Member Spotlight: Faisal A. Nayani
Faisal A. Nayani
1. What was your introduction to horology?
My introduction to horology was being a jewelry dealer with a fascination of watches. That led me to my intrigue, career, and involvement in horology today.
2. What was your first watch?
I’ve had many watches when I was a kid, from calculator to TV remote control watches. However, the watch I remember the most is my first ever mechanical watch: a Lord Elgin black waffle dial watch. It was gifted to me when I was around ten to twelve years old.
3. What fascinates you most about watches and/or horology in general?
What fascinated me most is how amazing this community of ours is… the friends I've made [and how they want] to assist in any way they can, that truly touches me the most.
4. What are the kiss, kill, and marry of your collection?
The kiss of my collection is none other then the famed #TheRuggedRolex; a watch originally purchased to flip but she never left the collection. The kill would be hard to say, but I'm sure my wife would kill me if I ever sold #TheRuggedRolex as it's considered her “birthright watch" when we have our first child. My marry would easily be what is known as #TheWeddingWatch which is my Tudor Black Bay Blue, also the watch I got married in. Currently it's sporting a green Tudor insert which has been dubbed #RobinTherFrog.
5. Name one watch that got away.
The one that got away was a 1969 Rolex chronograph reference 6241, better known to most as a Paul Newman. It was purchased to resale and it’s one I regret doing so, as it’s a hard to find piece and highly desirable… But it I ever had one regret, it was that one.
6. What watch do you wear most often?
More than anything else I own, I tend to wear my Tudor Black Bay the most. It’s modern design, sleek look, and durability (important, as I’m rough on my watches) makes it the perfect go to piece when on the run.
7. What is the first thing you notice about a watch?
The first thing I notice about a watch is its legibility… it’s a huge deal breaker. Because why buy a watch that makes me glance at my phone to tell the time? That’s no fun!
8. How were you introduced to RedBar Group?
My RedBar story is a funny one to say the least. I was going through Adam Craniotes’ feed back in 2014 and loved all these events going on in NYC. I mentioned that in a comment, and he said I should start something. So I did! Since then, Adam and I have become great friends as well, meeting many times in NYC, Atlanta, and even Vegas.
9. How has RedBar affected you as a collector?
RedBar as a collector has affected me as a collector in an interesting way. I’ve gotten to learn about many other brands not well known to most. And I would have to say its helped me appreciate the timepiece from all levels.
10. Outside of collecting how has RedBar impacted your life?
RedBar outside of collecting has allowed me to make so many valued friends I would have never had before. Let’s face it, at a certain age it’s hard to make friends... But commonality finally makes that possible. Some of my best friendships have been created from RedBar with many people of all walks of life. Needless to say, and as I always say, “I love this thing of ours.”