An avid watch collector in addition to an actor and model who has graced our screens with his undeniable talent and demanding presence, Adam Pak shares the timepieces topping his wish list
Franck Muller – Casablanca CDT AC
I actually own a Franck Muller because I just love the shape – it’s so stylish and elegant, and it makes a great statement piece. I always associate it with horse racing. I don’t know why, but maybe it’s the particular prestige or class that it has. And the typography, the distinctive numerals on it, makes it so elitist for me. It’s easy to read yet so symbolic of the brand and the Casablanca line. I, of course, plan to own a lot more, but hey, you need to work on these sorts of things!
Cartier – Santos de Cartier
I think Cartier is world-famous for a lot of reasons, but its style and its watches are on a different level. I especially like this Santos de Cartier and it’s that square shape that makes it really a timeless piece. It’s in a beautiful satin-brushed dark grey with printed Roman numerals and a small date window located at the 6 o’clock position. I believe that in the future – no matter if you’re on Mars or Saturn – you’re going to pick up one of these and know it’s a Cartier watch. So this one is definitely on my wish list!
There’s something really, really nice about this watch that makes me want to hop into an F-14 or F-18 and just fly with Tom Cruise. It looks totally accurate and it’s one of those watches that just makes you feel sophisticated with all the numbers and all the little dials. It has a domed sapphire crystal over the dial and it sees the return of the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) wings logo. The idea of just flying with a watch like this over the clouds into the sunset really makes me want to own one of these.
Zenith – El Primero 21
With a name that means “the first” to mark the creation of the world’s first integrated automatic chronograph movement, the chronograph image for this timepiece is just amazing. It feels very modern and futuristic with the brushed titanium case and open-worked dial with elements of black and blue, as well as the oversized chronograph pushers that are easy to activate. All the chronograph functions also feature a red tip that makes reading it easier. There is also, of course, a particular style and class that is associated with it that makes it super clean – it’s a watch that would look great with a suit.
Jacob & Co – Astronomia Solar Jewellery Planets Zodiac
This final one is more of a dream watch. I don’t even know where I would wear it because it’s so out of this world! The Earth is on there, there’s a zodiac – I’m not even sure if it’s a watch, but it’s just such a beautiful piece that would look amazing with a suit for an evening ball or dinner party. To have this in my collection would be an absolute dream come true. And I just think it’s so intricate and with all the different planets, it just makes you believe that the universe is on your wrist and that’s all you need.
Marc Newson – Hemipode
The next timepiece would be Marc Newson’s iconic Hemipode. First of all, I love Marc Newson as a designer! He’s one of the most influential designers not just of his generation but in general, and he has always inspired me since the time when I was studying design. Second, I just love the shape of this timepiece – very submarine-like and the futuristic cornered-off shape just makes it look out of this world! It also features a monocoque case design, which means that it can be opened from above, and the legibility is as good as it is unique.