Browsing All posts tagged under »opinion«

Author Gay Talese and what makes a real man

April 12, 2013

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Continuity from Particle Media on Vimeo. For many in the #menswear community, men’s style tends to fall closer to the side of trendy than classic and there’s nothing wrong with that. Personally, I’ve been indulgent with what’s fashionable rather than what’s classic more often than I would have liked. The truth is- being fashionable gets […]

Menswear 2013: Rise of the Classically Dressed Gentleman

March 9, 2013

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Last month, New York Times T magazine celebrated The Rise of the Well-Dressed Man and in their op-ed piece welcomed us all to the age of sartorial enlightenment. I agree with the premise but disagree with their assertion that Joe Namath was metrosexual avant la lettre. In fact if anything, his “wooly pecs” and “dense happy trail” categorically […]

The Monsieur’s Guide to Pocket Square Matching

March 1, 2013

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Pocket square matching is a minefield laden exercise to the unaccustomed- this is in part, no thanks to departmental stores like Myers and David Jones, pushing matching tie and pochette sets to mass consumers. Otherwise known as the handkerchief, this humble square of silk, cotton, linen or occasionally wool, brings panache to an otherwise simple ensemble. While […]

The Monsieur Reviews: The Book of the Courtier

October 4, 2012

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While the less memory gifted among us might find the coterie of individuals engaged in conversation throughout the book confusing, the Book of the Courtier does well as a handbook of sorts for aspiring gentlemen. It goes beyond the Ps and Qs, it’s a way of life and a method of being. It espouses Sprezzatura, […]

An Hour at the Gym Is Worth Two at the Tailor’s

October 3, 2012

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For all the talk about cut and fit when it comes to suits, the facts are that as much as your tailor might be a wizard at disguising unsightly bumps and bulges, the master at Saville Row is still casting an illusion- You’re the one that needs to make it real. The adage- an hour […]

Ostentation Defined: JP Morgan Palladium Card

May 13, 2011

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I’m not impressed. How much of a douche do you have to be to really want a card that is literally made of Palladium? According to JP Morgan, their Palladium Card is not open to membership like AMEX Centurion card; It’s only available to clients with JP Morgan Private Banking and that means having accounts […]

Christian Bedat on Swiss Luxury Watch Myths and Truisms

January 11, 2011

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It’s a common myth that Swiss Luxury watches enjoy over 2000% profit margin. It’s more a truism than a myth. Stepping away from high end complications and mono boutiques;  many brands claim 100% movements are made in Switzerland (legally, it used to be 50% of the movement. It’s now 80%) but movements only factor 4% of […]

China, the Death of True Luxury and the emergence of New Luxury

December 20, 2010

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To say this man is not new to the luxury watch industry would be an understatement. The man practically lives and breathes what must be very green very crisp air of the Alps. After all, it was only 4 years ago that he left Bedat & Co, a firm he and his mother jointly founded […]

Haute Hitler: Dictatorial Trend Icons

October 27, 2010

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A cursory glance of the malls today bring us lux brands like Panerai and U-Boat. Yet, beneath the glitz and glare of halogen lamps at Ion Orchard, many of us walk these hallowed halls unaware of the sordid dictator endorsements of these brand icons. Panerai was the watch of choice of one-third of the ORIGINAL […]

That’s No Richard Mille. It’s a Christophe Claret DualTow

October 25, 2010

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It’s a writer’s hazard. There are occasions where you come across an item so inspiring and the words simply flow. Other times, a product so astounding, you’re simply at a loss for words. The DualTow by Christophe Claret falls in the latter. An exceptional timepiece to mark 20 years of watchmaking Based in Le Locle, […]

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