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In the 1970s and 1980s, things weren’t looking so great for the tried-and-true mechanical watch. Compact, highly accurate quartz watches had flooded the market, and more and more people were taking a pass on the intricate craftsmanship of mechanical watches and opting for battery-powered options. But Swiss watchmaker Breitling wasn’t content to let the mechanical timepiece fall by the wayside. To celebrate its 100th anniversary in 1984, the brand launched the Chronomat, a mechanical watch that demonstrated a strong commitment to spring-powered watches, and it soon became an icon. Now the watchmaker has released the Chronomat B01 42, and it references everything we love about the original: It’s highly functional, offers refined styling, and brings some interesting history to your wrist.
The Chronomat name actually goes back even further than 1984. According to a press release, Breitling first attached the label to some of its watches in the 1940s, and the word was a portmanteau of “chronograph for mathematics” (this was long before the Casio calculator watch appeared). The 1984 Chronomat recycled the name, but this time it referred to the watch’s self-winding, or automatic, movement—a notable departure from the quartz watches that were so common at the time.
“It was the watch that boldly proclaimed Breitling was staying absolutely true to its roots,” Breitling CEO Georges Kern said in a statement.
The 1984 Chronomat took design cues from a timepiece Breitling had previously created to honor the Frecce Tricolori, the aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Air Force. With its tachymeter for calculating speed and its rotating bezel, it quickly became popular with aviators, as well as Formula 1 drivers and boaters.
Today’s Chronomat comes in a dizzying number of versions to suit every taste, but all stay true to the design heritage of the ‘80s original—or “modern-retro,” as Breitling describes it. The watch features a 42-millimeter stainless-steel case with an integrated Rouleaux bracelet for a sleek look on the wrist (there’s also a rubber bracelet available for a sportier feel). Like the original, the Chronomat B01 42 comes with a rotating unidirectional bezel with rider tabs. Although a small detail at first glance, the tabs serve an important purpose: They protect the timepiece’s sapphire glass, and the tabs at three o’clock and nine o’clock are interchangeable, which allows you to utilize “count down” or “count up” functions.
We also love that the Chronomat comes in such a wide range of finishes, which makes it possible to nab a unique timepiece that also fits well with your wardrobe. For example, you can opt for a silver, copper, or blue dial with black contrasting chronograph counters, or a black dial with silver contrasting chronograph counters. There are also several options with striking red gold accents, and two eye-catching special editions: a Bentley edition honoring the famed British carmaker and a limited edition (only 250 available) honoring the Frecce Tricolori.
No matter which you choose, you’ll get a very well-designed watch. Breitling’s Manufacture Caliber 01 movement powers every Chronomat, and each timepiece boasts a 70-hour power reserve. Plus, they’re water resistant to 200 meters, which makes them more than ready for the rigors of daily wear.
Over three decades after the “quartz revolution,” we’re happy to see that mechanical watches—especially the Chronomat—are still going strong.
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Since 2008, when Ralph Lauren Watches and Fine Jewelry launched, the brand has released many high-quality, stylish timepieces in addition to its well known apparel. That trend continues with the company’s latest collection: a set of four Polo-branded watches powered by Swiss-made mechanical movements and dressed in several eye-catching colors. If you’re a fan of the brand’s iconic take on menswear, you won’t want to miss these.
“When considering Americana style, no brand is more top of mind than Polo Ralph Lauren,” says Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen. “With the drop of its second watch collection, the brand offers a new slew of collectable timepieces that fuses its iconic logo with its heritage sport-prep colorways.”
The new Polo watches—a follow-up to the first Polo timepiece collection from 2018—marry Ralph Lauren’s bold, preppy style with Swiss watchmaking tradition. The first thing you’ll notice about them are the dials. Each one comes stamped with Ralph Lauren’s polo player logo brought to life in a multicolor, 3D-printed image, and it makes a clear focal point on the face of each watch. The polo player first appeared as a stitched logo on Polo shirts back in 1972, but the colorful rendering on these timepieces brings out a whole new level of detail. We love the way it adds visual interest to the collection.
Although a polo player riding across the dial might sound a bit overbearing, the tasteful accents on the rest of the watches balance the logo nicely. Their 42mm stainless steel cases come with an exhibition caseback that shows off the inner workings of the automatic movement—a nice counterpoint to the colorful details on the front. In addition, simple luminescent indices and sword-shaped hour and minute hands make the watches easy to read and keep them from looking too busy.
Picky about what goes on your wrist? Luckily, you have plenty of options here, and that makes the Polo watches great for merging into an adventurous wardrobe or adding color if you usually opt for neutral tones. The dials come in green, navy blue, and black (available with stainless steel or matte black trim), all topped with curved sapphire crystal glass. Once you pick a dial color, there are a wealth of straps and bracelets to choose from, including polished or black sandblasted stainless steel and cotton and leather straps with designs inspired by Ralph Lauren apparel. The straps really let you tweak the look and feel of these watches, whether you’re looking for something refined or something a little more sporty.
Of course, any watch with the “Swiss-made” moniker attached to it should have some impressive machinery inside, and the Polo watches don’t disappoint there, either. No matter how you option your timepiece, you’ll get a caliber RL200 automatic movement that offers a 38-hour power reserve. The watches are also water resistant to around 100 meters—enough to survive the occasional splash, so you can feel good about showing yours off day-to-day.
The new Polo collection shows that Ralph Lauren’s preppy styling can work well in the realm of fine mechanical timepieces. From the striking colors to the polo player logo, there’s no mistaking who designed these watches.
Since launching in 2019, the watches in Seiko’s Prospex LX line have won accolades for their sporty design, attention to detail, and robust construction. Now Seiko has grown the collection with the new Prospex LX SNR045, a dive watch with an eye-catching green color scheme that references Japan’s long history of scientific exploration in Antarctica.
So how exactly does a green colorway represent the famously cold and icy continent of Antarctica? To answer that, you’ll need to know a little bit about the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition (JARE). The program launched with a voyage to Antarctica in 1956 and established a research outpost, Syowa Station, on the continent a year later. In the decades since, JARE teams have performed all kinds of research, and they have made a number of important discoveries—including a surprising finding under the surface of a frigid Antarctic lake in an area called Skarvsnes. There, researchers found tower-like clumps of aquatic moss growing in the icy water, and the green hues and patterned dial of the SNR045 are an homage to these hardy “moss pillars.”
Mounds of aquatic moss are an unexpected source for style inspiration, and it definitely makes this watch unique. The 44.8mm case stands out boldly on the wrist and offers plenty of space for the “underwater forest” pattern on the dial to shine. The dial features date and power reserve displays and LumiBrite hands and indices, and it’s topped with curved sapphire crystal and a forest green ceramic rotating bezel. Considering that many other sport watches stick with traditional accent colors like blue and black, the rich green features on the SNR045 are a welcome departure from the norm.
Of course, this is a dive watch we’re talking about, and some impressive details back up the tasteful design and ensure good performance under demanding conditions. The SNR045 is water resistant to 300 meters, features an ultra-tough titanium case and bracelet, and comes with a screw-down crown to lock out moisture. Like any true dive watch, the rotating bezel has minute indices for tracking time underwater. It’s also powered by Seiko’s innovative Spring Drive system (caliber 5R65), which combines a mechanically driven movement with a quartz regulator for top-notch accuracy—it’s accurate to within a second per day. Pair that with the watch’s 72-hour power reserve, and you have one highly dependable timepiece, whether you’re wearing it with your scuba gear or just on a weekend getaway.
It’s also destined to be a collector’s item: Seiko plans to manufacture just 500 of these emerald-toned watches, and each one will come with its limited edition number engraved on the case back. The SNR045 goes on sale in August, so keep an eye out to snag this handsome watch for your collection.
The new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue checks a lot of boxes: strong military pedigree, robust construction, and classic proportions, to name just a few. This timepiece is the latest iteration of Tudor’s popular Black Bay Fifty-Eight line of dive watches, each one inspired by the company’s “Big Crown” dive watch released in 1958. The crisp navy blue color of this particular model recalls the Tudor watches that the French navy adopted in the 1960s and ‘70s. The Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue combines that military history with a striking mid-century design and a modern movement for an all-around impressive dive watch.
“I love when brands pay tribute to defining moments in their history,” says Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen. “The nods to their past combined with the sleek modern technology and great pricing definitely makes this one of my favorite new launches.”
If you’re not up to speed on the history of Tudor dive watches, here’s a quick overview. The company released its first dive watch, called the Oyster Prince Submariner, in 1954. 1958’s “Big Crown” watch received its moniker thanks to its large 8mm crown, but it also stands out as a major technical step forward in the Submariner line: It was the first Tudor dive watch to attain a water resistance rating of 200 meters.
According to Tudor, subsequent Submariner watches caught the attention of the French military, and the Marine Nationale (the French navy) became prominent customers. The current Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue takes a cue from a Tudor dive watch released in 1969, which was the first to feature a blue dial and matching bezel. The Marine Nationale eventually adopted the color scheme, known as Tudor Blue, for its standard-issue watches in the 1970s.
All that history makes the Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue an interesting conversation piece; the bold colorway and classic aesthetics make it a handsome accessory, too. The sleek 39mm stainless steel case bucks the trend toward ever-larger men’s watches, and it features a domed navy blue dial with luminous “snowflake” hands—another hallmark of Tudor dive watches that first appeared in the late 1960s. The rotating bezel (a dive watch staple; it allows for precise time tracking) is attired in matching navy blue and features silver-gilded markings.
True to its military roots, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight can handle the rigors of daily wear. It’s powered by Tudor’s COSC-certified MT5402 self-winding movement, which is made in-house and is tested to ensure no more than a few seconds’ variation per day. In addition, the Fifty-Eight features a 200-meter waterproof rating—yes, you can take it for a swim—and it has a 70-hour power reserve. According to Tudor, the lengthy power backup makes the watch “weekend-proof.” In other words, you can take it off on a Friday and wear it on Monday without having to wind it.
Of course, a watch this rugged and good-looking deserves to be worn on the weekend. To really highlight the eye-catching color of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue, opt for the matching navy blue fabric strap that Tudor has released along with it. Even the strap has some unique history: It’s made on vintage French jacquard looms by the Julien Faure company, which Tudor has partnered with for the past 10 years. The strap’s silver stripe and clasp make a great complement to the watch’s deep blue and steel color scheme—and add another considered detail to a timepiece that definitely has a story to tell.
Paris taxi drivers usually know when it’s Paris Fashion Week.
Not this time, with participants in their homes or offices behind computer screens or hunched over their phones to discover creative films dedicated to the fall couture collections.
Said films ranged from rapid-fire teaser clips clocking in at less than a minute to Dior’s mega production, a 10-minute mythical movie directed by famed Italian director Matteo Garrone that was followed by five minutes of rolling credits.
Plenty of couture houses — even Chanel — kept it simple with films that mimicked fashion shoots or runway shows.
A word of caution to brands: When using the same model and the same music throughout, tedium can set in.
Other films resembled music videos, while a few went for disturbing drama scenes. Here, a selection of highlights and lowlights.
Singer Mika is pitch-perfect as a retro newscaster offering deadpan commentary on Viktor & Rolf’s collection. His description of a spiky coat, part of a gloom-and-doom segment? “There’s a lot to feel angry about and this garment will communicate exactly that,” he intones.
Bouchra Jarrar kept everything close to home, filming twin sisters frolicking in her Paris apartment, where she produced many prototypes herself. Her models also ventured out to a
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Cyclists, runners, and swimmers have long enjoyed plenty of options for powerful activity-tracking watches, but now other sports are getting some love, too—including golf. Following up on the release of its first Connected Golf Edition watch in 2019, TAG Heuer has launched a successor timepiece with an impressive lineup of golf tracking features and plenty of course-inspired style.
The Golf Edition was designed entirely in-house, and it’s sure to make a bold statement in the tee box. In a press release, TAG Heuer’s Chief Strategy and Digital Officer Frédéric Arnault called the new Connected watch Golf Edition “a one-of-a kind timepiece thoughtfully crafted to boost the player’s game and stand out on the course.”
At first glance, the biggest standout is the sleek monochrome color scheme: A lightweight 45mm black titanium case is paired with a matte black ceramic bezel, and it’s engraved with 18 graduations representing each hole of a golf course. Closer inspection reveals other subtle references to the sport, including a golf ball-patterned white rubber strap that’s accented with green stitching.
There’s also plenty of substance to match that style. The Golf Edition comes with premium features like built-in GPS for standalone tracking and an OLED touchscreen topped with sapphire crystal for good durability. Power users will appreciate its Google Wear operating system, which provides access to Google Pay, message notifications, and more.
But the watch really shines when paired with the TAG Heuer Golf app. It gives you access to almost 40,000 interactive course maps, monitors your game with detailed stat tracking, and can even suggest what club to use. And when you’re not golfing, it’ll record running and cycling workouts, too.
The only thing it won’t do? Haul your clubs around. But we think that’s asking a lot of wristwatch.
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Upended by the coronavirus outbreak, Fira de Barcelona, the organizer of Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week revealed Friday it is further postponing the dates of its upcoming trade show and collateral events.
In sync with other international fashion events, organizers added that the bridalwear fair will combine the physical event with a number of digital initiatives, in order to maximize its exhibitors’ business opportunities.
Valmont Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week – which was originally slated to take place in April and subsequently moved to June 8 to 14 – will now be held Sept. 4 to 10. The decision comes after the Spanish government announced early Friday that travel restrictions to the country have been pushed ahead to June 15.
Exhibitors will be able to take part in the showcase physically or leverage a digital platform provided by Fira de Barcelona to present their latest bridal collections. Described as a “flexible hybrid model,” the new format is aimed at securing attendance by international buyers, media outlets and influencers, who might not be able to travel.
“The international bridal fashion event returns, innovating and transforming itself to support an industry that needs to resume its commercial activity. In this regard, holding the event is a means, which is
RUSSIAN DRESSING: Thirty-two fashion videos replaced catwalk shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia and about 830,000 people followed the streams, organizers said Wednesday.
The digital presentations were streamed from April 4 to 6 on Aizel.ru and Megogo.net, appeared on 103 Russian and foreign web sites, as well as social media sites VKontakte, Facebook, and TikTok. The latter platform spawned the hashtag #CтильнаДому (i#StyleatHome, in English), which was viewed 37.3 million times. Most of the collections shown were for fall-winter 2020.
Participants included Red September, Julia Dalakian, Dokuchaeva, Nastya Nekrasova, White Crow, T3CM, Ceremony and House of Leo.
The videos, ranging from one to seven minutes in length, were viewed for more than 2.5 million minutes in two days. Organizers said an additional set of digital events, employing virtual reality and augmented reality, are to be unfurled later.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, whose state is currently combating the spread of coronavirus like much of the world, took time from working on the COVID-19 crisis to pander to a small but loud minority. Last week, just days after issuing a stay-at-home order, Reeves proclaimed the month of April “Confederate Heritage Month” which connected back to his questionable dealings in the past.
The Jackson Free Pressnoted that Gov. Reeves made the proclamation on April 3, just two days after issuing the stay-at-home order he initially resisted passing. States across the nation have wrestled with similar ordinances as the impact felt by the economy slowing to a crawl has shifted perspective.
In support of Reeves, the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans posted a copy of the proclamation to its Facebook page.
“God bless the Confederate Soldier. He shall never be forgotten. Deo Vindice!” read the post. The Latin phrase Deo Vindice translated to “Under God as our indicator as found on the seal of the Confederacy and served as its motto.
The Free Press dug into Reeves’ Sons of Confederate Veterans connections. Back in 2013 while serving as lieutenant governor, Reeves spoke at the group’s reunion. Coverage of Reeves’ speech was revived in 2019 after a blog post sharing details of the moment were unearthed.
This came into play as Reeves was under fire after yearbook photos of his time at Millsaps College revealed he was a part of the Kappa Alpha Order whose members reportedly wore afro wigs and blackface. Reeves denied that he participated in such activities
The Jackson Free Press did an excellent deep dive into this matter, which can be read here.
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SYDNEY — Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia’s 25th–anniversary edition has been canceled, according to organizer IMG.
The showcase of Australian Resort 2021 collections had been due to run from May 11 to 15 at Sydney’s Carriageworks venue.
“Due to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC)’s mandate against holding non-essential, organized public gatherings of more than 500 people in light of global health concerns regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), we regret to share that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2020 will not take place,” said Natalie Xenita, executive director of IMG’s fashion events group for the Asia-Pacific region, in a statement on Tuesday morning Sydney time — a day after the introduction of the Australian federal government ban. “We thank our incredible designers, producers, partners and staff for their support of the Australian fashion community and look forward to celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2021.”
All tickets already sold to MBFWA shows taking part in the new MBFWA: The Experience initiative will be reimbursed as quickly as possible, according to IMG. In November, IMG said it was trialing an integrated consumer strategy at this year’s event, which was due to see 25 percent of seats at participating shows available for purchase by the public.
MBFWA’s Spring 2021 showcase
Need something to do while you’re social distancing locked down in your home, Capcom got you. The company announced the demo for the remake of Resident Evil 3 is arriving this week.
On March 19th, PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, and PC owners will be able to download the Resident Evil 3 demo and play as Jill Valentine and try to escape Racoon City and the insanely dangerous Nemesis. In a blog post announcing the demo’s release date, Capcom reveals the Resident Evil 3 will focus on the action more but warns you not to go wasting ammo.
“While there’s a bit more focus on action in Resident Evil 3 compared to last year’s Resident Evil 2, you won’t want to go in guns blazing – it may be a demo, but you’ll need to conserve your ammo and items if you want to stand a chance of surviving.”
The demo wasn’t the only thing announced, Capcom also revealed when players could partake in the open beta for Resident Evil Resistance, the online co-op horror game that takes place in the RE universe. Things will officially kick off on March 27 and will allow players to try out four of the games six survivors and a single “mastermind” named Daniel Fabron. The Resistance Beta will be available until launch.
Sao Paulo Fashion Week has joined the long list of global fashion weeks and events to be canceled due to the coronavirus.
The event canceled its spring 2020 edition, scheduled to take place April 24 to 28, said co-founder Graca Cabral.
“Due to the recent announcement of COVID-19 pandemic, Sao Paulo Fashion Week has decided to cancel all shows scheduled for April 24 to 28,” she told WWD. “Considering the atypical scenario and wishing to preserve health and wellness of all, the Festival SPFW + and international conference will be rescheduled.”
Cabral, who co-leads production company Luminosidade, said that an event to mark SPFW’s 25th anniversary remains confirmed for Oct. 16 to 20, however.
In Colombia, Colombia Fashion Week, or Colombiamoda, remains on schedule for July 28 to 30, said organizer Inexmoda’s executive director Carlos Eduardo Botero. “We are still promoting the event and none of our exhibitors or sponsors have yet told us they will be cancelling their travel plans amid virus disruptions,” Botero said.
In Mexico, however, Mexico Fashion Week said the physical event for its fall-winter season in April will be canceled but that it will host its runway shows through digital platforms.
Sao Paulo Fashion Week joins similar international fashion weeks
Back in 1986, Timex released the first Ironman sport watch, a tough digital timepiece designed for athletes competing in the grueling Ironman series of races. The watch has gone through many different iterations since then, but now it has the brains to match its brawn. Timex has released the Ironman R300 GPS, which combines the watch’s trademark toughness with a deep suite of activity tracking and connected features, all at a bargain bin price point.
“With the R300, we will deliver the best value GPS smartwatch in the market,” said Shawn Cummings, Timex Group’s SVP of Advanced Technology, in a press release.
The first batch of these sporty watches has already sold out, so it looks like the company succeeded with that goal.
When you do get your hands on one, however, you’re in for a treat. The new Ironman is built to compete against other top-tier activity trackers, and offers a long list of features that any athlete will appreciate. There’s continuous optical heart rate monitoring, step, calorie, and distance tracking, and sleep monitoring—all viewable in the Timex Smart App. Today’s smartwatches are also beefing up their training content, and the Ironman doesn’t slouch there, either. If you’re looking for a little guidance, you can download workouts and training plans for running, cycling, and triathlons in the watch’s companion app. The watch also features standalone GPS, so you don’t have to bring your phone along in order to track distance and pace.
“I love the GPS function that lets you stash your phone at home,” says Men’s Journal Senior Editor Sal Vaglica. “That makes it easy to travel light on long trail runs.”
But if you do pair it with your phone (via a Bluetooth connection), you can receive calls, notifications, and texts right on your wrist. That’s nothing particularly groundbreaking; Apple and Samsung have offered these features for years. It’s also not quite as feature-rich as similar watches from Garmin or Polar, but the R300 wins big on price, and its focused tracking metrics should be plenty for most casual athletes.
Even with the high-tech specs, the new Ironman hasn’t lost its legendary toughness. It’s water resistant to 50 meters and has 20 hours of battery life in GPS mode. Switch off the GPS, and you’ll get incredible endurance: up to 25 days of battery. Whether you’re training for a killer adventure race or just need a way to track your miles around the neighborhood, the new Ironman definitely has you covered.
In the summer of 1956, 23-year-old Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL) joined the set of THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL as an assistant determined to make his way up in the film business. His diary, released 40 years later, documented the tense interactions between Sir Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh of HAMLET, VALKYRIE) and the iconic Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams of BLUE VALENTINE, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN). But a week was missing from that account, and this is the story of that week – an experience Clark will never forget. As he and Marilyn spend time together, she begins to shake off the insecurity that plagues her and exposes the many complex layers that have fascinated the world since her rise to fame.
Back in the 1930s, a new kind of watch burst onto the scene: Alpina’s “Block Uhr,” an anti-magnetic, shock- and water-resistant wristwatch clad in a stainless steel case. Although those specs might seem pedestrian today, they helped create the sport watch category and laid the groundwork for the huge range of outdoors-oriented timepieces that followed. The Alpiner Quartz line of watches is the descendant of the Block Uhr (alongside the mechanical Alpiner 4), and now Alpina has released three new models with a GMT function—a boon for travelers who need to track and adjust to different local times.
“The addition of the GMT function takes this watch to a more international level,” says Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen, “allowing avid travelers to easily adjust to life lived across different time zones.”
When traveling across the globe, you need a watch that’s accurate and reliable, and a trusty quartz ticker like the Alpiner Quartz GMT makes a great pick. Each of these three new watches have 24-hour increments engraved on the bezel, and a large central pointer tracks domestic time. The bezel is also color-coded, so it’s easy to see if it’s day or night in your chosen time zone at a glance. Plus, the pointer can be adjusted forwards and backwards, which makes correcting to a new time a snap. That’ll definitely save you some irritation when you’re jet-lagged after a long flight.
Along with those handy features, you also get a hefty dose of Alpina style. All of the Quartz GMTs are capped with sapphire crystal and wear a handsome 42mm stainless steel case, which is available in both satin and polished finishes. On the back, each comes with an engraving of the Alps—a nod to the brand’s Swiss origins.
The dial features a date display at 3 o’clock and two different options for colors: a sleek anthracite gray with a steel bracelet strap, or navy blue paired with your choice of leather or steel bracelet straps. No matter which you choose, you’ll get a sharp, subtle color palette that should mesh seamlessly with just about any outfit.
“I’ve always found the Alpiner Quartz to have great balance,” Breen says. “The product is masculine and refined without being too flashy.”
And, like any good sport watch, the Quartz GMT has the strength and endurance you need in the outdoors: It’s water resistant up to 100 meters, and it boasts four years of battery life. If you have some big adventures on your itinerary, this watch is up for it.
While some American retailers were skipping town amid the coronavirus scare in France came word on Saturday that Kanye West was parachuting in with a double-hitter.
A happy few were invited to Sunday Service — where West gathers a choir to sing gospel versions of his songs — slated for a 9 a.m. start. Shortly after, invitations dropped for a Yeezy Season 8 show on Monday night.
West has experimented with a variety of formats to unveil his Yeezy collections, from stadium-sized fashion performances to Instagram-driven campaigns.
He will cap off a day with a full slate of shows from the likes of Stella McCartney, Giambattista Valli, Y/Project and Alexander McQueen.
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The LVMH Prize cocktail party is the latest cancellation at a Paris Fashion Week gripped with anxiety over coronavirus, where bottles of hand sanitizer, not perfume, were door gifts at the Paco Rabanne show held Thursday at the Conciergerie, the historic French Revolution-era site that’s certainly seen more head-spinning disasters.
The invisible menace hasn’t emptied the lunch crowd at L’Avenue, or cleared Caviar Kaspia (“We are fully booked every night with a huge waiting list,” reports chief executive officer Ramon Mac-Crohon.) And it didn’t keep Rachel Brosnahan, Demi Moore and Sigourney Weaver from the front row at Dior, Usher from Rick Owens or Carla Bruni and Tyga (what a pair) from coming to Off-White.
But it has created new rules of engagement, as the most social creatures on earth adjust to the “social distancing” being recommended by medical professionals to prevent the spread of the virus.
Air kissing is out, the arm squeeze is in, and every greeting (at fashion week, there are so, so many) is fraught with awkwardness as people gauge their coronavirus comfort level. “Wait, did you just come from Milan?” joked Anthony Vaccarello, kissing Vogue editor Mark Holgate on each cheek backstage after the Saint Laurent show. “No!” Holgate
These days, brands looking to tout their eco-friendliness and stand out from the crowd are going fishing—for ocean plastic. Trash in the ocean is a serious issue, and one way to address it is to recycle it into products like shoes and clothing. Or, in the case of the new Baume x ZAG Limited Edition II, a wristwatch. Sustainability-focused watch brand Baume has once again teamed up with French ski manufacturer ZAG (the companies also released a watch last year) to create a new timepiece that incorporates ocean plastic and waste materials from ski production. On paper, it sounds like a recipe for a very ugly watch. But one look at the Baume x ZAG Limited Edition II shows that using upcycled materials doesn’t have to mean downgrading looks or performance.
“What makes this watch really interesting is the investment Baume has made in the sustainable design,” says Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen. “This commitment to environmentally friendly design is a unique perspective within the watch industry.”
The ZAG II is available exclusively on the Baume website, and just 100 examples will be produced, so don’t snooze on this one. It features an automatic Miyota movement, and the openwork dial gives you a glimpse of the watch’s mechanics. It also comes with a number of Baume hallmarks that really set it apart from other watches. For example, the dial is laid out in a unique 24-hour regulator format: The main counter shows minutes, the smaller counter shows hours, and a tiny counter at the 2 o’clock position displays running seconds. Like other Baume watches, the crown is placed at the 12 o’clock position.
Natural and up-cycled materials abound on this timepiece. The 42mm case is made from scrap ski materials—natural wood and carbon—and they’re matched with a striking blue anodized aluminum container that protects the movement and makes it water-resistant. We especially love the design of the see-through case back: The contrast between the warm tones of the natural wood grain and the metal cogs of the Miyota movement really make this watch special.
To top it off, the Baume x ZAG Limited Edition II comes with two different straps, one in white and one in blue cotton. Both feature a cork lining (another natural material) for a comfortable feel against your wrist and contrast stitching for a bold, sporty look. In addition, the white strap uses yarn made from recycled ocean plastic sourced from Waste Free Oceans.
And if that’s not enough for you, two percent of the sales of each ZAG II will go to Protect Our Winters, a climate-change advocacy group. How’s that for helping the planet?
Overall, we think the timepiece brings out the best of Baume’s sustainability-focused ethos. The use of natural and recycled materials isn’t just a gimmick applied to one aspect of the watch. Instead, all of the eco-friendly materials come together to create a truly eye-catching design.
PARIS — This time last year, Kenneth Ize was preparing to showcase his work in Paris as one of the semifinalists of the LVMH Prize for Young Designers. Twelve months on, he’s gearing up for his first runway show in the French capital, to be held on the opening day of Paris Fashion Week.
“I wasn’t expecting this to come that soon, so it’s just an amazing journey,” marveled the Nigerian designer, who made it to the finals of the LVMH Prize. Though he didn’t leave with an award, the connections he made in Paris have opened many doors, with Ize’s retail network doubling to 18 stores for the spring 2020 season.
Having shown at Arise Fashion Week last April, he’s ready to bring his gender-fluid collection to a bigger stage, with the support of Naomi Campbell, who co-owns the fashion week held in Lagos. The British model is expected at the Paris show, to be held at the Palais de Tokyo on Feb. 24, though whether she will model for Ize again, or sit in the front row, is undecided.
“I just need to grow this brand and I need to open it to investors,” Ize said of his decision to show in
When it comes to watches, the exciting new technology you usually hear about is digital: touch screens and haptic feedback, heart rate monitoring and video chatting on your wrist. The tech that powers mechanical watches, on the other hand, hasn’t changed much in centuries. That was until the Zenith Defy Inventor came along. Powered by an innovative Zenith Oscillator movement, the Defy Inventor replaces the traditional sprung balance system with a new ultra-thin silicon element for increased reliability and reduced complexity. If you love the careful craftsmanship of mechanical watches, you need to see this timepiece.
“Staying true to the Defy category’s ‘future of tradition’ tagline,” says Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen, “Zenith once again makes a remarkable push forward with the incorporation of the new single piece Zenith Oscillator.”
The balance spring has been powering watches since the mid-1600s, when the Dutch astronomer and mathematician Christian Huygens first came up with the idea. A balance spring, also known as a hairspring, uses a small coiled piece of metal to store energy—winding the watch tightens the spring, and then it slowly uncoils to power the watch.
That’s not how the Zenith Defy Inventor works, though. Instead of a hairspring powering a long train of components (often as many as 30), the Calibre 9100 movement in the Inventor uses a single element made from silicon that vibrates at an ultra-quick 18 Hertz. That’s significantly faster than the 4 Hertz that most watches achieve, and the reduced complexity and faster movement makes for a lighter and more reliable timepiece.
The Inventor is easy on the eyes, too.
“If the mechanical achievements don’t impress you,” Breen says, “I’m sure the gorgeous aesthetic of this timepiece will grab your attention.”
Zenith smartly chose to display its Calibre 9100 within the watch: The inner workings of the movement are visible through openwork on the dial. In addition, the company sourced some unique materials to make this timepiece. It sports a large 44mm titanium case and features a bezel made from Aeronith, an aluminum foam combined with a polymer that’s three times lighter than titanium. Thanks to these lightweight materials, the watch is designed to practically disappear on your wrist, and they also give it a finish unlike any other ticker in your collection (or anyone else’s).
The watch features minute, hour, and second hands, is water resistant up to 330 feet, and comes finished with a bold black and midnight blue strap. It also features a 50-hour power reserve, which guarantees you a comfortable two days of operation before you have to worry about winding it.
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In these days of artificial intelligence and cars that can (sort of) drive themselves, a stopwatch might not seem like much of a technological leap. But in the world of watches, making a reliable mechanical chronograph is a complex task—and the Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture watches bring a whole new level of technological prowess to the humble stopwatch function. Now’s a great time to add one of these timepieces to your collection: Frederique Constant has just released two Flyback Chronograph Manufacture watches in new colors, and both feature the brand’s innovative flyback mechanism.
The flyback chronograph allows you to stop, reset, and restart a watch’s chronograph just by pushing a single button, instead of multiple presses. It was developed in the 1930s, and was especially useful in sports settings, where an observer needed to quickly keep track of lap times and other events. Inside the watch, a flyback traditionally relied on a set of column wheels to simultaneously stop, reset, and restart the chronograph.
It’s a complex mechanism, and the designers at Frederique Constant worked for six years to simplify it. That work resulted in the remarkable FC-760 movement that powers the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture watches—it ditches the column wheels in favor of one single, star-shaped wheel. That creates a more streamlined movement, and by reducing complexity, makes the watch more efficient and reliable. Compared to other flyback watches, the single-wheel design represents a major improvement.
“What may seem like subtle change is in fact intensely technical,” said Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen, “and it’s these modifications that really enhance a brand’s value.”
These two new timepieces add bold colors and materials to the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture collection. Both feature counters and faces that are different colors—a first for the series. The first timepiece, reference number FC-760NS4H6, comes with a navy blue dial, stainless-steel case, and silver indices and hands. The second, reference number FC-760CHC4H4, features a chocolate brown dial, rose gold case, and rose gold-plated indices and hands.
According to a Frederique Constant press release, the company opted for the two-tone styling to give these watches excellent legibility and a bit of a sportier feel than their counterparts. We definitely agree—they look great, and the colored dials really make the three smaller counters on each model stand out.
You can’t go wrong with either of these timepieces. Both come dressed with baton-shaped indices and luminescent hands, are capped with sapphire crystal, and feature handsome alligator leather straps that match the dial colors. The large 42mm case makes a bold statement on the wrist, and thanks to its see-through case back, you can can get a peek at that innovative FC-760 movement.
On top of that, they’re designed for great everyday wearability. They have a 38-hour power reserve for reliable timekeeping, come equipped with date by hand and tachymeter functions, and they’re water resistant down to 169 feet, so they can handle some exploring, too. But trust us, a watch this nice is not the one you want to take scuba diving.
MILAN — Milan Fashion Week Men’s is three months away, but it’s getting an unexpected boost, courtesy of Gucci. The Italian fashion brand will be returning to the January edition with a men’s wear show to be held on Jan. 14, after deciding to go coed in 2017. That would be the last day of the next edition, as Milan Fashion Week Men’s is slated to run Jan. 10 to 14, 2020.
In a letter sent to Italy’s Camera della Moda president Carlo Capasa, Marco Bizzarri, president and chief executive officer of Gucci, thanking the fashion association for the invitation to return to Milan Fashion Week Men’s, said “the Milan fashion shows embody the strength and beauty of Made in Italy. Milan Fashion Week is a central event in the fashion world’s calendar and confirms Italy’s fundamental role — for creativity and manufacturing alike — in the luxury sector.”
Bizzarri underscored that the “act of solidarity” of the companies taking part in Milan Fashion Week “have already demonstrated their capacity to work together with a common goal: to make women’s fashion week ever more beautiful, innovative and authoritative, this is what happened last month.” This is a reference to how the Camera
GUCCI’S CHOICE: Milan Men’s Fashion Week is three months away, but it’s getting an unexpected boost, courtesy of Gucci. The Italian fashion brand will be returning to the January edition with a men’s wear show, after deciding to go coed in 2017. Since then, the Italian fashion company has opted to present its collections during women’s fashion week in February and September. “It seems only natural to me to present my men’s and women’s collections together. It’s the way I see the world today,” said Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele at the time.
A date for the January show has not been set yet.
However, things are changing, and after a number of slimmer men’s fashion week calendars, more labels could perhaps be enticed to follow Gucci’s example. Camera Nazionale della Moda has been working on shaking up the status quo and in July it revealed Milan Fashion Week would present different show calendars going forward. Some key Italian fashion players agreed to rotate slots in upcoming seasons to favor a more balanced calendar to benefit the system and the city. As a result, during the latest women’s Milan Fashion Week edition in September, Prada staged its show in the afternoon of the first day of shows,
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CHEZ ETRO: The Etro family knows the art of hospitality.
For the upcoming Milan Fashion Week, the Italian label is partnering with Bice, one of the city’s historical restaurants, setting up the location on Via Borgospesso with flamboyantly decorated items from the brand’s home and textile collection, as well as with pieces from the family’s private collection.
The Etro takeover will run Sept. 16 to 22.
Marking the collaboration, Etro will provide tablecloths decorated with two of its signature prints. They include a cotton fabric featuring the 1981 design called Jais, which is splashed with the paisley motif punctuated by roses and a multicolor, patchwork-style linen cloth dubbed Spring from the 1993 collection. The latter matches checkered patterns with paisley and delicate floral motifs.
Additionally, the Etro family will lend pieces from its private art and furnishing collections, including silver and glass vases, centerpieces and paintings dating back to the 19th century conveying a chic atmosphere.
“Etro is [like] Milan: industrious, reserved, to be discovered and a lover of quality. These are values that our family has always shared with Bice, which for us is like home. A special house that, if possible, we wanted to make even more intimate and welcoming,” said Jacopo Etro,
LONDON — Designers Dilara Findikoglu, Michael Halpern and Richard Quinn are some of the most colorful, best-known names on the London Fashion Week schedule, even though their labels are still young.
Known for his colorful prints, big volumes and dramatic runway shows, Quinn is looking to up the ante this season, adding texture to his clothes by turning prints into embroideries and making his silhouettes even more dramatic.
“The show is as important as the set, the music, the choreography. We like having emotion in our shows and actually wanting people to feel something, so hopefully [this season] will have the same effect,” said Quinn.
He’s also putting a focus on creating more couture-like garments that can withstand the test of time. “I’m hopefully turning [my] prints into really extra extravagant and almost archive-like pieces,” he said.
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“It’s been interesting for me to see how to translate that magpie mentality that we have here into something that’s not solely sequins,” said Halpern. He’s been weaving, draping and pleating with lamé to create
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Collapse of the Russian Collusion HOAX, helped people recognize hoaxes
Biden now promoting 2nd biggest hoax…”Fine People” HOAX
Major promoters of the “fine people” HOAX…finally see the HOAX!
Many in media have pivoted…without admitting they were wrong
New hallucination: the “Marching With” HOAX
Charlottesville free speech supporter, witnessed the event
He wasn’t supporting or protesting the Nazis
He was there for his own reasons
A clergy group attended the Charlottesville event
They weren’t supporting or protesting the Nazis
They were there for their own reasons
A black guy who supports free speech was at the event
He wasn’t supporting or protesting the Nazis
He was there for his own reasons
Locals living in Charlottesville attended the event
Why wouldn’t a bunch of locals attend a big local event?
People have lots of reasons for why they do something
We don’t know exactly WHO attended, or WHY each one attended
Ambiguous then, ambiguous now
Safe to say, it was a diverse group with diverse reasons
The media has now confirmed that “Fine People” was a hoax
Democrats CONTINUE to spread this hoax, although debunked
Nobodyknows…exactly who attended the event
President Trump assumed there was a diverse group, diverse reasons
Actual transcript and video of President Trump’s words exist
How hard is it to read a couple paragraphs or watch a video?
Why is it so hard to get the media to READ or WATCH video?
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There’s nothing better than a great product that also respects planet Earth. One of our favorite brands, Allbirds, is celebrating Earth Day this year by partnering with the Audubon Society to release a collection of shoes inspired endangered birds around the world.
The collection is made of up of five distinct shoes that will be released each day this week in the lead-up to Earth Day, Monday April 22. The first shoe, the Painted Redstart Tree Runner, (below) drops today (4/15).
Inspired by and bringing awareness to endangered birds, the limited collection comprises five different color combinations for the Allbirds’ popular Wool Runner and Tree Runner shoes. The colorways are based on the various birds themselves, and pictures of each style will be available at allbirds.com as they become available each day.
The Painted Redstart is based on the Allbirds Tree Runner. The breathable and soft Tree Runner is a naturally-derived and renewable shoe made from responsibly grown and sustainably harvested Eucalyptus fiber. Its laces are 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester—one plastic bottle becomes one pair of durable shoelaces. Tree Runners insoles are lined with with Allbirds’ proprietary merino wool, providing softness and all-natural moisture wicking and odor reduction. For comfort and cushioning, castor bean oil is used rather than petroleum-based foam, which cuts carbon output.
The rest of the limited edition Allbirds Earth Day lineup is below. Keep checking back every day this week at Allbirds to shop the rest of the new styles.
All proceeds from this limited edition collection (all are $ 95) will be donated to the Audubon Society.
Jeff Beck's series of concerts at the renound Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London's Soho became the must have ticket of the year with a packed audience every night of the fans and the famous filling the intimate venue. With a set-list that features classic tracks from across his career, an absolutely stunning backing band and special guest appearances by Joss Stone, Imogen Heap and Eric Clapton. This video captures for the time the unique experience of Jeff Beck live in concert.
Even the Democrats know this is way beyond legitimate
Michael Caputo’s refusal to comply, all should follow his lead
Cognitive Dissonance Tell – Word Salad
Example: David Pakman and the “Fine People Hoax”
Fine People Hoax – President Trump called people on both sides of the STATUE question “fine people”.
Trying to deprogram people who believe the “Fine People Hoax”
North Korea might be fixing up a worrisome facility, negotiating 101
Bernie proposals now seem moderate in comparison to others
Capitalism delivers what socialism promises
Sports and trans-athletes competing, winning
Performance enhancing drugs
Jim Carrey’s artwork and artistic talent
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