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Sprezzatura as defined by Gabriele Pasini SS2015

June 4, 2015

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In The Book of the Courtier, Baldassare Castiglione defines Sprezzatura as “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it”. In essence, it’s purpose was to heighten the perception of the talents of a courtier in accomplishing […]

5 Mechanical Watches Under $500 That Look Like $5000

May 21, 2015

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The realm of mechanical watchmaking is steeped in a lot of labourious handcrafts which tend to increase retail prices beyond what is defensible (to the wife or girlfriend) of the average consumer or for the young professional beginning his first real job. Thanks to Kickstarter and a handful of other watchmakers outside Switzerland, you can get […]

5 Watches which Look Expensive But Aren’t

January 25, 2015

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In the rarefied realm of watchmaking, the most interesting timepieces are borne of complex, almost hypnotic mechanical constructs. From Breguet’s La Tradition to MB&F’s Legacy machine, the exposure of breathing, movement balance wheels and assorted gearwork has created an appeal beyond natural desire; that said, the only thing which stops us, is the price. But […]

Good Things DO from Canada: Von Vantage

June 15, 2014

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Canadians have a few things to apologise for: Justin Bieber and Celine Dion for starters but Von Vantage is NOT one of them. In fact, Von Vantage makes seriously cool slim wallets. The #menswear community has been espousing the advantages of thin wallets for a while now and for a while, Australian outfit Bellroy seemed […]

The Alternative to Black Tie

June 1, 2014

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Just because it says “Black tie” doesn’t mean you have to dress in traditional penguin tuxedo. The key is understanding the rationale behind the black tie dresscode. General interpretation is that when the invite states “black tie”, the implication is that it’s a formal affair, requiring gentlemanly elegance in posh surrounds. Still, while every man should own […]

Moose + Pine: Cool Smartphone Wallet in Gray Pinstripe Wool

April 26, 2014

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Moose + Pine is admirable in the fact that this is essentially a one woman venture. Granted, she was born in the birthplace of zen-simple design, Helsinki, Finland but Mari Forssell has overcome great odds, eventually moving to US after five years in the UK. Starting out as Stash Bags, Moose + Pine specializes in texture-on-texture laptop messenger […]

Best Value Art Deco Gent’s Watch: Hamilton Flintridge Limited Edition

April 9, 2014

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I’m not a horology snob even though my day job requires that I don the guise of one. That said, while I am saddened by the demise and subsequent acquisition of many watch brands- such is life, I am very happy whenever someone with heritage worth a damn re-issues an archive piece. In this case, […]

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