Gents Things

" Poor people save money, Rich people save time "

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.

The Flying Squad

Acquired by Avon&Somerset Police to deter motorcyclists from speeding away from their regular patrol cars the 350BHP Ariel Atom is capable of 0-62 in 2.5 seconds. Interesting strategy.

James Bond Rolex Chronograph 6238

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Stainless steel Rolex Chronograph wristwatch, ref. 6238 as used in the Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).

This watch was purchased from Rolex by Eon Productions for George Lazenby to wear as Bond when, undercover as genealogist Sir Hilary Bray, he infiltrates Blofeld’s research institute, Piz Gloria, in the Swiss Alps.

At the end of filming, the wardrobe department sold off some of the costumes and accessories from the film and this watch was purchased by the production accountant at the time. The watch was supposed to have been redesigned to be a compass, the red seconds hand was to be the compass to guide James Bond.

The actual watch was sold for £23,400.00 / $41,000.00 at auction by Christies London, 16th December 2003.

A Gent likes a nice compass…

Jochen Rindt 1967

Jochen Rindt 1967; effortlessly cool. Porsche has a ding at the front and a roof rack, but still just oozes style… Confirming that a car is a tool to be used, not to be polished up and only used on Sundays.

Jochen Rindt, World Champion (1970) and Gentleman (1942-1970).

Hoxton hipster OR horology whore

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Whichever ‘band’ you fall into this piece is perfect. It transcends ‘types’ and delivers some serious under the radar style alongside heavy hitting Swiss watchmaking heritage. For further information and to order www.gentsthings.com

LEONIDAS exclusive for GT…

An image of the new LEONIDAS ‘Sport’ watch to go on sale later this year. These images are not yet available for general release. The watch will be available to purchase through the Gents Things store from July. This piece is being produced in a strictly LTD run of only 100 pieces. 

A Gent likes a nice exclusive…

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