"They [Rolex] had wondered if they belonged on the Internet and it turns out they are a perfect fit for it," said Jerry Johnston, chairman of Critical Mass, an agency that creates marketing strategies, and builds and maintains Web sites for Fortune 500 clients, including Rolex. Chanel was the only other "luxury accessory" site to be recognized. According to Forrester, "Chanel's site features its founder's uncompromising nature, uniqueness and passion for perfection. Incredibly sharp images of timepieces, photographed with dramatic lighting, showcase product craftsmanship." In other product categories, Lexus, Porsche and Panasonic were also awarded high marks for communicating and supporting their brand images. Johnston said Rolex is under the industry average in terms of money spent on the Internet but, next year, 8 to 10 percent of its marketing budget will be devoted to the Web.
— Amy Wicks
MORE MEN: Though Women's Health has established an identity separate from its big brother, Men's Health, the spin-off is borrowing one key MH element in its editorial. Beginning with the November water-themed issue, Women's Health will include a Q&A with the cover guy from Men's Health in a new column, "In Focus Hottie." Why all of a sudden the brotherly love — or manly lust? "This particular page came from reader demand," said Women's Health editor in chief Tina Johnson. "They were looking for more men in the magazine." This month's "hottie" is LeBron James, dressed more dinner-date appropriate than his court-ready appearance in Men's Health, where he sports a basketball jersey and bare, tattooed arms.