The Horological Minute

With The Horological Minute, Eric Ku and 10 Past Ten engage in a fascinating dialog with collectors and members of the watch industry, as they discuss anything and everything about watches. Think of it as the Proust Questionnaire for the watch aficionado.

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Giorgia Mondani
Giorgia Mondani was born into the world of collecting Rolexes. Her father is the famous Guido Mondani, a world renown publisher and collector of vintage Rolexes. At a young age, Giorgia released too that her life passion was in watches and publishing. She has worked with her father for many years and is proud to be carrying on in the "family business". Her current job is that of an ambassador of sorts, sharing her enthusiasm for the brand while traveling the world selling the books that she and her father publish. I'm sure you've all either read or owned one of her great books, and we are pleased to have her as this week's Horological Minute.

What was your first watch?

My first watch was a gift from my dad when I was selected as the best european female tennis player 16 or under. I was 16 years old and the watch was a ladies Rolex Oyster with a black dial.

What was the last watch you bought?

I bought the "Relojeria Alemana" Rolex Submariner Date ref. 116610. Relojeria Alemana celebrated 135 years in 2014 and in order to celebrate this important achievement they produced 135 examples of this model with the case back engraved with their logo. I think it is a good investment and has a great history.

Do you prefer vintage or modern?

Vintage is much more fascinating from my point of view and much more interesting for collectors, but i also enjoy modern watches.

Can you remember your last great meal? Where was it and what did you eat?

Yes, it was during the past summer in Paraggi ( close to Portofino, Italy). This place, "Le Carillon" is in an amazing bay, with a spectacular view on the sea. I liked the restaurant so much and I decided that my wedding had to be there !! I will get married on june 7, 2015, at "Le Carillon", in Paraggi! My fiancé ate raw fish ( I don't remember which fish exactly, because I'm not a big raw fish fan! ) and i ate some amazing Ravioli with mozzarella and tomatoes, very simple but typical and ideal for italians, and a carpaccio with fantastic flavors. I'm a dessert fanatic, so I of course had to order the tiramisu as well!

Do you remember what watch you were wearing?

I was wearing a Rolex Daytona ref. 6269 with diamonds on the dial and bezel.

What do you love about vintage Rolex?

Rolex made the best innovations in the past century and they never stopped. They continue to improve the design and performance of their watches. Another interesting fact is that, when we talk about Rolex, their perceived perfection in what they make, or lack of flaws becomes a real value of the brand.

Strap or bracelet?

Straps are fun, but I'm a bracelet kind of girl!

GMT/EXPLORER/SUB/DAYTONA or........?

Sub !! I love the design and I love the fact that it is ideal for every occasion: if you look elegant, sporty or casual, a Sub is always perfect. It looks great both on a woman and man's wrist.

What do you want to see come out from Rolex at the next Basel Fair?

I would love to see a new Daytona in Stainless Steel. I think many collectors and aficionados are expecting it!

What's on your wrist today??

A Rolex Deep Sea!

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feat. Joshua Ganjei
This week we bring to you an interview with Joshua Ganjei, a second generation watch dealer based in Boston, MA. Joshua got his start in the business early, causing trouble at the European Watch Company store at a very young age. Eight years ago, he officially joined the family business. The European Watch Company has been a fixture on Newbury Street in Boston for over 25 years, and was started by Joshua's father Albert. In the store they carry a fine selection of both new and vintage watches. Joshua's real passion lay with vintage watches, as he as worked hard to expand their business in that area with his knowledge of various different brands, not just Rolex. A genuine vintage enthusiast, we're proud to have Joshua as this week's Horological Minute.
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