NEW DELHI: Saif Ali Khan always had a fetish for watches and the actor believes his Bollywood career has fanned his obsession to own rare timepieces.
Saif, whose first watch was given to him by his cricketer father Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, says he did not have a watch worth talking about before he joined films.
Now, such is Saif’s fixation with watches that for every project he does, he invests in a timepiece that complements the film and suits the character.
“The collection has grown with the films I have done, especially over the past six to ten years. ForParineeta, which was a period film, I bought a Vacheron Constantin Patrimony and a 1962vintage Omega,” Saif told a magazine in an interview.
The actor, who features on the magazine’s anniversary issue cover, has a massive collection of luxury watches.
“They all have their places… Sometimes just sitting at home, I change my watch three times a day. I like to open the box, clean my watches and admire them. I have few, chunky gold ones that go well with long hair, a dark sun tan and white pair of shorts. But usually, I like very simple watches with leather straps,” he says.
Such is his obsession to own an exclusive timepiece that Saif once bought the Breitling Emergency from a dealer, who was wearing it.
Some of Saif’s favourite watches have been gifted to him by Kareena, his wife, who is not a watch enthusiast but has a keen eye for unique pieces.