Being such a visual medium, perhaps it’s no surprise watch criticism was slow to adapt to podcasting, but the watch community has now heartily embraced the current surge in podcast popularity. Some of the new breed are from recognised names in the business, while others have thrown up fresh faces; some take watch geekery to another level, while others are more circumspect, juxtaposing the sinews of watchmaking against fashion, architecture, culture, music and more. Here are Dubai Watch Week’s recommendations of what to listen to on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or your favourite podcast app this summer.
In brief: Smart insight and high-profile interviews from the net’s most powerful watch resource
Length: 45-120 minutes
What to expect: Hodinkee launched its podcast a little over a year ago and has already pushed more than 50 episodes. Delivered in typical fast-talking New York style, the pod is stuffed full of in-depth pieces covering product, the business of watchmaking and profiles of big name players inside the industry and out. As on their website, these guys take watches super seriously, but always with a splash of wit.
Two Broke Watch Snobs
In brief: Impassioned, sometimes tongue-in-cheek criticism of all things watches
Length: Around 90 minutes
What to expect: The garrulous, unapologetically sweary America duo of Mike Penate and Kaz Mirza are natural industry outsiders and address watchmaking with a combination of unscripted affection and no-holds-barred frankness that some will love and others will find harder to stomach. They must be doing something right – they’re approaching 150 episodes.
In brief: Fashion-focussed podcast that loves a deep dive into watches
Length: Around 60 minutes
What to expect: Host Jeremy Kirklandwas a blogger before he became a podcaster and he lends his journalistic flair to his shows, which cover watches as part of a wider fashion remit. Don’t be put off by the word fashion, though. Far from being frothy, surface-scratching fluff, Jeremy’s output is well researched, carefully considered and often takes listeners behind the scenes with reviews and interviews watch-focussed podcast creators might not think to go for.
The Grey NATO
In brief: Adventure-themed watch talk from two guys who wander the world
Length: 45-120 minutes
What to expect: Most watch reviews, written or spoken, zoom in on what a watch looks like on your wrist, but the Grey Nato, on air since 2016, is as if not more concerned with where your watch can take you. Hosts Jason Heaton and James Stacey are obsessed with adventure, driving, gear and of course watches, and angle their content to satiate the lusts of timepiece enthusiasts who might actually put a diver’s watch through its paces. These days, the podcast is part of Hodinkee and boasts the same quality signifiers.
The Worn & Wound Podcast
In brief: Informed, considered product reviews and interviews with some lesser-known faces from around the industry
Length: 30-60 minutes
What to expect: Another US-based podcast, and another spun out of an online review site, The Worn & Wound Podcast tends to pick up on value-driven watches, often bringing young up-and-coming brands into view. While that’s refreshing, there’s plenty of talk about big name brands, too, as well as profiles of founders and designers from companies beyond the watch world.
Watch & Listen
In brief: Going deep on the finer points of watchmaking
Length: 50-120 minutes
What to expect: Unusually for a podcast, Watch & Listen is co-hosted by a watchmaker. Cameron Weiss is the CEO of the LA-based Weiss Watch Company and brings his technical vantage point to discussions. To now, that’s been neatly offset by his chatty co-host Matt Farah of YouTube channel The Smoking Tire, although he has just stood down after a 50-episode stint. The show goes on and will continue to cover all the big names and stories in watchmaking, as well as the business of owning, maintaining and collecting mechanical timepieces. Also unusually, this podcast is filmed and viewable on YouTube.
In brief: Unscripted watch talk from a pair of unlikely watch aficionados
Length: 45-90 minutes
What to expect: Scotland is not known for its watchmaking, but the country in the north of the UK has an active watch collecting community. If you can get your head around the accents, ‘the two Ricks’ have an infectious and irreverent love of watches and cover everything from G-Shock to rare Patek Philippe models. Unless you speak fluent Scots, you may need to bring a dictionary.