Following up on the news that HODINKEE welcomed the great Jonathan Bues as our senior editor just one month ago and that we launched our very first print publication two weeks ago, I am thrilled to make another announcement that will further demonstrate HODINKEE’s pursuit of quality journalism in watches. As of today, we have a new editor on staff, and his name is Joe Thompson.
Joe is a consummate journalist who has been reporting on the watch industry for 40 years. Along the way, he’s visited nearly every watch manufacture you can imagine, from Switzerland to Japan, and interviewed anyone and everyone who has had a hand in shaping the watch world over those four decades. His relationship to and understanding of the watch industry is simply unparalleled, as the late Mr. Nicolas G. Hayek would’ve told you. Joe is a true journalist, never afraid to ask the tough questions, and he brings a level of insight and knowledge to his reporting that for many years has been the gold standard in watch journalism. You know that when Joe says something, he does so with authority and understanding, and of course with his readers clearly in mind.
Joe was most recently the 17-year editor-in-chief of WatchTime magazine, and before that he was the founding editor of American Time magazine and editor-in-chief of Modern Jeweler. He is regularly quoted in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the BCC, Forbes, andSports Illustrated. Joe has also won nine editorial excellence awards from the American Business Press and two from Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, not to mention he received a Gem Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewelers of America.Yeah, he’s kind of a big deal.
Here at HODINKEE, Joe is going to be bringing totally new types of stories to the site. He will be reporting on big industry trends, interviewing the most important players in the game, and providing historical perspectives that will change how you look at watches altogether. You’ll also be seeing Joe at more HODINKEE events and if you do, we highly recommend you come up and say hello. He’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, and if you’re lucky you’ll get one of his famed “off the record” stories.
Again, we couldn’t be happier to welcome Joe to the HODINKEE team. You’ll be hearing a lot from him very soon.