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Spencer speaks

Audemars Piguet watches, drinking at the Coq d'Argent and crashing boats: Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews talks to Mark Hedley about style, women, vices and motors.

ON CARS...

My father – despite not being that flash – has a red Ferrari 430 in Monaco. Out there though, it’s not that out of the ordinary.

I really enjoyed driving a Porsche on the show: it’s basically a glorified go-cart. It was so much fun to thrash around the road. You feel like you have complete control of it – like it’s an extension of yourself. Some of the big supercars can be slightly daunting once you get to a certain level. My friend lost control of his Lamborghini while I was in the passenger seat – he came off several barriers and completely totalled it.

The first time I drove a car I was about 15 and in St Barths, I didn’t have a licence and I was pretending to a girl that I was a professional racing driver. I came over a hill too fast and smashed into a barrier. It was not the most successful first outing.

ON BOATS...

I was co-piloting in a professional powerboat race when we crashed. I dislocated both my shoulders and ended up underwater. We flipped the boat at just under 100mph. It all happened really quickly – but I remember thinking at the time, ‘this is lights out’.

ON WATCHES...

I’ve just bought an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Titanium. I have an AP Royal Oak Offshore Safari, too – with a cream face and crocodile-skin strap; this was my first real watch. I also own a Rolex Deepsea and a Rolex Daytona in rose gold.

ON SEDUCING WOMEN...

The secret is a sense of humour and entertainment value. It certainly explains how some comedians get laid. People have walls – you need to break those walls with some light humour. An element of bad-boyness helps, too. Women are attracted to danger. Not that I’m dangerous. Or maybe I am…?

ON GOING OUT IN THE CITY...

I used to enjoy a drink at the Coq D’Argent – it’s great in the summer. Brasserie Rocque is a nice pub – I like the Broadgate Circle area as it’s got a real community feel to it.

ON NIGHTCLUBS...

Boujis is like a home away from home for me, which makes me sound really old but I was just going there illegally when I was younger. I don’t go clubbing in London much more these days as I think I overcooked it back in my Veneer days.

Mark Hedley caught up with Spencer for our March 2014 style issue to talk about the his early days in the City and his role on E4's Made in Chelsea. Read the full article here. Photographs by David Harrison.

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