Nick Foulkes discusses Patek Philippe and his career

Nick Foulkes discusses Patek Philippe and his career as a historian, writer and internationally recognized authority on culture, art and luxury.

Many of us know Nick Foulkes as a horological expert covering all aspects of the watch industry, in particular Patek Philippe. He has been a contributor, editor and special horological correspondent of the Patek Philippe Magazine for over twenty years, and in 2016 wrote the first, official biography of Patek Philippe. But his interests and extensive knowledge spreads far beyond the hallowed walls of watchmaking. As an historian, writer, journalist and tastemaker, Nicholas Foulkes is an internationally recognized authority on culture, art and luxury lifestyle. He has authored around 30 books including his critically acclaimed trilogy of 19th century histories: Scandalous Society, (a biography of Count d’Orsay); Dancing Into Battle, A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo; and Gentlemen and Blackguards, Gambling Mania and the plot to steal the Derby of 1844.

He contributes to a wide range of newspapers and magazines around the world and is a contributing editor to The FT’s How To Spend It Magazine; a contributing editor to Vanity Fair; a columnist for Country Life and luxury editor of British GQ. He launched and continues to edit Vanity Fair’s twice yearly watch magazine On Time. He also launched and continues to edit Vanity Fair on Art.

In 2007 he was named Havana Man of the Year by the Cuban government, having been nominated for this award on four previous occasions.  He is regularly acknowledged on international Best Dressed Lists (including the most prestigious Vanity Fair Best Dressed List in 2011) and his distinctive, elegant style is eagerly observed.  In 2021 he was appointed President of the Jury for The Foundation of the GPHG (Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève).

He lives in London with his wife and two sons, Max and Freddie who feature in his most recent accomplishment as a social media sensation with Foulkes & Sons. He is a graduate of Hertford College Oxford.

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