Episodes
Published 12/01/22
So much of the discussion in the watch space is around the acquisition of new watches. Yet the other untold side of the story is that for every watch bought, another is sold. Mark Cho (The Armoury) is balancing the scales. He’s selling off the bulk of his collection to fund the expansion of his business, The Armoury, and he’s doing it through Phillips.  Rather than anonymously consign his watches, Mark has made a custom site – called The Beauty in Everything –  showcasing the watches and...
Published 12/01/22
Today we speak to Anthony Traina, one of Hodinkee’s freshest editors — a keen-eyed vintage watch aficionado with a love of weird designs and classic Cartier. Of course, many people will know Traina from his phenomenally popular newsletter Rescapement. We chat to Tony about what it's like to leave a stable career in law for the world of watches, championing weird watches and whether or not Franck Muller is on the cusp of cool (again). This episode is sponsored by G-Shock Australia, This week...
Published 11/24/22
Today’s guest, John Buckley, casts a long shadow over the world of vintage Rolex. He's a veteran of the New York watch scene who has seen trends come and hype go, which makes the fact that he’s TikTok famous somewhat surprising. Buckley’s TikTok’s follow him on his visits to the dealers of 47th street and gives you a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing of watches far removed from the white glove service of the boutique environment. Gem-set Daytonas sit in plastic pouches,...
Published 11/17/22
Switzerland might have the Oscars of Watchmaking, but Australia can now lay claim to its own prestigious awards ceremony, the GPOT. These awards promise to usher in a new era of integrity and dignity. The GPOTs are adjudicated by an expert panel of Andy and Felix, which promises to provide an impartial and unbiased evaluation of the most important horological happenings of 2022, from the most surprising release to the biggest drama. This episode is sponsored by G-Shock Australia. This week...
Published 11/10/22
Today we chat with veteran luxury and lifestyle journalist Kristen Shirley, the founder of La Patiala. Kristen’s journey into watches starts the best way possible — Baselworld. After a crash course in the fundamentals of fine watchmaking, Shirley was hooked, and eventually developed The Watch Encyclopaedia section of her site. We also chat to Kristen about American taste in watches and how the industry is evolving to incorporate more diverse perspectives. Before that, Felix and Andy weigh in...
Published 11/03/22
We enjoyed our chat with Chris Hall so much that we just had to have him back, and we did! Chris chats to us about his exceptionally good Substack, The Fourth Wheel, which provides him with an avenue to share a broader scope of stories and insights about the world of watches. And while the newsletter is great, we thought we’d get his patented ‘Fourth Wheel’ take on some of the latest releases — including Omega’s surprising pair of chiming watches, as well as Chris’ hands-on thoughts about the...
Published 10/27/22
What does it say about the state of the luxury watch business when two of the world’s pre-eminent Australian-based podcast-hosting watch experts are more into releases from Apple and Google than Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet? We’re not sure, but that doesn’t stop us from diving into it. Yes, we talk about the new Patek releases, AKA the Stern family edging well-heeled watch nerds with overpriced steel sports watches (as well as some genuinely cool stuff), and Audemars Piguet’s 800-stone...
Published 10/20/22
This week, our episode lasts about an hour, and to be honest, we only scratch the surface of the stories our guest, Stan Barrett, has to tell. Not only has Stan lived a remarkable life — a stuntman with over 50 years of experience. He’s also a race car driver who, in 1979, strapped into the Budweiser rocket car and broke the speed of sound — becoming the fastest man on the land. But naturally, our conversation drifted to his friend and colleague Paul Newman. Stan worked as Paul’s stunt double...
Published 10/13/22
Australia is about as far away from the watchmaking centres of the world as it's possible to get. That hasn't stopped Reuben Schoots, hailing from our nations capital, from learning the art, and building his own watch, from scratch. Several years ago, while Schoots was recovering from chronic illnesses he picked up while travelling, he was introduced to the world of mechanical watches and dived in head-first. Like many people newly enamoured with the topic, he picked up a copy of George...
Published 10/06/22
In this episode, we managed to do what rugby teams worldwide have been failing to do for years — pin down Beauden Barrett. We caught the All Black and Tudor ambassador between matches and chatted about the life and pressures of being one of the best rugby players in the world in one of the most legendary teams of all time. Naturally, we also talked about Tudor, its legacy, and how to travel with a watch. Before that, Andy and Felix contemplate the death of Watchville and look back at the...
Published 09/29/22
In the middle of our chat with Carson Chan, Chief Advisor to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, he makes a bold claim — that no other type of object has changed from the category of ‘need’ to the category of ‘want’ as profoundly as the wristwatch. Since recording the call, Andy and Felix have been wracking their brains for a better answer – but still haven’t come up with one. This insight is one of Carson’s many pearls of wisdom. We also speak about his role at the FHH, the state of...
Published 09/22/22
This week Andy and Felix catch up with Neha Bajpai, a veteran of the watch journalism biz who’s currently looking after Wristcheck’s editorial. Neha shares her experience in watches — including her deep and abiding love for the recently released Moser Streamliner Vantablack Tourbillon in Red Gold. More than that, we find out the sort of stories that Neha loves to write and why commerce-based sites are writing (arguably) better watch stories than watch news sites. We also get a crash course...
Published 09/15/22
This week we talk about two extremes in watchmaking. First, Andy and Felix ponder the theory that 2022 might actually be one of the most unexciting years on record when it comes to watch releases. Secondly, Felix speaks to a man who directly contradicts this claim — CEO and Creative Director of Van Cleef & Arpels, Mr Nicolas Bos. Van Cleef & Arpel’s watchmaking is less concerned with the passing of minutes and seconds and more about creating emotion. This is why, in the world of...
Published 09/01/22
Our conversation with veteran vintage watch dealer Jacek Kozubek starts off strong as we dive into the finer point of the perfect Hawaiian shirt. From that point on, we get a little more on-topic and find out what it takes to become a vintage watch dealer and, more importantly, what it takes to sustain it for 14 years. From market highs and occasional lows, it’s clear Jacek is in it for the long haul, talking to us about the realities of dealing and imparting some hard-earned watch-collecting...
Published 08/25/22
One of the late 20th century’s most distinctive watch designs comes from the design-led brand Ikepod, founded by Marc Newson. Today we speak with the current owner and custodian of this cult brand, Christian-Louis Col. Col, who talks about Ikepod's history and significance as a concept watch and how it became of the first ‘it’ watches of the silicon valley set. We also chatted about his future plans for the brand and how Kanye West wearing a gold Ikepod on the cover of GQ wasn’t a viral...
Published 08/18/22
Time for a taste of something a little different. No watches this week, only whisky. We speak to Gordon Dundas, a whisky industry veteran who is International Brand Ambassador for Ian Macleod Distillers, responsible for well-known (and well-aged) Glengoyne. We find out from Gordon why time and place make whisky such a special drink, and learn a little about the business of whisky. And it’s a business with (perhaps) surprising parallels to watches in terms of the importance of heritage and...
Published 08/11/22
http://otpodcast.com.au/show-notes Today’s guest is fellow Melbourne-based watch podcaster Roman, host of Independent Thinking on Fifth Wrist. Roman and Felix talk about the appeal and importance of independent, artisanal watchmaking, especially when compared to the mainstream Swiss offering. They discuss the appeal of nostalgia, why Roman is so down on Rolex, and what it takes to find obscure watches for sale on the internet and even … Cash Converters? This week’s episode is sponsored by...
Published 08/04/22
Today marks our 150th official episode, and we can’t think of a better guest to celebrate on this auspicious occasion than the great Stephen Pulvirent. Today Pulvirent creates beautiful art through his artistic photography practice, as well as more commercially-geared creativity through his agency Rime and Reason. But most people will recognise him from his time at Hodinkee. After Felix and Stephen reminisce on the early days of Hodinkee, Pulvirent tells us why he’s enjoying watches as a...
Published 07/28/22
If you’re a fan of vintage Heuer and TAG Heuer’s history, today’s guest Nicholas Biebuyck has the dream job - as the Heritage Director at TAG Heuer. It’s not a role you step into without living, breathing (and most likely dreaming), Carreras, Autavias and all the rest. However, while we certainly talk about TAG Heuer’s famed automotive legacy and expertise in chronographs, we spend a surprising amount of time exploring the brand’s history of dive watches, which started way back in 1978....
Published 07/21/22
If you’re in New York and in the market for an Audemars Piguet, this week’s guest is a good guy to know. Yoni Ben-Yehuda is the Head of Watches at Material Good and Audemars Piguet x Material Good, one of America’s premier watch retailers. We chat to Yoni about where high-end watch retail has come from, where it’s at right now and what sets Material Good apart. Yoni also doesn’t shy away from tricky questions on how dealers allocate in-demand stock and what collectors can do to get their...
Published 07/14/22
This week we speak to Josh Bozin, a freelance luxury and watch writer who’s a key part of the Australian lifestyle journalism landscape, and a regular at GQ, Harper’s Bazaar and more. We caught up with Josh and found out why Cartier makes a perfect 30th birthday gift, and just what watch you should get your groomsman. We also got some pro travel tips, from the importance of sensible dressing on Swiss glaciers to what to do in Como and other parts of Italy. All that plus Barbie, pirate gold...
Published 07/07/22
This week we dusted off the (sapphire) crystal ball and gazed into the multiverse of madness, and played out some hypothetical watch scenarios. What if Rolex doubled production in a few years? Could Apple make a mechanical watch? Will sports watches ever go out of style, and what would it take for Andy to buy a Seahawk. In this light-hearted rundown of (mostly) unlikely situations, we play out the scenarios, to mixed success. But not everything in this episode is made up, the new Ahoi is very...
Published 06/30/22
We joke about National Treasure a lot on OT: But this week, we get as close as we’re ever likely to get to the real deal with explorer, lawyer and exploration consultant David Concannon. His CV covers off multiple dives to the Titanic, the discovery of the world’s deepest wooden shipwreck and helping Jeff Bezos find Apollo 11’s engines, and that’s just the top line. Concannon also explains how exploration and the law are firmly entwined, and gives us a crash course on the economics of...
Published 06/23/22
Today we speak to Gerry Nelson, one of Melbourne’s best dressed and a master of the knit fit. Naturally, we get some top tips on shawl collars and sweaters, but we also find out why Gerry suddenly got back into watches and why, after years of wear, he decided Rolex wasn’t for him. In a period of a few short months, Gerry has a stacked watch box, full of key pieces that aren’t the usual suspects. We talk through some of the selections and find out where a watch fits into Gerry’s style language...
Published 06/16/22