It’s funny, as CEO I briefly fell out of love with watches. That didn’t feel right. Watches should bring me, and you, joy! With Toby taking over as chief executive, I’m able to fall more in love with this category than ever before. Hell, to celebrate this transition into an executive chairman role, I treated myself to a vintage Daytona. I hadn’t bought a vintage Rolex in years. And you know what? It felt great. So now, having built HODINKEE from a blog to a website to a magazine to an authorized dealer of more than 25 of the best brands in the world to your trusted source for watch content and commerce, I can finally take a step back and focus on the things that bring me joy.
In addition to Toby, we’ve hired a new head of editorial – Nick Marino, who spent 18 years in newspapers and magazines (including a long stretch at GQ) before moving on to Apple, Levi’s, and now us. Along the way, as you may have seen, we raised some money. What this means is that we’ll simply be able to do what we do, but better. We’ve seen some amazing growth over the past decade. With positive growth comes top-tier investors that include the likes of TCG, True Ventures, Future Shape, GV, LVMH Luxury Ventures, our old friend John Mayer, and even Super Bowl champ Tom Brady! The team we have working with us is the best there is — and we can’t wait to show you what’s in store.