Officially licensed by the University of Kansas, the Fieldhouse Blue is inspired by the legacy of basketball. With James Naismith's original 13 Rules of Basketball micro-etched on the dial of the timepiece,...
Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Star
But the story of Niall is a distinctly Kansas City story, from a founder who grew up here in the suburbs, to a head watchmaker who joined the company after seeing a story in the local newspaper, to a breakthrough moment earlier this summer that included an unexpected spark from Yost, the now cultishly popular manager of the surging Royals.
Stephen Pulvirent, Hodinkee
There's a lot going on in American watchmaking right now. In particular, a new breed of small brand has started popping up, with passionate watch guys quitting their former day jobs to tackle horology themselves in their hometowns. But it's not easy. I wanted to get a better sense of what actual problems are facing these new U.S. watch brands, so I spoke with Michael Wilson, founder of Niall Watches in Kansas City, to get the story right from the source.
Leslie Collins, Business Journal
Niall's watches have graced the wrists of well-known actors and sports celebrities, such as Kansas City Royals Manager Ned Yost; NFL coaching veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion Gary Kubiak; and Olympic gold medal winner Jack Sock. In August, Niall earned national kudos, ranking No. 1 on The Good Trade's "Guide to American Made Watches." But that's not enough, Wilson said. He's focused on transforming Niall into one of the best watchmakers in the world.