Presenting Glashutte Watches at Harrods London

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

The summer is slowly coming to London and for us watch enthusiasts there are plenty of events happening. Glashütte Original, German Watchmaking Art since 1845, has set up shop in the Fine Watch Room of Harrods and is providing to us fellow Londoners, their expertise in manufacturing chronographs. The exhibition is on until the 24th of June 2015 so do go and visit them.

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One of the main centre pieces is the “Wondertable” showcasing the individual components of Glashütte Calibre 37. The in-house chronograph movement Calibre 37 was presented for the first time in 2014.

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The Calibre 37 is at the heart of two of their main timepieces namely: Senator Chronograph Panorama Date and the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date. The movement was the first Glashütte Original had conceived and built inhouse specifically as a chronograph, power reserve of 70 hours and the simplified movement has increased stability which resulted in improved time keeping.

Glashutte Watches

Fellow followers, should you be looking for a classic timepiece for that next important meeting do have a look at the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date. All hands are in blued steel and the dial is framed by an elegant bezel. The case is satin brushed and polished in either platinum or red gold. The Senator Chronograph Panorama Date fits well on a tailored suit.

Glashutte Watches

If on the other hand you are looking for a timepiece which has a more sportier feel to it, then the Seventies Chronograph Panorama Date could be your next timepiece. It features a polished and soft cornered square bezel and the satin brushed case in stainless steel brings back the vintage look and feel. It is a nice luxury time piece for a less formal event and would go well with chinos and a shirt as the summer is just around the corner.

 Glashutte Watches

Gentlemen and fellow followers, connoisseurs and watch enthusiasts, you are all cordially invited to visit Glashütte Original exhibition at the Fine Watch Room of Harrods in Knightsbridge.

Mercedes Benz – The #CLAstory

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

A different kind of post today for our followers! Our fellows from Mercedes Benz are calling on all creative people, film makers and fellows with a passion for filming to assist them with the making of their new #CLAstory campaign. You can experience the video here:

 

 

The story is evolving around the Mercedes Benz CLA, the four door coupe that has an impressive design to boast about. The front of the car has the distinctive diamond grids from Mercedes as well as an aerodynamic roof-line to help with manoeuvrability.

Mercedes Benz CLA
There are two scenes which still need to be filmed and the winners of each will be put to the public vote to decide the winner. The creator of the winning film will then get the chance to direct their #CLAstory starring the famous James Corden.

Mercedes Benz #CLAstory
In addition, since we are approaching the summer holidays Mercedes will be throwing in a Go Pro camera for the winners, a nice added bonus to film those luxury adventures this summer.

To enter the competition simply connect via Instagram to submit your scene entry on mercedesbenz UK. So Gentlemen and fellow followers, time to get to your cameras and start uploading your ideas.

Think you’ve got what it takes to direct a short film starring James Corden? Don’t hang around and get involved. We are looking forward to seeing what kind of videos you will be uploading visit www.clastory.co.uk for full info. Competition ends on the 6th of July 2014.

Mercedes Benz #CLAstory James Cordon

Introducing Watchfinder

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

We joined our fellows from Watchfinder on Thursday for a very special event at their boutique at The Royal Exchange in Bank. The master class brought together like minded gentlemen and gentlewomen to discuss the latest trends in the luxury watch industry.

Watchfinder Reader Event

We had the opportunity to meet the team from the Watchfinder at the event, who were kind enough to share with us their points of views on the watch industry and news about their new edition of the Watchmag (you can download their app here) . We also had the chance to see one of their watchmakers showcasing their art.

 

If you fellows are in the market and are looking to purchase a new timepiece or currently in the research phase, we would recommend you getting in touch with the gentlemen from Watchfinder. We came by the fellows from Watchfinder during our research for our first timepiece.

Rolex GMT Master

We opted for the classical Rolex Submariner Datejust for a few reasons. We were really interested by the history behind the Rolex Submariner. Designed for diving (up to 300m) by Rolex, the Submariner is known for its high quality, water resistance and corrosion. With the summer coming up, we thought it best to procure ourselves a luxury watch that would resist sea water.

Rolex Submariner

Another reason is that the Rolex Submariner is a good entry level timepiece for the fellows entering the luxury watch ladder. It won’t lose value over time and it could help with your next luxury timepiece acquisition. Our fellows at Watchfinder can help you with your upgrade since their moto is “Pre-owned Uncompromised”.

 

So Gentlemen, if you are interested in learning more about the latest trends in the luxury watch industry download their app here. If you are also looking to purchase your next luxury timepiece then visit our fellows at Watchfinder.

Luxury Shopping at Bicester Village

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

With the clocks moving forward an hour, and the Spring nearly upon us, it was time for us to upgrade our wardrobe and accessories at one of London’s stylish shopping outlets. We decided to embark on a luxury journey for the day from London for some luxury shopping to the renowned Bicester Village. Technically speaking, Bicester Village is located on the outskirts of Oxford, an 1h15 North West of London.

Bicester Village

Bicester Village is part of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages by Value Retail. The company specialises exclusively in the development of luxury outlet shopping villages. In fact, during our last visit to Barcelona, we visited La Roca Village which is part of the same group for some international outlet luxury shopping.

 

A kind word of caution, for the fellow gentlemen wanting to attempt the exploration of Bicester Village, we would strongly recommend having an early night to visit the village at its opening to fully enjoy the experience. Surrounded by likeminded gentlemen and fellows, it is easy to get carried away!

 

We visited several of our favourite brands during our visit, Burberry, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach and Timberland to name a few. You can find the full list of stores here.

Bicester Village - Polo Outlet

One of our new acquisitions was Timberland’s Earthkeeper Heritage 2 Eye, also known as Timberland’s Boat shoe.

Bicester Village - Timberland

Made from premium leather and rawhide lace, it is a classic item for any gentleman. The boat shoe can be worn for both formal and informal events and a nice addition to ones summer style. You can find them on the official site here or even better you can go to Bicester Village to pick them up!

Another luxury acquisition was the Coach Cardholder which we have been trying to locate for some time now. Crafted in tanned leather with hand-aligned pockets, it is a nice accessory to complete your business look.

Bicester Village - Coach
So Gentlemen, if you are looking for a day out close to London, Bicester Village is the place to visit should you need a new wardrobe or new accessories to upgrade your look.

Introducing: Sartor Resartus

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

With the Oscar season being over, there are still plenty of parties that need to be attended to. From work functions or high flying networking events, you shouldn’t forget that small details do make a difference. From a proper tie knot to a fancy bow tie or pocket square, the additional gentleman accessories will take your look the extra mile.

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Our fellows from Sartor Resartus provide unique designs and patterns, inspired by English tailoring, the fine craftsmanship of their products will make you stand out – in a good way of course. The unique style is both classy and modern.

 

Our personal favourite is the Navarino pocket square. Produced with the finest cotton, the quality is impressive. Also considering the change in weather we are experiencing here in London, this pocket square would go perfectly with a suit and a white shirt. Definitely worth a look fellow Gentlemen!

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Sartor Resartus have kindly offered Luxurymenblog followers and readers a 15% discount for all orders placed by April 20th 2014 – just use the code “adventure“.

 

Gentlemen, it doesn’t stop there! The Sartor Resartus team are also running a small competition for a chance to win £500 worth of gentlemen accessories!

 

The theme is “Aesthetic Expeditions”, Sartorial looks in unusual places. This is a great time to become creative with your selfies. To submit these, tweet us your posts to @sresartus  @saleservant @luxurymenblog using hashtag #sartorialadventures

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Gentlemen, good luck, and looking forward to the best Sartorial looks in unusual places!

Luxury Men Christmas Gifts – Part 2

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

Following on from Part 1 of this year’s luxury men gifts, we have lined up another series of inspiring men Christmas gifts. With Christmas just around the corner, it is becoming urgent to find that perfect gift.

 

Men Christmas Gift - Fendi tonal Leather weekend bag

The simplistic but stylish Tonal Leather Weekend Bag by Fendi is the perfect size for a weekend away. The shoulder strap (a favourite of ours since we travel a lot) helps to carry the weight of the bag during long journeys through airports, especially when you are running to try and catch a connecting flight! The padlock feature is a nice to have as well for the gentlemen who are a bit weary of leaving their Ipad and Laptop in one bag. A definite Men Christmas Gift!

 

Men Christmas Gift - Savelli Diamond Phone

Gentlemen, after the hype of Christmas day and luxury men Christmas presents, we all look forward to celebrating New Year 2014 with our fellow gentlemen. Here is an opportunity to show off what we have recently received. The Savelli Champagne Diamonds Phone is the luxury gadget to have this Year. The 18ct Rose Gold with Diamonds and ceramic buttons is a stylish and elegant piece to have on you during your night out.

 

Men Christmas Gift Fidelio1

Philips renewed for their sound quality has brought out their newest luxury sub-brand Fidelio’s S1 and S2 headphones. The sound is of superior quality, as we are all gentlemen we do appreciate a good and rich bass. The design boasts a premium copper alloy enclosure designed to reduce distortion and vibration. A nice to have.

 

 

Men Christmas Gift - Ace of Spades

As fellow Gentlemen, we appreciate good champagne. If it is either in a cocktail bar, a VIP section of the most notoriously known club or a quiet evening of poker with the fellow gentlemen, a good glass of champagne is always welcome. The Famous Armand de Brignac, Ace of Spades, have brought out a special edition of 15L of complex, full bodied champagne. This luxury men gift will last longer than just Christmas!

 

So Gentlemen, which luxury men gift will you be offering your fellow Gentleman this Christmas 2013?

Introducing Holdall and Co

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

With December around the corner, most of us are starting to look into Christmas gifts ideas for our fellow gentlemen as well as juggling our busy schedules. From meetings, lunches, corporate events to diners with clients or colleagues, you’re always carrying important documents around, Ipad or that new Iphone 5S in Silver.

Holdall and Co

Our Fellows at Holldall and Co have found a solution for us busy Gentlemen during a time where organisation is of the essence – The Professional 14” Folio. Recently established, Holldall and Co is a luxury leather accessory designer made in England. Their objective: to introduce a new generation to the values of “made in England”.

Holdall and Co - Folio 14"

With the introduction of the Professional Folio, this is a perfect item for your important meeting documents as well as your Ipad or Macbook. The classiness of the design makes it both modern and dapper fitting with different gentlemen styles. Made in England from the best leather they also support small local businesses around the country.

In addition, if you are similar to us and only carry around cards rather than coins, the cardfold case is very useful. It’s very light, slim and fits perfectly in a blazer or suit jacket. The design is hand burnished with stained edges gives that dapper look and feel.

Holdall and Co - Card Holder

Since its cut out of the same leather as the Professional Folio, the quality of the leather has not been degraded and the cardfold case fits easily up to three cards and notes or business cards.

 

The Professional Folio” is available in 2 colours and 2 sizes (12” and 14”):

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  • Chestnut, goes nicely with a dark pair of jeans or blue suit for that important board meeting.

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  • London Tan, will suit a nice grey suit or a pair of chinos for that relaxed, yet important client meeting.

 

So Gentlemen, if you are looking for that additional accessory to give you the edge on other fellow Gentlemen, then the Professional 14” Folio is an item worth the investment.

Luxury Men Christmas Gifts – Part 1

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

It is that period of the year where the more organised fellow gentlemen are starting to look into a fellow’s Men Christmas Gift. But where to start? Luxurymenblog has handpicked a few trendy luxury gifts to inspire you:

 

 Men Christmas Gift - Aspinal of London

Made from the finest Nappa Glove leather, it has hand stitched features around the hand giving the glove a more personal touch. Furthermore, the traditional brogue creates a chic-ness that few other gloves have. An ideal present for Gentlemen who like to drive with gloves, in order to give them, that extra edge when arriving to the office.

 

 Men Christmas Gift - Burburry Scarf

A nice and classy Men Christmas Gift for this Christmas 2013. The shape is rectangular, making it easy to fold beneath a nice leather jacket or long jacket. The soft cashmere is embroidered with Equestrian Knight Detail as well as fringing at both ends for that extra piece of detail.

 

 

 Men Christmas Gift - Holdall and Co

In our next post we will present the Folio 14” by Holdall and Co in full detail. The Folio by Holdall and co is a must have for any Gentleman this Christmas as it is both a stylish Folio and a luxury accessory that is practical for storing important documents or Ipad during your business travel or meetings. A Luxury Men Christmas Gift which will help a fellow gentleman out!

 

 

 Men Christmas Gift - Mulberry Laser Cut Clip

An interesting and unusual Men Christmas Gift for this winter. Mulberry have developped a laser cut money clip which has a modern style and clean cut lines to hold your notes together. The single piece of formed metal is a secure way to keep track of your cahs on a night out!

 

So Gentlemen, which Men Christmas Gift will you be offering your fellow Gentleman this Chirstmas 2013?

Hublot Watches in London

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

 

This weekend, we decided to take a cultural visit to learn more about Hublot watches. We visited the Hublot London Flagship Store in Bond Street. We wanted to learn more about the different collections that Hublot had to offer.

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For the fellow Gentleman who wouldn’t know the brand, Hublot, was the first luxury watchmaker that combined a precious underground metal (gold) with an above ground material (rubber). From this, Hublot waches developed the “Art of Fusion”, combining exotic metals with traditional Swiss watch making practices

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The store manager, a fellow gentleman, kindly took Luxurymenblog through the 3 main collections in detail:

 

  • The Bing Bang:

 

The Big Bang Collection is by far the biggest range available and holds over 130 unique and varied pieces. The “Big Bang”, introduced in November 2005 is the brand’s flagship timepiece which catapulted the brand into the most prestigious realm of watch making.

 

The collection combines unexpected materials including ceramic, carbon, titanium, tungsten, gold and diamonds and employ the most cutting edge technology.

Hublot Watches

Luxurymenblog’s favourite Hublot – the Big Bang Aero Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm

 

The Big Bang retains the original Hublot ‘porthole’ look and is available in 38mm, 41mm, 44mm, and 48mm sizes.

 

  • The King Power

 

The King Power Collection is bolder and a more striking version of the Big Bang models. The complex dials are made of several layers bringing life to the face of each watch. King Power watches are an exciting concept and at 48mm make a real statement.

Special partners of Hublot have their own designed timepieces, the latest one being of the world’s fastest man, the King Power Usain Bolt 48mm. The King Power collection uses contemporary materials including gold, ceramic, platinum and diamonds which make them stand out from the crowd of every day timepieces.

Hublot Watches

The latest King Power release – King Power Usain Bolt with only 250 pieces made

 

 

  • Classic Collection

 

The Hublot Classic Fusion is an evolution of the concept of the Big Bang. The art of fusion is a key principle behind the design and creation of Hublot. Classic Fusion watches feature the same technical boldness as the Big Bang collection, however with a more classical, attractive aesthetic feel to them.

Hublot Watches

The Ultra Thin Skeleton Watch by Hublot – The Classic Fusion Classico Ultra-Thin All Black 45mm

 

It is rare to find this type of timepiece that blends ceramic, gold, titanium, platinum and diamonds to make watches with such a stylish design. The Classic Fusion combines traditional Swiss watchmaking values with contemporary cutting edge methods.

 

So Gentlemen, when will you be buying your Hublot?

Daniel Wellington Summer Style 2013

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

Before packing our bags for the south of Europe, we were eagerly researching a new summer gentleman’s watch. We had a specific criteria, the watch had to be stylish, be a positive additional piece of our summer outfits as well as being preppy and elegant. It was a challenge! However after a few weeks of investigation, we came across Daniel Wellington’s watches. After visiting their Facebook (here) and Instagram pages (here), we really liked the look and feel of the brand.

Daniel Wellington Logo
We found the story behind Daniel Wellington very interesting. He was a man with a “colourful personality who had an inspiring ability to be gentlemanly, relaxed and unpretentious at the same time.” This fellow Gentleman used to wear his old Rolex on Nato straps which originated from the British Navy. This changed the style of the old rusty Rolex to a more modern and preppy look.

Daniel Wellington Watches Collection 2013

One of the added benefits of the Daniel Wellington watches is that the straps are interchangeable, meaning one day you can opt for a preppy look to go to the tennis courts and the next you can have a classic formal watch for that important client meeting.

Our personal favourite was the Canterbury with the silver ring colour as its fit very nicely with our summer preppy outfits. We have been using it both as a complementary piece to our outfits but also as an individual piece.

Daniel Wellington Luxurymenblog Canterbury Watch


The Summer Preppy Look 2013
: the watch goes very nicely with a pair of colourful chinos and boat shoes for any boat and pool party that we had planned in the South of Europe. Works wonders with a tan, blue chinos, navy boat shoes and a pink shirt!

Daniel Wellington Canterbury Watch


The Meeting Back to Work
: Of course the different straps that are available, are a nice addition as with one watch, you can customise the look to become more formal and classical.

Daniel Wellington Gold Classic Look
Gentlemen, Daniel Wellington has kindly offered all Luxurymenblog followers & readers an incredible and exclusive discount of 15% when quoting “luxury” at the checkout until the end of September 2013.

Gentlemen, the summer isn’t over yet, there is still time to your upgrade your summer wardrobe!

Miansai Anchor Bracelet for Stylish Gentlemen

Gentlemen and Fellow followers,

A few weeks ago I went out clubbing in the West End of London as I usually do every other weekend. This weekend, I noticed that all the Gentlemen that were around me were wearing very similar accessories including myself, one watch and either a bangle or a customised chain on the each wrist. I wanted to stand out from my fellow gentlemen with something more classy and elegant like the Miansai Anchor Bracelet, I’ve just discovered.

 

This week, I visited the famous Selfridges on Oxford St. browsing the sales and I came across the Miansai Range of Anchor bracelets by Michael Saiger. I remember this brand having featured in GQ last year but it had totally slipped my mind. His jewellery line combines vintage styles and my personal favourite is the “Silver Anchor on Blue and Red Rope” which you can see below:

 Luxury Miansai Anchor Bracelet

 

It goes very nicely with a smart casual look or if you are planning on having a formal meeting with new clients like I had the other day, it was a great icebreaker! I do like the range as the quality of the rope is good and the actual anchor itself is of high quality silver. There are a few ways you can wear the bracelets too, I’ve tried different combinations depending on what style I was opting for:

 

  • Watch vs Miansai – Chilled look: you can wear a nice summer shirt, preferably light colours or white with a pair of chinos and have a watch on one wrist and the Miansai on the other. It looks casual and can work well with a pair of boat shoes.

 

  • Watch vs Miansai – Suited Look: when you are preparing for that important meeting and you want a little “something” to help differentiate yourself from the rest of your colleagues and get the “that’s a nice combo” look from your peers? Try pairing up your Miansai Anchor Bracelet with your suit (preferably a similar tone of colour or if you are feeling courageous go flashy but stylish).

 Luxury Miansai bracelet and suit look

  • Watch & MiansaiSupercharged look: I’ve seen a few fellow gentlemen wearing their chains and their watches on the same arm. Although I am not a big fan of this look, I have tried this with my Achor bracelet and it does work. The silver anchor offsets the black of the watch or bronze/gold.

 

To date, since I’ve been wearing mine, I’ve had 2 colleagues, 3 people in clubs and 2 people in bars asking me where I had bought mine as it was an unusual piece of jewlery.

Miansai by Michael Saiger

So gentlemen and fellow followers, which Miansai Anchor Bracelet for Gentlemen will you be adopting for your Spring Summer 2013?

Luxury Conference 2013…by American Express

American Express Luxury Summit 2013


Gentlemen, every year since 1999, the elite of luxury gather in the 
American Express Luxury Summit 2013 to discuss the roadmap of how big luxury houses see the world and do business. Interestingly, back in 2012 the theme of the summit was “what works now: Luxury to believe in”. This year it’s “Luxury: The Remix 2013”.

 

The summit will be taking place this year from the 21 to 23rd of April 2013 at St Regis Monarch Beach, CA. It will be focusing around four key areas: globalism, travel, lifestyle and technology. Some of the top names in the industry will be attending the event; these include speakers from Hermès, Tom Ford, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Worlwide.

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The conference also includes activities for delegates and attendees such as Golf Clinics, Tennis Clinics to perfect your serves, Surfing lessons, Welness treatments and much more. You can find the full program of the American Express Publishing’s Luxury Summit 2013
here

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Registrations are still open, so fellow followers if you fancy enjoying and discovering about the world of high luxury and what is in store for 2013, then, be sure to book your
ticket quick!

 

 

Introducing…Blake & Whyte

Gentlemen and fellow followers,

Today, the world of luxury and class for us gentlemen is becoming more and more fragmented. From top brands offering exclusive ranges of menswear such as Louis Vuiton, Hugo Boss, Hermes, Burberry to cite only a few, to the smaller more independent brands such as Blake&Whyte, an inspiring collaboration between a film maker and a men’s fashion designer.

The New York based luxury sportswear brand launched in 2011, designing collections for men as well as high end accessories. The styles are inspired from New York and London trends, combining the best of both worlds. Their unique selling points, to cite only a few, are their attention to detail for each shirt and coat and the fit.

Launching their Spring Summer 2013 collection is a range of versatile pieces designed to last for us gentlemen that appreciate true design. I’ve picked a few that I personally really like from their SS13 collection:

Summer by Blake & White

The simple but stylish combination of white shirt and blue hoodie with classy shorts would go well with a nice pair of boat shoes – the classic Heritage boat shoes from Timberland are always a good call. You can view the whole collection on their Tumblr here.

Trench Coat by Blake & Whyte

The grey trench coat is a good match for both a nice tailored suit for your important meetings or for a casual night out with the fellow gentlemen. Definitely a stylish item and practical considering the recent weather conditions and with spring on its way, this is a nice mid season piece to have in your wardrobe.

The Blake&Whyte team are currently expanding and actually have additional stylish pieces in store! It’s definitely worth the look, you can visit their page here. They are in the process of expanding their store and currently have a page on kickstarter to help with their expansion.

 

Gentlemen, Blake&Whyte is definitely an upcoming brand worth visiting!