Alexandre Meerson British Luxury Watches Altitude Première Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Owner Series David DeCurtis

COLLECTING TIME


Blissful Florida sun. Private plane. Hyper-car. Paradise. Let us rewind a little. This series has already seen us meet some wonderful people, from all across the globe, but it was the feature with Orlando, USA based David DeCurtis that we at MEERSON had all been the most excited for. David founded his experience software solutions company, DeCurtis Corporation, back in 1998, and both have gone from strength to strength ever since. Upon arrival on the East coast of America, we were welcomed with open arms into the DeCurtis world. In a whirlwind 48 hours, David was kind enough to share every corner of his life with us, even treating us to a flight in his private plane. He is a pilot, naturally. David has accumulated every 'toy' you could hope to acquire, but it was his most cherished one (edit: two) (edit: three, he keeps buying them!) that we came to speak to him about. Discover how his relationship with MEERSON started, and how he started building his impressive timepiece collection below.

Why did you choose MEERSON?

David DeCurtis: I had been searching for an exceptional timepiece, an heirloom, for quite some time, years actually. Yet I never really found anything that in my mind justified the money, based on the quality and integrity of the build. Something that's not high-end for high-end sake, but meaningful and valuable. There are of course many beautiful timepieces out there, but for me, they are not worth their heavy price tag. So I never pulled the trigger. With MEERSON however, it was different. After discovering the vast amount of design integrity that each collection holds, I was overwhelmed by how truly special each piece that the house creates is. Its value was evident, even if the brand was not yet completely recognised. It wasn't important to me to be able to walk into a room and have bystanders say "look he's wearing a Patek Philippe or Rolex". It is about more than appearance for me; people who really appreciate fine watches will pick that up.

"It doesn't matter what I am doing, you will find it on my wrist"

 

As you can tell, what started as a search for a singular exceptional piece has turned into a pretty beautiful and diverse collection. Along with my three pieces (MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT grey gold, MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT titanium & Altitude Officier rose gold), my wife has an Altitude Première. Every piece is unique and means something different to me, as I'm sure they do for Alexandre himself.

 

Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Owner Series Deborah

 

Do you struggle to decide which MEERSON watch to wear every morning?

You will find either of my D15s on my wrist daily, so it doesn't matter where I go or what I am doing. Even on the construction site. The only time I don't wear it is if I'm doing something that means I'm going to get wet. The watch itself is waterproof to 100m, but both my pieces have Louisiana alligator straps, which I don't want to damage. But as I say generally either of my D15s are my day-to-day, so I wear it to work, along with more formal events. Because it works in either environment, it is flexible between the two. Despite mainly being a dress watch I can wear my Officier casual too, mostly when I am wearing brown. Anytime I wear brown, like a pair of jeans and casual loafers, I will strap my rose gold Altitude on my wrist. It is subtle enough to work casually too. The rose gold case compliments the tone of my brown Barenia leather strap so well, making such a stunning combination, so I wear it whenever my outfit allows me to.

"It is truly spectacular and speaks to me"

 

Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Owner Series Deborah

 

Are there any facets of any of your timepieces that you particularly enjoy?

I go back to the first testament that I used, which I believe was the integrity of the watch. My favourite attribute, beyond each watch's various features and functions, is the integrity that goes into the creation of every piece. It is truly spectacular and it speaks to me, because its the way I try to live my life, and the way I try to run my business, with the same very high level of integrity. It is representative of that work ethic, which is so important to me.

In terms of actual features, I love the dual time zone functionality that the D15 has. Not only do I travel frequently, I am also a pilot and am flying all the time. I use the 24hr time zone as GMT, keeping it on GMT all the time and them adjusting to the local time zone when I land using the pushers. It is just an awesome feature. Otherwise, they are exceptional pieces of jewellery. It may sound a simple characteristic, but the sublime artistry involved in their creation makes them much more than just watches.

"Something to be proud of"

 

I also enjoy their accuracy, even for mechanical watches they are extremely impressive. Of course, they are never going to be as accurate as an atomic clock, but they are remarkably close, within a second a day. I am just technical and geeky enough to track it throughout the day. When I set the time on my watch I set it dead on to the atomic clock, as close as humanly possible. So I know from first-hand experience that the timepieces track remarkably well, as I say -1 or +1 a second a day. Within a week you can expect to only be 5/6 secs off, which for a mechanical watch is pretty crazy. In comparison, when I ask my friends with Rolex’s for the time, they always say ‘approximately’! I needn't be so vague.

 

Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Owner Series Deborah

 

Do you find that your watches positively impact your life in any way at all?

The GMT function certainly is convenient, because although I do have the accurate time on my phone, my phone is in my pocket, and the GMT is a couple clicks away, it's not right there. Whereas having it on my wrist, it's a quick flash of the wrist. Even if I had a smartwatch, I guess there are features to do that, but it still would be a couple clicks away to get the GMT, so that is quite convenient for me. Other than that it is just the enjoyment of having the pieces, it's not life-changing but it certainly very enjoyable. Something to be proud of.

I will say this, I take extraordinary care of my timepieces. We have all become dependant on our phones, to the extent that if you are out of range from it for only a couple of minutes you become distressed asking everyone ‘where's my phone?’. This behaviour has become a part of our culture, it is almost a new appendage, and I feel the same way about my watches. I am always conscious of where they are, and that they are treated with immaculate care because they are that important to me. That is the biggest compliment I can pay.

 

David's watches:

 

Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Owner Series Deborah
  • Name: MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT
  • Material: titanium
  • Dial: white silvered; black gold & black superluminova
  • Indication: hour, minute, second, GMT, date, AM/PM
  • Reference: 102-GELZ
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Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Owner Series Deborah
  • Name: Altitude Officier
  • Material: 18k 4N rose gold
  • Dial: Graphite; 18k 4N rose gold appliques
  • Indication: hour, minute, small seconds
  • Reference: 101-OBJX
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Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Owner Series Deborah
  • Name: MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT
  • Material: grey gold
  • Dial: True Blue; grey gold & white superluminova
  • Indication: hour, minute, second, GMT, date, AM/PM
  • Reference: 102-GELB
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