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WHO WE ARE

A one-stop shop of excellence for vintage-watch enthusiasts.

Watchfid's DNA, based on the reference books written by its founding partners during the last 15 years and their incomparable databases, represents an unquestionable key asset on the vintage-watch market.

Anthony Marquié, CEO

In the mid-2000s, two watch enthusiasts went their separate ways to do some research about an iconic model, the Omega’s famous Speedmaster Moonwatch. They did not come from the watchmaking world, and did not yet know each other – one was a French engineer, bank manager living in Italy, and the other a bioinformatician from Switzerland – but their similar approach naturally led them to collaborate.

Out of sheer passion, they came up with the crazy idea of writing the ultimate guide to the Speedmaster. Anthony Marquié and Grégoire Rossier’s unconscious new project was to produce an exhaustive, precise and organized work, retracing the minutest details of the production of this watch since its creation in 1957 and never interrupted since… This book, Moonwatch Only, published for the first time in 2014, has changed the course of their careers, and quite possibly their lives too. Furthermore, it became immediately – and still is – a reference for the watch community. “This book sets a new standard, not only for books on the Omega Speedmaster, but for watch books in general”, wrote FratelloWatches at that time.

From that point on, Anthony and Grégoire never stopped working on new projects, first and foremost with the publication of new books, but also and above all with the desire to create new standards and implement new methods in the vintage watch sector, so complicated by nature and so difficult for collectors to grasp.

This is exactly the spirit in which they created Watchfid in 2020. Aware of the needs of the market, and thanks to this very unique DNA based on a structured background, exceptional databases, efficient analysis methods and a consolidated network, they brought together a group of passionate investors to create an advisory company entirely dedicated to collectors’ watch enthusiasts.

Mission

We are an independent advisory company founded by a group of private investors.

Our mission is to create a genuine ecosystem to serve watch collectors. In a complex and opaque market, our objective is to establish a climate of confidence by promoting quality, transparency and traceability with regard to collectors’ watches. Our concept is underpinned by an array of complementary activities, each one of which naturally contributes to the benefit of the others, thereby creating a virtuous circle:

  • our research activity linked to the production of watch books continuously fuels our knowledge of models and our network of collectors;
  • harnessing these competencies, we prepare comprehensive and rigorous expert reports;
  • aware of the problems and issues associated with the market, we make use of new technologies to ensure all information is both reliable and secure;
  • we offer an online showroom of watches benefiting from this quality process;
  • we provide other customised advisory services.

A clear vision, independent shareholders and a set of complementary capabilities have allowed us to build a structure that really sets us apart.

Innovation

We deliver new solutions for the problems and issues associated with the collectors’ watch market.

We are perfectly aware of the queries and doubts that watch collectors and watch lovers might have and consequently employ an innovative approach that combines watch appraisal and new technologies, so as to ensure transparency and traceability.

  • We associate a virtual identity to each watch in the form of a digital passport. The watch’s characteristics, along with photographic documents, appraisals or associated events are recorded and centralised in the digital passport when it is created and then updated throughout its life, thanks to Blockchain technology and the guarantee of data durability and traceability it provides.
  • This technological solution does not do away with the need for a traditional watch appraisal: the technology enables all the information to be secured and traced over time, but its usefulness depends primarily on the reliability of the information recorded when the digital passport was issued.

Our objective is simple: enable anyone to verify the quality of a collectors’ watch in the simplest and most reliable way possible.

Organization

We bring together a network of high-level competencies in pursuit of its objectives.

We aim to serve as a hub for innovations, ideas and developments related to the collectors’ watch market.

This explains why our organisation includes an Advisory Board comprising professionals with strong reputations in each of the professional sectors potentially involved in the company’s development. The role of these selected members is to support Watchfid in all its missions:

  • guide strategic choices,
  • promote chosen methodologies and solutions,
  • facilitate the introduction of new initiatives,
  • oversee the coherency and smooth-functioning of activities.

Our organization and our philosophy are the result of our complementary backgrounds and our networks of partners formed during several decades of professional experience.​

Our concept is unique and positioned completely differently from those of other players. It is a comprehensive and virtuous ecosystem devoted to vintage-watch lovers.

Otalia Gossart, Chief Communications Officer

Management Team

Anthony Marquié

Partner & CEO

Anthony is a French national and trained aeronautical engineer who swiftly turned to an international career in finance, focusing on capital markets and investment businesses. He has held numerous management positions for major international financial players, successively in private banking, asset management, private equity and family offices.

His longstanding fascination for both modern and vintage watches led him to begin collecting several types of model at a very early age, and after having devoted a significant share of his time to studying and analyzing the watch market, he started writing watch books and created the Watch Books Only series, together with Grégoire Rossier.

Grégoire Rossier

Partner, Chief Research Officer

Grégoire is a Swiss national, biologist by training. He then specialised in a new field at the time: bioinformatics.

He became a watch enthusiast as a teenager when he got his first Omega. A few years later, he started serious research as a watch collector by gathering data on a selection of models like the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. Applying the scientific rigor from his research career and a methodology stemming from previous experiences, he developed a systematic and very detailed database for several models, referencing his observations as well as the market trends for vintage watches, which was one of the starting point for the Watch Books Only project.

Olivier Bouvet

Partner, Chief Operating Officer

Olivier is a French national who trained in finance, audit and administration. He has been the deputy CEO of a leading French bank specialized in wealth management for almost 10 years. Prior to that, and after consolidated experiences in various financial institutions, he has been the CFO of a leading international asset management firm for 8 years.

With more than 25 years of experience in the financial sector at a management level, Olivier joined Watchfid at its first stage as a Senior Advisor. His role is to advise the Company by giving it the benefit of his financial, organizational, and management skills.

Otalia Gossart

Partner, Chief Communications Officer

Otalia’s profile is not a typical one. A graduate of a school of Applied Arts, Otalia started her career in the fashion industry, in some of the finest Parisian Haute Couture brands, and then moved from design to communication.

After 25 years in press and public relations, Otalia has mastered the luxury sector working for the finest brands in the cosmetics, media and watchmaking sectors. Her last 10 years with Omega marked a decisive turning point towards a new passion: watches/timepieces. Through her experiences and extensive travels, Otalia has built up a fabulous network of journalists, talents and celebrities of all kinds.

Advisory Board

Jason Downes

Strategy & Development

Venture Capitalist
& Capital Markets Banker (London)

Thierry Yves Philippe

Investments

Partner
Transactions & Compagnie (Paris)

Pascal Ravessoud

Watch Industry

Vice President
FHH – Fondation Haute Horlogerie (Geneva)

Julien Chiavassa

Digital Marketing & Strategy

Entrepreneur
Partner & COO Instilla (Milan)

Pamela Bussi

Sustainability

Head of Sustainability & Social Responsibility
Gruppo Prada (Milan)

Pier Paolo Boccadamo

Technologies

Visionary Integrator & Technology Executive
30Y Microsoftee (Milan)

Team & Partners

Luca Garbati

Photographer

(Milano)

Silvio d'Amore

Content Design & Web Development

(Milano)

Cecilia Mendoza

CM Visual Artist

(Milano)

Janek Deleskiewicz

20Y Design Director Jaeger-Lecoultre

(Paris)

Our Offices

Milan

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