Surface Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Stephen Watson as Editor-in-Chief of Watch Journal and Watch and Jewelry Editor for Surface Media. Prior to joining Surface Media, Watson served as Hearst Media’s Digital Editor, covering timepieces for TownandCountryMag.com, Esquire.com, MarieClaire.com, HarpersBazaar.com, and ELLE.com. Watson’s accomplished career includes roles as the Fashion Director of Men’s Vogue and Associate Fashion Editor of Vogue, where he worked alongside legendary editors Andre Leon Talley, Candy Pratts Price, Jay Fielden, and Anna Wintour. He was recently nominated for a Gem Award in 2017 for Media Excellence by the Jewelers of America.
“The appointment of Stephen Watson will deliver an unparalleled depth of experience within the timepiece, jewelry, and luxury brand development categories,” says Marc Lotenberg, CEO of Surface Media. “We look forward to having him expand our digital presence while engaging our loyal base of collectors and buyers.”
“Stephen’s experience in bringing luxury to life through digital platforms, transforming media landscapes, and delivering compelling creative is going to revolutionize the way consumers relate to the watch industry and the personalities behind the brands,” says Katie Reed, Executive Director of Sales for Surface Media and Publisher of Watch Journal.
“I’m looking forward to steering Watch Journal at an exciting moment of change,” says Watson. “Watch Journal and Surface Media are ideally suited to focus on the inspiring businesses and people that are redefining the future of watchmaking.”
Watson is a native New Yorker and attended New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where he studied menswear design and marketing.
Watch Journal is the exclusive timepiece magazine of the private-jet community and the only watch publication distributed to readers with an average net worth of $89.3 million dollars through 250 private air terminals across the United States. Advertising partners have the exclusive advantage of developing in-room hotel distribution channels, private club access, customized VIP events, strategic alliances, and social media programs.