Season 2, Ep #9: Tool Watches (Part Two) - Jungles, ugly sticks and hammers – oh, and the best tool watches under £5k!
In the follow-on to Part One of our tool watch special, we ask ‘what makes a modern tool watch?’ and discuss how it differs to the tool watches of the past. The guys also give their top choices for tool watches under £5000 and pick a wild card ‘no holds barred’ option for those with an unlimited budget’. Richard reveals the watch that has been his trusty companion in some truly unforgiving environments, from the desserts of the Kalahari to the jungles of Trindad and Tobago. Plus he selects the watch that he’d choose to cross the dessert with now. We think you’ll be surprised by his choices! Antony throws down the gauntlet to his co-hosts as he sets them a challenge to find him a G-shock he actually likes and can take with him when he secures a job at the North Pole. Meanwhile Tim argues the case for true tool watches to be affordable and maybe not even mechanical at all; in fact, maybe something more akin to a hammer! Discussion also widens into the realms of Faraday cages vs non-ferrous materials to achieve anti-magnetic watches, and we’re left wondering why more watch brands don’t harness the power of the sun to keep their tool watches ticking. Finally, can you guess whose heart was in his mouth as he feared for his Rolex at the Science Museum of all places?
28 May 2021
Season 2, Ep #8: Tool watch special (part one - what is a tool watch and historical references)
In part one of our tool watches two-parter, Anthony, Richard and Tim delve into the backstory of the now ubiquitous tool watch, try to reach some sort of consensus as to what a tool watch is and highlight some of their original practical uses. As well as discussing some of the iconic tool watches of the past such as the Omega Speedmaster Professional and Rolex explorer, Tim questions the validity of the ‘polo’ watch, Richard lets his inner geek free as he unleashes his extensive knowledge of moon watches, and Anthony gets a hard time as the boys try and persuade him to finally take his Rolex into the water! In part-two, coming soon, we will give our top picks for tool watches under £5k!
14 May 2021
Season 2, EP #7: Mike France talks about Christopher Ward's new releases and more...
We were lucky enough to get an interview with Mike France ahead of the launch of the brand new C63 Sealander Collection. Two years in the making, the collection comprises a Sealander GMT, a three-hander with date (dubbed the Sealander Automatic), and a COSC certified Elite model which is made of titanium and features an incredible retractable crown. Trust us, when we say that this is episode you will not want to miss! As well as revealing the inspiration behind the new watch range - said to be the ‘missing link’ for the brand - Mike offers a free watch to anybody who can bring him a watch from another brand that offers the same level of engineering as the new Sealander at the price point! Mike also shares an unexpected amount of detail about pipeline projects and future plans, which include an impressive new dress watch, a collab that will feature an incredible new movement, a new ‘Christopher Ward green’ and even more bracelet tech. In fact, Mike’s tongue gets so loose during our interview that he now fears returning to Maidenhead for the next design team meeting! Also, in an unexpected turn of events, Mike makes James’ heart beat just a little faster, by inviting talk of a possible collab with our very own WatchGecko design team (James hasn’t slept a wink since!). This is despite James’ best effort to rile Mike beforehand by asking about their controversial logo. Incidentally Mike answers in a typically open fashion, and with an answer that’s sure to please many fans. Finally, wider discussion centres around the resurgence of smaller watch case sizes, the state of British watchmaking generally, and how Mike believes innovation will help return British watchmaking to the glory days. Plus of course audience questions!
29 Apr 2021
Season 2, Ep #6: Watches and Wonders 2021
In case you’re not following what’s going on in the watch world, last week saw the biggest event in the industry – Watches and Wonders. Starting on 7 April and running for a whole week, the event saw some of the top watch brands in the world launch their new 2021 models. Amongst those brands participating were Rolex, Tudor, Zenith, Tag Heuer, Jaeger LeCoultre, IWC, and Panerai. With the cream of the horological world taking part, there’s plenty of exciting new watches to talk about. So, James, Anthony, and Richard got together to chat about the highs and lows of this year’s releases. In this episode of Time To Unwind they talk about everything from the Rolex Explorer going back down to a 36mm case, to Jaeger LeCoultre’s insane new concept watch! Enjoy the show!
16 Apr 2021
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Season 2, Ep #5: Chris Vail from NTH Watches
Chris Vail, the larger than life boss of American microbrand NTH watches, is in the spotlight for our latest episode of Time to Unwind. We get to know the man behind the brand, find out what made him start his own business, and turn up the heat as we discuss the contentious issue of homages! Chris founded NTH watches in 2016, specialising in diver watches and the brand quickly gained a loyal following with its popular ‘sub’ models that include the Näcken and the Barracuda. As NTH fans around the world eagerly await dispatch notifications for their shiny new v2 NTH Tropics, we get the low-down from Chris about how the watches have evolved and get him to spill the beans about what else people can expect from his brand 2021. Chris also talks passionately and candidly about the challenges that small brands face when trying to find the right movement to use for a new watch range, having to balance cost and availability with design restrictions. Also expect talk about bezel materials and challenging peoples perceptions about Swiss vs Japanese. Enjoy the show!
1 Apr 2021
Season 2, Ep# 4: Raphael Granito from innovative Swiss brand, Formex.
In our latest podcast we catch up with man of the moment, Raphael Granito, the 32-year old behind Swiss brand Formex. Established in 1999, Formex has really come to prominence under the leadership of Raphael, who became CEO in 2016. Their recent releases, the Reef diver and the revised Essence have been flying out the door as quick as they can make them and winning over both new fans and the industry press. Raphael’s vision and enthusiasm is infectious. Here, he shares some of his design philosophies, and explains how the Reef and Essence will form the foundation upon which to expand their range of watches which will remain distinctly Formex, with ergonomics and engineering taking centre stage. We’re certainly convinced that this a brand to sit up and take notice of. What about you?
18 Mar 2021
Season 2, Ep #3: Andrea from legendary dive watch brand, Squale
In our latest podcast episode, Andrea Maggi from legendary dive watch brand Squale joins podcast host Anthony and fellow brand owner Jon, from Geckota. As well as exciting news about forthcoming releases from the brand, Andrea gives a fascinating insight into the history of the brand and what makes it so special, and the connection between the original owners, the Von Buren family and the Maggi family. Andrea also chats about the brand’s strong link to the professional diving community and brand ambassador Vincenzo Ferri’s upcoming free-diving record attempt. He also reveals why the brand recently relocated from Italy to Switzerland, and answers some of the burning questions that you, our audience wanted us to put to him. In what has been a challenging time for many, Andrea and Jon discuss the impact that Brexit and Covid has had on their businesses and what it means to you as customers. They also provide a frank account of where they think Baselworld went wrong and what future watch events could look like following its demise.
5 Mar 2021
Season 2, Ep #2: Motorcycle racing legend Carl Fogarty and the new Forzo Ltd Ed watches
Podcast regulars Anthony and Ben chat to the one and only Carl Fogarty – a.k.a. ‘Foggy' – about being brand ambassador for one of the most exciting projects we’ve ever undertaken: a limited-edition watch with motorsport at its heart. Carl talks fondly about the time when the legendary Isle of Man TT race was one of the main fixtures in his racing calendar: a circuit that still holds a special place in his heart. In 1992, Foggy set the fastest-ever lap there at an incredible average speed of 123.61mph: a record that stood for seven years and was the inspiration behind the Forzo watch we’ve created with him. He describes how time slowed down and he felt at one with his bike, despite the fact that it was falling apart beneath him as he rode a lap that would go down in history. Carl later went on to win the World Superbike Championship several times and remains one of the most prolific motorbike racers the world has ever seen. We ask Foggy how he first got into watches, and Ben and Carl discuss how the design for the Foggy watch came to fruition. Carl also shares his love of Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna and tells us how his first-ever bike, with a deeply personal story behind it, has now been brought back to life thanks to the National Motorbike Museum. A truly fascinating insight into the man behind the bike – and now the man behind the new Forzo watch. Everything you need to know - just click on the links below: Forzo Watches Forzo Facebook Group Carl Fogarty Isle of Man TT
12 Feb 2021
Season 2, Ep #1 - The changing industry ft. Watch It All About
In our first episode of 2021, podcast regulars Tim and James catch up with Joshua Clare-Flagg from Watch It All About (WIAA). They discuss his journey in the watch industry, from writing his first article to being taken seriously as an industry professional. Josh is well known for his blog and reviews with a focus on the affordable end of the market, and more recently his WatchIt! Watch Fair, which was launched with great success in 2019. Josh also talks candidly about the fine balancing act of authenticity vs commercial success for content creators. The trio also chat about how the watch industry and community has had to change and adapt with the growth of social media and the challenge of a Covid climate. We also ask – ‘is the marketplace becoming overcrowded?’, and Tim explains why he thinks it’s important for bigger brands to have a solid documented archive. In watch news, Josh gets very excited about the ground-breaking Accutron DNA, the first electrostatic watch ever. The guys also spill the beans on which brands are currently leading the way at an affordable price point, and what they really think about Hodinkee collab editions! Click on the links below for more info: Watch It All About Accutron DNA Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Outerknown Formex Christopher Ward C65 Super Compressor
11 Jan 2021
Introducing the Sierra Zero One Phalanx – Ep #28
In this episode – which comes to you in glorious technicolour – we’re talking about our brand-new watch: the Sierra Zero One Phalanx. We’re delighted with it, and even happier to introduce you to a man who was absolutely instrumental in its creation: Richard Brown. Richard worked for many years with Special Forces units globally, and we’d love to tell you exactly what he did – but then we’d have to kill you, which isn’t exactly going to boost our audience figures. Instead, Richard talks about what the Phalanx was inspired by and how it was created, throughout a process that took nearly two years. It's a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes that tells the full story of how an exciting new watch came into being, from concept to reality. Let us know what you think… Introducing the Phalanx: https://www.watchgecko.com/introducing-the-new-geckota-s-01-phalanx-watch/ The story behind the Phalanx: https://www.watchgecko.com/explore-the-story-behind-the-geckota-s-01-phalanx/ Phalanx goes to Russia: https://www.watchgecko.com/travelling-through-russia-with-the-s-01-phalanx/ Rolex Military Submariner: https://www.watchfinder.co.uk/articles/feature-the-milsub James Bond NATO strap: https://www.watchgecko.com/geckota-vintage-bond-nato-watch-strap Phalanx video with Richard Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emtjoesu6JE Creating the Phalanx: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d8AAg2FohY&t=3s What is a Phalanx? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phalanx A-11 military watch: https://wornandwound.com/military-watches-world-11-watch-won-war/ Dirty Dozen watches: https://www.acollectedman.com/blogs/journal/59621443-the-story-of-the-dirty-dozen-the-first-wristwatches-specially-commissioned-for-the-british-army The story of an incredible Eterna: https://www.watchgecko.com/the-family-history-of-a-1961-eterna/ Waltham A-17 military watch: https://www.craftandtailored.com/products/1940s-waltham-type-a-17-wwii-u-s-military-issued More articles from Richard Brown: https://www.watchgecko.com/author/richardwg484brown/
4 Dec 2020