Tick talk — expert advice from 6 global watch influencers

Volandes is editor-in-chief of Town & Country.

My first watch: A Keith Haring Swatch. I was in eighth grade, and we got it at the Swatch store in Midtown.

My first important watch: A Cartier Tank. I probably got it earlier than I should have — it was a graduation gift — but I still have it, so there!

Advice for first-time watch buyers: Read Town & Country. Also: Your first watch should be a real classic. Save up and buy the real thing.

If I could have one new watch this season, it would be: Can’t I dream bigger than that? The black-on-black Hermès, the new two-tone Cartier Panthère, the Carolina Bucci brushed-gold Audemars Royal Oak. And a vintage Piaget fantasy watch with a lapis dial, plus the Chanel Mademoiselle limited edition that is already sold out!

Best vintage watch to start a collection: Rolex, Rolex, Rolex.

Celebrity watch icon: I think we will all treasure that image of Jackie O. wearing her Cartier Tank. It’s only a matter of time before we see it on its current owner [Kim Kardashian].

Best watch cameo in a film: Alec Baldwin’s gold watch in “Glengarry Glen Ross.” “You see this watch? This watch costs more than your car.”

Favorite new watch innovation: The new, first-ever watch guide in the October issue of Town & Country. As for technology, I always love when complication and beauty meet, like in Jaquet Droz’s chiming birds. —AS

A London-based, Cyprus-born creative consultant and founder of TheGentlemanBlogger.com, Zorpas was voted the second-best-dressed man in Britain by Esquire UK.

Instagram followers: 179,000, including “Sex and the City” costume designer Patricia Field and style icon Nick Wooster.

Signature style: At night I rarely leave the house in anything less than a tuxedo.

Watch count: Three — two for everyday and one dress watch.

First watch purchase: An IWC Portofino self-winding with a dark-brown, alligator-leather strap, purchased about five years ago, when I launched my blog.

Fave feature: The moon phase indicator — not entirely a useful feature yet the most romantic of complications.

Recent watch travel: London’s Burlington Arcade, just around the corner from where I live, which houses a tantalizing array of the world’s finest pre-owned watches.

Watch icon: Cary Grant — the epitome of a well-dressed gentleman and not snobbish about his success or the watch on his wrist. —AS

Dantas is a São Paulo-based journalist and men’s style blogger (BlogDoKadu.com) and a former fashion p.r. guy.

Insta followers: 238,000, including designer Stefano Gabbana, actress Marina Ruy Barbosa and fashion house Valentino.

Signature style: Accessories — colorful prescription glasses, rings and bracelets.

Watch count: Fourteen.

First watch purchase: A Tissot classic PR50 quartz, 35 millimeter, with sapphire crystal and stainless-steel case. I bought it when I was a 15-year-old exchange student in Switzerland.

Next watch: A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Moon Phase. The craftsmanship and watch complications are stunning, and this is the only haute horlogerie that is 100 percent German.

Recent watch travel: Florence, Italy, with A. Lange & Söhne for the launch of its new watches, which made it even more special.

Fave watch cities: New York, because you can find anything you’re looking for, especially rare and one-of-a kind timepieces, and Buenos Aires, because it has interesting shops and the government taxes on watches are relatively low.

Watch icon: Steve McQueen, a style icon ahead of his time. In movies, he wore pieces from his own collection, like a Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox in the “Thomas Crown Affair.” —AS

LA-based Yang is an in-demand stylist for male celebs like Alexander Skarsgård, Robert Downey Jr., Scott Eastwood and Kumail Nanjiani.

Instagram followers: 14,500

Go-to watches for styling clients: Cartier has been a go-to for years, especially for awards shows. That alligator band and a white face is such a beautiful complement to a tuxedo. Or for fitness magazines, I’ve been using the IWC Pilot’s watch.

Watch count: I’ve lost count, only because my husband and I sometimes interchange watches. Maybe 14 or 15.

First watch: When I was 14, my mother gave me my first Rolex. I didn’t know what it was, to be honest. I was going to boarding school with all these kids from definitely more affluent backgrounds than I had, and she said, “This is a really special watch; you’re an adult now.” I bought a Swatch because I didn’t want to wear the Rolex all the time — I was stressed about losing it.

Most meaningful watch: When I first started seriously dating my husband, he saved up a whole bunch of his paychecks and bought me a Cartier Tank watch. It was incredibly extravagant. We didn’t have tons of money — it meant a lot.

Fave watch feature: My little brother, [celeb jeweler] Ben Baller, did this special limited-edition Bamford Rolex that was black. To me, that is one of the coolest things ever.

Watch icon: Fiat’s Gianni Agnelli [below right]. He wore his watch on the outside of his shirt. I love that he was such a style rebel.

Why watches matter: There’s something to be said for how beautiful the design, the movement on a watch is. Is there anything else you have in your life that will last 30 or 40 years or longer?

Next watch: We’re trying to save up for college for our twin daughters, so I’m a few years off. But my dream watch is the Patek Philippe Nautilus. —CS

A Kuwait-based style influencer, Al Baloushi runs the blog The-Hybrids.com with his wife, Ascia Al Farraj.

Insta followers: 211,000

Signature style: Statement footwear from my large sneaker collection.

Watch count: Seven. I am relatively new to the watch-collecting game, but I have my eye on a few to add to my collection.

First watch purchase: A Rolex Submariner, a k a the Hulk.

Next watch: A Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet or the Hublot with Arabic numerals. It’s a limited edition with only 200 pieces produced.

Recent watch travel: I’m getting ready to hit the road with Vacheron Constantin as their brand ambassador.

Watch icons: [NBA stars and watch collectors] Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. I would like to one day add the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James to my collection. —AS

Boutros is Head of Americas and senior VP at Phillips.

My first watch: My earliest memories, from age 4, are of me badly wanting a digital watch. One of my parents’ friends heard my begging and gave me the Casio off his wrist.

My first important watch: When I was around 12, my father purchased his first Audemars Piguet, a Day-Date with Moon Phase. He knew I loved it and gave it to me soon after.

Advice for first-time watch buyers: Buy what you personally love, and be sure to handle the watch “in the metal” — trying it on to ensure it comfortably fits your wrist. With vintage watches, you’ve got to be aware of deceitful fake or cobbled-together “Frankenwatches.” Due diligence is a must!

If I could have one new watch this season, it would be: Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary.

Best vintage watch to start a collection: Rolex Submariner with a matte dial.

Best watch cameo in a film: The Rolex Submariner that played a major role — including unzipping Miss Caruso’s dress in the 1973 James Bond film “Live and Let Die.”

Favorite new watch innovation: The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie truly advanced the minute-repeater complication.

Favorite source for vintage watches: Phillips Watches, of course! —AS

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/10/17/tick-talk-expert-advice-from-6-global-watch-influencers/

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