There is tweed, and then there is Harris Tweed – still hand-made on the Outer Hebrides, according to a jealously guarded historical code that makes traditional horology seem positively Space Age. Words by Alex Doak.
We all have that one person. That one guy who, regardless of what others might think, is the epitome of all that is suave in our eyes. Whether it’s the way that he dresses to how he carries himself with a sense of effortless cool no matter the situation, there is no denying that we all have a style icon that we aspire to.
Welcome to the spring/summer 2018 issue of ROX Man. It’s been a long old winter of discontent, but three feet of snow when we were supposed to be shooting our bright and breezy cover story in short sleeves and sunnies with the roof down? Well, I may have written in my last editor’s letter about how wonderful winter is for accessorising or layering, but I take that all back, wholesale. Bring me linen, espadrilles and little else, stat.
This year sees Chopard celebrating 30 years with Italy’s Mille Miglia rally – the longest-ever car/watch partnership and arguably the most meaningful. Alex Doak should know after all, as a watch expert who’s driven all thousand miles, from Brescia to Rome and back.
As chance would have it, ROX Man’s guest editor, Alex Doak is fresh from his own Perfect Proposal (though he says so himself) and while a traditionalist at heart, he decided to pop the question not with a ring but a watch. The fact his now-wife also happens to be a watch journalist might have had something to do with it, but still – could this be a viable new alternative? Read Alex’s account and make up your own mind.
Brand new to ROX the Zenith El Primero Grande opens the beating heart of the legendary El Primero movement. This stunning timepiece, made up of 332 components and 32 jewels, is one of Zenith’s most complex chronomasters to date. Proud to wear complexity on its sleeve it is a design that shines a spotlight on the mastery that goes into creating something so delicate. If there was ever evidence that time is precious, this is it.