Mens Health: "The watch makes the man" post

Wearing my Daniel Wellington "Classic Bristol" in my backyard in Rhinebeck, New York.

Wearing my Daniel Wellington "Classic Bristol" in my backyard in Rhinebeck, New York.

Japanese menswear magazines complimented by my Timex Weekender.

Japanese menswear magazines complimented by my Timex Weekender.

Trying on a Hamilton Field Khaki at the Tourneau store off 5th ave in NYC.

Trying on a Hamilton Field Khaki at the Tourneau store off 5th ave in NYC.

Wearing my Daniel Wellington "Classic Bristol"  while drinking a latte at Joe Art of the Coffee in the UWS NYC.

Wearing my Daniel Wellington "Classic Bristol"  while drinking a latte at Joe Art of the Coffee in the UWS NYC.

Like shoes or a tie, a watch is a good indicator of style and is an essential for any well-dressed man. There are so many different styles of watches; dress, casual, sport, classic, modern. Those with wide faces, large numbers, and no numbers, jeweled, and colorful, the variety are seemingly endless. A watch provides an excellent opportunity, as an accessory, to accentuate the personality of its wearer.

Watches are made to serve different purposes and fit the needs of different types of people. Some watches are created for scuba divers, others are created for athletes, and some are created to help the blind. The pocket watch, first created during the 1920s, was used before the wristwatch. Usually a watch is worn on the non-dominate hand and should fit snugly, but comfortably around the wrist. As a casual accessory, it’s not necessary for a watch to match your belt, but in a more formal dress, the watch should match the belt and/or coordinate with tie bar and cufflinks.

Recently, I’ve been wearing the classic Bristol by the Swiss watch company Daniel Wellington as my everyday watch. This watch compliments my classic aesthetic, is extremely lightweight and has a silent tick, all of which I appreciate. The simple leather strap and the clean white face make it a versatile accessory to dress up or down and I feel comfortable wearing it for most occasions, other than my workout.

Another favored timepiece is the Hamilton Khaki Field watch. This watch gives off a utilitarian aesthetic and is water-resistant up to 300 feet. Similar to the Daniel Wellington, the Hamilton watch is easy to wear with both casual and formal outfits. I also appreciate the Timex Weekenders, another classic style at a much lower price point. As my first real watch, I began to understand, when wearing it, how a simple accessory could add to my wardrobe and assert my personality.

When people look at my wrist I hope they understand that I have a respect for classic accessories but with a modern sensibility.

Victorinox

Victorinox Swiss Army watches have been made in a family business in Ibach, the heart of Switzerland for over 130 years. You might have already recognized Victorinox as the original maker of the Swiss Army knife. Swiss Army Knives have been used by millions of people all over the world. This cult object used by military people, astronauts and regular people alike can now be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Along with watches, Victorinox produces luggage, clothing and fragrances too.

Alliance by Victorinox is a series of utilitarian watches released specifically for this summer. This is a classic watch you can easily wear in formal and non-formal occasions. This watch is self-winding and comes in two different colors, dark gray or eggshell. These watches come with two bracelets, polished and stained steel or an ecologically tanned black leather strap, made with an understanding of protecting the environment. Both these watch bracelets come with a folding clasp too, so you don’t have to worry about the watch moving around once its on your wrist. Connecting with the brands utilitarian aesthetic, the smaller numbers seen on top of each dial are used to tell military time. The watch face is scratch resistant and is water resistant up to 330 feet or 100 meters. Lastly, all Victorinox watches come with a three-year guarantee and are designed to last a lifetime.

Psycho Bunny

A foulard tie is essential for any fashionable man's wardrobe. This particular one by Psycho Bunny is my new favorite. Look closely and see their logo. Along with neckties, they sell a variety of stylish mens clothing. My simple suggestions would be to make sure that the button down shirt is lighter than the tie and that the pocket square coordinates but doesn’t match exactly. This creates visual interest.

Tommy Hilfiger

Saddle shoes are essential for every man’s wardrobe. This pair, by Tommy Hilfiger are classic and comfortable and are the perfect mix between a wingtip and suede oxford. And because of this, they can be easily paired with dress or casual items already in your wardrobe. The copper sole and the broguing in the middle of the shoe add a really nice, yet subtle, detail that I appreciate. A perfect shoe for crisp Autumn days.

Ivy Prepster

Ivy Prepster makes great vintage inspired neckwear and is committed to making ties for the preppy wardrobe. As I’ve posted about this brand in the past, I continue to be impressed by the quality of the products in the portfolio of this Massachusetts company. Above, I’m wearing the Altschul Stripe tie and the Anchor tie bar. The tie is 100% cotton and holds a good dimple. Nautical and stripes are a classic combination and one that will be a constant in my wardrobe. 

BARED mens footwear review

A pair of monk strap shoes is great to have in your wardrobe. Monk Strap is a style of shoe with no lacing and is closed with either a buckle or strap. It’s a style that originated in the monasteries of Europe, hence the name “monk”. This pair was made and designed by BARED Footwear, a company based in Australia. I’m normally not a fan of shoes without laces but the tasteful use of buckles now attracts my attention and these mahogany colored shoes have added a valuable layer to my wardrobe. Crafted from leather, these shoes overtime, will mold to my feet giving me an even more comfortable stride. These shoes were boxed with an extra pair of shoe sole and toe pads, allowing cushioning for upcoming seasons. This is an additional bit of customer service, which I appreciate. I look forward to wearing my BARED monk strap shoes for many years to come.   

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Jacques Elliott

I recently discovered Jacques Elliott at Capsule NYC in July. This newly established tie company is currently based in New York City. As with all their products, this tie was constructed in the USA. The styles they sell are classic and will upgrade any mans wardrobe. I appreciate that Jacques Elliot understands the minimal aesthetic of dressing up and dressing well. Shown, is the Blue Streaker Freaker Checked tie. I paired this tie with a merino v-neck sweater, a tweed blazer and a classic gingham button down. These are classic additions to menswear that will never go out of style. Although all in the same color story, each individual texture compliments and accentuates the others. Thank you Jacques Elliott for being the incentive for today’s post.

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