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11
Aug
11

This Week’s Object of Lust: Breitling Top Time


My love of watches is apparent from even a cursory read of this blog.  I’m always looking to add to my roster of timepieces, especially where I feel I have a gap.  My current obession is a series of vintage watches from legendary Swiss watchmaker Breitling.  For me, the mid-to-late ’60’s examples from the relatively short-lived ‘Top Time’ line of watches check all my personal watch aesthetic boxes: simple and elegant dial design (unlike the majority of modern Breitlings, whose dials I often find too busy); chronograph registers (earlier Top Times sport two chronograph registers, while later watches have three); a modern size (the ‘Jumbo’ size checks in at 39mm, which stands up well to modern watches and is only a single milimetre smaller than a Rolex Submariner); and finally, price.  Many vintage Breitlings will set you back closer to $5,000 than $1,000.  The Top Time hasn’t quite garnered the same amount of attention as the Navitimer or Chronomat lines (likely because these lines continue to exist to this day, whereas the Top Time died an untimely death) and I’ve seen examples sell for anywhere between $500 and $3500.  The cheaper Top Times tend to have the ‘cushion’ style case (as pictured below, in middle), are older models (from the late ’50’s and early ’60’s, in the smaller 35mm size and made of stainless steel rather than white or yellow gold.  The most expensive typically hail from the ’70’s, such as those on the far left and far right below, often sporting three chronograph registers.

For me, a 39mm, two-register, mid-60’s model with a “panda” dial (black with white chronograph registers) exactly like the one pictured above, keeps me up at night (usually trolling the classifieds section of watch sites trying to find one).  With the wide variety of colours, case shapes, sizes and materials, the above may not be your first choice.  Which is ok, because  there’s something for everyone in the Top Time line (and in the vintage watch market in general).  Click on the pictures below to make them larger.

To me, this is what loving watches is all about: the thrill of the chase.  I’m sure other watch-loving readers can relate, and have their own “grail” watch in mind right now.  Most importantly, if anyone knows the whereabouts of a watch like the one pictured above, please send me an email at: oneguysstyle@gmail.com.  To sweeten the pot, if anyone can find such a watch (and I end up purchasing it), than I’ll hook you up with a $25 gift certificate to eBay, a Ralph Lauren Purple Label tie from my personal collection, and my eternal gratitude.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to add comments below, email me at oneguysstyle@gmail.com, or follow me on Twitter, @oneguysstyle.   For my earlier comprehensive post on watches, click here.   For my recent post about NATO watch straps, click here.

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06
Dec
10

This Week’s Object of Lust: Dunhill Biometric Wallet


Rarely will I come across something that immediately jumps out as being incredibly cool.  Without question, Dunhill’s Biometric Wallet falls into that category.  I have a few bad habits, but chief amongst them is my tendency to misplace things.  Whether it be jumping out of a cab after a few pints on a Friday night without my wallet, putting my phone down on the counter at the bank, or table at a restaurant, or seat pocket on a plane, or…. well, you get the picture.  Small accessories and I rarely form a lasting bond.  Which makes this wallet seemingly purpose-built for people like me.  First, it requires a brief swipe of the thumb to open, thereby preventing the theft of cash, credit cards, phone numbers or whatever else you keep in your wallet should it ever go missing.  Second, and even more importantly, it offers bluetooth connectivity to your phone and provides audible warning when the two are separated by more than 5 metres (16 feet).  So, you can leave your wallet in a pair of pants across your bedroom without bother, but, if you hop out of a cab with your BlackBerry remaining quietly tucked away on the seat, it’ll sound the alarm.  And vice versa – if you misplace your wallet, your phone will give you the same courteous notification.

Luckily, these features do not come at the expense of style.  The wallet is constructed from beautiful and ultra-lightweight carbon fibre, so you won’t feel like you’re lugging around a computer in your back pocket.  It features places for your credit cards inside, along with a money clip to keep your banknotes safely organized.  And really, this combination of style and ingenuity should be expected from Alfred Dunhill, a British company that many North Americans may not be familiar with.  Originally started in the late 19th century by its namesake founder, it supplied luxury goods meant to accessorize one’s automobile under the slogan “Everything but the Motor”.  Dunhill also became famous as a high-end producer of tobacciana (including their famed pipes with trademark white dot, their rollagas lighters and even custom tobacco blends that they made on request).  Dunhill has long provided accessories for the James Bond movies (including the cigarette lighter used by Bond in Dr. No) and was also featured in the remake of the movie Alfie with Jude Law given how quintessentially British the company is in terms of quality and style.  The company has, over time, branched out into luxury clothing, watches, leather goods, ties and a host of other products, always with a nod to the company’s British heritage, and sometimes with a nod to their automotive roots.  Quite surprisingly for North Americans, Dunhill is the third most popular luxury brand in China, following only Louis Vuitton (and beating out Gucci, Dior, Armani and Hermès).

The only drawback with the Biometric Wallet is its staggering price tag ($825 or £525) – then again, items at the forefront of technology always cost an arm and a leg.  I’m not suggesting that we should all run out and pay retail, as cool as this particular item is (and, I actually just purchased a new wallet anyway).  However, this won’t stop me from trolling eBay, hoping that one of these slips through the cracks for a reasonable sum.  For more info, check out out Dunhill’s website (www.dunhill.com), or the page specific to this wallet, (www.dunhill.com/en-us/…/wallets/biometricwallet-qgk0169).

 

NOTE:  Speak of the devil, there’s one up on eBay right now: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320629718008&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:ITOpening bid is £99 (approx $155US), or a £425 reduction from the retail price.  Buy it now is £250 ($395), or more than 50% off retail if anyone is interested.  I’m watching the auction and am very interested how it’ll shake out.

12
Nov
10

This Week’s Object of Lust: Nordic Boots


Winter is tough on clothes and there is no article of clothing that takes more of a beating than your shoes. With dress shoes, you can at least cover them up with overshoes. However, if you take your typical casual shoe out into the elements, you’re really throwing them to the wolves. The summer and fall, at least for me, has been spent wearing sneakers, boat shoes, loafers, suede chukkah boots and the like.  All of these shoes would be very quickly destroyed by the snow, salt and sand that accompanies the winters in Canada (and other northern climes). Not only that, but your feet are going to be absolutely freezing in a pair of adidas Sambas and you’ll be sliding all over the place in a pair of chukka boots.

What then? Well, I’ve got some good news, gentlemen. One of the coolest shoes for guys at the moment is the nordic style boot. Nordic boots look fantastically vintage (especially when they sport bright red or orange laces), they look even better when they get beat up a bit, they’re typically waterproof and featured thick leather and lining that’ll keep your feet warm. Plus, they often feature treaded soles that prevent slippage on ice, a design feature that no doubt arises from their icy, nordic heritage.

Now that I’ve got your attention (and your wallet open), there are a number of options. On the high-end are beautiful boots from french luxury outdoor company Moncler (above on the left), which are available at http://www.moncler.it/. But, given that these ring in at about $800, they’re probably an unrealistic splurge for most guys, especially since they’re really only wearable in winter and fall and early spring. Which brings me to two cheaper alternatives: the Timberland Newmarket Nordic Hiker (above on the right) and, the fantastic new Nordic boots from Roots (picture at the top of the post). The Timberlands will set you back $120 on their website here, while the Roots boots are $198 and available here.  In my opinion the Timberlands lack the euro flair of the Roots version – and, buying from Roots supports a Canadian company. Best of all, Roots has everything in store and online at 25% off this weekend, so your new boots will only set you back $150. Think of that $150 as an investment in keeping your other shoes in good shape, your feet warm and your butt from getting bruised after a spill on the ice.  Just make sure you don’t grab the last pair of size 10s before I can get my hands on a pair.

27
Oct
10

This Week’s Object of Lust: Nudie jeans


The majority of the posts on this site deal with “corporate” style – things you’re going to be wearing to the office. Judging by the search terms and posts that draw the most traffic on this site, the majority of readers are looking for information about work clothes. But, as much as I enjoy discussing the merits of basted suits and closed lacing on dress shoes, there are such things as Saturdays and Sundays. Which means you need some more casual components to your wardrobe to kick back in and do what even the busiest guys need to do sometimes: relax, while still being able to hop off the couch and go to a bar, cool restaurant or friend’s birthday party.

What is the universal symbol of casual clothing in the 21st century? A pair of jeans. Lately (and, by lately, I mean the past few years), there has been a decidedly positive development in the denim world – a return to natural and raw denim, precipitated generally by our brothers and sisters in Japan. Instead of pre-distressing jeans in a way that somebody in a factory somewhere thinks your jeans should look like after a year of wear, companies are now allowing you to take care of the distressing. The natural way. Over time, and in your own unique manner.

There really is nothing better than a pair of jeans you have broken-in perfectly, a process that can take months of wear. Amongst the best makers of raw (also referred to as “selvedge”) denim jeans is a company out of Sweden named Nudie (which stands for “The Naked Truth About Denim”, a reference to the raw, natural denim they use). Cut in a way that is “slim-ish” but by no means is too slim, Nudies gradually mold to your unique shape and become incredibly comfortable.  Plus, Nudies maintain their rich indigo colour for as long as you refrain from washing them (which, I would say is for, at minimum, one year – put them in the freezer occasionally to kill off any bacteria, if you’re concerned).  They are made in Italy and I would highly recommend picking up a pair and starting the process of breaking them in. I guarantee that in a few months, they’ll be the first pair of pants you reach for on your coffee run on Saturday morning.

The only issue with Nudie jeans is that they’re a little bit expensive.  Given that one of the stated goals of this blog is to promote affordability and economical style, this would seem to be something of an issue.  However, given that most people wear denim on a very regular basis, when you analyze the price from a “cost per wear” basis, it will be less than almost all else in your closet.  Jeans are something that most men wear almost every day when they get home from work (and almost every day on the weekend).  Furthermore, in this casual era, they’re something you’ll wear with a blazer or cardigan to a nice restaurant, to work on Fridays and on many other occasions.  Given this, you should put almost as much thought, money and consideration into your choice of denim as your choice of suit (if you’re single, than this goes doubly as women are far more likely to recognize and appreciate denim brands and fits than suit brands).  If you’re interested in Nudie, check out http://www.nudiejeans.com/start.  Otherwise, head to the store with the best selection of selvedge denim and find a pair that works for you.  Finally, this may be one of the only occasions where I would actively suggest that a female’s eye is nearly essential to the purchasing process; for some reason, most men, including myself, have a tough time judging how they look in a given pair of jeans, so keep this in mind.  Good luck gentlemen.

06
Jun
10

This Week’s Object of Lust: Dunhill Shark Cufflinks


I tend to dress fairly conservatively. Despite this, I love to have a bit of fun when I dress for work. When I can dress conservatively, but in some small way add a tongue-in-cheek detail, that is the best of all worlds. This is why I’ve had my eye on Dunhill’s “Shark” cufflink since I first took notice of them. As a lawyer, this is the perfect way to add something that is both an inside joke as well as visually interesting to an otherwise conservative outfit while remaining unquestionably appropriate for any business situation.

Dunhill is famous for their tobacco products, but also their accessories, which have been made since Alfred Dunhill transformed his family business specializing in horse harnesses into one of the world’s foremost companies specializing in men’s accessories in 1903. Dunhill’s first product was known as the “Bobby Finder” which were goggles meant to spot policemen while driving one’s car. It’s invention was spurned when Alfred Dunhill and his chauffeur were ticketed 1 pound sterling by a Bobby (English slang for police officer, for those that may not be aware)  for driving at 22.5 miles per hour, which was speeding at the time.  From there Dunhill has created some of the world’s most interesting and beautifully masculine accessories, including their famed Rollagas lighters, cufflinks, pens and watches.

So, if you happen to need a gift for that lawyer you know, here it is at Dunhill.com . Believe me when I say that the joke will be well received and the perfect balance will have been struck between sophistication and humour.

04
Jun
10

This Week’s Object of Lust: Richard James Ties


I prefer dark ties.  They’re far more versatile and I find that they tend to be more handsome and streamlined in appearance.  That said, sometimes in the summer and spring I just want to let some bright colours fly in the tie department.  When this type of feelings strikes (and it very well may strike you more often than I), than the ties I always find myself reaching for are from Richard James.   (Click the images in this post to zoom in and have a bit better look – some zoom more than others).

Richard James operates a shop on Saville Row in London, which I’m going to step out on a line and suggest is why his collection is called “Richard James, Saville Row”.  More than just a brand name, James is a man who set up shop on Saville Row in 1992 and is widely recognized as the first of the “New Generation” of Saville Row tailors.  He paved the way for others, including Ozwald Boateng and Timothy Everest with his new twist on the English cut of suits that has helped to drag Saville Row into the 21st Century.  Richard James offers a full bespoke suiting experience, while also selling shirts, ties, socks, accessories and off-the-rack suits.  While his suits first brought him into prominence, I think that his ties are where he truly excels.  Made of very thick, smooth silk, they come very close to being the perfect width.  Not skinny but not wide.  Most famously, Richard James ties are available in bright colours and patterns (although you can still track down more traditional, darker ties from him as well) and I really can’t think of anyone that does this look better, with the possible exception of his countryman, Paul Smith.  There’s something about the old-school British, handmade quality that grounds the bright colours so as to make them very wearable, even in a conservative office environment.

So, if you’re going to go for some serious colour in your tie choice, I’d highly recommend doing it under the careful supervision and guidance of Mr. Richard James.  Check out more of his ties at http://www.richardjames.co.uk/.  In Canada, Richard James, Saville Row is available at Holt Renfrew and I’ve regularly found ties at Holt’s Last Call for well under $100.  For New Yorkers, I’ve seen Richard James ties at Century 21 recently as well.  If you do go for one of James’ louder ties, stick to a plain white or pale blue shirt and a dark suit.

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02
Jun
10

This Week’s Object of Lust: Charles Tyrwhitt Sea Island Dress Shirts


If you live on the east coast, than you’ll have enjoyed some truly fantastic weather of late.  Now, I say “enjoyed”, but there’s one negative sentiment that is likely shared by nearly every man that trudges off to work everyday in a suit: It. Is. Hot.  The suit, dress shirt and tie, having been invented in the cool, moderate confines of Europe can feel a bit out of place in the summer in North America (or anywhere else where the temperatures hover around 30 degrees celsius).

One way to reduce the heat is to wear a cotton or linen suit, but that’s going to set you back a few hundred dollars, and this blog tries to get you looking good while keeping some shekels in your pocket.  You could, perhaps, wear a lighter fabric tie, but I’d be kidding you if I told you that makes much of a difference.  That leaves the shirt, and the best dress shirts I’ve found to help beat the heat are the Sea Island cotton shirts made by Charles Tyrwhitt.  (Continue reading after the jump)

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