I started my professional life as a lawyer dreaming as most do in that trade, of moving on to something else when the right time came, when debts were paid off, when the right opportunity knocked. When none of those happened and having toiled as a litigator for 15 years, I decided it was time to take action. I quit my job in New York and moved to Paris. Unsure of what to do next, I went back to school to study art history, my original passion. A year later, degree in hand, I was rewarded by fate with the opportunity to do something completely different. I became a contributing art writer with the International Herald Tribune (renamed today the International New York Times). Leafing through an art magazine one day, I read about Osvaldo Patrizzi’s misadventures in selling Antiquorum, his watch auction house. The story was rich with allegations of fraud, firings, lawsuits, betrayals … just my cup of tea! The articles I wrote on the subject for the IHT were my first foray into the world of watches. But I was bitten. Since then, I have been a regular contributor to the Watch Special Reports of the International New York Times, as well as Blouin Lifestyles and now WorldTempus. I have learned much about watchmaking from the impassioned people I have met along the way. Watchmakers are artists in their own right with the added challenge that their product must function in a tiny universe where there is no room for error. I have found the passion for watchmaking to be highly contagious.