The Accutron watch is a design icon in American history. The first year of production, 1960, was preceded by a nearly decades-long period of research and development, and when the Accutron debuted, it was the first really commercially and technically successful electronic watch. Its uniqueness is captured in one of the episodes of the hit HBO series Mad Men, where Accutron is referred as “not a timepiece, it’s a conversation piece”.
To celebrate Accutron’s 60th anniversary, Citizen Watch Group is re-launching the brand with a new collection and… a conversation piece, that is in fact a podcast. The Accutron Show is a series of approximately 30-minute conversations about Americana culture and its evolution and expressions through time. The podcast is hosted by Entertainment Reporter Bill McCuddy, Journalist David Graver (Cool Hunting, New York Times, Vogue) and Editor Scott Alexander (GQ, Playboy); each episode features a special guest, a relevant player in his/her field that joins the hosts for a dynamic and informal interview and conversation. Some of the guests include: Ralph Erenzo (Hudson Whisky), Sam Phillips (La Palina Cigars), Eliot Cuker (Cooper Classic Cars), Reginald Brack (NPD) and Ryan Sirignano (Esterbrook Pens).
The podcast will be available starting late July across all major digital streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify and Stitcher with a new episode released every weeks.
Bill McCuddy started at NBC as an Entertainment Reporter in 1994 and then the Fox News Channel in 1996 where he interviewed hundreds of stage and screen celebrities. He also began collecting vintage timepieces and writing about them for various publications.
McCuddy left Fox News in 2008 to pursue a career in freelance writing and producing. He is a frequent contributor ro the NY Post, GoldDerby.com, RobbReport/Vices, Manhattan Magazine and many others. In 2012 Vanity Fair Magazine named him a “media satellite.” McCuddy has no idea what that means but thinks “It sounds cool.”
Over the years he has written material for Dennis Miller on "Saturday Night Live," Vice President Al Gore for his appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman," and other stand up comedians.
David Graver, the Editor in Chief of online lifestyle magazine COOL HUNTING (coolhunting.com), has a byline in Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Pursuits, Elle, and Surface. His areas of expertise include cultural events, art, film, fashion, travel, and food and drink, with further specialization in watches, spirits and cocktails.
David represents COOL HUNTING around the world at events including Tales of the Cocktail, Baselworld, SIHH, Miami Art Week and New York Fashion Week, as well as gallery openings and product launches. David has visited the finest spirits factories around the world, from The Macallan Scotch and Suntory Japanese Whisky to Wild Turkey Bourbon and Ketel One Vodka. He is also a strategic brand consultant and regularly speaks on panels.
Scott Alexander's passion for spirits, technology, and men's lifestyle led to a career covering them for everyone from CNET to Popular Science to Details to Playboy Magazine. His award winning work has appeared in books, magazines, podcasts and video games. Scott has also worked at advertising studio The Foundry, overseeing the custom content program for New York Stock Exchange, profiling and promoting the achievements of members of the NYSE listed community.
He lives in Brooklyn with a high-personality mutt named Monkey, a state of the art home theater and an extensive liquor library.
THE ACCUTRON SHOW
“Inside the Barrel” - Guest: Ralph Erenzo, Founder of Hudson Whiskey
“The ritual of cigars” - Guest: Sam Phillips, President of La Palina Cigar