The Calais-born brand di­rec­tor of Hublot is de­scribed as an in­sa­tiable or ‘cu­ri­ous gen­tle­man’. Pas­sion­ate about all things Bri­tish, Benoît cham­pi­ons the Swiss watch­maker in the UK, France, Benelux, Ire­land and East­ern Europe and cur­rently lives in norther

Country Life Every Week - - A Few Of My Favourite Things - Il­lus­tra­tions by Chris­tian David Moore

I’m an avid reader, ev­ery­thing from comics to lit­er­ary mas­ter­pieces. I first read about Sir Win­ston Churchill when I was 15 and have since read all the books I could find about the ‘last lion’, whom I con­tinue to be fas­ci­nated by

The Prince of Wales, Ce­cil Beaton, Sir Win­ston Churchill and Beau Brum­mell: Bri­tish fash­ion is syn­ony­mous with el­e­gance. I dis­cov­ered the Bri­tish way of dress­ing when shop­ping in Old Eng­land, a Parisian bou­tique that’s now sadly closed. Like my grand­fa­ther and fa­ther did be­fore me, I bought many sou­venirs in this tem­ple of English cul­ture— my first tie (navy with red stripes), my first high-end shoes from Ed­ward Green, a Brigg um­brella, a Bar­bour and my first Creed fra­grance. Brigg um­brel­las from £285 (020–7409 7277; www.swainead­eney­

My fa­ther loved Tri­umph cars and I have early child­hood mem­o­ries of fam­ily out­ings in my par­ents’ white Tri­umph TR3—I can still smell the de­lec­ta­ble scents of leather and gaso­line. My fa­ther had longed to own a TR6, which he sadly never bought, but I now have one from 1971, my birth year. I love to drive it ran­domly, dis­cover new places and stop to con­tem­plate life while look­ing at the land­scape where I live

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