Watch and Listen

Roberto Chiappelloni, a rare watch collector and owner of Manfredi Jewels, has been obsessed with watches since he was a little boy growing up on a farm in Piacenza, Italy. He views timepieces as fine mechanical works of art and could spend hours talking about the rich historical background of horology and the most innovative and stylish brands on the market today.

With the launch of his new podcast, The Rare Watch Man, Chiappelloni will do just that. Manfredi collaborated with award-winning syndicated talk radio personality and entrepreneur Debbie Nigro to create this one-of-a-kind series, which is an unprecedented live radio/podcast hybrid for Nigro’s World Class Interviews Division. Through eight episodes, Chiappelloni will share how he first discovered fine watches, how he went on to open his first store in Greenwich in 1988, a history of the most recognizable brands, his recommendations for other collectors, personal anecdotes, as well as his viewpoint on how the Apple Watch will actually strengthen the fine timepiece industry.

“I loved teaming up with Debbie to create these podcasts,” says Chiappelloni. “One of my greatest loves in this world is watches. The Rare Watch Man series gave me a unique opportunity to share my experience and knowledge with others. If you do something you have a passion for, then life is easy.”

The Rare Watch Man podcast is now available through On Demand Podcasting, on iTunes and at

Chiappelloni’s Top Picks for Fine Watches Right This Minute

1. Zenith Chronomaster El Primero

38mm, automatic column-wheel chronograph, original 1969 case. Retail price: $6,700

2. Chronomètre Souveraine Havana
40 mm, platinum case, Havana brown guilloche dial. A new dial color for the award-winning icon from F.P. Journe.
Retail price: $35,400

3. Historiques Triple Calendrier 1948
Reference: 3100V/000R-B359 by Vacheron Constantin. Limited Edition of 200 watches. A modern version of a classic triple calendar moonphase from 1946 in a 40 mm rose gold case.
Retail price: $35,000

Photographs: Contributed

Shreve, Crump & Low’s East Coast Open Kick-Off

On most days, if you want to find a polo pony on Greenwich Avenue, the most likely spot would be on a Polo shirt at Ralph Lauren. Not so on Wednesday, August 24. Stroll up to Shreve, Crump & Low’s showroom at 6 p.m. in the evening, and you’ll find a majestic sight: polo horses—of the live variety—right there on the Avenue.


The horses and their mounts, professional polo players, will greet guests of Shreve, Crump & Low’s East Coast Open kick-off event, which will be co-hosted by The United States Polo Association, Greenwich Polo Club and Audi. One of the most prestigious polo competitions in the United States, the East Coast Open features eight of polo’s top teams and about 100 players will attend Shreve, Crump & Low’s private cocktail party to eye the beautiful silver trophies created by the jeweler for the winners of each match. The event will feature an official draw to decide the polo teams’ placement in the historic tournament.

Spectators can get in on the fun with the Shreve, Crump & Low Super Secret Mystery Box Giveaway Challenge. During the stomping of the divots at the August 28 and September 4 matches, polo fans are invited to search for special keys hidden on the field. Ten key holders will get a chance to see if their key unlocks the box during the September 4 trophy ceremony. The fan with the lucky key will win a mystery prize, valued at up to $2,000. (Key holders must be eighteen years or older.) Shreve, Crump & Low also has exclusive polo gifts for purchase, which celebrate polo and the equestrian lifestyle.


“The East Coast Open represents high-goal polo at the pinnacle of the sport,” comments Brian Walker, vice president of Shreve, Crump & Low. “There is no better place to watch the most exciting polo tournament of the summer than right here in our very own backyard. Shreve, Crump & Low has been America’s oldest purveyor of jewelry, watches and gifts, and a patron of tradition since 1796. The tradition of sportsmanship that surrounds the East Coast Open dates back over 125 years. We are proud to partner with the Greenwich Polo Club as the official trophy sponsor in support of this rich tradition. Go White Birch!”

Shreve, Crump & Low: 125 Greenwich Avenue

East Coast Open: August 28 – September 11 (Sundays), Greenwich Polo Club
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For Your Favorite Horse Love: Shreve, Crump & Low’s Exclusive Polo Gifts

Polo player salt and pepper shakers in pewter
Polo player salt and pepper shakers in pewter
Polo boots salt and pepper shakers in pewter
Polo boots salt and pepper shakers in pewter
Horse champagne bucket in pewter
Horse champagne bucket in pewter
Sterling silver horse and glass champagne bucket
Sterling silver horse and glass champagne bucket
Mint julep cups in sterling silver
Mint julep cups in sterling silver
Tack platter in pewter
Tack platter in pewter

Prices range from $50 – $500

Players and event photography by Chichi Ubina; Product image courtesy of Shreve, Crump & Low