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Horology Republic's Hot Takes
A few minutes an episode every Tuesday and Thursday. We're bringing you the best (and worst) of horology, the lifestyle, and everything in between, Hot-Take style! Follow us so you don't miss out on all the raving topics we have in store!
August 26, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 25: Hot Takes, A Retrospective
Season 1 has come to an end. In this final episode of this summer's season 1, we take a look back at creating some fun and interesting content over the course of the last 25 episodes. Reminiscing is bittersweet, and surely, we never thought these would grow to be quite as popular as they turned out to be. Funny how the download statistics show you how far the reach of your podcast goes...From all of us at Horology Republic, thank you for listening over this season and we're looking forward to longer episodes for our subscription podcast launching next month! Make sure you check it out and subscribe so you don't miss what you've been asking for.Don't forget to submit your application for acceptance to our Facebook group, Horology Republic, today! We have some big stuff coming there and the club itself is pairing up with Bennisson with upcoming sales, so make sure you get in while the hotness is still available! See you all in Horology Republic!
August 24, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 24: The Lorier Falcon Series II
Microbrands. Does this word kind of make you roll your eyes or do your ears perk up? Well, with this episode, I'm asking you to leave any misconceptions at the door and take a quick look at the Lorier Falcon Series II with me. PVD gold isn't REAL gold, but at this price point, you can still look like a million bucks with this watch. Join us as we explore this cool offering!
August 19, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 23: Collabs. Good, Bad, or Ugly?
We all have seen a collaboration by some people we really love. We've also seen some that we likely wouldn't touch with the proverbial ten foot pole. But, in the post-Baselworld identity crisis for watch reveals, is this a good step forward for watches? Is this a way to do some cool, limited edition, and funky pieces that keep the watch industry moving forward with the times? Well, have a listen to our Hot Take on this topic and find out!
August 17, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 22: Aventurine Dials, Wrist Game OR Crying Shame?
Christian takes us on a trip around Aventurine dials. Are they adding to your wrist game or are they really taking you down a level? Find out as he takes on a dialed-in adventure!
August 12, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 21: Do You Need A Watch Winder?
Watch winders. Ah, those fun things which keep our watches going while they sit and wait for their turn on the wrist. Like many folks, I thought I knew what was best for my watches and how to store them properly so they'd be ready to go. What I found out from our friends over at Bennisson showed me I still had much to learn. I share their insight with you in this Hot Take!
August 10, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 20: The Grand Seiko SBGY007
Hand-wound is our motif lately, and with that, we've stumbled upon a gem. The Grand Seiko SBGY007 covers a wide range of aesthetic boxes, and we take a quick look at it here. Spring drive, hand finishing, and Zaratsu polishing...what's not to love? Have a listen and take a look at our newest dress watch love from Grand Seiko!
August 5, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 19: The Vintage Options
New new new new. We all want new, or do we? If new (these days) is hard to come by, taking a look into the past might be the way forward for you. Something about the way acrylic crystals catch the light differently than sapphire or how some designs are simply iconic...all of these and more await you when you take time for the past. Today, we're dipping our toes into the idea of looking backwards in time to find the next cornerstone to our collections.
August 3, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 18: The Hommage Dilemma
The "Hommage..." The word can be loved, hated, lukewarm, or outright ignored. What makes a watch an hommage or a blatant copy and rip-off? Well, we take a bit of time today to take a closer look. Using the gold-standard of divers watches and design, the Rolex Submariner, we try to see what elements that appear on other brand's divers are nods to the original, and what is simply a copy of design language. Join us as we take a few minutes to discuss this topic and make sure you let us know in the Facebook groups what you think about the "Hommage Dilemma."
July 29, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 17: The Rolex Effect
Rolex has had wonderful commercial success. Anything with the crown is selling out at ADs and grey-market pricing is well above insane. But, what about the other brands? In this episode, we take a quick gander at how this phenomenon, dubbed The Rolex Effect, has changed the way the watch market operates - we think for the better! Many may sigh at how well Rolex has done, and many more fail to see how it's boosting watches as a whole across the board. In this Hot Take, we explore this concept in a little more detail.
July 27, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 16: The Hand-Wound Option
Is your relationship with your watch something you take seriously? Do you feel as if it requires care and attention every day? Are you looking for a way to be even more involved in your watch interests? Well, we explore the concept of having a relationship with your watch that keeps it powered every day. In this episode, we're all about the hand-winding movement and, we think, it's just as special and relevant as ever!If you enjoy these podcasts, consider becoming a Patron! You'll have access to our longer, more in-depth episodes coming monthly. Our first will be recorded tomorrow (7/28) and edited for August release!www.patreon.com/horologyrepublic
July 22, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 15: The Olympic OMEGA Watches
OMEGA has been synonymous with the Olympic Games and, in particular, the timekeeping of every event. Your favorite James Bond watch company also makes sure the world's premier athletes have their times accurately recorded and medals awarded accordingly. But, what goes into the Special Edition watches available for these world-class events? We take a trip across the pond with our German host, Christian, to find out...Stay tuned, you won't want to miss this one!Consider becoming a Patron of the podcast if you enjoy the content: www.patreon.com/horologyrepublicAlso, don't forget to follow us on Instagram for all kind of watch content! @horologyrepublic
July 20, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 14: The BAMFORD GMT
Bamford....you know, the London-based company that toys with your favorite high-end watches and makes them into something else? Well, apart from tearing down your favorite brand and building it back up in their own image, they're also hard at work creating their own line of watches. Today, we're talking a look at the GMT model they offer. Now, this isn't just any GMT watch...it's a BAMFORD! In true art haus style, the customization options are seemingly endless and make for something truly unique and yours. We give you a glimpse into their online customizer and what comes out, well, that's for you to decide!
July 15, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 13: Longines Dolce Vita
Rectangular Wrist Review: The Longines Dolce Vita is a GREAT option for summer in so many ways! We explore a few of them on today's episode and consider the many uses for such a classically-style watch. Quartz? Automatic? Diamonds? Leather? Well, where are you heading off to? Anything is possible with this model and we think it should definitely be part of your collection in some form. Enjoying the content and interested in supporting the podcast? Patreon is here!Patreon: www.patreon.com/horologyrepublic
July 13, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 12: The Jacob Bromwell Luxury Flask
When you think about the lifestyle involved in horology, do luxury flasks come to mind? Well, they should and in this episode, we highlight our new favorite flask company, Jacob Bromwell! Whether you're sipping your favorite booze poolside or taking a few ounces with you on a hike, don't leave home without one. And, whatever you love to fill yours with, these are fantastic and make excellent gifts for anyone (or even yourself)! Take a look here: www.jacobbromwell.comNEW Patreon for those who have asked to support the podcast: www.patreon.com/horologyrepublic
July 8, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 11: The CasiOak Phenomenon
To CasiOak or NOT to CasiOak? What's in an homage? Who REALLY wins the popularity contest? Why should this piece be something you have for your collection AND why should you get MORE than one? We ponder these things on today's episode!
July 6, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 10: The Eberhard & Co. Scientigraf
Eberhard & Co...since 1887. Today, we're talking about the VERY cool Scientigraf watch. Are you looking for the magnetic resistance you can take anywhere but without the Milgauss prices? Look no further, you've found it!
July 1, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 9: Watch Servicing, Which Option?
Do you go to the local guy across town? Send it back to the manufacturer and wait? Or, do you go with a larger service center with tried and true methods, excellent customer service, and a history of excellence? We chat about some servicing options for watches and I tell you about Bennisson Watch: the hottest place to send your timepieces in when they need a little R&R!
June 29, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 8: The Wimbledon Rolex
Game. Set. Match. We take a look at the Wimbledon Rolex JUST in time for the opening days of The Championships Wimbledon. Are you wearing one of these to watch Roger Federer play on Centre Court?
June 24, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 7: Two NEW Releases
Two new watches from two different design houses. One is a great new spin on a modern classic. The other? A masterclass in design, manufacturing, and exclusivity. We take a Hot Take approach to these two new offerings that just dropped in the last few days. Two Hot Takes for the price of one episode AND it's under five minutes!
June 22, 2021
Horology Republic's Hot Takes - Episode 6: The BALL Engineer Hydrocarbon Diver
Robust? Check. Visible in all conditions? Check. Not the same old thing you'll see this summer? Check check. Today, we're taking a look at BALL and an excellent diver they have on offer. Looking to add something a little different yet familiar to your collection? Give this one a look today and see if it feels as good as it looks on your own wrist!