Thirty years in watch publishing began when the German publishing house I worked for started the magazine ArmbandUhren. I have since walked down an interesting path full of rich experience. Leaving that job to start a family in late 1996, I became a freelancer with my main publications in those years iW (International Watch) and Wristwatch Annual, which I started on the American market in conjunction with my previous employer and Abbeville Press in New York. I remained senior editor of Wristwatch Annual for 11 editions.
What was once a job has become a full-blown passion, and my optimistic American attitude has kept me in Europe, where I have resided since 1988, as I am closer to the watch scene here. This, in turn, has also made me a sought-after contributor to a variety of magazines, an oft-quoted specialist in newspapers, and a frequent member of various industry juries and committees. Prominently, these include the prestigious Cultural Committee of the FHH (Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie) and participation in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 juries of watchmaking’s “Oscars,” the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
I have written for many magazines and other publications throughout my long career, including (but by a long shot not restricted to) Robb Report, Cigar Aficionado, Esquire UK, Hollywood Reporter, Harper’s Bazaar Australia and Arabia, Vanity Fair ‘On Time,’ Hagerty Classic Cars, Architectural Digest Germany, Tatler Hong Kong, Surface, and Forbes.com.
With media making an increasingly prominent move toward the digital world, in 2009 I also moved part of my focus online and became head of English-language content at Switzerland’s Worldtempus.com until its relaunch in early 2013. I have also collaborated with The Watches TV, the first video magazine in the watch world, for many years.
Additionally, I have dabbled in books: I co-authored Elite Timepieces in 2008 and wrote 12 Faces of Time, an artistic look at independent watchmaking, which was published by teNeues in February 2010. In the spring of 2015, Watchprint published Bridging Art and Mechanics: The Unabridged Story of the Corum Golden Bridge, a book about one of my favorite watches of all time.
I stepped down as editor-in-chief of Quill & Pad on December 31, 2022.