“Gstaad is a little town at the base of the Alps where there’s a volleyball tournament every year. It has cobblestone streets and the architecture is beautiful. There are a lot of watch shops; one that I pass by has a window dedicated to Rolexes. I dream about an oversize gold Rolex with a white face, but I have three kids, so I have to find a time when I won’t feel superselfish about buying one. After the Rio Olympics—if we win—I can reward myself then.” Try on these shops for size:
Breguet: The brand known for watches with blue hands (Marie Antoinette wore one) manufactures time- pieces in the nearby Vallée de Joux.
Girard-Perregaux: Haute horlogerie—traditional fine watchmaking—is the specialty of the 224-year-old company. It also offers modern styles such as “The Traveller,” which has a model that indicates the phases of the moon.
Villiger: Run by a third-generation watchmaker, the shop carries pieces from big-name labels, including Rolex, Patek Philippe, IWC, and Tag Heuer
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This story is part of Los Angeles magazine’s March 2015 Great Getaways package