Watches to WATCH out for by Charlotte Adams

In the past couple of months, new watches have been released but three have really stood out from the crowd.

3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James limited edition
Last year Audemars Piguet announced LeBron James, a professional American basketball player, as their new brand ambassador. To honour this announcement, and LeBron James, they have developed a new 600 piece limited edition dedicated to him.

 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James Limited Edition watch 26210OI.OO.A109CR.01- full viewLike LeBron James, the size of the watch is large with a 18-carat rose gold 44m diameter case. Not only is the case large, the bezel is made from titanium- lightweight titanium so it isn’t heavy on the wrist. The dial is also has a grey “Méga Tapisserie” pattern which gives it an edge and makes it appear like metal. To give this watch a softer touch, diamonds are also set on a push-piece at the side of the case at the 2 o’clock mark.

2. TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer edition

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Jack Heuer Edition watch CAR2C11.FC63270 full viewYet another watch made for dedication purposes, this new TAG Heuer celebrates the 80th birthday of TAG’s chairman Jack Heuer. The design has elements from Formula One and Jack Heuer’s coat of arms and signature are imprinted onto the sapphire crystal case back. Through the sapphire crystal case back the 39-jewel Calibre 1887 movement can be seen, a movement that vibrates 28,800 times per hour and has a 50-hour power reserve.

 1.Bremont Codebreaker

Released only this month, Bremont have a new limited edition watch. Only 240 steel versions have been made and there are 50 rose gold versions.

Bremont CodebreakerWatchesOne of the most interesting watches released in 2013, the watch’s movement is made from pieces of Enigma machines from World War II that were used to decipher secret German codes. The serial number on the case of each watch is made from original punch cards which we used to analyse the coded date from the Enigma machines.

To find out more about the Codebreaker, watch this video:

Harder wearing then a Tasmanian Devil – Blundstone Boots

Blundstone 2013 Export SelectionBack in early 90’s, there was nothing I loved more then my Blundstone Boots, ahhhh we were inseparable, although the stell toe caps did cause me a couple of enter problems with the door staff of one or two of Manchester’s choicer nightspots.

So when the press release recently landed into my inbox, it induced a lil trip down memory lane for yours truly. Now, Since 1870, the Tasmanian brand Blundstone have been creating the toughest, no – nonsense footwear for work and play. Known worldwide for its iconic elastic – sided boots, their range offers casual boots for men and women, lace up safety and heavy industrial footwear, perfect for a night out in the haçienda.
Blundstone 2013 Export Selection
With ongoing research and development activity the brand seeks to improve comfort, protection, performance and aesthetics to match the great fit and value for money on offer. Blundstone are also committed to policies around sustainable development and focus on maximizing the use of recycled and recyclable materials through their manufacturing and packaging, along with minimising the use of raw material, chemicals and fossil fuels.
Blundstone 2013 Export Selection

Hydration is the Key, Brita’s Dry January

imageIt is a bit of a tradition that we at Clothes Make the Man go DRY in January, after the excess of Christmas and New Year it seems prudent to make a healthy start to the New Year.

There are some additional advantages, we may lose a few pounds while saving a few quid and show that we can stick to a resolution even if it’s only 31 days ( and counting)

You can always get sponsored so that your mates can be the “drinks police” and you can donate any money you would have spent down the pub to Alcohol Concern who work to raise awareness of the problem of alcohol misuse. http://www.dryjanuary.org.uk/

Keeping hydrated is such an easy way to improve overall health and wellbeing; health experts recommend we drink 1.5 litres of water per day = 8 glasses.

imageFiltering your water to make it as pure and clean as possible makes real sense especially when detoxing and using a Brita Marella water filter reduces limescale and chlorine as well as metals such as copper and lead.

imageThe BPA-free BRITA Fill&Go bottle offers a great alternative to expensive mineral water Hey – healthy and cost efficient! Each Fill&Go disc provides you with a week’s worth of great tasting water, saving you from buying bottles of water.

London Collections:Men Show Review Autumn/Winter 2014 Pt II

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane

So after yesterday’s plethora of delights that enthralled us,  what do we have for you today. Well, we can quite safely say COLOUR is the major  trend for Autumn, but you could retort with, so what’s new ? What’s new is that we have seen pretty much every colour of the Rainbow from the darker more somber tones as een in TOPMAN Design and the monochromes of Agi & Sam to the racier hues of Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Saunders and of course Christopher Kane, who offered a box of delights to keep any man happy no matter his taste from sober to total intoxication. Kane has expanded his collection to include a more formal element right the way through to his signature patterns and knits in amazing and engaging tones.

Hackett

Hackett

Next stop was the Freemasons Hall in Holborn for the Hackett Show, some what of a British institution holding it’s show within another British institution. The Freemason’s was a spectacular venue for the staging of this grand hotel themed setting. It was like a game of Guess Who, with leading men under the guise of the Explorer, The Graduate, the CEO and travel photographer, to name a few. In short everything was right about this show, in trying to select a picture to illustrate this show, it was so difficult as I liked one shot, then another and another.

E.Tautz

E.Tautz

As always I like to gauge the opinion of learned colleagues, up first this season, is The StyleKing himself, Gary Kingsnorth, who described Patrick Grant’s E.Tautz as, “The highlight of LC:M was E.Tautz for me, a collection that was strong and contemporary.Inspired by the artwork of William Hogarth that was brought bang up date was a compelling collection to watch on the catwalk .”
Kent & Curwen

Kent & Curwen

Another house of tradition with its roots firmly entrenched in formalwear, but somewhat commencing a transformation, since the appointment of  new Creative Director, by golly there all at it, Simon Spurr is Kent & Curwen. He bought us a range inspired by Naval dress uniform, where he has reinterpretation and juxtaposition of iconic pieces.
Burberry Prorsum

Burberry Prorsum

So  from one brand ringing in the changes to the ultimate brand who have completely turned themselves around, Burberry. Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum, used London again as inspiration, in the second season of showing at LC:M he embraced the London Autumnal weather and used Leaf prints on Scarf, shirts and coats. Plus, if anyone can make that other very British of garment, the string vest cool again surely it has to be Bailey ?

Christopher Shannon

Christopher Shannon

The second of our contributing opinion formers comes from one of the pioneers in men’s style blogging, Marcus Jaye, otherwise known as TheChicGeek,  who felt, “Think my favourite show was Christopher Shannon. Really took it to the next level with ideas and the finish. Kept his sportswear look that he is known for, but gave others, who aren’t necessarily into that look , something like the fag packet knits or the bomber jackets.”

A.Sauvage

A.Sauvage

And finally, we come all too quickly to the end of another LC:M  and what better way to finish this review of the best of the best then with Mr Adrien Sauvage. Who presented his envious and effortlessly cool take on style from rocking formalwear to rock inspired casual wear.

London Collections:Men Show Review Autumn/Winter 2014 Pt I

London has well and truly established itself as a destination on the menswear calendar as a Fashion & Style capital. So as that international Fashion circus of journalists, retail buyers, celebs and, well yours truly, all conjugate in major cities in the name of observing the trends and future wares of some of the biggest & most talented fashion brands in the world, Clothes-Make-the-Man brings you all the best reviews, titbits & opinions over the coming weeks. Enough of this, first up on the London Schedule is the exhibition as I, rather out of character, arrived early. So I took myself off to have a look around, which in the past have proven to be a greater source of inspiration than many of the show, this season was no exception. With the likes of a Common People, Lyle & Scott and Universal works all offering GREAT Collections for Autumn including collaborations with Jonathan Saunders and the aforementioned Universal Works for Lyle & Scott, all managing, very well, I hasten to add, to produce very creative collection all the while managing to be highly commercial.
An example if Jonathan Saunders for Lyle & Scott

An example if Jonathan Saunders for Lyle & Scott

Onto the shows for me, my lad and first up is TOPMAN. You never quite know what to expect from TOPMAN Design  and this season was no exception, the show can be summed up in three words Mature, Desirable but above all Wearable. With a very muted colour palette of Black, Navy, pale blue and flashes of Russian Red. If those guys over at TOPMAN HQ are planning on targeting an older the customer, they won’t have a problem enticing him. Plus with the dulcet tones of John Copper  Clarke and the downpour of rain in the finale, it brought me right back home to my Northern roots.
TOPMAN Design

TOPMAN Design

Next on my hit list is Gieves & Hawkes and the subject of yesterday’s textual Conversation, Mr Jason Basmajian, who just so happens to be the house’s new Creative Director, making waves in all the right places. Jason, informed us his profile that he was going to offer us an, “Elegant,textural, tailored, rich, Savile Row revisited, British twist”. Which quite simply summed up the collection.
Gieves & Hawkes

Gieves & Hawkes

Now, talk about ends of the spectrum and what is becoming a real USP for LC:M is how it manages to go from the tradition and finesse of Savile Row to young designers offering the height of creative inspiration. One in question being the wonderful Richard Nicoll, who from season to season just seems to be getting stronger and stronger when it comes to his Menswear. Only four seasons in and Nicoll’s presented to us, what can only be described as a riot of Colour. If I had to fit it into a tweet, I’d say, A modern interpretation of the urban man’s wardrobe.
Richard Nicolls

Richard Nicolls

Last, but by no means least of today’s round up, is Christopher Raeburn, who was one of a number of Designers who picked up on the Polar Explorer vibe in their collection, it was a seriously cool show which Mr Raeburn laid on. You were left thinking, did he know something about the weather for next season that we didn’t which was rather apt as we read about our freezing American cousins who were experiencing record low temperatures.
Christopher Reaburn

Christopher Raeburn