Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.
If you haven’t been following this little gem of a story outta Bahstin this week, your life is wholly incomplete. Basically these two upstanding gentlemen risked life and limb crossing three lanes of highway traffic to rescue a brown paper bag – which just happened to contain the 2018 Red Sox Division Championship banner. I can only imagine the look on the faces of the Globe video crew as their nice little heartwarming, slice-of-life shoot was quickly turned into a ransom video by Messrs. Iacuzzi and Amaral. Best to just watch the video – I’ve never been more proud as a New Englander and Sox fan.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
If you’re like me and happen to follow the Ralph Lauren account on Instagram, you were able to see his 50th Anniversary show in Central Park live on the account’s stories. My first thought after about a minute of watching along was, “Wow, this is seriously the best thing on live TV (my phone) right now.” Between the roving camerawork, classical music in the background, and random intercutting of Robert Deniro and Oprah talking to Chance the Rapper, it was a very surreal and voyeuristic feeling, like watching a Terrence Malick film. Nothing felt more New York than seeing all the eras and traces of Lauren’s style and influence on parade in a tunnel in Central Park with a guest list that rivaled the Met Gala. If you didn’t get that invite from Ralph’s people, the best you can do is admire all the beautiful photography and layered garment magic happening in the Times review. Enjoy!
– David Aujero, Digital Producer
This quick episode of 99% Invisible takes a look at the rise and fall of the Sears Kit Homes in the early 20th century and the a surprising tie these homes have to the history of American watchmaking. Today, the majority of the best preserved kit homes remain standing in Elgin, Illinois, saved from the great remodeling boom in the ’60s and ’70s by the closing of the Elgin Watch manufacture in 1968. Frozen in time, these homes provide a glimpse into a bygone era of American life.
– Sarah Reid, Business Development Associate
There have been a lot of different takes from a lot of different people on the new Apple Watch Series 4, but from a watch enthusiast’s perspective, one of the most intriguing is on tech writer John Gruber’s blog, Daring Fireball. Gruber’s thoughts on the Series 4 Watch are very much a departure from what you’d expect from a tech writer – rather than the parade of facts and figures that characterizes much of the Series 4 coverage, it’s a look at what it’s like for Apple to not be able to make the Apple Watch the nicest watch, period, not just the best smartwatch. “They’re winning,” writes Gruber, “but they don’t just want to win the race. They want to win the race while driving the best-looking car on the track.”
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
What’s in a logo? It’s a question that Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar had pondered for 60 years since the opening of their now world-renowned design firm in 1957. In that time, they designed some of the most enduring and defining logos of the modern age. The secret to creating enduring designs that can stand the test of time? According to them: Simplicity. “Symbols, don’t make it clear what you do. It just makes it clear who you are,” says Chermayeff in the piece. “The less they say, the better.”
– Greyson Korhonen, Digital Producer