Retailer Spotlight Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers In The Washington, D.C. Area, And Projekt8 In Bahrain
This week, we center around retailers at the force focus of two countries: Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers in McLean, VA, part of the more prominent Washington D.C. territory, and Projekt8 in Manama, Bahrain, a little island state in the Persian Gulf. The previous was set up in 1978, when Jimmy Carter was involving the White House as it were. The last is a lot more youthful and comes from originator Ali Mudara’s commitment to following a dream in the wake of leaving a “protected” profession at a French Bank to venture into the universe of horology.
I talked with Paul Witchie, the Vice President of Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers and Mudara, an establishing accomplice of Projekt8, to find out about the two retailers’ experiences and what they’re doing in light of the worldwide pandemic. The likenesses in the difficulties the two of them face are especially fascinating. Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers is at the core of the spot that settles on the public choices that steer the fate of the USA. Then, in a spot that most Americans are in all likelihood new to in the Persian Gulf, similar difficulties are being confronted, both on a public scale and in the realm of horology.
Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers
Everybody has a creation story. What's yours?
Since our beginning in 1978, Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers has exhibited a commitment to greatness, an enthusiasm for esteem, and a promise to offer remarkable assistance. We are a nearby, family-claimed and worked business that invests wholeheartedly in having the option to serve our community. Our company remains D.C’s. chief and extravagance objective for a considerable lot of the world’s generally pursued brands, including such regarded ones as Rolex and Patek Philippe.
Rolex heads at Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers
With humble beginnings as a 16-year-old enterprising handcart merchant, Tom Liljenquist sold carefully assembled spoon rings in Georgetown. Over a 40-year time frame with his companion turned colleague Sidney Beckstead, the pair extended the business into what has become the Washington Metropolitan territory’s head extravagance watch retailer.
Today, Liljenquist & Beckstead’s focal point is in Tysons Corner, Virginia inside Washington D.C’s. extravagance shopping objections: The Tysons Galleria and The Shops at Fairfax Square. Our different areas remember stores for Bethesda and Annapolis, Maryland.
How has Liljenquist & Beckstead been supporting the watch community?
Our customers length all types of the Swiss watch fan, from a modern gatherer with a profound comprehension of the business to the first-run through purchaser looking for the direction and information on an exceptionally prepared proficient who can dispassionately manage them all through the whole purchasing experience. Our partners invest wholeheartedly in being of administration to customers on each level.
Inside Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers.
To guarantee their readiness to address the issues and horological interests of the company’s refined customers, Liljenquist & Beckstead’s 60 committed partners are broadly prepared, very much read, and conversant in the complex language of the business. Notwithstanding participating in many brand-held trainings, the company delegates brand ministers to encourage routine updates for individual deals experts, underscoring the exceptional set on an accomplished team.
The company’s times of progress can be ascribed to the novel corporate culture set up by the accomplices, Tom Liljenquist and Sidney Beckstead. We put stock in various rules that drive us to greatness: trust, quality, client care, item information, and the association with our community.
In expansion, Liljenquist & Beckstead effectively supports, has, and supports numerous exceptional occasions in our general vicinity, and our watch experts have joined in and been essential for the watch business’ most significant shows and trainings for in excess of a quarter-century.
What watches do you convey that people ought to be focusing on the present moment?
Everyone has various inspirations when buying a watch. Regardless of whether as a present for an individual assortment or to commend an accomplishment, there is a passionate association with wearing a watch. Watches are down to earth in capacity and can become part of an every day normal or a token of a unique second as expected. At this moment is an extremely energizing chance to be a watch devotee as a considerable lot of our brands are currently delivering new item for 2020. The sharing of new advancements among watch producers in Switzerland has made watches more strong than any other time and collectible at each value point. The majority of our staff have been in the business for more than 20 years, so we can advise and manage you, pointing you the correct way dependent on your own preferences and inclinations. There is an out thing there for everyone.
Watchmakers on staff.
What do you spend significant time in?
Liljenquist & Beckstead represents considerable authority in the deal and after-deal administration of 16 of the world’s best Swiss watch brands. We will probably not just offer an unmatched determination of perfect watches, yet additionally to offer the uncompromising assistance needed to keep up what we sell for a long time into the future. Our company likewise works in the offer of fine gems just as curated used and vintage timepieces.
An evening undertaking facilitated by Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers.
How could clients and those keen on buying a watch associate with you?
With the wellbeing and security of our staff and community as our most elevated need, the entirety of our stores stay shut uncertainly for in-person interviews. Nonetheless, we are working intimately with a few dispatch administrations to make nearby conveyances to our customers. We stay accessible if the need arises and at your administration all day, every day through our contact page on our site. Also, clients keen on buying another watch are welcome to see our online choice .
The Rolex exhibit inside Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers.
Liljenquist & Beckstead Jewelers
8075 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182
2001 International Drive Suite 1798M
McLean, VA 22102
1660 Annapolis Mall
Annapolis, MD 21401
7101 Democracy Blvd
2412 Westfield Montgomery Mall
Bethesda, MD 20817
Everybody has a creation story. What’s yours?
HE Sheik Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa envisioned focus, with Ali Mudara, accomplice at Projekt 8 on the right.
As an account major, my fantasy was to follow my dad’s strides and become a broker, which I accomplished for a very long time as a currency market merchant in a top French Bank, first in Bahrain and later in Dubai. Similar to HODINKEE’s Ben Clymer, I got exhausted after the subprime emergency and Lehman’s breakdown around 2007-08 and got myself internet understanding increasingly more about watches and vehicles.
Fast forward a couple of years, Instagram was conceived, and I staggered on this new brand considered SEVENFRIDAY whose proprietor consented to give up dispersion in a couple countries in our area. I understood that SEVENFRIDAY had a disposition that was unique, and the way to deal with life was more pleasant than an exhausting work area job.
By the finish of 2016, business was acceptable, and I wound up getting more interwoven into the business with the yearly journey to Baselworld and later SIHH, meeting new and fascinating individuals and studying an insane bundle of brands who didn’t adjust to the standards: the non mainstream players or free watchmakers. It was a daily existence not so much genuine but rather more fun, and it was tied in with developing and making watches out of affection and energy for the work of art. Not having appropriate portrayal, I quit my bank work, and with my sibling, chosen to open an idea store called Projekt8 to oblige the non mainstream players in Bahrain and attempt to instruct the majority about these generally secret brands. The purpose behind the name was straightforward: a great venture, spelled in the German structure as a respect to the brand from Zurich that began everything and “8” for the quantity of years it required some investment I began learning until the time we opened.
Our portfolio incorporates MB&F, Ressence, H. Moser & Cie, Urwerk, HYT, Laurent Ferrier, Armin Strom, SEVENFRIDAY, Gorilla, and The Electricianz.
Inside Projekt 8.
How has Projekt8 been supporting the watch community?
Projekt8 is about enthusiasm for novel watchmaking, so we ensure that our entryways are open for any individual who wishes to talk watches. Our staff are fans and welcome a visit over an espresso and some great watch viewing. We have facilitated various occasions throughout the long term, quite a watchmaking class for aficionados with Armin Strom’s innovative chief, a track day in the driver’s seat of a race vehicle with HYT’s CEO, and watch talk with MB&F’s own special Max Busser. We have even facilitated companions of the store at Baselworld and SIHH to have direct involvement in the brands and their creations.
What watches do you convey that people ought to be focusing on the present moment?
A restricted release HYT that was made related to Projekt 8.
A troublesome inquiry since all that we convey has a lovely story.
MB&F: The company has truly changed the manner in which individuals take a gander at watches and unites the best personalities not avoiding anything. The Bulldog, delivered in April, is an extraordinary illustration of how insane yet wonderful the craft of watchmaking can be.
H. Moser & Cie: The dissidents that can sell a watch without the logo on the dial – a brand that wouldn’t fret having some good times and making delightful watches for the advanced world, yet keeping the quality and uprightness of the old. The Streamliner (dispatched in January) is another section that just demonstrates the Moser group are genuine mavericks.
Ressence: The Type-2 is bringing innovation into a centuries-old thought and having the world take notice.
HYT: For hundreds of years watchmakers were making a point to keep fluid out of a watch, however HYT does the inverse – bringing fluid inside the watch and utilizing it to tell the time with assistance from researchers, scientific experts, and the space industry.
Urwerk: Considered one of the most punctual free brands and with one of the least yearly creations, it is consistently hard to have stock accessible for enthusiasts to see in store. Case in point: the most recent UR-100.
Launching the HYT restricted release with a part from the Swiss Council.
What do you have practical experience in?
An Armin Strom watchmaking class facilitated by Projekt8.
We have some expertise in giving the most special and restricted watches on the planet. Eliteness is the objective: a customer can request a bespoke special piece, and we can orchestrate it with specific brands we carry.
Laurent Ferrier watchmaking class.
How might clients and those keen on buying a watch associate with you?
Having found out such a huge amount about watches on the web, it was vital for me and significant to have an online presence with an web based business stage . We can gladly say that we are the lone provincial watch store that can sell (certain brands) online territorially and internationally at www.projekt-8.com
We can be reached through email email@example.com just as on Instagram @projekt.8 and I and our staff are exceptionally glad to answer inquiries.