For refined connoisseurs, collectors and investors
Three generations of dynamic high-end vintage wristwatch and antique jewellery collectors, lie at the heart of the Italian family business Bernardini Milano. Headed by Max Bernardini and celebrated by the world’s most knowledgeable and refined connoisseurs collectors and investors, Bernardini Milano offers a collection of the most covetable vintage pieces.
A beautiful collection of special and rare Louis Vuitton, Goyard and Hermès trunks, luggage and accessories, either in their original splendour or customized into singular collectable objects like humidors, watch holders and many more beautiful objects is in continuous development for our esteemed clientele.
A bespoke service, handcrafted in Italy by the best artisans, is also available for clients who wish to own a truly authentic and bespoke piece of history.
Walking to my store... a Covid Story.
By Max Bernardini
As every morning since the sever Covid-19 lockdown measures were lifted, I walk to my store. Stores and cafes have reopened and I meet a legion of masked individuals focused on the effort of creating a new normality. The local baker waves at me and scent of fresh bread and focaccia puts a smile on my covered face. It’s my neighborhood...everyone knows me, and I know everybody. I feel a new sense of pride.
As every morning I ring the bell and walk into Bernardini and my staff greet me with hidden smiles. I look around and I’ve missed this place so much in these passed months. The light, the textures, the stories...every single item in these almost four hundred square meters is linked to a memory, an anecdote.
There’s a photo shoot today which stages this place in an even more striking way! “Another day at the office”, I think...but then a gun is pointed to my forehead and I’m back to reality! No fever, so I’m allowed into my office.
I look around and I’ve missed this place so much in these passed months.
For the first time, I don’t sit at my desk, but I place myself in front, where my friends and customers usually sit. I look out the window in silence while our butler brings my espresso and see what you, my clients see. Santa Maria delle Grazie stands imposing framed by a cloudy sky. I feel overwhelmed by it majesty and beauty...its been there since before the Americas were discovered at the end of the fifteenth century. It witnessed the Plague of 1630, and sailed through the harsh Austrian and French occupation during seventeenth and eighteenth century.
Even when the Napoleonic army used the sacred chambers of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” as stable, it stood there. Solid yet elegant. Not even the British RAF could make it lower it’s head when heavily bombed it in 1943. It’s been there and will be there no matter what.
I’m humbled and inspired now, so allow me a bit of arrogance in sharing these feelings with you as custodians of beauty, elegance and culture. My team and I welcome you to be part of this unique privileged spot of the world.
Welcome back to Milano. Welcome back to Italy. Welcome back to Bernardini.