See Now, Buy Now: The Shinola Scout Detrola Is the Best New Watch for the Watch Enthusiast This Season

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If you’re starting to feel like you’re behind in the game a bit when it comes to shopping for the best holiday gifts for men — especially as something as tricky as the best gift for the watch enthusiast — allow me to offer up a helpful suggestion from your new favorite watch brand. Or rather, not a new watch brand, but the classic watch purveyors at Detroit-based Shinola, one of the coolest horology brands out there. Of course, Shinola is also a highly reliable spot for all manner of cool gifts for guys, including home goods, desk accessories and everyday carry essentials, but it’s the Shinola Scout Detrola that’s of particular interest today.

The Shinola brand simply doesn’t seem to slow down, whether it’s churning out road-ready timepieces like the Shinola Traveler Watch or delivering on the promise of a subtle, stylish yet surprisingly rugged timepiece (that’d be the Shinola Scout Detrola). Now, is it quite a lot to ask to buy a new watch for someone on your list?

Yes indeed, perhaps — but if you’re looking for the one and only, the best gift for the watch enthusiast, and one that’s way less expensive than a flagship timepiece like *gulp* a Rolex Submariner, for instance, well, the Shinola Scout Detrola is a sub-$400 winner and one of the best new watches for men.

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Of course, the Shinola Scout Detrola is a terrific purchase aside from just price, although the $395 price tag makes the Shinola Scout Detrola a downright steal in the eyes of this Brooklyn style writer. It’s a more casual option than stylish Shinola leather watches, hence that lower price tag, with the rugged specs to match. To wit: The Shinola Scout Detrola boasts a lightweight, nicely sized 43mm TR90 resin case, the kind that’s durable enough for everyday adventures and outdoor wear.

Beyond that, the case itself is a neat yellow-gold color for some added style points, while the Shinola Scout Detrola also uses old-school red and yellow details for a crisp, retro effect on its black dial. For good measure, the flexible silicone strap is durable, hard-wearing and comfortable.

It’s also perfectly casual, whether you wear the Shinola Scout Detrola with the best men’s blue jeans, your favorite boots and a shawl cardigan or with tailored joggers and the best men’s henley. Options abound with the Shinola Scout Detrola, and any watch lover on your gift list this year would be honored to receive such a cool timepiece — at least, that’s my take. Happy shopping!

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.

Meet the Classic Full Zip Hoodie: pictured in both men's and women's. Available in an array of colors.

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!

The Friday Read: AETHER Apparel’s Summer Sale, The Best New Sunglasses & Lincoln x Shinola Watches

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My friends, we did it: We made it through another hectic, hot week, so kick back, take a load off and start your weekend in style. One way to do that? With another edition of the Friday Read, and perhaps with a bit of online shopping at a brand famed for making some of the best men’s sunglasses. That brand would be California-based RAEN, makers of some of the coolest sunglasses for men (as sold by Huckberry as well as the brand’s own site, naturally). Not familiar with the company? Consider this your introduction — and my own stylish recommendation for the best sunglasses for men, of course.

Now that we’ve got that sorted out, let’s keep the rest of today’s weekly recap rolling along smoothly. I’ve stayed plenty busy this week writing style content for Maxim (more on that in a second!), not to mention writing about men’s style essentials like the best men’s T-shirt here on the blog. I also made time to see one of my favorite bands play a stunning, high-energy outdoor Brooklyn concert — that’d be Scottish synth pop trio CHVRCHES, and what a show it was!

Perhaps use that band to power your weekend, and of course, consider checking out the style essentials recommended here — including the best sunglasses for men from California-based RAEN — to get your weekend started in fine fashion.

  • Now, here’s a bit of style news you’ll be able to appreciate if you love fine automobiles and stylish men’s watches. New as of today, famed Detroit lifestyle brand Shinola — makers of some of the best watches for men, of course — launched a special set of two limited-edition watches in partnership with Lincoln. The occasion? 100 years of remarkable automobile craftsmanship from Lincoln itself. Both watches should prove more than fitting to wear the next time you hit the road.
  • Over the years, you might recall reading about the technical-yet-stylish menswear purveyors at AETHER Apparel, makers of essential picks like one of the best lightweight sweaters, for instance. Premium gear often comes at a premium price, though, which is why today’s news is even better if you value style and a bargain. The deal in question? Well, the AETHER Apparel Summer Sale is here and running through August 15th, and it’s giving you the chance to get up to 70 percent off the best style gear on the market. Happy shopping, folks.
  • Here’s one I know you’ll appreciate if you, like me, can’t wait to get to your next music festival. With the spirit of dressing for adventure and being ready for anything, I wrote for AskMen about the best boots to wear to your next summer festival. Step out in style and let’s get rocking, my friends.

Now, that ought to just about to do it when it comes to today’s Friday Read. What’s on your weekend agenda and which of the above picks will you be shopping right now? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If it’s stylish menswear you seek, you can’t go wrong with, say, some of the best sunglasses for men from California-based RAEN — among my other favorite picks this week. As always: Thanks for reading and stay stylish!

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: 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 Thursday Buy: The Shinola Runwell Automatic Is the Most Versatile Everyday Watch on the Market

Make no mistake, there are any number of the best men’s watches you could select and wear essentially on the daily from Detroit-based Shinola, as many a Shinola review will tell you. For your Brooklyn style writer and Michigan native, they consistently craft some of the best watches for men on the market in a range of accessible styles, be it a rugged dive watch or an investment-level dress watch. But what about if you want a watch that’s a little more toned down, a bit more easygoing and yet still just as ready for everyday wear? That’s when you should consider the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm, a sized-down version of its Shinola Runwell made for slightly smaller wrists and featuring a refined look and feel, to say the least.

What’s the key with the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm and why should you make it work for you? It’s got everything going for it that you might expect in one of the best everyday watches, starting with a crisp, retro-yet-modern dial design that wears just as well with a wool winter suit as it does with a pocket tee and your favorite pair of blue jeans come spring. Of course, the automatic movement is a big step forward for the brand, one that makes the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm noteworthy in its own right.

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As you very well might have guessed, the specs on the investment-level Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm (it clocks in at $1,095 at Shinola) are befitting of a handsome, elegant, and next-level everyday watch. The handsome leather strap and sharp black dial make the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm a true keeper in form as well as function, with a Swiss automatic movement (I.E. A stellar movement) to keep things ticking along in fine fashion. The Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm looks timeless and sharp, ready to wear to the office with the sleeves of your Oxford shirt rolled up, and then just as at ease on the weekend alongside a rugged shawl cardigan.

If you want versatility on the daily with your watch rotation, you want the Shinola Runwell Automatic 39.5mm in your collection ASAP. A watch that can do it all can be hard to find these days, but you can rest assured you’re in great hands with Shinola’s latest and greatest innovation. Now, the only thing you need to do is get it on your wrist.

See Now, Buy Now: The Shinola Duck Watch Is the Toughest Watch You Can Buy For Winter (And Beyond)

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There comes a time in every season (like right now, in the depths of winter) when even your accessories, right on down to one of the best men’s watches, start to take a beating. No matter if you’re bundled up with a pair of the best gloves for men or if you’re wearing some of the toughest winter pants, again, yes, even your accessories need to stand up to winter, and that’s where the Shinola Duck Watch comes in mighty handy in your collection of the best watches for men. You hopefully already know Shinola from this very blog and as makers of one of the best dive watches on the market, not to mention a stunning, stylish brown leather watch.

And the remarkably tough and well-designed Shinola Duck Watch is but the latest and greatest purchase you need to add to your wrist game when the going gets tough. It’s as if the lauded, Detroit-based brand had both winter adventures and coastal summer days (on or off Michigan’s Great Lakes) in mind when they designed the Shinola Duck Watch, complete with more than 660 feet of water resistance. It only gets better from there, to say the least. Before we go any further, note that this exceptional timepiece is priced just right at $650.

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The key with the Shinola Duck Watch is its toughness and durability, combined with a surprisingly elegant design. Yes, the Shinola Duck Watch is a surf-rated watch, but it should also prove mighty tough and legible when trying to navigate your way through a winter storm. SuperLumi-Nova dial and hand markings amp up the visibility, while the durable rubber strap will brush off water (and sleet, and snow) with ease). The Shinola Duck Watch clocks in at an agreeable 42mm in terms of case diameter, making this a watch built for work or play. You can snag this handsome dive watch in a range of colors to suit every palette, including Bay Blue, Canary Yellow and Gunmetal, plus a Stainless Steel Gift Set that could just be one of the best gifts for the watch fan.

And again, this watch is built for work or play: Wear it right now with a chambray shirt and a shawl cardigan, plus your favorite pair of blue jeans, alongside tough-as-heck leather boots for winter weekend (or casual work day) pursuits. When the time comes to step into some of the best lined pants to shovel the drive, throw on the hard-wearing, hard-working Shinola Duck Watch to stay on time throughout the day. If there’s one watch that can do it all for winter and beyond, it’s the Shinola Duck Watch — shop accordingly.

The Friday Read: Buck Mason’s Rare Winter Sale, The Best Men’s Hair Spray & a New Shinola Watch

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Folks, welcome to Friday and another edition of the Friday Read, which’ll have you outfitted and ready for the weekend in no time. Speaking of getting outfitted for the weekend, well, that photo above says it all. Buck Mason, one of my favorite brands and purveyors of some of the best winter menswear around, is holding a very, very rare sale, featuring up to 60 percent off some of the company’s essential gear via the recently launched Buck Mason Gettin’s Good Sale (get it while you can, my friends). It’s even better than the well-stocked Buck Mason Last Chance Section, since these are deep discounts on a wide array of menswear. If you’ve had your eye on, say, one of the best men’s cardigans via the lauded retailer, now’s the time to shop. The Buck Mason Gettin’s Good Sale is a must-shop for your weekend — I’ll leave you to it, but please do keep on scrolling to kick off your weekend the right way.

For those of you who aren’t quite dropping everything to shop Buck Mason just yet, well, I’m with you — at least in spirit. That’s because this weekend, I’m heading somewhere extra layers aren’t really needed: I’m trekking down to breezy, sunny Florida to kick off my 30th birthday week (weekend?) and spend some time at Disney World with my family! I couldn’t be more excited to safely trek down there, and if you’d like to keep up with all the fun (and get some style tips in the process), you can — and should go follow me on Instagram. For now, I’ve got a few more stories to tidy up before the weekend, so I’ll leave you with some more reading and shopping tips below. Cheers to Friday, folks!

  • If you’ve been keeping up with the blog as of late, then you’re well aware that I’m a big fan of Detroit-based Shinola and its full array of some of the best men’s watches. That includes the remarkable new Shinola Bronze Monster (as I wrote about here), as well as the stunning, recently launched Shinola Forged Carbon Monster Automatic. This watch is truly a sight to behold, featuring light yet tough construction. What’s more, you can head to Maxim to read my full dispatch on this stunning watch.
  • Looking for a way to revamp your hair this winter, all the while avoiding hat hair on cold days? Then you’re in luck — if you read my latest AskMen guide on the best men’s hair sprays. Yes, that’s right: Hair spray for men is very much available, with the quick and easy potential to revamp your ‘do the right way. Check out that guide and let me know what you think.
  • Here’s one in case you missed out on the fun on the blog this week. It’s always wise to shop the latest and greatest Billy Reid menswear, especially when those layers are both rugged and refined, like this Billy Reid shirt jacket I covered just yesterday. It’s time to layer up in style, my friends.

So, that’ll wrap things up in fine form as we head into the weekend. There’s lots to read and shop if you peruse the pages of this blog and my other bylines, but I’d urge you — more than anything — to shop the exceptional Buck Mason Gettin’s Good Sale for the best deals on the best winter menswear and much more. If you do end up picking anything up, let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and cheers to the weekend! 

Style Pick of the Week: Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic Watch – The Best Investment-Level Watch to Shop Now

I’d wager that if you’re reading this blog, you’re willing to do your research when it comes to investing in, for example, one of the best men’s watches from a brand like Shinola, right? In fact, I’d bet you’re willing to dig in and do the work when it comes to tracking plenty of the best gear for men, be it finding the best leather boots for men or layering up with a best-selling men’s shirt jacket. This approach will certainly serve you well when it comes to finding and selecting the perfect watch to wear on your wrist every day, with just about every single ensemble you can dream up. Allow me, then, in that case, to introduce you to the iconic, expertly crafted, dressy-yet-rugged Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic, an exceptional watch with a price tag to match (it retails for $1,650 at Shinola, as it were).

Now, if you’ve read the blog, you know that I’ve shared a Shinola review or two singing the praises of the Detroit-based brand. That trend isn’t going to let up any time soon. The Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic, like all Shinola men’s watches, is made with exacting attention to detail and incredible materials befitting of the higher price tag (most Shinola watches for men retail for under $1,000).

While with some luxury watches, you’re really paying for the designer name as much as the watch itself, the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic defies convention and packs in a whole lot of excellent technical specs to go along with the now-iconic Shinola name. Designed as an homage to the 1920s and Michigan rumrunners during Prohibition, it’s an elegant yet hard-wearing watch that looks incredible and performs just as nicely. The Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic features an intricate 26-jewel automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. This is a very good thing: The power reserve allows the watch to keep running accurately even when you’re not wearing it, because an automatic watch like this one winds according to the wearer’s wrist movement. In short. the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic, without getting overly technical, is carefully designed, hard-working and supremely stylish.

About those style points, though. The Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic features a handsome brushed bronze case and a visually striking, slightly larger 43mm case diameter. That means it stands out more on your wrist and is less of a dress watch, and more of a watch to wear with rugged menswear like one of the best men’s chambray shirts, dark blue denim and brown leather boots. Of course, the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic looks great with just about anything you pair it up with (even a worsted wool suit!, That’s true whether you rock it with the additional leather strap (shown here) or the khaki nylon field watch strap. In either iteration, the Shinola Bronze Monster Automatic is a wearable work of art befitting of the heftier price tag. It’s one of the best watches for men and one of the best investment-level timepieces to consider adding to your collection.