GQ Asia Pacific's Grant Pearce On Why He Loves A Vintage Watch

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Grant Pearce, Editorial Director of GQ Asia Pacific, explains why he loves vintage watches and picks his favourite lots ahead of Geneva's Important Watches sale in May.

How would you describe your personal style, and how do watches fit into that?

My personal style has changed over the years but has always had an elegant twist. I think it is important to still dress for occasions, so even if I am dressing down I still think a touch of elegance is essential and what better way to add that "touch" than with a luxury timepiece?

Grant Pearce, Editorial Director of GQ Asia Pacific

What kind of watch would you choose for a casual look, and for a more formal look?

I love a sporty bracelet watch for almost every look and occasion but it has to be the right one. My preference is vintage as I feel it has its own story to tell and adds a unique personality to any outfit.

Do you prefer an eye-catching statement watch, or something more subtle?

I prefer a statement watch that has an individual look and stand-out feature. That’s why I love vintage, as sometimes the colour has faded or the case is worn so it doesn’t look perfect but does look quirky.

Do you remember your first important watch and how did you decide on it?

My first really important watch purchase was inspired by my first trip to Geneva to attend the SIHH fair. It was the year Cartier launched the Roadster and I fell in love with it!

What does your watch collection look like now, and what would you like to add to it in future?

Currently I have my Cartier Roadster, two vintage Rolex pieces and a vintage gold Bulgari. I would love to add to my collection, and have my eye on an AP Royal Oak.

What do you think a watch says about the person wearing it?

A great deal. I always look a man’s watch and shoes and can usually surmise their personality and taste.

Who are your favourite iconic watch-wearers, and why?

I have always been a fan of movie stars from the golden years of Hollywood, who always wore the perfect watch and often had it engraved. Then came the more rugged stars like Steve McQueen and Paul Newman who added a sporty, gritty way to wear a watch. The other icon for me is Mr Suzuki, Editor in Chief of GQ Japan, who has a passion for watches and an eclectic style. In fact, he wears one on each wrist and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the same watch twice!

What would be your number one piece of advice for someone looking to buy their first luxury watch?

My number one piece of advice is to make sure it suits and fits you. I have often fallen in love with a watch until I try it on. Also I think it is super important to do your research, especially if you are buying vintage. It is, after all, an investment.

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