Rugged Watchbands
Nato straps made from Alden and Red Wing leather.

Vintage Patina

Ben Clymer, editor of Hodinkee, writes a compelling missive today on the beauty and value of the patina a great piece achieves after years of use, like this Rolex. "What is the point of wearing a vintage watch that doesn't look vintage?" asks Clymer. "After all, these watches are about history, provenance, and heritage." We definitely agree with his sentiment. Of course, finding deadstock items (which look brand new, despite being decades old) is great. But don't be afraid of a vintage watch—or garment or shoe—because it has a little wear. That's real history.

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The Anti-Tie?
Bruce Pask extols the virtues of a handkerchief.