A TIMELY IN­VEST­MENT

Our watch ex­pert advises on how to buy a vin­tage piece

Emirates Man - - STYLE | WATCHES -

It starts with a bud­get

This is im­por­tant. No­body comes in and says, ‘I don’t care what it costs.’

Find a watch that suits your per­son­al­ity

Are you sporty? Do you al­ways wear a suit? Do you want to jump in the pool while wear­ing it? If so, you’d bet­ter make sure it’s wa­ter­proof. I will ask you what you like and try to point you in the right di­rec­tion, but I won’t try to change your mind – the client is king.

Take your time

Bring a friend or your spouse to see the watch. Feel free to browse. A good watch seller will lis­ten for di­rec­tions. Make sure you’re con­vinced about the prod­uct. Most places will put watches on hold for 24-72 hours while you make your mind up.

Ask the sales­man ques­tions. When it comes to watches with history, it’s im­por­tant to know the story be­hind it. The first step is not buy­ing or sell­ing, it’s ed­u­cat­ing.

Ask for a dis­count

We’re al­ways happy to talk about the price once we see that the client is in­ter­ested – it’s nor­mal. It doesn’t of­fend me.

And one to watch:

Do some read­ing

Go on­line and re­search watches on the in­ter­net. There are lots of good web­sites with plenty of in­for­ma­tion such as ablog­towatch.com, watchuseek. com and hodinkee.com. But don’t buy a watch on­line.

Try it on

You need to see the watch on your wrist and feel the weight of it. Is it com­fort­able? Make sure you see it in the sun­light too.

Talk it out

I think Vacheron Con­stantin will have a strong come­back. I pre­dict that in three years’ time, they will be among the top three brands in Dubai.

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