Attorney Jeffrey Goodman chats about his growing watch collection, and why versatility means everything when looking for his next timepiece.
There’s something about having a great watch on your wrist that just gives you a confident start to your day,” says Jeffrey Goodman, who is the youngest partner in Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky’s history, and has recovered more than $1 billion in personal injury and wrongful death cases before the age of 35. Goodman is a Philly man at heart—he grew up in Ambler and graduated from Temple Law School in 2010. Today, he represents victims of mass disasters or wrongful deaths. “As a trial lawyer, there are very few ways that you get to distinguish yourself in what you wear,” he says. “Watches are one of the few ways that we get to show our personality and be a little bit different.” Different is certainly one way to put it, but his latest addition is undeniably classic—a striking F.P. Journe Chronomètre Souverain in 18K rose gold that he found at Govberg Jewelers (govbergwatches.com) earlier this year.
According to Goodman, he has other partners at the firm, especially founder Robert Mongeluzzi, to thank for his fascination with timepieces, as many of them are collectors. His first watch—a Hublot Super B Flyback, which he purchased after winning a national championship for Trial Team—holds the most sentimental value. “It is essentially my championship ring,” he says of the rose gold-bezel and black-dial chronograph piece. Today, he has several major timepieces in his growing collection. His current favorite— although he admits that it rotates constantly— is the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G for its versatile style that works perfectly for both a day in court and a casual night out. Other coveted brands include Kari Voutilainen and Philippe Dufour Simplicity. “I love the idea of having a watch on my wrist that 99 percent of people will think is just a good looking watch, but that true collectors will be blown away by,” he says. “I appreciate all of the details when it comes to watches—especially the dedication that designers [have] to create so many different components before incorporating them all together.”