I first met Ulrich Herzog, Chairman of Oris at an event co-hosted with Watches of Switzerland, in mid 2017.
I didn’t know much about Oris. I didn’t know much about Mr. Herzog. And in hindsight, I probably didn’t need all of those glasses of fizz. But I was having a good time, and the small, but perfectly formed team of Oris folk in attendance made me feel very welcome, and ensured that by the time I left, I had a hankering for something mechanical from Hölstein.
One of the joys of living in this “nation of shopkeepers”, is that as a watch nerd you have easy access to some of the finest goodies the world of horology has to offer.
And whilst I’ve been disabused from the notion that Napoleon ever uttered that turn of phrase, he was a patron of Breguet, who’s Bond Street location is where I found myself earlier this week, sipping espresso and talking type XX chronographs with boutique manager Stuart.
There’s something rather Bertie Wooster about the areas of London known as Mayfair, and St. James. Parts of town that are stuffed with grand architecture, and luxury goods, and ooze the elegance and class of a bygone era, with just a hint of heavy drinking, cigar smoke, and bad behaviour.
Seemingly fitting places to keep bumping into Nicholas Bowman-Scargill, 4th Managing Director and Re-Founder of The Fears Watch Company - who could give old Bertie a run for his money when it comes to dapper dressing, and consumption of Gin and Tonic.
As someone who’s been in the work-from-home world for the last couple of years, early morning commutes are not my strong point. In fact, getting downstairs for the first cup of Yorkshire Gold can often be a challenge.
That said, a little motivation can do wonders - and eggs benedict, with a side order of freshly launched 37mm hand-wound watches from Farer is more than enough to get this watch nerd up and out with the best of them.