This is SUPERLATIVE: A podcast about watches, the people behind them, and the worlds that inspire them. This week, our host and aBlogtoWatch Founder Ariel Adams sits down with Barry Cohen, the Founder of Luminox Watches and the Managing Partner of Time Concepts LLC. Ariel kicks off the show by asking Barry about how he first realized the importance of media within the watch industry before the pair get into the very beginning of Luminox, the brand’s signature tritium tube technology, and how Barry was able to get his watch company featured in major retailers like Cabela’s and Sharper Image.

From there, Ariel and Barry dig into the concept of building something exactly the way you want it to be, how Barry originally picked up an eye for design, and some of his all-time favorite watches he created during his years working with Luminox. The conversation then shifts to Barry’s more recent endeavors with Time Concepts LLC and the inner workings of developing watches for other brands. Additionally, Ariel and Barry discuss how the objects we choose to wear can frequently have the ability to influence the way we feel, and how watches themselves can often relate to our overall perceptions of identity. To round out the show, Ariel asks Barry to share a little bit about his latest timepiece company ProTek Watches, the core concept behind its products, and what we can expect to see from both ProTek and Time Concepts LLC in the future.

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Show Notes:

  • 01:08 — The Importance of media and telling the stories behind watches.
  • 02:55 — The start of Luminox and getting into Sharper Image. 
  • 08:58 — Luminox watches and tritium tube luminous technology. 
  • 16:02 — Selling Luminox to the Swiss.
  • 18:09 — How Barry first got into the watch industry. 
  • 24:36 — The concept of building something exactly the way you want it to be.
  • 28:25 — Barry’s personal favorite Luminox designs from over the years. 
  • 34:42 — Where Barry picked up an eye for design.
  • 37:01 — The importance of aesthetics in regards to watches.
  • 39:09 — Time Concepts LLC and developing watches for other brands.
  • 46:08 — How watches relate to our perceptions of identity. 
  • 51:39 — About ProTek Watches and Barry’s latest timepiece endeavors.

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