The founder Danny Pizzigoni
Danny inherited his passion for watches from his father, a self-taught specialist who built up an in-depth knowledge that he shared with his son. Taking (often dragging!) him to antique fairs, including the famous Portobello and Bermondsey markets, as well as auction houses where he formed friendships with some of the world's top watch dealers. By the age of 17, Danny had begun his watch career. After ten years learning his trade, he teamed up with an old-established watch specialist in Clerkenwell, later setting up Royal Arcade Watches in 1996, the forerunner of today’s Watch Club. He has dedicated the last fifteen years to really developing his knowledge of complicated Patek Philippe and vintage Rolex, and has a deep affinity to those particular brands. Aside from the shop, Danny is a collector himself, of watches (since his early teens) and contemporary art. His most prized watch is his steel, black dial Rolex Daytona 'Zenith' (ref.16520), which was given to him by his dad on his 21st birthday. This truly is an irreplaceable watch, and was his signature piece at the early part of his career.
Justin’s road to Watch Club began, like Danny’s, in 1990s Clerkenwell. His craft of Watch Restorer was noticed by the same specialist dealer who went on to befriend Danny. When they moved to Old Bond Street, Justin was invited to become a partner. Justin also has unique experience as a writer, editor, and as watchmaking teacher at a British university. This background gives clients and collectors solid confidence in the authenticity of Watch Club’s offerings. Justin’s advice? “Buy what you love, backed up by consulting independent resources. Be patient – don’t rush to buy the first thing you see. But when the perfect watch makes an appearance, snap it up! It might be years before you find another!”
Ten years experience at Harrods, Goldsmiths and Marcus made Chris a regular face at Greubel Forsey, Audemars, and other factories. With Watch Club he’s taken a driven interest in the vintage and rare. When he's not with clients you can find him, head in a book, brushing up his watch knowledge! He has authored articles for QP and Professional Watch magazines. His favourite watch? “The Speedmaster! It's not every watch that could be worn in space – a true slice of history!”
The Watch Club manager has had a lifelong interest in watches. His dad worked at Watches of Switzerland (WoS) for over 40 years, and ignited Dean's passion for horology. After a childhood curling up with a Cartier coffee-table book, he’s worked, at WoS at their Chopard boutique, Wempe and ultimately was General Manager of Marcus. Dean is Watch Club’s valued ‘complications man’. Dean's favourite: platinum AP skeleton perpetual calendar Royal Oak. “The best watch AP have ever made and the only skeleton I’ll tolerate nearby (except my own!).”
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