As the boys at La Vida Leica say, “Not every famous photograph was taken with a Leica, but they were all taken thanks to Leica.”
A Leica corporate video is a rare instance indeed, but in this celebration of it’s 100th anniversary, my beloved brand outdoes itself by recreating 35 of the most iconic images of all time.
A great story beautifully told and, saving yourself for only the most important moments is most definitely GMS
Thorsten von Overgaard is a photographer, artist, teacher and friend. We spent some time together, discussing and working with his Leica and people-based shooting techniques around the mean streets of Manhattan Beach. This film captures Thorsten’s focus on beauty, and how he does what he does with incomparable elan.
Shooting Leicas, using them as tools, Goyard camera bags and Hermes boots=GMS
Usually, the simple solution is the best one. This reference 5512 four line Submariner, defined by the four lines of text at the bottom of the dial, is a solid workhorse with great patina. I was lucky to pick this up from the original owner who used and wore this as the tool watch it intended. Not having a date on a non-quickset Rolex, is actually a luxury—especially when you don’t wear the watch everyday.
Finding an untouched, one owner example with great patina, on a strap from the one and only Nick Gabarro is most definitely GMS.
The quest for the “right” bezel insert is done. After much searching, I found a faded bezel insert for this radically sun faded tropical-dialed, patent pending Mark II Sea Dweller. Along with the dead stock tritium pearl, this project is now officially done. Googling/ebaying/etsying/craigslisting for the most esoteric bits possible is nutty, cathartic and most definitely GMS.
Mason Ho’s Dream Wave
GMS =owning it, and Grown Man Style takes several forms. Mason Ho mixes a little North Shore Style with GMS…”Johnny Boy hard kick out…” Happy Fourth
IN-DEPTH: Twelve Of The Greatest Missing Watches, Including Paul Newman's Paul Newman, John Lennon's Patek Philippe, The Original Moonwatch, And A President's President
The intersection of politics and popular culture with wristwatches is undeniably fascinating. I mean, that’s basically why I have a job. Equally fascinating is the pursuit of these timepieces at the center of this interesection by watch collectors, dealers, and auction houses. There are a handful of documented important wrist and pocket watches out there that the world at large is still looking for. What I mean by that is they have not been publicly sold or located, like say Eric Clapton’s platinum 2499, Gandhi’s Zenith pocket watch, or Steve McQueen’s 5512 Submariner (we won’t get into his seemingly never ending supply of Monacos), though we know they exist via a blurry old 35mm photograph, or word of mouth. This is a short list of twelve watches that we know to exist, have serious interest in, but have seemingly gone missing.