When Yvonne Matejka is not selling luxury local homes or mixing up sick beats at soirees, she’s indulging her secret love for horology.
Rock-star real estate agent by day and fierce DJ by night, Scottsdale’s Yvonne Matejka has another passion—watches. “I got my first watch—a Timex with a gold elastic band—when I was 10,” says Matejka, who has been in real estate since 2016 and moonlights as a DJ at places like SumoMaya and The Saguaro Hotel. “In fact, I still
Matejka’s love affair with tickers really took off during the decade she spent living in Los Angeles. The daughter of Czech immigrants and a self-declared fashionista, Matejka studied at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, then went to work selling watches at high-end jewelers and DJing by night. “I learned a lot working at two jewelers there in Beverly Hills,” she recalls. “One of them carried watches that retailed for a couple million dollars apiece.”
In 2015, she moved back to Scottsdale, where she grew up, and launched her real estate career while continuing her DJ pursuits, as well as writing and creating mixes. “I grew up with music in my house,” she says. “I plan on DJing until I go deaf. I know I’m going to be that grandma DJ—it’s dark in those clubs and nobody will notice.”
From top: Transocean Chronograph, $8,395, Breitling Boutique, Scottsdale Fashion Square, breitling.com; Royal Oak Selfwinding in 18K pink gold case and glareproof sapphire crystal and caseback, $50,500, audemarspiguet.com; and Galactic 29 Sleek with diamonds, from $4,820, Breitling Boutique, Scottsdale Fashion Square, breitling.com.
Between her two pursuits, Matejka always sports one of several luxe watches in her collection, such as a Breitling Galactic with a mother-of-pearl dial and a diamond bezel, a Breitling Transocean chronograph with a black dial, or her Maurice Lacroix with a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond markers. “I love jewelry,” she says, “and I wear my watches instead of bracelets.”
On her wish list? A Richard Mille RM 037 with a black ceramic dial and a rubber strap or an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in pink gold.
In the meantime, Matejka takes care of her watch collection by having the pieces professionally serviced annually. “They’re like little engines,” she explains. “You need to have them cleaned and tuned regularly.” She also avoids stacking bracelets on watches. “I cringe when I see people doing that. It can scratch the watch.”
But does she actually tell time with her watches? “I look at my watch for time and date all the time—especially the date. I work almost every day, so I never know what day it is unless I look at my watch.”
Photography by: Tolga Tuncay/courtesy of matejka; watch photos courtesy of brands