A Team of Experts
We love watches. Living in the USA, we know that the state of watch manufacturing here is not like it once was. So our NYC-based team members brought together our extensive experience in the watchmaking, engineering and financial industries to explore the future of horological nanofabrication.
Nicholas Manousos, Co-CEO & Co-founder
Silicon is part of Manousos’ heritage. Having grown up in California’s Silicon Valley, Manousos was immersed in the world of high technology from a young age. Manousos holds a degree in computer science from the University of California, and had a successful career in the tech industry before changing paths to pursue his interest in horology. Manousos studied watchmaking at the Hayek Watchmaking School in Miami, Florida, and now lives in New York City. In addition to his work at Firehouse Horology, Manousos also is the Technical Editor at HODINKEE and President of the Horological Society of New York. Under Manousos’ leadership, the Horological Society of New York has enjoyed a renaissance, vastly expanding its membership, lecture series, and scholarship program. Manousos is a well-known expert on the technical aspects of watchmaking, and has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg and New York Magazine.
Kiran Shekar, Co-CEO & Co-founder
Shekar began his journey in the world of semiconductor physics and nanotechnology while earning his B.S. in Applied Physics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and his M.S. at Princeton University where his thesis was entitled “Single Photon Transitions in Self-Assembled Quantum Dots”. Prior to co-founding Firehouse Horology, Shekar had a successful career in the finance industry, and during that he spent much of his free time avidly collecting watches and advancing his knowledge of watchmaking. He has written articles about watches for several publications, and he also wrote the book “F.P. Journe: The First 30 Years." In addition to his work at Firehouse Horology, Shekar is also a Trustee of the Horological Society of New York.
William Rohr, Director of Strategy & Business Development
William Rohr is the Founder and CEO of Massena LAB, a collaboration with independent watchmakers to make unique timepieces. He is the Managing Director of TimeZone.com, the world’s largest watch discussion forum on the Internet. Rohr, who has been with TimeZone.com since its founding in 1995, has been a passionate collector of watches from an early age and an active participant in the world of horology as a collector, consultant and auctioneer. Rohr is also a Partner at Digital Luxury Group, a company dedicated to digital strategies for luxury brands. Previously, Rohr was the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Antiquorum SA, a leading Horological Auction House. Rohr holds a BS and master’s degree from New York University Stern School of Business. He is a jury member of the GPHG since 2013, a member of the cultural council of the Foundation of Haute Horology and a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. In addition, Rohr is a Trustee of the Horological Society of New York.
Benjamin Clymer, Advisor
Benjamin Clymer is the Founder & CEO of HODINKEE. Clymer is widely considered to be a leading voice in the wristwatch industry. He is regularly quoted in major publications including The New York Times, Reuters, Forbes, Departures, GQ, and the Financial Times, and was dubbed “The High Priest of Horology” by The New York Times in 2013. Clymer has acted as a consultant and guest speaker for Apple, and was named to “The Hypebeast Hundred” as one of the 100 most important influencers in global culture in both 2013 and 2014. As part of his entrepreneurial pursuits beyond HODINKEE, Clymer frequently curates items for vintage watch sales. He spends the majority of his time traveling the world, jetting to everywhere from Geneva to Tokyo to tour watch factories and report on high-end watch auctions. Clymer lives in downtown New York City and holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. In addition, Clymer is a Trustee of the Horological Society of New York.