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I love people who get obsessed with things. You can tell so much about who someone is and what makes them tick by the things that they just can’t get out of their heads. Mark Cho is the co-owner and co-proprietor of classic menswear Mecca The Armoury and the London-based haberdasher Drake's. He’s a tough man to track down though, splitting his time between Hong Kong, London, New York, and Japan. But from the beginning we always knew he was going to end up on HODINKEE Radio – and we finally made it happen.
Over the years, I've had the pleasure of getting a lot of texts and emails from Mark that start something like, "Dude, you gotta check this out…," and I always know that when I swipe right I'm going to be greeted by something equal parts awesome and esoteric. Mark knows the classics, but he tends to be interested in the strange variations of things that have a special story and are just a tiny bit different than the thing you think you already know. He's also more than a little obsessed with smaller watches, even conducting a nearly 1,000 person survey of wrist sizes and watch preferences to see if his theories were correct. You've got to stick around to the end of the episode to hear all about that one.
We also get some tips from Mark on the pieces of clothing that every guy should rely on, his love of Dieter Rams, and even how a silent meditation retreat may have been some of the most productive time of his life.*
We hope you enjoy Episode 43 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below and let us know what you think in the comments.
Wrist Check

You'll have to listen to the episode to get the full story on this watch, but it's a pretty special one indeed. Mark has been a fan of F.P. Journe for a long time and through a strange set of twists and turns (that include a stolen watch), he ended becoming quite close with the people who run the brand, all the way up to Mr. François-Paul himself. This Chronomètre À Résonance is one of a limited edition created just for Mark and his close friends and customers, and Mark wears it with immense pride. Like I said, give the show a listen – the story is well worth it.
Show Notes

1:45
The Armoury
3:48
F.P. Journe Octa Divine 36mm
6:50
Pierre Halimi’s Resonance
11:00
Mark's Journe Octa Divine
13:00
Patek Philippe Ref. 67 from Phillips
15:30
Mark's Patek Nautilus 3800 with rare radial dial
19:28
Mark's Vintage Grand Seiko 4522
20:30
Mark's 70s Grand Seiko VFA
22:23
@watchdxb on Instagram
22:25
Panasonic Lumix
25:28
Tudor Black Bay 36
29:00
Dieter Rams
30:15
Naoto Fukasawa
31:50
The Anordain Model 1
33:00
Autodromo
50:45
P. Johnson
50:50
Suit Supply
51:30
S.E.H. Kelly
52:20
Liverano & Liverano
54:00
The Armoury Shoe Collection
54:30
The Armoury City Hunter Jacket
58:22
Coherence Trench Coat
1:01:00
Seth Rogen on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
1:02:00
The Ideal Watch Size Survey
1:09:00
Naoyo Hida Watches
1:09:30
Patek Philippe 5212A
1:10:00
Grand Seiko SBGD201
1:11:20
Vipassana Meditation
1:17:16
Hidden Persuaders
1:19:17
Dead To Me Season 1 Official Trailer
1:20:15
The Print, The Negative, The Camera


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