Donor: Andrew Perez
Astor + Banks Fortitude
Andrew Perez is a self-proclaimed watch nerd and is founder of Chicago-based Astor + Banks. A watch guy since his dad first showed him his Timex Indiglo, he purchased his first watch while stationed in Germany during his military service. Astor + Banks watches use mechanical and Swiss quartz movements that are all assembled in Chicago. The company aims to make the finest timepieces using the highest quality materials for durability, reliability, and great design that you will enjoy for a lifetime.
The Fortitude is a great everyday watch with the versatility to go from formal to casual any day of the week. Things to love are the size at only 38.5 mm, sand dial with matte dark gunmetal grey hands and its extremely comfortable bracelet with the perfect taper from 20 mm down to 16 mm at the buckle. Along with 660 ft of water resistance, you will also get an anti-magnetic feature allowing your watch to withstand 20,000 A/m of magnetism without affecting your timekeeping.
The Brian LaViolette Foundation was formed by the LaViolette family to honor the memory of their son, Brian, who passed away in a swimming accident in Green Bay, Wisconsin when he was just fifteen years old in 1992. Brian was not only an excellent student, athlete, and musician, but he loved watches, starting his own collection when he was four years of age.
Since 1992, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has presented 1,058 scholarships to deserving college-bound students in Northeastern Wisconsin, the United States, and other parts of the world. The Foundation continues Brian's legacy by helping high school seniors financially to achieve their educational dreams and, at the same time, providing them with encouragement and inspiration.