Not too long ago, I chatted with one in every of my favourite artists, Misha Mansoor, about his newfound curiosity in watches and the way it began. Misha is the founder and one in every of three guitarists within the American metallic band, Periphery. His assortment begins with an curiosity in watch mechanisms and grows to the appreciation of design and historical past. Whether or not you’re into any such music or not, Misha is a extremely educated and passionate collector of watches and one of many nicest guys within the music enterprise.
Periphery is one in every of my favourite rock bands in existence. As quickly as I heard the opening riff to “Icarus Lives” from Periphery’s eponymous first album, I used to be hooked. The music is heavy for a lot of tastes however can also be extremely melodic and downright unimaginable to play. Every member of the band is on the prime of their sport with regards to their respective instrument. In my view, Periphery is without doubt one of the standout bands within the modern-day rock scene that popularized the progressive sub-genre of metallic. Syncopation, dissonance, frequent time signature adjustments, highly effective songwriting, and cutting-edge manufacturing are important parts of a Periphery album.
I started following Misha on Instagram fairly just lately, and his account was a celebration of his pursuits. His automotive assortment is to die for in addition to his intensive assortment of guitars. However it was his watch posts that shocked me essentially the most. I reached out, and we talked forwards and backwards about how he obtained into watches and which of them have ended up in his assortment. Under is the transcript of that dialogue, so please get pleasure from it.
Interview with Misha Mansoor
Ben Hodges: Misha Mansoor, welcome to Fratello. Earlier than we get began, I’d like to precise how a lot of a privilege it’s for me to have you ever be a part of us on our web site. The final time I obtained to see you guys stay was November 2019 on the O2 Discussion board London. Sadly, with out Mark however a fantastic present, nonetheless. It was made much more particular by changing into Periphery’s first-ever stay album the next yr. So, it was unbelievable to be part of the gang for that — particularly when “Blood Eagle” kicked in!
Apparent query first, however how has it been the previous 18-months with restricted touring?
Misha Mansoor: Actually, I’ve been very lucky prior to now 18 months. I’ve been preserving fairly busy; taking good care of companies, engaged on stuff with the band, engaged on music, solo initiatives, aspect initiatives — all that enjoyable stuff. I’ve been nurturing a few of my hobbies that I’ve all the time wished to get into. I’ve simply been attempting to profit from this downtime, so I don’t actually thoughts being residence from tour — I sort of like it. So, it’s been good to have time to work on these different features of my life and my different pursuits. I notice it’s been tough for a lot of, so I positively contemplate myself very lucky in that regard.
BH: Have you ever guys been busy within the studio, or did you employ the time to take a break or work on some solo initiatives?
MM: We’ve been writing new Periphery materials — nevertheless it’s very preliminary. And as we discovered with Periphery IV, there’s rather a lot to be gained from taking our time with it and taking breaks between the writing classes, and assessing the work that we’ve executed. So, we’re going to proceed with that format and move. However already, the stuff that we’re writing is tremendous promising — I’m very excited in regards to the vibe of issues. I’m not fully positive the way it’s all going to pan out as a result of we’re going to only proceed engaged on that each one yr. I additionally lastly put collectively a solo album after 15 years. I used to be proud sufficient of it to place it out — however I’m positive everybody will hate it. I’m glad it would simply be out, although, to be sincere — it’s in all probability extra of a cathartic factor. And I’ve been doing a little work on some aspect initiatives like Haunted Shores — which has been lots of enjoyable.
BH: I got here throughout your IG account fairly late, nevertheless it’s been a blast following your antics, particularly throughout quarantine. It actually stored my spirits up. However I additionally took word of the sick watch pictures you had been sharing. How did you get into watches?
MM: So far as watches go, it’s sort of attention-grabbing. I didn’t actually put on watches a lot; possibly after I was in highschool, I had like a tacky G-Shock on the time. It’s humorous as a result of I like G-Shocks now. However Spencer (Periphery lead singer) had this Fossil watch. I assume he purchased different watches for himself, and he wasn’t carrying the Fossil, and he was like, “would you like this?” And I used to be like, “yeah, that is actually cool,” this skeletonized Fossil watch. You possibly can see the inside workings, and I noticed this factor was simply working off of math and kinetic power, and from an engineering standpoint, I discovered it so fascinating. So, I began wanting an increasing number of into these things, and I used to be carrying it on a regular basis. It was a reasonably entry-level watch, and I puzzled what it was like if you happen to spend a bit bit extra money. I began doing analysis about it and simply fell proper into that rabbit gap. And right here we’re a bunch of years later, and I’m in deep.
However I simply discover them fascinating, and I actually respect the merging of artwork and engineering that goes right into a well-made watch. I discover it fascinating how particularly good watches will be correct. I inform individuals it’s sort of like vinyl as I’m properly conscious that a quartz watch or Apple watch or no matter can do much more and do it extra precisely. However it’s this tangible factor that you just’ve obtained that you just get to work together with. That’s stunning for its faults and but actually phenomenally superb on the similar time. So, that’s in all probability what I discover so fascinating about watches.
The watch assortment of Misha Mansoor
BH: What are a number of the watches in your assortment?
MM: So, the primary correct watch that I obtained was this Oris Artix Skeleton. Suppose I used to be influenced by that Fossil watch to get a higher-end skeletonized watch. And I really feel like lots of skeletonized watches look sort of tacky, however that one was sort of a traditional execution. Nonetheless, my mother has that as a result of she simply commandeered that watch in the future, and he or she was like, “can I’ve it?” And I simply felt like she ought to have it — she appeared to love it a lot, and it made her pleased. So, she is now in possession of that; I now not have that watch. However it makes her very pleased, so why not, proper?
After that, I obtained a Nomos Ahoi Atlantik Datum — I actually just like the Nomos type. I like that it’s a German watch, with an in-house motion. I like the Bauhaus aesthetic; I assumed it was actually cool and good bang-for-buck. Possibly not essentially the most correct watch on the earth, nevertheless it’s simply very cool. I get compliments on that one rather a lot after I put on it out. It’s between a sporty and a costume watch, I suppose. I don’t actually consider watches that approach anyway, however that watch I assumed was actually cool. And I actually dig the Nomos stuff, in order that was the following one which I obtained.
Becoming a member of the Darkish Facet of the Moon
MM: After the Nomos, I obtained the Dark Side of the Moon, which is without doubt one of the large boys. I used to be all the time fascinated with that watch. I all the time preferred the Speedmasters; there’s one thing very timeless and traditional about them. I suppose it was as a result of particularly just like the old-school Speedmaster has been round endlessly. However the Darkish Facet of the Moon is that this ceramic variant. I actually like the best way that it sat on my wrist. It was in all probability one of many first watches that I assumed was cool. However then after I had it on my wrist, I used to be like, now I love this. It taught me in regards to the wrist check. And there have been positively watches that I assumed I used to be going to like, however then after I put them on my wrist, I used to be like, “hmm, not fairly feeling it,” and vice versa. And the Darkish Facet of the Moon was an instance of the other. After I attempted it on my wrist, I used to be like yeah, I positively have to search out some strategy to get this.
Snagging the grail Rolex Daytona
MM: Then I managed to snag my grail watch, which was a 116500LN panda Daytona. I really didn’t do a wrist check for that one, however I simply keep in mind seeing that and being like, “that’s the watch.” That appears how a watch ought to look; it says all the pieces I would like it to say. And I like how incognito it’s to a non-watch individual — I just like the silent flex. To those that know, they know, and to everybody else, it’s only a watch that they in all probability assume would value $100, which to them is rather a lot for a watch. And an extended story quick, I got here throughout it with a very good deal on it. I put on that watch rather a lot, and it suits the wrist completely, which made me very pleased.
Buying and selling a guitar for a Zenith
MM: Then I really did a commerce with a buddy for a Zenith Stratos Flyback Rainbow. He’s a enterprise companion and one in every of my greatest buddies. And I keep in mind he was carrying it, and I used to be like, “that’s a cool watch, let me attempt it on.” He misplaced a bunch of weight, assume he went vegan or vegetarian, and he was like, “yeah, I simply don’t put on it anymore as a result of it seems to be sort of whacky on my wrist.” I’ve an even bigger wrist than he does, so we ended buying and selling some gear. I feel I traded a guitar and an amp for that. I take advantage of that watch much more than I used to be utilizing that guitar and amp, so it ended up being an excellent commerce. That was a watch that was the other of the wrist check as a result of I assumed that was going to look horrible on me. However on my wrist, I used to be like, “wow, I really love this,” and I put on that watch rather a lot.
BH: Have any watches gained any sentimentality?
MM: I’d say the one watch that I’ve that has sentimental worth might be the Daytona. Simply because it’s sort of like a grail achieved if that makes any sense. Yeah, I feel the entire different ones I may commerce, and that will be positive. The proof of it’s the truth that the costs are uncontrolled and I may promote it for way over what I paid for it. However I’m nonetheless holding on to it as a result of that’s one I’ll preserve for the remainder of my life.
Lusting for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
BH: Have your tastes modified through the years as you go deeper?
MM: I wouldn’t say my tastes have modified. I imply, there are issues that I all the time thought had been stunning however simply couldn’t justify or afford. There was a cut-off date the place I used to be actually an AP; I feel it was the reference 15500. At that cut-off date, you might get them for like $25,000, now they’re virtually double, in order that’s in all probability not going to occur. And even at that worth, even at $25,000, it was fairly a bit to ask for that watch. The brand new grail (as a result of the goalposts preserve shifting) would in all probability be an A. Lange & Söhne, like if I may get just like the Datograph or one thing like that, could be fairly candy.
BH: Which watches have caught your eye just lately?
MM: I’m after a very good GMT, I feel proper now. That’s in all probability what I’m on the hunt for. And I actually need a discover a good Grand Seiko. There was that SBGH267 that I used to be obsessive about, and I nonetheless virtually remorse not getting it, I may have gotten one barely under the sticker worth, and now they’re virtually double the value as properly, which sucks actually arduous. And I virtually purchased it and had it on my wrist, nevertheless it simply wasn’t fairly doing it for me. Ever since then, I’ve been on the hunt for a very good Grand Seiko. I don’t know if these issues rely as my tastes altering, assume it’s wanting to construct a pleasant strong assortment.
On the hunt for Grand Seiko
BH: I liked your picture of the Omega Speedmaster Darkish Facet of the Moon. We’re into Speedmasters round Fratello. And have created two restricted editions in collaboration with Omega. What was it in regards to the Speedmaster that made you pull the set off to personal it?
MM: I might need already answered the query in regards to the Darkish Facet of the Moon. However as I like automobiles and racing, I’ll all the time be sort of drawn to something that has ties to racing. So, that’s in all probability why initially I checked out it. And I simply love the design. There are some watches which might be simply timeless, I suppose. They haven’t actually modified a lot as they only kind of nailed it. It’s kind of just like the Fender Strat or Tele of watches. That’s really a reasonably apt comparability if you consider it. As a result of all they do is preserve placing the identical one out, or re-issues of outdated ones, or no matter, However it’s like they sort of obtained it proper. In the event that they tried to reinvent it an excessive amount of, it’d be a bit a lot. Even the Darkish Facet of the Moon is a little bit of a departure, however solely simply.
BH: Are many artists or friends in your discipline into watches, or is it fairly a uncommon passion within the metallic scene?
MM: I’d say that within the music scene, I’m not conscious of too many guys who’re tremendous into watches. I’d say it’s positively my automotive buddies, as there appears to be extra of a automotive×watch connection — however not everybody. I’ve some automotive buddies who actually love the engineering of automobiles, however not watches. It’s only a very area of interest factor. As you go additional down the rabbit gap, there’s fairly a barrier of entry as a result of it may be very costly, as you recognize. So, it’s not likely for everyone. I feel lots of people simply have a look at it, and so they’re like, “how is that value that a lot?” However, yeah, positively the automotive scene; I’ve much more those that I nerd out over watches with.
Shopping for a beater look ahead to stage life
BH: Do you put on any watches on stage or whereas jamming?
MM: When jamming, I’ll positively put on watches. On stage, I don’t as a result of we have a tendency to maneuver round rather a lot. We are likely to sweat; I imply, I don’t assume the sweat would actually hassle it. However lots of these watches don’t actually love being shaken. And it appears pointless to sort of put it by that. Possibly I’d get a beater in some unspecified time in the future or one thing that I wouldn’t thoughts. One thing that’s not too correct, to start with. As a result of I feel the accuracy of the watch would get sort of wrecked spending an hour with me on stage. However whereas jamming, I nonetheless would put on a watch. I put on one when driving and sim racing and stuff like that. I often don’t put on it within the bathe or after I’m sleeping, however apart from that — I’ve a watch on more often than not. I simply need to be type to them.
BH: This has been an honor to meet up with you, Misha. That is coming from a couple of of the Fratello staff who’re additionally huge followers of the music you create.
MM: However yeah, thanks for having me. And thanks for all of the enjoyable and attention-grabbing questions. I’ve by no means really executed an interview about watches earlier than, so it was enjoyable to nerd out over them and chat about them a bit bit. Admire you guys having me.
Thanks to Misha Mansoor for providing up his time for this interview. You’ll be able to try his Instagram right here for cool automobiles, guitars, and watches. And you should definitely try Periphery’s music on Spotify right here.