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Audemars Piguet board member and Prestige cover personality Olivero Bottinelli tells us what his most treasured timepieces are.

Previously the managing director of Audemars Piguet Asia, Oliviero Bottinelli stepped down from his executive position in December 2014 after dedicating 19 years of his life to the brand’s growth in the region. As one of the five shareholders of Audemars Piguet, the 43-year-old now sits on the board and puts in place long term plans for the firm. He is also part of its strategic planning team and is involved in product development.
His intimate relationship with the brand certainly has many enviable privileges, one of which is the ability to acquire a remarkable collection of Audermars Piguet watches. The collector of timepieces admits to owning mainly Audemars Piguet watches, the latest addition being a pocket watch from 1925 that is adorned with a rim of baguette-cut sapphires. He spotted that an antiques shop in London and had it authenticated by the Audemars Piguet manufacture.
Even though he admits to being a “true AP man” there are some watches that are not from the esteemed brand,that have made it to his list of favourite timepieces. Prestige discovers the five watches that Bottinelli would never part with.
1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak from 1972: I actually stole this from my father when I was 17. It was right before I left for boarding school in England and he only realised it much later. I still have the watch with me today and it is very important to me for obvious sentimental reasons.
2. Audemars Piguet Perpetual Calendar Skeleton ref 25829PT: I wear this most of the time and I’ve had it for the past 15 years. It’s very sentimental to me because it was the first watch that I bought myself.
3. The two-piece only special version of the first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak concept tourbillon: This watch took four years to develop and it was launched in 2002 during the 30th anniversary of the Royal Oak. There were only 150 pieces and I never thought of acquiring one. However, several years later in 2006, I came across two of its watch kits at APRP (Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi). They could not produce another watch for me because it was meant to be only 150 pieces but I asked them if they could present the two watches differently just for my brother and I. They did it and now we have two concept watches that no one else owns.
4. Gold Eterna watch with Milanese bracelet from the mid 20th century: My grandfather gave this to my father who in turn passed it down to me.
5. Omega Speedmaster Professional from 1969: This was the first watch my father gave me.
Now that Oliviero Bottinelli has stepped down from his executive responsibilities at Audemars Piguet, what’s next in the pipeline for him? Read our interview.