Secret watch guys are kind of the best. There’s something so fun about finding out that you and someone you respect for other reasons share a passion for all things horological. When I saw filmmaker Rian Johnson tweet a link to a HODINKEE story, I did a double take. Wait, like, the Rian Johnson? The guy who made Looper, The Brothers Bloom, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi? I quickly fired off a DM (not creepy at all, by the way), and we were in touch just a few hours later.
It turns out that Rian is a true watch nerd. He’s one of us. He’s got a taste for tropical dial Explorers, Amagnetic Patek Philippe Calatravas, and Dirty Dozen military watches, amongst other things. Just a few weeks after exchanging those first messages we met up in Los Angeles with HODINKEE senior writer James Stacey to talk about spotting cool watches in old movies, his creative process, and what watch he’s hunting for next.
We hope you enjoy Episode Three of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below and let us know what you think in the comments.
There are tropical watches, and then there are tropical watches. This gilt ref. 1016 Rolex Explorer from the 1960s has turned a beautiful shade of chestnut brown across the entire dial. It almost looks like it was made that way. Paired with a slim leather strap, this sports watch looks as elegant as it gets.
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11:41 – You Must Remember This Podcast
22:25 – Damon Lindelof on “Scope Creep”
46:26 – Killing Eve trailer
48:08 – Primer trailer
49:08 – The Secret Lives of Color