Similarly, I had the opportunity to sit down for lunch with Formula One World Champion Nico Rosberg at an IWC-sponsored event, and afterwards ended up buying the Ingenieur Chrono that he had designed with IWC.
Later however I became a more pro-active collector and actively started pursuing specific watches that I wanted to acquire. These mostly are limited edition models.
MF: When you buy a watch, what do you look for?
HB: A watch has to sing to me, regardless of its value or complications. I’m very much a “gut feeling” buyer and consider a watch to be a piece of art with a heartbeat. It must appeal to me at a visceral level.
If I like a watch at first sight I tend to order it. This means that I feel an emotional connection with most of the watches in my collection, which is obviously a positive. I have a lot of time — no pun intended — for some complications that are near and dear to my heart, such as perpetual calendars or regulators.