How did this passion come about ? My first close encounter with art occurred in 1970, when my parents dragged me with them to Avignon to spend a whole day visiting the Pablo Picasso exhibition. I was 12 years old and I will thank them for that all my life. I can still remember wandering through the coolness of the halls and discovering the blue and pink periods, cubism and lyrical abstraction.
What is your finest memory ? Like all collectors, my passion has opened up extraordinary horizons. My best memory of a discovery is undoubtedly that of Mathieu Mercier. I love his vision of contemporary art, which does not disown older arts and objects, but sets a stage for them, such as this reproduction of painting by Mondrian on recycled cardboard.
Which work is the source of greatest pride ? The three huge paintings (no jets, no sharks) by Olivier Mosset, and in fact the entire exhibition. I purchased it in three steps and took over three years to pay for it. This has resulted in a firm friendship with Olivier, and an unconditional love of minimal pop art.
Which is your favourite museum ? All the contemporary museums are beautiful because of the works they house.
How does this passion influence your career ? My view of things would not be the same without the works of art that surround me. I love the interplay of essential colours, the sophistication and reflection that compose a masterpiece, details, as well as the originality of an artist’s approach. I apply these values to each of the Graham watches we design.
What is your ultimate dream ? A vibrant and joyful place where I could install and admire all the pieces in my collection.