The Rolex GMT-Master II is one sharp watch with the power of two time zones. Nowadays, your smartphone updates to the correct time once you turn off airplane mode upon hitting the runway – but for earlier jet-setters it took some serious mechanical advances in watchmaking to account for changes in time. This 4-hand self-winding Rolex pays homage to the those earlier days, and the blue GMT hand keeps 24-hour Greenwhich Mean Time while the standard hand keeps the local hour. The two-toned Cerachrom ceramic bezel is virtually scratchproof and rotates in both directions to quickly read the GMT hand in various time zones. A sophisticated mechanism allows the hour hand to be adjusted in hour increments without disturbing the time keeping of the minute and second hands (whereas in other watches the time would stop and all hands would move at once). While at first glance it may look just like a Rolex Submariner with a black and blue bezel (and to be fair, they are extremely similar in many ways), the complex dual-time movement in the GMT-Master is what sets it apart. Only downside is the $9,895 retail price.
Dress shoes are often a tough call. Cheaper pairs fall apart quickly, and expensive pairs, well… they’re expensive. I’ve had a few pairs of Johnston and Murphy Shoes and they’ve held up well. Very reasonably priced at $155, the J&M Conard Cap Toe is sharp, well made, and comfortable. I recently got a pair of these and have already begun to rack up the compliments, definitely a great bang-for-your-buck dress shoe with plenty of style.
A trip to the beach used to also mean a trip home in a sandy car – but the Surf Grass Mat is here to change that. The Surf Grass Mat is 20 x 25 inches of high quality synthetic turf, and the mat’s supportive and soft bristles of turf work to dust off any dirt, sand, or particles that may have accumulated on your feet. Perfect on surfing and camping trips, it makes for an excellent changing mat that’ll also protect the cleanliness of your vehicle and/or home. Plus, it’s easily rolled up and secured with the integrated velcro strap.
Jeans and sunglasses are regular topics on Frachelli, but theKickstarter project creating denim sunglasses is certainly new. English startup company Mosevic has created a unique style of shades by merging denim and resin. Available in three frame styles (and additionally three colors of denim), a pair from Mosevic is sure to stand out.
If you need an outfit that will carry you from casual Friday through happy hour, check out the Secret Wash Shirt from J.Crew. While there not quite as sophisticated as a proper a dress shirt, they’re still stylish and professional enough to wear in business casual settings. The “secret wash” is a secret, but whatever they do – the shirts are certainly comfortable. You can easily dress them up by throwing on a blazer, or even better – undo the top two buttons before you cool down with that 5 o’clock cocktail. Available in a slew of colors and patterns – $65. More info at jcrew.com
Generally, we only mention a movie once, maybe twice on Frachelli – and even though the seventh Star Wars film releases December 18th, we’re already writing about it for the third time. The latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers gives us a glimpse at the return of Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca – and we couldn’t be more excited. We hope you enjoyed the trailer as much as we did, and may the force be with you.
This week at Swiss watch show Baselword, Breitling revealed the new version of their sporty diver, the Superocean. The restyled Superocean II retains the overall feel of its predecessor, with a handsomely refreshed dial featuring large luminescent numerals and the addition of smaller military numerals. Powered by Breitling’s Calibre 17 automatic movement, the Superocean II also slims down the case thickness for added comfort. The new model is available in three case diameters – 36, 42, and 44mm – and with the sizing, the water proofing ranges from 200 to 500 to 1000 meters respectively. The Superocean II looks sharp in black with a steel bracelet, but don’t overlook the blue dial or new Ocean Racer rubber strap either. Pricing also varies with options, but to give you an idea – the 42mm with a steel bracelet has an SRP of $3,900.MORE INFO AT BREITLING.COM
I never thought a backpack would be a source of compliments, but that changed when I got a Herschel. I’ve really been enjoying their Little America Backpack and have received several “hey, nice backpack man” praises. The stylish, yet seemingly complicated straps, actually have a magnetic closures making accessing the backpack a breeze. Best of all, inside there’s a fully lined laptop sleeve. Available in multiple colors.
The Teeling family whiskey heritage dates back to the distilling in Dublin in 1782 when Walter Teeling set up a distillery in the Marrowbone Lane in the Liberties. Their award winning Single Grain Whiskey is now available in the US and we had the pleasure of trying some. Teeling Single Grain is one of only a handful of single grain bottlings in the world. It uses a completely unique maturation process fully maturing the whiskey in Californian red wine barrels. The whiskey is made by combining unique ingredients, with maize/corn dominating and uses modern column distillation to produce the whiskey, which is exceptionally clean and smooth with a touch of sweetness. Give it a try this St. Patrick’s Day!