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 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.
Hailing from the state of New Jersey, Sam's business experience began with SellYourTech.com, 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.
Recently relocated to New York, Katrina is a midwest born and raised creative who has a deep passion for the jewelry and fashion industry. Katrina grew up in a family filled of entrepreneurs with an extensive history in the jewelry and diamond sourcing business - including our own partner and friend Justin Vrakas of WatchSteez. Outside of the office, Katrina designs and sells her own line of predesigned solid gold jewelry and creates fully custom pieces of jewelry as well! Her go to timepiece on the job is a two-toned vintage Rolex Datejust.
Troy comes to Analog/Shift with more than a decade of experience in the luxury eyewear industry. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, Troy has had a passion for subtlety and detail since childhood. Whether it be whisky, guitars, or watches, he has made the study of quality goods a lifelong focus. A timepiece enthusiast from a young age, Troy’s watch obsession began when he took a summer job for the sole purpose of buying his older brother’s Girard- Perregaux chronograph. His tastes have since expanded to include vintage tool watches and modern independents such as F.P. Journe.
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. When speaking with Vincent, it only takes about 2 minutes for the words "Omega" and "Speedmaster" to come up, and conversely the watches 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.
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.
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, more than ever before he stays up until dawn poring over the most minute details of old watches. 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.