Walt Odets is legendary in the world of watch writing, having penned some of the most impactful watch criticism back before watch brands held sway over publications. In Walt’s second podcast with Allen, the two discuss Walt’s five personal favorite watches from his own collection. And they are stunners.
Podcast Conversations E17 – Bulova’s 20th Century Mechanical Prowess (w Michael Benavente of Bulova and Colin de Tonnac of Semper & Adhuc)
Allen speaks with Michael Benavente of Bulova and Colin de Tonnac of Semper & Adhuc about the history of Bulova as a mechanical watchmaker. There’s a lot to learn here. For example, did you know that Bulova once employed more Swiss mechanical watchmakers than any other brand, including the Swiss ones? Michael provides historical perspective… Read more »
Podcast Conversations E16 – Walt Odets, The Original Watch Blogger
Horology Inc. provides us with a vast array of dial colors able to splash dopamine onto our opiate receptors. We often dismiss new colors as a superficial trend lacking horological innovation, but Allen argues that – because splashy dials spontaneously inspire joy, beauty, and emotions that, science has shown, replicate our experience of Love – great dials may be closer to the center of The Aesthetic Revolution than we ever imagined.
Podcast Conversations E15 – From Singapore to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taiwan, New York, London & Beyond
Daniel and Lung Lung from The Waiting List podcast join Allen and James for a 2-hour conversation about how unique regional cultural experiences shape our attitudes toward watches and each other. Expect a lot of laughter and surprises as cross-cultural discoveries emerge in this lively conversation. Related Articles
Podcast Conversations E14 – Ducatis, Watches & Espresso Machines (With Jon Ferrer from Brew Watches)
Allen and Jon both ride Ducati Panigale V2s, and therefore have much to talk about. But they don’t talk all that much about motorcycles, instead focusing on Jon’s family’s history at Cartier and Tiffany, Italian espresso machines, and the indie watch scene. Related Articles
Podcast Conversations E13 – Defending NASA & The Omega Speedmaster (w Greg Bedrosian)
Greg knows his Star Wars, Speedmasters and NASA history inside out. Greg’s rebuttal to Allen’s deconstruction of “Grand American Space Narratives” via the Swiss watch industry opens up new ways of thinking about the Omega Speedmaster, humanity’s role in space, and much more.
Podcast Conversations E12 – The Quartz “Disruption” of the 1970s (w Pedro Mendes)
Pedro comes on to discuss his new-found acceptance of some quartz watches, and he and Allen end up discussing the Quartz Crisis from many different angles.
Podcast Conversations E11 – Is Your Pilot’s Watch a Nazi Watch? (with Oren Hartov)
We see so many recreations of vintage watches issued to commemorate moments in history, people, wars, accomplishments, and so on. A certain line of WWII pilot’s watch recreations present difficult questions about memorializing the Hitler’s Nazi regime. Israeli paratrooper and military watch expert Oren Hartov joins Allen in an open dialogue which explores numerous angles… Read more »
Podcast Conversations E10 – The Oris Calibre 400 Movement (with VJ Geronimo)
The Calibre 400 is not the first of Oris’ in-house modern movements, but it is their first work-horse automatic winding movement of the modern era. Designed from the ground-up according to Oris’ value-focused ethos, this movement is highly efficient, packs a 5-day power reserve, is robustly anti-magnetic, and happens to look a bit like the… Read more »
Podcast Conversations E9 – Seiko’s Dueling Factories, (w David Flett & Pedro Mendes)
Seiko famously had two factories working simultaneously in both collaboration and competition to produce the most accurate watches in the world in order to beat the Swiss at their own game. David and Pedro had done deep research into this topic and come up with new intel that’s fascinating in its own right, and very… Read more »