The Horological Minute

With The Horological Minute, Eric Ku and 10 Past Ten engage in a fascinating dialog with collectors and members of the watch industry, as they discuss anything and everything about watches. Think of it as the Proust Questionnaire for the watch aficionado.

FEATURING
Hiroshi Fujiwara
Known as the Godfather of Harajuku, this week's guest is truly a man of many talents. As a musician, he has collaborated with the likes of Eric Clapton and Japanese singer Ua; as a designer, he has collaborated with names such as Nike, Visvim, Cole Haan, Beats by Dre, Head Porter, Levi's, Bape, Martin Guitars, and many more. With his Simply put, Hiroshi Fujiwara is a man with a finger on the cultural pulse of the world. It comes as no surprise then, that he is a certified vintage watch maniac with a serious Rolex problem. A seasoned collector, Hiroshi is a man of exquisite taste who has amassed an impressive collection of vintage Rolex. It's an honor for us to sit down with him to talk about our favorite brand in this installment of the Horological Minute.

What was your first watch?

The first watch I ever got was a Texas Instruments digital watch, but the first Rolex I ever got was an Air King.

What was the last watch you bought?

A Rolex 5510

Do you prefer vintage or modern? Why?

Vintage....I always prefer vintage to modern.

Can you remember your last great meal? Where was it and what did you eat?

There are so many good restaurants in Tokyo. Today I just had a great meal of wild duck at a restaurant called Takajo Kotobuki - it's a 300 year old restaurant that specializes in game.

Do you remember what watch you were wearing?

A Rolex 5517 milsub.

What do you love about vintage Rolex?

I've been in love with vintage Rolex for 35+ years! My father was a big James Bond fan, and he's the one that introduced me to the brand.

Strap or bracelet?

Strap.

GMT/EXPLORER/SUB/DAYTONA or……..?

I really love all of them, so its hard for me to pick only one.

What do you want to see come out from Rolex at the next Basel Fair?

Nothing in particular, or nothing special. I really don't want them to come out with some sort of reissue....

Has there been any watch that you wish you bought, but got away from you?

Maybe a really nice Rolex 6200 Submariner. I had a chance, but....I wish I bought it!

What’s your favorite or most special watch in your collection and why?

I have a fondness for Air-Kings because my first Rolex was an Air-King. I've been collecting Paul Newmans for a long time so I really like those as well. Finally, I've got a soft spot for a few Pateks as well....

What’s on your wrist today?

My 5517.

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The Horological Minute
feat. Joshua Ganjei
This week we bring to you an interview with Joshua Ganjei, a second generation watch dealer based in Boston, MA. Joshua got his start in the business early, causing trouble at the European Watch Company store at a very young age. Eight years ago, he officially joined the family business. The European Watch Company has been a fixture on Newbury Street in Boston for over 25 years, and was started by Joshua's father Albert. In the store they carry a fine selection of both new and vintage watches. Joshua's real passion lay with vintage watches, as he as worked hard to expand their business in that area with his knowledge of various different brands, not just Rolex. A genuine vintage enthusiast, we're proud to have Joshua as this week's Horological Minute.
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