Ask A 30 Under 30(ish) Honoree: What’s Your Timepiece Obsession?
For the final installment of our ongoing series, Watchonista asked our inaugural 30 Under 30(ish) honorees, what their timepiece obsession is.
As the landscape of the watch industry changes, it’s necessary to not only embrace that change but get insight from the people at the forefront of that shift.
So, with our 30 Under 30(ish) honorees ranging from watchmakers to auctioneers, from influencers to photographers, the perspectives of the next generation industry leaders, despite their diverse backgrounds, yield far more similarities than differences.
Last time, we asked our honorees what their favorite watch trend is currently.
Today we ask: What’s your timepiece obsession?
“I have been obsessing over gold watches. There is something special about the weight of gold on the wrist and its bold color that separates them from anything else in my collection. I recently acquired an 18K Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 4100BA.
“I realized that my personal collection sometimes influences my design decisions with Brew. I am currently working on incorporating gold tones in my future designs and am looking to do so in a balanced manner that will be long lasting.
“I am also very attracted to MB&F watches – from the vivid dial colors, movement and case finishes, and futuristic design. I find myself researching these pieces all too often and look forward to owning one in the near future. My personal favorite MB&F is the Legacy Machine Perpetual watch.
“I also highly respect and admire what Maximilian Büsser and his team are doing at the company. Certainly, a great role model for professionalism and creativity in the watch industry.”
Check out John’s Instagram page: @johnferrer
Client Relations Manager & Auctioneer at Phillips
in Association with Bacs & Russo
“I am currently obsessed with vintage Bulgari Serpenti and, in particular, Tubogas watches. I studied History of Art at university. And I was – and still am today – in love with Greek and Roman heritage. So, I am completely head over heels about them.
“With a Tubogas on the wrist, one almost feels like a Greek priestess! Sinuous, exotic, and elegant with a timeless appeal, the Tubogas is extremely comfortable to wear with the bracelet turning around and embracing your wrist.”
“My longtime timepiece obsession is the MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual. It’s one of my favorite perpetual calendar watches. And the entire collection is nice!”
“I’m starting to obsess over the world of vintage Patek Philippe, specifically the ladies’ pieces. The Collectability team sent me a huge book covering these pieces (written by John Reardon), so I’ve got a lot of work to do.
“I’m drawn to the design and by how even the daintier pieces were powered by mechanical movements despite their size. Plus, I love that Bad Bunny wore his own Patek Philippe 4831 (a ladies watch, mind you) for his GQ cover shoot by Roe Ethridge.”
“Currently I’m obsessed with my Tudor Big Rose from the mid-1960s.
“It has an amazing presence on the wrist for a 34mm case and wears like I wish more modern watches would.
“For the longest time, I had put off getting a Patek because I didn’t think I could pull off wearing one given the prestige that surrounded the brand, yet I couldn’t pinpoint when would be an ideal time to get into the brand.
“Now that I have, I have been looking at only Patek pieces. I wear my 5231J to death, but I am always scouring the web for both vintage references and modern models, like the 3940 and 5271.”
“My watch obsession for the last year has been vintage Rolex models with stone dials. I could have a whole collection of just these special pieces due to the plethora of variety. Some of my favorites include onyx, lapis lazuli, mother-of-pearl, grossular, and Tiger’s Eye dials.
“I love that no two pieces can ever be exactly the same. It’s a cool thing to have a ‘unique’ Rolex when the brand mass-produces each model.”
As the final installment of our “Ask a 30 Under 30(ish) Honoree” series, Watchonista would like to thank all our honorees. We look forward to next year’s list!