Australia talks watches
Who said the guys in Financial Services don’t consider watches as smart investments? Meet Nicholas, a financial services professional who absolutely loves his timepieces and the good things in life. We caught up with Nicholas on a rainy Monday afternoon in Melbourne and were absolutely amazed with his collection.
How was your passion for watches kindled?
My mom has always loved her watches and she passed it on to me. She got my dad a Cartier watch about 20-30 years ago and my dad never really wore it. When I was 12, my mom gave me my dads Cartier, and I wore it for special occasions. I still love that watch today. On my 16th birthday, I got myself a Breitling, and when I was 24, the Blancpain. I had originally intended to get a Patek Philippe but it was a little bit too expensive at the time.
What I find really interesting about my Blancpain is that it is one of the oldest manufacturers out there (established 1735). I love the style of it – I mean I love my classics and leather straps. I wanted something that showed the time, day, date and a month function. I like how the dates are placed around the outside.
I recently read an article about Blancpain and how they are manufactured in very limited number every year which was fantastic because it adds to the exclusivity of the brand. They have been very innovative, especially with their deep sea divers watch.
So which one is it for you leather straps or metal bracelets?
I like them both equally. I prefer wearing leather straps to work and the stainless steel outdoors or to the beach or on the weekends. But then again, having said that nothing beats the look of a leather strap.
What I look for in a watch are appealing designs and the colors on the face. I mean I try to mix it up a bit. For example my Breitling has a little bit of blue on it and considering I do have a small wrist, I can’t do anything too big. There are so many brands out there that I wish I could wear them but it would look very strange on my wrist because of their large size.
What is your next watch?
Haha. This would have to be a Patek Philippe.