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Posts from ‘July, 2012’

Cartier, The Tank Watch, Timeless Style

Franco Cologni’s new book entitled “Cartier The Tank Watch Timeless Style” is a must read for anyone interested in the understated elegance of this ultimate timepiece.

First introduced in 1916, the watch design was inspired by the armored tanks of the first world war, and while it had a certain American design direction, it has always had what Cologni calls the “French touch.” Needless to say, it has remained an iconic timepiece ever since. The design gained popularity by the 1920s, becoming the watch of choice for aristocracy, the super rich, and Hollywood royalty.

Cologni’s substantial tome chronicles the history of this timepiece from its inception through its many incarnations and developments, and includes brilliant photographs of some of the legendary style icons who helped make the Cartier Tank one of the most desired watches of all time.

My favorite Cartier Tank Divan

My favorite Cartier Tank Divan

Even as a very young man I was drawn to the beauty of the Cartier Tank, and managed to acquire one as a high school graduation gift! Currently one of my favorite versions is the Cartier Tank Divan.

For any Cartier enthusiast, this book is just the thing to help complete that growing design library.

Memorable Maine Moments

James Andrew, Maine

James Andrew, Maine

As all good things must, our marvelous stay in Maine drew to a close, but what a tremendous time we had!

The natural beauty, the relaxed pace, and our hosts’ exquisite home, all provided the most wonderful backdrop for us to enjoy fun and friendship.

Glorious Maine

Glorious Maine

We had some wonderful dinner parties—two with twenty guests! We had a chance to cook one meal, enjoying our duties as chefs and co-hosts, and we met a lovely group of people. Maine’s Cranberry Isles have left us feeling restored and recharged—and now that we’re back in New York City, we’re ready to take on the world!

Taking a moment to just be present, I’m sporting a Gucci navy cotton pique jacket, Tom Ford royal blue cotton toweling shirt, Club Monaco cotton madras plaid shorts, vintage red, navy and white linen pocket square, red alligator belt by Ralph Lauren, Gucci navy suede loafers, vintage Rolex watch, Tom Ford “Miguel” sunglasses in white, and my fragrance is Creed Royal Water.

More from Magnificent Maine

James Andrew, Maine — photo Scott McBee

James Andrew, Maine — photo Scott McBee

Our wonderful hosts went all out to share the beauty of Maine and the Cranberry Isles with us. The highlight was a splendid tour of the Cranberry Isles via a friends’ motor yacht. For lunch onboard we were treated to a delicious salad Nicoise, “Cipriani” style grilled cheese sandwiches, and bottles of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay.

A fellow Maine enthusiast.

A fellow Maine enthusiast.

Now, it should go without saying that Maine needs to be seen by water—the pine tree lined cliffs and rocky shores, the grand old homes—it’s all just completely magical from the ocean.

Speaking of magical, as part of our tour we made a stop on Bear Island in hopes of seeing the mythical “fairies” that are said to reside there or perhaps to see some of the fairy houses that people have built for them. In my excitement, I did happen to take a wrong turn and lost my friends (I’m thinking there was possibly some fairy mischief afoot), but whatever the reason, faced with the prospect of being stranded on this little island, I opted to return to the safety of the yacht—the episode had my friends and McBee thinking that I had fallen into a well or some other hideous thing. Happily, though, we were reunited aboard and we celebrated with some dessert and a few more glasses of wine, then back home for a nap and more lobster for dinner!

For our “three hour tour” I dressed in my own Thurston Howell III inspired outfit, “Nantucket” red cotton slim pants by J Crew, Michael Bastian for Gant navy and white rugby style shirt, Gucci royal blue cotton sateen jacket and white leather loafers, white rope belt by Orlebar Brown, vintage white, navy and red silk pocket square, Gucci sunglasses, vintage Rolex watch and my fragrance is Creed Erolfa.