Luxurious watch shopping for recommendation from skilled collectors.

Luxury watch buying advice from expert collectors.

Romain Réa
CEO, Antiquorum

Cartier Tonneau Jumbo, Rolex Air-King GMT-Master II
Romain Rea; Cartier Tonneau Jumbo, $68,500; Rolex Air-King GMT-Master II, $39,900

My first watch: A self-winding chronograph with a black dial and no model title, however I cherished it. Truly, I nonetheless
have it.

Why sporting an incredible watch nonetheless issues: A watch stays a robust social marker. Mastering time is what makes mankind rise.

Recommendation for first-time patrons: Worth is hardly the one factor. Discover a specialist, a trusted vendor or an public sale home. Data takes time.

Finest watch to reward: The watch has to symbolize the particular person. To my spouse, I supplied a really uncommon Cartier Tonneau Jumbo [$68,500]: timeless and stylish.

Finest watch to start out a group: A Rolex Air-King, GMT [GMT-Master II, top left, $39,900] or Explorer I. They’re secure values, each traditional and stylish — the companion of a lifetime. I might additionally advocate a Cartier Tank. It represents completely the “stylish à la française.”

Celeb watch icon: The Rolex GMT of Che Guevara, which is a milestone not solely within the historical past of watchmaking, but in addition within the human journey. And the Breguet Kind XX of Serge Gainsbourg, the French singer.

Favourite watch e-book: “Wristwatches” by Gisbert Brunner and Christian Pfeiffer-Belli.

Monia Qiu
Senior On-line Retail Affiliate, Christie’s

Mona Qiu, Patek Philippe Ref. 2499, The Rolex Paul Newman Daytona with a panda dial
Mona Qiu; Eric Clapton’s uncommon Patek Philippe watch, bought at public sale for $three.7 million; The Rolex Paul Newman Daytona watch with a panda dial, featured in “Loopy Wealthy Asians”

My first watch: A Casio G-Shock given by my mother and father after I was 10.
Why sporting an incredible watch nonetheless issues: A watch is like an extension of your self. Should you put on a classic piece, it has a narrative behind it, which opens alternatives to attach with individuals.

Recommendation for first-time patrons: Don’t pay excessive premiums for hyped fashions on social media. Purchase what really fascinates you and speaks to your private aesthetics and wishes.

Finest watch to reward: If funds permits, a classic Patek Philippe Ref. 2526 for dad.

Watch I’m coveting: A stainless Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with blue dial, guide winding, 37 mm. Tremendous stylish and traditional, meets my everyday-wear want.

Finest cameo in a film: The Rolex Paul Newman Daytona with a panda dial in “Loopy Wealthy Asians.” It’s positively a present stopper.

Celeb watch icon: Musician Eric Clapton, recognized for his Rolexes and Patek Philippes. We bought his exceptionally uncommon and necessary platinum Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 in 2012 for roughly $three.7 million.

Favourite watch e-book: “My Time” by Sandro Fratini describes the writer’s assortment of probably the most prestigious watches on this planet.

Zoe Abelson

The New Yorker moved to Hong Kong for her job in watch gross sales, chronicling her longtime faves and new finds for some 7,800 Insta followers.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding watch in stainless steel, $20,400
Zoe Abelson; Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding watch in chrome steel, $20,400

Private type: Easy, stylish with a bit little bit of horny.

First watch: A classic LeCoultre chronograph in chrome steel from the ’50s. I noticed it on Instagram and DMed the vendor instantly.

Watch depend: 10-plus. My current favourite additions are a Patek Philippe Aquanaut, an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and a enjoyable new Rolex Oyster Perpetual with the turquoise blue “Stella”-looking dial.

Favourite complication: Perpetual calendars are probably the most stunning problems visually and conceptually.

Watch icon: John Mayer. Truthfully, I’d similar to to marry him to have the ability to put on his watches. But in addition, he has positively introduced the cool issue to look at accumulating for youthful generations.

High watch metropolis: Hong Kong, no query. Watches are part of the tradition — you’ll be able to see a few of the most insanely uncommon and complex stuff being worn on the road. Plus, you actually have entry to purchase something you’re looking for. It appears like each watch on this planet finds its approach out and in of HK sooner or later.

Auro Montanari

The Bologna-born skilled paperwork his horological behavior for 41,000+ Insta followers utilizing the nom-de-watch John Goldberger.

Rolex Perpetual Submariner in Oystersteel, $8,100
Auro Montanari; Rolex Perpetual Submariner in Oystersteel, $eight,100

Private type: I wish to put on handmade fits from Italian tailors, Brooks Brothers shirts and classic denim or navy put on.

First watch: A Rolex chronograph, manufactured in 1938. I purchased it at an antiques store in Bologna after I was simply 19.

Watch depend: So much! My newest acquisition was a singular rectangular white-gold world-time watch manufactured in 1940 for Golay Fils & Stahl, Geneva, with a Louis Cottier mechanism.

High watch metropolis: Tokyo. There’s a nice tradition for watches, and yow will discover many retailers with classic or secondhand wristwatches.

Favourite journey piece: A easy Rolex Submariner with gilt dial. The Submariner is the one watch that you could put on with denim or with a tuxedo.

Watch icon: John Pierpont Morgan [of banking fame], who collected — in a really brief time — the perfect timepieces from around the globe and revealed an incredible e-book on his personal assortment. Henry Graves Jr. additionally had probably the most discerning eye, and a want for advanced timepieces; Patek Philippe’s Graves watch was probably the most sophisticated watch on this planet within the ’30s.

Carson Chen

Greater than 13,000 timepiece obsessives comply with this Hong Kong-based professional, a former watch specialist with public sale firm Bonhams.

Carson Chen
Carson Chen; “The Mastery of Time” e-book, from $871

Private type: Between elegant and sensible informal. I put on fits virtually day by day however generally costume down.
First watch: A equipment that helps you be taught to assemble the motion and construct your individual timepiece. It’s how I began to develop a deep curiosity in watch accumulating.

Watch depend: Round 100.

Subsequent watch: The newest Cartier Privé Tank Asymétrique, impressed by the 1936 unique. Most individuals assume solely sophisticated watches are collectible, however this is a superb instance of a easy however fascinating one.

Watch icon: James Ward Packard, well-known for founding the automotive firm together with his title on it, and a watch collector, too. He pursued items with probably the most sophisticated capabilities, resulting in at the moment’s race amongst manufacturers to create probably the most sophisticated watches.

Favourite watch e-book: “The Mastery of Time” by historian Dominique Fléchon. It’s a complete file of watchmaking historical past, utterly factual, unbiased and completely non-commercial.”

High watch metropolis: Geneva. Each nook, each billboard is watch themed. That is most likely the one metropolis the place you’ll discover a luxurious watch show inside a 5-star lodge restroom.

Lorena Steele

Lorena writes for the Fashion & Living sections of of KYR News.

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Lorena Steele

Lorena writes for the Fashion & Living sections of of KYR News.

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