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After an accomplished career in the energy industry, European native and a long-time resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, Laurent Martinez, is now following his passion for fine watches with the opening of his exclusive ‘Laurent Fine Watches' a highly curated selection of Vintage, Contemporary and Women’s luxury timepieces available online or by appointment.
Laurent, who has spent more than three decades studying and collecting historically important timepieces, will work with clients to source unique one-of-a kind pieces. This move from hobby to business venture underlines his commitment to horology.
To source the pieces for his collection, Laurent travels to Europe regularly in search of unique timepieces with historically significant stories. While the history of horology spans over two centuries, Laurent is particularly fond of vintage watches from the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s, and 1960’s—which is clearly reflected in the watches he offers for sale with unavoidable brands such as: Omega, Rolex, Longines, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger Lecoultre, Audemars, Piguet, Cartier and alike de luxe timepieces.
“C’était maintenant ou jamais“. Aux portes de la cinquantaine, Laurent Martinez a fait le grand saut. Depuis le mois de janvier, cet ancien chef d’entreprise dans le domaine des énergies a décidé de vivre de sa passion : les montres de collection. Une seconde vie, après une carrière épanouie dans d’autres domaines, bien loin du “tic tac” qu’il apprécie tant.
Il y a plus de vingt ans, Laurent Martinez s’installe à Greenwich dans le Connecticut où il travaille pour une société d’information financière. En 2002, il fonde sa propre boîte, dans le domaine des services en ressources humaines, avec pour objectif de “fournir des ingénieurs dans le monde entier pour des grands projets pétroliers, soit comme chasseur de tête, soit via de l’assistance technique”, explique Laurent Martinez, qui continue à gérer cette entreprise.
Au bout d’une dizaine d’années, le spécialiste en énergies fossiles sent le vent tourner et se réoriente en partie vers le renouvelable. “En 2013, le prix du pétrole a commencé à chuter. J’ai commencé à regarder l’industrie des énergies vertes, un secteur qui est malheureusement très compliqué, qui varie selon les politiques de l’environnement, explique Laurent Martinez. Ce n’était pas exactement ce que j’espérais. Il faut constamment trouver des fonds, ce qui rend le domaine instable”.
We are delighted that due to the success of our Collector’s World series, we have extended our coverage across the globe. So it is with great pleasure that our next collector is Laurent Martinez from the United States of America. After an accomplished career in the energy industry, European native and a long-time resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, Laurent, is now following his passion for fine watches with the opening of ‘Laurent Fine Watches’ a highly curated selection of Vintage, Contemporary and Women’s luxury timepieces.
Laurent admits he has a great desire for collecting fine vintage and contemporary watches. He has collected, studied, cherished, and worn so many timepieces throughout his life that he can truly say that he has a great love and appreciation for them. We are delighted to be able to share them with you.
MWM: Where does your interest in watches originate from?
LM: My love for luxury watches began at a young age in Paris where I spent time in an auction house, where I was fortunate to have the city’s leading auctioneer as my mentor. This experience opened my eyes to an extraordinary world and instilled in me a profound appreciation of beauty, exceptional craftsmanship, and technical mastery. Amongst all the luxury products I was privileged to encounter, it was the watches that really resonated with me.
After an accomplished career in the energy industry, European native and long-time resident of Greenwich, Laurent Martinez, is following his passion for fine vintage watches.
After having spent over three decades studying and collecting historically important timepieces, Laurent has launched his company Laurent Fine Watches and accompanying website, laurentfinewatches.com
The move from hobby to business venture underlines his commitment to horology.
To source the pieces for his collection, Laurent travels to Europe regularly in search of special timepieces with historically significant stories.