For over a decade, Josh Shanks has been enamored by all things horological. His passion started when he found his great-grandfather's World War I Elgin pocket watch in a sock drawer. Over the years, he’s added a diverse set of brands (independent, micro-brands, and major groups) to his collection. Prior to joining the watch industry full-time, Josh was a technologist at a high frequency trading firm. Outside of watches and technology, Josh has been a journalist for over a decade, writing about technology, wine, and now watches. Josh has contributed to several top watch publications. In 2017, he took the opportunity of joining Watchonista to open and lead our North American office and editorial efforts. Josh shares Watchonista’s values of passion, collecting, watchmaking, and most importantly, community.