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…

Letter from the Editor

Before we know it we’ll have two years in the game. We’d never have come this far without the brave souls who agreed to be interviewed, the horophiles who can’t get enough or without our contributors who graciously offer their talent. Thank you to everyone for supporting Watch Patina in your own way…

Two-Person Round Table: Auction Antics

I have no interest whatsoever looking at the catalogues put out by auction houses leading up to their high-profile timepieces sales. And I don’t find the bidding wars or eventual hammer prices for said watches amusing. In fact, when I see a post on Instagram related to a watch on the block, I usually scroll right past it…

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.”

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

You don’t just wake up one day and start blogging about watches. To embark on a mission of this sort, which requires persevering through writer’s block and mustering the courage to opine on the watch industry – the subject matter has to be dear to you…

A Re-Evolution for the Community: Pedro Aguiar

Time and again, it comes back to the community for Pedro – this shared love of timepieces, often expressed through cameraphone pictures as art. One look at his feed will show you the multitude of different setups and angles which shed a new light to us about the character of each watch he photographs.

Leading By Example: Doc KickToc

Whether you’re relatively new to the #watchfam or an elder statesman, you’d be hard-pressed to disagree that the watches bring us together, but it’s the people that make it fun and keep us coming back. I think I speak for all of us when I say KickToc makes this hobby fun and keeps us coming back…

American Made: Thomas of Crown & Buckle

Thomas Lathrop, founder of Crown & Buckle, has played a major role in ushering in the NATO revolution. This is the story behind Crown & Buckle; how the idea came about, how the company got off the ground, and how Thomas’ effort – with the support of his family, friends, and the watch community – has made Crown & Buckle the industry standard.

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.

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…

Strength in #s: Mike’s NATO

Usually watchpatina.com features stories behind watches. This time around the story is about a strap. Specifically, that pink-striped NATO strap you’ve been seeing everywhere on Instagram – and for good reason: 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. But just as important as raising money to find a cure, by…