Red, White, and Blue for You

Festive holidays can always be a bit tricky to dress for:  you can choose to don your finest themed apparel – and run the risk of looking like a five-year-old - or not dress up at all and run the risk of looking out of place when everyone else is red, white, and blue-in’ it up.  If only there were a happy medium, right? This weekend, embrace a festive outfit without feeling too cheesy and childish. The key to the perfect 4th of July outfit is to choose two colors to focus [... more]

Slow Down. Pace Yourself.

You’re not going to slow down time, but you can slow down the way you look at it. The Slow Watch is a new approach to seeing time that lets you see the day as a whole, rather than split into two 12-hour shifts. The single hand rotates in a full circle only once every 24 hours. When you glance down you have a general idea of where you are in the day, instead of rushing through every moment. Of course, there are still deadlines, meetings and [... more]

Slim and Trim

Chunky statement watches adorn the wrists of many women these days, but the oversized cases and thick steel bands aren’t always practical. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Katherine Watch ($175-$250) boasts a much smaller size without losing an ounce of style. Sporting a square case, this delicate timepiece features a sunray-finish dial and the Marc logo, with each letter of the word denoting the quarter hour. It comes in a range of color options and your choice of either a leather or stainless steel band so you [... more]

Futuristic Fitness Watch

The Polar V800 watch is as futuristic as it sounds. Designed for athletes, the device helps monitor training, sleep, and recovery and even tells time. The watch syncs to your phone or tablet so you can enter your training goals and then see your results. Once you enter your goals in the app, the watch will help you maintain the right pace to accomplish whatever goals you set. What’s more, the Polar V800 ($500) doesn’t stop on the field; it tells you how long you need to [... more]

Portuguese, Please

Since 1868, Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen has produced exquisite timepieces boasting technical innovation, precision engineering, and unique design. The brand’s Portuguese Perpetual Calendar Watch ($37,100-$56,400) continues that tradition with its seven-day automatic movement with Pellaton winding system, power reserve display, and perpetual calendar with four-digit year display. Not to mention its gorgeous aesthetics: rich alligator leather band, elegant moon phase display, and see-through sapphire-glass back. This watch truly leaves no wish unfulfilled and suits any occasion, from a day at the park to a black-tie affair.

Dapper Daddy

Historically, the color blue signifies masculinity. But did you know that it also symbolizes wisdom, intelligence, and self-esteem? Broadcast your confidence by incorporating different shades in a bold business casual outfit ideal for the style-conscious guy. Start off your statement-making ensemble with a blue and brown plaid sports jacket by Sarar and cheeky sapphire blue bowtie by Fox & Brie. Ground the look with classic navy twill trousers by Sid Mashburn, an oxford button-down shirt, and brown leather accessories. Whether you’re attending the kids’ recital or grabbing [... more]

Jack of All Spades

Launched in 1996 as a men’s lifestyle brand selling handmade utilitarian messenger bags, Jack Spade continues a tradition of quality design. The line, launched by Andy Spade, husband of Kate Spade, now predominantly focuses on classic menswear and accessories but still maintains that same Americana aesthetic synonymous with the power couple’s products. The Cole Short ($168), featured above, perfectly captures the essence of the brand with a color-block design reminiscent of the original Jack Spade canvas bags. Made from 100-percent cotton, these updated classic shorts, paired with [... more]

Cartier’s Clockwork

Founded in 1847, Cartier remains one of the most well-respected and elegant watchmakers of all time. They continue the tradition with the Ballon Bleu de Cartier ($6,350) watch, an example of the sophisticated design aesthetic so deeply rooted in the company’s Parisian heritage. With a steel case and band; stunning Roman numerals; a guilloché dial; and a classic, round, 36 mm face, the Ballon Bleu makes for a refined everyday timepiece for both men and women.  Of course, you can also expect the luxurious detail of a [... more]

Not-So-Mellow Yellow

Everyone knows bright colors go hand-in-hand with summer fashion, but if you’re a guy looking for this year’s IT color, turn your attention to a bright marigold or lemon yellow. Flattering to so many skin tones, this rich buttery hue radiates a fun-in-the-sun vibe while remaining surprisingly chic. Pair a bright cotton sweater with a sharp navy blazer for work, or slip on some eye-catching loafers before heading out at night. Not feeling so brave with this bold color? Get a taste of it with a yellow [... more]

A Wrist Revolution

Not your ordinary watch, the Rufus Cuff boasts features that far surpass the mere telling of time. With an advanced touch-screen like the one on a smartphone, Web access, and downloadable applications, this complex device becomes much more valuable than your other trusty timepieces. Additionally, a built-in microphone, speaker, and camera allow you to answer and place voice or video calls right from your wrist and your connected iPhone or Android. Reserve one now and you could be sporting your own by September. One look at the Rufus [... more]

Spectator Style

When heading to your favorite team’s stadium for the big game, don’t sacrifice style for comfort. Today’s casual clothing is designed to look good while holding up in the elements. This Colorblock Essential Crewneck by Gap feels as soft as your favorite slouchy tee but provides a more tailored fit. Pair it with J.Crew’s 9-inch Stanton Short in Pinstripe Irish Linen-Cotton and slip on these bright Nike kicks for updated classic style. And to help you make the most out of your day at the park, may [... more]

Time Traveler

Since 1883, Alpina has manufactured high-quality Swiss sports watches with the same standards set by its founder, Gottlieb Houser. One of the first leaders in Swiss watch manufacturing, Houser revolutionized the industry with his idea that every watch should possess four distinct characteristics—water-resistant, anti-magnetic, anti-shock, and a stainless steel case—in order to maintain optimal durability for those participating in extreme activities. It’s no wonder the brand gained popularity among pilots, divers, sailors, and the military. Water-resistant up to 600 feet, the Extreme Diver 300 Lady provides the [... more]

Time Marches On

Wearable technology continues to advance, and new and exciting products continually pop up on the market, including Motorola’s recently unveiled Moto 360 powered by Google’s Android Wear platform. Like other smartwatches, the Moto 360 will pretty much allow you to do anything you would do on your smartphone, but unlike the competition, it offers a more traditional look. Appointment reminders, weather updates, traffic directions, voice-command-messaging, and even fitness tracking will be available at the swipe of a finger. That’s right, the Moto 360 will come equipped with [... more]

A Nod to Nautical: Daniel Wellington

Originally inspired by the elegant, resort-style timepieces found in the British Isles, Daniel Wellington watches exude casual sophistication, making them suitable for any occasion, from formal affairs to casual poolside gatherings. Founder Filip Tysander seeks to create thin, refined, and perfectly round watch faces for both men and women who live the preppy lifestyle. Constructed of sturdy nylon, the interchangeable Nato straps are practically indestructible (which makes sense considering their use by the British navy). Our favorite models exemplify the true essence of the Daniel Wellington brand. [... more]

Swiss Bliss: Baume & Mercier

Like the right pair of shoes, a good-looking watch can solidify an outfit, and honestly, many of us feel naked without one these days. The ideal timepiece sits on your wrist as a perfectly weighted reminder of your sense of style. And no one knows more about style than the Swiss designers Baume & Mercier. Founded in 1830, this internationally renowned company operates under the motto “Accept only perfection, only manufacture watches of the highest quality.” Our personal favorite for men, the classic 42mm steel and leather Capeland 10082 [... more]

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