The Aesthete: Janek Deleskiewicz talks personal taste

The creative director of Jaeger-LeCoultre was behind the rebirth of the classic Reverso watch and the bestselling art deco-style Rendez-Vous collection

Janek Deleskiewicz at home in Paris
Janek Deleskiewicz at home in Paris | Image: Léo-Paul Ridet

My personal style signifier is my Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 watch with an old red dial. It has a special story: I was wearing it when I met the young bassist Marcus Miller, who said he would like to wear the same watch, also with a red dial. In my spare time I am a saxophonist in a jazz band and knowing that Miller, whose playing I love, wears the same watch makes me proud. jaeger-lecoultre.com.

Vallée de la Marne, where Deleskiewicz is having a house built
Vallée de la Marne, where Deleskiewicz is having a house built | Image: Alamy

The last things I bought and loved were two original production drawings of Bugs Bunny, made for the cinema in the 1940s, at auction while I was on a Caribbean cruise. I love cartoons; for me Bugs Bunny symbolised the US war effort – he fiercely defended his territory and always seemed to win. Similar at animationconnection.com.

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And the thing I’m eyeing next is a house I am building near the Vallée de la Marne, in Paris. The site was not easy to find; it’s in the city but also in the country. I’ll have a view over the entire valley, and the house, which is being designed by Kayvan Gerami of Meolia, will be a mix of my architectural tastes – contemporary Thai with European, London and New York elements. meolia.fr.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1931 watch

The last item of clothing I added to my wardrobe was a lightweight black wool suit from The Kooples. This particular design has a jacket with three skull-shaped buttons: a central one and two on the sleeve. thekooples.com.

Deleskiewicz’s sketchbook
Deleskiewicz’s sketchbook | Image: Léo-Paul Ridet

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Búzios in Brazil, where I stayed at Vila da Santa Hotel Boutique & Spa. We took a boat trip, past wild beaches surrounded by caves – it was like something from Pirates of the Caribbean. Brigitte Bardot was in Búzios around 50 years ago and there’s a statue of her in the village. buziosturaventura.com.br. Praça Eugênio Honold, Praia dos Ossos (+5522-2623 5770; viladasanta.com). 

Two of Deleskiewicz’s original Bugs Bunny drawings
Two of Deleskiewicz’s original Bugs Bunny drawings | Image: Léo-Paul Ridet

And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is the many memories in my head. You can find everything, everywhere now, but the best is what you store in your mind. 

Boca da Barra at Búzios, in Brazil
Boca da Barra at Búzios, in Brazil | Image: Getty Images/Cultura CF

An object I would never part with is my sketchbook, so I can draw my inspirations immediately, wherever I am. I pick up moleskin ones at L’Arbre à Lettres in Paris. From £8; 62 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris (+331-5333 8323; arbrealettres.com). 

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The last meal that truly impressed me was the turbot at Pierre Gagnaire, at Paris’s Hôtel Balzac. It came with a delicious mousseron mushroom bouillon, olive and tomatillo purée and Comté cheese – plus the company I was in made the moment special. 6 Rue Balzac, 75008 Paris (+331-5836 1250; pierre-gagnaire.com)

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city, I’d choose London’s Savile Row. I enjoy discovering the different shops and talking to the tailors, like Maurice Sedwell, whose “English” cut I admire. I like The Square restaurant for its French cuisine and the contemporary exhibitions at the Halcyon Gallery. Halcyon Gallery, 144-146 New Bond St (020-7100 7144; halcyongallery.com). Maurice Sedwell, 19 Savile Row (020‑7734 0824; savilerowtailor.com). The Square, 6-10 Bruton St (020-7495 7100; squarerestaurant.com).  

The last music I downloaded was the fusion jazz piece Liberty City, by Jaco Pastorius, who was probably one of the last geniuses in music. I recently learnt the song with my band: it’s truly modern and well-written. jacopastorius.com.

The person I rely on for personal grooming is my barber, Steve Tilliet, who is a special guy and has an old-school-style shop. 24 Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes (+331-4328 9113). 

An indulgence I would never forgo is smoking a cigar – a Cohiba or a Dominican Davidoff – previously soaked in a glass of Cognac, preferably from one of the small farms near where I grew up.

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