Thoughts

The story of a pair of shoes

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I’ve owned these monk-strap shoes for over 10 years. I photographed them this morning for the purposes of this post. These are one of the pairs of shoes I use around the house for all kinds of work: home office, going to the cellar to fetch firewood, going into the dusty attic to put or get various things, renovation work, etc.

I used them last night as we mounted this restored door frame back in place, as I used a miter saw in the cellar, carried the various parts up to the house, used a nail gun to secure them in place and assemble the frame.

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You can see these same shoes in this video.

I also used them when I built our garden shed in Florida.

In spite of all the wear and tear I’ve put them through over the years, a little elbow grease always gets them looking great, and that’s a testament to the craftmanship of the shoemaker. The brand (Mario Calugi) isn’t as important here as the lesson to be learned from the experience.

Lots of people make a big stink about how wearing leather contributes to animal cruelty but the truth of the matter is, using every little bit of an animal that’s going to get sacrificed for its meat anyway, is the right thing to do.

Furthermore, taking proper care of your belongings, especially the ones made from other beings (because animals are beings, not things) is crucial and it is part of showing respect for the sacrifice of that animal, for the protection its skin profers you and for the hard work that went into making the finished good you now have in your possession.

Good leather lasts a lifetime if you take care of it. Great shoes also last a lifetime if you take care of them. Yes, it means changing the soles when they wear out, it means treating the leather and polishing it, but it’s the right thing to do. It’s part of being a good, responsible human being to take care of your stuff. Please do it.

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IWC Portuguese Rose Gold Chronograph IW371480

I love the design of the Portuguese watches from IWC and this chronograph is exquisite.

  • Model IW371480
  • Swiss-made caliber 79350 automatic movement
  • 40.9mm 18k rose gold case
  • 18k rose gold bezel
  • Silver dial with gold-tone hands and hour markers
  • Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Minute markers around the outer rim
  • Two sub-dials: 60 seconds and 30 minutes
  • Functions include hours and minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock with stop function
  • Brown alligator leather strap with 18k rose gold deployant clasp
  • Power reserve of 44 hours
  • Water resistant to 3ATM (30m or 100 feet)

Buy it here: Mens IWC Watch Portuguese Rose Gold Chronograph IW371480 or from The Watch Gallery

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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Watch

The elegant design of this watch attracted me to it right away. I love how they’ve integrated the luminescent points (hands and hour markers) into the dial. At night, it appears more compact and easier to read. And it’s a manually-wound watch. I don’t know about you, but I love winding my watches at the end of each day.

Polished stainless steel case (43 mm in diameter, 12 mm thick), Sapphire crystal screw-in case-back, Polished 18K rose gold bezel, Silver dial with the Maurice Lacroix logo at the 12 o’clock position, Rose gold-plated luminescent hands, Rose gold-plated indices with luminescent dot hour markers, Small seconds sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position, Scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal, Swiss manual wind mechanical movement, Caliber ML 108, base Unitas 6498-1, Power reserve of 46 hours, Water resistant to 5 ATM/50 meters/165 feet, Brown crocodile leather strap, Push button deployment buckle, Model number: PT7558-PS101-130.

Buy it here: Maurice Lacroix Pontos Mens Watch PT7558-PS101130

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Baume & Mercier 8692 Classima Automatic Chronograph

I love the design of this watch. It’s so elegant, so refined. Time and time again, I find myself coming back to Baume & Mercier watches, they strike a chord with me.

The eye-catching elegance of the Baume & Mercier Men’s Classima Automatic Chronograph Watch features both chronograph subdials and electric blue accents for increased functionality and style. Classima Executives watches are the heritage of Baume & Mercier’s watch-making know-how. They offer a style derived from sobriety, a classical, elegant look. Classima Executives reinterprets the brand’s watch-making tradition with mechanical movements with small, useful complications and refined finishings. Constructed with a stainless steel case, the timepiece includes a round stainless steel bezel and a metallic-brown leather wristband secured with a deployment buckle. A scratch-resistant-sapphire window shields the textured silver dial, which features silver-dash hour markers, slim minute markers, and Arabic numeral indexes at five-minute intervals. The dial also includes two chronograph subdials with electric-blue detailing, a date calendar at three o’clock, and electric blue watch hands. Featuring Swiss-automatic movement, the watch is water resistant to 165 feet (50 M).

Buy it here: Baume & Mercier Men’s 8692 Classima Automatic Chronograph Watch

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IWC Portuguese Automatic

This IWC Schaffhausen Portuguese Automatic watch (model IW500107) looks great and it has an amazing 7 days of power reserve and a large date function.

Stainless steel case with a blue croco-embossed leather strap. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with blue hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Minute markers on the outer rim. Automatic date at the 6 o’clock position. Two sub-dials displaying: seconds and 7 day power reserve. Automatic movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Screw down crown. Screw-down sapphire crystal exhibition case back. Case diameter: 42.3mm. Case thickness: 13.9 mm. Deployment clasp. Water resistant at 30 meters / 100 feet. Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds (with stop function) at 9 o’clock, power reserve at 3 o’clock, calendar. IWC Portuguese Automatic Steel Blue Mens Watch IW500107.

Buy it here: IWC Portuguese Automatic Steel Blue Mens Watch IW500107

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