Gents Things

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If Luke Skywalker wore a Rolex…

This is the model he would choose… Beautiful Rolex watch. Total classic by day, a bit flashy at night. A classic watch with a twist.

A Gent is always prepared…

…and a Gent never gets wet in the rain. How can clients/staff have faith in your planning abilities when you lack the foresight to plan for rain?

James Smith & Sons is a remarkable shop in London which sells umbrellas and has done since 1830. It is still owned and run as a family business.

The historic shop in the heart of London’s West End is a stunning reminder of Victorian London. Stepping inside the shop is like stepping inside a time capsule as it retains the original fittings designed and made by the master craftsman employed by the business over 175 years ago. The shop itself is a work of art.

If James Bond wanted an umbrella this is the store he would visit (poison spike optional) Get yourself an umbrella and get it from here, if you look at cost per use it’s a very easy purchase to justify, especially if you live in the UK.  

Just don’t leave it behind on the train, these umbrellas certainly won’t find their way to the lost property office.

A Gent plans ahead, and a Gent never gets wet in the rain…

LEONIDAS Sport Spec overview

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All surgeon grade Stainless Steel

Case size 39mm

Crown size 8.2mm (no shoulders) multiple gaskets

Case height 16mm

Lug width 20mm

Double dome Sapphire crystal lens 3.1mm thick

Un-directional 60 click bezel

Swiss ETA movement

Above spec overview is taken from a pre-production sample, is a guide only and may be subject to final changes prior to full production.

The LEONIDAS Sport edition will be available to order through the Gents Things store from September onwards

A Gent embraces Sprezzatura…

The Italian phrase sprezzatura means simply ‘studied carelessness’. A casual nonchalance so few can achieve without looking like they are trying so hard to achieve it.

In Goldfinger Bond sported a ‘Nato’ strap on his Rolex. The strap was a 16mm, the correct strap should have been a 20mm.

The above has been a topic of conversation online for years, with many different reasons for this being discussed and debated. The most probable being that it was not possible at that time to source a 20mm strap for the Rolex and so simply a 16mm strap was used instead. 

I like the look of it, it shows a little bit of individualism, it shows a little non conformist behavior. It’s not perfect, perhaps that was the point.

As a nod to Bond in Goldfinger a slew of people like to wear their ‘Nato’ straps approx 4mm smaller than the correct lug size.  Some people assume it’s because the wearer was unable to find the correct size.  I say, a Gent never assumes…..

Bonding with a Rolex

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The Rolex watch; International currency, Investment and according to Ian Fleming a Knuckle Duster….

A Gent makes time…

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Nelson Mandela July 18th 1918 - December 5th 2013.  A man who achieved so much throughout his life it makes an ordinary man look incredibly ignorant whenever he attempts to use the phrase “I didn’t have time” . 

Time well spent…

Wise words from Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics George Bernard Shaw. 

The scourge of Alzheimer’s…

My Grandmother lost her battle with Alzheimer’s; she passed away peacefully aged 91. It’s a brain disease. It makes you forget things. It’s very very scary.

People fail to understand that in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s the body forgets to tell the brain it’s hungry. It forgets. It’s not just about forgetting where you put the car keys. 

Yes; she had a good innings. She did. No question of that, but; she spent the past few years simply existing. Not knowing who she was, where she was, not knowing who her husband was (or that he died 30 years ago), not knowing who her daughter was, and not knowing who her grandson was.

She was robbed of her memories. Not able to sit and reflect on a full and rewarding life. A simpler life, one where mobile phones did not exist, or the internet, or cheap celebrity. A time where a tablet was something you swallowed, not did business on.

She lived through 2 world wars,she witnessed the first man on the moon, the Kennedy assassination, Elvis, motor cars, TV, commercial air travel, 9/11. She saw how the world changed, and how we changed with it. She saw how the ‘now’ generation behave, she saw that swagger of entitlement and she wondered what on earth had happened to the world. 

The famous playboy Gunter Sachs committed suicide on 7 May 2011 by a gunshot wound to the head The suicide note stated that he acted because of what he defined as “A hopeless illness.” Some have speculated that he was referring to Alzheimer’s. In the note he added "The loss of mental control over my life was an undignified condition, which I decided to counter decisively". He was 78. It was widely reported he had a rather large penis; his actions above confirm he also had a rather large set of balls.

She is gone

You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see that she’s left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she’s gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what Lilly would want, smile, open your eyes, love and go on…

You can learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia by visiting the Alzheimer Society website here

Gentlemen the wait is over…

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……………..This is the first watch produced by LEONIDAS (formerly HEUER-LEONIDAS) for more than 30 years. This Swiss Made ‘Open Heart’ 25 Jewel automatic watch is quite simply the very best quality you will find for the price. Period.

Attention to detail - The lug pins which attach the crocodile band are hand made in Switzerland.

Rather than a simple watch box that will sit in a drawer gathering dust for many years; this model is supplied with a travel watch roll which also doubles as a watch winder.

Measures 38mm including crown 
On an 18mm padded genuine crocodile deployment band.

Available to order here from today (1st of July). Shipping of this piece commences 1st August.

Only 100 pieces available worldwide. Limited to 1 piece per client.

A Gent appreciates attention to detail…

A Gent state of mind…

"We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing."  George Bernard Shaw

Ferrari 308GTS

Beautiful Ferrari 308GTS spotted outside an equally beautiful little mews house in central London.  Just living that dream? perhaps.

A Gent likes a nice 308…

Can you?

I’m not sure; can you? ‘Humble’ personal plate spotted in Mayfair London.

A Gent shows some humility from time to time.

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