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Here on HODINKEE Radio we’ve had guests that are actors, we’ve had guests that are watch collectors, and we’ve had guests that are watch designers and makers. But we’ve never had a guest before who’s all of the above. That changes right now.
Aldis Hodge is a pretty special guy. In addition to collecting watches, the guy has sketchbooks full of design ideas and technical drawings of new movements he's dreaming up and he's also the custodian of one of the only rose engines in North America. This guy is deep. The first time we met was about two years ago at the HODINKEE office. He'd come by for a visit during a trip to New York City and after getting the little tour we usually give visitors he sat down with Jack and the two proceeded to talk about about Saunier’s 19th century treatise on watchmaking for the better part of an hour. For the record, that’s not usually how visits to our office go.*
We’ve known since launching HODINKEE Radio that we wanted to recreate some of that magic, and during the HODINKEE 10th Anniversary weekend in New York City we were able to make it happen. Just minutes after Jean-Claude Biver finished his absolutely epic talk on Saturday night (which you can listen to right here), we hopped in a car, sat down in the studio, and poured ourselves some whiskey. If you're expecting a fluffy conversation about watch collecting and Hollywood, you should reconsider –*Aldis*
With Aldis’s latest movie, What Men Want, hitting theaters next week, now seemed like a perfect time to air this episode. It's unlike any other we've done before and it's one of my all-time favorites.
We hope you enjoy Episode 29 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Wrist Check

When it comes to the watches he wears and collects, Aldis's tastes skew toward pieces from independent brands that show off interesting watchmaking and finishing techniques. The Arnold & Son Golden Wheel that he wore to our recording fits this mold perfectly. The watch has a wandering hours complication that uses three transparent discs to show the hours, counting out the passing minutes of the given hour against an arced track at the top of the dial. The central deadbeat seconds make for some dramatic motion around the dial, since the other indicators move relatively slowly. Jack wrote about this awesome independent watch when it first came out in 2016, and you should definitely check out his thoughts and photos here for the full story.
Show Notes

H10 Livestream: A Conversation With Jean-Claude Biver
A Treatise on Modern Horology in Theory and Practice by Claudius Saunier
Watchmaking by George Daniels
The Practical Watch Escapement by George Daniels
Art of Breguet by George Daniels
H10 Livestream: The Independents
HODINKEE Radio with Jason Fried
The Baume & Mercier Clifton Baumatic COSC
HODINKEE Radio with Alton Brown
Gérald Genta Octo Bi-Retro
Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph
Boley Lathes
Joshua Shapiro, @engineturned
Brian Banks
What Men Want
Destruction of Black Civilization
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Explosions in the Sky