One look at the TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph and it’s easy to tell this watch is going to be pricey. TAG Heuer has introduced the first ever column wheel integrated mechanical chronograph displaying the 1/100th of a second with a striking central hand allowing for easy reading. To me that just sounds expensive.

Entirely designed, patented, developed and manufactured in La Chaux-De-Fonds in Switzerland, the luxury watch features two assortments, 62 jewels and 396 components; the case of TAG Heuer Carrera Mikrograph is 43mm diameter; both crystals are sapphire and covered with safe anti-reflective coating. As to water resistance – it’s 100 meters. Inside the watch you’ll find the Calibre 360 movement, which moves at a robust 360,000 beats per hour.  The movement also features oscillating weights that can be personalized.

The original Mikrographs was originally released in 1916, and the Carrera Mikrograph is the latest iteration of the famous technology. This Mikrograph is part of the latest additions to the Carrera line, and was recently debuted at the Basel Fair in Switzerland. The 1916 TAG Heuer Mikrograph was the first sports stopwatch accurate to 1/50th and 1/100th of a second when other timing instruments could only measure to the nearest 1/5th of a second.

Available in a rose gold limited edition of 150 timepieces only, with matching brown reptile strap. The one word review: impressive. [via pursuitist]

I was more excited about Leica and uniform experiment’s collaboration because of the great brown leather pouch than I was about the camera, but that’s just me. The whole package is exciting, scheduled for release on May 11th, and looks great. That grained leather pouch has a traditional Leica logo scrawled across the front. Clipped on either side of the small, oblong bag, the Leica camera pouch has a long strap with self stitching and silver findings. Clip it on and go… although I recommend not wearing it by itself if you are have a touristing moment somewhere rougher than your average neighborhood (personal experience!). A little camera bag can be spotted a mile away.

I’ve included additional Leica camera shots in the gallery for your browsing pleasure. Uniform experiment’s Hiroshi Fujiwara loves Leica, and it’s said that this collaboration was a long time coming. I’m pleased with the quality case and the hot camera. There are logos positioned on the upper bit of the camera, and the release is limited to 200… in Japan. Do you like the case as much as I do, or is it not to your liking? I’m actually in the market for a new camera and could use a suggestion or two… I already have a Leica and a vintage Kodak and am looking to branch out. [via high snobiety]

Navajo Lace-Ups at Oki-Ni are a good way to get your kicks (literally?) without planning and executing a complex color scheme with the entirety of your closet. I found them during my weekly online shopping excursion, and I got really into them… but I also have a thing for Native blankets and those super-cool Southwestern jackets. If you get trapped outside on a group camping excursion (or if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere), it would be great to have a pair of these Navajo lace-ups on hand… so you can justify the buy by saying that these shoes are “for emergencies.” They look practical and are inspired by 1970s footwear, and they have gum soles.

But would you wear them? I think they’d be exceptional come fall, with trim black jeans, something worn out and kinda grubby, or a ’70s-style cardigan sweater. Vibrant and boldly patterned, these shoes can carry an outfit, and they aren’t too expensive, either. They are a restock item at Oki-Ni, which means that you have your pick of some new sizes. Right now, the YMZ men’s Navajo Lace-Ups are available in UK 6, 7, and 9. Fairly low-priced for Oki-Ni, and available now. [$123.56 at oki-ni]

 

People are already shopping for the holidays — are you? This time, we’re looking at opportunities to save ourselves some money so we can actually buy people gifts this time around (insert requisite economy-related grumbling here). Instead of tossing bags that look worse-for-wear, we should be making an effort to keep them somewhat fresh and usable. After all, it’s fall, and after this? Brace yourselves; we’re looking at nothing but cold weather and snow up ahead, and purses must be in tip-top shape to last the season. Indispensables follow!

Tintamar Bag Liners, $40: Tintamar has an extremely costly shipping plan to “Zone 7″ (U.S.A.), but it is worth it. Their bag liners are exceptionally attractive, and I haven’t seen one here that rivals their offerings. There’s hot pink, shown, all the way to black, and there are ones for traveling, for mini-purses, for men’s bags… it’s thrilling, if you are obsessed with organization. You can protect the inside of your purse and swap bags in a cinch. I like it!

Kate Spade Leather Cleaner, $10: Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t have the proper leather cleaner with you right now. I know few who have it ready, but it’ll save you a lot when it comes to leather cleaning bills, one of the more expensive professional cleanings from your local cobbler/dry cleaner. Why Kate Spade? The price is right, the product is good, and there’s a lot more to look at on the site than just some silly cleaning supplies. Have a browse and you’ll fill up your cart with more than leather goo.

Purse Hangers, $14.99: Don’t set your bag on the floor, on your lap, or on the chair next to you. These little hangers keep your bag safe and suspended, and you won’t be disappointed with the options. Plus, two words — On. Sale.

Anything that needs to be achieved calls for straightforwardness and determination to reach that goal. Some projects start out well and with speed, but end mid-way or just before reaching the goal. Many factors get in the way when achieving a goal, and to overcome them, your motivation has to be stronger than the objective circumstances or setbacks. One who is motivated does not stop when setbacks occur, because they know what they want and always keep the goal in sight.

Whether it is finishing the cleaning at home or achieving an educational degree, there are ways to stay motivated and reach your goal instead of dragging on and eventually quitting. Continue Reading

Columbiaknit’s been producing their knits since the 1920s, which means they have quality and consumer trust down pat. As someone who’ll scream if she sees another “luxury yet made in China” accessory, I’m enjoying the change of pace. This time, Columbiaknit joined forces with Jordan Saylor of Winn Perry in Portland. Slinging this around your neck, even in summer, will work—although you might want to wait until after dusk to really do it justice.

This simple scarf has the right construction to make it last, although it isn’t fussy. The seams are turned down and finished; the edges are tacked to prevent any unsightly folding or unraveling. I’m a sucker for tags, so I really enjoy that Columbiaknit fabric one that’s sitting on the scarf’s end. Originally sold in two colorways, this scarf is currently available in black and grey. Naturally, we all want the blue-and-white scarf, which should be restocked at Archival soon. I have a knack for liking the pieces that sell out first, but I’ll let you know when it’s back and ready to grab. 8 oz. cotton jersey is delicious, and this scarf is a natural pairing with t-shirts in soft knits. [via acquire]

The Harvard Business Review did a number of studies of the perceived business of Americans and in each one, the busier someone appeared to be, the higher their perceived social status. It seems that somewhere along the way, being busy took on a new meaning: It’s not that you can’t manage your time well or that you have a lot going on, but rather that you must be really important because your time is in such high demand.

Lack of downtime leaves me feeling depleted, both physically and mentally. Plus, let’s face it: Life is meant to be enjoyed! I don’t want to look back 30 years from now when my kids are grown and wish I would have spent less time vacuuming and more time playing with them. I also don’t want to look back and wonder what happened to the goals and dreams I was passionate about but had to set aside because I poured everything into everyone else. To avoid those feelings of regret, I’m proactively taking baby steps to become less frantic and more present now so that I can enjoy (or at least calmly manage) the craziness that surrounds me. Are you ready to do the same? Continue Reading

 

It sounds like the name of a fighter jet, so no surprise that the B1 Hellcat from Bozeman is inspired by the infamous F6F Hellcat of WWII, a U.S. Naval fighter plane that proved to be the most successful in aircraft history. Bozeman’s latest timepiece, a blend of modern and vintage style, features 25 Jewel Swiss movement, 28,800 BPD and water resistant to 330 ft.

The Bozeman B1 Hellcat was nicknamed the “Wildcat’s Big Brother,” and of course Montana – home state of the watchmaker – has more than its share of wildcats, namely the revered student athletes, the Montana State Hellcats hockey team.

If you’re going to build a sleek timepiece inspired by a legendary fighter plane, Bozeman picked a damn good one with the F6F Hellcat; the aircraft successfully brought down 5,271 enemy fighters in the second half of WWII. That right there alone demands a cool watch to commemorate it’s aviation awesomeness.

This watch, with its big, terrific dial, has a robust pre-production pricing of $4,600. The first 200 B1 Hellcat watches will be part of a limited edition for 2011. The Bozeman B1 Hellcat wristwatch sure aint cheap, but damn it looks nice. [via acquire]

 

Ronnie Fieg’s Clarks Originals Desert Boots are great, aren’t they? I can’t get enough of Clarks–like a lot of people out there, to be honest–and the slate blue ones are a good choice when it comes to bridging the gap between blacks/greys and colors for shoes. Matching slate blue laces are the finishing touch here, leaving these both denim-friendly and a pal to well-worn casual pieces. The shoes still haven’t gone on sale yet, so you have your chance to pounce, unlike some of the pieces we’ve spotted that are only available in limited sizing or that have sold out. These will be available on April 8th at Davidz.com (10 a.m. EST)… start your engines?

The choice of slate blue is a good one, since it provides a glimpse of the nap. With soft uppers and with an even softer color, the Slate Blue Clarks Originals work for adding some pep to basics. The best things about Clarks’ new Ronnie Fieg shoes is that they don’t require you to take a chance on innovative shoes that simply aren’t as comfortable as they’re billed to be. The Clarks Originals are a safe pick, but they aren’t a boring one. [via selectism]

 

Luxury shoes always fall on the side of “buy,” but the shopping list would get too lengthy, too fast if we really planned on getting every single pair we saw. However, the H?Katsukawa Tokyo Silkprint Collection might be something that you actually want to track down, budget for, beg for, whatever suits your fancy. Certainly for the dapper man, the Tokyo Silkprint Collection has derbys and oxfords available with an antique-looking finish. Black round laces look superb on the pairs, of course, but so do the skinny light-colored laces shown above–or both.

Paying more attention to the soles and outsoles of these marvelous shoes, I can tell that they’re worth the time I spent scrutinizing the shots–and the moola. Muted upper colors with a dash of pattern (including stripes and stars, in addition to the checked option) make these shoes some of Eiichi Katsukawa’s best. This shot shown above is from Style Savage, which offers great insight into the images:

“Katsukawa makes hand made, eye poppingly colourful and patterned brogues, along with wonderfully textured distressed Nibe leather brogues from his studio in Tokyo. […] Katsukawa is currently focusing on his eponymous collection and his offering is growing with each season.”

We can see why, and sharing these images is much appreciated!

[via hypebeast via Style Savage]