Before we give you any juicy details about Mark, how he got started, his life now, and where he sees Orient in the future, let me just say it was a pleasure talking with him! He is very interesting, polite, and very funny! Here are just some of the questions we covered with him yesterday!
Did you wear watches growing up?
Yes I did. My father assembled watches and I would wear whatever he brought back from work.
Tell us how you got involved with the company Orient.
My father used Orient Movements for most of his watches he was shipping to Europe. Eventually, he was one of the largest clients for Orient Watch for OEM movements and upon his first retirement (1997), they asked him to set up distribution in the United States. In 1999, he accepted the offer. Personally speaking, I think Koreans (of that war generation) are very entrepreneurial and he wanted this for me, which I hold as his reason for doing this business. I’m extremely fortunate.
What do you recommend to people who might not know much about buying a watch?
Not knowing about watches might be one of the best positions to be in. People are often over saturated with concerns about how others may think of that watch. I say, “forget about others, and get something for yourself.”
We were also privileged to ask him some fun questions as well. We found out that he lived in Germany when he was very young, and that his all time favorite city is Munich. He loves going to Oktoberfest and traveling in Bavaria in general. He really enjoys listening to folk band Bon Iver and various rock bands.