Stuff Men Want: Watches
Author: Chris Connolly | Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
The utilitarian, mechanical nature of a timepiece makes it the ultimate place for a guy to confidently express his inner flashiness without pushing the boundaries of good taste.
Although sprawling at 48mm, the military-inspired Avenger Blackbird, left, is also incredibly light due to its titanium casing. Technical, but sophisticated, it’s a chunky watch without the undue tonnage. The robustly styled Chronomat, center, has a rotating bezel for tracking world time and features distinct fonts, functions and colors on its 44mm dial. A world traveler’s watch, the Navitimer World is a veteran globetrotter, packing dual time zones, a red-tipped 24-hour global hand and more into a hefty 46mm case.
These Breitling aviation style timepieces are available at Libutti Jewelers, Huntington, (631) 427-0126.
Rolex launched in 1905 and continues to break ground today. Their self-winding white gold GMT Master, left, is unapologetically flashy, featuring a rotating red and blue bezel, black dial and sapphire crystal to handle any situation on land or at sea. The anti-magnetic Milgauss, center, is characterized by its green sapphire crystal and lightning bolt second hand. It was developed for scientists and engineers who work with the truly cool big-boy toys. The Cellini Date in rose gold is a classic dress watch rooted in the present. It’s thin and graceful at 39mm and its dial date display is a rarity for Rolex, which typically displays their calendar function in a magnified window.
Available at H. L. Gross & Bros., Garden City, (516) 747-6666.
Breguet is a watch appreciators’ watch and the Horamundi, left, has a host of extras that make it a standout. Available in rose gold or platinum, the watch can memorize two time zones and jumps between them at the push of a button. The piece is also available with three different dials depending on where the owner spends most of his time: the Americas, Europe and Africa, or Asia and Oceania. Panerai’s Radiomir Rattrapante, right, is distinctively offbeat and inimitably Italian. Produced in limited numbers, this split second chronograph comes on a crocodile strap at an impressive 45mm. Suave and contemporary, the Calibre de Cartier has a more rugged profile than many of the brand’s offerings, but maintains the distinguished DNA that has characterized Cartier since the first wristwatches were produced in the early 1900s.
Available at London Jewelers, Americana Manhasset, (516) 627-7475.
Blending classic styling with modern movements, Longines timepieces have been used to time horseraces for decades. This self-winding Saint-Imer, left, features a trio of subsidiary dials and clocks in at a very current 41 mm. Rendered in rose gold with an ivory dial, this Baume & Mercier Clifton, center, exudes an effortless charm by keeping things simple. Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Chronograph offers vintage styling offset by contrasting features. It has a transparent caseback and prominent, rounded buttons as well as graduated telemetric and tachymeter scales in case you need to do some surveying.
Available at Gelber & Mundy, Great Neck, (516) 482-1585.
photos: nicholas duers
Let it Rain
Brigg ladies’ umbrellas are good enough to pull a U-ey for
Author: Max Fischer | Published:
It’s usually a mile away from home that you remember the umbrella left behind at the restaurant. Well, Brigg ladies’ umbrellas are good enough to pull a U-ey for. Legendary British luxury goods maker Swaine Adeney Brigg has outfitted real royalty—the brand first received the Royal Warrants in 1893—as well as the movie sort—they made James Bond’s briefcase. Here, the solid, polished hickory handle sits under a 20-inch canopy of nylon or silk, all of which is handmade in Cambridge. Still worried about leaving it behind? Have a plated gold or silver collar on the handle engraved so the finder knows who to call (he probably won’t though). Starting at $525, swaineadeneybrigg.com.
Author: Ariana Herz | Published:
When it comes to resort style, white is the color that takes center stage, but consider this an excuse for prints and textures to steal the show. Eugenia Kim Jordana hat, $240, is perfect for romping through the markets. The play of zebra printed calf hair beneath the black-beige raffia woven flap on this Jimmy Choo Alba shoulder bag, $2,250, adds the funk. After sipping sunset cocktails, lose the topper and be ready for a night on the town.
Shades of the Season
Sunglasses have long been the “must” accessory for men and women. The style of frame and depth of tint on the lens are just the beginning. While prior seasons have had their ideal shapes, this spring it’s more about the embellishments—metallic inlays are where it’s at. Three options for the fashion maven, sporty chic and red carpet diva, from top: Tom Ford Nina, $549; David Yurman Aviator, $479; and Jimmy Choo Lana, $449. All available at Precision Eye Care, Huntington, (631) 462-2020.
There are three truths to spring wear: white, nautical themes and florals. The trick is to side-step the cliché. Burberry Burlison, $850, is a buttery white leather peep toe bootie that is meant for walking the esplanade, the boardwalk or, when the weather warms, village main streets. Alexander McQueen couldn’t possibly render a “standard” floral clutch. Instead, this De Manta floral-print clutch, $575, is a handheld drama: a single oversized flower pattern folding in on itself with an edgy zipper. Escada hollow-ring leather belt, $550, captures that nautical look but in a new, far-from-salty way. All available at Neiman Marcus.
As an arbiter of luxury, Brunello Cucinelli designs very wearable, classic silhouettes. These Monili crisscross sandals, $1,670, exemplify a classic nude shoe meant for shorts, dresses or slacks, updated with an oversized ankle cuff and chain-link detail. At $650, Lanvin’s tricolor metallic belt is like a piece of jewelry that can complete a look, whether cinching loose dresses with wild patterns or at the waist of tailored Bermuda shorts.
Safe at Home
Author: Sal Vaglica | Published:
Security has a discreet way of making us feel luxurious—there’s just something about being ensconced in peace of mind. But that doesn’t mean the symbol of that assurance can’t benefit from a makeover. NYC-based Traum offers Fort Knox-levels of security in a safe attractive enough to leave out in the open. Their highest end Heirloom safe, which is strong enough to meet Swiss banks’ needs, has walls that are 31/2-inches thick, yet are harder to breach than 2 feet of conventional safe construction. The beautiful lacquered finish is just the start of the customizing that includes everything from interior lighting to drawer configuration. From $180,000; traumsafe.com
The Pocket Monkey
Flat out useful
Author: Long Island Pulse | Published:
It was with a certain amount of skepticism that we brought the PocketMonkey by Zootility into our offices for testing, but since putting the 1-millimeter-thick multi-tool into our wallets, we’ve found even more than the advertised 12 uses for it. The PocketMonkey is far from the only credit-card shaped tool on the market, but it’s certainly the most charming. Since testing began we have used the heat-treated stainless steel card to open mail and packages, to serve as an iPhone stand, to pry open a lamp and soda bottles, fix desk drawers and even to open other PocketMonkeys. When one tester was putting together a stubborn mail-order couch, he found the PocketMonkey’s hex wrench even better suited to the task than the tool designed by the furniture company.
Other PocketMonkey utilities suggested by inventor Nate Barr include ruler and straight edge, screwdriver, door latch slip, headphone wrap and even “banana knicker,” but we’ve found the more time you spend with a Monkey in your pocket, the more fun you’ll have. Pick up a 10-pack and distribute them among your favorite primates. $12 for 1, $48 for 4, $95 for 10 at zootilitytools.com