To celebrate the recent release of IWC's Portofino Midsize collection, supermodel and friend of the brand Karolina Kurkova shares her insights on life, time, and living in Miami.
Karolina Kurkova’s watch of choice is the IWC Portofino Midsize Moon Phase Automatic.
Karolina Kurkova is one of the world’s most successful fashion models, most widely known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, Bottega Veneta, and Rag & Bone. In recent years, Kurkova has expanded her résumé to acting, including appearances on 30 Rock and Person of Interest; humanitarian work with several nonprofit organizations such as God’s Love We Deliver and Born Free Africa; and motherhood. In 2012, the Czech native formed a working relationship with the IWC Schaffhausen watch brand while flaunting the timepieces on the red carpet and in print advertisements. A Miami resident for the past two years, Kurkova talks about her growing watch collection, balancing family and career, and finding time for herself.
The IWC watch with self-winding mechanical movement that offers moon-phase display, central seconds, and 42 hours of power reserve. The 37mm timepiece is crafted in 18k white gold and set with diamonds, and is water resistant to 3 bar.
What motivates you to represent a brand? I am always interested when I work with brands to understand their background. If it is something you put on your body, of course it has to be your taste and your style, but even more important is to learn about the people behind it.
Did you collect watches before you got involved with IWC? And what do you think of them now? I had a few watches but wasn’t a big collector. Now I have watches from all of their collections and I enjoy wearing them. I do like a bigger watch, something substantial and tougher; I’m not a girlie girl, but it is nice with the Portofino Midsize to have the option of being more feminine or delicate. You have to appreciate a watch for what it represents—a classic, timeless accessory that helps us guide our lives.
How does time play a role in your life? Time is important—and it is very precious. I feel this especially having a child and a family, and becoming older. With these things, you start to look at time in a very different way. You are always examining how you spend [it] because a day is really only 12 [waking] hours and so you have to make the best of it and be sure you are using it correctly.
What prompted your move to Miami? [My husband, Archie Drury, and I] have a 5 year old, and we started spending more time here when he was 3. [My son, Tobin,] has a lot of energy, and we wanted him to be able to spend time outdoors, so Miami was perfect. Of course, he also travels the world with us on business and when I go back to the Czech Republic to visit family.
Tell us what you love most about Miami. The lifestyle, the weather, being close to the ocean, and being able to spend so much time outside. It is also nice to see all the amazing architects coming here, building museums and hotels. Miami is the place where people want to come to create their next invention because it still has room to grow; there is space. It will be interesting to see what Miami will become in 20 years. Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th St., 305-507-7488