NEW YORK — Connoisseur watch publication Hodinkee organized its first-ever collectors’ forum here earlier this month, hosting a contingent of timepiece aficionados at The Standard Hotel for a one-day event.
Spearheaded by Hodinkee founder Benjamin Clymer, the summit included appearances by Phillips de Pury senior consultant Aurel Bacs, Christie’s international watch head John Reardon, and legendary watchmaker Philippe Dufour.
Among the event’s attendees was Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jonathan Clay “J.J.” Redick, an avid timepiece collector, who spoke with WWD about his personal interest in the market.
WWD: How did you become interested in watches?
J.J. Redick: I bought my first watch in 2006 a day before the NBA draft, so now it’s been almost 10 years of watch ownership. It was a Rolex Datejust, stainless steel, 36 millimeter with a white gold fluted bezel.
WWD: How many watches do you presently own?
J.J.R.: Right now I have 13. Generally speaking, I keep my collection between 12 and 15 watches — I could see myself going above that number, but my biggest thing is that I enjoy wearing them. If I feel like I haven’t worn a watch in six months or a year, does it really belong in my collection? There are a few watches I could never envision getting rid of, but somewhere between 12 and 18 watches is ideal for me — everyone is different.
WWD: Do you have a favorite watch in your collection?
J.J.R.: The crown jewel of my collection is a Patek Philippe, reference 5970 in white gold. It’s a perpetual calendar, chronograph. I’d call it the best watch in my collection.
I have other pieces by F.P. Journe, A. Lange & Söhne. There is one by Cartier that is not really a collectors’ watch, but it’s a sentimental watch that I wore on my wedding day…I call it my wedding watch.
WWD: What was the highlight of the Hodinkee conference for you?
J.J.R.: Meeting interesting people to talk watches. It sounds simple, but you know the enthusiasm and passion of watch collectors is on par with any other niche hobby. The room itself was full of top minds, the highlight for me was meeting Phillipe Dufour, who is arguably the world’s greatest living watchmaker.