Kiran Shekar

Director - Contrapante

Kiran Shekar is a watch collector based in New York City. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Horological Society of New York, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of horology. Author of F.P.Journe: The First 30 Years, the definitive reference book about the career and watches of F.P.Journe, Kiran is interested in all types of horology, but has a special love for watches made by the independent watchmakers.

Rich Pinto

CEO - Contrapante

Rich is a watch collector, born in Manhattan, whose fascination with all mechanical creations has led him through extended hunts for rare cameras, cars, motorcycles, and most of all, watches. After a brief stint teaching college students appreciation for the philosophic and photographic arts, he began working for several large corporations including Mercedes-Benz. His voyage continued when he established a professional camera store in New York City, which included the first new dealership of Leica cameras in the city in over a quarter of a century. As his watch collection evolved, he moved from only vintage watches into the eclectic world of independent watchmaking and establishing relationships with the makers themselves. These relationships take him on regular visits to Switzerland, Germany, Japan and France to see the ateliers of legendary watch designers and builders. When not chasing his latest horological obsession, he can be found on a track pressing his Ducati Panigale Supper Leggera to maximum performance or on the waterways of New Jersey just enjoying the seas.

Sam Matlick

Business Development Director

Hailing from the state of New Jersey, Sam's business experience began with, a consumer technology buyback firm he founded while in High School and sold during his Junior year at Hamilton College. With copious time spent handling new technology and studying its complicated life cycle, Sam soon delved head first into something “older” and seemingly more obvious: a blossoming passion for collecting vintage watches. Already a tendency he had first observed in his collector father, the draw to watches proved to be a perfect fit for Sam as well. Sam joins the Analog/Shift team with a base of knowledge in business expansion and customer relations — and a heart lying in ‘60s and ‘70s chronographs.

Nick Pardo

Senior Timepiece Specialist

A lifelong New Yorker and watch enthusiast, Nick came into vintage watches after getting the itch for something just a little bit different and unique. After building up a collection of interesting and affordable vintage timepieces, he founded 10:25 Vintage to make it easier for others to do the same, eventually joining the Analog/Shift team to bring the brand to a wider audience. When he's not working with watches, Nick can be found in the kitchen experimenting with a new recipe, on the mats practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, or inevitably adding a new hobby to his repertoire.

Vincent E. Brasesco

Chief Financial Officer

Raised in Westchester County, Vincent has always held a deep passion for history, watches, automobiles, and generally speaking - cool old stuff. After studying history at University, and a four year stint in the world of Hedge Funds & Asset Management, Vincent joined Analog/Shift to work on the financial side of things. Not surprisingly, he has a special love for the vintage racing chronographs of Heuer and conversely the restrained elegance of Jaeger-LeCoultre. When not in the office, Vincent can often be found talking or racing cars​ (usually Lime Rock Park and​ ​usually with ​anyone who will listen​​)​​​, brushing up on his obscure facts, or simply enjoying a really good espresso.

Jacob Sotak

Chief Operating Officer

Jacob's interest in watches is rooted in a love for all things mechanical. From old cameras and typewriters to cars and firearms, Jacob has a deep affinity for intelligently-designed, beautiful machines. As Chief Operating Officer, Jacob oversees and manages all day-to-day operations. Outside of Analog/Shift, Jacob is a freelance writer, spinning yarns about anything that involves fine single malts (preferably of the Islay variety), fly-fishing and the great outdoors.

Geoffrey Hess

Chief Executive Officer

Born and bred in New York City, Geoff realized that vintage watch-collecting was a perfect solace to counterbalance the often hectic atmosphere of growing-up in Manhattan. It led him to years of global travel, and an introduction to friends extending far beyond the circles of his childhood. After two decades of working alongside Rudy Giuliani and then for Ivanka Trump, he finally turned his penchant for staying up until dawn poring over the most minute details of old watches into a daytime life at Analog/Shift. A collector himself, when he's not enjoying the "thrill of the hunt" Geoff can often be found at Madison Square Garden taking wrist shots from his seats at New York Rangers games.

James Lamdin


James launched Analog/Shift in 2012 after two very different careers in outdoor equipment and luxury automotive. A long time watch collector, James’ passion for vintage timepieces came to him from his grandfather, who left him part of his collection at the time of his passing. Put off by the way in which the traditional vintage watch market was run, James positioned Analog/Shift to be a new kind of resource for the discerning enthusiast - dedicated to authenticity above all. His affinity for the well-aged transcends to his other passions: single malt scotch and automobiles. When he’s not scouring the globe for horological artifacts, you’re likely to find him cruising around Manhattan in his ’67 Porsche or holed up at a whisky bar with a tumbler of Laphroaig, neat, firmly in hand.