The Stockdale Watch—The Story of JFK’s Omega

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President John F. Kennedy is still one of the most enduring icons of your 20th century. Perhaps it was his youth or his good looks or his disarming charm. Perhaps it had been his beautiful wife and adorable young kids. Whatever the reason, he still captures our imagination fifty years following that tragic day in Dallas in November 1963. Anything he did, anything he stated, anything he touched, it appears to be to fascinate us. We know his wife Jacqueline-or Jackie-gave him a pricey alligator briefcase as a wedding gift in 1953. We don’t know what sort of wedding rings the couple exchanged (that was long before wooden wedding rings became the big hit they are now). But, the topic of this short piece replaced another gift from Jackie-a wristwatch whose maker is unknown at this time. There’s no doubt about the kind of the watch that replaced Jackie’s gift though. It had been an Omega.

JFK as well as the Grant Stockdale Connection

President Kennedy’s Omega was a gift from long time friend, Grant Stockdale. Stockdale was a Florida friend and businessman of Florida Senator George Smathers. All three were veterans of the Pacific campaign in WWII where Smathers and Stockdale had served from the Marines. Kennedy had been a young Navy PT-Boat commander who lost his boat, PT-109, in the night action when it was cut by 50 percent by a Japanese destroyer. His courageous actions in saving his crew after the sinking made him a war hero and helped get him elected to Congress in 1946. Stockdale campaigned after the war for his friend Gorge Smathers within his bid to the US Senate. It was mutual friend Smathers who first introduced Stockdale to Kennedy, who by that time was really a US Senator himself. Stockdale and JFK became fast friends.

The “Stockdale Watch”

In 1960, before he was elected President, Stockdale gave his friend JFK a sophisticated Omega Ultra Thin wristwatch in 18 carat gold. He rather optimistically had the following inscription engraved on the back:

“President of the United States John F. Kennedy from his friend Grant”

President Kennedy evidently loved the wore and view it often, including during his famous inauguration ceremony. It was captured there for many-time by a LIFE magazine photographer. It’s easily seen on his left wrist. First Lady Jackie Kennedy wrote Stockdale a gracious many thanks note, complimenting his choice of the “thinnest most elegant wristwatch.” She added that upon opening the gift, JFK had immediately stripped off of the “chunky” one then on his wrist-a gift from her-and replaced it with the new, thinner watch. Kennedy always created a point of showing his friend the watch was still on his wrist whenever they met, and began calling it the “Stockdale watch.” This historically important Omega is now on display at the Omega Museum in Switzerland.

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All About Boots

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I am a sucker for boots. I have Motorcycle boots, Chelsea, Chukka, and Cowboy boots. Name it and I have it. Although the first thing I notice when I am shopping for a pair is the way it looks, I actually do not buy on a whim. There are several things that I take into consideration such as how comfortable it fits and if its price is worth every penny. I also keep in mind a couple of “fashion rules” to avoid while shopping for a new pair like for instance wearing Chelsea boots with baggy clothes. Another example would be not wearing Motorcycle boots with anything but jeans.

Since most of what I own are expensive, I go to great lengths to properly care for them. The materials in boots are some of the finest available so for you to be able to wear them for a long time, it is essential to perform maintenance regularly. Cleaning your boots to remove grime and dust and applying a quality leather conditioner are critical in helping preserve the leather in your boots. Be wary though when caring for your boots since many leathers differ and the process for proper care can be dissimilar even though the steps may be easy.

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Shop for stylish and high quality boots and other footwear at reef. This environmentally conscious brand has many to-die-for models for every type of customer. You will definitely love the reef High Desert, a suede boot with pull-on construction. This new Bella Costas footwear available in grey, light tan, and tan, has a durable rubber outsole with jute heel inlay and comfortable quilted PU foam footbed with anatomical arch support. This is just perfect for winter and comes at a really affordable price.

Another model that will surely catch your fancy is the reef Adora boot, a leather ankle boot featuring metal stud detailing. It has a Herringbone cotton lining and durable rubber outsole with jute heel inlay. It likewise has a mattress-inspired quilted PU foam footbed with anatomical arch support. Shoppers will certainly love its rounded toe comfort and hardiness. The reef Winter Moon is also simple and nice. This suede boot with pull-on construction has a comfortable, faux shearling lining. It likewise has a mattress-inspired quilted PU footbed with anatomical arch support. You will use this for a long time because of its durable rubber outsole. The colors available are tan and champagne.

 

 

Adidas Originals by Jeremy Scott 2014 Spring/Summer Lookbook

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Adidas in collaboration with Jeremy Scott unveils various luxurious and beautiful sportswears. Very beautiful shorts are unveiled. These appear in different beautiful mixture of colors. The shorts are buggy and are comfortable. They come in different designs of tight ones and buggy ones. These are mostly suitable for ball games. There are also skin-tight shorts which also come in different colors. They are well matched with high quality baggy t-shirts which also come in different beautiful colors. There are also buggy adidas shorts in different colors and they are well matched with designer adidas t-shirts and matching jackets, very stylish swimming suits are also available.

They are also available in many beautiful colors. They are also very well matched with Adidas shoes. Very beautiful Adidas tracksuits are also available. They appear in different beautiful colors and sizes. They are also very well matched with Adidas sports shoes. Baseball shirts and shorts are also available.

They come in different colors and designs and are made from quality cotton material. Very high quality boxing shorts and shirts are also availed. They are well matched with stylish boxing shoes. Various high quality adidas shoes are also available. They come in different colors, sizes, styles and designs and are matched very well with the shorts and t-shirts available. All these adidas clothes and shoes are made from very high quality material. They are long lasting and they look elegant and stylish.

Pal Zileri Spring Summer 2014 Collection

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Palzileri is an Italian fashion house. It stocks a very wide variety of spring, summer collections which is branded by an Australian model, Tom Bull. The store stocks high quality exclusive fabrics such as summer time blends such as wool, linen, mohair or the delightful wool and silk suits, linen trousers, blazers, practical sportswear and pilota jackets which has a very beautiful silhouette. Palzileri stocks a wide variety of high quality shirts such as the miaro effect, a dark grey single stripe, Stripe effect,a  grey single breasted and the checked effect, a brown single breasted, checked effect, a blue single breasted, miaro effect, dark  blue single breasted, stripe effect, navy blue single breasted, the single breasted viaggiature and the stripe effect, a brown single breasted suit. They all come in different sizes and are most effective and are very popular in the market. They also stock various types of high quality designer shirts, both formal and sportswear with prices varying according to the make and quality.

Apart from shirts and suits, they also stock high quality trousers both formal and sportswear with varying prices. They come in different styles, colors, sizes and types. Some of the popular brands are, the classic needleoord and the classic trousers. There are also high quality sportswear trousers in different colors, styles and shapes.

High quality designer shirts are also available, casual, formal wear and sports wear are all available and are of high quality and in different colors, sizes and styles.

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Men’s Ex September 2013 on Japanese shoemakers

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Men’s EX in its September issue focuses on Japanese shoemakers in their 20th anniversary dubbed “shoes Book”. In this issue of the Ex magazine, we find and discover the popular shoes models crafted by Sanyo Yamacho, Otsuka m-5, Sotch Grain, Madras, Union imperial, Regel, Miyagi, Kogyo, Ginza, Yoshinoya and Perffelo.

There are so many types of high quality durable and stylish looking shoes by these popular shoemakers. These shoes come in different colors of blue, brown, dark brown and dark tarn. They also come in different designs for every ones taste. The shoes are made of very high quality leather and suede materials. The soles are very strong and durable and are also made of real leather. Some of the most popular brands are the, m-112, m5-223, m5-246, m152g, ma178, 930, 916, u1520, u1521, u1211, 2236 ,32ER, 911R, the Fujibana, Nanohana, Campidoglio, pf-1016, 600 and the 678 type.

All these shoes are handcrafted by highly skilled craftsmen who craft the shoes with the highest precision and skills. The shoes are comfortable to wear and are also durable and long lasting. The Campidoglo and the pf-1016hk are made from original pure leather. Their soles are of real leather and are very strong and durable. All the shoes are a blend of the Japanese tradition and the modern tradition which combined brings out improved styles, designs and colors which conform to the modern clients taste.

Men’s ex in its September issue therefore brings out the real Japanese top brands of shoes and their unique craftsmanship.

The Manollo Blahnik Shoes

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Manollo Blahnik is a renowned popular high skilled shoe designer. His shoes are popular and can now be found at the popular servile, Row tailor Anderson and Sheppard where he is a customer

Manolo Blahnik has various types of high quality designer and classic oxford makes in both brown and black leather. These two designers can be found at shop 32 Burlington Street. These shoes can also be found at Haberdashery at Clifford Street in twelve different suede colors at a reasonable price.

Manola also boasts of other high quality designs such as, Telpa, Linus, Soplant and Solala a lavish and ornamental style boot, others are Delon, Barle, Fitu and Bulale.

Besides Manola’s shoes, Anderson and Sheppard also designs and stocks various high quality designer trousers, shirts, knitwear and other accessories. Their trousers are all of high quality designs, these includes both the winter and summer cottons. They come in different styles, colors and quality. They include the corduroys, moleskins, flannels, worsteds, linens and different blends.

A wide variety of knitwear is also available in different styles, weights, colors, textures and all sizes the xxs to xxls. The available knitwear is made in Britain and is of very high quality. They are made of the finest Shetland wool, lamb wool, merino wool, cashmere, silk and cotton and can be found throughout the year. Various shirts of high quality and design are also available at Anderson and Sheppard, this includes, shirts for the town, country, and for the holidays.

The shop also stocks business shirts, formal shirts and weekend shirts; they also have colorful linen and holiday polo shirts. Winter and summer clothing and accessories are also available throughout the year.

MP by Massimo Piombo Spring Summer 2014

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M P is a spring summer 2041 beautiful collections of elegant suits, jackets, shirts and ties crafted by Massimo Piombo and Neopolitan suit maker Kiton. All these suits are of very high quality, skillfully designed and crafted by Massimo Piombo a highly skilled craftsman and a globetrotter of the world, always chasing for and looking for the best fabric for his suits. All his suits are made to measure and are in very many different colors, styles and designs.

He has the two piece suit in black colors which matches well with plain shirts and a scarf. He also has the double breasted stripped white and black jacket matched with a red shirt and navy blue trousers. There is also a 2 piece, half coat and a long outer coat matching with blue trousers and a shirt. Among his suits is a high quality checked grey suits which matches well with a yellow shirt and a spotted brown tie with a scarf to match. It also goes well with black shoes.

Mossimo in his collections also shows a unique mix and match dark brown checked half coat and matched with black shoes. All his shirts are made from the best fabric mostly very high quality woolen fabric which he gets from the best linen factories across the world. All the suits are handcrafted and done very skillfully and meticulously. His designs are unique and conform to the modern world’s fashion trends.

Hercules Universal Fall 2013 by Bruno Staub

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Hercules is a Spanish magazine. The 2013 collections are contained in the Hercules universal called, “The new order- A New York city Affair”, In the 2013 collections, are beautiful and stunning coats, huts and sunglasses modeled by David Ayboji and photographed by Bruno Staub.

The coats are of very high quality and are of different designs and styles. They are made from very high quality fabrics and are modern and original. They are well designed for the winter season, are warm and comfortable. The outfit is composed of a coat, a tweed jacket, a waist coat, a shirt, a tie and a belt to match. Trousers with a monk strap, matching sunglasses and a leather brief case.

The jackets are woolen and are of different colors. They match well with a full suit. The hats are of high quality original wool and are soft, comfortable and warm. The sunglasses are stylish and of high quality. They are made from quality materials which are long lasting and durable. The ties in the collection are of high quality and are made from quality material in silk and wool. They are available in different colors and styles. They are stripped, plain and spotted. The shirts in the collection are all designer. They are made of quality woolen and silk fabric and are available in different colors, styles and designs. They appear in plain, stripped and checked. The collections are all of very high quality and stylish and conform to the modern taste.

GQ UK 25TH ANNIVERSARY, 2013 by JOHN WRIGHT

The 25th anniversary celebration of the GQ UK’s best magazine was celebrated in style. Beautiful black and white suites photographed by John Wright were taken with the fashion Editorial being named, “servile Row is Rock’ n Roll”.

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Popular and highly skilled British tailoring houses designed high quality suits made from merino wool to the renowned world’s best artists like Jonny Marr, Chilli Jesson, Ray Davies, Miles Kane, Jarvis Cocker, Roger Dalfrey, and John Taylor among others, the styling was done by Jo Levin. The fabric used is of the highest quality merino wool from the best British manufacturing wool mills. The designing is done by the best designers and stylists. All the suits are made according to the customer’s specifications, the cut is done by a very skilled individual, and then the crafting is left to the experts who are very skilled and experienced.

They are made with utmost precision and care. The pattern is chosen by the customer and the finished suite takes a minimum of 50 hours of hand work and requires a lot of fittings. These are the reasons why the suites look elegant and stylish on the wearer. The fabric used in making the suites is the best merino wool which is very soft and finest wool fabric produced by the Australian wool growers who have perfected the expertise and passion to create fine, luxurious merino fibre for fabric and knitwear. All the suites match well with, beautifully designed ties and shirts and black or dark brown shoes.

GQ Japan January 2014 with Paolo Anchisi by Adrian Mesko

Night on the town is a beautiful editorial on various types of Tuxedos from major fashion houses like Brioni, Louis Vuittoni, Etro, Gucci, Dolce and many others.

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The Tuxedos are modeled by the Italian model Paolo Archisi and photography by Adrian Mesko. They come in different styles and designs and are of very high quality. Some of the most popular Tuxedos unveiled are, Behar Tuxedo, the Oleg Cassini Evening, the Oleg cassini Notch, Belmont by Oleg cassini, The black culaway Tailcoat, the Black legend Notch, the Black Mezio and many more. The Tuxedos are all made from sophisticated high quality fabrics. They come in different colors and designs. The stitching has been done by highly skilled tailors and with utmost precision.

The Tuxedos match very well with wing collar shirts. The fitted lay down collar, the poly lay down collar and the white lay down collar. They can also match well with the plain colored shirts, stripped shirts and even checked ones. Tuxedos can also match well with any good quality tie but most especially the Cavalier tie, the Esquire tie, the Imperial Bow tie, the Imperial Windsor tie and many others. It also matches well with the black ties. Tuxedos can look smart and elegant especially with black shoes but other colors can also match well; the shoes should mostly be of low soles

Tuxedos are mostly worn in weddings where they look very elegant and unique.