The story of a pair of shoes

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Should you use shoe trees?

Question: I'm learning how to properly take care of shoes, and while browsing the web late this evening, I thought about shoe horns/trees. Now in the past I've found them, really just a sales gimmick, hardly worth my money. What do you think? Shoe trees are worth getting, especially if you have quality leather shoes that [...]

Classic Solo Handmade Shoes

Late last year, I ordered a pair of handmade shoes from Stefan Burdea, a shoemaker from Bucharest, Romania. I'd like to show them to you now. They're the Classic Solo model, a beautiful and understated pair of shoes made from a single piece of leather. Some of you may already know that it's fairly difficult [...]