Sharon Cuneta's Watch Collection Is Vintage, Diamond-Encrusted, and Very Expensive
Sharon Cuneta has finally granted her fans' requests to show in her vlog her collection of luxury watches.
On Wednesday, September 16, the Megastar did share some of her most favorite and sentimental timepieces. She opened with a caveat, "That's not to brag. That's the truth and that's my life... Usually, what I buy are investments."
Cuneta added she got her passion for watches from her late father Pablo Cuneta, further saying, "And so I've shown you some sentimental pieces and why they're important and, some, just because I love them." Here are the favorite luxury watches of the actress, singer, host, and endorser.
Omega Vintage 1950s
The first watch Cuneta shares with fans is a diamond-studded vintage 1950s Omega. However, she had the dial replaced with one from Rolex.
Explaining, she says, "This was my dad's first gift to my mom so it's an antique. It's an antique Omega. "Nung nasira po, pinilit ko pong magpahanap nung face niya, yung dial niya. Wala na pong mahanap pero we were able to find a Rolex na kapalit. But what's important it that it was my mom's and it's with me and it came from my dad. I think 1956 binigay sa kanya ito so it's really meaningful to me."
Corum Vintage 1970s
Again from her dad, Cuneta received a 1970s Corum watch as a gift. Corum is a high-end watch brand from Switzerland.
The 54-year-old actress and host says, "He didn't tell me it was precious. See the wrist is so small because he gave this to me when I was in fourth grade." Cuneta initially wanted to replace the strap of the watch to fit her wrist but eventually decided to keep it as it is.
She narrates, "I brought this to Zurich with me when I had my concert in Europe, which was in 2011 or 2012, I think. I wanted to have it refurbished kasi luma na siya. Ang liit-liit ng wrist ko kasi grade four nung binigay niya 'to sa akin... Sabi nila, 'Don't touch it because they don't make them like this anymore.' So iba ang craftsmanship na pumasok dito."
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1950s
Cuenta has also kept her late mom Elaine Gamboa's vintage Girard-Perregaux. Her mom got this watch around the year 1950. She's yet to find the right occasion to wear this dazzling watch. She says, "I haven't really worn it. It has diamonds and sapphires on the side."
Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier
Cuneta has another of her mom's watches, a Ballon Bleu de Cartier. The TV host and endorser says that it was her own gift to her mom, and that they bought it at the Cartier boutique in Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, a few years before Mom Elaine passed away.
She remembers, "This is what she wanted, and now it fits me perfectly. I was surprised because usually mommy would choose something blingy-er, yung mas maraming bato. I love it because I love white gold and platinum very much. It's set in white gold with diamonds on the dial."
Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Automatic 36mm 18-Karat Pink Gold, Alligator, and Diamond Watch
Cartier Santos de Cartier Vintage 1980s
Cuneta's first-ever luxury watch that she bought on her own is a 1980s Santos de Cartier. She does not mention the specific style of her Santos de Cartier watch, but according to the brand's website, its price ranges from $6,850 (approximately P333,000) to $63,500 (approximately P3.08 million) depending on the materials used.
She does mention that she wore this watch while working on a movie with former husband Gabby Concepcion. "You will see this in the poster of Sa Hirap At Ginhawa, my movie with Gabby then when we were newly married."
Cuneta bought her first Rolex watch in 1986—a Rolex Datejust in steel and gold. She recalled, "KC was just a baby. I went to Hong Kong with by best friend Anna and her family. And at the Duty Free shop nung pauwi na ng Pilipinas, ilang beses pa ako umikot bago ko binili ito, kasi I thought, 'Ang mahal naman, relo lang.' It's a steel and gold Rolex. A starter Rolex. A starter would be the steel, but this is a steel and gold with no stones at all, nothing. It's so precious to me, and I've taken care of it over the years."
Her second Rolex watch is a 1980s Lady Datejust in gold with diamonds on its dial.
Her third Rolex is also a 1990 Datejust in platinum with a diamond-studded black dial.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Beach Special Edition
Aside from her collection of Datejust watches, Cuneta also loves this Rolex Daytona watch with a mother-of-pearl dial and pink lizard straps. She recalls buying this after seeing it in a magazine.
As Sharon tells it, "This one I saw in a magazine ad. It was a full-page ad. I took a picture of it and I used it as my phone wallpaper. And I said to my friend who was leaving for Hong Kong, 'Can you look for this watch? I'm so in love with it kasi it's pink.' It has a pink strap."
The actress wore this timepiece for the 1996 movie Madrasta. She recalls, "In Madrasta, I wore this in the ending of the movie. Remember? When Christopher and I kissed. Among all my watches, this was the one Christopher de Leon noticed." It currently has a price of $9,040 or approximately P439,000, according to chrono24.com.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.