Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Spectator: Cobbler-Union's version just Rocks this Jazzy shoe

The spectator shoe (or in British English: Co-Respondent shoe) is a low-heeled, oxford, semi-brogue or full brogue, constructed with 2 contrasting colors. It typically has the toe and heel cap, and sometimes the lace panels, in a darker color than the main body of the shoe.
This style of shoe dates back to the 19th century, yet it reached his height of popularity during the roaring 20's and 30's. John Lobb, the famous English footwear maker, claimed to have designed the very first spectator shoe as a cricket shoe in the year 1868.
Where does the British name originate from ?
Well, in the 20's & 30's in England (UK), this style was considered way too flamboyant for a real gentleman, and therefore it presumed to be a tasteless style. Because the style was popular among the lounge lizards and infamous cads,... yes, the ones who were sometimes associated with divorce cases, a nickname for the style was co-respondent shoe, wich was a pun on the color arrangement of the shoe, and the legal description of a third party caught 'in flagrante delicto' with the guilty party in a case of adultery. Wallis Simpson was famed for wearing this style, although it was said that she was an adulteress and that it was Edward VIII who acted the part of co-respondent.
Where does the American name 'Spectator' came from ?
A theory is that the black toe and heal was intended to hide any grass stains incurred from walking, while maintaining the white Summer dress shoes that was fashionable at the time. Specifically, these grass stains   


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Gent's shoes and the color red: "Fifty Shades of Red" by La Greca

I know, I'm a calcéophile, but that means also you only get to read my opinion, and sometimes it is a good thing to have somebody else's opinion. Well, just sometimes. But in this boredome of ugly and unpolished shoes we live in, Belgium tops that list I think. So maybe my male readers will have to get a woman's opinion. And by that I mean not an uninterested 'neutral' voice, but that of a stylish expat, who now enjoys the exorbitant, yet fashionble Knokke lifestyle. By that meaning she knows what she's talking about. And before you have an opinion ready, in Knokke you'll find the better sartoraial stuff, admit it, and for a woman coming from abroad (can you guess her country of origin?), the interpretation is, thank God, not limited to country boundaries, but more an international vision. Please enjoy her vision.....
 
“Men are like bulls. They cannot resist the red sole”[i]. Christian Louboutin casts no doubt on the impact of a Louboutin stiletto on a man.
“Then, what does red do to women?” a plausible question sprang to mind when during a Sunday afternoon walk in the vibrant center of Knokke, I came across a pair of hot red patent leather Saint Crispin's. 
Perfectly polished, dipped into a juicy unconventional color from tip to heel and laces, but still retaining a masculine elegance, those Oxfords had definitely caught my full attention. “It is the latest trend” Cedric from Les Barons ....   continue reading here 


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bell & Ross: WW1 Heure Sautante Rosé Gold: Another rotating disc...


This unusual complication displays the hours in the form of numerals viewed through a large fixed aperture. The hour hand is replaced by a rotating disc on which the hours are printed. The digits jump instantly when the hour changes. The window, located at 12 o'clock, is perfectly aligned with the single central minute hand and the power reserve indicator at 6 o'clock, arranging the information by order of importance. The power reserve indicator becomes particularly useful since the mechanism triggering the «jump» in the hours requires power. It gives the user an indication of the remaining power, which is vital for the smooth functioning of the movement. This indicator is displayed in an easily legible semi-circular window at 6 o'clock. The Vintage WW1 Heure Sautante Pink Gold is enhanced by an opaline pearl dial decorated with finely elegant markers indicated by pear-shaped blue-steel hand. The power reserve indicator is displayed discretely and in perfect harmony with the dial.
Limited edition - 50 pcs.


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Manalys Skull cufflinks: Pink and white gold, icy diamonds....


Sometimes I just post a product I like, because of the looks, the decadence , the oppulence or the craftmanship.... This has it all ! 
The Maison Manalys was founded in Brussels in 2009 by master jeweller Moïse Mann and his team.

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Bell & Ross: WW1 Heure Sautante Platinum: A rotating disk replaces the hour-hand

This unusual complication l displays the hours in the form of numerals viewed through a large fixed aperture. The hour hand is replaced by a rotating disc on which the hours are printed. The digits jump instantly when the hour changes. The window, located at 12 o'clock, is perfectly aligned with the single central minute hand and the power reserve indicator at 6 o'clock, arranging the information by order of importance. The power reserve indicator becomes particularly useful since the mechanism triggering the «jump» in the hours requires power. It gives the user an indication of the remaining running time, which is vital for the smooth functioning of the movement. This indicator is displayed in an easily legible semi-circular window at 6 o'clock.

The power reserve indicator window features an opaline grey and silvered dial in 18K gold. The WW1 Heure Sautante Platinum is decorated with hand-applied guilloché and pear-shaped blue steel hands for a timeless elegance.
 
Limited edition - 25 pcs.



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