Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
The dust has just settled on Baselworld 2014—where half a world away, watch buyers, collectors and editors feasted their eyes, and wrists, on the new timepieces that will be hitting the market this year.
But the real action wasn’t in Switzerland, or on the blogs. It was all happening in real time, on Instagram. So we culled the list of horologically minded folk who made the transatlantic voyage, and compiled their various expertly filtered snapshots to get a good look at what could be on your wrist later this year.
You’ll be saving some daylight this Sunday, tax returns are starting to trickle in, but really your wrist has been feeling a little exposed lately. Point is: you’ve probably got a good enough excuse to pick yourself up a new timekeeper.
So, we did what we do and put together a list of the best new watches of spring for your procuring pleasure…
If you can’t quite put your finger on why things are feeling more wintry on Kempt all of a sudden, we’d like to direct your attention to our left column.
Because we’ve just updated our must-haves with a fresh crop of seasonal necessities. We’ve got you covered on everything for outfitting yourself, your walls and your state of mind (a few might require a little creativity). But most of all, they’re here to serve as inspiration for the colder months to come.
Our esteemed colleagues at UrbanDaddy have just tipped us off to a handsome new line of Swiss-made watches by way of Sweden.
Bravur—you’ll notice their insignia tucked away on the dial at 3 o’clock instead of front and center—was founded by a couple of Swedes with a penchant for pared-down modern design (go figure) and handsome timepieces. In keeping with the minimalist approach, your options are uncomplicated: choose one of five cases and one of five bands. Then put the watch on your wrist and wear it to the office. Or to the cabin upstate. Either way, you won’t have to think about it much more than that—aside from when the compliments start rolling in.
There’s plenty of handsome vintage-inspired gear in this world—baseball gloves, waffle irons, that sort of stuff—but most of it favors style over substance.
So we were pleased to see that the eye-catching new fleet of chronos from Autodromo, inspired by the ones worn by ’70s race car drivers, wasn’t all just for show.
Behind those dual-tone dials and the nostalgically bulbous charm there’s a hybrid quartz-mechanical movement that ensures the chronographs really work like they should—down to 1/5th second accuracy. Which will also come in handy the next time you’re clocking your 40-subway-stair dash. (Or while enjoying a particularly Hemsworth-in-Rush-esque weekend.) The real standout of the bunch is the yellow-jolted Vic Elford Prototipo modeled after the legendary racer’s iconic Porsche 907, but all three are quite handsome.
There are plenty of handsome, wildly expensive watches in the world—and you’ve probably heard of most of them.
So we thought we’d dig up a few new timepieces from some under-the-radar and up-and-coming watchmakers to consider for any autumnal timekeeping you might have planned this season.
The fall gear is already trickling into shops and the air is getting crisper by the day.
And now it’s really feeling like fall here on Kempt, because a brand-new batch of Must-Haves just landed in their semipermanent home in our left column. We’ve put together an autumnal cornucopia of the upcoming season’s greatest wants and needs—amongst them moleskin trousers, maple booze and a dash of unexpected tweed. We invite you to take a look below, drink in all of the autumnal-ity and revisit them to your left whenever you need a refresher.
Let’s just say, you’re in the mood for a little underwater adventure. And what submarine traipse would be complete without a bright new bit of marine-equipped wrist candy?
But often when it comes to marine horology, it’s easy to find yourself drowning in the sea of available options. So to help you make your choice, we’ve taken a moment to compile some of the finest nautical timepieces out there. And we’ve arranged them by depth of water-resistance, so whether it’s casual snorkeling or Mariana Trench diving that you’re into, we’ve got you covered.
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).
Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So, welcome to our newest and most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.
Typically, one thinks of an heirloom only after it’s weathered a few generations of handsome patina acquisition. But originally—before that watch, or briefcase, or sword earned its perfectly imperfect nicks, battle scars and lived-in familiarity—it started out shiny and new on some store shelf. And since there are still companies out there making stuff that will last longer than you will, we’ve set out to find the new breed of future heirlooms in this weeklong series. Today we begin with watches…
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