STA­TUS, SYM­BOL­IZED

Wynn Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - BY LAU­RIE BROOKINS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JEFF GREEN

Steve Wynn talks about cre­at­ing an ir­re­sistible des­ti­na­tion for lovers of lux­ury watches, and the one time­piece that’s never far from reach.

Pic­ture a well-dressed man strid­ing up Broad­way circa early 1950s, his swag­ger partly due to the ex­pert cut of his cus­tom $500 suit (a princely sum in those days), which he has thought­fully paired with a cash­mere over­coat and a white-gold watch by Vacheron Con­stantin. Steve Wynn smiles at the pre- Mad Men im­age he has con­jured, largely be­cause it’s a highly per­sonal one: That was his fa­ther, Michael, and the watch in par­tic­u­lar res­onated with the pre­teen Wynn. “Be­fore I knew a Timex from a Mickey Mouse watch, I knew that a Vacheron Con­stantin meant some­thing,” he says. “It sent a sig­nal that you were a man of means and that you ex­uded a cer­tain con­fi­dence. I never for­got that.” In­deed, Vacheron Con­stantin en­joys one of the most sto­ried his­to­ries in watch­mak­ing: Founded in Geneva in 1755 by Jean-marc Vacheron (François Con­stantin would join the firm in 1819), it’s one of the old­est time­piece brands in the world, fa­vored by Napoleon Bon­a­parte. At the time he pur­chased the watch, Wynn’s fa­ther likely knew that Harry Tru­man and the Duke of Wind­sor were fel­low own­ers. “On my first trip to Switzer­land, many years ago, I was walk­ing by a Vacheron bou­tique and I thought of my dad, and I had to go in and buy one,” Wynn says. “So­ci­ety has al­ways been at­tached to its sym­bols—we love to fes­toon our­selves with im­ages of pos­ses­sion. That idea hasn’t re­ally changed through­out history. Our cos­tumes may have changed, but the watch is most def­i­nitely among the most en­dur­ing el­e­ments of the state­ment we make through what we wear.” Wynn still owns that Vacheron, and for some­one who could pos­sess quite lit­er­ally any watch on the planet, it’s telling that the time­piece he pur­chased partly for sen­ti­men­tal rea­sons shares com­pany with rel­a­tively few oth­ers: a Pasha de Cartier given to him when Wynn opened his epony­mous ho­tel in 2005 and a pair of Rolex Day-date Pres­i­dents, one in 18k rose gold with a cho­co­late dial, and the one you see on his wrist most of­ten, crafted in

Sun­light streams into Encore’s Re­tail Es­planade, where IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-lecoul­tre, and Pi­aget re­cently de­buted their bou­tiques, join­ing the ex­cep­tional ros­ter of lux­ury watch and jew­elry brands found through­out Wynn and Encore.

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