On My Watch: Rashmi Kumari

BY Sophie Stevens / Nov 16 2017 / 20:33 PM

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

On My Watch: Rashmi Kumari
Rashmi Kumari wears her Bulgari Serpenti Incantati timepiece

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.

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 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…

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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.