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.
A lot of major moves are being made in the global luxury industry where we are seeing large corporate conglomerates investing big money in independent, insurgent brands. Most recently, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, the family-owned Italian menswear giant, bought an 85% stake at a half-billion-dollar valuation in Thom Browne. Browne, a onetime actor who founded his business in 2001 with five suits and a small appointment-only shop in Manhattan, grew the brand through his focus on impeccable tailoring and his stylistically provocative vision in men’s suiting and later in womenswear. This article poses an optimistic take on the balancing act that is required for independent, haute couture brands to maintain their edge and cult-like coolness but at the same time grow from an operational perspective.
– David Aujero, Digital Producer
In a sushi chef’s ideal world, sushi would be consumed within approximately three seconds of being served. Three seconds of perfect freshness, temperature, and composition – a delicate and short-lived combination that requires decades of practice for renowned sushi masters the world over. This fascinating Eater article takes a look at how the rise of social media and the cultivation of “Instagrammable” lifestyles has created a space for the rise of “stunt sushi.” In sushi eateries across New York City, chefs are forced to ride the #content wave, dishing out extravagant ‘gram worthy bites of rice, wagyu, uni, and caviar in order to stay relevant, debatably at the expense of the truly unforgettable (and Instagram-free) experience of a traditional omakase at the hands of a master.
– Sarah Reid, Business Development Associate
Intelligence in non-human animals is hard to evaluate, often because we tend to project our own experiences on the behaviors we observe. However, we feel on more or less solid ground when looking at our fellow vertebrates, like primates, pigs, and dolphins. But one of the most intelligent creatures is not only not human, it’s not even a vertebrate: the octopus is a mollusk, in the same family as clams and snails. Their highly sophisticated behaviors are rooted in one of the biggest and weirdest brains on the planet, and show that intelligence can arise in strange and wonderful ways. Scientific American has the story.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
No, you’re not looking at a €2.5 million Bugatti Chiron with a geometric paint job. That’s actually a running Chiron made from over a million pieces of Lego. While not as fast as a non-Lego Chiron (which has a top speed in excess of 261 mph), this drivable 1:1 Lego re-creation of the Chiron uses 2304 electric motors to allow for a top speed of around 18 mph. While like many of you I grew up playing with Lego, I lacked the skills, supplies, and stones to build myself a drivable car. What a bonkers project and a very cool way for Lego to highlight their continued connection with automotive fascination.
– James Stacey, Senior Writer
I travel a lot for work (as regular readers of HODINKEE can probably tell). Over the years, I’ve figured out a few tips and tricks to make things lower stress so I can focus on enjoying myself instead of fretting about the one thing I forgot or playing logistics Tetris in my head. This very simple list from writer Geoffrey Morrison isn’t going to blow your mind or anything, but it’s a sane look at the things that we can call true necessities for 21st century travel. I make sure to have all five of these things on me at all times and I suggest you do the same.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor