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The Scene Watch Collectors Share What Matters Most In Recent Vintage Grail x Tatler Philippines Virtual Affair

Watch Collectors Share What Matters Most In Recent Vintage Grail x Tatler Philippines Virtual Affair

Watch Collectors Share What Matters Most In Recent Vintage Grail x Tatler Philippines Virtual Affair
By Tatler Philippines
December 10, 2020
Vintage Grail, in partnership with Tatler Philippines, introduced its Christmas 2020 catalogue through an intimate virtual dinner with old and new clients, who shared their unique stories on investing in rare and vintage luxury timepieces

In a recent private virtual event hosted by Tatler Philippines, in partnership with regional watch purveyor Vintage Grail, watch enthusiasts and collectors gathered to talk about the investment value of watches. Hosted by Stephanie Zubiri, the conversation together with Vintage Grail co-founders Jesse Maxwell, Paolo Martel, and Franco Varona was made more engaging as they partake the delectable spread prepared by Shangri-La at the Fort Manila, which was paired with a bottle of 2015 Saint Jacques de Siran.

Classic Caesar salad, crispy bacon bits, croutons, Parmesan shavings, and Caesar dressing
Atlantic salmon and spinach quiche
Tagliatelle with braised beef and cherry tomatoes, Parmesan shavings, basil leaves
Dark chocolate moist cake with vanilla white chocolate ganache and almonds
2015 Saint Jacques de Sirac

Vintage Grail, founded a little over two years ago and since then provides avid watch collectors access to extremely rare and vintage timepieces, grand complications, and limited editions. Moreover, it is one of the finest platforms in the country for passionate collectors to entrust their coveted timepieces for trade, private sales, and servicing.

In the recent virtual event, old and new clients of the company were welcomed by Tatler Philippines' Managing Director Irene Martel Francisco and Vintage Grail co-founder Jesse Maxwell, followed by the premiere of a special video that invites guests to Vintage Grail's boutique store located at the Peninsula Manila Hotel.

Jesse Maxwell
Jesse Maxwell
Franco Varona
Franco Varona

Paolo Martel, one of the co-founders of the regional watch company, shared few tips on watch investment; answering questions from Zubiri, as well as of the guests, such as what type of watches does Vintage Grail source, the best watches to collect, the effects of the ongoing pandemic crisis on the collecting value of watches, and more.

Paolo Martel
Paolo Martel
Stephanie Zubiri
Stephanie Zubiri

Enjoying the conversation, the guests chimed in with their personal watch investment stories, focusing on the sentimental perspective. Some even showed what were they wearing at the moment and shared the story behind it. Indeed, the more meaningful the timepiece, the higher its value for the owner and would consider passing it down to the next generation in the family.

More than just objects to tell time, watches reflect a person’s style and personality. They serve as both daily companions and vessels for cherished memories, making them ideal gift choices.

Dra Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho

After exchanging personal stories, the co-founders of Vintage Grail gave guests a treat by premiering a video that highlights the company's Christmas 2020 Catalogue. Named as "Gifts of Grail", the annual collection is composed of 26 carefully curated timepieces from important and prestigious watch brands such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Richard Mille, and Artisans de Genève. 

The delightful evening was capped off by a group shot with bittersweet farewells and wishful holiday greetings.

To find out what they're offering this Christmas season, see the catalogue: See more of Vintage Grail's collections at


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