This Watch Connoisseur Shares Pieces Worth Investing In 

Let’s Face It, You Need a New Watch

Name: Leyla Finkle

Job Title: General Manager, Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelers
Resident of: Aliso Viejo
Local Living: 47 years


Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend

My favorite watch has to be my 36mm Rolex Datejust with a diamond bezel and Arabic diamond markers. It’s large enough to look contemporary, but classic enough to go anywhere. Swiss Watch Gallery is the newest Rolex official jeweler in Orange County.


Stand Out Leyla Finkle

My favorite place for unique clothing is C-Dobbs in Newport Beach. I like that it is family-owned (like our stores in Mission Viejo and Brea). Owner Carol does a great job of stocking brands and styles you won’t see at chain stores—this includes my favorite line of modern and timeless knitwear from Monique Du Rock (Sexy and fun!).

Hidden Gem Leyla Finkle

I think south Orange County’s best-kept secret is Wineworks for Everyone in Mission Viejo. It’s super cozy and comfortable and has a great selection of both California and International wines as well as an amazing farm-to-table-inspired menu. Try the brie fondue with a glass of champagne—your troubles will literally melt away. If you are looking to really indulge, the rack of lamb and Mediterranean sea bass are phenomenal!


My Absolute Favorite!

Arthur Torossian has been designing one-of-a-kind jewelry for Swiss Watch Gallery for over 40 years. His talents go back to designing elaborate jewels for the President of Liberia and many prominent people over the years. When I’m looking for something more casual, I love the sterling silver artistry of John Hardy; his jewelry is hand-crafted in Bali and uses traditional and sustainable materials and methods—it’s perfect for our California-chic lifestyle.


Must-Have Orange County Watch Stores

My all-time favorite timepieces are the Ulysse Nardin Freak line (They have no hands or crown!)—it’s considered the most innovative brand. Worn by celebrities like Quentin Tarantino, Michael Jordan and Hugh Jackman, they are a true watch connoisseur’s brand—even Jeff Bezos, who could afford any watch, wears a Ulysse Nardin! Kobe Bryant had several in his collection. 


Treat Yourself

What I love about Swiss Watch Gallery is that there’s something for every type of personality and budget! We have so many loyal clients that have turned into amazing friendships. It makes my job a pleasure!

Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelers
Brea Mall | Shops at Mission Viejo


Make It Last a Lifetime

For a classic and timeless favorite, I love the Cartier—recognized as the first Tank watch ever, its design embodies so much romance and history.   


Timeless Classic Leyla Finkle

Another favorite watch is the Girard Perregaux Tourbillon with three gold bridges (It won the grand prize over the Eiffel Tower at the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris!).


 Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar 

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