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Revolution Watch Podcast

Revolution Watch Podcast is a podcast hosted by the editors at Revolution magazine, where we discuss all things related to watchmaking, watch collecting and design with the people who shape the industry.

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Episode 07: Fred Mandelbaum a.k.a @watchfred

Our guest for this episode is prominent watch collector Fred Mandelbaum, or @watchfred as he’s more commonly known as on social media. Mandelbaum has almost 50k followers on Instagram, he’s extremely influential in the watch community and a quick scroll through his feed tells you why. Mandelbaum is an expert when it comes to vintage chronographs, and specifically on vintage Breitling chronographs. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (01:58) Steph's chat with @WatchFred (32:00) Highlights from Christie’s Rare Watches Geneva May 2019 (32:17) Highlights from the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Nine (32:23) Highlights from Sotheby’s Important Watches, Geneva 2019 Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

33mins

10 May 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 09: Michael Friedman

On this episode of the Revolution Watch Podcast, our guest is Michael Friedman. A walking encyclopaedia, horological expert, museum curator and charming storyteller, Friedman's current title is Head of Complications at Audemars Piguet, a role he stepped into since the beginning of this year. But his knowledge of watches does not start or end with AP. Friedman has worked extensively in watch and clock museums; he was the VP and Department Head of Watches for Christie's New York in 1999, and had his own consultancy firm, providing services for collectors, auction houses and other establishments before he joined Audemars Piguet in 2013. Show Notes (00:06) Introduction (01:49) Our interview with Michael Friedman (01:17:43) Talking Cartier with John Goldberger (01:18:31) Patek Philippe ref. 3449 (01:18:47) Apollo 11 50th Anniversary celebration (01:19:00) Reliving History with James Ragan Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

1hr 19mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 08: Maxime Plescia-Büchi

Over here at Revolution, we're firm believers that the world of watches permeates through every aspect of contemporary culture, be it sports, films, music, art, space travel—whatever it is, there's a talking point to be had. Here today, it's the art of tattooing that we want to talk about. There have been a few takes on tattoo-inspired watches before, but none so successful as Hublot's collaboration with Maxime Plescia-Büchi. Show Notes (00:12) Introduction (02:16) Revolution HK Instagram (03:23) Adam Craniotes joins Revolution (04:09) Interview with Maxime Plescia-Büchi (55:40) Only Watch 2019 Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

1hr 1min

8 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 15: Sylvia Earle and What's Happening To SIHH?

Our guest on this week's episode is Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and legendary explorer, who is also a Rolex Testimonee. Earle has spent most of her life studying the sea and its marine life, and in our interview, she tells us about her latest project, Mission Blue, which identifies Hope Spots around the world, spots in the ocean that need our attention, and she brings communities together to make an improvement and care for the seas. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (00:29) What's happening to SIHH? (07:25) Interview with Sylvia Earle (38:52) Outro Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

39mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 05: Olivier Audemars

At Art Basel, we had the honour to sit down with Olivier Audemars, who is the great-grandson of Audemars Piguet co-founder Edward Auguste Piguet. We talk to him about his family roots, the brand's connection with nature and art, his influence over the company as the Vice-Chairman of the Board and his thoughts on the latest novelties. Show Notes (00:28) Art Basel in Hong Kong (02:40) KAWS: HOLIDAY (03:33) KAWS: ALONG THE WAY (04:50) Olivier Audemars of Audemars Piguet (17:28) AP and Art Basel (32:41) Olivier’s take on the new Code 11.59 (41:47) The AP Lounge at Art Basel (43:41) Inside @Conkers1971's incredible watch collection (45:42) Three of the Most Important Men in the Swiss Watch Industry Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

47mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 04: Sam Hines

Auction season is kicking off so we thought it would be great to talk to an expert about the watch auction market in this episode. Sam Hines, Sotheby's watch auctioneer extraordinaire, took precious time out of his busy schedule to give us the lowdown on the market, tips of the trade, and anecdotes about his most sensational lots. If you've ever had questions about how auctions work, this is one episode you shouldn't miss. Show Notes (01:01) Our conversation with Sam Hines, International Director of Watches for Sotheby’s (04:34) How Sam entered the auction world (12:19) Why Sam went to work at Sotheby's (14:38) Why Aurel Bacs is the best watch auctioneer in the world (20:44) Navigating relationships with collectors (27:00) Why it's hard for auction houses to find watches (32:51) Highlights from the Sotheby's Hong Kong sale (37:58) Why Rolex and Patek Philippe are so special (43:50) What makes a good watch auctioneer (45:51) Our stories from Baselworld 2019 Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

46mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 03: Nick English

In this episode, we sat down for a candid chat with Nick English, who co-founded Bremont with his brother Giles, at the brand's flagship in Hong Kong. Nick tells us wild tales of piloting a 40s plane across Europe in his teens, treasured memories of his father, starting a watch company with his brother, and how Bremont watches unexpectedly found air time on the Jimmy Fallon’s show. Show Notes (01:49) Our conversation with Nick English, co-founder of Bremont (29:40) Bremont 2019 novelties (40:11) Jimmy Fallon presents a Bremont watch to his Father-in-law (47:03) Where does the name Bremont come from? (50:31) Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary (50:57) MB&F LM Flying Tourbillon (51:21) Oris Divers Sixty-Five ‘Honey’ for The Rake & Revolution Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

52mins

14 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 11: Christian Selmoni

Christian Selmoni is a very interesting man. The Style and Heritage Director can readily reel off Vacheron Constantin’s numerous achievements over its 260 plus years of history without batting an eye. But when he visited Hong Kong just last month with vintage timepieces in tow, our conversation naturally, was about the brand’s incredible past and the incredible service that is Les Collectionneurs. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (03:46) Conversation with Christian Selmoni (37:08) Around the World with the #SilverSpitfire Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

38mins

19 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 14: Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition

Today's podcast episode is dedicated to the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019, which opened in Singapore on September 28 and runs until October 13. The entire Revolution team was on the ground to bring you different aspects of the exhibition. We first interview Philip Barat, the Director of Watch Development at Patek Philippe, who tells us a bit more about all the special editions that were launched over the weekend. In our second interview, we speak with Dr. Peter Friess, Curator of the Patek Philippe Museum, who touches on general points about the exhibition and what to expect from it. Keep listening also for our own take on the exhibition, find out which section was our favourite, and what we think is worth seeing. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (06:20) Revolution Guide to the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition (06:53) Patek Philippe Ref. 5303R Grand Complication (07:21) Interview with Philip Barat, Director of Watch Development at Patek Philippe (19:13) 2019 Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition Special Editions (22:19) Interview with Dr Peter Friess, Curator of the Patek Philippe Museum (39:30) Outro Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

40mins

30 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 06: Thoughts on Baselworld 2019

We’ve now had ample time (weeks!) to let the dust settle and reflect on the fair as a whole and share our opinions with you. We decided to tackle the topic with some of our Revolution editors around the world, including Darren Ho, the Editor-in-Chief of our Asia and Australia editions, as well as Taitan Chen, the Editor-in-Chief of our China edition. With our editors, we discuss our first impressions of Baselworld 2019, highlights, the relevance of watch fairs today and what to expect in 2020. Show Notes (00:38) Darren Ho: Editor-In-Chief, Revolution Asia & Australia (26:34) MB&F LM Flying Tourbillon (28:56) H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon (30:51) Taitan Chen: Editor-In-Chief, Revolution China (49:13) Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT (50:09) Patek Philippe Ref. 5212a (51:33) Carl F Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual (53:10) Zenith El Primero Revival (54:17) Rolex Day-Date 36 (56:11) Rolex Datejust 36 (01:01:49) De Bethune Yellow Tones (01:04:41) Next year's SIHH and Baselworld dates not finalized? Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook

1hr 13mins

19 Apr 2019

Rank #10