Family Business On Cruise Control

Jason and Mike didn’t grow up intending to carry on the business their dad started. But in 2010, when their dad passed away, they felt compelled to put their careers on hold and take the wheel of Albany Auto, Inc. The brothers have a pride in ownership, including exceeding customer’s expectations, that has kept the garage thriving – and would make their dad proud…

Travel Essential: Oak & Oscar Sandford

On an early bird Amtrak train from Washington, DC to New York I sat across from Chase and chatted with him about the newest member of the Oak & Oscar family – the Sandford. As we sipped lukewarm McDonald’s coffee and watched landscapes and cityscapes whiz by, Chase opened up to me about the journey he’s been on and the dream he’s living right now.

Photo Report: RedBar Chicago

If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for reminiscing and documenting backstories. The pictures in this post do just that. They were taken by various members of the Commonwealth Crew over the past (almost) two years. Some were shot with cameras, but most with just a cameraphone. But what they all have in common is they were all shot in the presence of friends and all “for the love of Horology.”

Full Set: Limited Edition Laurent Ferrier – Enamel Dial of North America

Laurent Ferrier is grateful for the support from business partners, enthusiasts, and collectors, especially in the United States. To recognize this market, Laurent Ferrier has manufactured – for the second time – a very-limited timepiece as a tribute to the USA – a Galet Traveller with an exquisite, hand-applied cloisonné champlevé dial featuring North America. This special Limited Edition USA Enamel Dial has recently been delivered to select boutiques, including Swiss FineTiming, which has one of the 10 pieces.

Full Set: Steel Laurent Ferrier No. 1

Daniel showed me a particular Laurent Ferrier Galet Micro-Rotor – pointing out its steel case. This particular watch represents the first time Ferrier put together a steel case and red gold dial. That’s why the caseback is engraved “No. 1” to signify the first rendition of this combo – for Swiss FineTiming.

Winning Bid: Leslie Hindman Fine Timepieces

Over the past three years Leslie Hindman has grown the fine timepieces arm of their business by separating watches from their jewelry sales. Traditionally they hold two Fine Timepiece auctions a year. The response to timepieces-only auctions, from both existing and new clients, has been overwhelming. So much so that this year they’re having a third sale, which is happening next week, on Monday December 7th.

Manual Drive: Andrew and Astor & Banks

Andrew will tell you, “I’m married, I have a baby… you have to go [to watchmaking school] for two years straight, and I don’t have that option.” But with Andrew, if there’s a will, there’s a way. And he found such a way to pursue his curiosity about watch movements – and assembly – all while keeping his day job, and never enrolling in a formal horology curriculum. His resourcefulness turned into a watch company, Chicago-based Astor & Banks.