Tidlos Craft had the pleasure to connect with Mohammed in Saudi Arabia. He established one of the leading Instagram accounts @bluepatek focused on his passion for Patek Philippe. We hear about his perspective on culture in Saudi Arabia, his watch journey and his philosophy on sharing beauty as he sees it.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut, Photo Courtesy of @bluepatek
Tidlos Craft: It’s a great pleasure to connect with you Mohammed.
@Bluepatek: Thank you very much guys, the pleasure is mine.
TC: Where are you from?
@Bluepatek: I’m from Saudi Arabia, from Khobar. I grew up and studied here.
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, Photo Courtesy of Mercure Hotels
TC: What work are you involved in?
@Bluepatek: I studied English Language in a Community College and completed my Bachelor in Civil Engineering. I’m a foodie guy so I’m in the process of opening my own cafe and restaurant.
TC: What was your first watch?
@Bluepatek: I wore a Mickey Mouse watch when I was 5 years old. It was a blue one and it was my daily watch. I wore it to know when I could leave school (haha).
TC: Did your family have watches?
@Bluepatek: My mother has worn a Datejust since 1998, she never removed it. My father owns an Omega, however he doesn’t wear it often. My parents are not that much into horology.
TC: How did your interest in watches start?
@Bluepatek: I’m not that sure when it started. I bought my first watch when I was 13 years old. It was a Raymond Weil watch and I wore it until I graduated from Elementary School. Since 2014 I have been collecting extensively, buying pieces whenever my funds permitted it.
TC: What fascinates you about watches?
@Bluepatek: I want to know every single detail about a watch, in and out. I like the finishing, the details and the specialities that artisans put into them. I like to put the loop on them and always get the feeling of opening them and looking at every single piece. However I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to put it back together (haha). In the future I’m interested in having an education in that field.
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph, Photo Courtesy of @bluepatek
TC: What other major brands besides Patek Philippe have you purchased?
@Bluepatek: I’m into Omega and Rolex. I purchased my first Omega, a Seamaster, with a blue Dial. I also bought a Datejust, my first Rolex. I later expanded my collection with a Submariner, a 116610LV with a Green Dial and the Rolex GMT-Master II "Batman" 116710BLNR.
Rolex Datejust, Photo Courtesy of @bluepatek
Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman” 116710BLNR, Photo Courtesy of @bluepatek
Rolex Submariner 1160 LV, Photo Courtesy of @bluepatek
TC: What other brands are you into?
@Bluepatek: I’m into watches. I don’t have any specific brand. I wanted something more fashionable so I purchased my first Hublot Classic Fusion black ceramic with blue dial. And I also own a Panerai PAM 00664, with a Titanium case and a brown dial, subseconds on the 9.
Hublot Classic Fusion Ceramic Blue Chronograph, Photo Courtesy of Hublot
In 2017, I saw in Bahrain a Royal Oak of which only 200 pieces were made, it is in frosted white gold with blue dial. It was designed by Carolina Bucci. Later I bought it from Dubai.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold 41mm, Photo Courtesy of Monochrome Watches
Read On, The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold
TC: What Patek Philippe pieces have you purchased?
TC: Since when are you into Patek Philippe?
@Bluepatek: I have known about Patek Philippe since I was 8 years old. I remember going to the Mall with my mother so that she could service her watch. I asked the sales person if there is any other brand better than Rolex and he answered Patek Philippe. I forgot about it and remembered it only two years later when I saw my uncle wearing one. Since then Patek Philippe has been on my mind.
TC: Is there a watch that you wear often?
@Bluepatek: I try to treat them equally, like children.
TC: Where do you buy watches?
@Bluepatek: I buy them in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and wherever I have connections. I avoid the aftermarket.
TC: What are your plans with your collection?
@Bluepatek: I want to keep collecting. I’d like to become one of the most important collectors in the Middle East.
TC: Are you connected to the watch groups in Saudi?
@Bluepatek: I’m connected to a few groups. Arab Watch Community and one in English. We try to meet regularly however these days with Covid it is a bit difficult.
TC: When did you start your Instagram Account?
@Bluepatek: I started my Instagram Account in 2018. I believe if you have a passion for something you can do it. I focus on my passion. I believe that’s it not only about owning the watch but rather about the perspective that one can bring into the conversation. I like sharing the beauty as I see it.
Mohammed and His Vacheron Constantin, Photo Courtesy of @bluepatek
TC: How do you learn about the watch sector?
@Bluepatek: I try to read extensively online. Mister Google is the best. I also purchased a few books about horology in Arabic.
As a watch lover you need to extend your knowledge into other brands. It helps to see the differences between the finishing and the quality of the watches. This will help you discover even more things about the brand you love. Only if you move to another brand can you expand your perspective.
TC: What is your philosophy when collecting?
@Bluepatek: I do buy what I like. I follow my passion and not the hype. I buy what I like and what suits me.
TC: Is there a holy grail?
@Bluepatek: There are too many to count. The Grande Sonnerie Ref. 6301P from Patek Philippe. The Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin from Audemars Piguet and the Overseas Perpetual Calendar Skeleton from Vacheron Constantin.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, Photo Courtesy of Monochrome Watches
Overseas Perpetual Calendar Skeleton from Vacheron Constantin, Photo Courtesy of Monochrome Watches
TC: What should other people know about Saudi Arabia?
@Bluepatek: Saudi people are very friendly and very emotional. Arab people in general are very emotional people. I believe the greatest danger in the world is anger and less education. If people get enough education, many problems can be solved. In the Covid situation, our government asked all foreigners and locals to stay home, and guaranteed that their salaries would be fully paid. Vaccines are available to everyone, equality between people is important.
TC: What are your recommendations to visit Saudi Arabia?
@Bluepatek: You are more than welcome to visit, there are too many places to see and great food to taste. If you love food you need to visit us.
TC: Thank you so much Mohammed for finding the time to speak to us.
@Bluepatek: Thank you very much. I like your approach. I think we need more of these kinds of interviews. Social media can sometimes be boring, no relationships and no real connections.