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Episode 102: Artist & Photographer Adam Marelli, Plus A Few Horological Deep-Dives With Jack ADVERTISEMENT

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You know that I love having guests on HODINKEE Radio who can't be boiled down to a simple label. And this week's guest is a perfect example of that. Adam Marelli is an artist, a photographer, a builder, a craftsman, a philosopher, and, of course, a fake watch lover, amongst other things, but he's also a friend and someone with whom I've always enjoyed talking about big ideas and the ways we can find meaning in little things. It was a ton of fun to finally sit down in front of the mic with him and to hear him tell part of his story.

We get into his own artistic and professional practice, the ways in which woodworking and photography relate to one another, what defines "culture" and makes it so difficult to pin down, and the ways in which Zen philosophy helped him find a center. We also dig into one of the questions I get asked more than any other: Are replica watches art, and can watchmakers be called artists? I think our answers might surprise you.

But before that, I sit down with our own editor-in-chief, Jack Forster, to talk about some of the recent stories he's written for the site. There's nobody who can go down a horological rabbit hole quite like Jack, and I'm really just along for the ride here. We talk about what an escapement even is and why you should care about it, the ways that travel replica watches have evolved over the decades, and a few what-ifs about watchmaking history. If you're a watchmaking nerd, this is total catnip. If you're not, well, you will be by the end of it.

We hope you enjoy Episode 102 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Wrist Check

While Adam's interest in replica watches originally came from reading Dava Sobel's epic book Longitude: The True Story Of A Lone Genius Who Solved The Greatest Scientific Problem Of His Time and then researching the work of watchmakers like George Daniels and F.P. Journe, he's developed a passion for classic dive replica watches too. This connects to his love of all things oceanic, and a vintage Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Aqua Lung "No Radiation" is pretty tough to beat when it comes to iconic tool watches. Adam's dates to 1968 and can almost always be seen on a Bond-style NATO, completing the mid-century look.

Show Notes

6:30 Pour Me: A Life by A. A. Gill

7:55 Tour De Gall

8:40 The Modern fake watch Escapement, And How It Got That Way

20:40 The Pros And Cons Of The Different Types Of Travel Watches

22:40 The Songlines

28:20 Saxonia Dual Time

29:10 Four What-Ifs That Could Have Changed Watchmaking History Forever

34:10 Breguet Number 1160, A Replica Of The Famous fake watch Made For Marie Antoinette

36:00Adam Marelli

39:03 Hiroshi Sugimoto

40:30The Accutron Show Podcast

57:42Longitude by Dava Sobel

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