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.

Stephane Medam
This week, we have a sit down with our dear friend, Stephane Medam- proprietor of Worldly Watches. A gentleman collector and dealer, Stephane truly has an eye for beauty, wether its a watch, car, motorcycle, or anything mechanical. Over the years, Stephane has owned many of the most beautiful cars, bikes and watches that you and I can only dream about. Originally hailing from France, Stephane spent may years based in Miami, but now splits time between France and Los Angeles. During the winter ski months, Stephane has a beautiful store based in the French resort of Courchevel, where he sells a wide range of vintage and modern watches. Please welcome him as this week's Horological Minute.

What was your first watch?

Don't ask me why but since the day I've started to work I wanted a plastic crystal Rolex. At 17 years old I bought my first Rolex a GMT 1675 With black insert.

What was the last watch you bought?

My last purchase was a rare early Rolex Daytona 6265 big eyes. The dial is really amazing with that dark chocolate patina!

Do you prefer vintage or modern?

have always preferred vintage sports model, but I've bought some new Patek Philippe that I really enjoy wearing in vacation.

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

My last great meal was last week at Osteria Mozza in West Hollywood, I had the Tripe all a Parmigiana, the crispy Pig Trotter and the grilled Octopus with one of my favorite Italian wine a Bricco Dell'uccellone.

Do you remember what watch you were wearing?

I was wearing my Rolex 1665 mk2 thin case, very Italian looking LOL!

What do you love about vintage Rolex?

I love the emotional part of it; each watch ages differently, and no two are identical. The story behind each individual watch is truly special and unique and adds to the romance of its past.

Strap or bracelet?

Mostly bracelet as I think it's more like the original design, but I also like band especially during the winter.


Lately while in the US, I love to wear GMTs, like this nice radial dial 1675.


...and in the winter, I love wearing this "fun" gold 5513 Sub that I customized!

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

Maybe a new version of the Big Crown? Something with charisma.

Can you tell us about the most interesting watch you’ve ever found/owned?

Probably the most interesting watch I've found was a Rolex Daytona 6262 Paul Newman. It came from the original owner who was a jet fighter pilot for the USAF. He had worn it from his graduation until he got retired. He managed to take really good care of it, and I was so happy to be the next caretaker for that piece.

What's on your wrist today?

This beautiful 5513 milsub.

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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