David Macklovitch’s Manhattan apartment is impeccable. Note the redwood dining table, the Noguchi coffee table, the spoils of the career of a one-time Ivy League academic-turned-touring musician in a cheeky funk duo that will make you long for a packed and sweaty dance floor.
“I became interested in these select material possessions that you can keep for a long time, pass on to other people, and that have a timeless, vintage quality about them,” Macklovitch says. “I was always into record collecting, I always loved vintage cars as a kid. With AAA UK super clone watches, I liked the craftsmanship and I wanted to learn more about that. So there was enough mystique and aura around the world of 1:1 best replica watches, and not to mention that it had been inaccessible to me growing up, that made me want to delve into it.”
Macklovitch (stage name: Dave 1) doesn’t just collect nice things; he wants you to know about them, to strike up a conversation with him or another enthusiast or just some other person you see out and about wearing or reading something you’re into. It stands to reason that the Chromeo singer-guitarist, who had to give up a promising career in academia (he was teaching and finishing his Ph.D. in French Literature and Literary Theory at Columbia when the video for Chromeo’s excellent single “Night By Night” crashed onto the indie-sleaze internet) should value curiosity. It also stands to reason that a musician who only uses period-appropriate drum machines and synthesizers would have an aesthetically consistent Swiss made super clone watches collection.
“When I was a professor, what I loved about teaching literature was, nobody needed me. You can read books all day. You don’t need me. But I love it because once somebody gives you a class, let’s say on the work of literature, it heightens your enjoyment of it and your understanding of it,” Macklovitch says. “With top fake watches it’s the same thing. You can collect them. You can have all the mood boards or the physical objects in the world, but when you read more about history, context, references, aesthetics, mechanics, your appreciation is heightened. And all of a sudden things become more beautiful, more enjoyable, more meaningful.”
Read on to peek into his collection – and see one other beautiful, meaningful object.
Super Clone Rolex “Red” Submariner ref. 1680 Watches
Macklovitch picked up this piece in 2017, initially drawn to the ’70s vibe and the subtle but special red dial text, which he considers the ultimate conversation-starter. In his mind, the difference between a Red Sub and any other luxury Rolex Submariner super clone watches is like the difference between a Range Rover with a 4-liter engine and one with a 4.6. If you know, you know. “There’s a very famous Jay-Z ad-lib,” he says. “It’s in my all-time favorite Jay-Z song, ‘Imaginary Players.’ At the very end of the song, he imitates somebody coming up to him like, ‘I’m in my 4.6 and you’ll be in your 4.0,’ and then you’re coming up to me and you’re like, ‘what’s the difference between a 4.0 and a 4.6?’ And then Jay goes, ‘30 to 40 grand.’”
He’s not precious about the Rolex copy watches for sale, even if it is the Submariner equivalent of a 4.6. “These things are made to be worn,” he says “If they made this for a pilot on a plane or a deep-sea diver, you can wear it as somebody who’s DJing or playing for an hour. I think that’s the elegance. When you see someone who’s really elegant, in my view, they’ll wear nice things, but they look like they’re lived-in.”
Replica Cartier Santos Carrée Date, ref. 2961 Watches
“Those French elegant staples, I’ve always been into,” Macklovitch says. French is his first language and he’s spent a lot of time in France, so a piece from Swiss movements Cartier super clone watches seemed almost inevitable. He initially wanted a Tank but it just wasn’t a match. He picked this piece up in 2018, favoring its smaller profile that sits elegantly on the wrist. “This one has this kind of seventies chunkiness to it. The square edges, there’s this kind of retro about it that I like. I’d wear this one with a suit. It works if you dress it up. It’s just beautiful.”