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Men's $200 to $500Tissot Articles

Tissot Quickster Chrono Soccer

  Watch brands have quickly taken notice of the fact that the NATO style is a stable in the lookbook of men’s watches. Tissot for its part has fashioned a constellation of such looks from luxury to sport. Enter Tissot’s Quickster Chrono Soccer. Robust and refined, rugged and renaissance; this watch has been spotted on the wrists of a who’s who of sports elite and wannabes alike.   While it may be difficult to track one down in a Tissot …

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Triwa’s Ocean Nevil

Ladies and Gents, if you haven’t heard of TRIWA, you’ve been missing out on the watch industry’s rule breaker. Typically we expect most luxury watch brands to come shipped from, manufactured in, and basically born in Switzerland. Triwa is not the case. This Swedish company hails out of Stockholm, fusing a local sense of art and design not uncommon to the Swedish community. Take a look at the Tunnelbana (their almost Alice In Wonderland-like metro system), the Nobel Museum, and …

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LVMH And Land Rover Launch New Partnership

  Luxury fashion house LVMH has locked hands in partnership with luxury automaker Land Rover. The partnership signals the beginning of a series of collaborations to come between the two luxury behemoths. And what is up on deck first? A signature timepiece, the El Primero Range Rover Special Edition.   Here’s an automatic chronograph that clock in at 42mm and benefits from a unique ceramic-aluminium fusion. The material is ultra resistant and equally light. Thusly, LVMH and Land Rover were …

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Men's $5,000 to $20,000Men's Articles

Panerai Carbotech

  Panerai has distinguished itself as a formidable entry into the world of watchmaking with its diverse lookbook of simple understated watches, chic luxurious watches, and their recent headturner the robust Panerai Carbotech. The Italian brand has done more than create waves with its newest addition to their healthy catalogue of watches, chronographs and timepieces. They’ve set a tone for thinking outside of the box.   The Carbotech is just what you might expect when you hear those two word …

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Bell And Ross’ Aero GT Series

  Watch brand Bell & Ross have taken their love for motorsports, cars and aviation to a new high with their Aero GT Series. Two stunningly rendered limited edition timepieces populate this exceptional lookbook. The BR 03 94 and the BR 03 92 take the lid of the masterpieces to reveal a masterfully conjured clockwork of complications.   The BR 03 94 is simply out of this world. It clocks in at 42mm with a satin-polished steel case. It’s water …

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Exclusive Interview: Sandfox Smartwatch Creator Mike Barry Ehouman

Sandfox is turning heads, from its recent appearance at CES to the other watchmakers in the industry keen to see what the marriage of future tech and Swiss watchmaking looks like. We had the pleasure to chat with its creator and CEO Mike Barry Ehouman about his compelling story going from pastor to entrepreneur.   GRACIOUS WATCH: What an interesting trajectory your life has taken. Give us a look back at how you firstly became a pastor and then found …

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Men's $200 to $500

Three Nixons You Should Buy Right Now

  Diving fearlessly headfirst into 2017 with eyes wide shut and brass tacks that scream brave beyond brave, watchmaker Nixon has curated a trinity of watches that should light a fire under your butt. These are the three coolest looking timepieces to populate the watch brand’s lookbook in recent times. So instead of sitting on your impulses (or whatever you may call it, wink wink), Nixon is egging you on to check them out. Nixon Ragnar The Nixon Ragnar is …

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The Georg Jensen Koppel 41mm

  Design behemoth Georg Jensen is unto itself a great many things these days. The Danish brand does everything from furnishing your home to accessorizing your wardrobe. Much of the success is owed to Georg Jensen’s decision-making elite’s enthusiasm for embracing already or soon-to-be established designers of different ilk to undertake varying projects. This unconventional manner of orthodoxy by itself puts Georg Jensen in the singular category of ubiquitous brand. They do it all. And they do it all well. …

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Men's $5,000 to $20,000

The Ressence TYPE 1² “Squared”

  The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie kicked off with flying colors in Geneva. Much like the crush of concept car shows that dominate Vegas or Milan with a lineup of stunners for car enthusiasts, SIHH whips watch aficionados into just the same sort of wide-eyed reverie. Here some of the most incredible timepieces are unboxed for the world to see.   Fast forward to the Ressence TYPE 1² “Squared.” Here is a luxury timepiece dripping in elegance and …

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Men's Under $200

Introducing the MVMT Modern Sport Abyss

  The online revolution is here. And it thumbs its nose at traditional design houses that demand watch buyers to pay a fortune for shipping, schlep over to a crowded boutique, or haggle with a limited collection. MVMT Watches is that revolution. The brand curates a catalogue of minimalist watches that are “founded on the belief that style shouldn’t break the bank.”   The newest addition to the MVMT line is the Modern Sport: 8 timepieces ready to tackle your …

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Introducing The Sandfox

Wearable tech just got interesting. Heck, the world of watchmaking just got interesting. Just when we all thought Apple and Google were the front runners for smart watches that combine tech with every bit of cool, here comes a new contender to steal the thunder of every smartwatch in the game. Enter Sandfox, a smartwatch that merges the best of elegance with the best of tech. Sure Apple and Hermes met in the middle for the Hermes Apple Watch. But …

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Four Best Watches Of 2016

For all it was, 2016 will go down in history as a year without one singular event but moreso a year of a series of events that came to characterize it. The same probably can be said for timepieces. While there were many outstanding contributions to watchmaking in 2016, it would be difficult to pinpoint one singular timepiece as the crowning glory of the year. So while taking a head first leap into 2017, here’s a look at 4 of …

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Men's $500 to $2,000

The Shinola Runwell Sport Chronograph

  Only a few precious days remain before President Barack Obama leaves the Oval Office for life as a private US citizen. The President certainly impressed upon us his natural flare for style. Nothing was more evident of that than his trip to Detroit wherein he proudly rocked a Shinola Runwell Sport Chronograph and visited the American boutique to laud praises on the brand. In that time since, people around the world have been clamoring to find out more about …

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Men's $5,000 to $20,000

The Force Is With The Star Wars Devon

  Disney’s hot property Star Wars has been crushing the box office since it blasted into cinemas from a galaxy far, far away. Both the Rogue One and Force Awakens films fill out the lessening gaps in the wider cinematic canon of Jedis and Siths, lightsabers and droids. Needless to say, the constellation of merchandise that populates the Star Wars universe is seemingly endless. But there is only one luxury timepiece that will be harder to get your hands on …

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Men's $5,000 to $20,000

Jacob & Co’s Epic X Line

  Jacob & Co celebrate 30 years of luxury watchmaking. The Swiss brand has often been hailed as the master of time. And now that the still relatively young brand fêtes its big 3-0, it draws attention to its aptly named Epic X collection. Here’s a line of timepieces curated with only the most elegant source material, ranging from titanium to rose gold. The Epic X line follows the “skeletonized” aesthetic, revealing all its inner workings in the case on …

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Men's $200 to $500

The Best Surf Watches of 2017

Hang ten dude! Surf’s up! And while winter may be rolling in across the western hemisphere, the waves are plentiful in the southern extremes of the globe. There’s no time like the present than to pack up your board, your wetsuit, and one piece of invaluable gear to get you sorted. That gear would be a surf watch. Imagine a timepiece that tracks your waves, fuses a sturdy GPS system with a robust mechanism able to withstand the brunt of …

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The Best Automatic Watches Under $2000

  The charm and allure of an automatic watch doesn’t simply rest in the able-bodied composition but also in an automatic watch’s life expectancy. A standard automatic watch has the ability to persist for ages, generating its power often from the simple hand and wrist movement of the wearer. A typical design will have an average battery reserve of 30 to 40 hours. A top notch automatic watch will go beyond that, performing with flying colors under duress and even …

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Bremont Takes Flight With The Bremont DH 88

  Bremont are single-handedly bringing fine watchmaking back to England. And we’d be lying if we didn’t say we frankly gush like schoolgirls over the stellar collection of chronometers the British brand continually grows. Fast forward to the DH88 in commemoration of the de Havilland DH 88 Comet aircraft that successfully raced from England to Australia in 3 days. 1934 was the year that saw British engineering rise to the foreground to beat a competitive field of aircrafts. 2016 is …

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Men's $200 to $500

The Best GPS Watch of 2016

The results are in. And for the money, overall dynamic performance, and general likeability Garmin’s Forerunner 630 series hands down is the favorite of fitness, tech and watch pundits of all stripes when it comes to naming the best GPS watch of 2016. Whether it’s running, mountain biking, off-roading or simply getting lost in the thick of the woods like a ditzy blond in some bad horror flick, this is the watch that holds up the best. Performance, style, affordability, …

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The Best Smartwatch Under $100

Ladies and gents get acquainted with Pebble. Pebble is a daring watch brand upsetting the delicate balance in the Android iOS smartwatch fray. With its ultra affordable product line and its unapologetic compatibility with both giants of the tech industry, Pebble cuts a singular silhouette amongst its smartwatch rivals. Here is a look at the best smartwatch (that is both Android and iOS friendly to boot) available for under $100. Sure you’d ask yourself, like we did, what kind of …

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Top 5 Watches Inspired By Luxury Cars

Top Watches Inspired By Cars Luxury doesn’t limit itself merely to the genre of timepiece you rock on your wrist. In fact the idea of luxury transcends a throng of lifestyles and modes of fashion. The concept certainly isn’t lost on a host of watchmakers who’ve coupled their designs with the look and aesthetics of various car designs. Some reach way back into the archive to craft stunning chronographs inspired by classic cars. Others partner actively with the latest model …

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Five Of The Most Unique Luxury Watches

  The world of haute horlogerie or the upper echelon of fine watchmaking reserves real estate for only a constellation of luxury timepieces. But even then, some of the timepieces price themselves out of the market or are curated as part of collections that are weird, abstract or downright unrealistic. All of those singular qualities swill together nicely in what we might as well call the most unique luxury watches on the planet. Curious to see what some of them …

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