“A Man & His Watch” author Matt Hranek and Classic Watch Club founder Henry Flores talk about their favorite timepieces — and what to buy now.
My first watch: A Sears Winnie the Pooh watch given to me by my grandmother when I was about 5 years old. I still have it, but sadly it’s way too small, even for my tiny wrist.
Why wearing a great watch matters: It reveals to the world a little bit about how you want to be seen.
Advice for first-time buyers: Buy the best thing you can afford, don’t compromise.
Best watch to gift: I always seem to gift my wife watches that I want to wear as well, like Cartier Santos from the 1980s, and Rolex Datejusts from the same period.
Best watch to start a collection: My first watches were Swatch and I still have them, but my first “serious watch” was a Rolex left to me when my father died. Just collect what you like, if that happens to be expensive Swiss watches or inexpensive plastic Japanese watches.
Celebrity watch icon: Jerry Lewis [inset above], who had an epic Cartier collection.
Watch you’re coveting: I love watches that were designed with purpose: Rolex Submariners, made for divers, or Omega Speedmasters because they were on the wrists of astronauts and race-car drivers.
Best watch screen cameo: The watches in “Apocalypse Now.” You have Martin Sheen in a very cool military-style Seiko, and Brando is wearing a Rolex GMT, which are two iconic watches of the period.
Favorite watch book: I’m sure my publisher wants me to say “A Man & His Watch.”
Grand Seiko (left), $4,550; TAG Heuer Carrera 1964 Heuer Re-Edition chronographNY Post photo composite
My first watch: A TAG Heuer Carrera 1964 Heuer Re-Edition chronograph [left]. I have always been a car fanatic and was fascinated by all things racing. The Carrera is named after one of the deadliest races, the Carrera Panamericana.
Why wearing a great watch matters: It can be enjoyed for a lifetime and passed down to the next generation.
Advice for first-time buyers: Buy something that you’ll enjoy and won’t be too obsessed with keeping pristine in case you hit a door jam. Stick to modern, because the vintage watch world can be tricky to navigate.
Best watch to gift: The usual suspects such as Rolex Submariner, Rolex GMT, Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster or even a Grand Seiko would be great.
Best watch to start a collection: A manually wound watch, because it establishes a more personal connection with its owner.
Celebrity watch icon: Steve McQueen [inset above] would look cool in any watch — but the fact he wore a Rolex 1655 Explorer II, Rolex 5512 Submariner and a Heuer Monaco made those watches cooler by association.
Watch you’re coveting: An Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in 41 mm.
Best watch screen cameo: The pieces worn in “Ford v Ferrari”: Matt Damon’s character in a Heuer 30 Reference 7753 SN while Christian Bale’s character wears a Heuer Autavia Reference 2446. I loved that they were period-correct pieces.
Favorite watch book: “History of the Swiss Watch Industry” by Pierre-Yves Donzé.
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie watch, price upon requestNY Post photo composite
An Italian financier who hops between Milan and Miami, this famed collector posts updates on his ultra-rare pieces to 104,000 followers.
Personal style: In Miami? Lululemon joggers, Balmain T-shirts and Air Jordan 1 Retro High Dior [sneakers]. In Milan? Jeans, shirts and classic shoes.
First watch: When I was 16 years old, I did deliveries for a grocery store to buy a Bulova, which was very similar to a popular watch at the time, the Breitling Chronomat.
Watch count: I’ve always focused on quality rather than quantity. Today, I have a few Rolex, a few Patek Philippe and a few others.
Favorite complication: I’m in love with the grande sonnerie.
Watch icon: Gérald Genta [inset above] was truly one of the greatest watch designers of all time, the genius behind several of the most famous and enduring models that have become the foundation for success for several brands including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Cartier.
Recent purchase: A Rolex Day-Date made in 1984 for Qaboos, the late Sultan of Oman. It’s amazing, with a rainbow bezel, and on the back, there’s the Khanjar [crest of the Omani royal family]. It’s one of the rarest Rolexes ever produced.
Favorite travel watch: Sorry to disappoint you, but I never wear my watches.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust watch in 18-k yellow gold (left), $27,600 ; Cartier Tank Française watch in steel and yellow gold, $6,500 NY Post photo composite
The former Sotheby’s staffer launched Dimepiece — focused on female collectors — seven months ago, and has already drawn 16,000 Instagram followers.
Personal style: I love the prep school, “Gossip Girl” look. I rarely wear a lot of designer clothes, but when I do, it’s all sourced secondhand. I love my mom’s double-breasted Chanel jacket from the 1980s.
First watch: To celebrate my 31st birthday last May, I just got my first luxury watch: a small steel Cartier Tank Française.
Watch count: Six, including that Cartier. Not bad for a gal who just got into collecting, right?
Favorite complication: Who wants to take me in their sports car to see a Rolex Daytona in action on the raceway?
Watch icon: Mary-Kate Olsen [inset above] — I feel like I’ve grown up with her. In the early aughts the Olsens were known for popularizing big men’s watches, and now she’s taking a more polished route with a yellow-gold Rolex Day-Date on a “President” bracelet — she even wears it while competing in horse races. I’m obsessed.
Most recent purchase: The Rolex Lady-Datejust.
Travel watch: I’m in LA right now, and I’ve heard there’s been a lot of watch theft. I’m trying to keep a low profile, so I like my steel Cartier because it’s the most low-key
Save on beauty and more with Saks Fifth Avenue Cyber Monday 2021 deals
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Our bellies are full, the turkey is gone and Thanksgiving is over. But that doesn’t mean the deals are done. In fact, Cyber Monday reigns as one of the largest 24-hour shopping days of the year, and we are ready to join in on the fun.
Top brands like Therabody, YETI, Lululemon and more are dropping major deals, but our favorite Cyber Monday retailer to shop is none other than Saks Fifth Avenue.
This Cyber Monday, Saks Fifth Avenue is offering a very exclusive spend and get promotion. Get $50 off for every $200 you spend with code CYBER21SF. But act fast, as this deal is only valid on Nov. 29.
If that’s not enough and you need a little extra incentive, then look no further, as Saks Fifth Avenue beauty is also 15% off for Cyber Monday with code CBTY21SF.
And we know how quickly deals come and go on this hectic shopping day, so we listed our top picks below. Happy saving!
Best Saks Fifth Avenue Cyber Monday Deals For Women
Briogeo Detox & Repair 2-Piece Hair Care Set, $54 (originally $60)
This two-piece set features hair essentials made to restore and maintain the long-term health of your scalp and hair. A cult favorite for a reason, this Briogeo kit includes a Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo and a Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. It’s the ideal sampler.
Shackets are all the rage, and this one is made of a luxurious wool blend. Further details include a relaxed silhouette, long sleeves, drops shoulders, snap button pockets and front chest pockets.
Celebrity hairstylists, beauty experts, dermatologists and more all rely on the secret weapon of a silk pillowcase. Why? Because they minimize hair frizz, are gentle on the skin and provide a cool night’s sleep. Better yet, Slipsilk specifically has been developed and perfected for over ten years to provide the best, softest and most durable silk pillowcase on the market.
This cream-colored sweater dress is made of rib knit and is paired with a boucle skirt. Buyers can also look forward to a cozy turtleneck perfect for cool weather, short sleeves, a side zipper closure, a belt loop and an included belt.
Maison Francis Kurkdjian brings three limited-edition fragrance candles made in France. Scents include Mon Beau Sapin, Pain d’épices and Pomme d’amour. So sit back, relax and enjoy the peace of a candle-lit room.
With a warm cashmere half-zip sweater, you’ll never want to take it off — especially this one, as it features a convertible collar, long sleeves, a ribbed knit finish and an oversized silhouette.
Faux Fur Pom-Pom Metallic Beanie, $52.50 (originally $75)
Stylish and comfortable, the Mayze classic sneaker will make you the best dressed in the room. Details include a stacked sole, contrasting rubber tooling, leather lining and a rubber sole. We suggest pairing the sneakers with some denim and a warm puffer jacket.
How adorable is this flowy dress? I’m in love! It’s cut in a soft, woven fabric and features peasant styling and smocked details. I would sang it quick if I were you, as Free People deals are known to go fast.
If you’re all about a low-maintenance beauty routine, then this is the product for you.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Blush is made of a lightweight formula that creates a color-from-within look. It also diffuses and blurs the appearance of pores and imperfections. Simply glide on some color and use the dual end of the product to blend it out.
Best Saks Fifth Avenue Cyber Monday Deals For Men
Made in Spain, this deliciously scented cologne duo is a must-have. Pair the two together to bring about a feeling of passion and unpredictability. Wear them separately to create irresistibility. You can’t go wrong with these explosive Gucci scents.
Get cozy with this two-piece pajama set from the Ramatuelle Collection. Features include a button-up top, drawstring pants, 100% cotton material, long sleeves, a camp collar, a chest patch pocket and side pant pockets.
Puma x Rhuigi Track Jacket, $78 (originally $130)
Track jackets are in, and this Puma x Rhuigi style elevates the look to make it effortlessly trendy. With side vents, a high neck, long sleeves and a zip front, you’ll look sophisticated yet be comfortable all day long.
Jack Black’s best-selling men’s products are here, and you can get them all in one single holiday bundle. The set includes a Face Buff, Double-Duty Face Moisturizer and an All-Over Wash.
Great for the fall weather and the approaching winter season, this nylon puffer jacket features a mock neck, a quarter-zip closure, side zip pockets and long sleeves. Choose from two various colors to find your perfect match.
Theory Stanton Crewneck Sweater, $281.25 (originally $375)
This addictive men’s cologne brings the allure of power and confidence. The set includes a 3 oz Eau de Toilette spray and a Eae de Toilette travel spray while encompassing notes of bright bergamot and pink pepper.
Everyone needs a good pair of white sneakers, and these are it. Made of leather, they are crisp and clean. They also feature a round toe, lace-up vamp, leather textile lining and a rubber sole. And if you’re looking for a bit of extra height, it’s your lucky day, as there is a 1-inch platform.
Theory Burton Crewneck Sweater, $258.75 (originally $345)
Choose from three various colors and easily style this wool and cashmere crewneck. Featuring a striped pattern, ribbed cuffs, long sleeves and a pullover style, it’s a must-have.
The perfect skincare routine for men is found within this Kiehl’s box. Products include a face wash, moisturizer and body scrub soap. Each product includes doses of vitamin C perfect for boosting radiance and smoothing skin texture.
Inside fashion designer Virgil Abloh’s private life with wife Shannon
For many in the fashion world Virgil Abhol, 41, was a maverick, a fashion outsider who shot to fame for his headlining-making catwalks. Dubbed the “Karl Lagerfeld for millennials” he climbed from relative obscurity to the top of his game. He was down with the coolest kids, hanging out with best friend Kanye West, “crashing” fashion weeks, disrupting the industry and founding one of the world’s hippest streetwear brands, Off-White — a label which became as famous for its designer hoodies and t-shirts as its huge social media following. In 2018 he became the first African-American artistic director for French fashion house Louis Vuitton menswear.
The shock news of the 41-year-old’s death from cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare, aggressive form of cancer, sent reverberations around the fashion world last night. “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh,” his wife of 12 years, Shannon Abloh, said in a statement on the designer’s Instagram page. “He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments.” He is also survived by his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh and his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh.
Virgil Abloh appears at the end of his Spring/Summer 2019 collection for Off-White during Mens’ Fashion Week in Paris. That same year he was diagnosed with the cancer that killed him at 41.REUTERS
Shannon Abloh (above) met her husband at school and lived in Chicago while he worked in Paris.Christopher Peterson/SplashNews
As news spread around the world, tributes came from far and wide, with A-lister friends including Pharrell Williams, Victoria Beckham and Kanye paying their respects. But if his fashion career was star-packed, his home life was the complete opposite. Born in Rockport near Chicago, Abloh was the son of Ghanaian immigrant parents. His father worked at a paint company and mother, Eunice, as a seamstress. She taught Abloh how to use a sewing machine, and at a young age he began designing T-shirts.
Designer Virgil Abloh, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Karlie Kloss during the finale of the Off-White show as part of Paris Fashion Week.Getty Images
He met his childhood sweetheart Shannon (née Sundberg) when they were both still at school. Later the pair moved to Wisconsin where Shannon studied management and marketing at Edgewood College and Abhol began a civil engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin at Madison before studying for a Master’s of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Abloh and Kanye West (middle, with estranged wife Kim Kardashian) were frequent artistic collaborators.Best Image/BACKGRID
Virgil rarely spoke about his wife in interviews, but there was never a doubt how strong their bond was. According to reports, after a 10-year courtship, Abloh decided to pop the question but realized he would have to be creative in taking her by surprise. He asked if she could drive with him to the airport for a work trip like she normally did and while they were swapping over driver’s seats, he caught her completely off guard and got down on one knee. “I was completely surprised – I couldn’t believe it!” Shannon said at the time.
Shannon Abloh often sat front row at her husband’s shows.Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com
The pair married in 2009 at the Chicago Four Seasons, the same year as Abloh decided architecture wasn’t for him after all and found a job interning at fashion label, Fendi. It was a big family wedding, with Abloh reportedly leaving most of the arrangements to the bride, while still playing a “supportive role.” The bride wore ivory-hued Amsale and violet-blue shoes, the bridegroom, a tux and white tie, and the pair sat at different guest tables for each course to make sure they chatted to all their family and friends. During the ceremony the pair read out emotional special promises to each other. “The funny part is that we wrote them separately — and didn’t share them with each other — but they were very similar!” Shannon told bridal magazine, Inside Weddings, at the time.
Virgil Abloh and his wife Shannon chat backstage after the Off-White Menswear Fall/Winter 2019-2020 show.Getty Images
Recalling her husband’s wedding speech, she said: “His words were so heartfelt and sincere. He had everyone laughing, crying, and then smiling… it’s the one moment I was dying to see on our wedding video.” Virgil humbly added that one of the best parts of the wedding was the people who helped make it happen: “The stress and strain never outweighed their good-natured hearts. More than anything, this was what created the most special evening of our lives, and we are so thankful.”
Flowers are seen outside the Off-White flagship store in London.Getty Images
Throughout Virgil’s meteoric rise, Shannon, 41, largely kept out of the limelight. She was, however, a staunch supporter of her husband’s career, attending shows and red carpet events, later with their two young children, son, Grey and daughter, Lowe in tow. While her career went down a different, more conventional, path — she first worked as a media planner for Yahoo and then later as a program manager for Monster — she continued to be a regular front row fixture at all his shows.
Abloh standing between his sister, Edwina (left), and Shannon at the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring/Summer 2019 show.Getty Images
The family based themselves mainly in Chicago, with Abloh shuttling back and forth, clocking up formidable air miles. If fitting family life in with manning the helm at Vuitton menswear was a balancing act, he never showed it. His private life was by and large a closed book. “I don’t want to be a celebrity designer,” he once said. “I want to keep my personal life out of it.” He was famous for his formidable work ethic — it is said he never sat still, refused to have an office and did all his work on the go by iPhone. But despite this, his million-mile-an-hour lifestyle seemed to take a toll. Under doctor’s orders, the designer announced in 2019 he was taking three months off from traveling and public appearances. “I’m shifting gears,” he said at the time.
Shannon Abloh poses with her children Grey and Lowe, who are both under five years old, at the Off-White Menswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 show.Corbis/Getty Images
Shannon’s post on her husband’s Instagram page describes him as a “fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend.”
The unwaveringly loyal support of his wife and family was no doubt key to his success. “Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered,” the tribute said. “Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, ‘Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,’ believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations.”
Get 40% off with Cyber Monday deals on North Face jackets and more
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Cyber Monday is all about the unbelievably-low deals you can’t find any other time of the year, and the sales are sweet!
Right now, you can land exclusive YETI promotions, can’t-beat home deals, fashion must-haves and so much more.
But there is one sale going on right now you have to see to believe: The North Face Cyber Monday 2021 event.
This Cyber Monday, The North Face is offering 40% off select styles while supplies last. And yes, that includes slashed prices on their famous jackets.
To help you jump on these Cyber Monday deals before it’s too late, we rounded up the best North Face deals we could find below.
Looking for an ultra-warm jacket that will keep you cozy all winter long? If you answered yes, then this is the jacket for you. It features a customizable silhouette with a cinch-able drawcord at the waist, 550-fill down, rounded hems and zippered hand pockets.
Who doesn’t love a reversible jacket? So score this two-in-one jacket that features both a cozy and quilted material, a draft flap and zippered pockets. Choose from three great colors.
If you’re all about keeping warm while not feeling like a huge snowman, you’ll love the Women’s Explore Farther Jacket. It is made with a beautiful chevron quilted pattern, features round hems, hand pockets and 150g of synthetic insulation — without compromising your mobility.
Talk about a steal! You can bag this Tower Peak Parka for $120 off the original ticket price while having a thigh-length jacket that features internal cuffs and fur lining.
This Aconcagua Vest pairs perfectly over a long-sleeve shirt and protects against harsh winds. We also guarantee it will provide the perfect warmth-to-weight ratio while flattering your figure.
Men, did you just see the above and wish there was only one for you, too? It’s your lucky day because there is one! Choose from four color options, but act fast, as these are selling out quickly.
If you want to rock the North Face brand but don’t want something so heavy or warm, then this is your best bet. The hoodie is the ideal addition to your athleisure wardrobe and features raglan sleeves with thumb holes.
Guys, we have one for you, too. It’s versatile, made with recycled shell fabric and is great for the city and the trail alike.
Fuzzy, silky and warm is what makes the Osito Jacket what it is. Featuring an oversized collar, stretch cuffs and lightweight warmth, it’s what everyone dreams of in a zip-up. Choose from six various colors.
With a beautiful structure and detailing, the Gordon Lyons Full Zip is a heavyweight jacket that features knit fleece and insulates to the max. Plus, you can easily dress it up or down with the right shoes.