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The Daily Grail Questionnaire with Jack Carlson

Part Proust, Part Vogue's 73 Questions, and Part Colbert Questionnaire, Jack Carlson, the founder of Rowing Blazers, answers The Daily Grail Questionnaire fresh off the launch of the co-branded Tudor Black Bay 58.

What’s your favorite time of day?

11am. Hopefully the morning fires have been put out, and the day is still full of promise.

Last meal: where, what, and with who?

The Odeon, scrambled eggs and French fries, with my business partner David

What is your greatest extravagance?

A 2000 G500 Cabriolet.

Song on repeat?

“Make Your Own Kind of Music” by Cass Elliot (after watching that famous scene in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent with Nicolas Cage and Pedro Pascal!)

What is your most treasured possession?

I have a lot of cool things, and I collect a lot of vintage — books, clothing, ephemera. I studied archaeology, which is literally the study of things, of objects. But more and more I realize life is about experiences and not possessions.

Best accessory?

A smile! No - that’s cheating. Maybe the Domino’s Rolex. It’s the perfect high-low piece and always a great conversation starter.

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

I never know what people know or don’t know about me. I was an archaeologist before starting the Rowing Blazers brand. I was also a coxswain on the U.S. team and raced at the World Championships. Aside from Rowing Blazers, I’m also the creative director of three other brands: Warm & Wonderful, Arthur Ashe, and Gyles & George. As I say, I’m never quite sure what someone does or doesn’t know about me.

Best action movie?

If Four Weddings doesn’t count, I’ll have to say Inglorious Bastards or The Bourne Identity.

Dream watch?

Rowing Blazers “Neon Noir” Tudor Black Bay 58, of course!

What is your motto?

Aut viam inveniam aut faciam/“I shall either find a way, or make one”

Style icon?

Princess Diana. Tom Ripley. Andre 3000. David Hockney. Arthur Ashe. Vincent Cassel. Babar the Elephant.

What do you want to be remembered for?

Doing things the right way.


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