Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Brand Ambassador Kunal Patel
 

A seasoned entrepreneur based in London, Kunal has brought success to a diverse range of businesses despite his young age. Never without his 18k 4N solid rose gold Altitude Officier, the timeless casual timepiece, he is the Chairman of LATEP Holdings and her subsidiary companies, including Power and Water - a high profile emerging technology corporation. Kunal founded his first successful business selling yoyos at the age of ten; revenues were passed through to his grandmother who managed the banking and accounts on his behalf. He remarks that in retrospect he regrets missing a commercial opportunity to build in a lucrative monthly service charge on the yoyo's ball bearings and strings! We caught up with him in his offices in Marylebone.

What sparked your interest in the MEERSON house and ultimately inspired you to become an owner?

It was the passion and energy I felt from Alexandre initially, and then I saw the watches. The Altitude range personifies everything I love about timepieces and design in general. I have always enjoyed simple, classic dress watches. To me this is what the Altitude is, but with a modern twist. The idea of having a unique and different piece truly interested me. Everyone always buys the same high street brands, and they buy them for the wrong reasons. They are more interested in having a certain brand, or price tag on their wrist, unlike my attraction to this piece, which came about through an honest appreciation of the design and house as a whole. The personality of the brand was just as important to me as the attention to detail, "art in detail" Alexandre calls it. Like all of my favourite things, you constantly discover new aspects to the piece that make you fall more in love with it over time. The appreciation grows as you view it from different angles and in different settings.

 

Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Brand Ambassador Kunal Patel

 

How do you prefer to wear your timepiece?

At the moment, I wear my Officier all the time. Most of the time I'm in a suit, so it works perfectly, but I also wear it to dinner functions, black tie events and honestly even most weekends. I never go anywhere without it, I feel sorry for my other watches! Its classic, timeless design lends itself perfectly to any occasion, so compliments everything I wear; it is such a versatile piece.

 

Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Brand Ambassador Kunal Patel

 

What sort of impact does your Altitude Officier have on your life?

It gets a lot of attention. I probably take it off every day for somebody to either take a look at it or try it on. As it is such a slim, comfortable and versatile timepiece, it's great for when I travel. It has obviously got weight to it as it is gold; however, not to the extent that it is impractical or annoying, due to its slim design. I used to wear bigger watches, and I would constantly clip it; my cuff couldn't even go over the watch properly. Form and function are infused perfectly with this piece.

 

Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Brand Ambassador Kunal Patel

 

Are there any particular characteristics of your timepiece that you enjoy?

As I briefly mentioned, the ability to discover new aspects of the watch as they reveal themselves over time is something I deeply enjoy. For instance, my custom stingray strap is ageing and developing over time wonderfully. And it will only continue to evolve, adding more interest, texture and depth of colour. Even the solid gold case's colour and texture has flourished beautifully. I also adore the custom numerals, which I understand Alexandre designed himself. Like the watch as whole, they pay homage to classic design techniques, but with a pinch of Meerson's modern flair. They seem to catch the light in an interesting manner too. Because they are gold, I initially thought they could get lost in a dark graphite dial. Yet they absorb so much light, in turn creating beautiful vivid shapes that dance in the light.

 

Art In Detail Alexandre Meerson Altitude Premiere Officier MEERSON D15 Mk-1 GMT True Blue Leather Accessories Luxury Style Haute Couture Owner Series Kunal Patel
Kunal's watch:
  • Name: Altitude Officier Small Seconds
  • Material: 18k 4N rose gold
  • Dial: Graphite: 18k 4N rose gold appliques
  • Indication: hours, minutes & seconds
  • Reference: 101-OBJX
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