Hodinkee x Club Monaco | Vintage Watches Made in the USA

Hodinkee x Club Monaco | Vintage Watches Made in the USA

There’s something special about the work that Ben Clymer of Hodinkee does. He connects readers with products that they normally wouldn’t be able to see and talks about complicated timepieces in a way that folks can relate to and the unique content he dishes out on the daily is by far some of the best watch coverage on the digital web. He’s been steadily growing his following and this is one of his many “stamps of approval” in the past few months. He’s been doing some close work with TAG Heuer and Audemars Piguet and has ongoing collaborative efforts with the teams over at Gilt. Now, Club Monaco commissioned Ben to find some vintages military-style watches that were made right here in the US of A as part of their Made in the USA collection in conjunction with Michael Williams of A Continuous Lean. Of course, he delivered and now the goods are being sold at the Club’s New York flagship at 21st and 5th and Toronto’s Bloor Street location. There are less than ten pieces in total and we’re not sure which ones are even left but we suggest getting in to one of these shops if they’re local and check out the beauties for yourself.

Read more about the collaboration on Hodinkee.

Volvo Ocean Race | IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition

Volvo Ocean Race | IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition

IWC Schaffhausen, the official sponsor of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team, has released the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition “Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012” to coincide with the official start of this “Everest’ of sailing. For those not familiar, the Volvo Ocean Race takes the world’s most dedicated and skilled sailors around the world in nine race legs, testing them at every moment. It gets under way with the In-Port Race at the Spanish port of Alicante and takes in six continents and four oceans before the crews hit the final stretch in the summer of 2012 in Galway, Ireland. The voyage tacks 39,270 nautical miles (72,728 km), putting the crews in some tough tides, ice-cold storms, 15-metre-high waves and much more.

This special edition Portuguese honors this unparalleled race and the crews’ outstanding achievements. It’s made from titanium and is functional, highly reliable and elegant as well. IWC delivers a beauty that’s water-resistant to 6 bar and fatures a screw-in crown with crown protection, giving it a rugged edge that can withstand just about anything. The IWC-manufactured 89361-calibre movement is on the inside and is fitted with a fly back function as well as an analogue display with two hands in a sub dial for long stop times. For a challenge as demanding as the Volvo Ocean Race, the black rubber strap with folding clasp closure is perfect and the sapphire-glass back adds to the aesthetics of this timeless watch. The engraving “Edition Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012” can be seen on the back of this well-designed and impeccably crafted chronograph.

Introducing | Club Monaco Made in the USA Collection

Introducing | Club Monaco Made in the USA Collection

The GQ Eye turns us to a first look at Club Monaco’s new ‘Made in the USA’ Collection. The Club teamed up with Michael Williams of ACL to bring us this carefully selected collection of apparel and accessories, all of which are made right here in the states. The offerings range from shirts and ties to blazers and trousers. Ben Clymer of Hodinkee was also brought in to deliver a amazing list of vintage military watches that will be available exclusively at Club Monaco’s new 5th Avenue men’s shop. Other collaborations in the works include Tanner Goods, Cunningham Classics, Archival Clothing, London Undercover, Goruck, Dandux, Ernest Alexander, American Optical, Wolverine and Terrapin Printers & Engravers.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Golf

As the official timekeeper of the PGA, Omega has a special place in the sport, even though other major players like Richard Mille and Audemars have attempted to gain some light in the space by declaring ambassadors and whatnot. Hodinkee...

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Introducing | Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days

Hodinkee turns us to the recently-unveiled Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days a.k.a. the PAM 00422. It's a great looking timepiece that features Panerai's new in-house P. 3001 caliber which has hour, minutes, small seconds at 9 o'clock and a...

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Introducing | The MB&F Legacy Machine 1

Introducing | The MB&F Legacy Machine 1

Our friends at Hodinkee have been hinting at MB&F releasing another masterpiece but what we didn’t know is that it would be part of a completely new line of timepieces. The LM1 is the first watch of the Legacy Machine line, one that actually looks more like a traditional watch except, well, it’s not. We say this because MB&F has been known to go above and beyond anything the watch industry expects and they didn’t disappoint.

The LM1’s design takes inspiration from 19th century pocketwatches and some of the earliest wristwatches known to exist. The watch features slowly oscillating balance wheel right on the front of the watch. It operates at 2.5 Hz / 18,000 beats per hour, and gives the wearer a look into the constant motion of any mechanical wristwatch. The movement’s designed by Jean-Francois Mojon, the same man behind IWC’s recently announced Siderale Scafusica. The timepiece has 279 components and a power reserve of 45 hours.

Rolex HTE Series Watches

Rolex's HTE series of watches adds two more pieces to close out the collection. The 39mm and 42mm celebrate the achievements of the children of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, two famed explorers known to be the first to...

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The IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

The IWC Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia

The fine folks over at Hodinkee have really outdone themselves with this one. The Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia is one of the most complex timepieces IWC has ever made, and the ten years it took to develop this wondrous beauty proves just that. The Scafusia features solar time, the sidereal time (both can be set independently), power reserve and a very large tourbillon as seconds display. The rear side displays Customized celestial chart and horizon, sunrise and sunset display, sidereal time and solar time, day, night and dusk display under celestial chart, perpetual calendar with display showing leap years and number of day.

Audemars Piguet Book | Master Watchmakers Since 1875

Audemars Piguet Book | Master Watchmakers Since 1875

In 1875, two watchmakers, Jules Louis Audemars, aged 22, and Edward Auguste Piguet, aged 24, founded Audemars Piguet in Le Brassus, a small village in the Swiss Jura. More than a Century later, the Manufacture Audemars Piguet now employs almost 1,000 people in Switzerland and around the world. The company conveys a unique culture nurtured by tradition, audacity and excellence. It also stems from an original alchemist’s blend passed on through the generations and combining respect for nature with know-how and a taste for perfection.

Introducing | Timex Weekender Watch Collection

Introducing | Timex Weekender Watch Collection

Timex has released the Weekender Collection, a capsule collection features a stainless steel case with a black or anthracite face and is available with a nylon strap or stainless bracelet, whichever you choose. The watches are simple, wearable and extremely affordable, making them a great entry-point piece.