When it comes to watches, the exciting new technology you usually hear about is digital: touch screens and haptic feedback, heart rate monitoring and video chatting on your wrist. The tech that powers mechanical watches, on the other hand, hasn’t changed much in centuries. That was until the Zenith Defy Inventor came along. Powered by an innovative Zenith Oscillator movement, the Defy Inventor replaces the traditional sprung balance system with a new ultra-thin silicon element for increased reliability and reduced complexity. If you love the careful craftsmanship of mechanical watches, you need to see this timepiece.
“Staying true to the Defy category’s ‘future of tradition’ tagline,” says Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen, “Zenith once again makes a remarkable push forward with the incorporation of the new single piece Zenith Oscillator.”
The balance spring has been powering watches since the mid-1600s, when the Dutch astronomer and mathematician Christian Huygens first came up with the idea. A balance spring, also known as a hairspring, uses a small coiled piece of metal to store energy—winding the watch tightens the spring, and then it slowly uncoils to power the watch.
That’s not how the Zenith Defy Inventor works, though. Instead of a hairspring powering a long train of components (often as many as 30), the Calibre 9100 movement in the Inventor uses a single element made from silicon that vibrates at an ultra-quick 18 Hertz. That’s significantly faster than the 4 Hertz that most watches achieve, and the reduced complexity and faster movement makes for a lighter and more reliable timepiece.
The Inventor is easy on the eyes, too.
“If the mechanical achievements don’t impress you,” Breen says, “I’m sure the gorgeous aesthetic of this timepiece will grab your attention.”
Zenith smartly chose to display its Calibre 9100 within the watch: The inner workings of the movement are visible through openwork on the dial. In addition, the company sourced some unique materials to make this timepiece. It sports a large 44mm titanium case and features a bezel made from Aeronith, an aluminum foam combined with a polymer that’s three times lighter than titanium. Thanks to these lightweight materials, the watch is designed to practically disappear on your wrist, and they also give it a finish unlike any other ticker in your collection (or anyone else’s).
The watch features minute, hour, and second hands, is water resistant up to 330 feet, and comes finished with a bold black and midnight blue strap. It also features a 50-hour power reserve, which guarantees you a comfortable two days of operation before you have to worry about winding it.
Holden Outerwear has had a few different homes and iterations since it was founded by pro snowboarder Mikey LeBlanc 18 years ago.
But fall 2020 marks a new chapter for the business, now headquartered on Abbot Kinney in Venice, Calif., which has transitioned from purely men’s alpine performance wear to include fashion and a women’s wear proposition.
With a Japanese sensibility, new offerings include mid-weight pieces in stylish proportions and hybrid indoor-outdoor fabrications that can function as street or workout wear, including down puffer jogger pants or shorts; cropped sherpa hoodies; seamless Fair Isle sweaters; hi-loft quilted down kimonos, and oversize, oil-finish metallic parkas with fishtail hems.
Holden will be selling during women’s fashion weeks in New York and Paris for the first time this season.
“We want to be a more stylish Canada Goose and a less status Moncler,” said co-founder and designer Scott Zergebel, emphasizing that in addition to using luxe European textiles, the brand has been eco-conscious from Day One, using recycled cork insulation and trackable down, for example.
“We see the emulation of the technical in traditional fashion,” Le Blanc said of Holden’s potential. “And there are so many large down brands that have been very successful. Now that they are
Big hair, loud pastel color combinations, step aerobics—there’s a lot about the ’80s that we’re happy to leave in the past. But there are also a few things we miss, and our latest Watch of the Week really satisfies our nostalgia. It’s the Seiko SNJ025, a revamped version of the company’s iconic 1982 Hybrid Diver’s Watch, which was the first dive watch to combine analog hands and a digital display on one dial. It was released this past fall, and we’re thrilled to see it make a comeback.
First, a little history. The Hybrid Diver’s Watch, also known as the H558, was released in 1982. According to Seiko, the H558 initially won praise when it was worn on multiple climbs up Mount Everest (an interesting claim to fame for a dive watch). But that was just the start. The timepiece really gained a cult following once Arnold Schwarzenegger started wearing it in movies like Predator, says Men’s Journal Senior Editor Sal Vaglica. Despite that notable celebrity endorsement, the H558 went out of production in the early 1990s.
Fast forward to Baselword last year, and the watch resurfaced, this time as the SNJ025. It has the unmistakeable look of the original (it still sports the analog and digital combination), but it has also been modernized for today’s wearer. The H558 used a quartz movement, but the new version is solar-powered, which means there are no batteries to replace. Seiko also added a few other improvements while still remaining true to the watch’s eye-catching design.
“It keeps a lot of the features of the original, like a chronograph and alarm, but adds in a calendar and dual time,” says Vaglica. “It’s also a bit bigger than the original, at 47.8mm, so it’s a good fit for larger wrists.”
In addition, the watch features a power reserve display function (Seiko claims it has a 6-month reserve when fully charged), a screw-down crown and two pushers, a one-way rotating bezel for tracking elapsed time, and LumiBrite-coated hands and indices for good low-light readability. Seiko has also released a sleek blacked-out version (the SNJ028), and collaborated with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors on a special-edition model with a red and blue bezel (the SNJ027).
No matter which version you go with, you’ll get a quality dive watch. Each one is rated for water resistance down to 660 feet, and they come with a comfortable, water-friendly silicone strap.
Today, the H558 is a collector’s item. If you’re not one of the lucky few who own an original, the SNJ025 is a great way to get that classic style with some extra functionality thrown in, too. We think Dutch Schaefer would approve.
TAG Heuer has been turning out finely crafted timepieces since 1860, and in honor of the company’s 160th anniversary this year, it’s reimagining a beloved series of watches: the Carrera line. The new Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition combines the bold styling of the original model with a modern chronograph movement and exclusive commemorative details. Get ready for one handsome watch with plenty of history behind it, too.
The Carrera line began in 1962, when CEO Jack Heuer learned about the Carrera Panamericana, a grueling auto race held in Mexico in the 1950s. Inspired by the race, he envisioned a clean, well-proportioned chronograph watch bearing the Carrera name, and in 1963, the first example, known as the 2447S, left the company’s factory. Its starburst silver dial and three embedded counters made the watch easy to read while driving—and also incredibly stylish. Since then, Carrera watches have also featured the brand’s top tech, including the Valjoux 72 movement that powered the original.
The Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition stays true to the legacy of the original watch while updating it for modern tastes. It comes with a polished stainless steel case that’s slightly larger (39mm) than the original Carrera, which measured 36mm. The case back features “one of 1860” and “LIMITED EDITION” engravings, and you can even take a peek inside: A sapphire crystal cover provides a view of the oscillating weight of the movement.
There are other subtle changes as well. On the new version, the second indicator has moved to the 6 o’clock position (it was at 9 o’clock on the original Carrera) to accommodate the new Heuer 02 movement. The dial features a chronograph function, hour and minute indicators, and the Carrera name and Heuer logo. Plus, the main hour and minute hands are faceted and coated with beige SuperLuminova for low-light visibility, and it’s water resistant to 100 meters, so you can feel good about wearing this one out and about. It’s not designed to be stuck inside a glass case.
It’s all topped off with domed sapphire crystal—a nice retro touch—and comes with a sleek black alligator leather strap. Style-wise, this is a watch that should be right at home with most of your wardrobe.
“Modern and clean, this piece is perfectly versatile,” said Men’s Journal Fashion Editor Kevin Breen. “It can be used to add a sporty touch to any business suit and as an eye-catching accessory to elevate a more casual outfit.”
It’ll be especially sharp when paired with a black leather jacket, a white turtleneck, tapered black trousers, and white tennis shoes, Breen says.
“The watch will take that classic-but-casual outfit to the next level.”
Under the hood, it’s also a fine example of TAG Heuer’s quality craftsmanship. The Heuer 02 movement is made in-house, and features a whopping 80-hour power reserve and a thinner profile for a more slimmed-down shape. It also includes innovations like a vertical clutch for greater precision—it keeps the watch from losing time when you use the start-stop chronograph function—and a column wheel for smooth, precise movements when you activate the push buttons. The movement also oscillates at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) for better stability.
All of these features combine for smooth, consistent, and accurate operation even through the rigors of daily wear. Which is exactly what you’d expect from the rebirth of such a classic model from TAG Heuer.
The Super Bowl LIV commercials have already left a mark on the cultural lexicon ahead of Sunday’s game.
A number of companies ranging from beauty to beverages and social media platforms to streaming services have released their Super Bowl commercials prior to Sunday’s match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs, building up buzz for the game and the highly anticipated Super Bowl halftime show performance by Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.
Many high-profile celebrities and notable figures are adding their star power to these commercials, including the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Busy Philipps, Sam Elliott, Lil Nas X and astronaut Nicole Stott, among others.
Scroll on to check out five must-see Super Bowl commercials ahead of Sunday’s game.
1. Olay’s #MakeSpaceForWomen Campaign
Skin-care brand Olay tapped the likes of Katie Couric, Taraji P. Henson, Busy Philipps, comedian Lilly Singh and astronaut Nicole Stott for its #MakeSpaceForWomen commercial, where the women convey a powerful message that there is room in space — and the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — for women.
The commercial also reveals that the brand will donate $ 1 for every tweet shared with the hashtag.
2. Secret’s ‘The Secret Kicker’
Secret Deodorant’s Super Bowl commercial is a call to end
It’s a moment any watch owner would dream of having: You’re on Antiques Roadshow with a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph watch you bought in 1974 for $ 345.97, waiting for the appraiser to let you know how much it’s worth. You’re hoping for a little bit of extra value; wouldn’t it be nice to see that it’s now worth 20 times as much? Maybe even 50 times? How about over 1,000 times as much?
That’s what one former Air Force member found himself dealing with when Antiques Roadshow appraiser Peter Planes told him how much his old watch was worth during a stop on the show’s tour in Bonanzaville, which is located in West Fargo, N.D, according to The Washington Post.
Planes says that the watch resembles the now-iconic one that Paul Newman wore, and that those watches are “going for $ 150,000 to $ 200,000. Your watch is more special: It says Oyster on it. They did that for an extremely short period of time… This particular model marked Oyster is extremely rare. A watch like this at auction is worth about $ 400,000 dollars.”
When Planes said the words $ 400,000 dollars, all the man could do was fall to the floor. Watch the video here:
That wasn’t the end of it either: It turns out that his watch could fetch even more than what it’s worth at auction—so long as he doesn’t wear it.
CLAD IN A white lab coat and sitting at a large wood workbench in the corner of a workshop with views of the woods out back, Charles Emslie grabs a magnifying loupe and casts his gaze on a 1989 Rolex Submariner 16610. The stainless steel watch with a black bezel probably sold for around $ 1,500 when it was released, but today it is prized by collectors and can fetch as much as $ 8,000—if it’s in mint condition.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case with this Rolex. “The watch is old enough that the oils have degraded and gotten dirty and dried out,” Emslie says. “It needs a complete overhaul.”
With that, Emslie, 32, who’s been repairing fine watches for a decade, prepares to go inside the Submariner and take it apart piece by piece. This is no simple task. The mechanical watch, which is powered by the movement of the wearer’s arm, comprises hundreds of pieces—some “only a little thicker than a human hair,” Emslie says. To inspect the Rolex, Emslie will use an array of specialized tools, everything from millimeter-size screwdrivers to wooden tweezers—you don’t have to worry about scratches quite as much with the wood ones, he explains. From there, certain key parts of the watch, including its automatic movement, will be placed in a cleaning machine called the Greiner Vibrograf ACS900 in a nearby room. The case, meanwhile, will be washed separately in something called an Elma Ultrasonic Tank. Then Emslie will put it all back together, testing and retesting the rehabbed timepiece to ensure precision accuracy.
EMSLIE IS AMONG a team of watchmakers, technicians, and refinishers here at the headquarters of Crown & Caliber, a watch retailer based in Atlanta that buys and sells pre-owned luxury timepieces online. Since it launched in 2013, the company says, it has had more than 40,000 transactions.
Crown & Caliber was founded by Hamilton Powell, an Atlanta native with a background in finance. He got the idea after a friend described what he went through when he tried to sell a rare Rolex Day Date. After posting the watch on eBay, the friend was besieged by scammers. With estimates of the timepiece’s value all over the map, he was unsure of an asking price, until he finally sold it for $ 5,500 to a mom-and-pop jewelry shop—which flipped it for more than twice that amount.
Sensing an opportunity, Powell did some research. He learned, to his surprise, that the U.S. market for high-end mechanical watches is some $ 5 billion a year. “Some estimate that the pre-owned industry is more than double that,” Powell says. But that pre-owned market was like the Wild West. “Pre-owned watches are traded in back alleys, and pawnshops, and on forums or on eBay and Craigslist,” Powell says. “I thought, ‘We can make it easier and more trusted, a better way to buy a watch.’”
So he set out to do just that, launching Crown & Caliber with a small team and a single watchmaker. “I remember a couple of nights at 1:00, looking for a lost watch part in the carpet of our office with a flashlight,” Powell says. Today, the company has about 60 full-time employees, including watchmakers, refinishers, and customer-service staff.
Pre-owned watches are traded in back alleys, and pawnshops, and on forums or on eBay and Craigslist. I thought, ‘We can make it easier and more trusted, a better way to buy a watch.’
Crown & Caliber takes the guesswork and uncertainty out of the process. Sellers know they’re getting a fair price, and buyers can be assured that what they’re getting is authentic and in tip-top shape. Would-be sellers fill out an online form, answering a series of questions. The company sends back a quote, based on a proprietary database that analyzes how much similar watches have sold in the past. “We’re not using our gut; we’re not using just a hunch,” Powell says. “We’re using real data to determine what we’re going to pay.”
Once Crown & Caliber gets hold of the watch and confirms its authenticity, the real work begins. First, the team tests the watch in a Witschi analyzing machine to determine accuracy. If they find that it’s not keeping time the way it’s supposed to—like the Submariner being worked on by Emslie—it goes to the workshop, where repairs are made. From there, the watch is refinished, polished up, and photographed, before being posted as for sale on the site. Watch experts are on hand to guide buyers through the process, patiently answering questions about what makes a particular timepiece special or why two watches that look identical can vary widely in price.
Those prices are nothing to sniff at. At the lower end of the scale, a Baume & Mercier Clifton Club watch can go for about $ 1,250. At the upper end, hardcore collectors will spend from $ 40,000 to $ 50,000 for an automatic 2010 Patek Philippe Nautilus or 2015 IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater Limited Edition— roughly what you’d pay for a Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster.
BACK IN THE Crown & Caliber workshop, Emslie turns his attention from the Rolex to a Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar, an automatic watch with a solid white-gold case that can fetch as much as $ 50,000. The Patek is “less than two years old, in my estimation,” Emslie says. His main job with this Patek isn’t to disassemble it—he just needs to make sure it’s not a fake and then get back to the seller with an offer. (It is, in fact, real.)
Next comes something slightly more affordable than the Patek: a Breitling Chronomat A13050 that Emslie says costs around a couple of grand. It’s a good way to end a Tuesday—Breitlings happen to be among Emslie’s favorites. “Stainless steel, white dial, very pretty movement,” he says, somewhat wistfully. “It’s reliable, it’s accurate, it’s a beast.”
This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone… In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould ) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.
We’re deep into holiday shopping season, and if buying all these gifts for other people has you feeling, well, a little neglected, we have good news. Head over to Huckberry, weary shopper, because now’s your chance to win a little something nice for yourself. As part of the company’s “Grail Gifts” giveaway, you’ll be entered to win a vintage 1967 Rolex GMT 1675 Mark 1.5 Dial watch when you spend $ 50 or more on the site. The offer’s only available today, Dec. 4 and tomorrow, Dec. 5, and Huckberry is giving away just one watch.
The Rolex is the first of two Grail Gifts that Huckberry is giving away (the next one will be announced on Dec. 8), and it’s really something special. Valued at a cool 14 grand, this watch is famous for its two-tone “Pepsi dial” with the striking blue and red bezel. It has been featured on many famous wrists over the years, including Pablo Picasso, Marlon Brando, and several NASA astronauts. You’ll definitely be in good company if you’re the one to nab it.
Luckily for you, Huckberry’s extensive selection of apparel, home decor, and more makes it easy to blaze through your holiday shopping list and meet the $ 50 threshold. We’re big fans of their Whiskey Peaks tumblers, to name one example—these feature topographic impressions of famous mountains from around the globe on the bottom of each glass. On the apparel end of things, Huckberry carries unique brands like Taylor Stitch and Flint & Tinder, so you can pick up some high-quality, stylish threads that make great gifts.
Wrap up your shopping today and tomorrow, and you could win something really nice for yourself, too.
Bond has been wearing an Omega watch since Pierce Brosnan played the character in 1995’s GoldenEye. For this particular timepiece, Omega is releasing it as part of a non-limited collection in February, giving fans everywhere the chance to wear the same timepiece as Craig’s Bond in the new film.
The design of the new Seamaster was inspired by Bond’s military past as a former Royal Naval Reserve Commander, as he would have been given an Omega watch in real life if he was a British Royal Navy officer. The Bond films’ original partnership with Omega was in part inspired by that history as well.
“When our costume designer on GoldenEye, Lindy Hemming, whose father would have been one of the people who got the Navy Omega watch in the war, recommended it, I felt that particular history was a fit for the character,” said longtime Bond producer Michael G. Wilson, who has worked on the franchise since 1972, at a press conference for the release of the watch. “Omega first came to mind for me as a strong timepiece when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon and all the astronauts had Omega timepieces. When Lindy brought it to me, I thought, ‘if it’s good enough for the astronauts, it has to be good enough for James Bond.’”
Craig himself collaborated with the design team, making it the first time ever that an actor playing Bond helped design a watch for the character.
When it was brought to me at the beginning of the filming process, I thought, ‘You’ve done it: This is the James Bond watch.’
“I wanted to help create a watch that suited my Bond character, who is a military man at heart,” Craig said at the press conference. “We started having a dialogue and Omega took in my input, and the watch is the culmination of that dialogue, and, in a way, a culmination of my character of Bond in this series of films. It’s a military watch, but it’s also elegant. You can wear it as a dress watch, but it feels like a military watch, which is what Bond would need. It’s titanium, and light as a feather. When it was brought to me at the beginning of the filming process, I thought, ‘You’ve done it: This is the James Bond watch.’”
The new Seamaster is featured multiple times in the No Time To Die trailer, including when Bond is speaking with Spectre villain Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) and later when he gets ready to shoot a gun around the two minute mark. Here’s a look at the trailer:
The watch will be available with a titanium mesh bracelet strap, or a striped NATO strap in dark brown, gray, and beige, which also has “007″ engraved on the loop. The timepieces are made with Grade 2 Titanium on the case and mesh bracelet, and the caseback includes references to the Omega’s military history as well as the Bond character.
Each watch includes a naval code-number that fits the format for genuine military-issue watches along with “007,” for Bond’s double-00 agent number, and “62,” referencing the year the first Bond film (Dr. No) was released. The Seamaster watch with the NATO strap is available for $ 8,100, while the titanium mesh strap timepiece is set at $ 9,200.
Ever since Cartier produced the first one back in 1904, pilot watches have evolved from a utilitarian cockpit essential into a rugged and stylish accessory. They were some of the first wristwatches ever made, and were built to meet the needs of aviators with specific complications like chronographs and tachymeters. Well over a century later, pilot watches are still going strong. For proof, look no further than the new The Jack Mason x Taylor Stitch Aviator Multi‑Scale Chronograph. A collaboration between the Texas-based heritage watch company and the San Francisco menswear brand, the Aviator is an homage to the daring pilots of the 1930s and the trusty timepieces they wore.
Like any good pilot watch, it comes with all the features you need to keep your bearings in the air. The Aviator features 30-minute and running seconds subdials, a date display, and a chronograph function, all housed in a 42mm stainless steel case. It also comes equipped with two complications that pilots would definitely appreciate: a tachymeter scale around the outer edge of the dial that tracks speed over time, and a telemeter scale that can estimate the distance to an event that is seen and then heard. It’s powered by a Ronda Z50 analog quartz movement, and it’s water resistant up to 100 meters, so it’s just as comfortable at the beach as it is in the cockpit (or anywhere else you decide to take it).
Tech aside, the Aviator has really strong style chops, too. The matte navy blue dial features striking red and gray accents and applied metal indices, and the case comes with a “coin edge” texture that adds a touch of ruggedness—and also makes the watch easy to grip while wearing gloves. Plus, it comes with two straps: one made from tan Italian leather, and one made from blue canvas that complements the dial nicely.
All together, the Aviator takes cues from classic pilot watches and turns them into a more versatile chronograph that’s a great candidate for everyday wear. Whether you dress it up with the leather strap or opt for a more laid-back look with the blue canvas, you can’t go wrong.
After his last tour in the Marines, Seth Thornton finds himself adrift when he returns to Fair Haven, Washington. A capable soldier who moved up the ranks, Seth struggles to find his place in a town he once called home as the memories of war continue to haunt him—until the day he encounters the beautiful Rose DiMarco.  Seth saves Rose when a man accosts her, yet to his surprise, she spurns his help. Her beauty and her headstrong ways captivate him, and he can’t forget about her.   When Rose becomes his new neighbor, she suddenly presents a temptation that the normally aloof Seth cannot resist. He wants her more than he’s ever wanted any woman.  Rose DiMarco fled Seattle to escape from an ex-boyfriend who made her life hell. Fair Haven is supposed to be her haven, but her ex isn’t about to let her go. When he threatens her, she never expects her sexy new neighbor Seth to defend her and declare himself her protector. And she definitely doesn’t expect to long for Seth in every possible way: she wants his kiss, his embrace, his caress. His love. But as Rose’s ex-boyfriend vows to divulge all of her darkest secrets, she fears that Seth will never look at her the same way again when he knows the truth.  While Rose must confront her demons, Seth must choose between returning to the horrors of war—or embracing a love that could set him free.
Looking for a statement watch that will follow you from the bottom of the sea to the top of Everest? Panerai’s latest Submersible BMG-Tech celebrates the brand’s history of building tough timepieces with a watch that combines classic elegance and absolute rugged design.
The Panerai family opened its first Florence workshop in 1860, supplying watches exclusively to the Italian Royal Navy, and during World War II, the company was enlisted to design diving watches for the service’s frogman commandos. These days, Panerai is a luxury brand, with an elevated sophistication, but they remain true to that spirit of service. The Submersible BMG-Tech perfectly marries that legacy with their pioneering drive.
There are two different proprietary innovations on display in this watch. The case features the first BMG-TECH, a bulk metallic glass, constructed with an alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminum, titanium, and nickel that is heated and cooled rapidly. This process prevents the atoms from assuming a regular structure, instead holding in a chaotic formation that gives it greater strength and an enhanced resistance to corrosion. That means you don’t have to think twice when the urge to dive in the ocean or lake hits.
The bezel features their second innovation, Carbotech, a material based on carbon fiber that combines toughness and impressive lightness. The substance also brings a unique identity to each piece, and the finished lines of each Carbotech fabrication are different. The movement is a P. 9010 calibre executed completely in-house by the Panerai team. Beneath the case is a clear-to-read dial that’s visible in any lighting conditions, and there are two different Super-LumiNova on the markers, which are charged by the sun or artificial light.
But let’s be honest, it is not all about the science—it’s also about the style. Even with all of its tech advancements, the Submersible BMG-Tech remains a classically sleek piece, perfect for any adventure—indoors or out. The body wears big but will comfortably fit on your wrist, making it a fitting option for any situation. There’s a reason that Oscar-winning filmmaker and National Geographic photographer Jimmy Chin has recently chosen Panerai to wear on his expeditions as well as on the red carpet events for Free Solo.
The diving watch genre, including the Submersible BMG-Tech, is a practical addition to any guy’s collection, a ready companion for the entire day, from the morning surf session to work to beers with the crew.
Versatile, stylish, and tough, dive watches are some of our favorite timepieces to own. That’s why the Seiko Prospex LX Line Diver’s caught our eye—it’s an award-winning automatic dive watch that marries classic looks with unbeatable craftsmanship. We’re not the only ones who think so, either. The watch took home the Diver’s Watch Prize at the prestigious 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève earlier this month, beating out six other dive watches. It’s a great timepiece to add to your collection, and the kind you can feel good about wearing for nearly any occasion.
Now, some background on the brand: Seiko has over half a century of experience manufacturing dive watches. The company unveiled its first diver’s watch in 1965, and according to a press release, the LX is a nod to the Seiko Professional Diver’s watch, released in 1968. With its bold black bezel and three different-sized hands, the new watch incorporates key aesthetic features of that landmark timepiece.
It also includes some pretty serious tech, most notably Seiko’s 5R Spring Drive caliber. This movement offers more precise timekeeping (it’s tested to deviate just a second per day) while also resisting shocks and temperature changes no matter where you’re heading.
The LX is also water resistant to 300 meters so you don’t have to worry about damaging it. It even comes with a date display and power reserve display, and features a Lumibrite coating on the hands and indices so it’s easier to read when you’re in a place with less light. Combine all that with a low center of gravity for comfortable wear, and you’ve got an ideal candidate for an everyday watch.
The best part about dive watches: They go with pretty much anything you throw on in the morning—whether you’re donning your new leather jacket or dressing up for a special occasion—and the LX is no exception.
The 44.8mm titanium case, sleek black dial, and large numerals on the bezel make a strong statement with a suit, and overall the watch is a stylish companion at the office. But ultimately it’s a sport watch, so while you can also wear it to class up a casual outfit, it’s not out of place at the pool or the beach, either. You’ll want to keep this one on your dresser; we have a feeling it’ll be in heavy rotation.
How’s this for exclusive: On Saturday, Christie’s auctioned off a one-of-a-kind, never worn Patek Philippe watch, and the luxury timepiece sold for a record-breaking 31 million Swiss francs, or $ 31.1 million. That’s the highest price ever paid for an auctioned timepiece, and it beats the previous record by roughly $ 7.8 million, according to CNN.
The watch, a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 6300A-010, was specially made for this auction. According to a statement from Christie’s, it’s the only version of the timepiece ever produced in stainless steel, and it’s reversible, featuring two dial plates made from 18-carat gold with gold applied Breguet numerals on the time side. There are 20 complications in total, including five chiming modes, a day/night indicator, and day/date on both dials. The case measures 47.7mm in diameter, and it’s held in place with a sleek black hand-stitched alligator leather band. And just in case you forget how rare this ticker is, it’s marked with the inscription “the only one.”
An anonymous buyer purchased the watch on Saturday, and the final sale blew past the watch’s estimated price of $ 2.5 to $ 3 million, according to data from Christie’s. Interestingly, the previous record was also held by a Patek Philippe watch: That went to a vintage model made in 1932 that sold for 23.2 million Swiss francs in a 2014 Sotheby’s auction, CNN reports.
The Grandmaster was one of 50 timepieces auctioned during Only Watch, a biannual event to raise money for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disease that causes muscle deterioration. Overall, the event raised over $ 38 million for the cause—the bulk of it coming from just one ultra rare, incredibly expensive watch.
Getting tired of your usual watch? Now you can trade it in for a brand-new Breitling. The esteemed Swiss watchmaker has partnered with Crown & Caliber, the online retailer which lets you buy and sell pre-owned luxury watches, to launch an online platform where you can trade in your luxury watch and receive credit towards the purchase of a Breitling timepiece. That makes Breitling the first major Swiss watchmaker to accept pre-owned watches for a new model. The platform is now live, and you can access it on the Breitling website.
“In the industry there was a lot of talk about the secondary market,” Thierry Prissert, Breitling USA President, told Men’s Journal. “We needed to embrace it in a way that satisfies our customers.”
With the launch of the platform, Breitling has entered into the booming pre-owned watch market—by some estimates, a $ 17-$ 20 billion industry—in a big way, although Crown & Caliber handles the process of appraising the timepieces. The companies first crossed paths at Baselworld, the watch and jewelry trade show, a few years ago, but began to work on the new platform in earnest starting last year.
For Prissert, working with an established partner like Crown & Caliber was the best way for Breitling to get into the secondary market. C&C already handles sales of many pre-owned Breitling watches and has a reputation for selling high-quality timepieces. But the company’s knowledge of watch sales was a big draw, too. Since its launch in 2013, C&C has processed over 40,000 transactions and built a massive database in the process, including not only how much certain watches sell for, but also how long they’re on the market.
“Virtually any watch that we see,” Hamilton Powell, CEO and Founder of Crown & Caliber, told Men’s Journal, “we will have historical sales pricing on.”
“That was the convincing factor,” Prissert said, adding that the partnership saved Breitling from having to figure out the pre-owned watch market from scratch. As any watch aficionado will tell you, it can be a difficult arena to navigate—shady sellers and fake watches abound. That makes established, legitimate retailers like C&C all the more valuable.
The new launch comes at an exciting time for Breitling. The company revamped its website last year and only recently began selling some of its watches online. The goal with these new initiatives is to give watch buyers more options in how they find and purchase a timepiece, Prissert said.
With trade-ins specifically, both Powell and Prissert view the new platform as a way to catch up with other industries that have long accepted trades to knock down the price of a new product. If you want to buy a new Mercedes, for example, you trade in your current ride and get a better deal. Now you can do the same with the watch sitting in your drawer.
“We wanted to be able to offer customers the same optionality that’s existed in other industries,” Powell says.
With trade-ins, Prissert also sees an opportunity to make Breitling more accessible for people who are looking to put something new on their wrist, but might balk at a several-thousand-dollar price tag.
“It’s also to open the brand to new people that would be very much helped by a good gift certificate credit amount,” he said.
Of course, you already have to be sitting on a pretty nice watch in order to really bring the price down. But if do you have a quality model, a trade-in is a good way to try out something new, and doing it through Breitling ensures a relatively seamless transaction.
For someone ready to upgrade, the process is simple enough. Head to Breitling’s trade-in page and choose your watch’s brand from a dropdown menu (the company currently accepts over 30 different brands). Then, fill out a form, upload some images of your timepiece, and submit it. The information goes to Crown & Caliber, where experts review the form and assess the value of your watch using the company’s database. Based on the condition of your ticker and how others like it have sold, the company generates a quote and replies to your submission in one business day.
If you accept it, you’ll get a shipping label to mail your watch to C&C’s processing facility in Atlanta, and once it’s received, you’ll get confirmation of the offer. From there, you can either have the company cut you a check for the value of the watch, or you can get a voucher towards the purchase of a new Breitling model.
Take note: There’s also a sweetener if you choose the voucher. According to Powell and Prissert, Breitling will add a premium on top of your watch’s quoted value if you opt for store credit. Although they wouldn’t provide specifics, Powell said it’s “a meaningful percentage,” of the quote. Try making that happen with your local Mercedes dealer.
With several new watches debuting this fall, now’s a great time to get your hands on a Breitling. Here are the details on our favorites.
Unveiled at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, the Superocean Automatic 44 Outerknown is a collaboration between the watchmaker and Slater’s apparel company, Outerknown. It’s an update of Breitling’s classic Superocean dive watch, which was first released in 1957. It comes with a 44-millimeter stainless-steel case and a ratcheted unidirectional bezel—a key feature that allows divers to time their dives accurately. It has a green dial and the hands, numerals, and indexes have a luminescent coating for easy reading in low-light conditions. The launch also included a new Econyl strap made from recycled nylon that will work with any Breitling timepeice, and the strap comes in a range of colors for a rugged look that can match any outfit.
The new Avenger collection launched in September, and these watches are built to the highest standards of reliability and durability and come with some serious performance chops built-in. We like the Super Avenger Chronograph 48 Night Mission, which features a tough, shock-resistant 48-millimeter titanium case that’s designed for use even while wearing gloves. The blue dial’s large numerals are inspired by the stenciled numbers on aircraft carriers, and they’re coated with a luminescent film to make them easy to read no matter where you are. A blue leather strap secures this bold military-inspired watch to your wrist.
This watch is packed with aviation history. We’ll start with the name: It’s a reference to the de Havilland Mosquito, a legendary WWII-era British warplane made almost entirely from wood. Design-wise, the Aviator 8 is also a nod to the on-board clocks that Breitling designed for planes back in the 1930s and 1940s and the company’s famed Co-Pilot watch, which was beloved by aviators for its large, easy-to-read numerals. The watch is powered by a Caliber 01 movement made in-house at Breitling, and it comes with a brushed stainless-steel bezel over a handsome black dial with silver chronograph counters. The red and orange accents on the hands add a pop of color, and there’s some history behind them, too: The colors are inspired by the military roundels painted on Mosquitos during the war.
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The Rugby World Cup begins on Sept. 20, and New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks, are looking to capture its third straight World Cup victory after winning the tournament in 2011 and 2015. In honor of the team’s quest for the cup, luxury watchmaker Tudor has released a new timepiece, the limited-edition Black Bay Chrono Dark. Just 1,181 examples will be produced—a reference to the number of players who have donned an All Blacks uniform—and they’re on sale for $ 5,925 starting today.
The watch is part of Tudor’s global partnership with the All Blacks, who are ambassadors for the brand. And like the players it represents, this watch is built to be extra tough. It’s powered by a COSC-certified movement and features a 41mm matte black steel case, a steel bezel in matte black, a matte black bracelet and clasp, and an anodized aluminum bezel disc with a tachymetric scale. The case, bezel, bracelet, and clasp all get their matte black color through a process called Physical Vapor Deposition, or PVD, where metals are vaporized and then used to coat the surface of the watch—unlike painting, the resulting finish won’t chip.
On the face, it includes features like a chronograph 45-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position and an instant date at 6 o’clock. In addition, it’s waterproof up to 660 feet, so you don’t have to worry about swimming with it.
Rest assured, this watch can definitely handle the bumps and splashes of everyday wear—it’s made for rugby players, after all. Star player Beauden Barrett, who was named the best rugby player in the world in 2016 and 2017, has already reserved watch number 1115.
In other words, if you pick up one of these handsome timepieces, you’ll be in good company.
Tudor is the official timekeeper of the Rugby World Cup, and it’s also supplying all of the referees with traditional Black Bay Chrono watches. If you prefer the classic steel color, pictured above, that model is also available now for $ 5,100.
Whichever one you choose, you’ll get a rugged and stylish timepiece with a bit of rugby history built right in.
The major networks were once the centerpiece of the fall in terms of pop culture. Now, they’re just one more group crying for attention, in a fourth-quarter that will see an onslaught of streaming and cable fare and the launch of studio-backed streaming service Disney+ as well as Apple TV+.
Zendaya and Tommy Hilfiger are at it again.
After presenting a spring line together in Paris in March, the designer and actress have teamed for a new fall Tommy x Zendaya collection they’ll show during New York Fashion Week.
The TommyNow show is scheduled to kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday in Harlem at the Apollo Theater — but don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket. When it’s showtime, check back here to catch a live-stream of the event in the player below.
The Made In America Festival returns for its fifth year to the city of Philadelphia, and once again will provide fans an opportunity to witness the festivities without having to actually be on the grounds. The MIA festival will be live streamed and we have them laid out for you courtesy of TIDAL.
The streaming service has been providing an inside look at the festival since its inception and this year’s stacked lineup has a lot to offer over the next two days. The MIA festival kicks off today (August 31) at 2:00PM EST with four stages delivering the likes of Madlib and Freddie Gibbs, Prince George’s County, Md. act IDK, Buddy, Roddy Riccch, Jorja Smith and many others with Cardi B closing out the first night at 9:30PM EST.
For day two, the show gets going at 2:00PM EST with Lil Tecca, Megan Thee Stallion, Kaytranada, Lizzo, Gucci Mane, Lil Uzi Vert and more with Travis Scott closing it out at 9:30PM EST.
Keep your eyes peeled for the acts you want to see by way of the schedule below and then find the stage links as well. Learn more by following this link.
There’s a watch to suit every style and budget, but if you really want to put something memorable on your wrist, mark your calendar: On December 10, Phillips, in association with Bacs & Russo, will auction off a Rolex GMT-Master owned by actor Marlon Brando, Forbesreports. Not only that, it’s the same watch he wore on set during the filming of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 classic Apocalypse Now. How’s that for a piece of history?
The watch is the same one worn by Brando’s character, Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, in the film. Brando even engraved the watch himself, inscribing “M. Brando” on the caseback. According to a press release, the watch was long considered lost, but it has actually remained in the actor’s family for decades. Brando gave the watch to his daughter as a graduation gift in 1995, and then she gifted it to her husband on their wedding night in 2003.
“This Rolex GMT-Master is the holy grail of watches owned by Marlon Brando,” said Paul Boutros, Phillips’ Head of Watches, Americas, “and one of the greatest ‘long lost’ watches to finally surface after years of speculation.”
Although it’s famous for appearing in Apocalypse Now, the watch almost didn’t make it into the film. Brando was initially told to remove the watch before filming began, but he protested.
“If they’re looking at my watch,” he said, “then I’m not doing my job as an actor.”
He wore the watch, but removed the bezel—resulting in the unique look seen in the film.
The watch is one of several timepieces up for action by Phillips at the event, titled Game Changers, in December. According to Phillips, all of the watches were owned by “extraordinary people who are considered ‘game changers’ in their fields.”
Brando’s watch is in exceptional condition. The hour markers and hands have aged into a “a gorgeous shade of beige,” the press release states. It’s otherwise undamaged, and comes with a rubber strap—and without the bezel, just how Brando wore it. In a note to his daughter, he wrote about how the timepiece had served him well.
“This watch is like a tank. You can do anything you want to it and it will keep on going.”
You’d never wear the same pair of socks every day without washing them. The same goes with shirts and just about everything else we put on our bodies. However, there’s often one exception: a watch—specifically the strap. Just like any other material, your watch strap can get dirty, smell, and even be ruined without proper cleanings.
“Cleaning your watch helps maintain its original luster and rinse away any corrosive deposits that may destroy them over time,” says Justin Vrakas, a watch influencer and founder of watchsteez.com, an online vintage watch boutique.
Just as different materials need different cleansers, how often you should clean your timepiece‘s straps depends on how often you’re wearing it and where. If you’re sporting the same watch every day in an active setting where you’re sweating a lot, clean it once every two to three weeks. If you’re rotating watches and mostly wear them to a desk job and happy hours, you can wash them much less often—every three to four months.
To clean your case, Vrakas recommends screwing down your crown tightly to prevent damage and removing any leather straps that could be damaged by liquids. Then, rinse the case in soapy water. Brush away any dirty from small nooks with a gentle brush—like this one from Wrist Clean. An unused toothbrush also works. Pat dry with a soft cloth or old T-shirt and allow to air dry.
After your case is clean, it’s time to clean your strap. Here are our best tips on how to clean them so they look sharp, smell fresh, and last as close to a lifetime as possible.
Perhaps the trickiest material to clean, leather in general shouldn’t get wet, Vrakas says. “Moisture can stain the leather and cause it to dry out and deteriorate over time,” he explains. If the strap does get wet, dry it immediately with a clean cloth or towel. That includes sweat, which can leave behind corrosive stains that can ruin your watch strap. In other words, wearing a leather strap in an active environment isn’t the best idea.
When you do clean your leather strap, remove it from the case and wipe off debris with a clean cloth. Then apply a leather cleaner or conditioner like these options from Saphir [$ 25; amazon.com] or Wrist Clean [$ 6; wristclean.com]. Massage the conditioner into the leather with a soft cloth to remove dirt and deposits and soften the leather. Wipe clean with a towel. Allow the strap to air dry—overnight if possible. Then, reattach the strap and enjoy a soft feel and no funky smell.
Synthetic materials like nylon are much easier to clean because you can apply liquid cleaner without having to remove the strap. But because the nylon is often woven, dirt can settle in small nooks that are hard to reach, which requires some extra care.
If your watch is water resistant, start by giving the whole watch a good rinse under water. Then, submerge the strap in warm water with gentle soap and allow it to soak for three to five minutes. Remove the strap and gently scrub away any dirt with a soft brush. Submerge it one more time for a few minutes, and then rinse and pat it dry with a soft cloth. Good as new.
Rubber or Silicone
These materials are popular in part because they naturally repel dirt and liquid, making them easy to clean and perfect for active guys. They often smell less than more absorbent fabric straps, but over time they can accumulate build-up. You can keep the watch on for this process if it’s water resistant: Give the watch a good rinse just like with the nylon strap. Then submerge the watch in a gentle, abrasive-free jewelry cleaner [$ 8; amazon.com] for a few minutes. Brush your strap clean, if needed, or simply wipe it clean with your hands while rinsing it again under cold water. Pat the watch dry and allow it to air dry overnight, if possible. That way you can not only have a watch strap that smells and feels like new, you’ll help extend its life, too.
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They say you can tell a lot about a man by the timepiece around his wrist. For guys all over the world, a high-quality watch is a daily necessity and a key element in their daily ensemble. When designed well, they serve as the epitome of form meets function, adding a touch of style to any outfit while helping keep track of time.
There are tons of best-in-class watchmakers on the market that are quick to roll off the tongue. Beloved brands range from tried-and-true, casual classics such as Timex and Casio, all the way up to high-end investment pieces like Rolex and Patek Philippe. But what about the watches that don’t carry the same clout as the mainstream competition?
Today, we’re taking a good, hard look at some of the most underrated watch companies in the game. They might not be top-of-mind for the average consumer, but they certainly deserve a spot on your radar. From durable models to take on your next adventure, to stylish designs that are sure to make a statement, each brand is committed to creating timepieces that are as hard-wearing as they are handsome. Here are 10 of our favorites worth adding to your wishlist.
The basketballs have stopped bouncing in NBA arenas for now, but the folks at 2K and Visual Concepts are hard at work on the upcoming installment in the super-popular NBA 2K franchise. The studio announced at the beginning of the month that Anthony Davis and Dwyane Wade are the game’s next cover athletes. Tonight we will find out what superstars ratings in the basketball simulator will look like.
The fun begins 8 PM ET/5 PM PT when Anthony Davis alongside NBA 2K developers will unveil the ratings for the “most anticipated” superstars in NBA 2K20 from Twitter’s San Francisco main headquarters. Joining the Los Angeles Lakers latest acquisition will be Ronnie2K, Alexis Morgan, and Chris Manning. Fans are encouraged to join in on the conversation by using the hashtag #2KRatings, where they voice their approval or disapproval of their favorite NBA players overall rating in the game.
Before tonight’s upcoming Twitter event, fans have already been treated to screens of how AD, Jimmy Butler, and Kemba Walker will look in the next installment in the 2K franchise.
While some of me see this as no big deal, some players really take it to heart if they feel their ratings in the video game doesn’t accurately match their skills in real life. Kyle Kuzma took his anger to Twitter to voice his displeasure about being rated 78 in NBA2K19 while Ben Simmons was not too pleased about receiving an 87 overall rating in the game. No disrespect that is pretty high for a guy in the league who doesn’t have a jump shot…yet.
2k rating is disrespectful. Y’all will learn though
We are definitely looking forward to seeing all of these NBA players react to their virtual counterparts ratings, it’s definitely going to be entertaining. This is a clear case why 2K is more than just a video game, it’s a lifestyle at this point. We are curious to see what Zion Williamson’s 2K rating will be. To be apart of the moment, click here, NBA 2K20 arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC September 6, 2019.
Casio G-Shock is about to drop its new G-Steel collaboration with menswear designer Robert Geller, and it’s a watch worth watching. It’s called the GST200RBG 1, and while the name ain’t the sexiest, the watch makes up for it in spades. Call it the
Tesla is having a rough week. The company’s stock price fell 20% in just a few days and now the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced the Tesla Model S sedan failed to earn its best rating, the Top Safety Pick.
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On day 9 of “13 Days In November,” Jeezy changes our perception with his new video “Change The World”. The video, directed by Cricket, shows how interaction between the public and law enforcement could take two separate, drastically different paths. The song is off his “Politically Correct” EP released during the Million Man March earlier this fall.
Eminemhas been professionally making music almost twenty years if one considers his 1996 album, Infinite, as his official debut. Today is the Detroit rap superstar’s 43rd birthday and a new video compiling some of his zaniest moments was compiled by DJ Steve Porter.
DJ Steve Porter has crafted a series of popular remix videos he refers to as “supercuts” featuring everyone from former Toronto Mayor and undercover rude bwoy Rob Ford to Jamaican track star Usiain Bolt and even Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek. Porter’s latest remix video subject is Eminem, which shows the often stoic rapper in lighter moments.
Titled “A Shady Birthday,” Porter’s video zeroes in on Eminem’s breakout year of 1999, cutting between interviews with the rapper that originally ran on MTV, Canada’s Much network and the independent show PhatClips. The Much segment finds Eminem merrily spouting his “My name is …” catchphrase in a parking lot, while thePhatClips excerpts show him horsing around with host D-Ex, professing that he’s “a little shroomed-out” and stating mock-sternly that “I don’t promote drugs.” A clip from 2009’s “We Made You” — “Matter fact, make me a birthday cake” — plays up the celebratory theme.
Check out DJ Steve Porter’s birthday video mashup in honor of Eminem. Happy Birthday, Slim Shady!
From the writer of Training Day comes a gripping, action-packed cop drama starring Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. In their mission to abide by their oath to serve and protect, Officers Brian Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Peña) have formed a powerful brotherhood to ensure they both go home at the end of watch. But nothing can prepare them for the violent backlash that happens after they pull over the members of a notorious drug cartel for a routine traffic stop. Seen from the point of view of the officers, gang members, surveillance cameras, dash cams and citizens caught in the line of fire, a 360° perspective creates a gritty, compassionate and intense portrait of the city’s darkest streets, and the brave men and women patrolling them.
PLAY TIME: Jewelry brand Stella & Dot is getting into the watch business. The San Francisco-based label will launch its first timepiece range for the holiday season. The design is meant to be versatile with interchangeable bezels and watch straps. Watches will be priced at $ 148, with additional straps costing $ 39.
Stella & Dot’s chief creative officer Blythe Harris said: “We set out to fix the issue of matching your watch to your favorite arm stack.”
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When we first heard that H&M was launching a beauty line, we pictured the check-out counters of the Swedish retailer being updated with a few makeup basics. As in, stacks of lipstick, eyeshadow and nail polish in the typical red, pink and nude shades. Oh were we wrong!
The new beauty line recently debuted in 900 stores worldwide and online, with over 700 products to fulfill just about every cosmetic, haircare and skincare need. We’re talking velvety eyeshadows in matte, shimmer and metallic finishes, over 160 nail polish colors with cheeky names such as Lifejacket and rich body creams loaded with hydrating ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E.
The fast-fashion retailer has established a cult following thanks to their basic tees and trendy designer collaborations. H&M Beauty concept designer Sara Wallander said in a press release that the new line was “an opportunity to be inventive and creative, and to have fun with colors.”
Everything is priced under $ 25, and H&M definitely didn’t hold back when it came to offering beauty products with rich pigments, long-lasting formulas and sophisticated packaging. And it’s all displayed atop sleek beauty stations that rival Sephora’s, enticing beauty mavens and mavericks to touch, try and buy it all.
Want to know what’s worth fighting for in the H&M Beauty department? Check out our top five editors’ picks below!
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Since 1900, there have been a few unchanging features of the Western wedding dress. White gowns have generally been favored (though historically, that wasn’t always true), longer dresses have remained in style and bridal veils have endured as a popular accessory.
But as with all fashion, wedding dresses evolved, adapting to the trends of the day.
In the video above, watch as Mode explores “100 Years of Wedding Gowns,” starting with a high-collared, lacy number from the 1910s and ending with a form-fitting, embellished gown from 2015.
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Check out the visual for GoldLink’s “Dance On Me” produced by Milo Mills, the first track to come off the DMV future bounce artist’s upcoming project, And After That We Didn’t Talk, to be released later this year in partnership with Soulection. The video pins up PG visuals against R rated lyrics. “Mom, I made you a video that’s PG,” says GoldLink of the uplifting dance video. You can check him out on tour with Mac Miller starting next month. Full dates and link to video below.
MAC MILLER / GOLDLINK TOUR DATES:
October 6 – Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
October 7 – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
October 9 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
October 10 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
October 11- III Points- Miami, FL
October 13 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
October 14 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
October 15 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
October 17 – Orpheum Theatre Madison – Madison, WI
October 18 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN // Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
October 20 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
October 21 – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
October 23 – Minglewood Hall – Memphis, TN
October 24 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
October 26 – The Lyric Oxford – Oxford, MS
October 27 – Cains Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
October 28 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
October 30 – The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
October 31 – Red Rocks Amphitheater – Morrison, CO
November 2 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
November 4 – Revolution Center – Garden City, ID
November 6 – McDonald Theatre – Eugene, OR
November 7 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
November 8 – Vogue Theater – Vancouver, BC
November 9 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
November 11 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
November 12 – Knitting Factory Concert House – Reno, NV
November 13 – The Catalyst Club – Santa Cruz, CA
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But that’s all it takes when the one and only is Lady Gaga. Don’t get him wrong — Maxwell is grateful to Gaga, who let him reshape her look to a relatively more sophisticated degree, particularly over the course of the last year when he put her in Azzedine Alaïa for the Oscars, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli for her lounge singer-esque “Cheek to Cheek” tour with Tony Bennett, and a custom-made silver mermaid gown designed by Maxwell himself for the Grammys. The era of the meat dress belonged to Maxwell’s predecessor and mentor Nicola Formichetti, who Maxwell assisted for a little more than two years.
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One day at Milk Studios, Formichetti sat his underling down and told him it was time to move on. Maxwell, a tumbleweed who blew in from east Texas to luck out with the right freelance jobs, braced himself for the harsh reality of self-employment. “I thought,
If spring is the season of slim pickings at the movies, and summer the time for celluloid junk food, then autumn—the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, as John Keats once called it—is when the cinematic chefs serve up their most ambitious fare. Every single week you’ll find movies that, even if they aren’t always good, are genuinely trying to be. Here are the ones we’re really looking forward to.
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Takashimaya is upping its watch game. The Japanese department store retailer is preparing to open a 8,600-square-foot store dedicated exclusively to watches on Oct. 7. Called Takashimaya Watch Maison, the boutique will be located kitty corner from Takashimaya’s flagship in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo.
The new store is the first in a series of initiatives by Takashimaya that will increase its sales floor area in the Nihonbashi area from about 538,200 square feet to about 667,350 square feet by the spring of 2019.
Takashimaya Watch Maison will sell products by over 80 brands, including Giorgio Armani, Omega, Seiko, Montblanc, Tag Heuer, Harry Winston, and Piaget.
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The process of coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or any other non-heteronormative sexual identity can be both daunting and cathartic. Even after mustering the courage to vocalize your truth, there is no crystal ball to anticipate the cacophony of reactions you might get — or how you might feel yourself. But the truth is that being who you really are always feels better than wearing a mask, as these celebrities can attest.
In the videos below, five LGBT stars open up to HuffPost Live about their coming out experiences. While no two accounts are the same, there is a common thread: All of their lives drastically improved once they embraced who they are.
Sir Ian McKellen is among today’s most recognizable LGBT icons. He’s been out publicly since 1988, which clearly hasn’t impeded a vastly successful career. And he remembers well the beautiful feeling of relief that came with announcing his sexuality. “[Coming out] was the best thing I ever did in my life, as every gay person will tell you. I grew up overnight, and was born again. Everything went better, and it felt as if a great millstone had dropped from my back that I didn’t know had been there.”
“I was about 12 when I realized what gay meant and that I had it. It felt like a disease to me,” Lynch remembered about discovering her sexuality. But she hopes that her own work through the years, most notably playing Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” can become signs of hope for the LGBT youth of today. “I’ve obviously turned out okay, I’m doing well. But I’m glad that [‘Glee’] and the fact that I’m out and open about it will perhaps ease the hearts and minds of some kids where it’s not so easy.“
For Clay Aiken, an “American Idol” runner-up turned politician, coming out was something to be done on his own terms. Though many fans wondered why he didn’t do it during his run on “Idol” in 2003, Aiken asserted that he waited until the time was right for him. “When it comes to an issue like [coming out], that’s a personal path for every single person. It’s very different for me than it was for Neil Patrick Harris. … I don’t second-guess anyone’s decision to do it when they do it.“
For Major League Soccer star Robbie Rogers, coming out for the first time was easier with someone he didn’t know at all. He was at a London bar when he met a stranger who casually asked if he was gay or straight. After so much time spent hiding his identity, Rogers finally spoke his truth. “I had been thinking about it a lot. I just was so sick of lying that I wanted to get the ball moving. So then I said it and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that felt so great to say that.’ … It felt so amazing, and I’m sure [this woman] didn’t realize what was going on.” He came out to his family a month later.
“I was an angry person. I tried to control it. It’s interesting, some of my straight liberal friends urged me to not come out when they knew I was planning it, because they thought it would diminish my ability to be effective on other issues after I came out,” said former Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank. “[They] said, ‘Well, we’re glad you did it, because you’re better at the job. You’re easier to get along with, you’re less likely to get angry, you accommodate disagreement better.‘ And I think that’s probably right.”
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