You clicked the about link, which probably means you want to know who is behind this watch blog. Robert-Jan Broer started the Fratello Watches website in 2004, being one of the first watch blogs around. What started as a hobby, turned out to be one of the best read on-line watch magazines in the world.
Opinionated watch reviews, news coverage, unique stories, columns, photo-essays, manufacture visits and watch event reports to name a few. We’ve been mentioned in a number of publications because of our unique content or special projects, both on-line and off-line (e.g. Financial Times, Style: Men, Forbes, GQ, AskMen etc.). In 2014, Fratello Watches was made part of publishing powerhouse Ebner Publishing. In 2018, Fratello Watches continues as an independent publication which enables us to focus on what’s important: great content!
Today, Fratello Watches consists of a team of professionals that are active in the field of watches for a long time.
Bored and fed-up with his day-time job, Robert-Jan started a blog in 2004 about watches. Fratello Watches was born (Fratello is Italian for brother, or ‘Broer’ in Dutch, his last name. Fratello is being pronounced everywhere the same though, unlike ‘Broer’). Always fascinated by timepieces, since he was a kid, and his first mechanical timepiece was an Omega Speedmaster Professional. Robert-Jan has a special interest in mechanical watches, including (Grand) Seiko’s Spring Drive technology, but doesn’t say no to an interesting quartz or tuning fork watch either.
Bert Buijsrogge has worked in the real-estate business for 15 years and combined his passion for watches and photography over the years. He became famous for his watch photography and created a specific branded watch calendar for a couple of years. Most of the photos seen on Fratello Watches are made by Bert. Besides working for Fratello Watches, he runs a photography business with a strong focus on watches.
Gerard has been in the watch industry for over two decades now. He owns a watch shop in The Hague, The Netherlands, and besides that he has journalistic and photographic activities in the field of watches. Collecting watches since he was six years old (true!) and triggered by a friend, he bought his first ‘real’ watch in the late eighties; an Omega Speedmaster Professional with glass back. This was the first watch of a nice, even today ever growing, collection.
Blaise has been a fan of watches as long as he can remember. His passion for watches really took off in 2007 when he purchased his first fine Swiss timepiece. From 2007 up to recently, he was also an active and involved member of a number of on-line watch communities. Blaise has a weak spot for vintage Omega watches and vintage watches in general.
Michael has worked in the Automotive Industry and is currently in the Electronics Industry. When he’s not cruising at 30,000 feet, he calls Frankfurt, Germany and outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home. Michael became interested in watches at a young age through the influence of his father. His interests lie in a wide array of watches, but he has a real passion for Seikos, Rolex and 60’s-70’s chronographs.
Teun van Heerebeek
During his college period watches became top of mind for him. Since he has a bachelor’s degree in design he often focusses on watch-design matters, but also adores the more technical side of watches and watchmaking. He is the founder/illustrator of Watches & Pencils and contributes to opinionated articles with a humorous and creative topping here on Fratello Watches. Together with you he likes to explore the vast watch-lands in all it’s diversity. Not only the obvious articles and reviews, but also more brand independent and autonomic topics like watch hands, typical WIS terms and aesthetic cases.
Sky is the founder of SKOLORR, the curated hub dedicated to the pedigreed independent watchmakers. SKOLORR is official partners with Farfetch and Quintessentially, handpicking fine watches from independent brands for their cool-hunting clients. Sky has operated at the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry for over a decade. She is a columnist for Europa Star, the 90-year old most respected watch industry publication. With passion and insider insights, Sky reveals the fascinating world of Independent Watchmaking from a perspective out-of-the-ordinary.