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Separating the watchmaker from the watch

Credit: Aurélien Bergot for The New York Times

This New York Times profile of watchmaker Eric Coudray is a reminder of the sheer size of the watch world, and the many interesting people who inhabit it. When we think of the world class watchmakers working today, we probably think of the guys with their names on the dial: Dufour, Smith, Gronefeld, and so on. Eric Coudray is different. Not only will you not find his name on the dial of a watch he’s worked on, but he plainly admits that he doesn’t even really like watches (and he doesn’t seem to wear one). Coudray, who had a lead role in the development of Jaeger Le-Coultre’s multi-axis tourbillon, and has worked for MB&F and other brands as well, is in love with the mechanics of watchmaking, but not necessarily the end product. Coudray is a fascinating character (he lives in France, in a decommissioned windmill) who has a decidedly different perspective on the watch industry and this article is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in high end horology and the people who make it possible. 

Your Next Podcast

Credit: Martin O’Neill/Redferns

This week, Pitchfork and other outlets reported on a new podcast focusing on the history of Joy Division and New Order, two of the most important British bands to come out of the post-punk scene in the 70s and 80s. The history of both bands is tied to the suicide of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis, and has been dramatized on screen multiple times through the years. But this podcast promises a history and commentary on the bands unlike any we’ve seen before, with participation from surviving band members, as well their contemporaries and musicians they’ve influenced, including Damon Albarn, Liam Gallagher, Thurston Moore, Johnny Greenwood, and a slew of others. The 8 part series, officially titled Transmissions: The Definitive Story, launches on October 29. Check out the trailer here.