Photo spread of a Rolex Chronograph Reverence 6238 Dial. Photo by Keith Lehman.
Concerning the actual content, the magazine covers a range of horological topics of varying intensities. Jason Heaton’s lead article, “Up in the Air,” serves as a concise history of early aviation, the pioneering pilots, and the timepieces that aided them. In “Why I Collect” three world-famous professionals share their earliest yearnings for the wristwatches they love. Jack Forster flexes his horological acumen in “A Personal Universe” by exploring a range of astronomical timepieces from the humble moonphase wristwatch to the most complicated astronomical watch of them all—Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers Celestia. And Cara Barrett regales the long and winding epic of how Paul Newman’s Daytona became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold.
Of the 17 features listed in the table of contents, three are not related to horology. It is surprising that “Anatomy of an Icon,” written by founder of HODINKEE Ben Clymer, about the industry-defining 1965 Porsche 911, is one of them! The best explanation for this cavalier act can be found stated on their website, “The HODINKEE Magazine allows us to tell stories that might not fit right here on the good old dot com for one reason or another. Whether it’s that they require a different visual language, aren’t exclusively about watches.” Clymer’s editorial approach to the watch industry has always leaned on the emotional stirring that wristwatches can evoke with the perfect amount of authority and technical knowledge. “Anatomy of an Icon” demonstrates that HODINKEE is no longer a voice just about wristwatches but of haute culture and appreciation of the lifestyle.
Two-page spread of Jason Heaton’s “Up in the Air,” with a Breitling aircraft clock from the National Watch & Clock Museum. Photo by Keith Lehman.
Two-page spread of Jack Forster’s “A Personal Universe,” with an astrolabe from the National Watch & Clock Museum. Photo by Keith Lehman.
Photo spread of Paul Newman wearing his famous Rolex Daytona in Cara Barrett’s “The Prize.” Photo by Keith Lehman.
Ben Clymer’s feature spread, “Anatomy of an Icon,” about the industry-defining 1965 Porsche 911. Photo by Keith Lehman.
The weakest feature of Volume 1 is John Mayer’s interview with Patek Philippe CEO Thierry Stern. Although the interview is insightful, Mayer gets in the way of himself by comparing and contrasting too much of his career with Stern’s. These two professions couldn’t be more different. I’m a fan of Mayer’s music and I certainly don’t expect him to not mention something about…