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Talking Watches With William Massena



It was when he was chief operating officer of Antiquorum that I first met William – introduced by a mutual friend – and to say I was intimidated would be an understatement. This imposing, well-educated, bi-lingual true connoisseur had built quite a reputation for himself as the enforcer of Timezone – almost the true-life watch snob – a ball-breaker of the highest order. And William is all that, certainly, but he’s also one of the most genuine, caring, and insightful men in the entire industry. He has seen it all, and owned it all. His influence on watches only grew when he accepted a position as a jury member of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, and today, I am proud to welcome my dear friend, and someone from whom I have learned so much, to HODINKEE. This is your official Talking Watches with William Massena. For the full story, go here: http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/Talking-Watches-With-William-Massena

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Talking Watches With Eric Singer



When you walk into Eric Singer’s Hollywood home, you know right away that he’s a watch guy. Immediately you see LeCoultre travel clocks and Heuer race timers on his shelves, Lange and Vacheron catalogs scattered across his tables. You also see gold and platinum records on the wall. This is Talking Watches with KISS drummer Eric Singer.

For the full story, click here: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/talking-watches-with-eric-singer

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Talking Watches With José Bautista



José Bautista crushes baseballs for a living. In 2010, the former part-time player exploded on the scene for the Toronto Blue Jays with a Major League-leading 54 home runs. He hasn’t slowed down since; over the past six seasons, he has hit the most home runs in baseball. (Bautista finished the recently completed 2015 season with 40 home runs – his Blue Jays begin the playoffs on October 8th against the Texas Rangers.) And so when all that success led to a lucrative, multi-year contract, José decided to reward himself by rekindling a childhood passion: watches. This is your official HODINKEE Talking Watches with Toronto Blue Jays slugger José Bautista.

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Talking Watches With Jonathan Ward



Jonathan Ward’s Icon 4×4’s are built from the ground up, keeping the vintage styling that we all love so much in the early Ford Broncos and Toyota FJ’s, but now they are carbon coated, and feature absolutely cutting-edge technology. Icon makes just a handful of trucks per year – now with a waiting list over around three years for a new order – and they have become something of a calling card for those in the know. In off-roading circles, Jonathan Ward is a hero, but what many may not know is that many of the designs and materials you see in these incredible six-figure trucks actually come from Jonathan’s watch obsession. This is your official HODINKEE Talking Watches with Icon 4×4’s Jonathan Ward. For more, go to: www.hodinkee.com/blog/talking-watches-with-jonathan-ward

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Talking Watches With Tony Fadell



The name Tony Fadell doesn’t ring as loud as some others when discussing kings of Silicon Valley – Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg – but to those who know, Tony Fadell is already an icon of engineering, entrepreneurship, and product design. It was Fadell who, in the 1990s, worked diligently to build the concept of hand-held computing devices while working for General Magic. His software would power Sony’s early Magic Link device, and he played a large role in Philips Electronics’ Palm Pilot competitors. But by the late ’90s, he was sure he wanted to go out on his own, founding Fuse Systems and pitching the idea of a portable music player to a handful technology companies (and even a watch company!), all unsuccessfully. In 2001, he abandoned the idea of a startup and joined Apple to work closely on a product that would come to define the 21st century – the iPod. To say that Tony Fadell understands product design and interface would be an gross understatement, and that is why, when we became friendly, I was so interested to see which watches he was attracted to for himself. Now, you can find out for yourself. This is Talking Watches with Tony Fadell. For the full story, go here: http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/talking-watches-with-tony-fadell

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Talking Watches With Jason Singer



Over my time in watches, I have been lucky enough to become acquainted with some truly great scholars and collectors. The greatest scholars – the folks that lead our study and interpretation of collectible watches – are often quiet, reserved people who do what they do because they love and want to understand watches for everyone, not for show or ego. The man you are about to meet has been collecting watches for 32 years, he is an American, and until recently, very few outside his closest circle of friends (think Aurel Bacs and John Goldberger) knew his name. He has been quietly amassing a truly world-class collection that will absolutely leave you in shock and awe – he collects only the rarest and only the absolute finest quality. This, our 15th episode, is your official HODINKEE Talking Watches with Jason Singer. For more, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/with-jason-singer-video

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Talking Watches With Kevin Rose



Kevin Rose co-founded Digg in his early twenties, and went on to become a staple of the original dot com era. Since, he’s become a storied angel investor, placing capital into the likes of companies that I think might really be onto something – companies like Twitter, Square, Uber, and Facebook. His track record as an investor was so strong that Google asked him to join Google Ventures, where he has led the investment in several companies, including Blue Bottle Coffee. Recently, Rose took his mobile chops to the horological space by launching watch news aggregator Watchville. But did you really think he’d be this into watches without owning a few nice pieces himself? This is Talking Watches with Kevin Rose. For the full story, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/talking-watches-with-kevin-rose

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Talking Watches With Andre Iguodala



This is the summer of Andre Iguodala. The 31-year-old small forward for the Golden State Warriors is fresh off winning the MVP of this year’s NBA finals. He’s flying all over the world talking to artists and designers, presenting at the ESPY Awards, and becoming the king of New York Men’s Fashion Week. In between it all, he sat down with us to talk about something that he holds very close to his heart – watches. This is your official HODINKEE Talking Watches with 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. For the full story, go here: http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/talking-watches-with-andre-iguodala

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Talking Watches With Phil Toledano



You don’t meet people like Phil Toledano often. In fact, I can’t say I’ve ever met someone quite like Phil Toledano, ever. By name, you might think he’s a working-class guy from Jersey. He’s not. Born in London to a French-Moroccan mother and American father – an artist himself – Toledano is a conceptual artist of some note. His razor sharp wit and jovial sentiment – that type that produces one-liners by the minute – has made Toledano something of a cult hero in the art world. He’ll say things like, “I’m English, so I’m not frightened by death, or the shame of a large urine spot on my trousers,” one minute – ever the light spot in any conversation – while simultaneously creating haunting, and truly personal work that reveals a much deeper look at the world around him. He’s also a watch, and car, collector. This is your official Talking Watches with Phil Toledano. For the full story, go here: http://www.hodinkee.com/articles/Talking-watches-with-phil-toledano

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Talking Watches With Alfredo Paramico



There is a small handful of vintage watch collectors in this world that can truly be called “market-makers.” John Goldberger is one of them. Another is the 45-year-old, tan-skinned, silver-haired gentleman you are about to meet. Alfredo Paramico is a true insider, and has long been considered one of the top watch buyers on the planet. Remember that unique platinum Patek Philippe Bulletin Chronometer that sold for $3,992,858 in November of 2012? You know, the watch that actually beat the Eric Clapton owned platinum 2499 in the same sale? Yes, Alfredo bought that. A 1518 in steel? He’s owned one of those, too. This is your chance to go inside the collection of a true connoisseur. This is Talking Watches with Alfredo Paramico. For the full story, go to http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/talking-watches-with-alfredo-paramico

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Talking Watches With John Goldberger



John Goldberger doesn’t play in the NBA (though, in his younger years, he could dunk a basketball — I’ve seen proof). He hasn’t won a Grammy, nor has he dated Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, or Katy Perry (that we know of), but even if he had, he wouldn’t talk about it. What John Goldberger is is a true horological scholar and serious collector of the highest order. In episode three of talking watches, this true connoisseur of the finest watches in the world unmasks a small portion of his remarkable collection for the very first time. Included are more than a few true dream watches, including two pieces that have never been seen anywhere in the world before today. This is talking watches with mega-collector and horological author John Goldberger…
Full story here: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/talking-watches-with-john-goldberger

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Talking Watches With Pras



If you were growing up in the mid ’90s like I was, there were a few albums that transcended any form of genre or culture to become part of something bigger – part of life. The Score was one of those albums. The Fugees, consisting of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel, went on to win two Grammys and The Score went platinum twice over. At the center of this trio is today’s guest. Not only is the man who can be held responsible for the creation of this super group (Pras discovered Lauryn Hill in high school in South Orange, New Jersey) a seasoned performer and writer, but he is also an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, philanthropist, and yes, even a serious watch collector. This is Talking Watches with the Fugees’ Pras Michel. For more, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/video-talking-watches-with-pras

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Talking Watches With Eric Ku



Eric Ku is one of the good guys. Actually, he’s one of the best guys. Eric is a long-time vintage Rolex dealer of the highest order. He’s the type of guy who can find you the $1,000,000 Albino 6263, the type of guy who can make a watch good with a simple blessing. Eric Ku is the type of guy who was talking about “RCO” Daytona’s three years ago. Eric is the owner of VintageRolexForum, and dealer of watches at 10PastTen.com, but why he’s here today in this series of videos about collectors has nothing to do with his profession, or even Rolex at all. No, Eric Ku, like Jean-Claude Biver, is a true lover of all watches, vintage and new, independent or not. Today we’ll be running through some of his favorites, and show you the Submariner that started it all. This is Talking Watches with Eric Ku. For the full story, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/video-talking-watches-with-eric-ku

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Talking Watches With Jean-Claude Biver



Today we’re talking with Jean-Claude Biver. If you don’t know who Mr. Biver is, I’ll tell you. He’s the current director of timepieces for the Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) group. That means he oversees not only Hublot, which he bought, built, sold, and then directed as CEO until early 2012, but also Zenith (from which one of his “disciples” recently departed to helm a little company called Rolex), and mega-brand TAG Heuer. Biver is one of the most fascinating, innovative, and creative minds in the history of watches, and his influence in the industry today is simply unrivaled. Biver was responsible for the re-birth of Blancpain in the ’80s (we’ll get to that), and several other brands, including Hublot, but today we aren’t here to talk about his incredible accomplishments as a professional — no, we’re here to talk about his personal collection as a watch lover. And it might surprise you. This is your official HODINKEE Talking Watches with Jean-Claude Biver. For the full story, go to: http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/talking-watches-with-jean-claude-biver

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Talking Watches With Brad Farmerie



Welcome to episode 18 of Talking Watches. Today we’re sitting down with Brad Farmerie, the executive chef behind several of the hottest New York City eateries right now. After honing his craft in London in the 1990s, Farmerie returned to the U.S. in 2003 to open Public Restaurant, which would earn the coveted Michelin Star a handful of years later. In 2011, Saxon + Parole opened its doors, and it is here that we met to discuss his thoughtfully curated collection. This is Talking Watches with Brad Farmerie. For more, go to http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/talking-watches-with-brad-farmerie

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Talking Watches With John Mayer



Well. You asked for it. You got it. Today we are proud to launch an entirely new HODINKEE original video series. We’re loosely calling it “Talking Watches,” and these videos are just that – us, talking watches with our friends, new and old. Basically, we will use these monthly – yes, you’ll get a new episode each month from here until eternity – videos to give you insight into the minds of watch collectors you might not come across in your daily life. Guys like John Mayer. For more, go to http://www.hodinkee.com/blog/video-talking-watches-with-john-mayer

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Talking Watches With Jeff Stein



There aren’t too many people in the watch world like Jeff Stein. Sure, there are true lovers of a single category – but few dedicate so much passion, so much energy, and so much time to any one single type of watch, and have done so for so many years and with as much vigor as Jeff Stein. Stein is the founder and still owner of OnTheDash, the champion of vintage Heuer in the online space. The resource hosts an active forum, original stories (mostly authored by Stein), and simply an unparalleled level of information about all things vintage Heuer. It won’t come as a surprise that Mr. Stein is in fact a Heuer collector of some note. This is your official Talking Watches with OnTheDash founder Jeff Stein. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/talking-watches-jeff-stein

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Talking Watches With Howie Kendrick



If you’re a fan of vintage watches, and you happen to be on Instagram, then you likely know the username “HKendrick47.” You might not, however, know who this vintage-watch-loving, Leica-shooting man really is. Howie Kendrick, or Howard Kendrick, as his friends call him, is truly one of the friendliest guys you’ll ever meet, inside or outside of watches. After spending nine years with the Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, he moved across town to join the Dodgers in 2014. He’s a fan favorite in Los Angeles for his always-positive disposition, family-first mentality, and his genuine interest in interacting with baseball, photography, and watch lovers all over the world. Howie Kendrick is also, as far as we know, the only professional baseball player to truly collect vintage watches. This is your official HODINKEE Talking Watches with Howie Kendrick of the Los Angeles Dodgers. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/talking-watches-with-howie-kendrick

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Talking Watches With Spike Feresten



If you know comedy or if you know cars, you know Spike Feresten. Spike has been a mainstay of the American comedy scene for upwards of two decades – getting his start as the receptionist at Saturday Night Live (where he earned the nickname “Spike”) before becoming a regular writer for SNL, focusing heavily on the then Dennis Miller-hosted Weekend Update. He would go on to write for Late Night With David Letterman and eventually end up as the author of several of the most iconic episodes of the most iconic sitcom in history. I’m talking about Seinfeld, and Spike’s episodes include “The Soup Nazi,” “The Wig Master,” and “The Muffin Tops,” just to name a few. Like I said, iconic. For the full story, go to https://www.hodinkee.com/articles/talking-watches-with-spike-feresten

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