Collector, historian, author, newsgroup moderator, watch designer, auctioneer, CEO, distributor, and retailer – which of your roles came first?
My hobby and passion for horology and design has become my vocation. At first it was collecting, then researching/writing, then design, and, only then, distribution.
Being a collector yourself, what makes a watch collectible to you?
First is historical significance. Second is innovation. My interview with Hamilton’s Richard Arbib in the ’80s led to my first published research in Ed Faber’s book. There was no greater innovator in mid-century modern design (movements and cases alike) than Hamilton. My love and research of the Rolex Daytona is a 30-year commitment. The variants are mind-boggling. Designers/thinkers from Hans Wilsdorf and Richard Arbib, to Jack Heuer, Hans Pfeiffer, and Willy Breitling, and living-legend Vincent Calabrese are folks we all aspire to be.
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