Grown Man Style

Because you're way too old to keep wearing ironic T-shirts.
-Matt Jacobson
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.

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.

Even though the concours d’elegance invitation read jackets preferred; Dockers, golf shirts and logo’d ball caps were the sartorial mainstays at Pebble Beach.  

Fortunately, the youngest in the crowd showed the most swagger—like the group of young Italian bro’s and the prepster in the whale shorts, Ray Bans and Tod’s.  It was an honor to lunch in the Mercedes Lounge next to Sir Stirling Moss, whose race history and gravitas along with his signature  #7 satchel made my day.  And, while there was a general odor of D-baggedness on the fairway, the next generation, one of racing’s all time greatest and a handful of other stylers made for some great people watching.  The cars were predictably great, but I preferred the unrestored “derelicts” exquisitely executed Rat Rods, and the concept cars.

I’m not a Kickstarter recidivist, but when I saw the Moment lens proposal, I had to back this.  I’m a Leica snob for sure, as is well documented on  grown man style, but I also know that the best camera is the one you have with you, and the iPhone 5s is always with me. 

 I’m also a sucker for packaging and, more importantly, build quality.  Both are exceptional, and Moment clearly delivered on the thoughtful bayonet mount—ode to Leica, and the packaging is ridiculously well-done. 

I’m loving the images too.  The tele and wide angle lenses are subtle, but make enough of a difference is worth the extra step of attaching a lens.  The wide angle lens is an ~18mm equivalent, and the tele is a 60mm, about 2x the standard iPhone lens.   Speaking of which, the thoughtful mount allows the Moment lenses to work on either a naked iPhone, or one in a case.

 This story is a little meaningless without pictures, so I will be adding some shots from Pebble Beach Concours this weekend.

In the words of our friends at Moment, “Long Live the Picture Taker…”

Paul Newman, Daytona

Paul Newman, Daytona

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.

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

Teahupoo: 4 inches and perfect….

I’ve posted some of these amazing Playmobil artists work in the past, but this near perfect representation of Teahupoo takes it to another level. 

Meticulous work with Playmobil is most definitely GMS

Good on ya boyz

The 1999 version of the Hermes bike was the last of the classics. Leather wrapped top and bottom tubes, Hermes leather saddle and handgrips make this one of the most sublime city rides.  Briefly replaced by a Batavus model and recently upgraded to a $10K+ carbon fiber example, the all French original still reigns supreme.  My 12 years of searching netted an unridden, dead stock example.  Find another unridden example, available here. A bike made of unobtanium is most definitely GMS.