Ideal Uniformity – Uniform Wares Watches by Tom McDermott

Uniform Wares designs and produces timepieces based around a philosophy that is firmly rooted in contemporary British design and engineering. Its wristwatches are intended for everyday use by individuals with an eye for meticulous detailing and a passion for diligent, modern design. Established in 2009 by product designers, Oliver Fowles and Patrick Bek, the Uniform Wares aesthetic has been tailored with longevity in mind and a firm belief in design with a practical and visual permanence. Each collection is intentionally pared down and characterised by distinct form, considered use of materials and unique combinations of traditional horological details with robust engineered surface finishes. While the movements are handpicked from the best Swiss manufacturers, every other component part of a Uniform Wares timepiece, from the CNC- machined cases to the hand drawn font on the back of each case, is conceived, developed and designed in the company’s London offices.

With six Primary collections and some super limited Editions thrown in for good measure, to choose from, they range in price to suit pretty much any pocket, there is something to put a smile on anyone’s face.


image104 Series collection
– Unmistakably Uniform Wares, the 104 Series is the latest update in the 100 collection. The design is refined from the original 100 Series, which is the cornerstone from which the company has grown.Its uncluttered, straightforward design is inspired by the simplicity and utilitarian functionality of mid-century factory wall clocks made by British manufacturers such as Smiths Sectric and Gent of Leicester. A classic in the making, the original 103 Series, the forefather of the 104, is part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture + Design permanent collection.

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152 Series collection
– The 152 Series is a contemporary reinterpretation of the classic dress watch and has a refined, ultra-thin silhouette offset by defined, angular contours. The update sees the introduction of a Swiss-made Ronda 4 jewel movement, re-designed lacquered or shimmer- plated dials and a modern size, unisex 35mm case. Especially flattering on a more slender wrist, this elegant watch is complemented by a tapered genuine goatskin or Italian cashmere calf leather strap.


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– The 203 Series continues to pay reference to the design and engineering of thickness gauges and industrial equipment used in the leather working process, but has been updated to include a re- designed dial with hour appliqués, a larger aperture date display and a two-part, chamfered bezel case that resembles a billet of milled steel. The 203 Series’ easily legible open face and lug-less design offers a clean, minimal aesthetic and is available in PVD-coated or natural steel case finishes and fitted with premium sliced, British or Italian calf leather straps.

image251 Series collection – The 251 Series takes inspiration from the simple, legible elegance of mid-century gentlemen’s wristwatches. Contemporary touches, including the baton-style hands and 39mm case update this classic design, resulting in an extremely wearable modern dress watch. Notable features include scratch-resistant sapphire glass and a premium British or Italian leather strap.

image302 Series collection – In the world of horology nothing is simpler in operation or interpretation than a mechanical stopwatch and the 302 Series has been designed to echo this utilitarian beauty. This timepiece emphasises the elegantly balanced symmetry of the Swiss-made, 23-jewel movement at its heart. The watch delivers 7 indications: three hands for standard time in hours, minutes and seconds, three hands for the split chronograph functions, plus the date aperture window at 4 o’clock. Despite the density of information that the dial provides,this chronograph watch remains true to the Uniform Wares signature of legible, minimal detailing.

image351 Series collection – The latest member of the Uniform Wares family of watches, the 351 Series timepieces are defined by their signature wide, PVD-coated and coloured ceramic set bezels adorning each design.

 

This Sunday is Father’s Day ! – Father’s Day Gift Guide in Association with M&S

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Yes you read that right folks, this Sunday, yes, this Sunday is Father’s Day, the day when the hardest working member of the family, sorry what, well its the case in the McG household ! gets to relax, put his feet up and everyone runs round and looks after him for a change.

As always we’ve done all the hard work so you can still look super diligent on Sunday when you pull the best present out of the bag for your old man and look confidently smug with yourself while the rest of the family can only look on with fake pleasure and make a guess at, How does he do it ? envy.

Once again the wonderful retail emporium of Marks & Spencer have worked in association with us to produce the ultimate in gifting for your beloved Pop. We’ve broken it down this year into categories to cater for every Dad’s taste whether he be a Sporty dad or even a Posh Dad, we’ve got all points covered. So Chocs aways !

 

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Ahh what Dad could resist the culinary Jedi knight that is Nigel Slatter, the man that can turn the contents of an empty fridge into the feast suitable for the feeding of the 5000 and if that wasn’t enough over 300 recipes listed in chronological order so a night, can’t literally go by without a seasonally splendid dish.

 

JET SET DAD

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If yours is a dad who spends more time Jett setting than Richard Branson, get him this brilliant travelling gadget from Mulberry. A chic leather pouch reveals the adapter, compatible with plug sockets in the UK, US, Australia, China and Europe. There is also a USB connection for charging a wide variety of devices. Just don’t forget to take it with you!

 

SPORTY DAD

imageThe Summer of 2014 isn’t, quite, all about Football. Our reigning Champion of the Courts will be defending his title on the Lawns of SW19 , so show your purpose for Andy Murray with these  sterling silver Cufflinks specially commissioned for the tennis tournament and create something truly bespoke with Link of London offering an engraving service in all of its stores to add a touch of  Personalisation.

 

GOOD TIME KEEPING DAD

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This reissue of a watch first used by pioneers in underwater exploration in the 1970’s this watch from Longines,  available into versions one with three hands the other chronograph. Show him how much he means and go on spoil him !

WELL GROOMED DAD

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Whether it be giving the England Team, a dapper haircut in this month’s issue of GQ before they depart for hotter climbs or it be as part of his traveling international pop up barber shop the guys over at Mr Natty are men much in demand, well worth keeping an eye out it see if they are visiting a location near you anytime soon, I promise. But in their absence check out their inspired gift sets,  either the Ace fighter pilot care package or the Hirsute rogue care packet (essential one for shaving and one for achieving impossibly natty hair styles).

THE MOD DAD

imageIf you’re going to purchase dear old dad something to wear go for something, that, one, you know he’ll like, but more more importantly, ensure it’s something he’ll look suave in. Spoil him pick something like this great and versatile piece from Peter Werth. Not only is it functional, its sure to be a wardrobe favourite and a staple that goes with pretty much everything.

LOVEABLE ROGUE DAD

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If your dad falls into that category  of  a bit of a Hard nut on the outside, who loves nothing more then a pint with his mates  and watching the footie. But, when he’s alone with his kith and kin, he’s rather partial to the finer things in life . Look no further than these undoubtedly luxurious house slippers by none other than New and Lingwood, I’ll have you know my good man.

BUSINESS MAN DAD

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Just because he might spend a lot of time working doesn’t mean he loves you none the less. Let hope your Business dad is more like Daddy Wallbucks than Patrick Bateman. But get him something he’s bound to be impressed by like this snazzy business card holder by the undoubtedly dapper Turnbull & Asser.

SOMMELIER DAD

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Does your dad like to see himself as a bit of an Ozzie Clark, rather then take the mick this Father’s Day, play along with him for once. Make him proud  and give him a tool set he’ll actually use, check out this sterling Sommelier kit from Marks & Spencer themselves And for some other genius gift ideas for the Dad in your life take a look at their own Father’s Day gift guide.

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The Buyers Guide to Summer 2014 – Pete Parry – Steranko

imageThe subject of today’s Buyers Guide has been serving the residents of South Manchester and beyond for over 20 years now. Steranko, housed in a former confectioners, where you could say they have been supplying sweet clothes to good people. Fashionable but not faddish, contemporary but not clichéd, Steranko is packed with the kind of clothes, shoes and accessories that simply make you feel marvellous, and leave your friends feeling jealous. stocking such brand as Loake, Nudie Jeans Company, YMC, Wolsey, Superga, John Smedley and Edwin to name but a few. The place has become a bit more than just a shop that sells clothes – it’s become somewhat of a cultural landmark, a place where people come because the are assured they’ll find a unique piece picked by knowlegable and clothes-passionate staff. A place to kick back and get a cup of tea, to discuss football, current events, or where to get the best toasted sandwich in town. The first port of call for your everyday outfits. What more do you want ? So let’s see what the ubiquitous proprietor, Mr Pete Parry has to say ;

Sanders Bruno Gibson Brogue in Dark Navy

Sanders Bruno Gibson Brogue in Dark Navy

 

Hentschman John Jacket in Prince of Wales check

Hentschman John Jacket in Prince of Wales check

 

Fred Perry Tipped Seaside Shirt in Kingfisher

Fred Perry Tipped Seaside Shirt in Kingfisher

John Smedley Eddy Striped Raglan Pullover in Silver / White / Lemon

John Smedley Eddy Striped Raglan Pullover in Silver / White / Lemon

Carhartt Fynn Jacket in Regatta

Carhartt Fynn Jacket in Regatta

Penfield Mens Hooded Gibson Jacket in Sea Blue

Penfield Mens Hooded Gibson Jacket in Sea Blue

 

Adidas Tech Super in Running White / Mid Grey

Adidas Tech Super in Running White / Mid Grey

 

Rains Long Jacket in Yellow

Rains Long Jacket in Yellow

 

Penfield Mountain Crew in Blue Melange

Penfield Mountain Crew in Blue Melange

 

YMC P6BAS Heather Cotton Pocket Tee in Red

YMC P6BAS Heather Cotton Pocket Tee in Red

6 of the best weekend bags

We’ve all been there, had a great time on holiday, gutted to be back to cold weather, stood at the baggage re-claim carousel and that cold, stark feeling dawns upon you of, where’s my luggage ? A couple of years ago, my luggage went missing so regularly, it became a running joke with friends and work colleagues, “Ohhh wonder where it’ll end up this time ? Haha”. This was normally greeted with a withering, “ha, yeah” or similar words to that effect, kinda, use your imagination.

So as holiday season rapidly approaches we thought we’d give you some inspiration for weekend bags, ideally luggage you can keep as hand luggage to prevent that nightmare scenario, of having to describe your missing bag to a person who really doesn’t care and looks at you unsympathetically, when you inform them, “It’s a black bag”.

 

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You’ll never suffer the misfortune of picking up the wrong luggage again if you invest in this great piece from PRADA.

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Whether it be a highland jaunt or more exotic climbs, this bag with see you fine season after season in this timeless collaboration by Harris Tweed & Marks & Spencer

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Buisness or or pleasure this is a great all rounder of a weekend bag by Tumi

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Now this is a design classic, the Clipper from Mulberry will never go out of fashion and for experience, these just get better with age.
imageLa Portegna might not be a brand that automatically leaping into your mind when you think of luggage but they are definitely worth hunting out this brand from Madrid.

 

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Lastly, but by no means least is the King of Designer luggage, the brand who invented the rule book of luggage and ripped it up, Louis Vuitton Neo Eole, New light weight Damier Graphite Rolling duffle luggage continues Louis Vuitton heritage of innovating travel. Is it for everyday, of course not, it’s an investment piece which you will cherish for the rest of your life and like an old friend will remind you of past trips and adventures.

Will it be coming home ? World Cup fever approaches !!!!

Can you believe the anthemic choon of Baddiel and Skinner, with a little help of Ian Broudie, Three Lions or as it commonly known after a couple of drinks, “It’s coming Home”, is Eighteen years old this Summer ! Yes ladies, four years has come around again, see your other halves turn into zombie, footsie viewing slabs, where you haven’t a cat in hell’s chance of getting a syllable of sense out of them for the entire tournament.

In just over a week’s time we see it all kick off in Brasil where teams from literally every continent will be fighting it out to bring Football home. In preparation for the opening ceremony, we’ve selected some of the best clothing ranges on offer to you .

Of course, when we think of Brasil and clothing, one brand automatically springs to mind, Havaianas and the Brazilian flip flop giant has produced their iconic footwear in the colours of many of the participant nations and in line with the Brazilian superstition about putting their right foot forward first.

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yoox.com, in collaboration with the football/style magazine Sepp, have worked with Ten designers from different countries in creating an exclusive collection of unisex sweatshirts and made in Italy by custom print inspired by their country of origin.

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More known for his prowess on the tennis court, back in the day Bjorn Borg is probably nowadays more a recognisable name in the underwear games then in sport, no I’m not going to make any jokes about balls, urgh. Like Havaianas Borg is playing on the spirt of national pride and produced a range of underwear bearing the national flags of some of the competing nations.

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Finally, we have Franklin & Marshall who have taken a bit of a retro spin on their World Cup inspired rangeimage

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