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avid Tufts has a passion for collecting watches, and it began the day be purchased his first Filitz, an obscure brand. After graduating from the Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, David flew to Germany to join the USS Wasp, an aircraft carrier, to assume duties as a communications officer. One wouldn’t expect a young Navy ensign to purchase a piece of jewelry on one of his assignments, but David offered 50 bucks to a jeweler for that simple statement piece with an ultrathin black crocodile strap before he departed on his first ship. His life-long hobby began that very moment. Before becoming a Navy ensign, David grew up in Old Greenwich, Connecticut, after his family made a move from Medford, Massachusetts when he was two years old. A former Tufts home in Medford is the oldest brick house in America, built by Peter Tufts in the 1670s, and was later sold. In 1848 Tufts College was founded because Charles Tufts gave Medford land to The Universalist Church with the stipulation that the church found a college, although no one in the Tufts family actually attended Tufts University. History runs in David’s blood, you could say, and on his wrist. Shortly after returning home from the Navy, David began working as the head of sales for the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Then, he moved to Merrill Lynch in Washington and later Oppenheimer in 1981 in New York, where he recently ended his career running the largest wealth management office for 30 years. Now, his time is primarily focused on expanding his “wearable

art” collection. Most of his pieces were acquired from auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s and from private dealers as well as from foreign catalogues. It was actually on one of his travels to London that David was introduced to his favorite antique watch boutique, which is located in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. A fellow watch collector working at a watch store on London’s Portobello Road recommended that David pay a visit to Central Watch when he returned home. Sure enough, the London watch collector was right. David still visits Central Watch and always makes sure to “ask for the good stuff ” that they keep hidden in the safes. “I don’t necessarily think men should be wearing a lot of jewelry, except for a watch and a ring,’ says David. “A watch is the most important piece of jewelry for a man. Simple is elegant.” As David’s collection continues to grow, now consisting of 50 to 60 luxury timepieces, including vintage watches made by Rolex, Piaget, Patek Phillipe, Tiffany, Cartier, Movado, and many more, he finds joy in gifting his personal pieces to his two daughters and close family members. David currently lives in a beautiful penthouse loft in NoHo as well as in the Hamptons and Santa Barbara, where he enjoys spending his time donating to charity, sailing on his 40-foot German sloop, skiing with his two daughters and their families, and attending Burning Man with his partner Cris Dovich, who is a voice-over actor. “I think I live a very simple life. I’m not very ostentatious, but I do like beautiful things and don’t take life too seriously.” Social Life

Photography by Andrew Werner

By Braden Bradley

Social Life - August 2016 - Beth Stern  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons. Celebrating 13 years of print. This issue features Beth Stern.

Social Life - August 2016 - Beth Stern  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons. Celebrating 13 years of print. This issue features Beth Stern.