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The Experts' Dream Watch - The question is simple: what is your dream watch?

The Experts' Dream Watch The question is simple: what is your dream watch?

Six influential players in the watchmaking world told us which one they would like to see on their wrist one day

Denis Hayoun : Founder of the Diode photography, video and post-production studio, Co-founder of ShowCase 

“Studios are often asked to contribute to launches and I see an impressive number of watches being previewed. I own a few watches with which I feel a kinship and that I wear for certain occasions, but not every day. A few years ago, when looking through a box of new watches, I came across an Audemars Piguet 15202ST. Its understatement, the richness of the details, the beauty of the finishing, the balance and proportions of the case, the color of the dial, the purity of the hour-markers… It was an instant crush that has lasted for years. I hesitated for a long time, then came Covid and the attendant speculative madness. I have not yet found a place for this delicious temptation in my list of obligations, but I often think about it.” 

The question is simple: what is your dream watch?

Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-thin © Audemars Piguet

Nazanin Lankarani : Independent journalist and luxury-industry consultant

“The watch I love now is Bvlgari’s new Serpenti Misteriosi secret watch in rose gold with a double-tour bracelet lacquered in a warm blackish-brown shade, set with pear-cut diamonds for the serpent’s eyes and a mother-of-pearl dial. It is a stunning piece, discreetly gemset yet also flexible and comfortable to wear. What makes it ideal is that it is powered by Bvlgari’s new in-house micro-caliber, the mechanical Piccolissimo, so you can take out of the safe, wind it and know that it will go on ticking.” 

The question is simple: what is your dream watch?

Serpenti Misteriosi © Bulgari

Marine Lemonnier-Brennan : Founder & Managing Director of 289 Consulting

“We are momentarily drawn to the extraordinary, while simplicity holds our attention far longer because therein lies the quintessence (Garry Winogrand). I regard Philippe Dufour’s Simplicity as the pinnacle of the watchmaking art, because it is essential and timeless. If simplicity is ultimately very difficult to achieve, it is because it is based on experience, knowledge, thought and patience. Simplicity is far more than just a watch; it is a philosophical reflection of Time.” 

The question is simple: what is your dream watch?

Simplicity © Philippe Dufour

Ming Liu :  Journalist and author

“By far the watch that’s been haunting me day and night of late is the new RM UP-01 Ferrari. Little needs to be said about its good looks and standout specs – what really gets me is how not Richard Mille this watch is (The case! The 1.75mm thinness!) yet at the same time has RM completely written all over it. It’s a defining moment for the Maison and a masterclass in invention, evolution and building an iconic brand.

The question is simple: what is your dream watch?

Ferrari RM UP-01 © Richard Mille

Brice Lechevalier : Chief Editor GMT Magazine

“GMT’s 24th anniversary will take place in 2024 and will be celebrated in several ways. Not only will the theme of the 2024 Millennium Watch Book be dedicated to GMT watches and world time, but we will also create four limited series of 24 GMT-equipped timepieces in collaboration with four different brands and in four price categories. These four GMT limited series will be offered to Fine Watch Club members first, and I dream of being able to acquire one of each!

Antonio Teixeira : Director Bucherer Geneva

"My dream watch? It’s hard to say because I fall in love (with timepieces, I mean) every week. Nevertheless, there is indeed one that stands out from the rest and of which I have been dreaming for than 20 years now. It is the IWC Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante in yellow gold. During my early days in the profession, I discovered the collection and had a chance to slip it onto my wrist. This watch was literally love at first sight! Everything was perfect: the aesthetics, the proportions, the weight, the history of this iconic model that referred to my origins. I promised myself that I would buy it before I turned 40. As this model is no longer in the collection, I find some from time to time in auctions, but I have so far never dared to take the step. I thought I was too young to wear a gold watch, but now I’m 39 and it’s important to keep one’s promises.” 

The question is simple: what is your dream watch?

Portugaise Chronographe Rattrapante © IWC Schaffhausen


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