See Now, Buy Now: The Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic Is the Rugged Watch Upgrade Your Collection Needs

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Perhaps as a new year rounds into another month, you’re still looking to really build out your rotation of the best watches for men in a big way. And when I say in a big way, I mean investing in one of the best leather watches from a brand you can really trust, and a brand that’s worth splurging on: That’d be Detroit-based Shinola, a longtime favorite of your Brooklyn style writer (and Michigan native!).

While classic offerings like the Shinola Runwell Watch routinely sell for well under $1K, the brand also offers plenty for those who don’t mind spending a bit more on their new favorite watch. Take theShinola Bronze Monster Automatic , an incredibly rugged, handsome, versatile watch that carries on the legacy of the Shinola Monster line quite nicely.

The handsome bronze case and black dial are visually striking features right off the bat, with quality befitting the higher price (the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic will set you back $1,850). There’s plenty more beneath the surface, as with other outstanding Shinola men’s watches, of course.

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Of note, the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic is delivered on a supple leather strap, but also comes complete with a durable khaki NATO strap for a sporty change of pace. Think of the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic like two watches for the price of one regular Shinola watch, really ($1,850 divided by two, my friends!). Of course, it’s what’s inside that counts, including the SW200-1 Swiss automatic movement, which powers the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic in reliable fashion.

Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic

The Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic also boasts a distinctive 43mm case size, which is larger than the classic Shinola Runwell at 41mm but not so large as to throw things off (pair it with similarly beefy winter style staples like your favorite shawl cardigan, for instance). Other touches like a uni-directional bezel and Super LumiNova markings (for added visibility in low-light situations) make the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic a surefire, highly functional yet stylish winner in the watch world.

Note that the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic will develop a patina over time on its bronze case, so pay close attention to care instructions for this investment-worthy watch. Beyond that, be sure to wear the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic as often as possible, because it’s one investment that’ll only get better with age.


The Tuesday Steal: Save 20% On One of the Best Sustainable Watches On the Market From TRIWA Today

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What with Black Friday watch deals and Cyber Monday shopping quickly approaching, now seems like as good a time as any to shop and save on a bit of everything, including one of the best watches for men — at least, that’s what your neighborhood style writer thinks. Today’s deal is certainly the right way to upgrade your everyday carry via one of the most sustainable watches on the market, and it’s yet another offering from Swedish watchmaker TRIWA. They’re a minimal, stylish watchmaker and a new blog favorite, and you’re going to enjoy saving 20 percent on one of the best men’s watches on the market (hint: It’s shown at the top of the page!).

The TRIWA Ocean Plastic Watch has plenty going for it, starting with the fact that it’s developed using material made from recycled ocean plastic. The effect is a watch that’s lightweight, durable and eco-conscious (and of note, this watch is marked down to $135 from $169). How’s that for one of the best affordable watches, ehh?

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The surprisingly rugged TRIWA Ocean Plastic Watch is also designed in partnership with ocean conservation organization Sea Shepherd, perhaps even more important than its utilitarian look and feel. That means that 15 percent of profits from the sale of the TRIWA Ocean Plastic Watch go towards Sea Shepherd’s efforts, as worthy a cause as any.

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For good measure, the dependable TRIWA Ocean Plastic Watch boasts a handsome blue ocean plastic woven strap, a striking dial design featuring the Sea Shepherd logo, and a whopping 330 feet of water resistance. Oh, and one final time: Shop now and look forward to saving 20 percent on one of the best men’s watches (and one of the most eco-friendly watches out there, to boot). It’s just that easy today, folks. Do good and look great in the process.

See Now, Buy Now: This TRIWA Leather Watch Is a Stylish Men’s Watch for a Great Cause (Seriously)

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The watch industry is a fast-moving one built on both innovation and tradition — old-school practices meet modern designs, often at high prices, but what about a brand that cuts through the clutter to craft some of the best watches for men, all the while making a real difference? That’s a lofty bar to clear, to be sure, but the Swedish watchmakers at Stockholm-based TRIWA really are aiming to do the right thing every step of the way, including in production of the handsome TRIWA Steel Solar Watch shown above.

How can one everyday carry brand set out to change the world? In small but simple ways of course, which TRIWA undertakes with great care. The company itself is an acronym for “Transforming the Industry of Watches,” and that means they focus on sustainable materials — like recycled ocean plastic — and crisp, clean craftsmanship alongside that innovation. So, while you might think you’re merely looking at a stylish men’s watch, it could in fact be part of the TRIWA Time for Oceans Collection, reusing that ocean plastic in its case.

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That also might mean that you’re getting something even more game-changing and innovative via TRIWA, like the TRIWA Humanium Collection. The Humanium Collection features watches built from material found in upcycled illegal guns — talk about a lasting impact from TRIWA that moves far beyond timepieces, yes?

And beyond that, the rest of the lineup features some of the best men’s watches in its own right, including — of course — the TRIWA Steel Solar Watch. It runs off solar power from either natural or artificial light, and features a smaller carbon footprint in its production, too.

It helps that the TRIWA Steel Solar Watch is highly stylish, boasting options like a handsome black sunray-patterned dial in contrast with a rich brown leather strap and crisp white dial markings. The 38mm case also makes the TRIWA Steel Solar Watch a reliably refined watch you can wear as a leather dress watch or as a throwback-minded complementary piece alongside rugged menswear like your favorite flannel shirt. However you choose to wear the TRIWA Steel Solar Watch, you’re putting on a carefully considered watch made the right way, with the right intentions in mind.

The Friday Read: The Best Jeans for Fall, Huckberry’s Best Fall Menswear & A New Shinola Watch

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In my book, there’s never a bad time to wear a pair of the best blue jeans for men, but there’s something particularly special about the crisp, brisk climes of fall to break out a pair of your new favorite jeans. Of course, if you read the blog, you know I’m all about the comfort, stretch, dark colorways and expertly washed finishes of NYC-based brand Mott and Bow. Yes, these days they do everything from lightweight jeans to one of the best polos for men, but it’s tough to top the rugged wearability of the Mott and Bow Crosby Jeans (shown above), for starters.

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On that note, be sure to head over to my Instagram to see how I style my own pair, especially as I hit the road again this weekend on a press trip — yes, another press trip for my writing work with Maxim and elsewhere, and one I can’t quite disclose yet. Rest assured, I’ll be dressed in style all the while and will share a full report again soon! In the meantime, let’s get into the weekend with the best fall menswear from Huckberry and much more.

  • Alright, my friends: Here’s the lowdown. Earlier this week, one of my favorite retailers — and one of the best online menswear shops, no doubt — just debuted the first-ever Huckberry Fall Classic Sale, showcasing discounts on some of its most-loved pieces, including Japanese-made beanies and plenty of other rugged menswear picks. Sadly, that sale just wrapped up, BUT you’ve still got the whole weekend to check out the best of the rest when it comes to Huckberry’s fall gear. Cheers, folks.
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  • If you can’t get enough of stylish Shinola watches — or of groundbreaking history in the process — this next item is certainly for you. The good folks at Shinola, Detroit’s pride and joy, just debuted another entry in the Shinola Great American Series. The offering? A handsome, rugged watch celebrating the accomplishments of famed Olympic Gold Medalist and pro football champion (and baseball player!) Jim Thorpe. Read my latest at Maxim and shop the watch here.

That’s going to do it for today’s Friday Read — did you find something to add to your shopping cart, perhaps a Shinola men’s watch or any number of picks from Huckberry’s fall gear rotation? Be sure to let me know on Twitter, and make the most of your fall weekend in the meantime. Thanks for reading!

See Now, Buy Now: Shop the Timex Marlin Watch at Bespoke Post Today

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When it comes to the best places for guys to shop online, I’m all about the nature of the “one-stop shop,” so to speak. Think of the brands and retailers that stock all the menswear essentials you love, from the most affordable sunglasses to a stylish Western shirt, and then realize that you can go even deeper than that — all thanks to companies like NYC’s own Bespoke Post.

The essential in question today is but one way to round out your next summer style ensemble — or really, any style ensemble any time of year: It’s the classic, crisply designed Timex Marlin Watch, and it’s one of the coolest watches for men to buy now. You can find it, of course, within Bespoke Post’s well-stocked section of Everyday Carry Essentials, a fitting location to score accessories that elevate any outfit.

The real key here with the Timex Marlin Watch is the blend of accessibility (it’s priced to sell at $259), plus sharp style (note the contrasting deep blue dial and dressy tan leather strap). Plus, the Timex Marlin Watch clocks in at an agreeable 40mm in terms of the stainless steel case, and the day and date window detailing on the dial is a nice touch, too.

The next time you want one of the best Everyday Carry Essentials to round out an outfit, look no further than one of the best places for guys to shop online — naturally, you’ll find what you need at Bespoke Post.

See Now, Buy Now: The Shinola Traveler Subsecond Watch is the Coolest New Timepiece For Men

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If the above watch looks ever-so-slightly familiar, that’s because, well, it is indeed slightly familiar. Or rather, the new Shinola Traveler Subseconds Watch is an update to a highly stylish, functional watch we’ve talked about on the blog in the past — that’d be the Shinola Traveler Watch itself, the best watch for your next road trip.

It’s fitting, of course, that we’re talking about Shinola men’s watches on the Fourth of July — the all-American brand uses finely crafted Swiss parts and a meticulous assembly process in Detroit, and the stunning Shinola Traveler Subseconds Watch takes everything you know and love about the brand’s timepieces and ups the ante even further.

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For starters, the handsome, elegant and versatile Shinola Traveler Subseconds Watch perfectly straddles the line between work and play — the crisp textured dial is both retro and yet modern, the sort of timepiece you can wear with something as simple as stretch chino shorts and your favorite T-shirt, or else a chambray shirt and dark blue denim. The durable canvas strap leans more casual, but you can also switch up the look of the Shinola Traveler Subseconds Watch by swapping in a Shinola watch strap with ease.

But perhaps the best update to the Shinola Traveler Subseconds Watch is, well, that cool subseconds dial so you can keep track of your time on the road. If you’re looking for a watch that can practically do it all, from day to night in the season ahead — and at an agreeable price of $650 — then the Shinola Traveler Subseconds Watch is the timepiece for you. Happy shopping, my friends.

The Tuesday Steal: Get A Rugged Columbia Watches Timepiece for Under $90 at Bespoke Post Today

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Sometimes, all it takes to upgrade your wrist game with one of the best men’s watches is a little know-how — like knowing that you should head over to Bespoke Post ASAP to get a deal from Columbia Watches on one of the best watches for men.

If it sounds too simple or too good to be true on the surface, rest assured that it’s anything but that: The NYC-based retailer already allows you to get a deal on the best new boots for spring, and this offering is just as timely. Right now, you can head to the Bespoke Post Sale section to score the Columbia Watches Peak Patrol Watch for a mere $85, a heck of a deal when you consider the rugged build of this timepiece.

After all, the Columbia Watches Peak Patrol Watch delivers an array of bells and whistles, including a water-resistant build and a sturdy, 42mm stainless steel case design. The Japanese quartz movement isn’t overly fancy, but it provides precise timekeeping on the go. And of course, the Columbia Watches Peak Patrol Watch delivers standout style on and off the trail, thanks to the durable silicone strap that can go into water and back on land with ease.

Whether you rock the Columbia Watches Peak Patrol Watch with quick-drying active shorts and a merino tee, or with a rugged short-sleeve henley, denim jacket and chinos, it won’t steer you wrong — especially for a mere $85. Time to upgrade your EDC, my friends.

The Tuesday Steal: The Shinola Detrola Watch is One of the Best Men’s Watches Under $400

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It’s hard not to love what the ever-stylish folks at Detroit-based Shinola are doing when it comes to making the best men’s watches — and plenty more — is it not? The brand, now a decade-plus old and specializing in stylish home goods, audio gear and an entire lifestyle collection, hasn’t taken its eye off the prize when it comes to crafting some of the best watches for men, as we’ve discussed on the blog time and time again. There’s a wide variety available, from one of the best versatile everyday leather watches to a durable dive watch for inclement weather, but today’s Tuesday Steal goes deep with a real winner: One of the best watches under $400, the fun, poppy and yet easily wearable Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch.

The entire Shinola Detrola Collection was launched as a more affordable, casual and vibrant alternative to the brand’s elegant, Art Deco-inspired and classically designed timepieces, like the fan favorite Shinola Runwell Watch, and it sure does hit plenty of the right marks in terms of stylish design and agreeable pricing. The Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch in particular shines through as the most versatile of the bunch, blending a lighweight resin case with a stainless steel core and a bright vibrant yellow-orange color. If you favor shades of olive, indigo, grey or black in your daily style moves, the Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch is a standout new offering — all for under $400.

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The best watches under $400 tend to lean more casual and less dressy (thanks to the more simple design and simple yet high-accuracy quartz movement), and the Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch is no different there. Note the black silicone rubber strap, which is less refined and more rugged than a leather watch strap. Quick-release pins make it easy to swap out the strap on the Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch, though, giving you two watches for the price of one sub-$400 watch (naturally, Shinola also stocks some of the best watch straps on the market for watches of all sizes, too).

Unlike other Shinola models, the Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch clocks in at 43mm, which is larger and more bold than the Shinola Runwell (available in the classic 41mm case diameter). Any which way you decide to rock your new Shinola Detrola No. 2 Watch — be it with your favorite thermal henley and jeans on breezy days, or with a soft cotton tee, chino shorts and canvas sneakers, it’s a downright steal at under $400. Get it on your wrist today.

The Thursday Buy: The New Shinola Runwell Grey Watch is one of the Coolest Timepieces on the Market

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For as important as it is to stock your full rotation of menswear essentials for spring — like the best rain jacket, for instance — it’s also crucial to make sure your accessories are on-point, like seeking out one of the best leather watches for men. No outfit is complete without the little details (word on the street is that folks notice both the watch on your wrist and your shoes first), so why not invest in the best with a rugged new Shinola men’s watch? Sounds pretty ideal, right? Don’t you and I both know it. I’ve talked plenty on the blog about the rugged appeal and timeless style points of the Shinola Runwell and other styles — like the hard-wearing, weather-ready Shinola Duck Watch, too — but there’s something a bit different about the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray.

The 47mm case diameter, for starters, is a bold and tough Shinola favorite, the kind that might be too big on some wrists but sits nicely on others (remember, they also make the Shinola Runwell 41mm). This new edition of the Shinola Runwell can certainly take a few dings, but it’s the gunmetal PVD brushed case finish that takes it to the next level in terms of durability and eye-catching style. Trust me, your watch collection needs both, and the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray delivers.

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The Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray features other useful, Shinola-esque details, like a handsome bit of contrast between the black dial, crisp white markings and the vibrant Shinola logo detailing (again, it’s the little things that make a big difference). There’s a helpful sub-dial and within that tough watch case, the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray is powered by the brand’s Argonite 1609 quartz movement. Quartz is a less expensive movement in the watch world, but that’s what helps make the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray such a steal anyways — it looks like a much more expensive watch, but is priced reasonably at $675. That’s part of who Shinola is as a brand: Making some of the best men’s watches at agreeable prices, packed with plenty of style details. Yes indeed, the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray is next on my wish list when it comes to the best watches for men.

To finish things off, the brand places the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray on a remarkable whiskey cordovan leather strap. That contrast between black and brown just works handsomely, giving you the option to wear your new favorite watch with rugged, durable leather boots, indigo blue jeans and one of the best men’s henleys, or with stretch washed chinos and a classic Oxford shirt back at the office. Any way you wear the Shinola Runwell 47mm in Matte Gray, it’s going to come through in matters of both style and precise timekeeping. Go forth and add it to your collection, my friends.

The Friday Read: New Buck Mason Spring Gear, Sustainable Shirting & The Best GMT Watches

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As we launch into Friday, I’ve got my sights set on rugged new spring gear — even if the temperature in NYC leaves a little something to be desired. I’m specifically loving the standout new Buck Mason Western Denim Shirt, made from handsome yarn-dyed indigo cotton in a slim fit, and made to break in over time the more you wear it this season. If you’ve read the blog, you know I love Buck Mason menswear, especially its go-anywhere versatility heading into a very early spring weekend — a new season marks a time for new wardrobe upgrades, wouldn’t you agree? And you can’t go wrong at all with Buck Mason.

As luck would have it, I’ll be wearing some of my favorite Buck Mason essentials this weekend, seeing as I’m back in Brooklyn from a Florida trip (as you saw on my Instagram) and I need to layer up accordingly. In fact, I’m heading out this evening to indulge one of my other passions — music, of course (perhaps you saw my latest story for SPIN?). I’m seeing the legendary, long-running indie rock band Guided By Voices at NYC’s iconic Irving Plaza — a show that’s been pushed back twice for me since last September! I’m going to outfit myself accordingly, and for your own weekend pursuits, I suggest you do the same — here are a few of my top selections to keep your Friday rolling.

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  • I talked in my last Friday Read about needing to shop the new Billy Reid Spring Menswear Collection, and I’m back in full force recommending you check out the famed Alabama designer’s wares. The offering includes breezy cotton tees, a rugged trucker jacket, lightweight sweaters, durable jackets and overall, well, some of the best new spring menswear to amp up your wardrobe. Go to it, folks.
Taylor Stitch x Ron Finley
  • How’s this for making an impact beyond menswear? Known as the “Gangsta Gardener,” Los Angeles legend Ron Finley debuted the Ron Finley Project to bring vibrant nature and healthy, locally grown food to the people of South Central Los Angeles back in 2010. Now, he’s partnering up with San Fran’s Taylor Stitch on the Taylor Stitch x Ron Finley Capsule Collection, updating some of the brand’s most iconic and rugged staples with his own vibrant, nature-filled spin — the collection is up for pre-order right now, folks.
  • Functional style is the name of the game with a GMT watch — known as Greenwich Mean Time. These watches, seemingly complicated on the surface, offer both bang for your buck and go-anywhere dependability, and they can do an awful lot to upgrade your watch collection. On that note, I wrote for on the best GMT watches, so consider adding one to your collection ASAP.

Here’s one final style move to get your weekend started off the right way. Just yesterday, I wrote about one of the most sustainable shirts on the market from Outerknown — it’s your new go-to spring layer, so read all about it here on the blog. Have a great weekend and as ever, thanks for reading!