Style Pick of the Week: Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch

The perfect casual watch to pair with the rest of your Buck Mason menswear.

Just when you thought your wardrobe was packed with enough stylish menswear from Buck Mason, the lauded brand comes along and releases the ideal accessory to complement those pieces: The Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch. It’s got the potential to be your new favorite casual watch, with all the trappings you need and expect from a rugged timepiece that’s crafted for everyday wear. The specs on this stylish casual watch are certainly up to the standard the brand has set for itself — in this case, Buck Mason teamed up with watchmaker A.W.C. to re-tool a Seiko 7S26C. To wit: The 42mm stainless steel case is water-reistant to 200 meters, so you know this watch can take a beating beyond the coffee shop and out on the road (perhaps teamed with a rugged Buck Mason leather jacket for your travels, ideally). Shop Western Rise Now

And even the NATO strap delivers on its promise of tough performance: The Phoenix G10 NATO nylon strap (available for the Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch in two colorways) plays off the original 1970’s strap made for the British Ministry of Defense. But why pack all of this into a humble wristwatch? For starters, it’s so much more than your average watch — again, it’s as if the Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch was crafted to be worn specifically with the rest of your Buck Mason-centric ensemble … and in a way, it was.

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Pick from two NATO straps that accompany this stylish casual watch from Buck Mason.

Before we go any further: You should know that this highly versatile, highly stylish casual watch comes with a bit of a price tag — OK, I’ll spill the beans. You’re dropping nearly $900 for this vintage-inspired watch, but trust me … it should be worth it.

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After all, what other watch can you wear to the office (with a Buck Mason Oxford shirt) and then out on a road trip with your new favorite leather jacket without having to switch things up? For your money’s worth, make it the Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch. It’s the type of highly wearable, understated wristwatch every guy needs in his rotation, and the even better news? You can start wearing this watch now (the rugged NATO strap pairs nicely with a classic henley and denim), and then keep it handy to throw on before you head to the beach this summer. Talk about a classic watch that offers some serious bang for your buck — it’s like we said. You shouldn’t expect anything less from Buck Mason and Co.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Mulholland Explorer Wristwatch

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See Now, Buy Now: This Centric Instruments Watch Might Be The Perfect Everyday Watch

The best new casual watch to make it through a tough winter.

If you’ve been putting your attention toward other matters when it comes to winter style essentials, such as the best winter jacket for a blizzard (Hint: It’s here in this #OOTD) or the toughest winter boots, you’d be be forgiven for overlooking something as diminuitive as the watch on your wrist. That all changes today, thanks to the introduction of the Centric Instruments Lightwell Watch, quite possibly the best casual watch (for the price and functionality) that you’ll find in your search right now. Priced at $250 and sold via Huckberry, it’s a durable casual watch made for the everyday and the adventurous — and when a watch looks as good as the Centric Instruments Lightwell Watch, you’re going to want to find plenty of reasons to wear it. But first: Why does this particular watch work especially well for winter? Allow me.

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The dial coating helps this watch shine bright on dark winter nights.

For starters, this rugged casual watch delivers toughness through a surgical-grade stainless steel case, to go along with a 38mm case diameter that’s neither too bulky nor too small. It’s also easy to read at night, all thanks to a dial that’s been coated with Superluminova BGW9. 100 meters of water resistance means you needn’t worry about the occasional snowstorm putting this watch out of commission — simply find the best leather gloves, throw on your favorite winter parka, and get out there. When it comes to hunting down one of the best casual watches for men, you definitely don’t want to skimp in the looks department, either. Thus, a crisp and easy-to-read dial designed to stand out quietly (and stylishly) when paired with everything from slim blue jeans and a classic shawl cardigan to a flannel-blazer-chinos combination at the office. For outdoor excursions at your cabin and days in town hanging at your favorite brewery, the Centric Instruments Lightwell Watch is going to be the way to go — try it and find out for yourself.

SHOP: The  Centric Instruments Lightwell Watch

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Style Pick of the Week: Timex Archive Acadia Watch

A durable, classically designed watch from a timeless brand.

When you step out the door in the morning, what’s the one essential for which you always reach? For me, it’s a stylish casual watch — something slightly rugged yet versatile, with a dash of tough style thrown in the mix to boot. Something not unlike the Timex Archive Acadia Watch, a fantastic new offering from the lauded watch brand — and maybe one of the best men’s watches you can buy right now. The Timex Archive line calls back to the storied watch brand’s history, honoring the craftsmen who pioneered a ton of durable and well-crafted, American styles. If you follow me on Instagram, you’re aware that I positively love myself a stylish Timex watch (like the Archive Acadia Watch!). The brand’s timepieces simply exude wearability across a number of seaasons. And seeing as how we’re powering through August and looking toward September, a rugged, durable and versatile timepiece like the Timex Archive Acadia Watch is what you need on your wrist now.

Priced extremely reasonably at just $85, this rugged casual watch features the versatility to be worn with a white slub T-shirt and olive cotton shorts the rest of this month, and the Timex Archive Acadia Watch can also work quite handsomely with more fall-centric outfits (think a charcoal Oxford, dark blue denim and classic suede boots). See? That’s worth your consideration.

A tough NATO strap definitely helps get the job done when it comes to rugged, versatile style across the seasons.

It’s truly the tough construction and understated-yet-rugged good looks that make the Timex Archive Acadia Watch such a winner. The cotton NATO strap makes all the difference — a field-ready feature that fits in equally well with summer or fall ensembles. In short, a textured strap adds some nice visual interest when worn with heavier fall layers, from an indigo denim shirt, crisp blue jeans and a white henley to a grey crewneck sweater and tan chinos.

The 40mm case diameter is neither too large nor too small, sized just right for most guys out there. The Archive Acadia Watch also features practical touches, including an INDIGLO night light — this is the sort of watch you could wear all through an overnight camping trip (Editor’s note: Click this link for what to wear camping). So, to recap: The rugged, well-crafted Timex Archive Acadia Watch calls to mind classic style, tough durability and the utility to be worn with everything from a chambray shirt and dark denim this fall to a navy pocket tee and khaki shorts this summer. The Archive Acadia Watch is affordable, it’s going to get better with age & it looks just … great. If that’s not good enough to qualify as one of the  the best men’s watches to buy right now … well, I’m not sure what to tell ya!

Godspeed and happy shopping!

See Now, Buy Now: The Timex Weekender Chrono Is Your Next Casual, Everyday Watch

A heck of a versatile, casual watch from our good friends at Timex.

Join us for the second entry this week (!) in our See Now, Buy Now series, my friends. To start: Last month, we talked on The Style Guide about a rugged casual timepiece to stand up to the bolder, heartier textures of winter. Seeing as we’re now cruising right through March, it’s now only fitting to talk about a stylish casual timepiece that can suitably blend in with textured, yet breezier outfits for spring months. That timepiece, my friends, would be the Timex Weekender Chrono, featuring a slightly oversized face, a textured NATO strap (crucial) and a spring-friendly color combo. Timex is certainly a consistent favorite on the blog, all thanks to that critical blend of affordability and style that hits right down the middle of the fairway. The design details are sharp when it comes to the Timex Weekender Chrono, too.  The date feature and a chronograph that tracks down to 1/20th of a second are handy extra features, as is the INDIGLO nightlight. And stylistically? The Timex Weekender Chrono has all the chops you need when it comes to dressing for laidback spring style scenarios.

A casual BBQ spent wearing one of the best pairs of men’s shorts for spring and summer? Throw the Timex Weekender Chrono on alongside some classic Aviators and a short-sleeve henley. A casual day at the office works for the Weekender Chrono, too. Think a navy blazer, chinos and white sneakers — it’s as simple as that. And when you want to throw on that standby weekend uniform (a classic chambray shirt, dark denim and rugged suede chukkas), the Timex Weekender Chrono is there for you, buddy. The olive green NATO strap nods toward spring without going full-on floral (although I myself have a neat patterned watch strap from The Knottery — throwback!). At any rate, an olive NATO strap has real-life military heritage roots, plus a bit of versatile color to pair up with dark denim, classic chinos or chambray shorts. I’d certainly take the chance to wear the Timex Weekender Chrono as often as possible.

Is the Timex Weekender Chrono set to join your collection of Timex watches? Let me know in the comments! 

Style Pick of the Week: Jack Mason Field Chronograph Watch

A striking timepeice with tough construction and standout looks.

Do you ever see a timepiece that you feel like you need on your wrist … immediately? Maybe one that seems like the perfect casual watch, a true fall style essential even? My friends, meet the Jack Mason Field Chronograph Watch, a bona fide timepiece that exemplifies rugged-yet-refined style. If you read The Style Guide regularly, you might recognize Jack Mason — let’s welcome them back into the fold today. I’m quite the fan of watches of all types — namely, of the more laidback variety — and if you follow me on Instagram, you might be acquainted with my collection. When it comes to taking stock of your style, it’s wise to leave no stone unturned, and such is the case when it comes to a stylish casual watch. Which leads us to *pulls aside curtain* …. the Field Chronograph Watch on display today.  The Texas-based brand draws on inspirations ranging from military timepieces to watches with the spirit (and design) of aviation built right in, and the resulting stylish watches are a sight to behold. Again, I give you the Field Chronograph. First of all, there’s the standout design and rich combination of cool olive and black colorways. The pairing is ideal for wearing with your favorite fall jacket or a tough denim trucker jacket (plus some classic grey denim). And the simple look of the Field Chronograph Watch also makes it more than wearable with cleaned-up business casual essentials for cold weather (think a cotton navy blazer, a rugged grey crewneck sweater and a white Oxford). Yet, the Jack Mason Field Chronograph Watch also has the superb construction & durability you need in a dependable everyday watch.

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Subtle branding + excellent quality makes for one heck of a nice watch.

The Field Chronograph Watch features an agreeable 42mm case diameter — large enough to stand up to outdoor excursions, refined enough so as not to seem too large on most wrists. Now, as I’ve said in the past, I’m not a watch snob by any means … so the Japanese quartz movement does just fine in my book. Topped off with mineral crystal, this watch is a durable, affordable timepiece for fall and winter weather — the rugged NATO strap in a crisp olive color helps see to that.  It’ll more than stand up to tough weather and long days. And the Jack Mason Field Chronograph Watch really does look to be built for the field. That is to say, you might want to leave it at home when going hunting or fishing, but you can definitely give it a try on a short hike through your local park. It might look best when paired up with a vintage-inspired cardigan and a classic chambray shirt, though. Where can that #menswear ensemble take you? Just about anywhere you please this fall, from a dressed-up evening on the town to a more casual day at the office when teamed with stylish leather sneakers. Yessir, the Jack Mason Field Chronograph Watch is the timepiece you didn’t know you needed — until now.  Add it to any list of the best casual watches for men … including your own. And that’s the last word!

Is the Field Chronograph Watch the next timepiece to make its way into your collection? Let me know on Twitter.

Thanks for reading, as always!

-Beau

You’re Invited! Casio G-Shock Master of G Collection Event

Editor’s note: Thank you to Men’s Health and Casio G-SHOCK for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.  Thanks for reading, and thanks for supporting the brands that support The Style Guide!

I would say one of the best — and certainly most fun — parts about being part of the menswear community in New York City revolves around connecting with standout brands, fellow writers and bloggers, and great causes. It makes for a busy schedule, but a heck of a fun time. And judging by the fact that you read this blog, we’re all along for this neat ride together. That’s why I’m excited to attend the Casio G-SHOCK Master of G Collection Event later this week in New York City. The event is brought to you by Men’s Health, it features the (very shoppable) Tourneau-exclusive Master of G Collection and perhaps most importantly …. you’re invited! If you’re a Style Guide reader in NYC, you’ll get to attend this neat event — all you need to do is send me an email! What exactly is on tap? Plenty, including free food and drinks!

Set to take place at the elegant Tourneau TimeMachine space (at 57th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan) this coming Thursday, December 1st from 6 to 8 p.m., you’ll get the chance to both shop and view up-close some truly sturdy, durable, rugged and well-designed watches via Casio’s G-SHOCK line. These are the type of watches that can brave the cold of winter, the depths of ocean dives and global travel — and your daily commute. Plus, you can hang with the excellent folks from the Men’s Health Style team and members of the G-SHOCK first responders team — real guys in the field who love and wear Casio watches in their line of work (hey, being a Navy SEAL calls for a pretty tough watch).

Lastly, a portion of the proceeds from watch sales at the event will go to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of firefighter Stephen Siller, who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11. The foundation continues to support our first responders while honoring Stephen’s legacy — it’s crucially important work. Oh, and the winner of this year’s Ultimate Men’s Health Guy contest, Jed Ballard, will be there to share details of his journey. Jed’s story is a neat, inspiring one — you can read more of it via Men’s Health. So, does that sound good to you? Maybe? Hopefully? If you’ll be around and you’re down to attend, drop me a note via beauhayhoe@gmail.com, or DM me on Twitter @BoKnowsClothes! Sound good? Get it, got it, good? Alright!

Style Pick of the Week: AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II Watch

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

Packed with a ton of military style inspiration and featuring a unique strap-and-dial combo, to boot.

Packed with a ton of military style inspiration and featuring a unique strap-and-dial combo, to boot.

Let’s say you’ve got your spring outerwear covered, and maybe even some nice, made-in-America sneakers to go with that. What other accessories might you need in that instance? Well, for starters, a durable, tough casual watch never hurt an outfit in terms of finishing it off right. If you don’t yet have a stylish watch in your arsenal — or if you just want to mix things up a bit — it wouldn’t hurt to reach for a timepiece that draws on heavy military inspiration and packs a lot into one beastly package. In this case, we’re talking about the AVI-8 Hawker Harrier II, a rough-and-tumble watch inspired by Harrier Jump Jets (those planes designed to be used in advanced theatres of war conflict). If there’s a more rugged piece of style inspiration out there, I’ve yet to find it. Heck, there’s even a small missile marker next to the date window. And it’s the perfect option when it comes to changing up your casual watch rotation — for a really solid price, considering what you’re getting. Let’s say you’ve got a classic stainless steel dive watch, a brown leather dress watch, maybe even a black leather dress watch — but are looking for something more suited to, well, not wearing a suit. The Hawker Harrier II has a textured black dial, white numerals that pop nicely against said dial and a beige leather strap complete with contrast stitching — all the makings of a watch that can complement shorts and a simple graphic tee quite nicely. Again, the price is commendable, too.

The full offering -- including a neat detail next to the date window, and a beefy 45mm case diameter.

The full offering — including a neat detail next to the date window, and a beefy 45mm case diameter.

The Japanese quartz movement is reliable and without frills (although some watch enthusiasts prefer a more complicated timepiece), and the 45mm case diameter is just what the doctor ordered as far as a casual watch goes. That larger case diameter means it can take a beating and still look good doing it, namely. It’s not nearly as laidback as a sporty rubber-strap watch, but that means it should look more natural next to a slim spring polo and lightwash jeans. This particular watch is only water resistant to 50mm, so it’s probably best not to go swimming with it — but for the rest of your spring and summertime activities, it’s the way to go. The brand also has a host of other military-inspired watches, including the Flyboy (complete with a NATO strap). There’s just something about the combo of a black dial and a beige strap that’s pretty pleasing when compared to other potential dial-and-strap combinations. And given that the brand has already drawn so heavily off timeless military style inspiration, it’s worth betting that other stylish, unique combinations like the Hawker Harrier II are on their way in the future.

Would you pick up this AVI-8 watch? How would you style it?

Online Shopping Picks: The 5 Best Men’s Watches to Buy Now

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Curious about what casual watch you need in your arsenal? Read on. The Stuhrling Aquadiver Manta Ray is pictured here. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers. Striped chambray shirt by JACHS NY. Sneakers by Reef. Sunglasses by Tom Ford. Sweatshorts by Pistol Lake.

Curious about what casual watch you need in your arsenal? Read on. The Stuhrling Aquadiver Manta Ray is pictured here. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers. Striped chambray shirt by JACHS NY. Sneakers by Reef. Sunglasses by Tom Ford. Sweatshorts by Pistol Lake.

Look down at your right wrist. Now, look down at your left wrist. Do you have a great watch on? Yes? No? Can’t tell? I’m here to help you sort that out today. When it comes to style upgrades, there’s no messing about here at The Style Guide. As a guy constantly on the hunt for a great watch, it’s an area that’s been a focus for me as of late — we even covered off on some more men’s watches on a budget last spring, so it’s high time to get after it again. And although it might not be the first thing you look to buy for yourself (whether you’ve owned a timepiece before or not), it can play a pretty crucial role in tying together an outfit. The right accessories just work that way. And while a casual watch might seem a bit out of place, we’re looking today for watches that you’d wear to, say, a relaxed spring bar crawl or a casual Sunday brunch, not to a boardroom meeting. Specifically, look for something Bond might wear in the Moroccan desert — you see where we’re headed with this? The below picks definitely reflect that spirit of adventure without the high price tag — casual in nature, ready for spring and summer (and beyond), and designed with a slightly more rugged feel in mind. If you think I missed any pieces, give me a holler on Twitter! Talk to you soon!

#1. Timex Waterbury — $100

A unique offering from a brand that does casual watches very well.

A unique offering from a brand that does casual watches very well.

Note that the original Timex Weekender could very well fill this top spot, too — it was a close call! But the brand so well-known for that style is doing something a little different with its Waterbury line. These watches blend rugged style, like that slightly aged leather strap, with a simple contrasting design on the dial and no real frills anywhere. It’s the perfect watch to grab when you want to mimic a leather dress watch without such a minimal look (like at that Sunday brunch). The price is definitely tough to beat no matter where else you look — it’ll take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’, to quote the brand.

#2. Daniel Wellington Classic Glasgow 40mm Silver Watch, $195

A style Bond would be proud to wear -- the merger of a dress watch and a sport-inspired strap.

A style Bond would be proud to wear — the merger of a dress watch and a sport-inspired strap.

For those who prefer a slightly more crisp watch merged with the sporty nature of a NATO strap, here’s your winner. Daniel Wellington has taken the ultra-minimal design and thin case of a dress watch for its Classic Glasgow  and done it up in a sharp silver color. The striped white-and-blue NATO strap is practically begging to be worn alongside a slim pocket tee and a great pair of summer shorts — even if it looks a tad too dressy at first, a watch this well-designed can work with any outfit (just be sure to keep it out of the water — it’s not built to go quite that far).

#3. Timex for J. Crew Vintage Army Field Watch — $98

Based on a decades-old archival design, this watch is worth the higher price tag compared to other Timex watches.

Based on a decades-old archival design, this watch is worth the higher price tag compared to other Timex watches.

J. Crew continues to knock it out of the park when it comes to partnering with renowned third-party brands, and this particular watch has surely ended up on many a style wish list over the years because of that. The Timex for J. Crew timepiece in question is based on a style from the Timex archives that dates back to the 1940s — talk about timeless. The olive strap is neutral enough to match with almost anything, and the simple case markings and smaller case diameter make this one subtle, stylish watch — to say it’s perfect for a backyard barbeque would be an understatement.

#4. KOMONO Winston Heritage Chambray — $99.95

Chambray on a watch strap? Can't go wrong.

Chambray on a watch strap? Can’t go wrong.

While chambray as a shirting or trouser fabric is versatile enough to rock year-round, it’s not often seen on watch straps. In this instance though, the KOMONO Winston Heritage would be a unique, eye-catching addition to your watch collection — it’s just different enough visually from a brown leather watch to make it worth your time (pun intended). The acid wash chambray strap is a neat finishing touch that would play nicely off inky selvedge denim and a navy crewneck, and it would also work alongside a slim short-sleeve henley and light wash jeans this spring. Casual in nature, ya dig?

#5. Stuhrling Original Aquadiver Manta Ray Watch — $48.40

Ultra-tough and ultra-dependable, this rubber-strap Stuhrling watch just works.

Ultra-tough and ultra-dependable, this rubber-strap Stuhrling watch just works.

By far the most casual and least expensive watch on this list, perhaps the Stuhrling Aquadiver is what you had in mind when thinking “casual watch.” A rubber strap watch is certainly the most rugged and dependable among this group, and it even performs just as a stainless steel dive watch might — that is, you can rock it in the water, on land and everywhere in between. It’s a heck of a steal for under $50, and my personal timepiece is still going strong after more than two years of use (read the full review here).

With a dearth of casual watches on the market, cutting any list off at five is tough. But brands that do dress watches well (like Daniel Wellington) also have the market cornered with more casual timepieces. MVMT Watches delivers options that certainly drift a bit louder in terms of style (like this all-black, rugged watch), but they could be a wise pickup if you’re a fan of the brand. If you fancy yourself a watch collector with some cash to burn, you could feasibly snag the same watch worn by James Bond in Spectre. Oh, man. On the slightly cheaper side of things, Shinola is even manufacturing super-rugged, sport-inspired watches that might be worth a look. If building up your watch collection is a goal of yours, start with the basics — like a brown leather dress watch — and then move into the more casual realm with picks that serve a twofold purpose. As for me? I think this list isn’t a bad place to start.

Until next time,

Stay stylish,

-Beau