NEW YORK – For Miles Chamley-Watson, a US Olympic medalist in fencing and fashion model who has posed for the likes of Ralph Lauren and GQ, it's only natural to treat a watch as a trophy for the wrist. "I would like to have seven really good watches, one to wear every day," he says. "That’s my dream." Ahead of Sotheby's 7 December Important Watches auction, Chamley-Watson stopped by our New York offices to talk about how his signature look has evolved, what makes a great sportswatch and the timepieces he would like to bid on in the upcoming sale.
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In a few words, how would you describe your personal style?
How has it evolved over the years?
The thing about fashion is there are no more rules. I like to mix a nice pair of boots with a classic bomber jacket. I don’t want to be too formal all the time. I have been into suits a lot lately. I like to wear outrageous stuff, too.
Having started out with fencing and sports, how did you become more involved in fashion?
Fencing is a pretty sexy sport. So a lot of fashion lines have been inspired by fencing. There's a great crossover in general – I feel like sports people want to be associated with fashion and fashion people want to be associated with sports. I want to look good when I'm competing, and also when I'm not. Personally, I've been into fashion since I was eight years old. With fashion comes accessories and I think watches are a man’s best accessory.
For you, what’s the difference between a watch you would wear out and a watch you would wear while you’re competing?
A lot of sport watches aren’t too flashy or too heavy and can withstand getting hit. I’m moving a lot. I do a lot of crazy moves when I'm fencing so I can’t be weighed down.
What watches do you own now?
I have a Rolex Sea-Dweller 44, a Hublot Big Bang that I won at a competition and another Hublot. I also have two Tissots and an Omega from the last Olympics. I don’t have a gold watch yet – I think that’s next.
To see Chamley-Watson's favourite picks from Sotheby's upcoming Important Watches auction, click below.