A STORY OF WATCHES, MICROBRANDS, AND COMMUNITY.
THE FOUNDATION OF WATCHGAUGE. In May of 2016 while on a business trip to Michigan, John Keil had dinner with two longtime friends and fellow watch industry veterans, Ara and Armen Darakjian of Darakjian Jewelers. In deep conversation discussing the difficulties that the high-end watch industry has been going through in recent years, the discussion shifted to the amazing boom of unique, high quality micro-brands coming to the market.
As guys who are passionate about all types of watches, all three agreed that some of these micro-brands are extremely well made, have fantastic designs, and are without a doubt one of the fastest growing luxury timepiece based communities around.
What if there was a well curated central location of information surrounding this community? A place that provides a trusted source to purchase many of the best kept secrets in micro-brands. A place where both watch veterans and the passing curious enthusiast could really break into, learn about, and take the chronographic dive into becoming an owner in this new and exciting market?
This is the inspiration behind WatchGauge! Stop in and pull up a seat in this exciting new era in the watchmaking tradition!
As the saying goes, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”.
It is for this reason that I joined the Fine Timepiece industry back in 1999. Experienced, knowledgable, and very well connected in the industry, I am always on the lookout to help brands, retailers, and clients achieve their goals.
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