Category: Insights

Podcast Insights E27 – Why I Sold My 50th Birthday Grand Seiko At Age 51

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 Insights E26 – Eccentricity, Ostentation, Wealth & Watches

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 Insights E25 – Horological Hedonism & The Aesthetic Revolution

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 Insights E22 – The Enduring Allure of Luminescence

In this essay-style episode, Allen takes a journey through the history of glow-in-the-dark materials, drawing a personal narrative spanning five decades alongside a technological and psycho-evolutionary analysis of luminescence. 

Podcast Insights E23 – Rolex vs. Gen X

In this essay-style episode, Allen takes a journey through the history of glow-in-the-dark materials, drawing a personal narrative spanning five decades alongside a technological and psycho-evolutionary analysis of luminescence. 

Podcast Insights E21 – Rethinking The Space Race & The Omega Speedmaster

Allen finally takes on this horological masterpiece, which he’s never really felt anything for at all – perhaps until now. From musicological analysis of Phillip Glass’s minimalist music to deconstructing nationalist narratives, this episode doesn’t critique Omega’s branding of the Speedmaster as much as it critiques modern branding entirely.

Podcast Insights E19 – Wrist-Presence & The Inelegance of Tool Watches

Evolutionary theory suggests that we are drawn to certain people and not others based on hardwired aesthetic judgements wrought over some five-million years. Allen suggests that similar hardwired aesthetics are at play when we judge “wrist presence,” and goes on to suggest that tool watches categorically fail to achieve this elusive quality. A deep dive… Read more »

Podcast Insights E19 – Entropy & The Poetry of Patina

As Elvis once said, “Let’s get way way gone for a change.” Patina is an observable effect of entropy, or the ongoing disordering of the universe. Allen worms his way into this topic and comes out the other side concluding that patina is – not metaphorically, but actually – poetry. This episode offers a wild… Read more »