This man has most watch nerds’ dream job. The silver-haired Italian spends his days tracking down the best vintage pieces in the rarest configurations, selling them at the right time for eye-watering figures well into the millions. Widely considered one of the top watch buyers on the planet, we caught up with the 47-year-old, to find out what makes him tick.
Which brands do you focus on? Aside from Patek Philippe and Rolex, I am in love with Longines. Few people know that between 1930 and 1950, Longines produced some of the best chronograph movements the Swiss watch industry has ever seen.
What is on your wrist right now? A stainless steel Longines ‘13ZN’.
What should we look for when buying a vintage watch? Quality trumps all. Also, a watch in perfect untouched condition will always be worth a multiple of the same watch in fair condition.
Any tips for smart buys in 2016? Be on the lookout for rare stainless steel chronographs. Phillips auction house is having a sale dedicated to this theme in Geneva on May 14. Follow @Alfredoparamico on Instagram