Capeland Shelby Cobra 1963 Limited Edition Competition watches

IMG_7740My friends, the alchemists at Baume et Mercier are at it again. Brewing up something for this fall. Its directed at all of us die-hard racing enthusiasts.  Last year, Baume & Mercier surprised and delighted us with the release of the Capeland Shelby Cobra collection. Created in partnership with Carroll Shelby Licensing Inc. in Las Vegas, the line was a complete success, so this year they are doubling down. Continue reading

White Tie, Black Tie, And Watches: Is It Ever Okay To Wear A Watch With A Tux?

Reblogged from Hodinkee WEDNESDAY MARCH 30, 2016

The trend in men’s style over the last few hundred years has been towards less and less complexity, but every once in a while, one still gets an invitation that says, “black tie.” There’s a tendency to think of the black tie dress code as something rigidly fixed, but despite that, there’s still room for sometimes very varying ideas on what, exactly, is or is not okay for a gent to don at a black tie event – and one of the subjects we’ve seen HODINKEE readers wax right wrathful over, is whether or not you should or should not wear a watch. Let’s get into this delightfully contentious subject and see whether or not, whether pro or stridently con, you’re on the right side of history and custom.

Ralph Lauren 867 Square Model, White Gold

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Something Swell at Antiquorum, The Baume Mercier Capeland Cobra

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of car themed watches. It’s also no secret that I love when teams collaborate to create something truly magnificent, and that is precisely whats going on here:

In March 2015, Baume & Mercier announced its partnership with Carroll Shelby International Inc. to create two exclusive, limited edition watches born from the DNA of Shelby’s most revered creations. Following the success of this launch, Baume & Mercier announces a second installment in its collaboration: A one-of-a-kind Capeland Shelby® Cobra timepiece that will be auctioned at Antiquorum in New York City on December 15, 2015, with all proceeds going to the Carroll Shelby Foundation.  Bids may be placed online, over the phone or in person.

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Behind the Swell Man-Ideas by Elliot on How to be Swell

10858503_1543576439223659_7862076634773835398_nIts been a long while since I’ve made a post on How to be Swell. There have been some major changes in the swell household, and some minor ones on your favorite swell blog. I’ve got some exciting content coming up for all you swell readers, but in the meantime here is a little behind the scenes to tide you over.IMG_2067-2

11890976_10155799576100538_7578170652224433040_nI happen to be very involved and connected in the city that I live in. Recently a friend of mine, who just started this amazing podcast called Ideas by Elliot that you need to check out, invited me to do an interview. I was flattered because he is interviewing some of the movers and shakers in my small town, and somehow I became a part of that group. If you’ve wanted to hear what makes Mr. How to be Swell tick here is your chance, check it out, and while you are at it listen to the rest of his content, you won’t be disappointed.

When And How To Tuck In Your Shirt

A friend shared this with me recently, and I thought it was the perfect article for all my swell followers as well. This was originally written by ANTONIO CENTENO for Art of Manliness, I read it on business insider. Anyway, here are a few basics for how and when to tuck, enjoy!

Why talk about something so basic?

Is there really a need to teach men something most of us have been doing since we were 5?

Well, yes, actually. Just look around. How many men do you see sporting a billowy, unkempt-looking shirt?

Or what about that guy giving a presentation who unconsciously re-tucked his shirt three times during a 5-minute talk?

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The Swell Things About Being a Dad

My boysThere is a certain wonderment about being a dad. I have two young boys, and they are the greatest thing in my life. I am not young anymore, and  my friends and I are constantly reminding each other of our age. We use reference points such as “do you remember such and such car, or tv show growing up?” It all dates us easily, but I don’t feel old.  You see, I spend a quite a bit of time with these two young men in my house. You would think that the bottomless fountain of energy thy have would not allow me to keep up. On the contrary, my favorite place to be is on the floor with them.

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Have a Swell New Year! a.k.a. How to be Swell in 2014.

20140101-132447.jpgGrowing up, New Years never really held a special significance for me. Mostly it just meant that Christmas was over and along with that, winter break, so school was just around the corner and the long, cold, gray trudge toward spring began. Even as a young adult I never found it particular poignant, sure I celebrated with friends, and I spent quite a few New Year’s eves in Chicago with family. That was a tradition that I became particularly fond of, it was always accompanied by fun, my favorite people, a surf and turf spread that would make a shellfish lover drool, and drinks a plenty. There was also occasionally a bottle of Dom Perignon, or some fireworks, needless to say, enough fun, food, and libation to make your head swim for a few days. Again, it was fun and exciting and I wouldn’t change a thing, but I never made it particularly significant personally.

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