PBLuxury is a collector based in Australia and often finds himself travelling between Asia and the Middle East. He shares with us his honest take on collecting.
– What is your name and/or the alias you would like to go by?
– What country are you based in?
Based in Melbourne Australia, but travel a bit, mostly between Asia and the Middle East
– As a collector, what do you like to collect and what started your collection
I love collecting hard to get pieces and not overly produced ones. I’m more of a sport model in general so I’m very casual.
My first one was a Breitling B1 when I lived in California around 98.
– Could you further explain why you collect?
First its the craftsmanship – the design. The comfort on your wrist and the point of difference.
– Have you ever considered collecting something else other than what you already collect?
I tried a vintage Rolex with a stunning fuchsia basel 1680 that I bought from a reputable seller in Hong Kong, 2 years ago. It’s such a minefield and there seems to be a notion that everybody has a strong opinion and everyone knows better about vintage Rolex then everyone else. For that reason, I stepped back from vintage Rolex’s(VR), as I prefer newer models.
If I do manage to get one owner of a VR or vintage AP, full set and untouched from someone I know, then I will l definitely give is a another opportunity, as it would have much more of a meaning.
– Would you care to share any not-so-great collecting experiences?
Beside the greed of some grey dealer trying to rip you off, and someone pretending to be a friend using your name to try to get a timepiece! Beside these two issues, I don’t have any not so great experiences 😉
– As a collector, who would you say inspires you and why?
We are of course inspired and influenced by friends and others on social media accounts around the world.
– What’s your opinion on reselling items you have bought for your personal collection?
Personally, I’ve sold some pieces that I bought second hand, so no issue there. I had to sell new pieces due to some business difficulties that were not planned but that’s life!
Lucky, I had a second chance and I feel fortunate and sincerely grateful.
– As a collector, have you inspired or convinced others to also start collecting?
I am guilty of this, yes because I am genuinely passionate about it and respect the craftsmanship of it.
– And our final questions will be, will you ever stop collecting?
I don’t think I can, but things change in your life and other priorities comes along.
I’ve been sure of certain things and life direction changes at any point, so I am more a person that live as it comes and I feel fortunate to live one day to the next with my loved ones, my friends and people I care about.
Sometimes we can touch other people’s lives and we do not realise it. It also goes both ways.