I am Shinola’s Watchmaker.

My Story

I was born and raised in Romania. I attended the country’s only watchmaking school and worked in my uncle’s watch repair shop until I was drafted into the army. The country was gripped by a dictatorship at the time and military service was compulsory. 

Following my service, I tried repeatedly to flee the country, to no avail. Then the revolutions that swept through Europe in the late ‘80’s changed the government, enabling me to eventually move with my family to the U.S. 

Unfortunately, there was very little watchmaking work in America, so I trained and worked as a machinist in the Detroit area for over a decade. Then in 2012, an unexpected phone call from Shinola allowed me to finally realize my childhood dream to be watchmaker.

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