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Cartier’s Newest Sport Watch

  • Kempt Staff

Cartier

If there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s: get the right timepiece and you’ll see returns far beyond your initial investment.

And when it comes to haute horology, there are only a few houses as legendary as Cartier—they’ve been making iconic watches since 1904, when Louis Cartier designed one of the first-ever aviation watches.

And now they’ve got another instant icon on their hands: the new Calibre Chronograph.

It’s a style that will catch the attention of watch aficionados and gearheads alike. (For those keeping score at home, “calibre” is the official designation for watch movements totally unique to a watch brand.) But the real functionality is that this Cartier is just as slick as its forefather—down to the telltale sapphire adorning the crown—but it’s a sport watch at heart. In other words, you’ve got a timepiece that’ll look just as at-home under a field jacket as it will under your summer-weight suit. It comes in a handful of different finishes that you can get a better look at after the jump, plus we’re deeming our three favorites instant Must-Haves (to join the rest of the crew in our left-most column).

Take a closer look at Cartier’s new Calibre Chronograph.»

Kempt Style Shifters

  • Najib Benouar

Style Shifter

It should come as no surprise that this natty gent here keeps shop for Billy Reid at his Dallas outpost.

We stumbled upon Matt on the latest stop of our Style Shifters project, powered by Cadillac, where we’ve been touring the most stylish hoods of the most stylish cities across the nation to capture what personal style means regionally—something we found looks much different in Brooklyn than in Miami or San Francisco. And since Dallas was our last stop, we thought we’d give you the heads-up to give it one last look, now that you can take in the entire country of dapperness at once.

We must say, it was one heck of a ride.

The Spring Chukka: UGG Australia Kaldwell

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UGG Australia Kaldwell

Last fall, we were duly impressed by UGG Australia’s continued efforts to step up their men’s shoe game—teaming up with a champ like Tom Brady didn’t hurt. And now they’re back with their newest offering for spring:

The Kaldwell, a chukka/boat shoe hybrid that comes in three spring-friendly shades of burnished nubuck and with custom-made soles from Vibram.

Our love for the chukka in spring is no secret—perhaps it’s their versatility with or without socks—and the Kaldwell is a shining example of spring chukka excellence. It’s the sort of shoe that’ll take you from post-work drinks to a beach weekend without having to worry about your choice in footwear. Our favorite touch is the seersucker lining, which makes them even more barefoot compliant.

You never remember to pack socks anyway.

Italian Sprezzatura Meets Swiss Precision

  • Kempt Staff

There are dive watches... and then there are dive watches—the kind that have been given the stamp of approval from the Italian navy and titans of industry alike.

We’re talking, of course, about the legendary Italian timepieces from Panerai that trace their roots back to 1860s Florence (when the designs were shrouded in military secrecy and tested on top-secret underwater missions).

Luckily, they’re not just tactical timepieces, they’re seriously handsome works of horological art—especially the black Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica, which has all of the telltale signs of Panerai’s rugged Italian-ness and Swiss precision, down to their signature case shape and Panerai P.2002 movement (produced exclusively in-house).

Just in time for your next semiformal scuba trip.

Exclusive: 30% Off at Ikkon

  • Kempt Staff

Our new favorite #menswear corner of the Internet, Ikkon, is giving Kempt readers 30% off full-price items when you enter the code “URBANPERK” at checkout.* Which means you’re getting first crack at all of their simple luxury for the modern man—like these velvet loafers from Alberto Moretti Arfango, this red chunky-knit shawl-collar sweater from Ovadia & Sons and these burgundy vintage corduroys from J.Lindeberg—just in time to update your wardrobe for making your rounds on the holiday party circuit.

Or just upping the ante on a regular old Tuesday.

*Offer valid through January 3, 2013.

Your New #Menswear Haven: Ikkon

  • Kempt Staff

For all the gushing over Italian menswear we’ve been seeing lately, it’s still relatively hard to find the good stuff—outside of a few old-school brick-and-mortars or a plane ticket to Milan...

Enter DC-based webshop Ikkon, your new #menswear haven. They’ve got the Pitti Uomo set’s cult favorites like Slowear’s Incotex pants, Luigi Borrelli spread-collar shirting, Fratelli Rossetti double monks, Cruciani cashmere and, to top it off, Borsalino hats. But it’s not all Lapo Elkann territory (oh yeah, they also carry his stuff, too). There’s also some solid menswear representation from the US as well, like Kempt favorites Ovadia & Sons, Gant Rugger, Splendid Mills, Rogan, Gilded Age... the list goes on. It’s enough to get any fan of handsomeness excited.

Which most certainly includes us.

Sponsored Post: James Bond Goes Digital

  • Kempt Staff

James BondPhoto Courtesy of the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s.

Fact: the book is always better than the movie. Lesser-known fact: the ebook is even better than the book (for portability reasons, mostly).

Which is why we couldn’t be happier to see Ian Fleming’s 14-book James Bond oeuvre being digitized (possibly as we speak) and released by Amazon today for your Kindle. There’s just no substitute for the written nuances that are often lost in the movies (or Sean Connery’s tomfoolery), nor the in-depth research reflected in Fleming’s writing. If you don’t have a Kindle on hand, you’ll want to notify your Q to make the proper arrangements.

Unless your Miss Moneypenny already has.

SPONSORED POST: Gillette® Clinical Strength

  • Kempt Staff

With all the layers you’re putting on and removing this time of year, it can be tricky to stay cool (especially in the generally moisture-prone region of your underarms).

Here to help you with that: Gillette Clinical Strength—an antiperspirant/deodorant with three times the dryness power of the average over-the-counter stick (merely double strength would be leaving things to chance). Consider it the ace up your sleeve when you’ve got to be a cool customer in high heat-and pressure situations—like nailing the intricate menswear “double-down” (a D-B suit with double monks), or heading into a boardroom with the temperature inexplicably turned up to “tropical.”

At least you told everyone you were heading to Rio on business.

Sponsored Post: Ted Baker London

  • Kempt Staff

Ted Baker wants to send you to London.

And all the Brit-based label wants in return is for you to check out the autumn/winter 2012 collection at Ted’s Grand House, the new ’20s-London-style trilevel mecca of impeccably cut shirts and chunky knitwear they opened yesterday on Fifth Avenue.

They’ll have an Instagram photo booth, prizes and Ted’s butlers serving you high tea. If you want to follow them on Facebook and Twitter, too: that’d be aces. It’s how you’ll keep abreast of any other vital afternoon-tea-and-shirting developments.

Sponsored Post: Monster Inspiration Headphones

  • Kempt Staff

Right about now is the perfect time to escape the stagnant heat of summer in favor of a cool sea breeze and cabana service. Most likely you’ve upgraded most of your travel gear (handsome luggage, lightweight travel blazer, pocket square that can be used as flotation device), but there’s probably one oversight you’ve made: the headphones.

They might be the single most important thing in your carry-on. A pair of sleek, noise-canceling headphones like the Monster Inspiration fit the bill—especially if any airplane chatter dares to interfere with your regularly scheduled Black Keys Appreciation Hour.

They’ve got all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from the high-tech headphone game—inline quick-control remote, microphone—and the kind of powerful, crisp, high-def audio that you’ve got to hear to believe (or you can just trust us, they sound amazing). Plus, the interchangeable headband comes in a number of colors that you can swap in whenever you feel the need to match your headphones to your socks.

Which will be pretty often, we’ll assume.

Sponsored Post: Don Q’s Barometer

  • Kempt Staff

The night is young. There’s no time to waste with detours and misguided bar hops. Which is why we’d like to introduce you to your new nightlife accomplice: Don Q’s Barometer.

The name’s self-explanatory. Actually, let us explain. The app pulls info from sources like Foursquare and other users to assess the atmospheric changes at your nearest bars, in real time. (Meaning, you’ll never head out into the night blindly again.) So, as the sun starts to set, you’ll fire up the app and search for whatever occasion you’re in the mood for: happy hour, first date, couples retreat, happier hour, etc. Then thumb through the real-time info being posted (you can send your own updates once you’ve arrived) and pick which bar is matching your current vibe best. No word on whether there’s a “socks-optional” bar search.