Stories / October 2018

'Styled', The Auction Putting Time Into Context

121 highly sought-after watches go to auction at Phillips in New York on 5 December, where The Rake and Mr Porter have defined 12 iconic and timeless looks to complement them.

 

The Rake has styled a look specifically inspired by the Goodwood Revival for the Phillips auction on December 5.

To paraphrase Marcel Proust, my favourite description of style is as the manifestation of an inner universe that each of us sees, but is not seen by others. And when it comes to a man’s personal take on elegance, I’ve always felt the relationship between his sartorial self-expression and his choice of timepieces is as sacrosanct as that between a religious pilgrim and the Almighty himself. And in the canon of elegance, the inseparable nature between man’s outer appearance and his timepiece of choice have made for some of the most iconic moments. Take for example Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair, dressed in his three-piece Douglas Hayward bespoke suits replete with double-breasted waistcoats, as he insouciantly checks the time on his Patek Philippe pocket watch to clock the progress of the bank robbery he’s masterminded. Or Gianni Agnelli, glaring lion-like and saturnine into the camera, emanating the highest wattage sartorial badass-itude with his Patek Philippe world timer or his Omega Ploprof ensconced haughtily outside his sleeve. So when Aurel Bacs, former Rake of the Year and the man who has single-handedly brought vintage watch collecting to the very forefront of contemporary culture approached me to collaborate on his auction in New York this Dec 5th, I was immediately intrigued. Because it was Bacs' desire to explore and illuminate the inseparable relationship between a man’s way of dressing and his choice in watch.

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Wei Koh

The Rake's Founder & Editorial Director.