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5 Best Fall Fragrances
Cologne and fallen leaves.
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5 Best Commuter Mugs
For on-the-run coffee drinkers.
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5 Best Affordable Dress Watches
Time at a reasonable cost.
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10 Great Vintage Cameras
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Ticking off the week's news in watches

This Week in Watches: October 24, 2014

This Week in Watches: Ralph Lauren’s sleeper hit, Waltham returns (sort of), Haspel partners with Brooklyn Watch Co. and more.

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Plaid is just the surface

The History of Flannel

Flannel is more than just a plaid shirt. It’s a fabric with a deep history stretching back centuries. Here’s where it came from.

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Is High-Tech High Fashion the Future of Wearables?

Fashion Brands Bank on Wearables, Starting at the U.S. Open

Buff male models and scrawny U.S. Open ball boys strolled silently around Ralph Lauren HQ on Monday, standing on platforms and lifting their arms and turning slowly when asked; they were showing off the latest wearable fitness technology, though it was hard to tell. The smart accessories weren’t big-screened watches, blocky chest straps or pinned-on step counters: they were their shirts.

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Modestly (and not so modestly) priced receptacles

Everything In Its Place: 10 Great Valet Trays

Valet trays are not just a place to put your things. They’re a statement about how important your things are.

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From Geneva with Love

Live From Geneva: SIHH 2014

This time of year, the horological universe revolves around the Palexpo center in Geneva. It’s SIHH — the Salon International Haute Horlogerie, where the watch brands under the Richemont Luxury Group umbrella (and a couple of outlying independents) convene to display their wares in elaborate and opulent “booths” that defy that pedestrian name. Journalists and retailers from around the world descend on Geneva to jostle for first looks at the latest and greatest creations from legendary maisons like Jaeger-LeCoultre, A. Lange & Sohne and Audemars Piguet. Follow our man on the ground, Jason Heaton, as he sends in the latest horological news every half hour.

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Slim Is In

Change in Your Pocket: Slim Wallets That Fit the Bill

Reducing your wallet’s contents reaps many benefits: it’s cathartic, helps with prioritization, and, most of all, gives you the chance to get a new, minimalist version. But finding the right minimalist cash caddy can be overwhelming. There are all sorts of types to sort through: card wallets, slim wallets, very simple money clips, front pocket wallets and so on. Instead of categorizing and complicating things more, we’ve decided to round up the best picks that run the entire gamut. Read on and find the perfect Simoleon sleeve for your new, minimalist life.

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See My Vest...

Patchwork Season: Stylish Quilted Vests to Layer (or Not)

It seems some folks jump straight from shirtsleeves to parkas when the autumn leaves begin to fall. No, vests are for those in-between days, the time when one extra layer over a thick sweater, a mug of hot cider and the company of a loved one is all we need to keep warm during a stroll through the park. But even when the atmosphere turns up the a/c, a vest beneath your overcoat does wonders; after all, ’tis the season to layer and layer some more. We’ve rounded up the best quilted vests — each fashionable and cozy in its own right.

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Today in Gear: October 11, 2013

The Music Of Grand Theft Auto V You’ve been immersed in the magical world of GTA V for weeks now, a blissful release after the months and months of anticipation. You’ve explored, flown, exploded, bought, painted, golfed, hang-glided, danced, and cartwheeled. But when you have to pry yourself away from the screen and go to…

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Today in Gear: October 9. 2013

TapIt Cap Craft brews are important. They’re good to drink, they’re good to make, they’re good to know about. Thing is, they’re also good to savor. Until the TapIt came along, growlers of beer would go flat before a measured drinker could work his way through the whole thing. TapIt is a screw-top tap made…

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Get packed

Weekend-Ready: Great Duffels For All Budgets

Call it the “Goldilocks of Bags” if you like, though sometimes it seems like more of a “Unicorn of Bags”: the perfectly sized and properly priced duffel can be elusive (hell, brands can’t even decide one way to spell it). When the occasion calls for light packing in something that’ll easily fit in the back seat or sling comfortably over your shoulder there are myriad options, but how many of them can be considered worth a buy? What follows are 30 of the best duffel bags to fit every budget. These represent a vast array of materials, styles, colors and purposes, but suffice it to say each of these duffels is just right.

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Cannonball!

Kit: Epic Pool Party

Around the country, where people can’t easily access a natural body of water, they’ll flock to fake ones for some relaxation, fun, and relief from the heat. This is the seasonal blessing and curse of the fortunate few who own — or have access to — a pool. If you fall into this category and are already bemoaning your hosting duties to come, may we remind you of the wise words of “Uncle” Ben Parker Voltaire, “with great power comes great responsibility”. Think that bowl of corn chips (“but they’re restaurant style!”) and playing some Jimmy Buffet from your puny laptop speakers answers the call? You are woefully mistaken.

It’s time to take your waterside shindigs to another plane. What we’re talking about is the kind of event that’ll haunt Charlie Sheen’s dreams and leave the neighborhood gabbing for decades. We’ve got your shopping list right here.

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Ferris Bueller's (Summer) Day Off

Kit: Summer Fridays

Summer Fridays are a thing to be put on a pedestal, the ultimate luxury for 9-to-5, Monday to Friday working stiffs. They’re a chance to bug out as soon as possible, to hit the road or jump a train to the beach, a cabin in the woods or some other resplendent getaway. In any case, we can’t just go into a summer Friday unprepared, men. We cannot go silently into that good mini vacation. What we need is a kit — the perfect gear for the perfect summer Friday getaway.

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Bowers' Essentials

Staff Favorites: Ben Bowers

Our third installment of Staff Favorites turns to Mr. Ben Bowers. Second aboard the GP express and the reticent co-founder of Gear Patrol, Mr. Bowers is first and foremost an inquirer — using his battle-hardened eye of skepticism while monitoring the pulse of the internet, et al.; typically, he does so while reading a pantheon of feeds and bookmarks on his mobile device du jour.

At GP HQ, Ben is also the catalyst, and prizewinner, of often heated culture debates, where his insatiable appetite for music, movies and other media provides him with a panoply of pop-culture knowledge, particularly in early hip-hop and independent films. Beyond the walls of media and analytic thinking though, Ben’s interests are far less studious. A fair-weather sailor, patron of cocktail mixing and a die-hard Nets fan, Ben is also a proud Baton Rouge native — undoubtedly the reason behind his occasional son-of-Creole outbursts in an otherwise self-composed nature.

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Try not to put your feet up

Ralph Lauren Highbridge Desk

If having the right work environment means junking that garage sale desk you’ve had for years, then by all means, hop to it. But you’ll need a (cough) suitable replacement, preferably one that doesn’t have a pack of melted Life Savers glued to the calculator in the top drawer. The Ralph Lauren Highbridge Desk ($12,000+)…

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Style Pick: Grayers Jersey Polo

When it comes to polo shirts, there’s certainly no shortage of choices. Everyone offers his own variant of the wardrobe essential, but we all know the situation: choose a couple out of season shirts at bargain prices, or the one you really want, which happens to be marred with an uncomfortably high price tag. It’s…

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Polo Heads to Brooklyn

Denim & Supply by Ralph Lauren

Fashion giant Ralph Lauren has launched a new brand, Denim & Supply, that according to the press literature is born out of the warehouse and artistic communities of Brooklyn. From what we’ve seen, the entire line is defined by a weathered, vintage look (which isn’t all that surprising given Brooklyn’s their muse) that seems to…

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Video: Fashion Night Out at Ralph Lauren in 60 Seconds

Slideshows are great and all, but when you’ve got 600 photos why not share all the love and put them into a time-lapse video, right? As tweeted, here is Fashion Night Out at Ralph Lauren’s Soho store… in 60 seconds. Watch it and you’ll catch more than a few glimpses of models, Jessica Alba, and…

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Four's a Company

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Cologne Set (Win This!)

Tired of smelling like your deodorant, or just had enough of that same bottle of cologne your girlfriend bought you for your 21st birthday? Well then consider today upgrade day. Polo sent over a complete set of their new Big Pony Cologne for one lucky GP reader. For the math challenged, that’s four separate bottles…

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Rebeling Against the Navy Sport Coat

Ralph Lauren Princeton Chambray Sport Coat

Chambray appears to be one major trends taking over men’s fashion for spring and summer. Rather than talk about your dime a dozen chambray button up though, we figured we’d kill two birds with one stone by highlighting this Princeton Chambray Sport Coat ($375) as a good summer blazer option that also matches today’s trends….

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Making Lugging Gear Look Good

Ralph Lauren Large Varsity Duffle

Ralph Lauren may be a world-famous clothing brand, but its real secret to success lies in promoting a lifestyle. To make the point, this large varsity duffle landed on our radar mostly because we wish we were invited to the kinds of swanky events where slinging this bag around our shoulder would clearly separate us…

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Putting Backspin on Tiger Woods' Duffs

Le Tigre “Original Tiger” Polo

Whether you’re a fan of Tiger Woods or not, and his much publicized hurdles, you can stand behind the idea of helping those less fortunate. Le Tigre, a brand known for polo shirts will donate 100% of their net profits (through the end of April) from the sale of these shirts to organizations focused on…

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Perfect for Your Transition to Heat

Polo Ralph Lauren Bedoine Quilted Jacket

After dealing with a heavy winters and snowocalypses, the concept of a spring jacket may cause many of you to scratch your heads in confusion. Not quite warm enough to really withstand any kind of put-hair-on-your-chest weather, but less constricting then that suffocating hand quilted puce “sweater” from your granny, they admittedly fill a small…

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Help Rebuild A Country and Your Wardrobe

Ralph Lauren Haiti Relief Classic-Fit Polo

Earlier, we asked everyone to do their part for the Haitian people by texting a donation to the Red Cross. This time, Ralph Lauren presents another alternative for giving that also leaves you with a unique piece of attire. 100% of purchase proceeds for these limited edition polo shirts will be donated to the United…

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Muck About in High Style

Ralph Lauren Nansen Boot

LL. Bean’s iconic Bean Boots will always hold a place in our hearts as the go to shoe for truly nasty ground conditions. However during a quick visit to the Ralph Lauren Mansion over this weekend, we discovered the newly released Nansen Boot which seems built for the same bad weather purpose, while adding a…

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You Can Thank Us for the Grunt Work Later

Style Roundup: Men’s Sweater Top Picks

Based on all the fall wardrobe question’s we’ve been receiving from you lately, we came to the conclusion a fall roundup was in order. Done and done. In this Gear Patrol Roundup, we’ve taken the time to scour some of our favorite men’s brands (high and low), for unique, sharp, and warm sweaters that’ll match…

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Give Bold A Second Glance

Ralph Lauren Haberdashery Collection Wallcoverings

Gap has made it plainly clear that plaid is in. That’s all well and good, but the traditional look of fall doesn’t have to extend to just your oxford shirts. The Ralph Lauren Home Haberdashery Collection of wallcoverings does what Ralph Lauren does best, make a statement without making one. Tip: To match a bold…

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Ralph Lauren Black Tie Dessert Plates

Dessert has a New Dress Code The next time a female house guest develops a craving for late night sweets, serve it on one of these guaranteed charmers. Made of fine china, each plate is printed with a bow tie in various states of knot-assembly and perfectly captures the haberdashery look only Ralph Lauren could…

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Ralph Lauren Olympic Games Collection Custom-Fit Flag Polo

Medal Not Included Just because we’re half way through the Olympics doesn’t mean you’re national pride has to fade any time soon. Ralph Lauren’s offering their custom-fit polo with your choice of flag (29 countries) in 12 Ralph Lauren-esque color combinations. The shirt itself is a two-button, ribbed collar, and uneven hem polo [Thanks, Alex!]…

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Ralph Lauren Skull & Crossbones Tumbler Set

A decent man’s bar require he have well weighted heavy tumblers for his drinks. There’s no better time to serve an old fashioned or nightcap than the doldrums of winter. Show your guests you know how to appreciate a good drink as you pour them a spot into a well made tumbler like these from…

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Ralph Lauren Merino Suede Patch Glove

Leather gloves are great. They’re durable and stylish. They’re often pricier too. We recommend getting a warm, comfortable pair of mixed material gloves like these Ralph Lauren’s which are made of marino wool and suede patches that work well paired with your winter gear. After all, snowboard gloves really aren’t the best when you’re out…