Staff Picks: A Watch With a Racing Plane Soul, a Quilted Field Jacket and more
Every day, our team filters through hundreds of style articles, clothing pieces, collection launches, brand parties, blogger fads, runway shows, fashion shoots, lookbooks and many, many more stimuli to stay on top of what’s hot in men’s fashion. In spite of all that noise, we’ll keep things simple here: just four things we’re into right now.
Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Racing Bird
Bell & Ross co-founder and creative director Bruno Belamich is known for designing racing vehicle prototypes to guide the design process of developing new watches. This time, he decided to go to the sky (where Bell & Ross has long drawn inspiration from the history of aviation for its watches that are directly influenced by the shape and look of flight instruments). Belamich conceived the single-seat, propeller-engine BR-Bird racing aircraft concept to help fashion two limited-edition BRV2 Racing Bird timepieces.
The Automatic Chronograph BR V2-94 Racing Bird shares many of the aesthetic choices with the concept racing aircraft itself. From the white dial to the blue numerals and chronograph counter, all elements have their direct reflections in the dreamed-up plane. The final touch is the silhouette of the hypothesized aircraft at the base of the second timer. With the BR-Bird concept and the BRV2 Racing Bird watches, it’s clear Bell & Ross is weaving a new era of aviation history for itself. — Gear Patrol
Relwen Quilted Tanker
A field jacket brings a touch of mettle to any fall outfit. Quilted field jackets are not the norm, but the Quilted Tanker from Relwen marries the two styles impeccably. The quilted water-resistant nylon/cotton Taslan shell fabric provides a distinct look while still offering the utility of a traditional field jacket for universal wearability.
Ray Ban Round Titanium Sunglasses
Aviator sunglasses are classic, but sometimes it’s good to explore something a bit different. Riffing off both aviator and round frames, the Ray Ban Round Titanium sunglasses sport a double bridge with bushed metal finishes and meticulously crafted detailing. Made in Japan, they are a pair of shades that bring a little extra to the table.
Outpost Olive Twill Flap Backpack by Kochmar for Allen Edmonds
Tapping leathermaker Kochmar for a backpack in its latest collaboration, Allen Edmonds has focused on homegrown, American craftsmanship. The Outpost Olive Twill Flap Backpack represents just that, combining high-quality leather with rugged twill. Also water-resistant, it’s a go-to option for air travel or your everyday commute.