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.
It’s a story Speedmaster enthusiasts know well, and there’s even a limited edition commemorating the occasion when Moscow and Washington smoothed things over in space on July 17, 1975. I’ve written about it on HODINKEE in the context of cosmonaut Alexei Leonov’s passing, and Ben’s written about it in the context of meeting General Tom Stafford at the Olympics in Russia. But here’s a deep dive by Air & Space Magazine into the Apollo-Soyuz project that adds more layers to the story and an interesting perspective from Anatoly Antonov, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States.
– Cole Pennington, Editor
A Folk Playlist – Spotify
Inspired by Taylor Swift’s latest album Folklore (wow, I thought I’d never start a sentence that way), I compiled a recommended listening playlist for this weekend. Enjoy more than an hour’s worth of folk-inspired and folk-adjacent tracks mostly from the late 60’s and 70’s — my comfort era. This compilation includes a little bit of country and psychedelic folk in the beginning just to get the blood moving, then it cruises at a smooth altitude to calm your turbulent week. There’s also gospel, ballads, and rock blended in here and there. This playlist was inspired by a Slack conversation I had with James and Cole, where we chatted about T Swizzle’s latest album, and it made me miss being around people and conversing about regular things like music or managing everyday challenges. Somehow, all those feelings and thoughts are embedded in these selections. Enjoy.
– David Aujero, Video Producer
The 1970s were not just a seminal era for movies in general, but also a real watershed moment for psychological thrillers. No doubt a product of the time they were made, these movies are surprisingly prescient today. What’s more, three of the best movies in this genre to come out of the decade were Klute, The Parallax View, and All the President’s Men. Each of these films was directed by the same man – and arguably one of the most underrated directors of his time, Alan J. Pakula. Now, I am biased somewhat, because All the President’s Men might be my most rewatched film – some of which has to do with some great watch spotting. Nonetheless, this article examines each of these films, showcasing how they are still extremely relevant to our lives today, nearly 50 years later. If you haven’t had the chance to see them, I highly recommend a marathon viewing.
– Danny Milton, Editor
Baseball is back, and I can’t begin to put into words how great it feels after the 2020 we’ve been handed to spend a Sunday afternoon on the couch gulping down iced tea and watching my beloved New York Metropolitans. But one of the biggest stories in baseball has been the Astros’ cheating scandal that sullied their 2017 World Series win (if you can even call it a win anymore). That’s only the story on the surface, though. The Astros seem to be plagued with internal problems, poor play, and, as you’d expect, the ire of every other team in baseball. Here, The Ringer digs in and figures out how one of the winningest teams of the last few years unexpectedly cratered in the spotlight.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Manager of Editorial Products
If you were to choose one band that’s completely synonymous with the concept of summer, you could do a lot worse than the Go-Go’s. But, what you may not realize is that they also possess a bit of history: Their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, is the only album written and performed by an all-female rock band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Ever. After you mull that fact over for a while, make sure to check out this oral history of the band at Vogue, which tracks the group’s formation, rise to superstardom, breakup, and reunion. It’s easy to forget what summer usually feels like these days, so why not put on “Our Lips Are Sealed” for a healthy reminder?
– Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
Lead image by Sara Cottle