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 The 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 The 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 The 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!”
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.
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