Akim is another young watch collector from the land of swiss watch making. He shares with us collecting some of the most sought after pieces as well as his passion for yachts.
– What is your name and/or the alias you would like to go by?
– What country are you based in?
– As a collector, what do you like to collect and what started your collection?
I currently live 15mins from Biel and Grenchen where all the big watch companies are located. So, it is almost impossible to not have a member of any family to not be working in the watch industry.
My family have collected all the Rado watch models over the years and they still own every model from Rado
I was 16 years old when I said, after I finish my apprenticeship, I will buy a Rado Sintra with my first pay cheque.
During my 4 years as an apprentice, I didn’t earn much to afford a Rado watch, but things changed, as I had a friend who worked at ETA and organized a nice sparkling ceramic Rado Sintra for a very good price. I was really happy with this watch, but as things and dreams changed, I was looking forward to acquiring a Rolex Submariner.
I contacted a watchmaker who lives in the same village as me and I asked him what his opinion about the 116610LN might be. This was the beginning of a very strong friendship and also the beginning of my passion for watches. My friend, the watchmaker, is called Olivier. I think some of you might know him as @0liiviier on IG. Back when I started talking to him he was working for H. Moser & Cie.
As Olivier started introducing me to watches and especially to H. Moser & Cie., my first mechanical watch then became an Endeavour Small Seconds instead of the Rolex Submariner. And this is where it all started, back in December 2015.
After this, I’ve got myself 116610LN and then a perpetual calendar from H.Moser & Cie and a lot more…
– Could you further explain why you collect?
I’m not only fascinated by the watches themselves, I am very much interested in the brand, the complications of their models, the company history and the people behind the brand. I also like to talk to people who also collect watches and work in the watch industry. I’ve met a lot of nice people all around the world through collecting – that’s what collecting is all about.
– Have you ever considered collecting something else other than what you already collect?
I wasn’t really into collecting anything else seriously. But before watches, I was a sneakerhead and collected fashion brand footwear such as Louboutin, Valentino, Balenciaga, etc. I still have an interest for them but now I rather spend my money on watches. Besides watches, I collect guns. like different complications on watches; guns have different purposes in use and caliber. My favourite caliber is 22lr 9mm 223.cal 308. all suppressed. I really like watches and things most don’t people can not obtain – that’s the same with guns.
– As a collector, who would you say inspires you and why?
I don’t have anyone in particular who inspires me, but for sure I see a lot of images and collectors on Instagram and this is what gives me inspiration.
– What’s your opinion on reselling items you have bought for your personal collection?
I have not yet needed to resell any of my watches, considering I do not have a huge collection, so to speak… But who knows? As [hopefully] my collection grows, it may make sense to part with pieces that do not get wrist time. Also, it makes no sense to just hoard, especially if one does not have a ‘special’ or ‘emotional’ attachment to certain pieces.
– As a collector, have you inspired or convinced others to also start collecting?
Yes, a few friends of mine have also bought nice watch because of me.
– And our final questions will be, will you ever stop collecting?
I am now at a point where I want to buy fewer watches. But that does not mean stop collecting. Just maybe not 4-5 watches a year more like 1-2 but more independant brands.