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May 14, 2018 Briefings By


Get This Distinctive & Affordable Limited Edition Dress Watch While You Can
Continuing its push to revive its illustrious history of making watches, Zodiac has released a new timepiece, the Olympos, a reissue of a funky dress watch originally launched in 1961. In bringing the watch back, Zodiac did not stray far from the original formula. At 37.7mm in diameter and just 11mm thick, it’s decidedly small for a contemporary automatic watch, but very close to the dimensions of the original piece.

While the full Olympos collection is available June 1 in a variety of dial designs, the stand-out in the bunch is the “Mystery Dial” limited edition. The Mystery Dial is an oft-forgotten design element from the mid-20th century and features an hour hand that appears as though it floats around the dial, detached from the center of the watch. It pairs particularly well with the distinct, manta-ray-shaped case design. Together they give the Olympos a dose of personality few other dress watches can compete with.

The watch comes packing a Swiss-made STP 3-13 automatic movement and is water-resistant to 50 meters. Given the automatic movement inside and the incredible level of detail outside the watch, it’s a wonder that you can pick it up for under a grand.


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Allen Edmonds Madison Park Wingtip
Save 35%: Dress shoes aren’t an every-season purchase and as such, you should invest in a well-made timeless style. Cap toe shoes are a classic choice, but if you’re looking for something a little more ornate, consider a wingtip. With decorative broguing, they are more visually interesting than their smooth counterparts. A solid American-made option offered by Allen Edmonds is called the Madison Park Wingtip. Available in brown and black colorways, it is now 35 percent off at Nordstrom. That means you can pick up a classy professional shoe for under $250. — John Zientek


John Varvatos Two-Piece Suit
Save 63%: Every guy should own a well-fitting navy suit for professional engagements. Its one of the most versatile suits you can own, working well for business, weddings and nice dinners on the town. John Varvatos offers a great two-piece wool suit with a two-button jacket and slim-fit trousers. Varvatos knows a thing or two about classic menswear: before starting his eponymous label in 2000, he worked for Ralph Lauren has the head of design for the men’s group. A driving force in American menswear, Varvatos balances timeless silhouettes and tailoring with a distinct point of view.

While this suit isn’t necessarily groundbreaking, it’s a classic style you can wear for years. Normally $795, it is now 62 percent off at Nordstrom Rack and costs just $300. A trusted designer, a solid deal and a classic deal — hard to argue with that. — John Zientek


Mountainsmith Scream 55 Ultralight Backpack
Save $60: Ultralight backpacks used to be almost-exclusive fodder for lesser-known brands and custom makers, but now a collection of big companies that are taking the category more seriously are bringing these bags into the mainstream.

Mountainsmith is among that group. This year the company updated its collection of ultralight backpacks, the Scream Series, with all-new materials and features. The backbone of that collection is the Scream 55, which is ordinarily $160 but is currently on sale at Massdrop for $100. The Scream 55 weighs two pounds and 13 ounces but is still notably durable with a coated high-tenacity nylon fabric called Robic that’s bolstered with Aramid yarn woven throughout. It has many of the features that non-ultralighters favor, including multiple access points, a comfortable back panel, a sturdy forward-pull waist belt and an interior hydration sleeve.

Despite its newness, the Scream is decidedly retro. Its grid pattern — a result of the lightweight fabrics it employs — and neon accents are more 1980 than 2018, and its two large, “double-barrel” exterior pockets seem to be a nod at older packs, like Rivendell Mountain Works’ ever-classic Jensen. — Tanner Bowden


Everything You Need for Summer Adventures Is in This Sale
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Save 73%: On eBay right now, you can the buy Mophie Powerstation 8x for $40 — that’s 73% off the $150 that it’s currently going for on Mophie’s website. The Powerstation 8x is an external power bank with two USB charging ports and a 15,000mAh capacity, meaning it can charge your smartphone roughly two-to-three times over. The real appeal of the Powerstation 8x, however, is its size. It’s super slim and weighs less than a pound. If you’re somebody who has an old iPhone and its battery doesn’t last the day — get this. You can stick it in your pocket, along with your iPhone, and it’ll give you a more than a normal day’s charge.

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