You won’t hear of another brand that claims to be emboldened by a culture dating back 2700 years. Inspired by Romanian history, Bvlgari honors their heritage through a contemporary touch and the product lines from jewelries and fragrances to watches.International icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and Princess Grace of Monaco were some of the collectors of Bvlgari watches.
Kishore K Maharjan’s penchant for Bvlgari
After 33 years as a banker (the last 10 years as founding CEO of two banks, Sunrise Bank (2 years) and Civil Bank Limited (2 full tenures), Kishore Maharjan decided to become an entrepreneur. After helping to establish thousands of businesses including hundreds of large projects in all sectors, he started his own projects and is now experiencing the joy of going to banks, sitting on the other side of the table and negotiating with bankers and other bank staff. Kishore Maharjan is an avid watch collector and it gives him great pride to be a collector of Bvlgari watches. He talks to Living about his life and his special association with Bvlgari:
What are some of the current business ventures you are working on?
I have just led a group of investors into investing in a big, new hospital called Star Hospital with majority ownership. I will be chairing this hospital. I am also undertaking the establishment of a cable car project and a full-fledged resort. Besides that I am expanding my restaurant business as well.
In today's world, what are some of the essentials for a man?
There are many essentials a human being would desire to possess. Besides the regular clothes, men would love to have good shoes, good belts (buckles) and good watches. These are the ornaments for men. To add fragrance, pour homme perfumes and after shave lotions are also in a man's list of essentials.
What are some of your luxury possessions?
Well I don't really keep track. But definitely, besides my wardrobe gear, I also love my gadgets. If I have to talk about my wardrobe cum gadget item, then definitely my wrist watches are my luxury possessions.
How important is time in your life?
Time is very important for everyone. Time and tide wait for no one. Hence every action we perform must be done within the predefined time frame. I give top priority to getting things done on time as I have many things to achieve within a very limited active life that we get to live.
When did you start wearing watches and at what age did you first own your luxury watch?
I wore my first watch given to me by my grandfather when I was in Class VI or VII, I don't exactly remember. It was his old winding Swiss watch called Roamer. I think it broke down and I couldn't get it repaired. I bought my first real Swiss Watch, a Rado with a black dialed sapphire glass with scratch proof ceramic band in 1997. 22 years later the watch is still as good as new.
How many luxury timepieces do you own today?
I own about a dozen pieces of luxury time pieces.
What is it about Bvlgari that makes you feel close to this brand?
Bvlgari signifies fashion and luxury. They are famous for glamorous gemstone jewelry, perfumes, leather goods, accessories and luxury watches. Bvlgari is thus one of the few brands that can be associated with both husband and wife.
The slogan of Bvlgari is “Larger than life ". How do you relate this to your personal and professional life?
As I said earlier, this is one brand which can be associated with my wife also in terms of watches and colognes that we both own. These products are an important part of our lives and we love them, hence that justifies the tag line "Larger than Life". Besides that, the watches do act as our oomph factor in our professional lives.
What’s very special about Bvlgari that one cannot find in other brands?
Besides the sophistication, my Bvlgari Octo Maserati Chronograph is a limited edition, dedicated to the famous Italian Car Maserati. It's one of the 1,914 pieces manufactured in 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of Maserati. The watch is supposed to be sold only to Maserati car owners. I must say I am lucky because I own one although I don’t own a Maserati.
Your favorite brand moment with Bvlgari?
The electrifying moment when in one of my important business meetings, the tone of the other party became subdued as he saw my Bvlgari (probably thought I also owned a Maserati.).
How has your perception for Bvlgari changed since you started wearing this?
I started realizing that Class is not born overnight. It takes many decades and centuries to gain. And that's Bvlgari.
What is Bvlgari to you?
A good brand that can further heighten the class in you.
What advice would you give to luxury watch seekers?
Nobody makes luxury watches like the Swiss do. In Switzerland, making a watch is an art, a skill handed down from one generation to the next. Most of the luxury Swiss watch makers carry over centuries of history. And Bvlgari carries over 130 years of history. Make sure you are buying automatic movement watches. Take good care of it for your next generation and maybe even for the one after them.