Edmond comes from an international background. His mother is German / American. She grew up in Berlin and New York. His Father was Lebanese / Egyptian who worked in the film industry and started his own company in Los Angeles in the 1970s. He was a self made man who lived the American dream. He loved beautiful cars and watches.
Edmond currently lives in Zurich. In 1997 he worked for Julius Baer as an equity analyst for three year, before joining Rothschild Bank in 2000. At 30, in 2004 he decided to work independently and manage his own capital. He created “Le Monde Edmond” in beginning 2013. Le Monde Edmond reflects his interest in financial markets, collecting vintage wristwatches and classic cars. Other hobbies of Edmond include: collecting photography, lighters and smoking cigars. Occasionally he can be seen jogging too.
1. Do you remember your first watch?
My very first watch was a CASIO with calculator function. I quickly managed to destroy that. My first expensive watch was an OMEGA Seamaster given to me by my mother at 16. I still have it.
2. The 3 most iconic watch models?
JAEGER LECOULTRE Reverso, PATEK PHILIPPE Calatrava and perhaps the ROLEX Submariner.
3. A noteworthy anecdote with one of your watches?
I currently am enjoying my father’s day date which has been locked up for more than 30 years in a safe. My mother never wanted me to have it as she hated ROLEX and thought it was a watch for uneducated people who are nouveaux riches (newly rich). I then explained that vintage ROLEX is different and maybe slowly she listened. This Christmas she surprised me with my fathers day date that I had played with since I was a child and last saw more than 30 years ago.
4. Are you more modern or vintage?
Mostly vintage. There is something romantic about old watches that have character, a soul and have patina. I always imagine what the watch went through before I bought it. Not to mention that old watches keep their value fare better than modern.
5. I love Speedmasters because …
The history mostly. A Speedmaster belongs to a collection. Full Stop.
6. Your favorite Speedmaster?
2998-1. I am lucky to own a rare example.
7. A single personal item you would take with you for a long stay on the Moon?
My Iphone with WIFI connection. If that is not allowed I would take my Bloomberg terminal to monitor financial markets the whole day. If that is not allowed and an item can be a human being I would take my mother. She is funny and always has something interesting to say.
8. You just won the lottery. Do you first buy a sports car or call a financial advisor?
Well I am my own financial advisor so that an expense I can save on. I have enough sports cars so that’s also not an option. If I won the lottery I think I would do three things: 1) I would walk into a restaurant and tell the waiter to bring the most expensive bottle of wine he has on the menu (I have always secretly wanted to do this – even though I am not that much in to wine). 2) I would go to Art Basel and buy the Rothko I always dreamt of – one with light colors like orange. 3) I would buy my mother the largest Emerald and diamond necklace in the world straight from Columbia. It would be flawless and perfect.
9. Where would you spend the next 24 hours if you had a teleporter?
I would want to be transported back to Rome in 1966 and the evening where my mother met my father.
10. How many times a day do you watch … your watch?
Too many times. That is why I am so unproductive most of the time.
11. The last watch you bought?
Was an OMEGA money clip watch from the 1920`s. It has a beautiful enamel dial and black enamel case. I am thrilled with this watch.
12. What’s on your wrist today?