Over a year ago, we started on a brave new project: bring a whole new experience to the Rolex brand.
It’s been a tough year. Countless designs. Several prototypes. A lot of lost sleep. (Not to mention some martial discord as a result of working too much.)
I offer you the brand new and improved Rolex.com website.
But today has come. It’s been a long ride, and I think it’s been worth it. It’s a new kind of website. It’s not Flash, not HTML. It’s a hybrid. It’s search-engine compatible. It’s modular. It’s content management-driven. It’s flexible and componentized. It’s engaging, enveloping. And it’s not done.
With luck, it’ll never be done. We’ll always be expanding content and improving its abilities and performance. (Additional languages will be launching in a couple of months.) This is the culmination of years of technique and technological development. It’s definitely the high point of my career, and I’m struggling to know what the heck I’m gonna do for an encore.
To say I’m proud of the work done really belies the respect I have for the team that’s worked on it. Everyone has put in so much effort, passion, thought, and concern that we’ve produced not so much a website than a true work of love. It’s something we hope you’ll love, too.
It wasn’t an easy launch, though. At least not as easy as I would have liked. The code? Fine. The servers? Configured and secured? The DNS? Ay, there’s the rub.
So picture this: 60+ people all wedged around my desk. On my screen, the UI to the DNS to update the Rolex.com domain. The client, Cyril, clicked the “Next” button … and nothing happened. The DNS updated, but nothing was coming through. Sixty people, all staring at me, wondering where the heck the site is.
I love pressure.
After a few moments, I began to realize that the UI to the DNS that reported a 5 second update wasn’t in fact updating and there were 60 people ready to party without an actual launch. I started to go through the motions of calling the DNS vendor to get an answer. I talked to a wonderful switchboard operator who told me that no-one’s in the office yet.
As I was about to try and call the 24 tech support line, a cry erupted from near my desk — actual traffic. The DNS was switching.
Over the course of mere moments, it was truth. It was live. The world had seen our work. And the rest of the world can see our work.
Hope you like it!