My personal style signifiers are my Crockett & Jones loafers in black or brown leather, and my neutral-coloured, wood glasses by Austrian maker Rolf; I love their simplicity. Crockett & Jones loafers, from £380; crockettandjones.com. Rolf Ami frames from €795; rolf-spectacles.com.
The last thing I bought and loved was a painting by Myanmarese artist Khin Zaw Latt. It is a peaceful portrait of a young girl with a doll that I bought on a trip to the south of France; it hangs in a prime spot in my sitting room.
And the thing I’m eyeing next is a lightweight pair of calfskin-suede Oxfords from John Lobb. These are perfect in warmer weather and for travel, and I admire the quality and workmanship behind the brand. £940; johnlobb.com.
The last thing I added to my wardrobe was an elegant, slim-cut, dark-blue Paul Smith suit with a colourful lining. The watchmaking world is very traditional, but I have a different, more relaxed way of dressing and this suit is both classic and casual. Suits from £685; paulsmith.com.
An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Milan to watch Don Giovanni at La Scala. It was magical and the city is incredibly vibrant; there’s so much creative energy there right now in fashion and design. I especially loved the revitalised Brera district, where one of the highlights was a delicious dinner of spaghetti with lobster at the authentic Osteria di Brera. Via Fiori Chiari 8, 20121 Milan (+3902-8909 6628; osteriadibrera.it).
And the best souvenirs I’ve brought home are red and black lacquerware bowls and boxes from Japan. They were made in the Kanazawa region using a traditional maki-e technique with silver and gold.
The objects I would never part with are my watches. I have my grandfather’s original Heuer, as well as timepieces by Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre and, of course, my Hermès Time Suspended and a 2015 Slim watch. The last one is perhaps the most special because it was the first watch I was involved with from start to finish. hermes.com. jaeger-lecoultre.com. panerai.com.
The best book I’ve read in the past year is Conquering the Impossible: My 12,000 Mile Journey Around the Arctic Circle by the South African-born Swiss explorer Mike Horn. I love the mountains and anything to do with the outdoors, so I found his incredible adventures fascinating.
The people I rely on for personal grooming and wellbeing are my hair stylist, David Gomard, at 2 Heures Plus Tard – I’ve been going to him for years; he knows exactly what to do – and the aestheticians at Aux Soins Auvernier. I get everything done here, from skincare to massages. 2 Heures Plus Tard, Grand’Rue 21, 2072 Saint-Blaise, (+4132-753 0354; 2heuresplustard.com). Aux Soins Auvernier, Rue des Epancheurs 2, 2012 Milvignes (+4132-730 6055; auxsoinsauvernier.ch).
A recent “find” is Kanda, a very small, traditional restaurant in Tokyo. It’s an eight-seat spot in Minato-ku and although it holds three Michelin stars, it is totally unassuming. The sushi and the setting were magnificent and I tried things I wouldn’t have dared to elsewhere. 3-6-34 Motoazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo (+813-5786 0150; nihonryori-kanda.com).
The one artist whose work I would collect if I could is Jean-Michel Basquiat. His use of colour is just sublime. He was a bit of a tortured soul and gave everything to his paintings; you can feel it.
An indulgence I would never forgo is a good Cuban cigar, once a week. I am partial to Partagas No 4s and Cohibas. I’m usually very healthy, so this is my one treat. Cohiba, from £12.40; Partagas No 4, from £21.50; James J Fox, 19 St James’s Street, London SW1 (020-7930 3787; jjfox.co.uk).
My favourite website is LeFigaro.fr, for all the news of the day. But in general I use apps, especially AccuWeather, which is indispensable when I’m travelling.