On My Watch: Rashmi Kumari

MY WATCH, Bulgari, BULGARI WATCHES, BULGARI SERPENTI, Luxury Watches, Accessories, Collectors, Watches & Jewellery, Dubai Watch Week, DUBAI WATCH WEEK 2017
Rashmi Kumari wears her Bulgari Serpenti Incantati timepiece
As Dubai Watch Week 2017 kicks off, we speak to the Creative Director and owner of C’est Moi! about her latest Bulgari timepiece and why she thinks collecting watches can be a smart investment

HBA: Which model are you wearing?   

RK: Bulgari’s Serpenti Incantati timepiece – it’s my latest purchase.

HBA: Why this watch?

RK: I am a watch enthusiast and tend to favour big masculine styles – I’m definitely a “more is more” person and my usual timepiece choice is not for the faint hearted.  

But of late I’m tilting more towards watches that are also a piece of jewellery.  The Bulgari Serpenti Incantati watch is just that. It is a reinvention of the Serpenti timepiece that wraps around the wrist and is a true jewellery statement watch. Furthermore, the new Serpenti Incantati timepiece is inspired by a vintage Bulgari brooch from the 1930s.

Bulgari-Serpenti-Incantati-Timepiece

 The Bulgari Serpenti Incantati timepiece in rose gold and diamonds

HBA: What do you look for in watches?

RK: Watches are my only indulgence in life. So I research them and put in some time before acquiring one. Brands with “staying power” are what I look for; a smart and safe buy will most likely be a brand or model that retains value over time. 

So when considering whether a watch is a good investment, I ask myself a number of questions – do I think it is timeless or just a current fashion statement? Is it a limited edition? I also tend to buy only partner-brands of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

HBA: Which other models are in your 'watch wardrobe'?

RK: I have a formidable collection ranging from Rolex, Cartier, Chopard, IWC, Bulgari etc. I am embarrassed about answering this – but then I justify it as I don’t buy other extravagant items such as fancy handbags. I usually buy a good watch once a year.

HBA:  Do you feel your taste or style has evolved since you first started collecting watches?

RK: My love affair with watches started at a young age. My first watch was a steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date that my father wore and gifted to me when I left for New York at 17.  Super tech-y watches were all the rage those days, but G-Shocks by Casio were all that and a bag of chips – if you were a kid with one of those on your wrist, you were definitely “PHAT”! So I would switch between wearing those two.

Over the years I learnt more about watches and evolved from loving super blingy timepieces in my 40s to more classic pieces now. Not to say I don't love my bling on certain watches…

Rashmi-Kumari-My-Watch

HBA: Do you wear particular watches to certain occasions?

RK: Yes, I am a Soccer Mom and spend a lot of time in school so I tend to wear more relaxed watches during the day, such as a chunky Cartier Ballon Bleu or a simple steel Rolex.

Night times are when the big daddies come out. I tend to favour the gold, platinum and diamond pieces. The Bulgari Serpenti Incantati piece I am wearing now is the perfect choice for standout evening wear.

HBA: What other models are on your ‘watch wish list'?

RK: The market for collectible watches has been growing in recent years for classic styles that stand the test of time and offer a valuable investment for the passionate watch lover. Therefore my next timepiece would be an heirloom or investment piece rather than for everyday use. At the moment, I am looking for the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Skeleton Flying Tourbillon with diamonds. 

BY

MY WATCH, Bulgari, BULGARI WATCHES, BULGARI SERPENTI, Luxury Watches, Accessories, Collectors, Watches & Jewellery, Dubai Watch Week, DUBAI WATCH WEEK 2017
Rashmi Kumari wears her Bulgari Serpenti Incantati timepiece