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My Watch Story: Commemorating A Trip To Japan With A Vintage Seiko, A Pianist’s Unique Anordain, Fulfilling The Rolex Dream, And More

Each and every Wednesday, we present a fresh installment of “My Watch Story,” a video series starring HODINKEE readers and their most prized watches. The submissions continue to stream in, and we couldn’t be happier to share them with the watch community. Today, we have five new stories submitted by Noor Rizvi, Steve Holness, Thabo Chiloane, Mark Rawlins, and Richard Pickup.

Feeling inspired, or just discovering this project? Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to learn how to submit your own video. But first, we hope you enjoy this installment of My Watch Story.


Noor Rizvi And His F.P. Journe Elegante 48

Noor, who is from Islamabad, Pakistan, bought this titanium F.P. Journe a few years ago in Los Angeles while reuniting with an old friend. He’s always been fascinated by the brand – and this is the one watch that mesmerizes his son, who he hopes will one day share his passion for watches.


Steve Holness And His Anordain Model 1

Steve is a pianist from London who’s played with the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse. His Anordain is one of eight of the limited edition “Run Out” model from the independent Glasgow-based watchmaker. When he found it difficult to tell the time on stage, he considered sending it back – but Anordain offered to lume the hands for him, creating a truly unique piece.


Thabo Chiloane And His Rolex Datejust

As a high schooler in South Africa, Thabo dreamt of owning a Rolex one day. After university, he was able to do just that, and this Datejust ref. 1601 has been his everyday watch ever since. He appreciates its lightness, robustness, and accuracy.


Mark Rawlins And His Atelier De Chronométrie

Mark first read about Atelier de Chronométrie on HODINKEE and became fascinated by their watches. The Barcelona-based independent watchmaker produces a handful of pieces a year, utilizing Omega 266 movements. Mark has also always wanted to design his own watch – and working with Atelier de Chronométrie, he’s created four watches, each with a different dial color, for himself and his three brothers, complete with engraved dates that honor their parents.


Richard Pickup And His Seiko 6139

Richard, a final year student at the University of Cambridge, went on a family trip to Japan during last year’s Rugby World Cup. At the time, he was just getting into watches and found this Seiko at a vintage shop in Osaka. Every time he looks at it, he’s reminded of that family trip.


Ready To Submit Your Own Watch Story? Here’s How It Works

1. Pick one watch that is very special to you, and get your camera phone ready.

2. Record a video telling us your most interesting or meaningful story about your watch. Let’s say 2-3 minutes is the sweet spot – if you go longer, that’s okay. (And please remember to introduce yourself: your name and where you are from.)

3. Get creative, keep it clean, and have fun! 

4. Take some photos on the wrist and a few shots of the watch so that we can proudly display them on our site. Horizontal, please.

5. To share your video and photos, you can either A) upload here; or B) upload to your preferred large file transfer service and send a link to mywatchstory@hodinkee.com.

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