The watch aficionado and guest editor for this issue of Jewels & Time reveals his thoughts on the current horological climate (p.22).
What can’t you resist in a watch? Titanium chronographs, dark blue dials, black (PVD/ DLC/ ceramic) cases.
The watch you wear on a daily basis? I sometimes change watches two or three times in a day!
Which watchmaker would you like to be stuck in a lift with, and what would you tell them? A watchmaker from 100 years in the future, so I can ask what will happen in the next century for watches.
The jewellery connoisseur shares her expertise on lesser-known stones (p.56).
If you had an unlimited budget, what would be your dream jewellery? I’d commission Bulgari to help me acquire the finest Burmese Mogok rubies to be made into a full jewellery set.
What’s the one thing you can’t resist in jewellery? Blinding bling bling.
If you were a stone, which one would you be? Why? An alexandrite. It’s a colourchanging stone that’s green in daylight and red in incandescent light. Despite its rarity and high value, it is not flashy and possesses a mysterious, reticent quality—like me, I’d like to imagine.
Desmond is the creative eye behind our cover shoot (p.68).
If you had an unlimited budget, what would be your dream watch? Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in full gold with a black dial.
Your worst habit when it comes to watch collecting? Attempting to polish all my watches with a polish cloth. So silly of me!
Which jewellery designer would you like to be stuck in a lift with? Francesca Amfitheatrof, design director at Tiffany & Co. She is candid, very warm and is truly one of those cool girl types you want to be best friends with. Charming!
He styles the jewellery by local designers on p.86.
If you had an unlimited budget, what would be your dream watch? Unlimited budget... That makes this question really tough but it would probably be either the Urwerk URCC1, 202 White Shark or Harry Winston Opus 3.
What’s the one thing you can’t resist in a watch? I like innovation and practicality. Design plays a huge part for me.
Which watchmaker would you like to be stuck in a lift with? I’ve had the chance to meet Felix and Martin from Urwerk, so I would say that it’s off my bucket list!