The GEM Award for Watch Excellence is awarded to a company/brand, for increasing consumer demand for watches. Excellence can be demonstrated through extraordinary design aesthetics, significant technological advancements, collaborations, marketing efforts or any combinations thereof. 
John Kennedy, Jewelers' Security Alliance

Hodinkee is the leading destination for all things watches and horology.  Hodinkee’s mission is to build a  better world of watches and bring ease and accessibility to all who share the same curious passion. The brand offers rich storytelling and best-in-class content across their editorial properties online and in print. Hodinkee’s industry leading e-commerce platform is an authorized dealer of 40+ modern watch brands, along with certified authentic pre-owned and vintage timepieces in every style and price point. The brand also offers protection for all watch lovers and collectors through Hodinkee Insurance.

Ben Clymer started Hodinkee in 2008 as a hobby while he had his desk job as a Project Manager at UBS, born from a genuine love for horology. It started as a watch blog to create a more welcoming space for people to talk watches, outside of private chat groups and forums. People discovered Hodinkee and Ben’s voice as one that was markedly different from all the others that came before. Now, the brand has grown into a multi-channel destination for people to easily access the world of watches and horology, including: print, digital and video content, an e-commerce platform, and best-in-class services.

Hodinkee has over 130 team members across marketing, editorial, data, backend development, and the pre-owned luxury watch specialists at Crown & Caliber. The team’s knowledge runs deep, with years of experience across auction houses, curating and buying watches, and specializing in watchmaking. As a result, Hodinkee’s research and work brings every aspect of the watch world to life through color-rich journalism, meticulous engineering of Limited Edition timepieces, offering the most extensive assortment of watch brands to shop, and even rescuing beloved and broken watches.

Community is at the core of it all. Hodinkee originated from the need for a more inclusive and open place for watch enthusiasts to connect, and prides itself on giving people an inclusive platform to explore, read, converse, shop, and indulge in their love of the craft. The Hodinkee team is also part of the community it serves, and has created a positive space for connection through its content, products, services, events, and experiences that its community wants and can trust.