Changes at Time+Tide, Felix stepping down as editor, new faces in the teamAndrew McUtchen
Today is a big moment in the short history of Time+Tide. It’s the day we bid farewell to Felix, who is stepping down from his role as Editor.
We know that this will be sad news for many readers and viewers who have enjoyed all of the stories, videos and sass, delivered just about all day, every day, for more than five years. If it feels like you’ve read literally thousands of Felix’s articles over the years, that’s because you probably have – a quick search shows he’s written 1643 posts.
Which might go some way to explaining today’s announcement. That’s a lot of words.
Incredible and intense is how I would characterise the wild ride that is being on the inside of Time+Tide. I’m pretty confident Felix would say something similar.
Felix’s journey with T+T started back in 2014. They say startups live and die by their first hire. In that sense, we were lucky, because Mr Scholz was ours. What began as occasional contributions quickly scaled into daily posts and then a full-time position. Posts upped to twice daily and then, this year, four times daily, but increasingly with a little help from his friends, namely Sandra Lane, Justin Mastine-Frost, Cameron Wong and many others.
At his sendoff lunch this week, we quizzed each other on our worst trips over the journey — Felix’s was, hands down, his first Basel, in 2014, where we shared a one-bedroom apartment. Given that we hadn’t known each other for very long at that time, and we weren’t quite up for head-to-toe, Felix slept in the entrance foyer on a blow-up mattress that would deflate slowly but surely through the night. To make matters even more enjoyable, every time he moved, the security light outside the door clicked on, blinding him with a bright flash. Guantanamo via Basel. So many good times. There were, of course, many five-star nights to follow.
Felix’s departure is as good a time as any to share a little bit more about the growth of the core T+T team, which you may have noticed has had some fresh faces around lately. We recently welcomed Nick Kenyon as a writer and content coordinator. Nick likes his diameters on the small side, and prefers to shop for his watches at obscure auctions. Nick has worked at retailer The Hour Glass, so he knows all about that retail side of things.
As does James Robinson, who is also shoring up our writing crew. He worked in retail at The Hour Glass and knows his 5711s from his 5513s. James crushes pretty hard on vintage Rolex and changes a mean bracelet, no matter how tricky. In marketing, we are lucky to have Khando, who joins us from the Piaget Boutique at Chadstone and prior to that, Rolex, where she worked with one of our close friends Michael Woods in the Service Centre. Khando, unlike Nick, favours larger diameter watches. In a recent team photo shoot, she wore the heck out of a Cartier Tank on leather.
Lastly, taking the senior editorial reins, alongside me, is Luke Benedictus, who was the editor of Men’s Health for nearly a decade. Luke and I were at Basel together — in my former life at GQ — before the infamous 2014 trip with Felix mentioned above, so he knows a thing or two about tourbillons, as well as triceps. Needless to say, the show goes on, but today, send in the clowns. And send any bouquets or brickbats to Felix at @fkscholz on Instagram.
Farewell, Felix, it’s been a gas.