This week, you’re getting a blast from the past: former HODINKEE editor and current specialist and head of digital at Phillips Watches, Arthur Touchot. Those of you who have been longtime HODINKEE readers will no doubt remember Arthur’s name, as well as some of his benchmark HODINKEE stories (this Speedmaster review ring any bells?). Since arriving at Phillips in 2017, Arthur has led the auction house’s efforts to pair their incredible auction offerings with beautiful storytelling to better share the tales behind the pieces in their catalogs.
In addition to talking about how his journalism background puts him in a unique spot in the auction world, Arthur and I also chat about how he approaches creating content at Phillips, some of his favorite moments since joining the team over there, and, of course, what’s coming up at this year’s big November auctions in Geneva. There are two sales happening later this week – “Retrospective: 2000-2020” and “Geneva Watch Auction: XII” – and we do a little digging through the catalogs too. Nerding out about watches with a former colleague? I just couldn’t help myself.
But before we get into the main interview, I’ve got a little something special for you. When I need vintage watch advice, I turn to my colleagues Saori Omura and Brandon Frazin, who head up the vintage department of the HODINKEE Shop. Whether it’s inspecting a dial or clarifying some historical tidbit, they’re my go-to resource. I figured it was time that we share the love a bit, so Saori and Brandon joined me on-mic to share their top tips for people looking to have fun with vintage watches. They also give a little preview of what’s dropping in the Shop later this week as an added bonus.
We hope you enjoy Episode 111 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below, and let us know what you think in the comments.
I mean…nothing to argue with here. The black-on-white-dialed Rolex Daytona is unquestionably one of the most popular and talked about watches of the last decade, if not the outright taker of those crowns on its own. One of the telling things about this piece though is that it’s not just a hit with the “I want something cool and recognizable” crowd – savvy collectors, vintage enthusiasts, and the types of people who have owned everything all agree that this watch is a standout. Arthur purchased his to celebrate his wedding and still wears it more than any other piece in his collection.
(5:00) H Shop – Vintage Watches
(28:00) The Geneva Watch Auction: XII
(35:00) The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE
(37:30) Retrospective: 2000 – 2020