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Biologist, Watch Collector

Fabio, 30 year old, is a Swiss biologist who got lost in informatics. He is currently working as web developer to create web applications related to life science projects. His three favorite hobbies are: good food, travels and… watches. Long remained as a dream, the latter has recently begun to come true.

1. Do you remember your first watch?

May I have 4 first watches?

The real first was the one my parents brought me back from New-York, a CASIO digital. As a kid I was amazed by this watch and spent a lot of time playing with the chronograph.

The one my wife got me for our engagement, a FREDERIQUE CONSTANT, ref. fc-285b5b6b (probably the last quartz watch I will ever get).

The first beautiful watch I could offer myself: my OMEGA Speedmaster First OMEGA in Spaceref. 311.

And finally, my first vintage: an OMEGA Speedmaster ST 145.0022.

2. The 3 most iconic watch models?

OMEGA Speedmaster to go from your sports car to a spatial ship (a ROLEX Daytona could also be fine for the sports car part).

JAEGER LECOULTRE Reverso whenever you need to wear a suit (although the Speedmaster is also perfect).

And a ROLEX Submariner in case you need to go diving.

3. A noteworthy anecdote with one of your watches?

After months of research for a nice OMEGA Flightmaster, I finally spotted the one I was looking for. And in order to be sure to have it first, I decided to increase the price the seller was asking for, also to get the watch in the next 24 hours. A major issue is that I did not have enough cash on my current account and I could not access my other accounts from where I was. So, I had to ask my wife to send me the cash in order to buy the watch (my wife is not a watch enthusiast). I managed to convince her (proud) that buying an old watch from the 70s was a good idea and then I finally could rush to catch my train and meet the seller.

I got it!

4. Are you more modern or vintage?

I love vintage watches, they have a soul and a history that you cannot feel with a modern watch. Each of them evolves almost uniquely! But there are some modern pieces that I would like to acquire… 😉

5. I love Speedmasters because …

Because of the story associated with the watch.

Because of its perfectly balanced design.

Because you can wear it in extreme situations: with a space suit or just a standard suit.

And probably, because I spend too much time with Greg, who gave me the OMEGA virus… 😉

6. Your favorite Speedmaster?

For a vintage one: the CK 2998-2 Pulsometer, I love the bezel and the lollipop.

For a modern one: the white Gold Moonphase 145.0055.

7. A single personal item you would take with you for a long stay on the Moon?

If you go to the moon you have to listen to the album The dark side of the moon from the Pink Floyd. If I may add some items, I would take a good book, a private line to call my wife, a good camera to take pictures and of course a Speedmaster or a Flightmaster.

8. You just won the lottery. Do you first buy a sports car or call a financial advisor?

I will go to a financial advisor but I will stop on my way to buy a Porsche. Once I have my car I will go to collect all the watches I have ordered while they were preparing the car. Then I will be ready for some good advices.

9. Where would you spend the next 24 hours if you had a teleporter?

I would go back in the past to spend a day with my father in the mountains (I will probably convince him to make a quick stop by an OMEGA shop to buy a white Gold Moonphase Speedmaster 145.0055).

10. How many times a day do you watch … your watch?

Impossible to tell, I just know that if I would be paid every time that I look at my watch I could have more watches.

11. The last watch you bought?

The OMEGA Seamaster 300 60th anniversary.

12. What’s on your wrist today?

My OMEGA Speedmaster ST 145.0022.

Thank you Fabio.

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