FRED­ERIC WA­TRELOT

The as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of Christie’s Dubai and the auc­tion­eers’ re­gional spe­cial­ist for watches, Fred­eric Wa­trelot is a jew­eller and ge­mol­o­gist with more than 15 years ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with the world’s top re­tail­ers. Orig­i­nally from France, he lives in

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DIN­NER. Is­lands, TO­MOR­ROW, IF YOU south WHAT COULD of Cor­sica. ARE WHERE WAKE YOU YOU’RE EAT­ING, WOULD UP ANY­WHERE SIT­TING WHERE IT BE? DOWN On ELSE ARE a sail­boat, TO YOU IN THE THE DIN­ING in the PER­FECT WORLD Lavezzi AND WHO

On IS the WITH menu, YOU? grilled With lob­ster my pasta loved with ones, a lemon in a garden and cream or on a sauce. warm WHAT beach and IS I’m YOUR the one FAVOURITE cook­ing.

HO­TEL? Tough one! It’s prob­a­bly the Aman­wella in Tan­galle, Sri Lanka. Or Las Tor­tu­gas, a surfers’ ho­tel

in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. Leatherback tur­tles crawl up at night to lay their eggs on the beach there. WHERE

IS THE BEST SER­VICE YOU HAVE EVER EX­PE­RI­ENCED? Taj Ho­tels in In­dia. WHICH GROOM­ING

PROD­UCT OR TREAT­MENT DO YOU SWEAR BY? I never use any­thing apart from the good old Aqua Velva

a er­shave and three or four per­fumes, which I’ve been us­ing for as long as I can re­mem­ber. My hair­dresser is Carita in Al Qasr as

it be­longs to the fam­ily, and I really en­joyed my last Thai mas­sage at the Banyan Tree desert ho­tel in RAK. WHERE DO YOU LIKE

TO SHOP? Home is in the South of France, so I es­pe­cially love shop­ping on Rue d’An­tibes in Cannes. Oth­er­wise, it’d be Paris, from Le

Marais to the an­tique stores in Rue Saint-Honoré and Quartier Saint An­toine. Also, for some rea­son, Switzer­land is one place in the world that

really makes me want to spend money. DO YOU HAVE AN ES­SEN­TIAL GAD­GET? I’m a fan of BlackBerries. WHAT ARE YOU CUR­RENTLY

READ­ING? Life by Keith Richards. WHAT IS THE MOST-PLAYED MU­SIC ON YOUR IPOD RIGHT NOW? Boa Sorte by Vanessa da Mata

and Ben Harper. ARE YOU A COL­LEC­TOR? Yes, some­how. I’m start­ing to have enough watches to be con­sid­ered a col­lec­tor. I’ve also been

col­lect­ing board­ing passes for as long as I can re­mem­ber. IF MONEY WERE NO OB­JECT, WHAT WOULD YOU IN­VEST IN?

Orig­i­nal art deco fur­ni­ture. WHAT IS THE MOST BEAU­TI­FUL EX­AM­PLE OF WATCH MAK­ING YOU HAVE HELD? A

tour­bil­lon 24 sec­onds from Greubel Forsey. It was worth about Dh1.4 mil­lion. IN TERMS OF QUAL­ITY OR LONGEVITY

OF USE, WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WIS­EST PUR­CHASE? A sec­ond-hand 1997 Jeep Wran­gler that I’ve

been en­joy­ing in the desert for the last six years. And I love my noise-can­celling Bose head­phones, which make

such a dif­fer­ence when I’m trav­el­ling. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST LUX­URY PUR­CHASE? A Rolex

Sub­mariner – I worked for free to pay for it at my first job in the watch trade. WHAT IS YOUR MOST

TREA­SURED POS­SES­SION? Free time. WHAT, IN YOUR OPIN­ION, IS THE MOST

OVER­RATED LUX­URY? Cars. WHY DO WATCHES HAVE SUCH AN EN­DUR­ING

AP­PEAL? The amount of pas­sion, ex­per­tise and pa­tience in­volved in their man­u­fac­ture

is in­cred­i­ble and, for me, it’s the only jew­ellery I get to wear.

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