Monday

PAUL SMITH KEEPS ITS SIMPLE AND COLORFUL WITH ITS "MA" WATCH

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Its amazing what a little color will do. Case in point: Paul Smith's "Ma" watch. The silhouette isn't anything special, but add some hits of color to the dial and you have a bold, but simple dress watch with a whole lot of personality. At 7.5mm, the watch is slim and ideal for sitting under your cuff in those dressier of situations and on aesthetic value alone it can stand toe to toe with the best of them. 
(Acquire.com)

Saturday

PORSCHE DESIGN UPDATES THEIR CLASSIC AVIATOR FOR 2015

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One of the most famous silhouettes in eyewear has always been the Porsche Design Aviator with its twist on the classic pilot design, but amplified with oversized lenses and a interchangeable lens system. Handmade in Japan, the P'8613 is that same silhouette with a lightweight titanium frame an a acetate-framed lens that adds a whole new look to the style. You also get another pair of lenses without the acetate to maintain the original's styling.


Thursday

LOVE HULTÉN’S “GOLDEN APPLE” COMBINES NOSTALGIA & MODERN TECHNOLOGY

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Though we’ve covered Swedish designer Love Hultén‘s nostalgia rich, arcade inspired objects before, we thought his newest creation deserved another look. Dubbed “Golden Apple,” the walnut wood recreation of Apple’s 1984 Macintosh computer comes complete with a golden keyboard and subtle gold details. The functional and stunningly accurate mini comp also features a disc drive and wooden mouse.

Gothenburg-based Hultén is known for turning to the past for design inspiration. Yet even still, he manages to infuse all he creates with a wonderful sense of timeliness and modernity.

Sunday

The Sunday Ride: A ONE OF A KIND FERRARI VIGNALE ON THE AUCTION BLOCK

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Next month, collectors will have an opportunity to bid on one of those most unique Ferrari builds in the world, a 1953 250 Europa by Vignale. Only 22 of the 250 Europas were built before the introduction of the second series and of the 22, only four were bodied by Vignale. This specific model was shipped to New York in 1953 and was then put on display at the World Motor Sports Show at Madison Square Garden in 1954.

Since then, the car has seen a handful of owners throughout the US and then ended up in Switzerland where it received a thorough restoration and finally ended up back in the US where it won the 2015 Cavallino Classic award and is now coming full circle as it goes on sale at the Driven by Disruption event in New York, where it was originally placed on display nearly 60 years ago.

Friday

THE NIKE AIR MAG 2015

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You've heard the rumors and now they're here. Yes, the Nike Air Mag complete with working powerlaces is a real thing and if you hope to get your hands on a pair you're going to have to pony up big time as Nike plans to once again make them an exclusive limited edition to be auctioned next Spring to support the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. The company has also hinted that this is the first iteration and is currently testing the technology across multiple footwear styles. So don't worry, a mainstream powerlacing Flyknit might just be around the corner.

Thursday

PERSOL 2015 FILM NOIR EDITIONS


One of our favorite release from Persol last year was their Film Noir Editions, a collection of frames inspired by the moody, classic mysteries that were popular in the '40s and '50s. The collection returns this year with some new styles and the return of their Phoenix Arrow. 


Used in the '50s, the Phoenix Arrow was a design detail inspired by mythical creature of the same name and adorns the temples of their latest Film Noir editions. Their latest style, the PO3112S, is a squarer frame with soft contours and a variety of acetate colorways and polarized lens options.

More info at persol.com

Tuesday

DAMASQUINA'S NANO BELT WATCH STRAPS

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So you just left the dealer and came away with the vintage watch of your dreams, but the strap on the watch isn't quite right. Don't sweat it, Japanese leather goods brand Damasquina has a beautiful collection of leather NATO straps that are more than worthy of your special timepiece.


Their straps are made in Japan from a single piece of vegetable tanned leather with polished brass hardware that will look especially great on a classic gold watch. The 18mm straps come in four colors, but we're pretty taken with the navy and natural leather options highlighted above.

$60, available now at unionmade.com

Saturday

tokyobike Custom City Cycle



tokyobike has just released a custom city bike that was specially designed for London-based retailer Trunk. The altered version of tokyobike’s CS model has a Cr-Mo olive green stainless steel frame, brown leather Brooks saddle with matching two-tie closure grips on the handlebars, and an exclusive set of wheels. A badge with the tokyobike logo has been placed above the stem of the frame, a signature feature of the brand. The stylish single-speed bike was designed to create fluid, stop-and-go riding in a city environment. A limited amount of bikes are available for sale at Trunk’s London store.





Wednesday

LIBRATONE DIVA

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Soundbars are convenient, but odds are you would rather hide it than have it sitting under your TV. That isn't the case with Libratone's DIVA, their speakers are designed like furniture pieces and their newest model is definitely one you would proudly have on full display.

The speaker features the brand's 360-degree "FullRoom" sound that has a toal of 225W of power that includes a powerful bass driver, two midrange drivers, and two tweeters. It features AirPlay and DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, NFC for easy pairing, and Spotify Connect.

Tuesday

PENHALIGON'S BAYOLEA

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Penhaligon's, one of the oldest fragrance houses in England, launches a very comprehensive collection of men's grooming products which all feature a fragrance note reformulated from a classic scent from their archives.

Featuring notes of citrus, pepper, and woody notes, Bayolea consists of shaving products that includes beard oil, shaving cream, and aftershave, cologne, moisturizing balm, body wash, cleansing mask, deodorant, and even a hair pomade and moustache wax.


Monday

GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF MAISON KITSUNÉ’S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK PRESENTATION

Go Behind the Scenes of Maison Kitsunés New York Fashion Week Presentation

Earlier this month, Maison Kitsuné arrived at New York Fashion Week with their “Effortlessly French” Spring/Summer 2015 presentation, and as always, their lineup was beautiful. The brand now take us around backstage at The Standard High Line Hotel to capture the designs and hard work that made the show seem so effortless. In this “Behind the Scenes” video, we see the models being prepped along with whatever else goes on backstage before they hit the floor.

Saturday

WEISS SPECIAL ISSUE FIELD WATCHES

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Proving independent American watchmaking is still alive and well, LA-based Weiss has been crafting some serious timepieces and is now launching two special editions based on their timeless Field Watch designs.

The two new special edition styles include a "latte" and "carbon" dial which are machined from naval brass and both feature steel skeletonized hour and minute hands. The cases are sized at 42mm and are made from 316L stainless steel and houses their manually-wound movement that is assembled from 100 Swiss parts and are hand-finished at their Los Angeles workshop.

$1250, Weiss



Friday

NIKON D810

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Already a monster of a camera, Nikon is releasing a new full-frame DSLR, the D810. Even with the 36 megapixel sensor, Nikon has manage to squeeze out even more image quality and performance to create one of its most versatile camera bodies in the lineup.

At the core of the camera is their new EXSPEED 4 image processor that is 30% faster than the previous chip and supports a wider ISO range from 64 to 12,800 and can shoot upto 1200 images or 40 minutes of video. It also features 1080p/60 video recording, 12-bit uncompressed RAW, 5 fps continuous shooting in full-frame, and a large 3.2 inch 1229k-Dot display. The Nikon D810 will hit shelves in late July.


Thursday

The Thursday Cocktail Recipe


The Martinez

2.0 oz Dry Gin
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
Dash of Angostura bitters
Lemon twist for garnish



Wednesday

CREED ACQUA ORIGINALE COLLECTION

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Officially launching this July, Creed releases the Acqua Originale Collection, a line of fragrances inspired by perfumer Olivier Creed's travels across the world.
Beginning with Vetiver Geranium, this scent is based on the island of Java, Creed's favorite Indonesian destination. The fragrance is a woody and fresh scent with notes of apples, bergamot, geranium, cedar musk, and amber. Second is Asian Green Tea with its citrusy and sandalwood notes. Third is Aberdeen Lavender, inspired by Queen Victoria and is a mix of green notes with smokey and floral accents. Last, but not least is Cedre Blanc with its woody notes, spicy cardamom, geranium, and vetiver. Each scent is available today for pre-order and will be available in the middle of July.
$300, Creed

Tuesday

ALLY CAPELLINO MARKET BAG FOR THE GOURMAND ISSUE 4

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Ally Capellino makes this bespoke market bag for The Gourmand‘s upcoming Issue 4 launch. The body is assembled with dark navy waxed cotton which we’ve seen from their bike bags, topped off with veg-tanned leather handles that will age beautifully with time. Bright yellow canvas adorns the inner compartments for a sophisticated contrast that subtly peeks through. A market bag perfect for markets, indeed.

Monday

RAY-BAN OUTDOORSMAN AVIATOR SUNGLASSES WITH HAND-STITCHED DEER LEATHER DETAIL

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Another take on the iconic Aviator shade, the “Outdoorsman” from Ray-Ban adds some rather interesting detail to the standard frame. The brow bar and ear hooks feature soft, hand-stitched deer leather pieces, giving the frames a kind of Dad on safari feel. Available in gold metal with either tan or mahogany leather as well as silver metal with beige hide, styles are available with polarized gradient lenses as an option

Sunday

The Sunday Drive : ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPE WATERSPEED COLLECTION

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Rolls-Royce lifts the curtains on a new Drophead Coupe inspired by record-breaking Bluebird K3 boat piloted by Sir Malcolm Campbell. The Drophead Coupe Waterspeed is finished in Maggiore Blue, a paint scheme based on the color of Campbell's K3. The blue theme doesn't end there as the company has gone as far as to bring the exterior finish to the V12 engine which shines in the same Maggiore Blue, the first time a Rolls Royce engine has been painted to match the exterior.


Saturday

THE HILL-SIDE WATCH BANDS

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If you've been looking for a new band, but want to accessorize with something a bit different than your usual NATO strap, The Hill-Side has got some great new options that will bring a nice pop of color to your favorite timepiece. Using their Japanese fabrics, the Hill-Side came up with a colorful range of straps finished with tan leather trim and mil-spec buckles and eyelets.

$59, Hickoree's

Friday

DOM PERIGNON P2 1998

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Housed in a brushed-aluminum box, Dom Perignon releases their new high-end vintage, P2-1998. P2, meaning second Plenitude, a champagne that has spent 12 years on its lees and sits for another two years prior to its disgorgement. P2 will see its release in limited quantities this summer with a wider release set in the Fall.


Thursday

The Thursday Cocktail Recipe


Sprezzatura

1.5 oz Cathead HoneySuckle Vodka
0.5 oz Aperal
Squeeze of Freah of Frash Lemon
Topm with Tonic

Wednesday

THOM BROWNE TB 800

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Thom Browne's latest aviators continue the suitmaker's taste for refined classics with their TB 800 frame. This particular model caught our attention with its gold frame that's encircled in navy blue acetate that's matched with white earhooks and an elongated brow bridge that really sets itself apart from your usual aviator designs.

Tuesday

TAG HEUER MERIDIIST INFINITE

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Sure, the new TAG Heuer Meridiist Infinite has a got a Sapphire screen, grade 5 titanium enclosure, and carbon fiber inserts, but those things are nowhere near as amazing as its killer feature: solar charging. Under the the sapphire display lies invisible photovoltaic cells that can charge the phone while in standby via natural or artificial light, a feature they're claiming to be the first "Perpetual Power Reserve" for a phone.

Monday

TOM FORD BUCKLEY DUFFEL

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Tom Ford has finally opened his e-commerce store and while none of the clothes are available (yet), the shop is launching with a wide selection of his eyewear, bags, accessories, grooming and shoe collections. Among the wallet-burning options is the Buckley Duffel (above - $4540) in this grainy green cowhide leather, an perfect duffel bag in a beautiful color that's sure to last a lifetime.

Sunday

The Sunday Drive...DAVID BROWN SPEEDBACK GT

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With a name like David Brown (no relation to Sir David Brown or Aston Martin), it's only right that you jump into the coachbuilding business to build fine automobiles. Today, Mr. Brown launches his new company badged with his very namesake, David Brown Automotive. A modern take on the classic British Grand Tourer, the Speedback GT is the result of over 18 months of work from their in-house design team led by Alan Mobberley, former chief designer at Land Rover. Under the sculpted aluminum hood is a 510 hp 5.0L V8 Jaguar engine that'll get the car from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, not too slow nor too fast, but just the right amount of power you want in a proper GT. The car also plays host to a number of unique details including a split tailgate that has a fold-out picnic seat for those times you want to pull to the side of the road and enjoy the coastline views from one of the best seats in the house.

Saturday

Chinon Bellami HD-1 Super 8 Video Camera


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From Japanese camera manufacturer Chinon has unveiled the Bellami HD-1 Digital Super 8mm Cine Camera. It features a retro die-cast body that integrates a large viewfinder, removable trigger handle and a D-mount for interchanging different modern and classic 8mm lenses. The HD-1 is actually pretty small in size and delivers a 2.1 megapixel sensor as well as the ability to shoot 30, 15, and 10 frames per second, with shutter speeds of up to 1/1000 per second.

Friday

ROLEX GMT-MASTER II WHITE GOLD

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Rolex's blue and red "Pepsi" bezel is back in a big way for 2014 as the watch company announces a brand new GMT-Master II in White Gold. This year's version of the iconic travel watch features a 40mm case in white gold with a red and blue bidirectional 24-hour ceramic Cerachrom bezel, and Rolex's own in-house calibre 3186 movement.

Thursday

The Thursday Cocktail Recipe

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Slow & Low
1 oz Slow & Low Rye Bourbon 
0.5 oz Aalborg Akvavit
0.5 oz Benedictine
0.5 oz lemon juice
2 dashes Hella Bitters Wormwood
0.75 strawberry rhubarb syrup


Wednesday

JONATHAN SAUNDERS FOR SMYTHSON S/S '14

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Jonathan Saunders joins Smythson once again for his second collection with the luxury leather goods brand. His Spring/Summer '14 collection updates the Grosvenor collection with splashes of colorblocked panels in their briefcase and folio pieces.

Tuesday

BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA ASH CANDLES

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Baxter of California releases its third candle collection, the Ash Series. From its beaches to its mountains, the series is inspired by the California outdoors and is expressed in three candle scents: Sweet Ash, Smoke Ash, and Wood Ash, and feature notes of cedar, pine, sandalwood, cade and smoky ash.