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Lifestyle: 5 essential watch and wardrobe combinations

by Michael Weare
11 July, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email:

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Looking stylish is not about wearing the latest fashions, but carefully co-ordinating quality items so that the overall look simply reflects unmistakeable class. Despite the preference these days for mass production techniques and cheap, throwaway clothing, there are still dedicated artisans out there creating excellent quality items designed to last decades instead of just a few months. Match these items with the right watch and you can punch well above your weight in the style stakes. Here we travel the world to select items from key countries that have brought a distinct and long lasting flair to the world.

Celtic cool

The watch: McGonigle Tourbillon

McGonigle Tourbillon watch

Stephen and John McGonigle have been producing traditional high-end timepieces since 2004 under their own eponymous brand name. To demonstrate their prowess they debuted with probably the most complex of all complications, the tourbillion, which is featured in this watch complete with strong Celtic design influences.

The wardrobe: O’Keefe Liam Leather Boots

Etro cord trousers, O'Keefe boots

From the chunky rubber soles to the specialist Goodyear-welted construction, O’Keeffe boots are sturdy and stylish. O’Keeffe fuses luxury Italian craftsmanship with Irish heritage, creating handsome shoes, handcrafted in small batches with a “ready worn in and hand me down feel”. The brogue detailing and soft, tactile leather exudes refined appreciation for timeless flair. They will only look better with use, so team with slim-fitting black denim to make them your go-to pair on well-dressed days in the city. This item is small to size, take the next half size up. The boots are perfectly matched with an Etro sweater and trousers scarf and an Anderson’s belt.

French flair

The watch: Pequignet Royal Grand Sport


This superb French Pequignet Automatic timepiece is equipped with an in-house manufactured Calibre Royal with 72-hour power reserve guaranteed. Hours, minutes, small seconds at 4 o’clock, large day and date, large accurate moon phase at 6 o’clock, oscillating weight with sunray finish with rhodium plating, bridges and main plate circular-grained with snail design and Côtes de Genève.

The wardrobe: A. P.C desert boots

Paris-based A.P.C. (Atelier de Production et de Création) was founded in 1987, and since then the label has established itself as a leader in cool urban menswear, with easy-to-wear wardrobe staples and quietly luxurious knits and outerwear. Here they have given the desert boot a polished update in smooth, supple leather rather than traditional suede. One part rustic and one part smart, this versatile pair is an all-rounder. Team them with selvedge denim and a bomber jacket to tap into the label’s dialled-down cool. The boots are teamed here with an AMI shirt and trousers, Massimo Alba sweater and a cool A.P.C. denim jacket.

British brilliance

The watch: Bremont ALT1-Z Zulu

Bremont ALT1-Z Zulu

Few brands have become more widely recognised or praised for their resolute Britishness than Bremont, makers of exceptional aviation inspired watches, and now producing masterful limited edition timepieces based on important British historical events. The Bremont ALT1-Z was designed with aviators and world travellers in mind. Z stands for ‘Zulu Time’ and allows the wearer to display local time together with the official world time standard – Universal Time Coordinated (UTC), Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), or even Zulu time (Z). UTC (replacing GMT in 1972) is therefore used as the standard clock of choice for international reference time in communications, military, aviation, maritime and other activities that cross time zones.

The wardrobe: John Lobb loafers

Gant rugger blazer and John Lobb loafers

Shoemakers to Royalty, John Lobb has produced the finest men’s shoes and boots since 1849. The shoes are still handmade the traditional way, with 190 steps and several weeks involved in the production of each pair. A pair of John Lobb shoes is the ultimate finishing touch to any smart outfit. Their exquisite loafers were originally created in 1950. This pair is handcrafted in England from the highest quality leather. The accompanying ensemble includes a Gant Rugger blazer, Brioni polo shirt, J.Crew trousers, Rick Owens scarf.

Roman refinement

The watch: Officina del Tempo black dial watch

Officina del Tempo

Officina del Tempo watches are both designed and made in Italy. This black dial watch comes on a striking canary yellow strap. The outsized numbers and sub dials at three and nine o’clock create impact and drama. The date is neatly tucked away at 4:30.

The wardrobe: Valentino leather and suede sneakers

Paul Smith jacket and Valentino suede and mesh sneakers

Under the design direction of Maria Chiuri and Pier Piccioli, former assistants to Mr Valentino Garavani himself, this illustrious Italian label’s menswear has gone from strength to strength in recent seasons, with a strong emphasis on luxurious tailoring and outerwear. These leather and suede-panelled sneakers are finished with rubber studs for a shot of cool. Add some British dash in the shape of a Paul Smith jacket and tee shirt.

Yankee Pride

The watch: RGM American Made 801


RGM 801A

RGM Watch Company was founded in 1992 by American watchmaker Roland G. Murphy; ever since, he has been “making history in watchmaking” here in America. While continually producing bespoke timepieces, such as the Caliber 801 and the Pennsylvania Tourbillon, RGM has kept the great traditions of fine watchmaking in focus. Modern manufacturing co-exists with antique, hand-operated machinery. Hand-blued screws and hand-polished components are at home among the close tolerances afforded by automated machines.

The wardrobe: Red Wing Leather Boots

Aspesi shirt with Red Wing Leather Boots

Since the turn of the 19th century, Red Wing, named after the city in Minnesota where the company was founded, has specialised in high-quality, rugged boots that are built to last a lifetime Recently the boots have found favour with style aficionados for their practicality and vintage workwear look. Based on the original work boot design that made Red Wing Shoes famous, this charcoal-grey leather pair is a masterclass in rugged style. The thick uppers conform to the shape of your foot with wear, while the chunky cream rubber soles are attached using a specialist Goodyear welting process that means they can be replaced time and again. These superb boots are teamed with an Aspesi shirt, Ami sweater, and NN.07 trousers.


Wardrobe by Mr. Porter

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email:

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