HEFNER AT HOME: THE BIRTH OF THE MODERN BACHELOR PAD
When Hugh Hefner was drafting the image of his ideal Playboy reader—a literate and liberated sort, who also enjoyed a nice set of cans—his ideas went far beyond silk bedsheets, martini shakers, and one-night stands with stewardesses.
BRUICHLADDICH SCOTCH KEEPS TRADITION ALIVE
The world of scotch is crowded with homogenization. Companies throw away their heritage and adopt mechanized techniques, favoring machines over individuals to produce their product. Bruichladdich however is moving in an entirely different direction, keeping the spirit of traditional Scottish distillation alive.
SUMMER TIME IS PEPSI TIME: THE ROLEX GMT MASTER
As recognizable as it is timeless, the Rolex GMT Master 1675 is one of the most iconic timepieces in the watchmaker’s archive. It dates back to the early 1950’s, when Pan American Airlines was looking for a watch that could simultaneously read two time zones. Rolex provided them with a solution, the GMT Master.
BRASS TACKS: MAINTAINING THE PERFECT PATINA
While brass furnishings have often been neglected, as they were considered cheap or second class, to vintage collectors, their imperfections and weight make brass products all the more covetable. Unlike gold or bronze, brass products are quite often solid, rather than plated, and have good weight and durability. As brass ages, due to oxidization and how it is handled, it develops a beautiful patina. Vintage brass items are not only beautiful but they are sturdy, and tell a story.
THE GENIUS OF EDWARD GREEN
Many aspire to the distinction, but only one can claim the motto, and since its inception in 1890 Edward Green shoes have been the sine qua non of both good taste and dandyism. A centenarian
reputation however, guarantees they are no secret and that the ‘few’ have become ‘many more.’ Still, with a fabrication time of several weeks per shoe, perhaps the ‘patiently discerning’ is a better descriptor at this point.
In 1952, when the British ministry sent a group of scientists to the northernmost point of Greenland – the closest to the poles any Brit had been in decades – thirty Tudor wristwatches went with them. In the late 1960s, when the US Armed Forces began looking for a watch suitable for extreme diving conditions, yet one capable of immense accuracy, they settled on the Tudor Submariner. So did the French Marine Nationale, who used Tudor wristwatches for over a quarter century as standard issue timekeepers for its most elite servicemen.
THE HEART-POUNDING LEGACY OF HEUER
In the luxury brand–driven world of designer wristwatches, many have attached their names to Formula One teams, logo-happy European road rallies, and other high-stakes events. But to racing purists, there’s only ever been one name that matters when every second counts: Heuer, inventors of the dashboard chronograph (1911) and its timepiece de résistance, the Heuer chronograph wristwatch (1914).
SPARK IT UP
One of the first lighters was invented in 1823 by a German chemist named Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner. It was referred to as “Döbereiner’s lamp.” It was a converted flintlock pistol that used gunpowder. However, this lighter didn’t last long because it was very large and dangerous.
There is nothing like the simple navy tie. Whether you’re wearing it with a navy jacket and a blue oxford or denim shirt, you can’t go wrong. What’s also important about wearing a tie is how you wear it. It’s all about the right color combos.
ATALAYE: SWIMWEAR FROM THE FRENCH SEASIDE
New to men’s swimwear is the French brand Atalaye – Bain de Biarritz. Based in Biarritz, France, Atalaye means promontory, or the best viewpoint in the city to lookout over the sea, in the Basque language. Their line of premium swimwear is inspired by the irresistible, casual chic aesthetic of Biarritz. With the city as their muse, Atalaye not only creates swim shorts that are colorful and patterned but also well crafted.
THE PURSUIT OF LIVING WELL
The vibrant neighborhood of Chelsea in New York City, known for its flourishing art scene with over 200 art galleries, has becoming an epicenter for creative expression and architectural innovation. Adding to this is the new 19-story luxury residential tower located at 551 West 21st Street. Situated at the comer of 11th Avenue and 21st Street, the building offers stunning panoramic views of the Hudson River and Midtown Manhattan as well as convenient access to Highline Park, Hudson River Park, Chelsea Piers, and Chelsea Market...read more