A one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A sold for a hammer price of CHF 31-million (about $31-million) today at Only Watch, a charity auction held in Geneva to which top watch brands donate special editions. The previous record for the world’s most expensive wristwatch was Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Rolex Daytona, which sold for $17.7-million at a Phillips auction in 2017. The previous record for the world’s most expensive watch (a pocket watch) was the Patek Philippe Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication, which sold for $24-million at a Sotheby’s auction in 2014. It was made in 1920.
The Grandmaster Chime reference 6300A-010 was created specially for Only Watch, and it is the only one that will ever be made in stainless steel. It has four spring barrels driving 20 complications, including a grande and petite sonnerie, a minute repeater, instantaneous perpetual calendar with a four-digit year display, second time zone, day/night indicator, day/date (on both dials), month, leap-year cycle, four-digit year display and 24-hour and minute subdial. There are front and back dials, which can be changed via reversible lugs. The salmon colored front dial bears the inscription “The Only One” on the alarm subdial at 12 o’clock.
The watch also has a chimed alarm function that strikes the time by reproducing the complete tone sequence of the minute repeater – a function never before integrated in a mechanical wristwatch. To protect it against damage caused by inadvertent manipulations, it incorporates isolators that interrupt the flow of power between individual mechanisms or block certain functions while others are active.Patek Philippe originally introduced the Grandmaster Chime in 2014 in a series of seven pieces to mark its 175th anniversary. It is the most complicated watch Patek Philippe has produced. No word on who bought the watch.
The Only Watch auction, held this year by Christie’s, has been held biennially since 2005, with 100%. of its proceeds going to benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that strikes children. To date, the event has raised more than $40 million. It was started by Luc Pettavino when he learned that his son, Paul, was afflicted with the disease. Paul passed away in 2016. Luc Pettavino received the Special Jury prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève two days ago.
WONDER BOY: How The King Of The Streets Became Ghana’s Fashion Alchemist.
Over the years, some Ghanaian musicians have launched fashion lines, and most of them are nowhere to be found. Few include Sark Clothing from rapper, Sarkodie, Meridian shoes by Mugeez, and Black Avenue Clothing for D-Black, these brands appear to have fallen flat. After his resurrection, Shatta Wale launched the SM cloth line, and so far, the streetwear label didn’t endure an embarrassing fashion startup failure. The SM apparel was primarily endorsed by his loyal fans, Shatta Wale and his team managed to create a product that people would actually buy.
Shatta Wale again launched another fashion line for his album The Reign, which was a huge success nationwide. The Reign apparel moved from just being a clothesline to become a household item. Now, for his album, Wonder Boy, that was released on October, 19, The King of The Streets launch "Wonder Boy" apparel that has the potential to penetrate the market. Despite the fashion market being highly fragmented, customer loyalty from Shatta Movement fans ensured “Wonder Boy” broke the bank. (Flash Africa)
The Best Way To Wear A Beanie.
The cold-weather headwear landscape is a notoriously tricky area to traverse. Beanies are basically the only vaguely acceptable option, and let’s face it, they’re hardly held in high regard by followers of fashion. You can’t really blame them either. After all, usually when these woollen warmers stray into the public fashion consciousness, there have been terrible, terrible consequences.
For example, David Beckham and his legions of style disciples spent the best part of the noughties proudly rocking a look that said, “I’ve got a turd in my hat”; and during the first coming of Craig David, the R’n’B/Garage crossover crooner exemplified perfectly why condoms should always be rubber and worn on your penis, as opposed to woollen and worn on your head.
However, as is the case with so many things in the world of style – it’s not just a matter of what you wear, it’s also about how you wear it. And with that reasoning very much in mind, we’d like to take to the stand in defence of one of winter’s most misunderstood accessories.
If you’ve ever uttered the words, “Hats just don’t suit me” it may be because you’ve simply been wearing the wrong ones. Beanies work well with menswear’s current love of utilitarian workwear, and there are a number of styles to match even the weirdest and lumpiest of face shapes.
Picking The Right Beanie For Your Face
“A beanie is a great staple of your winter wardrobe,” says Sarah Gilfillan, stylist and founder of SartoriaLab, a London-based men’s personal styling service. “But before you head out to buy one, remember that small details can make the difference as to whether or not the style suits you.”
If you’re round or square of face, avoid designs that will make you look like Harry from Home Alone. “Choose a beanie without a turn-back cuff, with ribbing and a looser style that can add a bit of height to your face,” suggests Gilfillan. “Also, wear it slightly back off your face rather than pulling it down over your ears.”
A bobble hat is another good option for this, but steer clear of anything too ‘out there’. You don’t want to look like Kevin, either.
If you have a longer face, a beanie can work nicely. “Opt for a turn back cuff, which could even be in a contrasting colour or have stripe detailing,” says Gilfillan. “Wear a tighter fitting style that sits snugly on your head to avoid adding any more height.”
Beanie Styles To Embrace
To keep your ears warm in style, these are the beanies you can rely on. Stick to these failsafe winter hats, and you can’t go far astray
The Classic Cuffed Beanie
When you hear ‘woolly hat’ this is most likely what you think of – and there’s a good reason for that. This style is one of the most popular and versatile in existence and has been championed by hip-hop royalty, workmen and everyone else in between. As far as beanies go, this is the grandaddy.
The Fisherman Beanie
It may have become the hipsters’ cold-weather headgear of choice, but don’t let that put you off. Styled as part of a workwear-inspired look, the fisherman beanie really comes into its own. This miniature woolly hat features a turn-up and sits on top of the head, ending just above the ear.
The Bobble Hat
A pom-pom isn’t exactly the manliest of decorative details, so it may come as a surprise to learn that it actually has its roots in the military. Napoleon’s infantry and the Scottish Highland regiments both used pom-poms on their hats to differentiate between companies and today it is still possible to wear one without looking like a carol singer. Steer clear of neon colours, overly festive patterns and anything with more than one modestly-sized bobble.
Beanies To Avoid
Newton’s third law of headwear: for every nice hat, there is an equal and opposite crap hat. Here’s what to look out for.
The Baggy Beanie
As mentioned earlier, for several years in the noughties, every man and his dog was wearing an oversized, slouchy beanie. Needless to say, it was not a good look. David Beckham, as he often is, was instrumental in the spread of this fad. The former England captain was constantly getting papped wearing his baggy beanie in airports the world over, leaving us all asking the same question: just what exactly was he trying to smuggle through customs?
If a 13-year-old kid in an oversized Limp Bizkit T-shirt and baggy jeans thinks it’s “sick”, the rest of us should probably leave it well alone. Unless you’re badly rendered computer character called ‘Otto’ in a Nintendo 64 snowboarding game, this headwear nightmare is best given an extremely wide berth.
You should really know by now that in the world of menswear, anything with the prefix ‘novelty’ should be avoided like the plague, and beanies are no exception. If you stumble into a ski shop and spot a fleecy hat, decorated with a blue furry mohawk, turn swiftly around, walk out of the door and never return. That’s just common sense.
How To Wear A Beanie
Here are a few fail-safe ideas on how to style a beanie, along with the best versions you can buy to achieve each look.
Just because you need to dress a little smarter than usual, it doesn’t mean your loaf of bread should have to suffer the cold.
A traditional cuffed beanie is your best option here, although a bobble hat can also work so long as you opt for subtle, neutral colouring. Grey, black, brown and navy are safe and work-appropriate options – you don’t want to rock up to the office looking like a Belisha beacon, after all.
Consider texture mixing too. Adding another piece of knitwear into your commuter outfit can ensure you don’t look like another office drone. Try wearing your beanie with a flannel suit and wool overcoat or a knitted roll neck for something a bit more business casual.
Across the majority of menswear genres, it’s fair to say that the beanie’s popularity has – at best – fluctuated. However, in the world of streetwear, it’s appeal has remained very much steadfast. Alongside hoodies, trainers and baseball caps, beanies are one of the true streetwear staples.
As far as colours are concerned, pretty much anything goes. The key to getting the look right lies in the branding and graphics. So much of streetwear culture is about what labels you’re wearing. If you’re stunting like the kids who camp outside Supreme and Palace drops, you’re halfway there. Go for raw, relaxed-fit denim, a hoodie layered under a coach jacket, then simply top it off with one of the brands below, and you’re good to hit the streets.
The obsession with workwear in men’s fashion has been going on for a long time, and it shows no sign of letting up. Woolly hats are one of the look’s key accessories, but there’s a right way and a wrong way of doing it.
The fisherman beanie is the style best suited to this rugged, outdoor aesthetic and a classic turn-up beanie can work too. To get it right, you’ll want to opt for something with little to no branding in a block colour, styled with some heavy-duty denim, work boots, a flannel shirt and chore jacket.
Whether you’re felling trees in the Yukon, or just heading for a half a pint of craft ale in Dalston, go to work with one of these key brands below.
When the cold really sets in, let’s be honest, a tiny fisherman beanie isn’t going to cut the mustard. To really keep the chill at bay you’re going to have to go all out. We’re talking special cold-weather fabrics, fleece linings and brands that were built for the outdoors and not, say, Instagram.
Simply get layered up with your thermals, parka and snow boots and then finish with one of the brands below to battle the elements in style.
(PHOTOS): Lacoste Replaces Its Crocodile Logo With 10 Endangered Species.
French brand Lacoste has teamed up with IUCN’s SOS (Save Our Species) — a nature conservation charity — for a limited-edition collection of polo tshirts.
The tees have logos of endangered animal species instead of the green crocodile, and were launched on the runway during the brand’s show at last year’s Paris Fashion Week.
The 10 species represented by Lacoste – with the estimated remaining numbers – are: Vaquita (Gulf of California porpoise): 30, Burmese roofed turtle: 40, Northern sportive lemur: 50, Javan rhino: 67, Cao-vit gibbon (ape): 150, Kakapo (parrot): 157, California condor: 231, Saola (herbivore): 250, Sumatran tiger: 350, Anegada ground iguana: 450
“For the endangered species of this world, the crocodile abandons its ancestral place,” say Lacoste, who had previously never changed their green croc since its debut 85 years ago.
The globally recognized logo was designed as an homage to the brand’s founder René Lacoste, who was dubbed “The Crocodile” because of how he dealt with his opponents on the tennis court.
The new, limited edition logos were produced using the same green coloring and embroidery style as the crocodile.
Each of the 10 designs were produced in limited numbers, corresponding to the remaining population size of each species in the wild.
For example, just 350 polos were produced featuring the Sumatran Tiger, whose main threats are poaching and deforestation.
The smallest batch—at just 30 pieces—features the California porpoise, who due to overfishing is one of the most threatened mammal species ever.
Other species include the Burmese turtle, the northern weasel maki, the Java rhino, the eastern black crested gibbon, the kakapo, the California condor, the saola, and the Anegada iguana.
Each Save Our Species polo was retailed at $185, and the total collection of 1,775 are already sold out, with the profits of each sale donated to the IUCN conservation.
However, If you’d still like to contribute to the worthy cause, you can still donate via the Save Our Species website.
11 Style Tips For Short Men Who Want To Appear Taller.
Dear short guys, you cannot change your height, but you can make yourself appear taller. You probably already know that there are ways you can dress to appear taller and even look better and have an advantage over all those 6-foot-tall bearded guys, or, at least come close! If you clicked on this article, you’re here to get the deets so without beating around the bush, we will break down these important style tips for short men.
1. Never ever wear baggy clothes.
This is rule of thumb when it comes to men style. Baggy clothes make you look frumpy regardless of your height. If you’re short, you should get properly fitting clothes because baggy clothes make you appear horizontal (kinda like a fridge) while well-tailored, fitting clothes elongate you. So, next time you’re buying that shirt or suit, get it in your correct size.
2. Wear mid to high rise pants or jeans.
Low-rise jeans or pants (pants that fall slightly below your waist line) will elongate your torso and make your legs appear shorter and this is not a good look especially for a short guy. So what this means is, get pants that you will wear at your natural waist so as to balance out proportions.
3. If you can, avoid belts.
This is not an easy one, especially for men who are used to wearing belts almost every day. However, if you’re keen on looking taller, try and ditch the belt bro. Here’s why; when you wear a belt, it cuts your body in half and when you’re a shorter guy, you don’t want anything to breakup the natural line of your body. Basically, a belt will make you look shorter. Instead, get jeans and pants that are your size so that you don’t have to wear them with a belt.
4. Wear shoes that closely match the color of your pants.
Footwear that closely match your pants make you appear slightly taller. It’s like a woman wearing thigh high boots on black skinny jeans. It’s gonna appear like one continuous line and will make you look taller. Same goes to the men, well not the thigh high boots but the low contrasting footwear.
5. Avoid happy socks and instead, wear socks that closely match the color of your pants or jeans.
Basically, this works just like the footwear and makes you look a little bit taller.
6. Still on color, avoid contrasting colors when dressing.
Instead, go for monochromatic looks or hues of the same color. For instance, when wearing separates, instead of wearing a pair of black jeans with a maroon shirt, go for a navy blue or black or gray shirt instead. Wear colors that are close to each other in the color spectrum and avoid contrasting colors.
7. Wear at least one or two accessories on the upper body.
It could be a pendant, a male brooch, a pocket square, tie clip etc. This is because the accessory draws attention to the upper body, especially the chest area.
8. Wear pants with little to no break.
The break of the pants is the part of the trouser that touches the shoe. If you want to appear taller, wear pants with little to no break to make you look taller.
9. Wear hats!
Not only are hats stylish and a great accessories but they also help draw the attention upwards and hey they help add one or two inches to your silhouette so why not?!
10. Go for elongated shoes or those with a pointy toe instead of bulky shoes.
The whole idea is to create a visual streamline that elongates your body and makes you appear taller.
11. Your shirts need to not cover the crotch.
Listen, if you’re a short dude, avoid those shirts and t-shirts that look like shirt-dresses. This will give you bad proportions by making your torso look longer and legs shorter. Instead, go for shirts and t-shirts that fall above your crotch when you’re not tucking in. Also, when buying pants, make sure that the crotch fits and doesn’t sag.
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