, and holds onto it even when it’s been severely damaged in the fight. (More gasps. Watching movies as a watch journalist gives you a decidedly skewed perspective.)
And for a surreal, non-film-related bit of fun, Signet also has a deer bone. That isn’t a euphemism: it’s a bone from the inside of a deer, i.e. what’s left over after you take a deer and remove everything that isn’t this bone. And it’s not a supernatural ritual item, either. It has an actual purpose, which is, believe it or not, grooming-related. You use it to care for cordovan shoe leather. You heat up the deer bone (one second in the microwave would do it) and that releases the natural oils within the bone. You then rub the bone on the shoes; the oil serves to clean and treat the shoe leather, removing creases and scuffs from the cordovan. It apparently really works, which is just a reminder that all magic is just stuff that somebody knows how to do, even if you don’t. Like sorcery. Or astral travel. Or treating shoes with deer bones.
So if ever you’re in the area, just drop by Signet, stride confidently in the door, and say “Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain.”