HODINKEE is one of the most widely read wristwatch publications in the world. Launched in 2008 by then 25-year-old Benjamin Clymer, the site quickly gained notoriety for earnest looks at some of the industry’s most interesting, and occasionally forgotten, timepieces.
HODINKEE has grown into a robust online magazine featuring in-depth reviews, critiques, and reports on watches of a particularly high caliber. Clymer and his team of writers are known for their innate understanding of both historical references and the most cutting-edge haute horlogerie, and more importantly, can explain them in a way that is both entertaining and easy to understand for those who may not be “watch nerds.” With a focus on creative content, one can find the HODINKEE team taking watches skiing in the Alps, diving in the British Virgin Islands, and occasionally even crushing a watch or two with a $300,000 supercar.
HODINKEE has been featured prominently in GQ, The New York Times, Esquire, Forbes, Marketplace Radio, the Financial Times, Departures, Reuters, Details, Men’s Journal, and several trade publications. HODINKEE was nominated for a 2010 Details Fashion Blog Award and for “Best Men’s Blog” in the 2011 Racked Awards. HODINKEE was named to Departures Magazine's "100 People, Places, and Things To Know" list for 2012 and Time Magazine's "50 Best Websites 2013."
HODINKEE curates regular vintage watch replica watches sales for the Gilt Groupe and Club Monaco, as well as holding regular pop-up shops across the United States. HODINKEE also has commissioned a limited-edition set of wristwatch accessories such as straps and travel pouches, sold exclusively through HODINKEE's e-boutique Clymer also designed a limited edition set of ties with legendary knitwear manufacture Drake's of London inspired by some of his favorite vintage replica perfect watches.
HODINKEE is read by over 700,000 unique visitors each month from over 200 different nations. The average HODINKEE reader is about 35 years old with a yearly household income over $250,000.
Benjamin Clymer is the founder and executive editor of HODINKEE. He is considered a leading voice in the wristwatch industry and is regularly quoted in the New York Times, GQ, the Financial Times, Departures, Reuters, Marketplace radio, and Forbes. Clymer is also an established journalist, having written for Esquire, GQ, The FT’s How To Spend It, Men’s Journal, Details, QP Magazine, and several other publications. He is also a well-known tastemaker and entrepreneur, and regularly curates vintage watch sales for The Gilt Groupe and Club Monaco. Clymer holds a Masters degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Clymer’s interests lay in vintage sports watches of the 1960s and 70s, in particular those from Rolex, Omega, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe. He is a dedicated fan of early Gerald Genta designs, as well as modern independent brands. He looks at the wristwatch as the perfect combination of style, engineering, and art, and gained his knowledge through years of reading old auction catalogs.
Clymer is 30 years old and lives in downtown New York City.
Jason is a Minneapolis-based writer who graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English Literature. After college, he tried his hand at writing everything from poetry to short stories to technical manuals before finding his true calling in timepieces, travel, and gear. In addition to serving as HODINKEE’s dive watch expert, Jason also contributes to Gear Patrol, AskMen. and Revolution. When he’s not at the keyboard, he’s usually outside cycling, kayaking, skiing, or SCUBA diving, always wearing his trusty Rolex Submariner. Jason has a special interest in dive watches, and in particular those from Rolex, IWC, and Blancpain.
Eric is a director of Tyton BioEnergy Systems, a biofuels company. He previously served as the senior analyst at the Endeavor Group, a Washington, DC-based consulting and law firm. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School and a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Eric has extensive US government work experience and is particularly interested in timepieces with historical ties. He is an avid vintage watch collector.
HODINKEE’s resident Australian, Felix’s passion for watches began with a rapid succession of Swatch watches in his youth. In recent years he has spent arguably unhealthy amounts of time scouring the Internet learning the finer points of horology. Felix has an interest in 70s dive watches that include some combination of the following traits: a cushion case, an alarm complication, and an inner rotating bezel. He views timepieces as highly subjective and emotive objects of history and material culture, and is endlessly fascinated by the ways in which they “speak” to people. In 2010, Felix launched The Tailored Watch – a service that helps clients find a timepiece that matches his or her personal style and needs.
A Wisconsin native, Blake was taught an early appreciation for design and mechanical engineering. His father’s pocket watch, one that had been passed down through several generations, was the first timepiece Blake fell in love with. Living abroad in his childhood, he began to appreciate a diverse range of crafts, but was always drawn to mechanical watchmaking. A career in the creative field working with world-class luxury brands soon led to budding relationships with several well-known watch brands. An avid collector, Blake takes interest in everything from vintage Rolex and Omega to contemporary mechanical masterpieces, such as those from Harry Winston’s Opus series.
Paul is the co-founder of a private New York City-based club for watch collectors. In his spare time, he is a freelance journalist and photographer covering the watch industry. He serves as a senior moderator for the Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin brand forums of TimeZone.com, and is a contributing editor for iW International Watch Magazine’s “Passions” column. A passionate collector of vintage and modern wristwatches since the age of 10, Paul was the featured collector on HDNet’s Collective Intelligence television program, discussing 20 tips for collecting vintage watches. Two watches from his collection are featured on the front and back covers of The Watch, a definitive book of men’s wristwatches.