Video | A Continuous Lean.

Oh, Did You Want to Talk About Watches?

Aug 4th, 2015 | Categories: Video, Watches | by Michael Williams

It seems to me that the reason Ben Clymer ascended to the top of the watch media food chain (or more significantly, the online media food chain in general?) has to do with his ability to put things into perspective. Ben’s got a nose for watches and obviously lots of other very cool things, but the thing i’ve admired most about him is his deft skill at describing subtle things in powerful and insightful ways. You’ll catch these interesting little takes in everyday writings on Hodinkee, and in all sorts of other places like this Mr Porter Aficionado piece. At the minute twenty six mark Ben talks about the significance around his Universal Geneve Tri-Compax and the larger importance the original owner’s grandfather had to horology. Clymer then goes on to connect those things back to his own grandfather, to watches and the larger meaning all of those things have to him. Those are the moments and circles of thought which impress me most about Ben and Hodinkee. I like watches a lot, but obviously not on the same level as him. But I like the way in which Ben talks about watches and what makes them important and interesting.

I think that it is perfectly fine to just own things simply because you just like them. It’s also fine to own nice things that you know nothing about. And it occurs to me that nothing must be better than being at a cocktail party or dinner and blowing someone away with hyper in-depth knowledge of your specific timepiece when someone makes a small remark about liking your watch as Ben must be able to do. “Did you want to talk about the weather or were you just making chitchat?

Clymer’s combination of good taste, sense of significance and attention to detail should make us all think a bit more about what we own and why we own it. Or maybe even what we aspire to own — a 356 and a Paul Newman Daytona doesn’t seem like a bad way to start that list.

Keeping Pratt Steampunk Since 1958.

May 15th, 2015 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

Just when you think every possible “content” story has already been unearthed, obsessed over and whirled around by a bunch of blogs — Dustin Cohen goes and tells the fascinating tale of Conrad Milster, Pratt Institute’s long time chief eccentric (and engineer). This brilliant story is about as interesting and touching as I have ever seen in a short little Vimeo. The take away, this man is incredible and New York certainly doesn’t make em like Conrad anymore. Much admiration both to him and Dustin for keeping things interesting around here.

Simplicity is Beauty.

Jun 29th, 2014 | Categories: Made in England, Video | by Michael Williams

The idea of “simplicity” seems to get thrown around quite a bit. It’s something Apple has used to build a literal mountain of cash (that and 10,000 other genius ideas — lest we get carried away here) and it’s a concept that everyone seems to rally around regardless if their business is making cheap fast fashion or high-end luxury. At the same time, it’s something that lies at the core of ACL, but simple is not the only thing I’m looking for. It’s when simple is combined with tradition, consistency and quality that things really become an obsession.

What does this have to do with a film about scissors? Everything.

Long Watch | Design by Peter Buchanan-Smith

May 24th, 2014 | Categories: Design, Video | by Michael Williams

There are few companies that do a better job with design than Best Made Co. From the packaging to the product to the company’s TriBeCa shop, everything is beautifully arranged. Much of the reason everything is so aesthetically on-point draws back to the company’s founder and chief creative Peter Buchanan-Smith. If you consider his work across the varied projects and organizations which he has contributed, you start to get a glimpse into the simplicity and beauty of his approach. I’ve met Peter on a few occasions before, and I’ve known him to be both extremely smart and exceedingly kind man. It seems that everything he does is appealing to me in one way or another. Even if it is a subject matter that I am not inherently interested in, Peter’s enthusiasm and his approach always seem to lure me in.

Bow Down to Benton Performance.

Apr 16th, 2014 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams


There’s a lot of content out in the world today. Much of it barely deserved of a spot in the YouTube line up. And then there is this film, a masterful look at the life and work of John Benton. Now let us all bow down at the alter of Benton Performance. These are going to be the best six minutes of your day. Fuck. Me.

Thanks to Silver Arrows for the tip.

Weekend Video | Watching Watches.

Mar 23rd, 2014 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

Alan Maleh Watches 1

Over the past few years the guys at Hodinkee have quietly ramped up to become prolific producers of content, churning out watch editorial from all over the world. Two recently released videos are focused on subjects closer to home. The first (above) is another installment in the Talking Watches series —which shines a light on the collections of celebrities, athletes and aesthetes alike— profiles Man of the World founder Alan Maleh. You may have met Alan at one of the Pop Up Flea events, or maybe you have shopped at his store Gentryanyone who has had even the shortest brush with him can easily recognize that the man is as product obsessed. He’s a prolific collector of everything from Japanese denim, to classic cars and of course, watches. This video doesn’t do him justice, though it is a nice glimpse into his (quasi-insane) watch collection.

Made in the Land of Wheat and Maize.

Feb 5th, 2014 | Categories: Music, Video | by Michael Williams

Generally I feel comfortable away from home. I’ve lived in New York for 12 years and I don’t ever think I will feel like a New Yorker. I don’t think I ever want to. When I say “home” I am referring to Ohio. It’s a place I have barely lived as an adult, but it is still where I feel like I fit best into the world. There’s some sort of Midwestern draw that comes back to me very quickly when I am there. My business partner and I are both from Ohio and I think we both like to hire people from the Midwest because we all seem to think about the world in similar ways. We just make sense to each other. It’s also the reason we love to work with Red Wing. Part of it is the spirit of the company, and part of it is the people. Nothing is forced and nothing is insincere. If something doesn’t make sense, they don’t do it.

A few months ago I flew to Minneapolis to see Red Wing, but we didn’t drive down to its headquarters on the Mississippi, we got in a car and drove a few hours straight into the Wisconsin countryside to Eau Claire. With the talented director Andrew David Watson, we set out to make a film about the supremely talented musician Justin Vernon. We knew that he had an affinity for Red Wing and that he has been wearing the boots for years, having learned of the brand the same way I did, from his dad. More than make a marketing video, Red Wing really just wanted to tell Justin’s story because it is honest and real.