Nico van der Horst is the founder of Pride & Pinion: Ireland’s
only dedicated luxury watch boutique.
Over the last four years, Nico and the team have sourced and sold
countless luxury watches for celebrities, collectors, investors and
everyday people alike.
During lockdown, he and the team started posting videos under the
name Nico Leonard — which in just one year has become the largest
watch social media presence on the planet with 100’s of millions of
In today’s episode we cover:
Nico’s origin story
from the Netherlands to Northern Ireland)
Why family and legacy matter so much to him
How failure and dark days have led to his success today
And the greatest challenges/successes he’s experienced along the
This is a heartfelt conversation with someone I’ve known and
admired for a long time and without a doubt one of the best
interviews we’ve ever shared.
Throughout all he’s faced, Nico’s determination and passion to give
back to Northern Ireland and put Belfast on the map make him one of
our unsung heroes and Belfast’s best-kept secret.
We believe Northern Ireland has a better story to tell — one that goes beyond bombs, bullets and a sunken ship.
You are part of this story.
With 180+ conversations featuring some of the incredible people who call this place home, our weekly show gives you the chance to get away from the clickbait and connect with the amazing things happening on your doorstep.
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