Are You Going Through Watchville Withdrawal? Then Try WATCHICITY, It’s Just What the Doctor Ordered!
Welcome to a new era of unbiased, inclusive, and open-access watch news. Watchicity aggregates watch news as it happens from the leading media outlets so you can feed your need for up-to-the-minute timepiece information. Best of all, this service is free for both media and readers!
First, let us say: All sincere thanks, respect, and kudos to our colleagues at Hodinkee for providing the Watchville site and application over the years. It was a yeoman service, and like many of you, when Watchonista heard about its demise, we, as an operation run by watch collectors for collectors, were, well, bummed out. Watchville had become an essential tool and service for the vast majority of the collector community, as well as the watch industry as a whole.
Here at Watchonista, we had also had some experience with an inclusive media news feed when we first launched. That is why, rather than wail and gnash our teeth at the disappearance of something so important, we pivoted to wearing our developers’ hats and got to work.
So, today, we are extremely proud to announce that Watchicity (a portmanteau of “watch” and “synchronicity”) is the result of those efforts. And we think it’s arriving just in time.
Just the Beginning
While we urge the watch community and potential Watchicity users to bear with us as we ramp up and build our following, Watchicity.com is live and ready to bring you the latest watch news as it happens from the leading media outlets you love to read.
Dislike the idea of reading your watch news in a web browser? Well then, you will be happy to hear that the Watchicity app is already available on the Google Play Store and on the Apple App store.
We’ve already lined up the very best watch news sites to share their work via the site and app. However, we don’t plan to stop there.
Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we are already working on Phase 2 for Watchicity, which aims to provide watch lovers with expanded content options and a growing set of features that we are eager to roll out (Hint: YouTube).
Look & Feel
Although we plan to elevate the news feed model as we grow, we haven’t reinvented the wheel either. And for the watch community, the website and app will feel like familiar territory.
Like Watchville, there is a running Top Ten list and a constantly updating stack of breaking watch news with compelling imagery; you’ll feel right at home. However, we also added a feature to the feed that we thought Watchville’s app sorely lacked.
Watchicity’s app provides a few lines of introductory text under the title, so you get a clearer sense of an article and only spend time reading things that interest you.
Finally, Watchicity won’t inconvenience watch media by curating users’ news feeds based on an algorithm like most social media sites. Instead, Watchicity uses an easy, no-hassle, and free RSS-based method to share your stuff with eager readers.
A New Day
So, there you have it: No swag, no champagne corks popping (at least not yet), just reliable and unbiased access to breaking watch news, as it happens, to feed your need for timepiece information. Please consider playing a part and growing with us.