When we published our Twenty-Teens Fantasy Draft a few weeks ago, we knew that it was going to be controversial and that opinions on our choices would be strong. As it turns out, we were right. The post quickly garnered over 100 comments, and we had thousands of people vote on their favorite collection. This week, we’re back to crown a winner and, as promised, to debrief on the draft more generally.
We don’t usually do a deep dive look back at our drafts after they happen, but after boiling down an entire decade of horological achievements to 20 watches, there was still plenty to discuss. Cara, James, and Jon joined me again on-mic, and after Grey tells us who gets bragging rights, we get into the brands and watches that didn’t make the original draft cut, what we’d do differently if we got to draft again, and what this little thought experiment can tell us more broadly about the last 10 years in watches. Let us know if we missed anything – like I said, there’s plenty of ground left to cover here.
After that, we’ve got a conversation that’s a little peek behind the curtain of what you’d find us talking about on any random day at HODINKEE HQ (or in the HODINKEE Slack, these days). Someone realized that it’s been four years, almost to the day, since we published my review of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date with Sector Dial, one of the most popular reviews we’ve ever run. To mark the occasion, I sat down with Danny to talk through why we still love this watch, how it stacks up against some competition that’s come about in the last few years, and what makes for a good review in the first place.
We hope you enjoy Episode 122 of HODINKEE Radio. Be sure to check out the show notes, and let us know what you think in the comments below.