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Hodinkee Editor Jack Forster Decamps To WatchBox


Collectible timepiece platform WatchBox has named Jack Forster (pictured), the former editor-in-chief of Hodnikee, its global editorial director.

Forster will boost the site’s editorial content and help formulate its video strategy and global events.

Forster joined Hodinkee in 2015 and initially served as the site’s managing editor. In 2017, he was appointed the watch information site’s editor-in-chief. Prior to that, he worked for eight years at Revolution magazine, first as group technical and features editor and then as editor-in-chief for the magazine’s U.S. edition.

He is also the author of the book Cartier Time Art: Mechanics of Passion and spent his formative years in the watch community as a moderator for online collector groups.

Hodinkee did not return a request for comment by publication time with regard to who will replace Forster. There is currently no mention of Forster’s departure on Hodinkee’s site.

While Hodinkee started out as a fan information site that has gradually become more of a watch retailer, WatchBox was launched a sales platform and has been expanding its education and content offerings.

Last November, the Philadelphia-based site, which grew out of Govberg Jewelers, announced that it had raised $165 million in funding. In July, WatchBox hired Diane James, the former vice president of Kaiser Time, as its director of strategic brands.

“Content and context are everything when it comes to the emotional connections we form with watches,” said WatchBox executive chairman Danny Govberg in a statement. “Throughout his career, Jack has drawn generations of collectors deeper into conversations of collectability and a brand’s story. He was part of Revolution during the renaissance of print journalism, at Hodinkee throughout the dawn of digital publishing, and we’re honored for him to join us for this next chapter as we take video and digital content to the next level.”

Photo courtesy of WatchBox

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By: Rob Bates

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