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INTERVIEW: Stephen Hawking’s Son Talks Time, His Dad, & Limited-Edition Bremont Watch

In close collaboration with the Estate of Stephen Hawking and his family, England’s Bremont watches recently unveiled a new set of limited-edition “Bremont Hawking” watches that includes three men’s models, as well as a women’s piece. The watches are a direct homage to the life, work, and personality of the esteemed astrophysicist who passed away in 2018. Bremont has a history of memorializing “British treasures” in wristwatch form — and the collaboration with the Stephen Hawking Foundation is the latest in an interesting legacy of handsome and emotionally charged timepieces.
My personal interest in Stephen Hawking and his work made my recent conversation with Tim Hawking (son of Stephen Hawking) all the more interesting. I wanted to understand the genesis of the Bremont Hawking watches as well as to imagine the type of watch guy Mr. Hawking might have been. He certainly had his fair share of instances when wearing a nice watch would have been appreciated by his many adoring audiences..

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Interview With James Thompson, AKA Black Badger

HomeInterviewsInterview With James Thompson, AKA Black BadgerInterviewsInterview With James Thompson, AKA Black Badger From watches to coffee to cars and back again… by Rob Nudds June 18, 2020 MIN READInterview With James Thompson, AKA Black BadgerThe watch industry, like its products, has a lot of moving parts. Millions of people around the world play their part in bringing our interest to life. But it is true that some people play a much more visible role in the task than others. Those characters that come to define eras of watchmaking should be championed. They should be listened to, learned from, and respected. Even if they did name themselves after a badger…
If you’ve never met James Thompson, you should probably stick it on your to-do list. I don’t mean in a creepy, stalker kind of way. I mean in a nice, dignified, organic kind of way (like “accidentally running into him” at an event). Please, please, please, do not board a plane for Stockholm and spend weeks traipsing around t..

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Interview — ORIS Co-CEO Rolf Studer And Momotaro’s Katsu Manabe

HomeInterviewsInterview — ORIS Co-CEO Rolf Studer And Momotaro’s Katsu ManabeInterviewsVideoInterview — ORIS Co-CEO Rolf Studer And Momotaro’s Katsu Manabe Talking about their collab: Oris Sixty-Five × Momotaro play video by Robert-Jan Broer June 13, 2020 MIN READInterview — ORIS Co-CEO Rolf Studer And Momotaro’s Katsu ManabeIn this interview with Rolf Studer (Oris co-CEO) and Katsu Manabe (Momotaro), we talk about their new collaboration watch. The Oris Divers 65 Momotaro, with its turquoise dial and denim strap, is the product of these two independent players.
The bi-color (steel and bronze) Oris Divers 65 × Momotaro watch is not a limited edition, but an addition to Oris’s regular collection. We talk to Rolf Studer about doing special edition watches like these, and how these collaborations come to life. Katsu Manabe talks about the denim culture in Japan and how he got in touch with Oris. Both are completely down-to-Earth people as you will discover in our video interview and open ..

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Interview With Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane Weser

HomeInterviewsInterview With Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane Weser InterviewsInterview With Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane Weser Sitting down with ML's MD for a chat by Rob Nudds June 11, 2020 MIN READInterview With Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane WeserI’ve always enjoyed doing interviews. Having the opportunity to pick the brains of industry executives is a real privilege (which you can add to the long list of privileges we as watch reviewers get to enjoy). Normally, we find ourselves asking the same old questions. In these interesting times, however, it is all changed.
Brands are being forced to think, feel, and react. This is undoubtedly the biggest crisis watchmaking has suffered this century. Yes, the financial crash eventually sent shock waves through our world, but it was business as usual. A little choppy, yes, but normal enough to stay the course and keep doing what had always been done.
Those times are gone. We live in a new world. And t..

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Interview With Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane Waser

HomeInterviewsInterview With Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane Waser InterviewsInterview With Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane Waser Sitting down with ML's MD for a chat by Rob Nudds June 11, 2020 MIN READInterview With Maurice Lacroix Managing Director Stéphane WaserI’ve always enjoyed doing interviews. Having the opportunity to pick the brains of industry executives is a real privilege (which you can add to the long list of privileges we as watch reviewers get to enjoy). Normally, we find ourselves asking the same old questions. In these interesting times, however, it is all changed.
Brands are being forced to think, feel, and react. This is undoubtedly the biggest crisis watchmaking has suffered this century. Yes, the financial crash eventually sent shock waves through our world, but it was business as usual. A little choppy, yes, but normal enough to stay the course and keep doing what had always been done.
Those times are gone. We live in a new world. And t..

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Interview With Alon Ben Joseph Of Ace Jewelers, Amsterdam

HomeInterviewsInterview With Alon Ben Joseph Of Ace Jewelers, Amsterdam InterviewsInterview With Alon Ben Joseph Of Ace Jewelers, Amsterdam Amsterdam's premier luxury retailer opens its doors to Fratello by Rob Nudds June 10, 2020 MIN READInterview With Alon Ben Joseph Of Ace Jewelers, AmsterdamIn my career, I have been lucky enough to visit hundreds of top retailers in the Northern Hemisphere. Some I just passed through, picking up information as I went. Others I worked with occasionally, learning a little from each of them. A handful, however, I worked with extensively. Perhaps the retailer I’ve worked with the most is Ace Jewelers in Amsterdam.
During my time with NOMOS Glashütte, we produced two special editions together. Since then, the brand and retailer have produced two more. Our working relationship was always fun, mostly because the team at Ace never sits still. They are always moving, always striving, always looking for a way to get ahead of the curve. As such, I though..

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Interview with Zsolt Csörgő Of 10ora10, Budapest

HomeWatch TalkInterview with Zsolt Csörgő Of 10ora10, Budapest Watch TalkInterview with Zsolt Csörgő Of 10ora10, Budapest It’s Hard To Be A Collector And A Dealer At The Same Time by Tomas Rosputinsky May 05, 2020 MIN READInterview with Zsolt Csörgő Of 10ora10, BudapestZsolt Csörgő says that vintage watches are almost the only practical vintage objects. I will repeat that to myself in the morning, when my 1979 daily beater Honda decides, once again, not to start up.
I travel to Budapest for business a few times a year. Well, I used to until a few months ago, you know… When I had some spare time, I always rushed through the city center streets to visit the charming little vintage watch store 10ora10. While I lurk around the nicely styled displays decorated with framed vintage print ads, the owner of the shop Zsolt Csörgő always pulls out something interesting. Anytime I sport my art deco Tissot with a beautiful patina and sword hands, the eye-popping Bulova, or my obscure fortress Yema ..

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Breitling Blockchain Interview With Antonio Carriero

HomeInterviewsBreitling Blockchain Interview With Antonio Carriero InterviewsBreitlingBreitling Blockchain Interview With Antonio Carriero Breitling's Chief Digital and Technogoloy Officer talks us through this exciting new technogoly by Rob Nudds April 02, 2020 MIN READBreitling Blockchain Interview With Antonio CarrieroThere’s a new kid on the block…chain…
Accompanying the rebirth of the Breitling Top Time (something all of us at Fratello are VERY excited about), is the news of a new digital service available to buyers. To better understand this new blockchain-stored digital passport, I caught up with Antonio Carriero, Breitling‘s Chief Digital and Technology Officer and a member of the senior executive team, the man with all the answers. Welcome, one and all, to the future…

The InterviewRob Nudds: It’s a very exciting time for Breitling with the continued overhaul of the catalog. Everything feels very much on brand. That’s hard to achieve while also being progressive. And now ..

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Fortis — An Interview With Jupp Philipp

HomeInterviewsFortis — An Interview With Jupp Philipp InterviewsFortisFortis — An Interview With Jupp Philipp We sit down with the boss of a surging Swiss brand by Rob Nudds March 31, 2020 MIN READFortis — An Interview With Jupp PhilippJust days before the borders came to a jarring close, I nipped over to Switzerland to meet with Jupp Philipp, owner of Fortis.
Although the trip bought me two weeks in isolation, it turned out to be worth it. So now, Corona-free and enjoying the view from my bedroom window, I’d like to share with you our conversation. Fortis is a fascinating brand with an even more fascinating history. If you’re anything like me, you’ll become more mesmerized by its past the more you learn. And so, should you have any questions of your own, please add them in the comments section below. We’ll do our best to source the answers for you.

The InterviewRob Nudds: Don’t worry. I’m not going to transcribe this interview verbatim, so you don’t have to moderate your language. If..

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Speedy Tuesday — Interview With Collector And Car Racer Nick Boon

HomeSpeedy TuesdaySpeedy Tuesday — Interview With Collector And Car Racer Nick Boon Speedy TuesdayOmegaSpeedy Tuesday — Interview With Collector And Car Racer Nick Boon With a stable of Speedmasters and speed machines, Nick Boon enjoys life in the fast lane by Robert-Jan BroerMarch 17, 2020 MIN READSpeedy Tuesday — Interview With Collector And Car Racer Nick BoonSpeedmasters and racing. The two go together like strawberries and cream. One of the very first advertisements for this chronograph showed a race car driver using his Speedmaster. Although it never had an official role in racing, there are plenty of race car drivers who used the Speedmaster. For this Speedy Tuesday, we talk to Speedmaster enthusiast, collector, and car racer Nick Boon.
Through Instagram, I met with Nick Boon, who’s active under his @watchescarswinecigars account. Take a peek at his account and his love for Speedmasters and car racing is evident. I thought it would be nice to have a little interview with this Sp..