April 4, 2022
by Hayden Doerr
Twice weekly, aBlogtoWatch brings you two incredible podcasts for horology lovers. Every Monday, we have the Superlative Podcast, hosted by Ariel Adams as he talks with the people behind the brands and watches you love, and every Friday, we have aBlogtoWatch Weekly with Ariel and Rick as they talk about exciting news in the watch industry. Both shows are available on all major podcast platforms, and we would love to see you subscribe, rate, and review the shows if you enjoy listening!
This week, our host Ariel Adams is joined by James Hendy, General Manager of Authentication at eBay. The episode begins with the authentication that happens at eBay with its current luxury watch sales and how that benefits both the buyer and the seller. Ariel asks how eBay has been able to incorporate the cost of this very thorough process into its business practice, and James talks about the beginning of his career working in the traditional auction world. The topic of the high level of curation and presentation that happens at auctions is brought up, and the two consider how eBay can learn from the auction world when it comes to those elements. As they speak on expansion a bit, Ariel asks James if he were to look on eBay as he is watch shopping from another country or area of the world, would he see a different inventory of watches? James shares information about the newest form of authentication happening at eBay called “Expert Authentication” and what we can expect from eBay in the future within the work of authentication.
As the incredible Watches and Wonders 2022 event is underway, our team at ABTW was able to record from the show. They talk about everything they have seen after two days, what they like, don’t like and what they are still looking forward to seeing! Take a listen now to the episode to hear some of the latest on Rolex, Tudor, Tag Heuer, Patek Philippe, Panerai, Hublot, and more. Tell us in the comments below what you were most excited about seeing at Watches and Wonders 2022!