Jacob Sotak

Jacob Sotak
Jacob Sotak is the Editor in Chief of SHIFTed. After 10 years in the U.S. Army, he took a job on the national-news desk of the New York Times, for which he wrote often about issues of importance to veterans. Prior to launching SHIFTed, Sotak was Chief Operating Officer of Analog/Shift, focusing his attention on researching and writing about timepieces; his work has also appeared in iW magazine and Gear Patrol.

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Polaris Lives

 Jaeger-LeCoultre Celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Polaris with a new collection, and it’s pretty damn good.

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SIHH Is Court For the Old Guard, the Gauntlet For Those Just Getting Started

For newcomers and veterans alike, SIHH continues to be the bellwether of evolution and innovation for the watch industry.

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A Few Words With Roger Smith

 In an interview with SHIFTed, Roger Smith discusses his not-so-complicated take on what makes superior horological craftsmanship.

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A Few Words With Spike Lee

SHIFTed talks with director Spike Lee about history, storytelling and watches.  

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Frank Clegg's Leathermaking Is Working the Whole Hide

For four decades, Frank Clegg has fought industry uncertainty and fair-weather trends. Today, he and his two sons are setting a new benchmark for American leathermaking.   

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Could a Blight on Bourbon County Stunt the Scotch Whisky Industry?

In SHIFTed 004, our Distilled Issue, we explored the history and relationship between American bourbon makers and Scottish whisky distilleries. That relationship, rooted in the use casks made of American white oak, is part of a carefully balanced global ecosystem. It made us wonder, what would happen if that ecosystem were to be upset? Has it ever happened before?  

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How Ed White and His Omega Speedmaster Made the First Spacewalk in History

Ed Higgins White didn’t have to wonder what the world would think if he aborted the mission and returned to earth unsuccessful. Because he didn’t abort, he was successful.  

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A Few Words With: Nell Newman and James Cox

Three decades ago, Paul Newman slid his Rolex Daytona off his wrist and handed it to a young James Cox, his daughter’s boyfriend. Little did any of them know that the well-worn timepiece would one day become watch collectors’ most sought-after treasure.

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Bremont's Limited Edition 1918 Chrongraph Is British, and Entirely English

The sound of the Spitfire’s Merlin engine is unmistakable. One summer afternoon a few years ago, I found myself standing on the tarmac at Duxford, a former Royal Air force airfield turned museum, my neck craned upwards, watching not one, but a dozen Spitfires carve up the sky. There was an enormity to them as they swooped. I closed my eyes and listened, imagining those planes in the Battle of Britain and how, after they had pushed back the swarms of German fighters, those pilots must have descended from their cockpits like kings.

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Most Valuable Paneristi: Donnie Edwards on Collecting

Donnie Edwards spent 14 years as one of the NFL’s top linebackers. For his second act, he’s focused on supporting America’s veterans and being an inveterate watch obsessive.  

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