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Style / November 2017

Patek Collectors: Ahmed Rahman

The Rake speaks to Ahmed Rahman about his favourite watches, his love for Patek Philippe and just what makes the Swiss watch manufacture so special.

Patek Philippe white gold Perpetual Calendar 5139G complete with hobnail bezel.

Fine watches and style don’t always go hand in hand. Having expensive taste in luxury wristwear doesn’t equate to having great personal style, so it it refreshing to come across such individuals as friend of The Rake, Ahmed Rahman, whose exemplary taste in horology is matched by his admirable eye for clothing. With a wardrobe of bespoke tailoring that makes use of innovative fabrics and plenty of colour, Rahman looks equally at home at a Rake party as he does aboard one of the many aeroplanes he boards annually, thanks to his chosen profession in the fashion industry. It is his watch collection that stands out though, made up of a number of instant classics, many of which are made by esteemed manufacture, Patek Philippe.

Indeed, Patek holds a strong place in his heart and, having long been a fan, he continues to admire the quality, consistency and strive for innovation that the brand is well known for. Mr Rahman’s varied taste is evident in the watches you see before you, and each one showcases the diversity and effortless ability of the Swiss brand to not only produce classic dress watches, but also complicated pieces alongside more rugged, sporty designs. A self-confessed lover of Patek Philippe, Rahman explains to The Rake just what it is about the brand that made him fall for it in the first place, as well as highlighting some of his favourite watches…

First and foremost, watches that I buy generally follow two or three patterns; one is the history of the watch, there has to be a story behind it or a historical link, and Patek has lots. I love that it is a very old, established brand, coupled with the fact that it is still independent and family-owned, which makes a big difference. I always look out for the design of the watch – the aesthetics – and Patek has delivered on this really well. The perpetual calendar is so thin and elegant, and similarly, this chronograph is just a beautiful chronograph [speaking of the black-dialled chronograph ref. 5170G]; it doesn’t do too much, nor too little. Then there is this Calatrava, which is beautiful [speaking of the platinum Calatrava ref. 5196P]. The aesthetics are very important, I like to wear them and co-ordinate them with my outfits. I am particularly a stickler for matching shoes and straps, which Patek allows.

Quality and innovation are important. What I love about Patek is that it doesn't stop, it keeps on innovating and researching. The brand isn't just resting on its laurels, saying ‘we’re the best’, it's constantly engaging. Patek likes to hear what its customer wants, it wants to deliver. It's always evolving. So these are the three reasons I absolutely adore it. I think the historical and the traditional aspect of it, the fact that it designs great looking watches, and the third is what is on the inside, it is simply up there with the best.

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Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas is a former staffer at The Rake.