In the special watch and jewelry issue of Robb Report – Robb Report
Collection is an integral part of Robb ‘reports DNA â and that of its readers. I am often struck by your knowledge and admiration for the craftsmanship inherent in the remarkable objects that appeal to you so much.
This could explain why, for many of you, there is quite often a grail (or two) that you are stalking at some point. So, for our annual issue of watches and jewelry, it seemed entirely appropriate to feature one of the world’s most respected collectors – and since collectors are nothing without dealers, we’ve included some of the best in this as well. domain.
If you have a passion for watches, the only reason you might not be familiar with the name Auro Montanari is because you know him best by his pseudonym, John Goldberger. He was the owner of the Rolex “The Unicorn”, Ref. 6265, sold for $ 5.9 million three years ago and is a prodigious collector not only of exceptional watches, but also of books, porcelain and photography. He is the subject of The Answers and shares some of his story, as well as what is currently distracting him.
In our portfolio of many of the most influential dealers in the world of watchmaking, we meet the men who, among them, could alleviate any horological ailment you could cure. If Rolex is your poison, Eric Ku or Tariq Malik may be called upon to relieve your fever. Do you prefer to hang out with one of the freelancers or are you looking for something unusual from a lesser known brand? Silas Walton, Sean Song, and Eric Wind are the guys to check out. All posed for Robb Report wherever they are in the world, but they are united by an ability to understand what watch nerds like us want and need … because they’re watch nerds too, of course.
Custom watchmaking is an art, and I am delighted to publish entrepreneur and collector Mark Cho’s account of his first foray into ordering a timepiece. Accustomed to the best craftsmen around the world – Cho is the co-founder of men’s clothier The Armory as well as the co-owner of Drake’s haberdashery – he embarked on the adventure after meeting a stunning Christian Klings watch at a sale at auction in preview in 2018. Klings is a one-of-one b (r) and, making everything himself by hand, so the process was long: Cho took possession of his one-of-one exceptional just two weeks before the release of this issue.
There was a time when you wore a dress watch with a suit and maybe a sports watch on a bracelet on weekends. This way of thinking seems as old to me as a 1950s yellow gold Calatrava (though nowhere near as cool), but recently a friend said he would never think of anything but pairing his Cartier Tank with a tuxedo. Seriously?
I’ll direct him to our photoshoot in this issue, which illustrates how different timepieces can fit into the Robb average week of the reader. The new Tank Louis Cartier with its Art Deco flair would work well with the full black tie platform, but it also looks great worn with sportswear on the way to the gym. Likewise, the Rose Gold Skeletonized Breguet with Guilloche Dial may seem natural to pair with a suit, but we prove it works just as elegantly juxtaposed with a punchy cashmere knit in your spare time.
Continuing the collection’s theme, Tanya Dukes tells us about the growing popularity of ’70s jewelry. The decade has spawned some truly fantastic pieces, and there are plenty of statement items to look for, if you know where to look and where to look. who to tell. Meanwhile, we’re showcasing standout jewelry with contemporary stripes in our striking photoshoot, and don’t miss Maurizio Fioravanti’s extraordinary micromosaics in Genius at Work. And there are cars, jets, submersibles, sakes, hotels, and, if you can find any, a famous plastic crown that should keep you entertained, too.
Take advantage of the question.