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what's going on everybody Teddy Baldassare here and as you could probably tell we are not in my studio we are here in New York City for the weekend so in today's video I have three amazing places that we're gonna be stopping by checking out that you need to see as a watch lover so we are going to be starting our day in Grand Central Station however there is no train that we need to catch instead a meeting with one family-owned company that just so happens to be one of the best watch repair shops around central watch we are joined here by Steven from central watch that's right Steven thank you so much for letting us come in so this company he just tell us a little bit about its family-owned been around since 52 just describe what it's all about kind of so my grandfather started the business in 1952 and I came into the business around 1990 and I've been here full-time ever since so this is my 29th year actually working working here in the store yes so downstairs is the iconic location it's been there you know we're 66 years strong now it's the place you would go to drop off you watch and pick it up it was always my grandfather's vision if that would be the ease of a commuter to come in drop a repair on their way home pick it up but what the business is really built on is service I mean there's very few people that understand what's happening back here in this workshop and to do this you have to have a lot of technical experience you have to have a lot of the original equipment that you would need to repair watches and you have to have all the parts and to do that it's a huge deal if every few people could accomplish that nowadays you know you see like a technician over here he just took apart a very complicated watch and I know if you can get some shots of it over here we're at the tail end of it now where he disassembled the Breitling chronograph and now he took all the little parts and he put it into little baskets and those baskets gonna go into a cleaning machine this whole watch is now gonna get cleaned and then when it gets reassemble we're gonna put like five or six different kinds of oils and greases where they belong and everything's gonna be checked and timed and looked at this is the kind of things that that go on with really high-end expensive watches well central watch certainly was a must stop while in town now from Grand Central Station we are going to be traveling over to a small shop in the center of the diamond district in Manhattan despite not having the largest inventory the shop makes up for it with sourcing some of the most beautiful vintage watches one can find so let's go chat with guy and see what classic watch has to offer our guys we are at our next stop and we're with our friends here at classic watch so guy hello nice to see you well my partner Laurie and I started about five years ago it started snowballing in the right way we started selling and we saw a great potential for a shop like this in New York City and we open it up we decided to have a small location so to keep you know our overhead low and so that we can offer the best value to our clients in terms of providing the best watch at the best price and and the best service that you could get so when you're looking at just kind of supplying your inventory can you describe that process but you know what you look for and the core focus that we have in our collection has always been three brands Rolex or the Maya PGA and protect fully we focus on pieces from 1950s up to the 1980s we did always wear with this kind of chronograph from the 70s era things that look great on your wrist without breaking the bank the team at Classic watch was a real treat to talk to with being nice enough to show us their entire inventory now for our final stop of the day we are headed to not only one of the leading vintage watch shops in New York City but one in the entire world so guys we are at our last stop of today in New York City we're at analog shift right now actually have a watch in for service it's not quite ready yet but we're still going to stop in say hello to them and just learn a little bit more about what they do so let's go in hello Teddy Jake yeah come on in so for those that aren't familiar with wooden analog chef can you just fill them in really briefly very simply we started as an online retailer for vintage watches that grew into a brick and location here in Manhattan so we specialize in vintage watches we also do sort of pre-owned watches that are classics and then of course we work with collectors if they're looking for something very specific so key tell us a little bit about this really cool space that we have absolutely yes so this is our Midtown boutique we're right in the heart of midtown Manhattan we're by appointment only boutique for the time being we have all of our watches here on site so you were able to see everything that's on the website and in some cases things that haven't quite made it to the site yet and for us it's really half Clubhouse half boutique space and we just want to share our passion of watches with anybody who wants to come in and take a look so for those people that are kind of scared to go from contemporary into vintage why buy vintage anybody just about can go to a tour no or to a Rolex dealership and buy brand and watch but finding a vintage piece that's 30 40 50 60 years old and has all of that patina all those stories imbued right in the launch itself and those watches become unique items in and of themselves and for us it's that special character and quality that a vintage piece takes on when it's survived for decades of time well there you have it one very complete day of watches in a city that seems to operate on a time of its own if you are in the city be sure to check out these places however there are plenty of other places to make a stop to so I will link to those in the description down below for you all to check out if you guys like this video be sure to give it a thumbs up subscribe and also hit that Bell icon in addition be sure to check out our patreon and consider helping us fund these productions for the future any amount would be greatly appreciated in the comments tell me your favorite place to stop is a watch lover in New York City however until next time guys be well I hope to see you all very soon
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- Willard Shaub, Staff Member
hi hello how's it going it's alana and welcome back to my channel today i'm bringing you guys another episode of buzzed in if you've seen my videos you know the drill but basically i love to film apartment tours here in new york and highlight people's style what they're decorating and talk a little bit about the local neighborhood and today's fun because we're checking out a new neighborhood we're checking out long island city so i came across nick we're going to be seeing today just on instagram rails i was just scrolling and i came across this beautiful apartment and clicked on his feed and saw that he lives in long island city and his feet is full of all these gorgeous photos and rails so i promptly slid in those dms i was like hey can i show up your apartment so i'm so excited to see more of his apartment and of course before we head on over let's talk a little bit about the history of long island city so long island city is a city in the borough of queens within new york city there's also a region of suburbs outside of new york city called long island they're composed of a bunch of small numerous towns so long island city actually existed as its own independent city until around 1898 when queens was annexed into new york city it became quite the manufacturing hub throughout the 19th century and then saw a decline in around the 1940s or so as did a lot of new york city when it came to industrial work and with time i'm learning this as an age-old new york city tale similar with dumbo which is the last buzz in i did once like the industrial market of that neighborhood starts to decline there are all these massive factory spaces and then a lot of artists start to flock to the neighborhoods it wasn't until 2001 that the neighborhood was actually rezoned from a industrial neighborhood to a residential neighborhood so within that period of time there are quite a few new yorkers who have moved into the area and are calling it now home also you may have heard of the long island railroad which does run throughout long island city and it's actually the busiest commuter train in all of north america that was interesting so before we head on over to nick's apartment i want to say thank you today's sponsor so thanks to betterhelp for sponsoring this video if you're unfamiliar with what betterhelp is it's essentially an online counseling service that offers incredible therapy with licensed professionals i've been using them for a long time now and i am a big fan of the services they provide it's so important to prioritize your mental health and doing something like therapy is a great way to work on that better help will essentially assess your needs and match you with a licensed professional you can start talking to somebody in less than 48 hours which is incredible there is a broad range of therapists to over 20 000 which i think is incredible because you know there may not be the right person for you in your local area and a lot of times offline in 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with moisture other things like that other than that nothing too crazy the rest of the space is definitely much more interesting down the hallway to our bedroom over here legally speaking it can't be a one bed because it doesn't have a window or exit from it but for all intents and purposes it's a one bedroom for our bed we actually have the floyd bed which is really cool we've had it for a few years now really really love it on the back wall here we actually have two of these floyd wardrobe systems in the middle here we have a bunch of alvaro alto stools that are really cool they work as a kind of a great side table as well as if we need additional seating if we have people over or whatever the case may be on top of that we have in isamu naguchi akari light sculpture we also have another one up here in the long island city neighborhood there's the niguchi museum and luckily enough we're able to buy some of the light sculptures from the museum and they look great in the space and kind of fill out everything nicely on our back wall here we have a really cool rounded mirror that's from cb2 it just kind of makes a nice like kind of framed moment from kind of whatever angle you're looking at it as well as since our bedroom doesn't have a window it actually bounces in a lot of light from the hallway peloton over here which is great my fiance actually won this in a work auction when they moved into a new work building which is great for me kind of going into the rest of the space i work from home on my end so because of that i have my desk set up here for my fiance she has her industrial sewing machine she's a menswear designer currently she works at kith but also does some side projects on the side on her end this really cool organizer that's from vitra it's in utensilo organizer it's kind of like all these little modular pockets which is great for like craft stuff general things and helps kind of keep our setup nice and tidy kind of going into the rest of the space over here we have our kitchen which we try and keep pretty simple when we were looking at a space we wanted something that had a large size like kitchen island as well as like a decent setup overall my baby which is a rocket espresso apartmento this is something i bought back in november so from a really cool online coffee distributor and company whole latte love one of the other cool factors that we really liked when we were looking at apartments and specifically this apartment was this kind of lower table addition that's actually on the island so instead of having bar stools we're able to have table height seating which is great because there's much cooler options and yeah this kind of starts to get into a lot of like my obsessions which are definitely cool furniture with it it's a lot of modernist influences throughout our space these chairs are really cool they're mies van der rohe mr10 side chairs these are produced by knoll this particular set was from 1982 though the original design dates back to the 30s these were actually sourced by studio studio26 who is another vintage dealer on instagram we really love looking at vintage exhibition posters because i
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- Willard Shaub
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I've studied taxonomic classification at Brevard College in Brevard and I am an expert in epidemiology. I usually feel energetic. My previous job was artists agent (manager) I held this position for 9 years, I love talking about equestrianism and model building. Huge fan of Borgore I practice croquet and collect football cards.
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