Victorinox makes more than Swiss Army knives. In fact, this year marks the 25th anniversary of their Dive Master 500 chronograph. For the occasion they’ve created a limited edition anniversary model rendered in titanium with a brushed, matte gray case. Only 500 of these watches will be made.
Stretch pants and bump skiing may have died thirty years ago but one staple of early 80s ski style has returned. Vuarnet has just re-released their model 002, the classic cat-eye shade that became their signature style. It’s a complete replica of the original, right down to the Skilynx glacier lens and molded nylon frame.
Lots of younger sunglass brands have carved out a comfy little spot in the market by doing nothing but biting classic designs from Persol, the original purveyor of cool, Italian acetate frames. Next, they will copy these: Persol’s new Film Noir collection perfectly captures their classy vintage vibe in four new styles, all featuring clean lines and their 50s-era Phoenix Arrow hinge detail.
Oliberté makes high quality leather footwear in Ethiopia using all African materials. Employing traditional craftsmanship techniques and a fully sustainable production model, they’re making great 100% goat leather shoes with the goal of creating jobs and opportunities for the people of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Classic Italian watchmakers Panerai have just introduced an ultra-limited collection of their all-new 1940 Radiomir chronograph. The 45mm chrono features a Swiss Minerva movement and is available in platinum, red gold, and white gold versions.
Due for release this Spring, Omega is bringing back a classic. This remake of their iconic 1969 Speedmaster Mark II retains the style that made it timeless but it gets a mechanical upgrade—the 2014 model features a co-axial calibre 3330 automatic movement with column-wheel chronograph mechanism.
Why look forward when looking back looks so good? Smith Optics agrees. They’ve just revived a classic collection of their late 70s/early 80s styles in the new Archive Collection. These are exact replicas of their original, sport-inspired frames like the cat-eye Cheetah, cops-style Delano, the Cornice, Marvine, & more.
Nope, not another Yeezy. Close though. This special specimen of winter footwear from the big, bad Swoosh combines the lightweight comfort of a sneaker, the durable insulation of a boot, and the looks of a … um … well, you figure that one out.
Two special-edition IWC dive watches just surfaced, both honoring IWC’s ongoing environmental partnership with the Galapagos Islands-based Charles Darwin Foundation. The 44mm Galapagos model is made in all black rubber-coated stainless while the Expedition Darwin model sports a bronze case and markers.
Pretty much every outdoor apparel brand offers a micro-puffy, now Nike does, too. But they did more than just put a swoosh on it. They used real goose down, included perforated panels for breathability & added some reflective hits for safety after dark.