Romain Réa

CEO, Antiquorum

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

My first watch: A self-winding chronograph with a black dial and no model identify, however I liked it. Really, I nonetheless

have it.

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

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

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

Greatest watch to begin a set: A Rolex Air-King, GMT [GMT-Master II, top left, $39,900] or Explorer I. They’re protected values, each basic and stylish — the companion of a lifetime. I’d 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 guide: “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, offered at public sale for $3.7 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 dad and mom once I was 10.

Why carrying an excellent watch nonetheless issues: A watch is like an extension of your self. If you happen to put on a classic piece, it has a narrative behind it, which opens alternatives to attach with folks.

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

Greatest watch to reward: If price range permits, a classic Patek Philippe Ref. 2526 for dad.

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

Greatest 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 offered his exceptionally uncommon and vital platinum Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 in 2012 for roughly $3.7 million.

Favourite watch guide: “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 stainless-steel, $20,400

Private model: Easy, stylish with a little bit little bit of attractive.

First watch: A classic LeCoultre chronograph in stainless-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 lovely issues visually and conceptually.

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

High watch metropolis: Hong Kong, no query. Watches are part of the tradition — you may see a few of the most insanely uncommon and sophisticated 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 method 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, $8,100

Private model: I prefer to put on handmade fits from Italian tailors, Brooks Brothers shirts and classic denim or army put on.

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

Watch depend: Quite a bit! My newest acquisition was a novel 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 you could find many outlets with classic or secondhand wristwatches.

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

Watch icon: John Pierpont Morgan [of banking fame], who accrued — in a really brief time — the most effective timepieces from world wide and printed an excellent guide on his personal assortment. Henry Graves Jr. additionally had probably the most discerning eye, and a need for complicated 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 observe this Hong Kong-based professional, a former watch specialist with public sale firm Bonhams.

Carson Chen
Carson Chen; “The Mastery of Time” guide, from $871

Private model: Between elegant and good informal. I put on fits nearly day by day however typically costume down.

First watch: A equipment that helps you study to assemble the motion and construct your personal 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 authentic. Most individuals suppose solely sophisticated watches are collectible, however this is a wonderful instance of a easy however fascinating one.

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

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

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