It’s no secret that Talking Watches is one of our most popular editorial series here at HODINKEE. I was a big fan of it long before I joined the team, actually. So when Will asked me to host the first Talking Watches to revisit a collector and see how a collection had evolved over time, I jumped at the opportunity. Like Ben, who hosted the first appearance with this guest, I was a fan of the Fugees going all the way back to the heady days of suburban middle school. Their second album,The Score, was one of those records that practically everybody was rocking out to to back then, and it’s held up remarkably in the two decades since. If you had told seventh-grade Jon that he’d be sitting next to Pras as he pored over an insane collection of Pateks and APs in 20 years, he probably would’ve puked. But here we are.
This is your official Talking Watches 2 With Pras.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar In Ceramic
During our conversation, Pras recalled a time when he saw a “blacked out” Royal Oak on the wrist of the president of Haiti. When he asked his contacts at Audemars Piguet where one could find such a watch, Pras was told that no such production watch existed, and that it was likely an after-market modification. Then last year this all-black ceramic perpetual calendar arrived on the scene. Pras immediately knew he had to have one.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Ref. 5650G Advanced Research
The Aquanaut Travel Time Ref. 5650 Advanced Research was one of Patek’s most-talked-about timepieces at Baselworld 2017. This reference marked the debut of a new “friction-free compliant mechanism” for setting the local time. It was an unexpected treat to spend more than a minute or two with this watch, as it is one of my personal favorites of the year.
Patek Philippe 40th Anniversary Nautilus Ref. 5976/1G And Ref. 5711/1P
Pras has both of the limited edition Nautilus references created to mark the 40th anniversary of this Gérald Genta-designed classic. I know, right? On the left, we see the 5976-1G, and in the photo to the right we have the 5711-1P, flanked by two other Pateks. Each has a special dial with diamond markers, which are far more subtle in person than you’d think. Plenty of collectors would have been more than content to own one of these guys; Pras has both.
Trio Of Patek Philippe World Timers
Pras’s Patek Philippe Ref. 5230 World Time New York Limited Edition is flanked here by both versions of the ref. 7130 World Time New York 2017 Limited Edition. All three of these watches were announced over the summer at Patek Philippe’s Art of Watches Grand Exhibition. Pras says that he has a fourth World Timer coming from this exhibition too, the Ref. 5531R with the “night time” dial variation. Now that’s dedication.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5959R Split-Seconds Chronograph
The ref. 5959R is a small watch, coming in at just 33.2mm in diameter. And at 8.45 mm thick, it’s also the thinnest split-seconds chronograph in the world. Of course, in terms of importance, this is one big watch that comes in a small package. It was so cool to have one of these guys in in the office and it shows a certain level of sophistication too.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5722G
This is definitely the outlier in Pras’ collection – a completely diamond-encrusted Nautilus depicting a colorful peacock. Pras likes to wear this one when he wants to make a real statement with the watch on his wrist. It will definitely get that job done, no question.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5524G Calatrava Pilot Travel Time
Pras enjoys his Pilot Calatrava Travel Time, and says that this white gold sports watch is among the more casual timepieces in his collection. He told us that he also picked up the time-only Pilot Calatrava in stainless steel, a timepiece that he has taken to calling the “co-pilot.”
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillon
Seeing this Royal Oak concept watch in person was a rare and unexpected treat. This tourbillon GMT in titanium came out in 2015 and has been kind of a cult classic ever since. It’s a massive watch, but one that really impresses.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph In Ceramic
While Pras says he’s not really “an Offshore guy,” preferring the discreet lines and dimensions of the classic Royal Oak, this Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph, with its carbon case and subdued hues, has become a regular part of his rotation. As far as Offshores go, it’s definitely one of the more conservative options.
Patek Philippe Ref. 5074R Minute Repeater Perpetual Calendar
We saved what might the grandaddy of Pras’s collection for last. It’s a whole lotta watch for sure, a rose gold ref. 5074 minute repeater perpetual calendar. As Pras correctly points out, not a lot of people have Patek minute repeaters as they have to be ordered on application. This combination of a rose gold case with a black dial and rose gold markers is one of the best looking high complications from Patek. We can also thank all that rose gold in the case for this watch’s really rich, resonant sound.
Stay tuned for more second installments with some of your favorite Talking Watches guests in the future.