Welcome to the following portion of our Interview with a Collector arrangement, and a debt of gratitude is in order for being a piece of it. Before we begin, it’s sort of required to give our perusers an understanding into who we’re talking with. All in all, before we begin, would you be able to give our watchers a thought as to who @blckcb seems to be?
Name: A. Lehmann
Passions/Hobbies: Watches, cars, boats and guns
Marital Status: Taken
How did you get into collecting watches?
That is a long story! I live 15-minutes from Biel and Grenchen (which is the place all the enormous watch organizations are found). Along these lines, it was essentially difficult to not have no less than one relative who worked in the watch business. My family had all Rado watches and I enjoyed them a considerable amount.
I was 16 years of age when I guaranteed myself that after I complete my apprenticeship I would purchase a Rado Sintra with my first paycheck.
Amid these 4-long periods of my apprenticeship, I didn’t procure enough to manage the cost of a Rado, however things changed later on, as I had a companion who worked at ETA and sorted out a wonderful clay Rado Sintra at a decent cost. I was extremely content with this watch, yet as you get more seasoned and things change, I started anticipating procuring a Rolex Submariner. I reached a watchmaker who really lives in an indistinguishable town from me, and I asked him what his sentiment on the 116610LN was. This was the start of an extremely solid kinship, and furthermore the start of my enthusiasm for watches.
My companion named Olivier, who is really a watchmaker (I consider some you may know him as @0liiviier on IG), acquainted me with watches from H. Moser and Cie. In the wake of taking in somewhat about the brand, I purchased my first mechanical watch, which was an Endeavor Small Seconds (rather than the Rolex Submariner!). Also, this is the place everything began, back in December 2015.
Your collection is quite large, but it features a fair number of pieces from H. Moser & Cie. Can you tell us a bit about the brand, and why you admire them so much?
It’s for the most part a direct result of Olivier, who functioned as a watchmaker at H. Moser and Cie. He showed me about watches and I just felt in affection with their acclaimed fumé dials and the entire straightforwardness of their most clever Perpetual Calendar. These watches simply are a bit of craftsmanship. You truly need to welcome the immaculateness of their watchmaking and on the off chance that you get the chance to visit the producer, you will see that there is a considerable measure of enthusiasm for the brand and the items from every one of the general population working there.
Beyond H. Moser & Cie, your collection seems quite varied. Can you tell us what pieces are part of your very impressive collection?
I wouldn’t state that it is amazing yet it is developing quick. To begin with, I purchased a H. Moser and Cie Endeavor Small Seconds in white gold. Lamentably, subsequent to having this excellence for a while, I inadvertently dropped it and it required an administration. In any case, there was an issue. I couldn’t be without a watch on my wrist! So’s the point at which I at last purchased a Rolex Submariner 116610LN. When I conveyed my Endeavor Small Seconds to the make for benefit, I was fortunate to get a produce visit which was given by Tobias Grünenwald, the business supervisor at Moser. He at that point demonstrated my vessel watch – Endeavor Perpetual Calendar Titanium Black Edition. I revealed to him that I couldn’t bear the cost of the watch right then and there, yet despite everything he took as much time as is needed and disclosed to me every little thing about it. I feel increasingly infatuated with the timepiece and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Fortunately, a large portion of multi year later, I obtained my HMC Perpetual Calendar
After that, I bought these following watches in 2017:
– Rolex Datejust 2 Blue Dial 116334
– Tudor Black Bay Bronze Bucherer Blue Edition
– Seiko Turtle
– 3 Vintage Ginsbo’s (Olivier’s Grandfather’s watch brand)
– Rolex Submariner 116613LB for my father
– Omega Speedmaster 60th anniversary Trilogy Limited Edition
And your favourite out of all the pieces you currently have?
The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar in Titanium from HMC
Are there any watches that you regret not buying?
No, not yet.
And what about anything that you regret actually buying?
I’m not too sure about the 60th Anniversary Omega Speedmaster, but maybe it will grow on me, I don’t know yet. I think I’ve learnt the lesson that I am not an Omega kind of guy!
What are your thoughts on independent watchmaking? I know you hold H. Moser & Cie in high esteem, but what about manufacturers like F. P. Journe, the Grönefeld brothers and Laurent Ferrier?
I love independents. I think my future collection will veer towards acquiring more independently made timepieces.
And what about the super high-end independents like Greubel Forsey, Roger Dubuis, MB&F and Richard Mille?
I mean, who can dislike these brands? I wouldn’t buy an RM, but MB&F and Greubel Forsey are dream watches for sure, which I hope to own some day in the future.
What’s next for @blckcb’s collection, anything new on the horizon?
Yes, there are a few. I am on the waiting list to get the Tudor Harrolds Edition. I sold my Datejust 2 because I’m on the waiting list for the new Rolex Sky Dweller in steel which I hope I will get soon. And for the Patek Philippe 5711 and 5726, I am also on the list, but I’ve been told it can take a while.
And your holy grail?
Greubel Forsey GMT Black – I had the pleasure to try on one. But this watch is more like a dream. I don’t think that I will buy a watch for 500k, unless I win the lottery!
Are there any brands you stay away from?
At the moment not really, but Breitling for sure is a brand I will never have in my collection.
And finally, for our budding enthusiasts and collectors out there, do you have any advice for watch enthused audience?
It doesn’t matter how much your watch is worth. It’s all about your own passion that counts. Oh, and make sure to check out H Moser & Cie!