This week on the SUPERLATIVE podcast, our host and aBlogtoWatch Founder Ariel Adams is joined by author, journalist, and editor, Nicholas Foulkes. To start the show, the two begin by discussing the North American watch market as well as what makes the watch industry unique in comparison to other industries of manufactured goods. They dive into Nick’s introduction to watches and why the suits he wanted to wear influenced his watch interests. Ariel asks Nick how he was able to impress and demand respect from the brands and CEOs that he worked with in his career, and when he started to see the demographic of watch enthusiasts start to change over the decades. Nick talks about London in the 1970s and what collecting and watch enthusiasm was like during that time, and the two get into why brands seem to have the inability to track and tell their own brand’s history. As the discussion continues Ariel has our guest really jump into the different bodies of work and books that he has written over the years and what subjects he has written about, such as the early 19th century in England. Nicholas somewhat surprisingly, by his own accord, gives his advice to new collectors, and he tells us about the show that he currently does with his son on YouTube.
Nicholas Foulkes is the author of around 25 books on the arts and history. He is best known for his critically acclaimed trilogy of 19th-century histories: Scandalous Society: Passion and Celebrity in the Nineteenth Century, Dancing Into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo, and Gentlemen and Blackguards: Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844. His most recent books include Bernard Buffet: The Invention of the Modern Mega-Artist, Bals: Legendary Costume Balls of the Twentieth Century, and Swans: Legends of the Jet Society. He is a contributing editor to The FT’s How To Spend It Magazine, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, a columnist for Country Life, and the luxury editor of British GQ. He launched and continues to edit Vanity Fair‘s biannual watch magazine On Time. He launched and continues to edit Vanity Fair on Art. In 2007 he was named Havana Man of the Year by the Cuban government, having been nominated for this award on four previous occasions. In 2009, he was appointed to the board of the Norman Mailer Centre. He is a graduate of Hertford College Oxford and lives in London with his wife and two sons.