What do watches mean to you?
Watches are life’s milestones. As a young person, you want a watch that suits your lifestyle and that you can afford. When a young man gets his first watch from his parents, it’s perhaps one of the first things he shares with his father. Children don’t wear watches. Having your own watch is a first step on the way to growing up. Most people would probably say that their watch should say something about who they are. And I’m no different.
Tell us about your first watch.
My first watch was a Rolex. At college I didn’t have a watch at all. I was very fashion-conscious and spent all my money on clothes, not watches. The Rolex was the first big gift from my girlfriend, Garance [Doré], after we’d been together for some time and she decided things were getting serious between us. She comes from a family of watch lovers. Giving me such a wonderful Rolex was a very significant gesture because it was her way of welcoming me to the family.
How important is a watch when you’re putting an outfit together?
A watch provides a solid foundation for any outfit. For many men it’s the only form of jewellery they’ll wear apart from a wedding ring. It’s a visible sign of luxury. With a tie, for example, it’s difficult to tell the difference between an average one and an expensive one. A watch, on the other hand, puts out a discreet but unambiguous message about the owner’s style, values and attitudes.
Should you wear different watches for different occasions?
Only if you’re a watch collector. A well-dressed man will wear the right outfit and a suitable watch for every occasion. But he doesn’t want to have to think about it too much: the important thing is that he remains true to himself and his own style. It’s different for women. A watch can add a touch of glamour to her outfit. A masculine watch during the day and a smaller, diamond-studded model for the evening can completely change her style.
Is there anything about a watch that’s indispensable for you?
It has to fit my wrist perfectly. I like a watch to fit loosely, like a bracelet.