Sunday, October 09, 2016

Jack Forster Writes Brilliant Hodinkee Rolex Day-Date Article

Jack Forster 

Writes Brilliant Hodinkee Rolex Day-Date Article

I am a fan of, and daily reader of Hodinkee, and have been since long before founding Editor and Publisher, Benjamin Clymer and I toured all four of the Rolex manufacturing facilities together back in 2013, along with James Dowling of Timezone and Ariel Adams of A Blog To Watch. Jack Forster joined the Hodinkee team as the Editor in Chief back in June of 2015, and I have to say he is one of my favorite horlolgical journalists! Jack's writing is beyond, and his use of metaphor, quotation and analogy, as well as his observation prowess is superb!!!

Jack Forster compares & contrasts the 40MM Rolex Day-Date model to the 36MM

Jack Forster recently published a story titled, "In-Depth: Conspicuously Consumed—The Rolex Day-Date In 36mm and 40mm, Compared." I have to say this is the best Rolex article I have ever read written on the Rolex Day-Date. And understand, Rolex asked me to write the lead introductory story regarding the Rolex Day-Date for 'The Rolex Magazine' Issue Number 4, which is a Rolex paper magazine that cannot be subscribed to, but can only be acquired at local Rolex Authorized Dealers.

I only bring this up to illustrate I tried/struggled to write a meaningful article that clearly defined the essence of the Rolex Day-Date, A.K.A., The Rolex President. I must admit Jack, you did a much better job than I did, and I enjoyed reading every word of your brilliantly descriptive article!!! I highly recommend reading Jack Forster's superb Article, and I also recommend you read all the amazing comments that follow under his story.

Jack began his amazing story with the following quote: 

" my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist, strange animals, statues, and gold—everywhere the glint of gold." —HOWARD CARTER, THE DISCOVERY OF THE TOMB OF TUTANKHAMEN.

Beginning his story with this gold quote serves as the most perfect elixir for such a great story. Later on in the story, Jack drops this superb quote:

"This is gold, Mr. Bond. All my life I've been in love with its's brilliance, it's divine heaviness." —Goldfinger, 1964.

Once again, Jack's use of quotation is incredibly contextualizing!!! It's cuts like a warm knife through butter.

Jack Forster, Editor In Chief of pictured above

Ironically, Jack and I had a somewhat antithetical experience with the Rolex Day-Date when we were younger. He initially shied away from it, whereas I went after it like a moth-to-the-flame, or a kid-in-a-candy-store, as I point out in my above mentioned article named The Rolex Precedent. I have said many times before that often times I have to hate something before I can love it, and sometimes it's vice versa.