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What did these stars buy? Well, a lot of it could be expected - Rolex, Cartier, a fair amount of bling, which was "blingier" back then. But there were always some outliers as well. And I will always remember one Thursday afternoon in August that I had off from work, and popped into Seregin's after a walk through Union Square. I was wearing my Meister Singer. This was back before there was really a Meister Singer collection. I walked in, a few pleasantries were exchanged, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild who may or may not be someone you have heard of (again, first rule of Seregin's Watch Club - you don't talk about Seregin's Watch Club) started chatting me up about my watch:
"What is that, an altimeter? Like, are you a skydiver?"
"No, I suffer from vertigo and can't really handle going beyond certain heights".
I then had to explain that vertigo was in fact what inspired the name of the movie, not the other way around.
"So it's a watch?"
(editor's note - no, I am not spicing this up for ironic sarcasm, this is literally how the conversation went).
At this moment, Francis Zanetti (old friend and the watch savant who coined the phrase: "The Shit That Killed Elvis" as an honorific for watches) broke in and presented the MeisterSingers (all three of them) in the three different color ways. There might have been more options, but that is what they had on hand.
I do not know which model "Famous Person" bought as I had to hustle home to get dinner ready for Wendy, but I do recall getting asked by someone in line at Starbucks 3 weeks later and asked -
"Isn't that the watch 'Famous Person' wears?"
So that you know, there was a hot minute back in 2003 where MeisterSinger almost became the "It Watch", and like Forest Gump, I was there.
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As I get older, I realize that time has taken on a bit of an accelerated pace. 2003 seems like it was just a few years ago. Francis Zanetti sadly passed away (prematurely) the year Wendy and I moved to Santa Barbara (2006). I worked for DOXA for 3 years and some change, and Tempus Fugit's odometer hit 10 years recently. I have fallen in and out of love with the world of watches so many times now that my Facebook Relationship Status should read:
But love and angst are frequently inextricably linked, and these past 90 days with MeisterSinger has definitely reminded me of how much there is still to love.
Enjoy your watches. And take your time doing it ; )