Fursac's Gauthier Borsarello: Doyen of French Style

Fursac's Gauthier Borsarello: Doyen of French Style

A s Creative Director of French menswear label Fursac, and Fashion Director of L'étiquette magazine, Gauthier Borsarello is perfectly positioned to understand contemporary men's style.

Here, he tells us about his about his passion for timepieces, his approach to collecting vintage and how he sees Parisian style.

Gauthier Borsarello

Where does your passion for watchmaking come from? Was there a particular piece that sparked your interest?

Every first Sunday of the month, I used to go with my father to a flea market in Seine Port in Seine-et-Marne. Mr Bigot, a watch dealer, was one of the most patient – more so than his neighbours, Militaria dealers who were tired of answering my questions when I wasn't there to buy. He was the one who took the time, a lot of time, to teach me many things about watches. That is how it all started.

For my 16th birthday, I asked my parents for an YSL watch: ultra-thin, gold plated, from the 70s with its original crocodile strap, which he was selling for €400, a fortune for my parents, who gave it to me anyway. It was not a valuable watch, but I cherished it until it was sadly stolen in a burglary, 5 years later.

Is there a watch that is always with you?

My Submariner No Date Ceramic, ref124060. I even had the words "not for sale" engraved on the back.

You were recently appointed Creative Director at Fursac. What is your vision of Parisian style?

Stiff, strict, referenced, demanding, and sometimes austere. The purest Parisian style requires having few clothes but all of high quality, wearing them a lot and with nonchalance.

FURSAC FW21 CAMPAIGN

What place does vintage have in today’s luxury industry? What is the top vintage piece in your dressing room?

I think that people are attracted by it and that it is getting a lot of interest, but that the luxury market has a hard time appropriating it. In the case of watches, furniture and cars, it's already an established market; in clothing it’s early days still. But the question was "what does vintage mean?"

My favourite piece is a World War One US military jacket given to me by my best friend at a time when it I was not in a position to buy one.

FURSAC FW21 CAMPAIGN

What kind of collector are you? Thoughtful, passionate, reasoned?

For watches, I like to tick all the boxes. I like to have the reference of each model I dream of. That's the problem with Rolex, when you catch the collecting bug, you end up wanting them all.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting a watch collection?

To start with two watches: a fine vintage one in gold and a sporty and efficient new one for every day. I recommend that the first duo be a Cartier tank and a Submariner No Date. But you have to buy the right ones.

If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

Jean-Michel Frank, for his seeking perfection through studied emptiness.

If you could save only one work from destruction, what would it be?

I would say the entire symphonic work of Maurice Ravel. And if we are talking about something that belongs to me, I would say my silver Native American Concho belt with multi-coloured stones from Harpo.

Gauthier's Native American Concho belt

Can you tell us about a future project that drives you?

Fursac is the project that drives me today and upon which I am focusing all my ideas and ambitions.

Watches

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