Dr. Haruhisa Handa – the atypical watch collector

Dr. Haruhisa Handa – the atypical watch collector

Postby koimaster » May 10th 2017, 9:51am

Dr. Haruhisa Handa – the atypical watch collector

Our editor-in-chief sat down with an atypical Japanese watch collector to talk about his passion for watches.


Most serious watch collectors stick to a particular theme. They may only collect vintage watches, or tourbillons, or minute repeaters, or only divers watches. At the very least, they may specialise only in luxury watches above a certain value. This is why my meeting with Dr Haruhisa Handa was all the more surprising. His collection is driven simply by what he likes and what resonates with him, regardless of what it costs. This might explain why, on his trip to Zermatt earlier this year, he purchased both the Tissot T-Touch model and the Hublot Big Bang limited edition that feature the Matterhorn on them. But it also explains why he is the first Japanese to own the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Minute Repeater and the only Japanese to own the Maitres du Temps Chapter 1, one of only 11 watches produced, which costs 800,000 US dollars.

So what exactly motivates this relatively new watch collector, who has spent 12 million US dollars on watches in just six months?

What attracted you to the world of mechanical watches?

Everyone knows that the precision of a quartz watch far surpasses that of a mechanical watch, but what attracts me to the mechanical watch is its fragility. You have to take care of them and look after them. My poetic mind draws me to the beauty of the craftsmanship.

How long have you been collecting watches for? How many watches do you have in your collection?

I have only been collecting for six months but I already have over 100 watches in my collection. I have spent around 12 million US dollars.

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Re: Dr. Haruhisa Handa – the atypical watch collector

Postby foghorn » May 10th 2017, 9:58am

12 million bucks in 6 months? Good for him.
Who wears 2 watches with a kimono? Fashionless bastard. Just wear a Ball watch on the middle wrist and give Seiya-san a call. He can use a customer like you.
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