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Today in Gear: 2013 Timekeeping Rewind

Is there a more appropriate topic to base a retrospective around than timepieces? Okay, yes, maybe a modified Delorean, but that was a rhetorical question anyhow. Few men’s accessories — indeed, few items a man could own — say more about their owner than a watch, and it’s been that way for centuries. To help…

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The clock is ticking

Gift Guide: The Horologist

In staff meetings, he’s the one who always volunteers to be the timekeeper. On road trips, he insists on navigating with a sextant and chronometer. He wears a watch to bed and wakes his wife up at 2 a.m. to show off the SuperLuminova. You know this guy. He’s got a different watch for every day of the week. What could you possibly get him that he doesn’t already have? We’ve got you covered with the 12 gifts for the horologist in your life.

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Today in Gear: November 4, 2013

Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Black It’s been 20 years since Land Rover’s offered a long wheelbase Range Rover, and with 6 inches more legroom than standard and a 17° (rather than the regular 8°) rear seat recline angle — they’re available as a bench or buckets — this is a solid comeback. Chauffeur lifestyle…

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Today in Gear: August 16, 2013

Master Lock 5900D SafeSpace Electronics, cash, small valuables. Just not drugs. Don’t put drugs in this thing. It’s a portable lockbox, but way, way more attractive than anything “lock box” connotes. The cable that wraps around the case will tether to a secure object and double as a carrying handle, so you can take a…

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Timeless timekeepers

How to Buy a Vintage Watch

Vintage watch buying is enjoying incredible popularity, thanks to a community of savvy collectors, great internet resources for both learning about and buying old watches, and a nostalgic yearning for quality products from an era before planned obsolescence. Old watches also represent great value, the chance to wear a piece of history and, if you’re lucky, a good investment. Not to mention, they just look cool. We explore just how you should go about buying one of these beauties.

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The best watch site just got better

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If you like your watches as much as we do then you’ll want to point your browsers over to the new HODINKEE. A drastic departure from the previous design, the daily dose of all that’s great in wristwatches has introduced an all-new site complete with magazine-style cover images, beautiful typography (glad to see someone still…

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Changes Come Easy

Timekeeping: How to Change a Watch Strap

Let’s face it, times are tough and it’s not just European governments that are implementing austerity measures. A lot of guys can’t squeeze a new watch into their 2012 budgets. But don’t despair, there’s an affordable way to get a fresh look for your existing watch – change the strap. You might be surprised at…

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Strapped for Dash

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Like a set of wheels to a car or shoes with a suit, nothing sets apart a watch quite like a well-considered strap. Even watches limited to mere dozens have room for individualization and strapping on a new swath of leather, suede or nylon can make all the difference. Our friends at Hodinkee have just…

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From a tiny acorn

Timekeeping: Audemars Piguet Celebrates 40 Years of the Royal Oak

The concrete canyons of Manhattan are pretty far away from the wooded alpine serenity of Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux, but it was on Park Avenue that Swiss watch company, Audemars Piguet, decided to kick off a celebration tour for its mightiest creation: the Royal Oak. Appearing in 1972 with a price ten times that of…

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Daily Briefing: 2.7.2012

How a Landline Can Get You Out of Jail The Verge Survival Training for When a Pilot’s World Turns Upside Down NYTimes Now is the Time to Quit Facebook ReadWriteWeb A Closer Look at the Patek Philippe 5270 Perpetual Calendar Hodinkee The Amazing Spiderman Trailer Acquire A Man’s Home Valet The Internet Makes You Stupid,…

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Daily Briefing: 1.3.2012

The Grid at 200: Lines That Shaped Manhattan NYTimes Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute To Mad Men Hodinkee What George Clooney Learned This Year Esquire 10 Things We Learned About Apple This Year SplatF TV Producers Applaud Film Producers Variety This Will be the Year That Was The Morning News World’s Fastest Car Named for Sluggish…

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Daily Briefing: 12.14.2011

The Imogene+Willie Guide to Nashville Park & Bond A Taxi Test New Yorker How Coffee Can Galvanize Your Workout NYTimes About that Live Standup: What Louis C.K. Has to Say About His Sales Louis C.K. One of the Most Complex Rolex Watches Ever Made Hodinkee Essential Viewing: The Spielberg Face Fandor Meet the Longest, Fastest…

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Vintage goods in full regale

Shopped: 12 Picks from the Pop Up Flea

Below you’ll find a dozen-ish picks from the Pop Up Flea. Given our druthers we would have snagged the whole lot, but alas we left with only a few… at least for today. If you’re in New York, be sure to make it down to 159 Bleecker street — wallet in tow — because there…

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Daily Briefing: 9.6.2011

Photos: World War II: The North African Campaign The Atlantic Camera Desk Lamp for Late-Working Photographers Make Delivering a Pair of GP x Onia Shorts to Our Friends at Notcot… in a Nissan GT-R Notcot Op Ed: My Unfinished 9/11 Business, by Bill Keller NYTimes Oscar Bait and Switch: A GQ Guide to 40 Must-See…

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Worn and Well Worn

Patina: 1966 Rolex Submariner (ref. 5513)

Author’s Note: It’s no secret we’re all about surfacing the latest and greatest, newest and shiniest gear. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have a healthy respect for careworn, well-made gear from the past. Because in the end, good quality stuff should last a while, perform for years, and become careworn itself. In this era…

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Daily Briefing: 8.12.11

The Patent System Isn’t Broken — We Are This is My Next 2011 Pagani Huayra Shoot Notcot The Miniature World of Levi’s Vintage Clothing A Continuous Lean Fahrer Berlin iPad Case Selectism In-Depth: Military One-Button Chronographs With Unsigned Dials From Omega And Breitling Hodinkee Man-Barass Your Way to Love The Morning News Manliness Just Doesn’t…

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Daily Briefing: 8.1.2011

The Debt Crisis — What Should Congress Do? (interactive graphic) NYTimes In My Kitchen: John Turturro WSJ Shopping London | Levisons of Cheshire Street A Continuous Lean A Year Before The London Olympics, The Omega Seamaster 1948 Becomes Officially Official Hodinkee Final Destination, GIF Style: Oh Shit!: Reddit Are You A Victim Of Phantom Vibration…

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Daily Briefing: 7.25.2011

The Big Apple, in the Big Apple: 23,000 Square Foot Apple Store Coming to Grand Central MacRumors Time to Get A Better Job: The Best Way to Find Your Vocation Art of Manliness Your Boat Is Not This Cool: 1958 BMW Abbate Speedboat Urban Daddy: Driven Dammit, Doc Brown Was Wrong: Time Travel Impossible, Say…

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Daily Briefing: 7.17.2011

The Apocaplyse Handbook: How to Survive Ten Deadly Scenarios Outside Following Twitter: Infographic on Twitter’s Past 5 Years TechCrunch The Panerai 338: The Panerai For the Rest of Us Hodinkee Shore Things: 12 Essentials For Every Man’s Beach Bag GQ Sunday Itinerary: Old & New Impermanent Shop at Capsule ACL Research Proves It: Google Rots…

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Time, food and an evening meal

Timekeeping | Talking Time: Dinner and Watches with MB&F, Hodinkee and Friends

Thursday, 8:00pm | At SoHo House for dinner with Hodinkee, MB&F, Por Homme, and friends to chat watches, gear and generally all around topics of awesome. Not too shabby a way to spend Thursday evening, we think. Photo essay after the jump.