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Recommended – Hodinkee Radio Podcasts

I am not a “podcast guy”. In fact, until around 10 days ago, I had never listened to a podcast, from beginning to end.

But if Hodinkee is making podcasts relating to watches, then I decided that I would give them a try. My daily commute to the office is around 25 minutes each way. With the length of each episode of Hodinkee Radio set at around an hour, the format seemed just right to cover the daily round trip.

Having listened to the first five episodes of Hodinkee Radio, I can recommend these podcasts to our readers. As a group, they are very well done, with interesting content and excellent production.

Being oral, rather than written, these discussions tend to address “big thoughts” about watches and collecting, rather than minutia that rely on visual presentations. So you are more likely to hear about “why we collect” or trends in the market, than the shape of the serifs on a particular dial or the differences between the Incabloc and KIF shock protection systems. But it’s nice to keep the discussion at this kind of level . . . a good way to relax before or after a day at the office.

In terms of the episodes, I enjoyed all five of them, but if I had to recommend two of them, for someone getting started in the series, then I would go with Episodes 1 and 4.

Episode 1 is the Ben Clymer story, and it’s good to “connect the dots” after we have heard about so many aspects of the Hodinkee story. I recommended this episode to some friends who are interested in entrepreneurship and branding, but know nothing about watches, and they enjoyed it. But, of course, there is plenty of information about watches, as well. For example, Heuer enthusiasts will hear about the design of the Hodinkee Skipper.

Episode 4 is conversation with Om Malik, a man who has spent time in journalism, technology and investing. Om shares some big thoughts about watches, collecting, photography, clothes, and the things that make us happy. There is plenty of "watch content", with significant hat tips to the Seiko brand. Highly recommended.

You can access all the episodes here -- After you listen to a couple of episodes, please share your thoughts here.



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