Edwin Punmight have his plate full as the director of property development business Keyestone Group, but that doesn’t mean it’s all real estate and investment. Also a watch lover and avid collector, he takes us through his favourite timepieces and the ones topping his wishlist
To celebrate Royal Oak’s 50th anniversary, Audemars Piguet introduced a number of subtle evolutions, including a new 50th-anniversary-dedicated oscillating weight – all while retaining the general aesthetic codes of the original Royal Oak model from 1972. That, for me, is class! What I like about this watch is that it is adapted to the wearer’s lifestyle and not the other way around. And what makes me gravitate towards this watch is the colour of the dial – Bleu Nuit Nuage 50 – which was explicitly designed for the 50th anniversary, as well as the diamond-set bezel that allows me to dress up or dress down with the same watch.
The thinnest ultra-thin watch on the market, the Octo Finissimo is a feather-light luxury timepiece that fully expresses the Bulgari approach to masculine elegance. What makes this such a fun special edition is that Bulgari replicates the very first Octo sketch by Fabrizio Buonamassa Stigliani, the director of Bulgari’s Watches Design Center, with the matte grey sandblasted titanium dial in a tribute to the bold spirit of the collection. But just like the standard editions, the sandblasted finish contrasts with black PVD-treated hands. The “sketch” dials are clever and amusing – I love how it has a whimsical appeal.
Time is everywhere now – on our mobile phones, on every Zoom call – but reading the time on your wrist is completely different. There’s the history too – oftentimes it’s the legacy between you and your family; sometimes it’s just a story that’s unique to you. What I find unique about this vintage Cartier is that no two watches will look or feel the same, even ones from the same reference! One watch may have subdials that have become tropical due to exposure to UV light, another may have aged in a different way. Sometimes masculine, sometimes feminine, the finished watch is almost characteristically androgynous.
It’s Rolex’s first time releasing a left-handed model for mainstream production, and certainly the first time in a GMT-Master II. It’s also a model whose crown doesn’t dig into your wrist! Switching the crown and the crown guard to the left gives the GMT-Master II an unexpected look. To boot, it’s fitted with a black and green rotating 24-hour bezel. I travel a lot and I think the GMT-Master II is a highly practical travel watch and, as always, the Rolex dial is perfection. Legibility and luminosity are always 10/10 and the black dial is a gorgeous deep black that is excellent at contrasting the hour markers and hands.
Rolex’s Datejust series is probably the most well-established in the brand’s portfolio, exuding the qualities intrinsic to the Rolex name: reliability, precision and elegance. In the case of this ref. 16018, the exclusively 36mm model comes head to toe in 18k yellow gold, a dramatic statement piece that offers plenty of attention-grabbing potential. This timepiece has such a powerful presence on the wrist and the blue sunburst baton dial is enigmatic – I remember when I first saw the watch, I could not take my eyes off it. I have never made a decision to invest in a watch as quickly as I did with this one.
The design of this watch is a fusion of art deco styling and practicality. It belongs to a special place, and by that I mean there’s nothing else quite like it. This watch stands out from the crowd of wristwatches due to the cushion-shaped case and the 45-degree rotated dial – you don’t need to turn the wrist or tilt your head to read it – which gives it an exquisite and creative character. It’s also housed in a 40mm case made of 950 platinum and the hour and minute hands match the colour of the sandblasted dial. Overall it’s a really simple design, but I absolutely love this watch for its asymmetry and its bold design.