Interview: Waldan Watches President, Andrew Waldan

"These watches are only the beginning," he says of the American-made line he launched to commemorate his father's legacy

Oscar Waldan, the namesake behind Waldan Watches, was a Polish watchmaker trained by a man named Manek, a fellow prisoner at the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during WWII. Oscar, in between apprenticing for Manek, endured unthinkable conditions and torture under the Nazis, until liberated, when he fled to Switzerland. While there, he furthered his passion for watchmaking and maintenance, and formulated a plan to relocate to …

“At Home I’m A Tourist”

Selim Varol displays a few of his 15,000 artist toys in Berlin

For most of us, collecting toys is a hobby that can consume our youth, holding the excitement of adding to our bounty, finding the next big thing or forging relationships with other collectors. Few carry the pursuit into adulthood, becoming supercollectors to the utmost degree. Selim Varol is one of those exceptions, in a big way. Varol began collecting toys when he was six, later …

Musical Toys

Three downsized instruments teach aspiring children musical basics

Developing an interest in music at a young age is tremendously important to a child’s development. While toy versions of instruments have always been popular among parents, it can be difficult to parse the cheap imitators from the quality products. Coming out of this year’s Toy Fair, there were a few notable companies that are uniting design and durability in child-oriented instruments. Loog Guitar The …