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The Connoisseur Assortment household has been the guardian of innumerable timepieces in Chennai for the previous 64 years. This Madras Week, they share a number of recollections.

The Connoisseur Assortment household has been the guardian of innumerable timepieces in Chennai for the previous 64 years. This Madras Week, they share a number of recollections.

It’s straightforward to lose your self within the labyrinth that’s Spencer Plaza, with its slim alleys and seemingly an identical corridors. However it’s price it, for tucked away between shops promoting T-shirts, telephone covers and silver jewelry is a quaint house the place time has stopped.

Connoisseur Assortment, initially the Bharath Watch Firm, was launched in 1958 in Pondy Bazaar by R Abdul Bari, then shifted to Spencer Plaza in 1999. It’s now run by his son B Abdul Haq who holds aloft the 64 years of legacy single-handedly. 

”My father’s work intrigued me, so I entered the sphere after discontinuing my schooling,” says Haq, who realized the craft from his father when he was simply 12 years, on the store. Right here, useless watches and clocks come alive by the hands of their educated and expert proprietor.

A six-decade-old timepiece at Connoisseur Collection, Chennai

A six-decade-old timepiece at Connoisseur Assortment, Chennai
| Photograph Credit score: S Aswini Rao

Haq’s ardour is obvious in the way in which he handles the watches, and reveals off his assortment of uncommon luxurious items from manufacturers like Patek Philippe and Rolex. He opens a case to disclose a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711, made within the mid-Nineteen Seventies by the legendary watch designer Gerald Genta. He strikes on to disclose related classic watches like Patek Philippe Geneve watches fabricated from 18k gold, and a Patek Phillipe 2583 specifically made in 1956.

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As he fastidiously locations these prized possessions again in a field and locks them away, he reminisces concerning the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, and actress Sowcar Janaki visiting his father’s store with timepieces of their very own.

“The rarest watch I’ve repaired is a Moon Part by Patek Philippe,” he says, including, “Prospects usher in mechanical watches, Rolex, Omega, and different costly Swiss watches for servicing, normally to repair damaged glass dialsor button malfunctions.”

The entrepreneur reminisces the sooner instances of Spencer’s Mall, saying it was once a global hub with vacationers from everywhere in the world visiting searching for high-end manufacturers. These manufacturers have since migrated to different malls, and guests to Spencer’s have dwindled. However this store stays put, he says, as the price of operating a enterprise in Spencer’s is affordable, and people within the know can at all times discover their method to him.

Because the self-styled “police officer within the discipline of watches” fastidiously wipes dials, he disapprovingly speaks of those that run companies motivated solely by cash, with no technical data. Gently wrapping every watch in velvet-lined covers he states, “Customized-made watches don’t have any worth, there is no such thing as a originality left in them. When an organization manufactures a watch you shouldn’t change something.”

He wears a Rolex Deepsea watch and says his certainly one of his favorite items is the Nautilus collection from Patek Philippe.  His father bestowed him a Vulcain cricket stable gold wrist alarm from the Nineteen Fifties— his most prized possession.

By- The Hindu

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