Watches, Spectacles,Tech, Accessories
Is there any greater mark of personal taste and identity today than wearing a truly great watch? When the pocket-watch was invented it was as a vital, hi-tech tool to synchronise experience in a world where railways and radio broadcasts made being up-to-the-minute extremely important. But today? We all have smartphones. So why wear a watch at all? The answer has to be this: they can be beautiful. And the weight of a hard-acquired, much loved watch on your wrist can be as reassuring as holding the hand of a loved one. Go deep down the rabbit hole of watch-world obsession, and you might never climb out again - each piece on this page comes with a compelling story all of its own. Ultimately there is an ironic value in wearing a device designed to mark the passing of time: it evokes permanence.
A finely-chosen pair of spectacles allows you to see the world better and affects how the world sees you. Spectacles frame your face as they sharpen your vision - which is why they have endured even as the contact lens and laser surgery have threatened to render them obsolete. L’Uomo Vogue i s a magazine o f s tyle: we would never venture to recommend the most pragmatic way to enhance your vision. However the selection of spectacles above offers an excellent portfolio of potential strategies for enhancing the world’s vision of the man wearing them - which is very much our territory. Choosing spectacles that suit you demands a consideration of the shape of your face, your hairline, and features - as well as consideration of the what you want your spectacles to signal about you. The more you look, the more you see.
Today we rely on technology as never before. And arguably we are also manipulated and controlled via technology as never before, too. Wires have been the connecting membrane between man and his technology since Benjamin Franklin first lit the spark. While we wrap ourselves deeper and deeper into a dependency on tech, we are at least freeing ourselves from our dependency on wires. As much of the cutting-edge and easy-on-the-eye hardware featured in our selection of top-tech signals, wirelessness is a prime selling point for now. Speakers, printers, and headphones have all been liberated. Of course there is a gentle contradiction inherent in this tech-trend for wirelessness: the more technology frees us to immerse ourselves in it the more time we spend plugged in.
Perhaps one day wires - such as the gorgeously decadent Berluti lightning cable USB featured here - will become like vinyl records: items that we cherish because they are anachronistic. For now though, who wants to stop and consider whether your phone has enough charge, your speakers can connect to your Netflix, or your headphones will plug into your music-system? Another technological product that is undergoing rapid evolution is the camera: a tool that is especially close to our hearts here at L’Uomo Vogue. While there is no doubt that smartphone technology is pushing image-making in new directions and making it easier than ever before (the Google Pixel phone’s camera truly is astonishing), there is still room for the specialist device. The ‘action’ camera and instant camera here are fine examples.
There is absolutely nothing on this page that you need. Yet if you are a man with an enquiring mind and an eye for beauty, there might very well be something that you want - passionately. What is an accessory, anyway? In English, the word is used to signify a ‘helper’ or an ‘enabler’ - therefore being prosecuted as an ‘accessory to murder’ is extremely bad news. In the high court of fashion, accessories enable you to enrich the texture of your external appearance. They are punctuation marks that allow the poetry of the external to flow. They are the details with which you fill in the image of yourself. No man should be afraid of jewellery in 2018, and some examples here are especially fine. Brioni’s lapel pins and other metal worked new-season pieces have been hand-crafted by Nina-Maria Nitsche to softly accent