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Revolution Watch Podcast is a podcast hosted by the editors at Revolution magazine, where we discuss all things related to watchmaking, watch collecting and design with the people who shape the industry.
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Episode 18: Horoloupe

Episode 18: Horoloupe

2020-01-2400:50:45

Our guest on this episode of the Revolution Watch Podcast is none other than Austen Chu, a young but prominent collector, known by many of us as @horoloupe on Instagram, and a familiar face amongst our pages. When we sat down with Austen just before Christmas, we were only keen to learn more about his collecting habits, how he has helped grow the community of watch collectors through his social media accounts, and the burgeoning role collectors today have in bringing their dream watches to life as unique pieces. He also shared a little about a passion project he's working on — designing a new line of accessories and jewellery called Seraph. What we didn't know then, was that Austen was secretly working away with Audemars Piguet not to create a unique piece like most collectors do, but to create a limited edition series of watches exclusively for the Chinese market. An incredible milestone to say the least! The news is out now of course, and Austen was kind enough to share some of his thoughts on the process. Show Notes (00:00) Introduction (02:31) LVMH Watch Week Dubai 2020 (04:04) Hublot releases its first integrated bracelet Big Bang (05:18) Bulgari Launches The Smallest Women’s Tourbillon (07:08) New El Primeros and Pilots from Zenith (07:47) Hublot at LVMH Watch Week (10:00) TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition (11:11) Our conversation with Horoloupe (41:21) Horoloupe talks about the Titanium Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar for China (50:17) Outro Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
It’s our Christmas Special Episode! We’ve made our list, we’ve checked it twice. We’ve told Santa what we want, both unattainable and nice. Our editors have chimed in and so have our friends; we’ve all picked one watch, else the list will never end. Show Notes (00:00) Introduction (01:42) Stephanie Ip's choice: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-thin (03:37) Kevin Cureau's choice: AP Royal Oak Ref. 15500 (07:47) Darren Ho's choice: Bell & Ross BR05 in full gold (12:25) Horoloupe's choice: Patek Philippe Ref. 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar (15:01) Richard Holt's choice: Seiko SLA033J1 Prospex (20:30) Ross Povey's choice: Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark (28:36) Tom Chng's choice: AP Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked in black ceramic (31:28) Israel Ortega's choice: Patek Philippe Ref. 5235R Calatrava Annual Calendar Regulator (39:53) Taitan Chen's choice: Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Moon (44:08) Adam Craniotes' choice: Grand Seiko SBGA413 'Shunbun' Spring Drive (01:02:25) Outro Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
In this episode of the Revolution Watch Podcast, the ever-humble Karl-Friedrich Scheufele talks about Chopard's beginnings and his various passion projects.  He also tells us about the new Alpine Eagle collection, an extremely special project for the Scheufele family, one that spanned three generations. Mr. Scheufele was more than happy to share with Revolution the process that led up to it, and fun details about the making of it. Things like, who came up with the name Alpine Eagle? You'll have to tune in to find out. Show Notes (00:00) Introduction (00:58) LVMH buys Tiffany & Co. (03:44) The FP Journe Astronomic Souveraine (07:27) Our conversation with Karl-Friedrich Scheufele (39:26) Outro Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Our guest on this week's episode is Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and legendary explorer, who is also a Rolex Testimonee. Earle has spent most of her life studying the sea and its marine life, and in our interview, she tells us about her latest project, Mission Blue, which identifies Hope Spots around the world, spots in the ocean that need our attention, and she brings communities together to make an improvement and care for the seas. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (00:29) What's happening to SIHH? (07:25) Interview with Sylvia Earle (38:52) Outro Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Today's podcast episode is dedicated to the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition 2019, which opened in Singapore on September 28 and runs until October 13. The entire Revolution team was on the ground to bring you different aspects of the exhibition. We first interview Philip Barat, the Director of Watch Development at Patek Philippe, who tells us a bit more about all the special editions that were launched over the weekend. In our second interview, we speak with Dr. Peter Friess, Curator of the Patek Philippe Museum, who touches on general points about the exhibition and what to expect from it. Keep listening also for our own take on the exhibition, find out which section was our favourite, and what we think is worth seeing. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (06:20) Revolution Guide to the Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition (06:53) Patek Philippe Ref. 5303R Grand Complication (07:21) Interview with Philip Barat, Director of Watch Development at Patek Philippe (19:13) 2019 Patek Philippe Watch Art Grand Exhibition Special Editions (22:19) Interview with Dr Peter Friess, Curator of the Patek Philippe Museum (39:30) Outro Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Felix Baumgartner is the co-founder of Urwerk, whose approach to high horology is like nothing else on the market. In its short 20-plus years, its unique ability to marry traditional watchmaking and clockmaking expertise in extremely contemporary designs quickly established the independent company as one of the most ingenious and unique brands in today's industry. A third generation watchmaker, Baumgartner grew up in his father's workshop, watching him restore antique clocks, which greatly influences his creative process today. When he met Martin Frei in 1995, they realised their interests in objects of time measurement were aligned, and Urwerk was born. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (02:06) Where URWERK comes from (03:11) Our conversation with Felix Baumgartner (39:06) Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark (39:26) Oris Big Crown ProPilot X Calibre 115 (39:40) Richard Mille RM 50-04 Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Episode 12: Max Büsser

Episode 12: Max Büsser

2019-09-0900:23:55

Maximilian Büsser is the founder of MB&F, short for Maximilian Büsser and Friends, the creator of some of the most avant-garde and imaginative timepieces the world has seen. The format for this episode of the Revolution Watch Podcast is a little different, fitting we think, for Max Busser, who doesn't do things quite the same way as the rest of the industry. We spoke with Max and recorded an interview with him during his last visit to Hong Kong where he opened his latest MB&F M.A.D gallery, a boutique shop where he displays his timepieces amongst other mechanical art pieces. Show Notes (01:28) Launching MB&F (03:09) Independent watchmakers are more creative (06:06) Max’s biggest qualities (10:14) Bringing fans into the MB&F community (12:06) The M.A.D Galleries (17:47) Moving to Dubai (19:46) Max, the family man Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephiphk Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Christian Selmoni is a very interesting man. The Style and Heritage Director can readily reel off Vacheron Constantin’s numerous achievements over its 260 plus years of history without batting an eye. But when he visited Hong Kong just last month with vintage timepieces in tow, our conversation naturally, was about the brand’s incredible past and the incredible service that is Les Collectionneurs. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (03:46) Conversation with Christian Selmoni (37:08) Around the World with the #SilverSpitfire Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Episode 10: Hannes Pantli

Episode 10: Hannes Pantli

2019-08-0600:26:16

With the focus on IWC this week, our guest is none other than Hannes Pantli, board member at IWC and one of the biggest collectors of IWC watches, who recounts the history of IWC and how the watch company evolved through the eras of watchmaking. Pantli, who started in IWC in 1972, counts opening the Middle Eastern markets and guiding IWC through the Quartz Crisis as some of his milestones. It was also due to his foresight that the oversized Portofino dress watch line became the success that is today. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction with Darren Ho (02:24) Conversation with Hannes Pantli (24:11) IWC The Longest Flight (25:40) Check our website for the latest watch stories Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
On this episode of the Revolution Watch Podcast, our guest is Michael Friedman. A walking encyclopaedia, horological expert, museum curator and charming storyteller, Friedman's current title is Head of Complications at Audemars Piguet, a role he stepped into since the beginning of this year. But his knowledge of watches does not start or end with AP. Friedman has worked extensively in watch and clock museums; he was the VP and Department Head of Watches for Christie's New York in 1999, and had his own consultancy firm, providing services for collectors, auction houses and other establishments before he joined Audemars Piguet in 2013. Show Notes (00:06) Introduction (01:49) Our interview with Michael Friedman (01:17:43) Talking Cartier with John Goldberger (01:18:31) Patek Philippe ref. 3449 (01:18:47) Apollo 11 50th Anniversary celebration (01:19:00) Reliving History with James Ragan Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Over here at Revolution, we're firm believers that the world of watches permeates through every aspect of contemporary culture, be it sports, films, music, art, space travel—whatever it is, there's a talking point to be had. Here today, it's the art of tattooing that we want to talk about. There have been a few takes on tattoo-inspired watches before, but none so successful as Hublot's collaboration with Maxime Plescia-Büchi. Show Notes (00:12) Introduction (02:16) Revolution HK Instagram (03:23) Adam Craniotes joins Revolution (04:09) Interview with Maxime Plescia-Büchi (55:40) Only Watch 2019 Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Our guest for this episode is prominent watch collector Fred Mandelbaum, or @watchfred as he’s more commonly known as on social media. Mandelbaum has almost 50k followers on Instagram, he’s extremely influential in the watch community and a quick scroll through his feed tells you why. Mandelbaum is an expert when it comes to vintage chronographs, and specifically on vintage Breitling chronographs. Show Notes (00:05) Introduction (01:58) Steph's chat with @WatchFred (32:00) Highlights from Christie’s Rare Watches Geneva May 2019 (32:17) Highlights from the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Nine (32:23) Highlights from Sotheby’s Important Watches, Geneva 2019 Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
We’ve now had ample time (weeks!) to let the dust settle and reflect on the fair as a whole and share our opinions with you. We decided to tackle the topic with some of our Revolution editors around the world, including Darren Ho, the Editor-in-Chief of our Asia and Australia editions, as well as Taitan Chen, the Editor-in-Chief of our China edition. With our editors, we discuss our first impressions of Baselworld 2019, highlights, the relevance of watch fairs today and what to expect in 2020. Show Notes (00:38) Darren Ho: Editor-In-Chief, Revolution Asia & Australia (26:34) MB&F LM Flying Tourbillon (28:56) H. Moser & Cie Endeavour Concept Minute Repeater Tourbillon (30:51) Taitan Chen: Editor-In-Chief, Revolution China (49:13) Bulgari Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT (50:09) Patek Philippe Ref. 5212a (51:33) Carl F Bucherer Heritage BiCompax Annual (53:10) Zenith El Primero Revival (54:17) Rolex Day-Date 36 (56:11) Rolex Datejust 36 (01:01:49) De Bethune Yellow Tones (01:04:41) Next year's SIHH and Baselworld dates not finalized? Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
At Art Basel, we had the honour to sit down with Olivier Audemars, who is the great-grandson of Audemars Piguet co-founder Edward Auguste Piguet. We talk to him about his family roots, the brand's connection with nature and art, his influence over the company as the Vice-Chairman of the Board and his thoughts on the latest novelties. Show Notes (00:28) Art Basel in Hong Kong (02:40) KAWS: HOLIDAY (03:33) KAWS: ALONG THE WAY (04:50) Olivier Audemars of Audemars Piguet (17:28) AP and Art Basel (32:41) Olivier’s take on the new Code 11.59 (41:47) The AP Lounge at Art Basel (43:41) Inside @Conkers1971's incredible watch collection (45:42) Three of the Most Important Men in the Swiss Watch Industry Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Episode 04: Sam Hines

Episode 04: Sam Hines

2019-03-2800:46:42

Auction season is kicking off so we thought it would be great to talk to an expert about the watch auction market in this episode. Sam Hines, Sotheby's watch auctioneer extraordinaire, took precious time out of his busy schedule to give us the lowdown on the market, tips of the trade, and anecdotes about his most sensational lots. If you've ever had questions about how auctions work, this is one episode you shouldn't miss. Show Notes (01:01) Our conversation with Sam Hines, International Director of Watches for Sotheby’s (04:34) How Sam entered the auction world (12:19) Why Sam went to work at Sotheby's (14:38) Why Aurel Bacs is the best watch auctioneer in the world (20:44) Navigating relationships with collectors (27:00) Why it's hard for auction houses to find watches (32:51) Highlights from the Sotheby's Hong Kong sale (37:58) Why Rolex and Patek Philippe are so special (43:50) What makes a good watch auctioneer (45:51) Our stories from Baselworld 2019 Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Episode 03: Nick English

Episode 03: Nick English

2019-03-1400:52:20

In this episode, we sat down for a candid chat with Nick English, who co-founded Bremont with his brother Giles, at the brand's flagship in Hong Kong. Nick tells us wild tales of piloting a 40s plane across Europe in his teens, treasured memories of his father, starting a watch company with his brother, and how Bremont watches unexpectedly found air time on the Jimmy Fallon’s show. Show Notes (01:49) Our conversation with Nick English, co-founder of Bremont (29:40) Bremont 2019 novelties (40:11) Jimmy Fallon presents a Bremont watch to his Father-in-law (47:03) Where does the name Bremont come from? (50:31) Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary (50:57) MB&F LM Flying Tourbillon (51:21) Oris Divers Sixty-Five ‘Honey’ for The Rake & Revolution Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Welcome back to the second episode of our Revolution Watch Podcast! We're pleased to say that our podcast is finally available on every major platform. SIHH has come and gone since our last episode, and we thought it would be lovely to get some of our editors on the pod to give you their take. Keep on listening to find out what their picks are! Show Notes (02:08) General impressions and live coverage from SIHH 2019 (09:26) Introducing our US Editor-in-Chief Keith W. Strandberg (15:54) Baselworld and SIHH to both show in April starting 2020 (16:53) Watches: JLC, IWC, Cartier, Bovet, Baume & Mercier,... (18:14) Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar (20:13) Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 (25:26) Panerai (28:23) Girard-Perregaux (29:01) Ressence (30:59) Predictions for Baselworld 2019 (39:17) Introducing our Global Online Editor Sumit Nag (42:28) Shadowing Wei Koh and what it's like covering SIHH 2019 live (45:25) Cartier (48:07) Montblanc (49:43) IWC (52:43) AP Royal Oak Salmon Dial (55:03) More AP Code 11.59 Talk! (58:05) Supercomplication: Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger-LeCoultre (01:00:37) Rolex Baselworld Predictions Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on the web, Instagram and Facebook HK specific sites: website, Instagram, Facebook
Welcome to the first episode of the Revolution Watch Podcast! The Revolution Watch Podcast is a podcast hosted by the editors at Revolution magazine, where we discuss all things related to watchmaking, watch collecting and design with the people who shape the industry. For our debut episode, our colleagues in Hong Kong, Stephanie Ip, Managing Editor for Revolution Hong Kong, and Kevin Cureau, Digital Editor for Revolution Hong Kong, sit down with Carson Chan, Head of Mission in Greater China for the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, to talk about the role of the FHH, watch fairs and how he helped launch the brand Richard Mille in Asia. Stay tuned to the end, where Carson shares his top predictions for SIHH 2019 and his guess for what AP’s Code 11.59 really means. Follow Carson on Instagram @thecarsonchan and @watchprofessor Follow Stephanie on Instagram @stephlovesrocky Follow Kevin on Instagram @kevincureau Find us on https://www.Revolution.Watch/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/revolution.watch/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/revolution.watch/ Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Revolution_TW/
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