Men’s Style by Russell Smith – Book Review

Writers on sartorial style tend to have a lovely prose style. This is certainly the case for Russell Smith, author of Men’s Style: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Dress. His book is full of interesting and entertaining anecdotes, paragraphs and turns of phrase, yet he never comes across as trying too hard. He’s able to explain the technicalities of fine dress while writing in plain English — easier said than done.

The one problem with any style guide is that, at bottom, style is a matter of personal taste, and the rules become more subjective as you gain expertise. Russell does not deny this, but he is also firm about his convictions. I’d personally much rather read a book like this–even if I disagreed with most of the author’s prescriptions and proscriptions–than a book full of wishy-washy relativism (“Leisure suits are not my thing, but wear them if you want to.” How helpful would that be?).

Rules of style are meant to make dressing less confusing, since “it is useful to know the rules, particularly if you are new to this whole game and don’t trust your own taste.” Fred Astaire may be able to pull off an outfit that would leave you or I looking like a dressed-up ape, not because he’s handsome (he isn’t) but because he’s a pro. He can break the rules because he knows them, and he knows the loopholes.

The book is a good introduction to men’s style, especially traditional and somewhat formal style. It shows you how clothes can make you feel sexy and cool. It shows you how to dress for different occasions. It’s also a fun read. But if you’re looking for advice on, say, how to pick the best color shirt for your skin tone, or how to dress for your body type, you might want something more practical and technical.

The book has wide margins, which allow quotes, illustrations and sidebars to frame the page. The illustrations, by the excellently-named Edwin Fotheringham, are a nice addition and help illustrate the author’s point: a chapter about casual dress features a man dressed in a paisley leisure suit with a gold chain. The caption: “Casual dress is probably the contemporary male’s weakest point.” Point made.

This is a great gift for a man who is interested in style, or at least in sleeping with women. (If he’s interested in sleeping with men, he’ll still find it entertaining.) If you have a spouse, brother, or friend who makes abysmal fashion choices, consider giving them this book as an introduction to style. I’ve combined this book with an old picture book of Fred Astaire or Carey Grant, just to point out how important good style can be.

Omega Mens Seamaster 300M James Bond Automatic Chronometer 22208000 Watch – Watches Consumer Review

The Omega Mens Seamaster 300M, with Automatic Chronometer version #2220.80.00 or ‘James Bond’ watch is built in with Quality Swiss Automatic movement. The watch is self powered with your arm movement, meaning that you must not leave this watch alone for 48 hours or the dial will stop rotating.

Apart from going to moon, Omega watches is undoubtly also a master at Sea. The watchface is dome shaped, with the usual sapphire crystal (anti-reflective scrath resistant). Sapphire crystal is a common element in high profile authentic watches.

With a 41mm case diameter, any ‘James Bond’ to be, can dive with these watches upto 1000 feet which is approximately 300 meters depth.The watch looks classic with a stainless steel case,  blue dial color and its usual date function.

This Omega Seamaster 2220.80.00 watch series is said to be one of the coolest watch ever and has made more appearance in ‘Bond’ movies. Omega Seamaster collection first appeared in 1995 ‘Golden Eye’ which in that period of time intoduces the Seamaster 2531.80.00.models. Omega Seamaster has since then replace the old Rolex Submariner as the leading gadget in the movie. The 2220.80.00 (which is 2006 models) have been into several refinements especially the new design and implementation of ‘Co-Axial’ escapement. Co-Axial was designed by Dr.

This new implementation of Co-Axial technology compared to the lever escapement, has significantly reduces ‘sliding friction’ of the 2531.80.00. What you get is ‘accuracy and better precision’

The 2220.80.00 Omega Automatic is service free for 10 years. Which means less hassle than the previous 2531.80.00 Omega Seamaster. Means that, this authentic dive watch wont burn your pocket. There is also an option for this Automatic Movement. The Omega Men’s Seamaster 300M “James Bond” Automatic Chronometer Watch #2220.80.00 also available in ‘Quartz version’ which is referred as model #2221.80.00.

Two words to describe the watch is ‘Superb Accuracy!’. A recent buyer which bought his Omega Seamaster 2220.80.00 recently commented that his Seamaster was gaining about 10 seconds every day. He then took the watch to Swatch Service Center in Toronto to complimentary adjust the dial as it was in warranty. It now gains 1 – 2 seconds a day, and that’s outstanding accuracy for a mechanical watch.