I was recently in Reykjavik Iceland for my 25th wedding Anniversary celebration for a week.
I highly recommend going there as the scenery is incredible and the people friendly and beautiful.
Here is a pic of Old Reykjavik from their central church tower:
While there, I visited both of the excellent Watchmakers, Michelsen and JS Watch, but surprising to me, only brief visits.
I admit I am a bit of a dummy: for each Watchmaker, the people I met were most welcoming, most passionate about watches, and very friendly towards someone who was 'just looking'.
But I didn't take many pictures! And none of their own watches! Almost unforgivable really as the people really made the experiences and their own watches were the real story.
Oh well, I will write what I do have I guess.
At Michelsen, Michelsen śrsmišir I met Magnus and Frank (Jr) Michelsen. It is a family business.
Both very real, authentic people. Passionate about watches in general.
I did have a small point-and-shoot camera with me on my 1st visit, so as they are an AD for Romane Jerome, I snapped a few of pics.
(I have a friend that covets one, although not to my own taste)
Frank (Jr) even wore the same watch as my own Yachtmaster daily-wearer:
(How often do I see *that* in the wild? = never)
I visited Michelsen twice, hoping on the 2nd visit that there was something I could justify buying but I had already bought my wife a blue diamond ring as an anniversary gift with a dinner at Reykjavik's finest restaurant, the Perlan (Pearl in Icelandic) so my budget was directed elsewhere. Amazing (!!!) service and food there. Not inexpensive but a fine experience.
On our last day leaving, Frank Michelsen (Jr) saw my wife and I standing near their store and came outside to the sidewalk to chat and inevitably to say 'Au Revoir'.
Just willing to chat with a fellow watch enthusiast. I really felt his personal warmth.
I visited JS Watch Collection ā€” JS Watch Company Reykjavik on my first day and somehow didn't make it back.
Don't know why as I met Sigurdur Gilbertsson and he was also friendly, passionate and welcoming!
I was showed the JS Watch back room workspace and a new watch model which is not yet announced.
Beautiful. Really beautiful. I cannot say more. Visit them or watch their Facebook page I guess.
Thank you to all the people of Iceland that we encountered; without fail warm and friendly and quirky and really made our visit great!