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Capital Gains

Five Watches to Burn Your Bonus On

You did well this year. Now — what to spend that bonus on? A wristwatch is the ideal choice.

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Frankenwatch Supreme

Building the Hypothetical “Perfect” Watch

The term “Frankenwatch” is pejorative, suggesting an impure timepiece cobbled together from parts of questionable origin and vintage. But ask watch collectors to name the best parts from any watch, and they’ll eventually dream up an imaginary watch that only a mad doctor could love. Here’s GP’s very own.

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Whose Form Follows What Function, Now?

Time Is Money: Braun and the Cool, Unsettling Bauhaus Watch

While testing out the new Braun BN0035 Chronograph, I find out why the midcentury modern design makes me (and many other watch collectors) feel uncomfortable.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 30, 2014

This Week In Watches: a dive watch with a killer movement, Shinola gets sporty, CT Scuderia goes square, and Richard Mille takes on Chinese mythology.

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Nothing Poor About It

Timekeeping Selects: 1960s Hamilton “Poor Man’s Heuer” Chronograph (Sold)

For the tenth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re selling a “Poor Man’s Heuer”: a 1960s Hamilton chronograph just off of a fresh service in remarkable condition for $1,700.

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You've got skin in the game

Six Proper Motorcycle Jeans: Look Good, Save Your Skin

Full race-spec leathers are the surest bet to save your bacon when the possibility of a motorcycle crash becomes a reality; but practicality, timing and social demands don’t always encourage full gear. These are the best motorcycle jeans designed to both resist high-speed abrasion and look good when you reach your destination.

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Offshore for sure

Kit: Racing the Rolex Big Boat Series

Offshore yacht racing may seem like a gentleman’s sport, but underestimate it at your peril. Leave the polo shirt and leather boat shoes in your shore bag for the yacht club after-party. Here’s the kit Jason Heaton used for the Rolex Big Boat Series while crewing for Escapade Racing.

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The Cool-Weather Standby Still Stands Up

The Many Great Sweaters of Fall

Beyond just comfort and warmth, the sweater is a utilitarian’s dream — if you upgrade one thing each year to prevent a stagnant closet, this should be it. A strong collection of these secondary layers instantly multiplies your wardrobe choices, so study up on the many styles and choose one that fits you.

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A Quick Survey of 8 Boot Styles

The 22 Boots of this Fall

While shoes are busy arguing semantics in a boardroom, boots are out in the garage welding shit. Shoes spend their weekend shanking golf balls while boots are going over, around and through every surface on earth. Boots have long belonged to the movers and shakers of history, and dammit if they’re not going to keep going. We picked 22 of our favorite boots over 8 types to keep every man moving.

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Five Hand-Picked Fall Timepieces

And Now, the 5 Vintage Watches You’ll Want this Season

This fall we’ve gathered five vintage watches that strike the themes we like: tradition, a sense of sport, and shrewd shopping.

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The final word on fall pants

An Endorsement for the Perfect Fall Pant

Are we men with thick legs finally out of the woods when it comes to pants?

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Shear genius

Elements: Wool

Wool is a miracle material, known by more names today than ever before. Merino from sheep. Cashmere and mohair from goats. Angora from rabbits. Not to mention those other exotic forms most mortals can’t afford. Behold: the versatility of wool.

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Falling Away From Summer

Five Great Fragrances For Fall

Whereas summer fragrance is largely dominated by citrus and aquatic notes, a proper curation of fall pays tribute to the diversity and range of the late season’s offerings — the musty smell of fallen leaves; bourbon by fireplace; ma’s pantry of spices wafting from the next room over. The days are falling heavy, so tuck away last season’s picks and choose something that fits the current mood.

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A fresh breath of Swiss air

Zeitwinkel Unwinds the Swiss In-House Watch Movement

By adopting an open, honest method of utilizing reliable local partners for their movements, Swiss brand Zeitwinkel is delivering original in-house designs while maintaining quality.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 23, 2014

This Week in Watches: OMEGA’s 50th anniversary tribute to Goldfinger, JeanRichard collaborates with French street artist Gully, a watch promoting awareness of mitochondrial disease and much more.

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Wear Them Well

The State of Wearables, 2014

Wearable tech is a growing and increasingly diverse market; they all track distance and calories, and most tell time. They all have their pitfalls — battery life, compatibility, reliability, size, price — but what determines the best device is your individual needs. Do you need to streamline your workflow or measure how streamlined your backstroke is? Do you need a sleek timepiece or do you dig the outright nerdy look? Weigh your responses and use our guide of the best options.

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24-Hour Timekeeping

Timekeeping Selects: Tissot Navigator World Time (Sold)

For the eighth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re presenting a 24-hour timekeeping gem, the Tissot Navigator World Time ($1,650). Beyond its unique method of displaying time, the Tissot’s excellent condition is not to be missed.

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Switzerland is not in trouble

Bring it, Apple Watch: The Traditional Watch Is Here to Stay

“Switzerland is in trouble”, Jony Ive recently said when introducing Apple’s smart watch. But watch collectors have heard those words before, and the traditional wristwatch has survived — prospered even. Which is partly why non-smart watches still have nothing to fear.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 16, 2014

This Week in Watches: Breitling’s new SuperQuartz-powered Cockpit B50, a classicist pocket watch from Jaquet Droz, a watch expert takes on the Apple Watch and much more.

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The smell of leaves and exhaust

Kit: Fall Driving Essentials

When the temperatures drop from their sweaty heights and the warm hues of fall foliage emerge, the driving experience changes — it’s time for windows-down scenic cruising. Bring along the appropriate warm garb (plus a few other essentials) and you’ll have mastered the fall drive.

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Looks good in a suit. Forget the rest.

Time is Money: Redefining the Dress Watch, Affordably

Think of a dress watch. Imagining anything you can afford? Truth is, our idea that dress watches need be luxury items is way off. These five fit our new definition: watches that jive with both formal wear and greasy fast food binges.

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Not just for sailors and prisoners

Elements: Stripes

Stripes are tricky, but when done right they say a lot more than a plain navy getup ever will. These, our favorite striped products, fall from prison-garb cartoonish to vintage-style chic and everywhere in between.

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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: September 9, 2014

This Week in Watches: Vacheron’s new addition to its Platinum Collection, the Pinion Revival 1969, Shinola’s American rubber, the Richard Mille 11 Flyback Chronograph, a mechanical pacemaker and more.

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Two Horological North Stars

Want This, Get This: Bremont Terra Nova or Alpina Alpinist GMT 4

A good expedition watch must be a jack of all trades, with water, shock, and magnetic field resistance plus a compass bezel. For explorers, both the Bremont Terra Nova and Alpina Alpiner GMT 4 fit the bill; one is just significantly less expensive than the other.

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When the Dogs are Barking

Buying Guide: Orthotic Insoles

The insoles that come with those $100 running shoes are useless slabs of flaccid foam. Do yourself a favor: throw them away right out of the box and get some proper, supportive corrective orthotics. We tested these five off-the-shelf insoles in a variety of outdoor activities.

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It worked on your grandmother

6 Classic Colognes to Wear Now

Those funky-smelling bottles stowed in your grandpa’s medicine cabinet were actually love potions you now wish you owned. The best was probably one of these.

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And Doesn't Miss By Much

Time Is Money: Weiss’s Field Watch Aims for Heirloom Status

The Weiss Watch Co. Standard Issue Field Watch was built with a bold purpose — that of an affordable, American-made heirloom. We put it to the test.

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A sleeper awakens

Timekeeping Selects: Heuer Autavia (SOLD)

For the seventh installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we’re selling a beautiful Heuer Autavia ($4,400) chronograph that was hidden away in a desk drawer for 25 years.

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This Week in Watches: September 3, 2014

This Week in Watches: Richard Mille’s RM 11 Flyback Chronograph, new versions of Luminox’s P-38 Lightning, the HODINKEE Music Machine 2, a tough Victorinox and much more.

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Odd and Proud

Time Is Money: Figuring Out the Unconventional Mondaine Stop2Go

There are a couple of things that sober up a man. A grievous insult to one’s woman in a bar does it; cold night air is surprisingly effective; some swear by a black cup of coffee. And breaking something expensive will do it too, melt the slight warmth of the cheeks into a chilly sweat that dews the brow. I felt that recently, when I did something to mess up a Mondaine Stop2Go ($725) I’d been lent for testing.