We’ve recently had a couple of really cold winter days here in New York City; the kind of bone-chilling weather where the wind whips at your face, your feet can’t ever seem to get warm, and you wouldn’t dare take a step outside your front door unless you were layered like an onion.
Cotton wouldn’t be most people’s first choice today for outerwear during a heavy downpour, but for the longest time – before the advent of waterproof synthetics – cotton was just that. But this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill Hanes t-shirt cotton. No, this cotton was thick and heavy and specially treated with oils and waxes that resulted in a water-resistant cloth that kept the elements out and its wearer dry.
All Hallows Eve is almost upon us. Should you be the party going type, escorting your kids around the neighborhood or just hoping for free candy, you’ll need some sort of costume. And like any other PWW, the inspiration for our Halloween edition begins with a watch.
The connection between the military and watches is a well-documented one (see our primer here), but one doesn’t need to join the armed forces to get a timepiece touting a military look. A number of brands – from Hamilton to Bremont – incorporate military specs and designs in their timepieces, creating watches that are both rugged and stylish.
Let’s face it, most watch nerds love leather. A leather strap can drastically change the look of a watch, and most of us have more straps than we do watches. In recent years we’ve been treated to a number of options, and not just from the big boys like Hirsch and Di-Modell, but also from small artisans creating beautiful custom straps from all sorts of hides.
Finally, fall is approaching. This not only means that you can break out those 4mm thick leather straps, but also heavier and more interesting clothes. From boots, to light sweaters, jackets and heavier denim, the fall simply opens up so many options for style.
Patina is a word that watch lovers have come to know well. Whether it’s a beautifully aged dial with peach colored tritium markers or the tasteful oxidation of a bronze case, the unavoidable wear and tear that comes with wearing a watch daily has become an object of desire for some collectors.