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.”

Stamp of Approval: Andrew’s Serpico Y Laino

In 1966, Serpico Y Laino, a family jeweler considered the “Tiffany & Co.” of Venezuela, closed up shop; the final straw being kidnapping attempts on members of their family and a bomb detonating at one of their store locations. Click-through to read how this ref. 1601 Datejust made it out unscathed and eventually onto Andrew’s wrist…

Hard Work Paid Off: Andrew’s JLC

The feature you’re about to read wasn’t written by me (Nick). The words are by new contributor Andrew Lim, a budding fine timepiece collector who hails from Down Under, but now lives in Chicago. As the inaugural year of Watch Patina winds down, and I anticipate what’s in store for 2016, l’m excited at the possibility of having…

Computer Love: Jason’s Data-2000

When he’s not geeking out over car design or adding to his eclectic watch collection, Jason stays busy running the company he co-founded fifteen years ago. What started off as a web-design firm called 37signals, is now Basecamp – renamed after their popular project management software. I’ve been fortunate to hang out with Jason on a few occasions… The story below is a glimpse of the Jason…

Cleared for Takeoff: Marius’ Breitling Navitimer

Most of us have pastimes that help us strike an oh-so-necessary balance with our work responsibilities and family life. Marius has a work hard/play hard lifestyle. His hobbies run the gamut: from building salt-water fish tanks to riding motorcycles and racing sports cars.  So when the weekend rolls around, he’s never at a loss for how to spend his free time. The next hobby he plans to bravely…

Push(er) Present: Chase’s Omega Speedmaster

This past Sunday I heard the unabridged-version of a delightful story about a special Omega Speedmaster worn by Chase Fancher. Besides running his new-on-the-scene watch company Oak and Oscar – and being a Dad to a one-year old – he’s one of the founders of the #CommonwealthCrew: The Chicago chapter of New York City’s eminent…