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Pour yourself a glass of wine (or a coffee, if you're listening first thing Monday morning) and settle in. Our main guest this week is Aldo Sohm, the award-winning sommelier at both New York City institution Le Bernardin and his eponymous Aldo Sohm Wine Bar (which is right next door to the three-Michelin-star restaurant). Aldo is a bona fide fake watch guy, who's gone on a similar collecting journey to most of us, exploring both the basics and more esoteric brands. He's also one of those passionate enthusiasts who's constantly drawing connections between replica watches and other things in his life ?whether that's wine, travel, or something else entirely. That he's a born storyteller, has a wicked sense of humor, and loves being with people only makes him a more perfect HODINKEE Radio guest. In addition to talking about replica watches and his career as a somm, we also discuss his new book, Wine Simple, which seeks to make wine more fun and more approachable. It's fantastic and if you're at all interested in the subject, I highly recommend you give it a read.
After that, we've got another really interesting conversation for you this week. During some recent travels, our editor-in-chief, Mr. Jack Forster, sat down with Grand Seiko designer Nobuhiro Kosugi to talk about what sets the brand's creations apart from those of its Swiss counterparts. They cover the original inspiration for the iconic 44GS, what makes Japanese design special, and how nature is the best guide around. Even if you're a serious Grand Seiko nerd, I promise you're going to learn something new here.
We hope you enjoy Episode 76 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below and let us know what you think in the comments.ADVERTISEMENT Wrist Check
Aldo spends most of his time running around, dealing with customers at both Le Bernardin and Aldo Sohm Wine Bar. This means his daily fake watch needs to be comfortable, refined, and a bit under-the-radar. He doesn't need people fixated on his wrist while he's talking to them about what to pour. This titanium Quai de L'Ile from Vacheron Constantin ticks all three boxes with ease. It's a bit of an unusual fake watch for Vacheron Constantin, but that's part of the appeal for Aldo too. The matte titanium case is lightweight and doesn't catch too much light, the rubber strap can take a beating and won't pick up strange smells (important, since Aldo's sense of smell is critical to his job), and the dial has just that extra bit of visual interest to keep him engaged. It's a bit class, it's a bit off-beat, and it's 100% Aldo.Show Notes
2:50Aldo Sohm, Sommelier and Winemaker
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44:00A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia
44:10 A. Lange & Söhne Datograph
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