It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to “play” with 11 watches in a day.

Especially when nine of them are not yours.
Selection of mens and ladies swiss luxury watches

But that’s exactly what happen a few weeks back, when I modeled some pieces for Govberg Watches, along with a couple of pieces from my own collection.

In total there were six Swiss brands on show, with a retail value over $300k!

The Watches

Gold Bezel Gold Rolex Dayton With Globe Backdrop

The 11 watches being shot that day:

  1. Patek Philippe 5034j “Travel Time” [Own piece]
  2. Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre [Own piece]
  3. Rolex Daytona Two Tone
  4. Breitling Navitimer 01
  5. Rolex Submariner
  6. Omega Seamaster Spectre
  7. Vacheron SS Overseas
  8. IWC SS Portugese 7 Day
  9. Ladies – Vacheron WG Patrimony
  10. Ladies – Patek Twenty 4
  11. Ladies – Vacheron (limited edition model, not shown as being used on magazine cover. This peace alone was nearly $100k)

IWC Schaffhausen Watch with black dial

Rolex Submariner With Date Window

Two Omega 2015 Seamaster Watches

Both Omega James Bond Spectre watches side by side. As you can read in my recent article on the Omega Seamaster 300 (right) I personally believe it’s the best Omega Bond watch in the 20 year Omega / Bond franchise connection.

Five different mens swiss watches

Choices choices!

Setting Up The Scenes

It was not all fun and games however. On “set” there were two photographers, a magazine editor, head digital content strategist and two models.

Behind The Scenes Shooting Patek Philippe 5034j

Photographer staging Patek Philippe 5034j shot

Photographer Shooting Rolex Watch Collection

As always lighting is critical to any shoot.

Paul Anthony modeling IWC Watch

This Harris Tweed jacket provided a great frame for the fall inspired shoot. Most of the pictures were focused on the hand region exclusively.

Over the shoulder shot of two Rolexs

Some Final Post Production Shots

The Union League of Philadelphia (of which I’m a member) provided the perfect backdrop for these fine watches.

The club is over 150 years old, and I’m very proud to now be part of it’s membership base and thus history.

Please enjoy some of the edited shots below, and keep an eye out on some of the Govberg publications for more from the day.

Patek 5034j with green leather strap

The Patek Philippe 5034j is the favorite dress watch in my collection.

It features the understated but useful complications of an additional hour hand (operated by two pushers on the left side of the case), and a 24 hour hand on the north of the face.

Here it is pictured on an orange Hermes scarf on a hunter green “Hermes Leather” strap by Hadley Roma.

Gold and silver Rolex Daytona next to globe

Man starting Rolex Daytona Chronograph Pusher

Limited Edition Breitling Chronograph

Breitling on Harris Tweed Jacket

Ladies Quartz Patek Philippe with model adjusting tie

Paul Anthony assessing Rolex Submariner and Daytona

Two of the most iconic Rolex models. On the left the Rolex Submariner, and right the Rolex Daytona featuring a two tone case and oyster bracelet.

Three mens chronograph watches Rolex Vacheron and Breitling

Three top quality chronographs. I would have only liked to have seen an Audmars Piguet and Patek Philippe to make it a truly complete top 5 of 5 chronograph options.

Comparing Ladies Patek Philippe V Vacheron Constantin

Even though the Patek Philippe 5034j is my watch and thus “traditionally” a mans piece, due to its classic size it’s more than comfortable on a ladies wrist.

In contrast to some of the bigger cases on show, especially the Rolex Submariner and IWC.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Blue Dial Chronograph

This is one of my favorite shots from the day. Not only do like like a good game of chess every now and then, but the Vacheron Constantin Overseas chronograph is one watch on my current hit list of “wants” in the near future.

I’m not 100% sure on the blue dial, but it’s a mighty fine and functional piece with the depth rating, chronograph and solid construction. If money were no object I would like to hold out for the Overseas Chronograph Perpetual Calendar for obvious reasons!

Only time will tell how my own collection shall evolve….but I hope to have the opportunity to get on set again in the near future with the fine people from Govberg Watches.

Some photographs courtesy of Jennifer Nagel and Paige Thatcher of Govberg Jewelers.

About the Author:

Paul Anthony is the founder and creative director at Bespoke Unit. He has had a life long affair with design, watches, fragrance and clothing. Originally from England, he now lives in the USA splitting time between NYC & Philly. Favoring "British Style", but has an overall eclectic taste.

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.