If you have a HODINKEE profile, you may have noticed that a few updates recently rolled out in our community section. For those that haven’t signed up before, having a HODINKEE profile grants access to a number of tools that improve the overall HODINKEE experience. Your personal user profile allows you to comment on editorial articles, virtually display your watch collection, and interact with other community members. We launched the original, custom-built community system nearly four years ago, and since then, tens of thousands of watch lovers have officially joined the HODINKEE family. We believe it’s the largest and most interactive watch community in the world – and now, it’s even better.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our in-house engineers and designers – the same team that most recently brought you the HODINKEE App for Android – spending time on HODINKEE is now better than ever. In between catching up on the latest watch news, checking out the most recent updates to the HODINKEE Shop, and bingeing this week’s episode of My Watch Story, you can now build out your personal watch collection online with more depth than ever before. If there’s one thing we know about watch collectors, it’s that you’re incredibly detail-oriented individuals, and having your entire collection organized and displayed in one place can have massive benefits when deliberating your next potential acquisition.
Here’s how it works: Sign in to your HODINKEE profile and navigate to the username dropdown tab on the top right corner of your screen. Then head over to the profile section, where you’ll find your watch collection. Now, for some of you, this area might be blank, but if you’ve ever experimented with the collection feature in its past format, or purchased a watch from the HODINKEE Shop, you should see some familiar watches pop up.
We’ve streamlined the process of uploading an image of a watch to your collection, which means goodbye to the time-consuming step of emailing a picture of a watch to yourself, from your phone to your computer. You can now upload directly from the HODINKEE app, or you can use your smartphone to scan a QR code from your laptop or personal computer and upload any image instantaneously. You can even have a link texted to your phone, where you’re then able to upload images directly to your account. Pretty cool, right?
Any watch you end up placing on your profile can be set up for public or private viewing, which allows you to either share your watches with the world or keep them for your eyes only. When setting up each watch, you have the option to fill out multiple pages of product descriptions that range from a watch’s lug-to-lug measurement to its complications; in total, there are over 55 optional details for each individual watch. Recording these details accurately is a crucial aspect of the watch collecting hobby, and doing so in your HODINKEE profile should make managing a watch collection more approachable than ever. That means saying farewell to the lengthy spreadsheets of technical information that you’ve maintained for years – we know you have them, because we’ve used them too.
Want to keep track of your HODINKEE Shop purchase history? Well, now you can, all in one place, as your HODINKEE profile will automatically update to include any watch you buy from the HODINKEE Shop. Details and ownership information on these watches will immediately populate in your profile, meaning no extra steps are necessary.
If you decide to make your watch collection public, other community members can now like and leave comments on each of your individual watches. These comments can be enabled, closed, or disabled on a per-watch basis, and all comments left on your watches are moderated by you – the watch’s owner – exclusively. See a watch you like on someone else’s profile? You can now save it to your personal wishlist for future consideration.
Additionally, the comments you leave on editorial articles, or, alternatively, on other members’ watch collections, have been redesigned and will now show up on your member profile. Profile settings have also been reformatted to ensure ease of use. And just in case you’ve accidentally signed up for multiple HODINKEE Shop accounts in the past, you can now link them all together in a single community account.
We’ve also optimized the mobile HODINKEE experience with the latest update to the HODINKEE iOS and Android apps, which means you can now experience most of the above details, whether at home or on-the-go.
We want HODINKEE to be at the center of your watch collecting hobby, which is why we’ve worked to make it easier than ever to enjoy on a daily basis. Of course, how you engage with and build your personal HODINKEE profile is entirely up to you, but all it takes is an email to sign-up – so why not try it out? Get started today, right here.