AD: I entered the Forum and saw that people were uploading pictures of watches. I could not understand what they were talking about. I had no idea of the models or the calibers; I knew nothing but everybody seemed to know everything.
My comments were “wow such a nice watch” and “congratulations to your acquisition”. Not very clever, nor interesting. At that point I was about to give up when I got an e-mail from you, who back then as you know was the Forum Moderator. That e-mail urged me to keep up visiting and at the end it said, “In six months you’ll be an expert.” You were wrong: I was no expert by any means but I had my first IWC, the Aquatimer Automatic Ref. 3548.
MF: My thought back then was that you could significantly contribute to the forum community.
AD: Then, like a year later, I received another e-mail asking me if I wanted to participate in the Collectors meeting taking place in Schaffhausen just before SIHH.
There have been many more invitations and SIHH attendances since then, where I met people I only knew through their everyday writing on the Forum and who became my good old friends now.
MF: It’s great when the Forum goes beyond virtual reality to an actual presence. And to me it’s very special when friendships develop.
AG: Indeed. Through the forum I met a guy. We had exchanged only some emails and small Forum chats, and now he has become family to me. It’s Roberto Muraglia from Italy –my best friend, brother and Godfather to my only daughter Melina. Roberto’s exquisite taste and unparalleled sense of humor are one of a kind.
So when my daughter was born I asked Roberto to be the Godfather which he accepted. There also were other collectors and very good friends who made it to the ceremony in Kavala like Dimitris Psaromialos with his wife Maro from Greece, and also Jim and Dorothy Pearson from the US honored us with their presence.