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The founder Danny Pizzigoni

Danny Pizzigoni, founder
Daniele Pizzigoni is the company's driving force. His keen eye and ability to secure the next investment watch, means much of his time is spent advising and building important watch collections for clients and friends.

Danny says financial targets have always played second fiddle to "…doing it better than anyone else". From the buying of watches, to their presentation, the shop's envied interiors, PR and customer service, it is rare to find somebody so carefully involved in every aspect of an organisation.
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.

The team

  • Justin Koullapis

    Justin Koullapis

    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!”

  • Chris Youe

    Chris Youé

    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!”

  • Dean Harding

    Andrew Ioannou

    Andrew's obsession with watches started in 1985 after starting with the venerable family firm Jewellers & Silversmiths in Kingston upon Thames, where he eventually became Assitant Manager, and stayed for 25 years. Andrew is infatuated with the design simplicity of Rolex watches, and enjoys finding subtle variations within models, like the Flat 4, or Rail Dial. His professionalism, patience, and knowledge of the watch industry is the stuff of legend. Andrew’s favourite is of course a Rolex, the first-series automatic Daytona (ref.16520) with 'gap dial'. Subtle and profound, just like Andrew.

  • Andrew Ioannou

    Dean Harding

    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!).”

  • Natasha Davis

    Natasha Davis

    Natasha started at Christies in 2006, specialising in lively Rock and Pop Memorabilia. She later worked with a jeweller in Hatton Garden, attaining FGA qualification. Her keenness to learn more about watches led her to The Watch Club in 2013, where she’s now a senior sales representative. Natasha's interest has evolved and she loves niche producers like F. P. Journe. She appreciates the amount of soul that goes into hand-crafting timepieces. Natasha is known for her immaculate customer service, and takes great pride in helping a client proudly go home wearing the watch of their dreams.

  • Vasoula Gavalas

    Vasoula Gavalas

    Vasoula began work in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the UK’s jewellery epicenter. Vas designed bespoke pieces, and attained GIA Diamond qualification in 2013. She joined The Watch Club in 2015, bringing along her valuable experience in precious metals and stones. She’s expanded her knowledge to watches, and has an appreciation for the vintage, especially Rolex. She loves the size of these early “gents” models, finding that they suit the woman of today. Vasoula is fascinated by the stories contained within every vintage watch and loves to help clients capture some of that allure when they become the owner of a rare vintage watch.

Meet the team

Back row: Michal, Ashok, Om, Justin, Andrew, Chris, Bisal, Yarek.
Front row: Danny, Giovanna, Vasoula, Natasha, Dean.
Meet the team
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