What I am wearing today (28 May 2012)

Today I am wearing a blue, two-button, notch-lapel suit; a white/blue striped shirt with french cuffs; a maroon tie with small paisley patterns; a white pocket square; a pair of reddish brown cap-toed oxford shoes; a vintage and somewhat enigmatic Favre Leuba Seikomatic, manual winding, gold plated watch.

 

The enigma stems from the fact that the term “Seikomatic” is a term used by Seiko Watch Company and not by Favre Leuba. I have not been able to find any record that Seiko and Favre Leuba ever cooperated on any watch. I have also searched the Net without any success for any Favre Leuba watch with “Seikomatic.” I did occur to me that the dial could be a modification by some watch mechanic. Now that I had two identical Favre Leuba watches with “Seikomatic” inscribed on the dial, I am convinced  about the authenticity of the diall.

The movement inside the watch is the standard FL-253, as shown below:

Favre-Leuba 253 Movement

 

What I am wearing today (23 May 2012)

Today’s attire consists of a three-button, notch-lapel, glen plaid suit with a ticket pocket; a white hand loom made cotton shirt with french-cuffs; a blue silk tie with small patterns on it; a blue patterned printed pocket square; a pair of dark brown derby shoes; and finally, a very old (1940’s), manual winding, Cyma Navy Star wristwatch.

When I had received the watch its condition was so bad that I had to get the watch’s body re0enameled and the dial redone. As a result, now it looks almost new!

What I am wearing today (11 April 2012)

Today my ensemble constitutes of a Linen/Cotton blended cream, 2-button, notch-lapel suit; a tabbed collar light pink shirt with french cuffs; a shocking pink knit tie with white polka dots; a pair of spectator shoes in cream/brown colors; and a very elegant 70’s vintage Mondia 25 Jewel Automatic wrist-watch.

For some reason, I am quite attracted to this watch. Maybe because of its sleek and elegant lines. The brand “Mondia” is an Italian brand and also is a sister brand of Zenith and Movado. Since 2000, all these three brands (Zenith, Mondia, and Movado)  belong to LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Group, which is reputed to be the world’s largest luxury products group (for details see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LVMH).

This is the website of Mondia watches http://www.mondiaorologi.com/

 

 

What I am wearing today (3 April 2012)

Today I am wearing a 2-button, peaked lapel, blue suit with a light purple, tabbed collar shirt with french cuffs. As I have a few important meetings today, I decided to go with a monochromatic ensemble. Consequently, today’s necktie is small purple dots over dark blue background. The pocket square is black dots over purple background.

Today’s shoes are black oxfords with some minor decoration near the toe.

Today’s watch is a gold plated Tissot Automatic with a black leather strap. The was was manufactured in 1980–the same year I started my career.

That brings me to the issue of labeling items, such as, vintage or antique. What is vantage and what is antique? There can be various definitions of antique and vintage. However, in this blog I will use the term “vintage” when the object is betwen 30 and 50 years old. Beyond 50 years, I may classify the object as “antique.” Please note that there may be other more precise definitions; however, for this blog I just defined the two terms.

By the way, as you can see from the photographs, today I was wearing a belt instead of suspenders.

What I am wearing today (19 March 2012)

Today my ensemble is anchored with a light blue wool/silk blend, 2-button, suit. The jacket’s lapel is what is called a “fish-mouth,” a variation of the notch lapel.  I have chosen to wear a white/blue Bengal stripe shirt and a patterned tie in red/blue/yellow colors. Today’s pocket square is yellow.

Today I am wearing light brown oxford brogues, as shown below: