Found yourself a nice vintage watch but fancy the strap a little lacking? Upgrade with worn&wound’s Model 2. Cut from slightly tapered Horween leather, this rugged two-piece strap is available in three colors – crimson, russet, and black – and suits nigh any timepiece, from divers to military, to dress-casual. Besides, its raw cut edges and hand-tied knots make for a look that gains a nice patina and gets better with age, just like its wearer.
Pick one up at worn&wound’s shop - $59
Functionality and style need not be mutually exclusive. Slide Belt’s Survival model couples an insanely durable strap – it’s waterproof, abrasion resistant, UV protected, and flexes like normal even at sub-zero temperatures – with a hole-less belt buckle that locks the belt at 1/4-inch intervals, attaining lengths far more precise than with typical eyelets. Get the right color (namely, black), and a Survival Belt will look as good on a suit as it would heading off into the woods. Each belt also sports a built-in bottle opener, though throwing over a bit of extra cash nabs you The Survivor, which also stashes a striker and ferrocerium fire starter rod rated for 1,000 strikes.
Hit up Kickstarter for more information – $59 to $89 (with fire starter)
In today’s world, sometimes one needs to push the envelope in order to stand out. While this applies to all aspects of our lives, it’s especially pronounced with regards to personal style. Nothing puts you above your peers fashion-wise than wielding a BÖ. Yes – it’s exactly what it looks like: a modern twist on the classic bow tie, where the traditional fabric is replaced by an architectural wooden masterpiece weighing-in at only 25 grams, i.e. nothing, coupled to a leather strap and artisanal twine. Choose from one various styles available in the Spring 2014 collection or unveil the artist within and build your own.
Eye the offerings at Bo – $55 to $65
A good looking belt needn’t be constrictive, pricey, or boring. Case in point: Arcade Belts’ Hybrid Collection, which marries ultra-comfortable, durable patterned stretch belts with full grain leather used to form a traditional pin & hole enclosure that’s secured using a standard metal buckle. They’re offered in various styles, from the whimsical Captain (shown) to the more conservative herringbone patterned Mariner or Tailor, or the spirited Sierra Camo.
Learn more at Arcade Belts – $32
Slowly building up you watch collection to cover every possible occasion? Kill 10 birds with one stone with Mijlo’s Everyday Watch, a timepiece set that’s easily customized to form 10 aesthetically distinct variations. The kit starts with two watches, both powered by a Japanese quartz movement, capped with mineral crystal, and built within either a satin-brushed rose gold or steel case with different faces. Throw in five straps – brown, tan, and black leather, plus one made of blue rubber and another of canvas and leather – and you’ve got the potential for ten combinations, helped by easy switch technology that makes swapping straps as simple as pressing the button on their spring bars. They even include in a handy watch roll to stash extra parts or carry it all.
Check it out at Kickstarter – roughly $200
Minimal and spirited, Miansai’s M24 boldly mixes a blue we’ve yet to see on a man’s timepiece with clean features and a fine Italian leather strap (of course it also comes with a black face but where’s the fun in that?). These sleek watches put a one-handed Japanese movement that makes two full turns per day behind a mineral glass face and in between PVD-coated stainless steel. It’s also water-resistant to 100 feet and measures in at just 5.5mm thin, making the M24 a solid choice for daily wear.
Check out the full lineup at Miansai - $185 to $215
Braun’s ultra-minimal timepieces are instantly recognizable, though their latest release pushes the brand’s iconic designs into uncharted territory, at least when it comes to choice of materials. The BN0171 features a ceramic face paired to a matching ceramic bracelet for a smooth, comfortable fit and far superior hardness (and scratch resistance) when compared to metal straps. Else, the watch boasts a round 38mm face underneath mineral crystal glass, 30 meters of water resistance, and a quartz movement spinning three hands - two understated and another not so much.
SAXX offers the smooth, comfortable feel of Kenny G without riding an elevator. Innovative technology makes every pair of SAXX the most comfortable, highest performing underwear ever made. Patented internal mesh panels keep your delicates in place, making restricted movement and friction a thing of the past. The front is articulated to conform to your curve and the no stich, no inner seam offers maximum comfort. Sweat is also a thing of the past with SAXX moisture wicking waist-bands, keeping you dry even when you’re hot and in motion. And since just as important as function is form, cutting edge fabrics like spandex/polyester blend, Modal, viscose or cotton make for the perfect fit and finish to this base layer that simultaneously meets your utilitarian and fashion desires.
Learn more at SAXX Underwear – $25+
Cliff Clavin could regal you with a little known fact about hoodies. Originally developed in the mid 13th century, they were used to funnel the sound of grog horns and drums when attending the equivalent of present day rock concerts. Betabrand’s Audio Engineer Hoodie doesn’t fall far from the acoustic tree. Designed for audio engineers whose fashion sense comes second to the functionality of their wardrobe, this hoodie incorporates everything you need to mix, listen and feel your music. At first glance the dual kangaroo pocketed black, relaxed fit hoodie seems anti outré. But a closer look reveals features that any audiophile can appreciate. An interior line with a cassette-themed pattern sets the mood for music which is further developed with acoustically transparent hood panels that, like magic, allow sound to penetrate unmolested while remaining visibly solid. A headphone pass-through hole in the front pockets, left pocket loop for securing securables, internal headphone routing to the right pocket, and a secure chest pocket for your thumbdrive round out the engineering tech. There’s even wiring diagrams screened on the interior so you need only solder once.
Find it at Betabrand – $142
Tempis fugit when you’re having fun. Now you can count the seconds on a fully mechanical, manually wound timepiece made in the USA. The Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch is comprised of over 100 precision parts and hand assembled in a solid piece stainless steel caseback. Sapphire crystals used on both the front and back of the watch showcase the masterful work inside, ticking away at 18,000 beats/hour keep to keep close to perfect time through a 46 hour power reserve. Securing this 42mm diameter piece to your wrist is an olive green Cordura canvas strap reminiscent of the type worn 75 years ago, while luminescent paint allows for easy reading of the sold steel hands in low light.
Preorder at Weiss Watch Company – $950