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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Breakdown: Ball Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph
By and large, the archetype of the mechanical chronograph has been two stalks straddling the crown. Now Ball Watch Company has introduced its Engineer Master II Slide Chronograph ($3,700), which, at first blush, is a game changer.
This Week in Watches: August 26, 2014
This Week in Watches: Tissot's T-Touch Solar, the Longines 24-Hours Single Push Piece Chronograph, instant classic straps from Australian strap maker Bas & Lokes, and much more.
Want This, Get This: Breitling Aerospace Evo or Victorinox Swiss Army Chrono Classic XLS MT
The analog-digital watch came into its own in the 1980s, joining the traditional three-handed watch with the functionality of digital timepieces. Breitling has been at the forefront of analog-digital watches since those early days, and today we feature the latest in its vaunted Aerospace range along with an alternative from Victorinox Swiss Army that does almost as much for far less.
Tested: TravelTeq Trash
TravelTeq's humbly named Trash meets an extremely wide range of needs and wants, and also includes features that you may not need or want -- but you can’t argue that they're pretty cool.
Timekeeping Selects: OMEGA Chronostop (Sold)
For the sixth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we bring you a gem in the form of an OMEGA Chronostop (
$1,450 Sold), a unique timepiece from 1968 with a bright blue dial and a unique one-minute chronograph.
Time Is Money: Tsovet and the Victory of the Reasonably Sized Watch
At 36mm, the JPT-PW36 is the smallest watch Tsovet makes. It proves an important point: that smaller watches are more worthy than ever.
Screen Time: 8 of Cinema’s Coolest Watches
Watches generally hold two positions in movies: they’re either part of the story, or part of the character. In either case, given the right circumstances, movie watches can reach icon status for watch enthusiasts and movie buffs alike. These are our eight favorite silver screen timepieces that have made a huge impact on both cinema and the watch world.
This Week in Watches: August 19, 2014
This Week in Watches: Updates to Breitling Colt line, Braun's Bauhaus timepieces, Autodromo's self-winding watch from Pebble Beach and much more.
A Style Guide to A River Runs Through It
While watching A River Runs Through It to inspire ourselves for this issue we couldn't help but also take stock in its unforgettable style (and Oscar winning cinematography). Oxfords, waistcoats, felt, and not a single pair of shorts in sight. What proceeds are 28 modern interpretations of a squarely 1920s look -- a handsome one at that. Wade in and who knows, maybe you'll catch a few items of your own.
Buying Guide: Dopp Kits
The dopp kit, or toiletry bag, is vital for traveling, but it's also a big question mark. How much style does the bag that holds your toothpaste need to have? Features? Materials? For our latest survey, we've gathered nearly 20 dopp kits together across a range of prices, styles and functionalities -- all priced well in their respective echelons. Once you've made your pick, all we ask is that you pack it right.
Decrypted: Are Wearables Worth It?
In a sense, producers of wearables are trying to convince you that they’re something you can’t possibly live without…. something like your smartphone. Chances are, however, you can. Darren Murph examines the current state of the smartwatch.
Time Is Money: The Luminox P-38 Lightning GMT
Do fighter planes have clocks? I ask myself when I look at Luminox's P-38 Lightning GMT ($500+). If they did, they'd certainly look like this one. That's the point: the P-38 is part of Luminox's line of "Air"-inspired watches. The question, as always, is: is it worth it the price tag?
Bremont Lightweight E-Type for Jaguar
The boys from Henley-on-Thames have done it again: Jaguar and reputable British watchmakers Bremont have collaborated on six new bespoke timepieces, which will accompany the final six cars in Jaguar's E-Type series.
Talking Shop with Leo Padron, a New American Watchmaker
Leo Padron grew up a tinkerer, then turned his focus to fixing his grandfather's broken wristwatch. He succeeded...and then he started building his own. We talked to Padron, who today helms Padron Watch Co., a successful startup building three unique watches out of Minneapolis.
Faces of the Decades: 5 Throwback Watches
The popular face of the wristwatch is constantly changing. Digital displays, which were once all the rage, fell out of favor long ago; oversized watches boomed and now seem to be over the hump; and gold has come and gone a few times over. But the greatest and perhaps most viable of today's trends might be the resurrection of the vintage watch trade -- new timepieces that pay homage to their roots and celebrate the ever-changing face of an industry from the 1950s through the 1990s.
This Week in Watches: August 12, 2014
This Week in Watches: Tissot's first Manhattan boutique, an indie film about indie watchmakers, Deep Blue's new affordable diver and more.
Time is Money: The Seiko 5 “Sea Urchin”, and Diving Headfirst into Mechanical Watches
Amid affordable watches, the Seiko 5 line stands tall. This week in Time is Money, Gear Patrol’s new series on watches under $1,000, we examine why.
Timekeeping Selects: Rolex Datejust (Sold)
For the fifth installment of our Timekeeping Selects series with Analog/Shift, we bring you a gem in the form a 1974 Rolex Datejust (
$3,400 SOLD), hands down the most versatile timepiece a man can own. As always, the series features hand selected, tested, and ready to wear watches each with impeccable authenticity and a great story.
Elements: Horween Leather Watch Straps
Made with traditional methods (and a few logical modern production upgrades), Horween leather is the material du jour for everything from menswear staples to timeless goods. With both durability and a patina that wears just so, it works particularly well as a strap material for both vintage and new watches.
This Week in Watches: August 5, 2014
This Week in Watches: Bremont's founder defends an embattled movement, James Cameron unveils a new Rolex, a Swiss brand releases an automatic signing machine, and much more.
Time is Money: An Ongoing Search for the Affordable Watch
I'm out to prove that you can be passionate about watches and not spend boatloads of money by reviewing watches every week that cost under $1,000, many under $500.
The Return of the Quartz Watch
The quartz watch was our introduction to timekeeping -- the gateway drug that spurred our talk of ticks and led to our appreciation of mechanized complications -- and like our first car, it demands respect. Battery-powered watches pack incredible complications, intricate details and robust build quality into an infinitely wearable and affordable package. Even the most ardent watch snob would be proud to strap any of these six quartz watches upon his wrist.
Time on Our Hands: Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite
Wearing a $20,000 watch with a white strap onboard a Great Lakes wreck diving charter is inviting ridicule. But duty called, and I strapped the Linde Werdelin Oktopus MoonLite ($20,000, limited to 59 pieces) over my drysuit cuff, clipped on the Reef digital dive module and waddled to the back of the boat. It quickly proved a sports watch in a category all its own.
This Week in Watches: July 29, 2014
This Week in Watches: An affordable Kiwi travel watch, a Wright brothers Bremont, Moscow's time zone change and more.
11 Sunscreens for Every Occasion
We spend a lot of time outside, and the reality is that we’re often more fastidious about taking care of our bikes and boards than we are our skin. News flash: even if you don’t burn, you should be doing something to block the UV rays from permeating your dermis. These sunscreen options should cover whatever type of protection you need.