The way Mario Grauso tells it, he wasn’t really given a choice when it comes to collecting watches. A love of timepieces was passed down from his grandfather, to his father and then to him (and, it should be noted, his son Harry is already following in their footsteps). It started when he was gifted with a selection of his father’s watches. “He started forking them over so I ended up with probably over 30 or 40 from him,” he says. And his collection has only grown from there. Grown a lot.
Grauso came to Joe Fresh in 2013, hand-picked by Joe Mimran to be Chief Operating Officer, and ultimately, his successor when the founder stepped down in 2015. Now splitting his time between New York and Toronto, Grauso invited us into his Yorkville home to talk about collecting, watches first and foremost, but also art. But then again, with timepieces like these, the two are nearly indistinguishable.