October was a fun month for watch-spotting, with no discernible theme, other than perhaps gold? Even then, we kept things real — here’s a look at some of the more random pieces that crossed my camera throughout the month …
Kicking off October, I caught up with local pilot Dale (who goes by @MrAceKProductions on Instagram), who you might recognise from a recent interview we did. Well, Dale had recently acquired a pretty unusual piece, something I’d never seen before — a Breitling Chronospace, which he was appropriately wearing on a grey NATO. Like a lot of pilots, Dale has strong ties to Breitling, and puts a high value on the reliability of his timepiece. Dale landed on the Chronospace as he sought a robust and reliable watch to wear in the air, highlighting the constraints of a cockpit, and the endless corners to beat a watch on.
Later in the month, I found myself attending an event hosted by Bulgari, to celebrate the Italian Film Festival. Naturally, I expected to see a few pieces around, but the piece that caught my eye was on the wrist of Alexandra King, Bulgari’s Marketing and Communications Manager who was sporting a Serpenti Tubogas. The trio of precious metals (18ct Rose, Yellow and White Gold) is unusual to say the least, but it sure works, especially when paired with the iconic Serpenti design. A sprinkle of diamonds to the bezel adds some extra class, and makes for an attractive ladies watch.
Felix made waves when he decided to strap on an IWC Yacht Club in Rose Gold and pair it with cocktail attire. Interested to know what people thought of marrying a rubber strap and suit, I took to the gram. Feedback was mixed, and according to my highly respected straw poll, no, you shouldn’t wear a rubber strap with a suit, BUT this particular watch seemed to get a free pass. Regardless, at the end of the day (like all thing watches), it comes down to individual taste and opinion.
Later in the month, I ducked into T+T HQ and interrupted a photo shoot, where I quickly grabbed a lovely Breguet Tradition in white gold, which I found very hard to take off. There’s a lot to love about this 40mm beauty, but what particularly grabs me is the open dial, which feels out of place but, at the same time, absolutely at home on this beautifully finished dress watch. Overall, the Tradition 7097 is compelling, with a machine-finished dial that you never tire looking at.
Wrapping up the month, I spotted one of my favourite watches on the wrist of Miles Wharton, owner of The Bespoke Corner Tailors. Miles has enjoyed his stunning Rolex Day-Date, in Yellow Gold, for two years now — and is thinking about the next piece he adds to his collection. He’s deciding between two great options from Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe (or maybe both), but knows for sure that he’s hooked on precious metals.