At some point, I decided I wanted a sweet analog watch. Style, an anti-progressive statement, whatever it may be. Somehow I noticed that a lot of the watch advertisements showed watches at the time 10:10. This observation is still true; a Google Shopping search has a lot of watches at that time.
My current favorite online response is from blogcadre:
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- The hands are nearly symmetrically balanced on [the] face of the dial at 10:08. The minute hand is 48 degrees right of vertical, while the hour hand is 56 degrees left of vertical. Exact symmetry would be achieved at 120/13 minutes past 10:00, approximately 10:08:13.8. Other symmetrical times would not meet the needs above.
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I cut out a lot of the real reasoning: marketing!
My thoughts centered around the symmetry, pun intended. Namely, 10:08:13.8 is NOT symmetrical! Amateurs. The second hand is messing up everything that is good in the world. It’s all or nothing, man.
I thought about this visually, for both the second hand being between the two hands, if you will, and for the second hand being outside the other two hands.
Then, I came up with some killer balances.
For the joy of all, I solved those killer formulas. And, I provide you with a nice time table:
Now, you understand what I think of if you hear me say, “Yes, I strive to recognize balance in my life.”