In general, we favor wearing things that have withstood the test of time. And when it comes to our cufflinks, we’d rather not feel like we’re slipping a dainty trinket onto our shirtsleeve…

That being said, allow us to introduce you to HollenWolff Heritage, a Milwaukee-based upstart that’s unearthed a century-old patent for ball-bearing-lock cufflinks and will soon be fulfilling all of your French-cuffed needs. (Rest assured, they’re much heftier than the baubles you’re clasping to your shirts right now.)

This is what you get when your cufflinks are machined in a ball bearing shop.

The mechanism is simple yet ingenious—and we won’t even pretend to understand all of the gearhead mechanics happening in there—but here’s what you need to know: snap them on and they’re not coming off… until you align them north/south and push the release stud. They’ve got the weight of something you’d expect to find in the hardware aisle of an old general store and are about as heritage is it gets. (Trust us, everyone was wearing these in 1930.)

They’re still in production now, but you’ll see them start to trickle into your local shops in the coming month, and their webshop should be up and running within the next few weeks. Plus, you can always drop them a line, if you’re looking for a custom job and just can’t wait.

Cufflinks wait for no man.

—N.B.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Najib Benouar