Aldis Hodge is known around the world for his acting in both features and television series. While he’s played everything from a escaped slave in the 1800’s (“Underground,”) to a military officer trying to track down Tom Cruise (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,”) to a grifter with a knack for tech (“Leverage”,) Aldis’ real-life role as a passionate horologist is one he is most proud of.
His interest with watchmaking began while attending Art Center College of Design for Architectural Engineering and Product Design. As a course of study, he began to design time pieces which eventually evolved into his becoming a concept designer. Some of his horological influences growing up included A. L. Breguet, George Daniels, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, F.P. Journe, Roger Smith, and Kari Voutillainen to name a few.
Originally, he wanted to design for established brands. But that all changed after a visit to Switzerland where he was invited by the Hamilton team to present several of his concepts.
They advised him that he should consider taking the “independent” route to see his designs come to fruition – advice he took seriously.
Soon after, he started his time piece distribution company Basil Time Piece. While being mentored by Robert Greubel, he was counseled to define his DNA before attempting to develop further. Again, advice that he took to heart. After two years of re-design and re-development, he presented a model to Mr. Gruebel – and was met with enthusiastic approval. Now that he has found his DNA, production is set to begin with his flagship model Initia, which is currently in development under his brand A. Hodge – the luxury subsidiary of Basil Time Piece.
The goal of A. Hodge is to be able to help people experience and appreciate the elements of watchmaking in much the same way Aldis developed a love for it many years ago. To Aldis, horology is not just art, nor is it just technology. It’s a legacy. As Aldis continues to build his company, it’s his hope that his time pieces are passed through his family from generation to generation.