Where does your interest in watches originate?
My Interest in watches originates from when I was a young boy; 11 years old to be precise. It was then that I was given a 1940s wristwatch. From that moment onwards I was hooked on mechanical objects in particular watches.
What was the first watch you owned?
The first watch I owned, and still own for that matter, is a Gruen Curvex. As I mentioned, it was a gift from my grandmother, who originally received it from an American pilot friend in 1943.
I love the central seconds chapter on its dial and its tonneau style, curved case. For me, it was such a rare and precious thing to own considering that most of my school friends were wearing Timex and other more common watches.
Why do you collect watches?
On a very personal note, it’s about the visual joy they bring to me on a daily basis. Some say, “I just look at my phone for the time”. I, on the other hand, prefer looking at a chronograph or a moonphase watch. The visual stimulation from these objects is far more appealing to me.
What do you love about collecting watches?
I’ve collected many things over the years but nothing has captured my heart and imagination, in terms of history, provenance and variety of design, as wristwatch collecting.