Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'I HAVE A WATCH FOR SHOREDITCH AND ONE FOR MYKONOS' A Fan of the Finer Things in Life, Made in Chelsea's Mark-Francis Vandelli Is an Avid Collector of Timepieces from Bulgaris to Cartiers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'I HAVE A WATCH FOR SHOREDITCH AND ONE FOR MYKONOS' A Fan of the Finer Things in Life, Made in Chelsea's Mark-Francis Vandelli Is an Avid Collector of Timepieces from Bulgaris to Cartiers

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Byline: Mark-Francis Vandelli ; Teo Van Den Broeke

IF IMELDA Marcos and Nicky Haslam had ever reproduced, Mark-Francis Vandelli would be the result. The Italo-Russian socialite has for the past eight series stolen the show in Made in Chelsea, the scripted reality show following London's Sloanes. "It's great! It's about criticising other people. I love being able to vent."

His life is a whirlwind of fashion parties in Paris and London, weekends in Cannes and afternoons splurging on Sloane Street. He has some 350,000 Twitter followers, 250,000 fans on Instagram and a publishing deal. "It's just a book full of beautiful things and some witty remarks," he says.

He's just moved into a "cosy" secondhome apartment, a stone's throw from the Kensington townhouse his grandmother gifted him "years ago". Inside, there are a pair of antique elephant tusks on the mantlepiece and his wardrobe is packed with Tom Ford-era Gucci, endless cashmere, more than 50 pairs of sunglasses and 20 fur coats.

Vandelli's fabulous existence is matched by his watch collection. He owns 16 timepieces, including some beautiful dress watches. "I like to buy a watch a year, because by the time you're 50 you've got around 40 watches. It shows the way your taste and your budget evolves."

He adds: "The next watch is going to be a complication watch, something really beautiful and subtle. Maybe a Patek Philippe."

Teo Van Den Broeke my watch wardrobe 1 Bulgari Bulgari Chrono 42 Bought on holiday in Rome.

"When I was 16 my grandmother gave me the first prototype of the Bulgari Bulgari, which the Bulgari family had given her in the 1950s. I think it's one of the only ones that was actually handengraved around the bezel. I used to row at school and I ended up in the river wearing that watch. That's the reason why I got this bigger one, the full-size Bulgari Bulgari. …

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