Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
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…
All right, the man’s not perfect. But he’s your father. And this Sunday, you have to show him that you appreciate that.
Now, fathers are certainly easier than mothers when it comes to these sorts of things. All dear ol’ Dad probably expects is your presence and a strong handshake. And maybe a card. But since he taught you not to do anything half-assed—for better or worse—you should probably go ahead and get the guy something anyway. And no excuses here; you can afford to splurge a little on the man you owe half your existence to.
From GQ to Cool Hunting to Vanity Fair, everyone’s got their opinions on where you should spend that pretty penny. So in an effort to simplify the decision, we’ve cut through all that noise and chosen our favorites… of their favorites.
Summer’s so close, we can almost taste it.
Sure, we’ve still got about a month to go before it’s officially dirty bucks and sundress season, but it’s already time to trade in the power umbrella for May flowers and attend to a few other orders of business in preparation for summer.
We like to call this magical warmer-but-not-hot-yet time “pre-summer” and we’re making sure you make the most of it with our new crop of Must-Haves (as always, you can find them in our left column whenever you need a refresher).
Now that you’ve swapped out the wools and tweeds in your closet for cottons and linens, you should be thinking of doing the same with your wrist—which means tucking away the croc-leather-strapped watch for something with a sportier rubber or NATO strap.
And, like clockwork, the up-and-coming watchmaker Xetum is unveiling their latest warm-weather-ready line of watches today, named the Kendrick.
The San Francisco–based watch company (so, yes, they do use environment-friendly processes) has been making a name for itself by building smart, well-made timepieces using the same Swiss automatic movements you’ll find under the very recognizable dials of watches priced many times what they’re asking. The Kendrick’s auto-inspired dials translate to a simple, readable and classic look—that should set you apart from the sea of quartz field watches you’ll find at your local J.Crew. The choice between rubber and NATO strap is yours to make. You’ll want to see the combinations first.
Miansai by Michael Saiger—he’s the guy responsible for the kaleidoscope of bracelets you’ve surely noticed upon the Rolex Submariners of menswear editors and the well-heeled everywhere—has just unveiled a new line of spring-ready watches.
With Saiger’s mastery of woven wristwear, getting into the watch game feels like a natural progression. And the airy woven bands are exactly what your wrist is going to want to have wrapped around it come warmer temps—if that croc band you’ve been wearing all winter isn’t already feeling a bit muggy.
The brick-and-mortar—not to mention, a lot of handsome hardwood—shop is a veritable menswear bazaar of grail pieces you thought only existed on achingly beautiful Tumblr pages or in some secret back alley in Naples. (Not to fear, there’s an e-commerce arm in the works.) It’s the brainchild of Brian Trunzo (of Nice Try, Bro menswear Internet fame) and fellow former attorney Matt Breen, who’ve been cultivating their shared passion for menswear since their days as law school roommates. And the Internet buzz did not disappoint: there’s custom Southwick and Alfonso Felipe suiting, all the Bastian/Ovadia/Italian silk one closet could handle, vintage watches, luggage, the list goes on. It all makes for one well-heeled feast for the eyes, so without further ado:
It’s been a good while since we checked in with our vintage watch guy—everyone should have one—and from time to time we like to drop him a line to gauge the trade winds of the vintage market. But, more importantly, to see if he’s got anything especially spectacular hiding away in his big metal safe of curios at the moment.
Naturally, he did: a 1970s “Double Red” Rolex Sea-Dweller.
Chunky diving watches are still having a moment, yet most of the Rolexes you see out there are Submariners—this one’s a Sea-Dweller, which has a higher depth rating and a helium release valve that releases gas pressure at extreme depths. Though what really sets this timepiece apart from the ones you’ll find on #menswear wrists everywhere is the badge. Sure, it’s just two lines of red print, but it’s a rarity that watch aficionados look for and will pay dearly for (upwards of 20 grand).
If that includes you, as always, get in touch and we’ll let our watch guy know.
A lot of the vintage-watch chatter tends to focus on the Rolexes and Omegas of the world—and their divers in particular—but there’s plenty more wrist candy out there to be had.
Case in point: this 1950s Jaeger-LeCoultre dress watch.
And instead of having to hunt one down, our pals over at UrbanDaddy Perks have teamed up with the watch aficionados at Analog/Shift to get you the inside track on this watch and a small cache of other heirloom-worthy timepieces. When we asked which one of the bunch was their favorite, A/S immediately pointed us in the direction of this LeCoultre, noting that it’s got an understated case with a slim profile and a reliable movement that’s easily serviceable. The sweeping seconds register is a nice addition, plus it’s priced to move.
Time is of the essence.
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