IWC has made a one-of-one timepiece to honor Muhammad Ali at this month’s annual Celebrity Fight Night event. The event was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker as a means to raise money for local Arizone charities. This magnificent watch comes is white gold and features a black face with red Super-LumiNova, and a black alligator leather strap in red that’s meant to represent the hue of traditional boxing gloves. There’s a special inscription that reads “Edition Muhammad Ali, ONE OUT OF ONE.” on the case back alongside Ali’s signature. The ‘Muhammad Ali’ Big Pilot’s Watch will be auctioned off at the event on March 24th with all proceeds going to charity.
Enzo Ferrari was born in Modena, Italy, a small city between Milan and Bolgna. The automaker that Enzo built and its racing team are based in Maranello but Fondazione Casa Natale Enzo Ferrari have acquired the Modena home that Enzo grew up in via a long term lease and have turned it into a museum dedicated to the legendary industrialist and racer. Enzo sold the home at the age of 22 to buy a racecar and failed several times to buy the house back afterwards. The museum features this house where Ferrari was born in 1898 as well as a new building designed with a shiny yellow aluminum roof as well as the attached workshop of Ferrari’s father, a carpenter and mechanic for the Italian railway.
Design work for The Enzo Ferrari Birthplace Museum was done by Czech architect Jan Kaplicky and completed after his death by his protege Andrea Morgante. It also incorporates an art exhibit, a multimedia experience, a rotating display of Ferrari road and race cars borrowed from independent collectors, and a collection of Enzo’s own artifacts. There are also education and conference centers, a book shop, cafeteria and the offices of the foundation itself.
Five years ago Monocle hit the newsstands. Today it’s at the heart of a very modern media company – but also one with some old-school values. The publication has evolved from having nineteen employees to over seventy now and representation in over 100 countries. The type of work they do ranges from print to video to radio. Yes, radio. Monocle also launched a television series on Bloomberg TV. Their reach is far and wide and the content is as rich and newsworthy in its 51st issues as it was back in issue 2007 when issue No. 1 hit newsstands. Here is a film that chronicles the first five years.
From the comfort of his pad in London, Kanye West went on a three-hour vent session via Twitter discussing several topics which ranged from his early desires to design at a young age to his present-day need to reshape the world’s broken systems. In the process, Kanye announced the launch of his new design company — DONDA — named after his late mother, Donda West, who passed away in 2007. “DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there dreams and ideas.”
The newly established design company will be comprised of over 22 divisions with a goal to make products and experiences that people want and can afford. The team will consist of architects, graphic designers, directors, musicians, products, A&Rs, writers, publicists, social media experts, app guys, managers, car designers, clothing designers, DJs, video game designers, publishers, tech guys, lawyers, bankers, nutritionists and others. It’s a massive list with conquer-everything-at-once strategy but being the creative genius Mr. West is, we can really see him make some strides in the proper direction.
From the entire Por Homme team, we wanted to wish you all a very happy new year. 2012 is finally here and we ran through another year rather quickly. We delivered over 1,300 articles in 2011 and we hope they’ve been as entertaining as they have been informative. We saw over one million readers stop in at Por Homme and check out the content and we’re grateful for each and every one of you. It’s a new year but we’re driven by the same passion. We’re already hard at work to see how we can enhance your experience. Expect even more rich content with even greater access. More on specific upgrades in the weeks ahead.
Thanks again for stopping by and as always, I encourage you all to get in touch with any questions, comments or concerns! Happy 2012, folks!
The best time of the year is upon us and we just wanted to take the time out to say Happy Holidays to you and your families. 2011 has been a tremendous year for us and we see even great things coming in 2012. We hope you stick around for that. Our growth can only be accredited to you, our loyal readers. Without you, we’re just another dot on the blimp. Thank you.
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Wolverine 1000 Mile is pairing up with NYC retailer Leffot to auction off the #1 pair of their limited edition Wolverine 721 LTD Boots to benefit GlobalGiving’s project helping orphans in Japan rebuild their lives post-tsunami. This is an exceptional cause and really reminds us that though it’s been sometime since the tsunami, people still need our support.
The limited edition 721 LTD boot is based on a Wolverine archival pattern and is made from Horween Leather Company’s shell cordovan leather. Only 1,000 hand-numbered pairs were released worldwide along with certificates of authenticity. Bids for the #1 pair, a men’s size 10D in Shell Cordovan No. 8 color, will be accepted from today until the 22nd. The bid is currently at $728.
Jawbone has unveiled a special release of their ultra-portable speaker the JAMBOX to support Charity: Water. This limited edition release features a black and yellow colorway with $50 of each JAMBOX sold being donated to Charity: Water to help support their staff and operations — allowing them to continue the important work of bringing clean, safe drinking water to the billion people currently living without it. The Jawbone JAMBOX in Jerry can yellow can be had for $199 through Jawbone.
The other night, we had the chance to stop in for Park & Bond’s Movember event at the Blind Barber here in NYC. For those not familiar, Movember is annual event that looks to change the face of men’s health. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Where do you come in? You support their efforts by donating and joining in on the movement as well. This way, the support grows as does the conversation around men’s health and specific cancers that affect us. A long list of gentlemen from Park & Bond’s team have joined Movember, and we were there on November 1st to witness a few guys known for their beards hop in the barber’s chair and wipe it all off.
To donate to Park & Bond’s team, head on over to mobro.co/parkandbond and get in on the conversation.
The marks on a man’s watch tell a story but for Mike Horn, the scars on his Panerai only capture a glimpse of what he has experienced and accomplished in his life. Horn’s a World Explorer — he’s swam the entire length of the Amazon river with a broken knee, been to the North Pole in the winter and has been to parts of the World most can’t even fathom. He’s done it all while wearing a specially developed, triple cased Panerai, the PAM 92 Arktos.
Ben Clymer of Hodinkee and Sean Sullivan of The Impossible Cool were recently invited by the folks at Panerai to take a trip aboard the Pangaea which is manned by Horn and his two teammates. Nowadays, the world explorer is on a four year world tour on the 109 foot all-aluminum manual sail boat. The mission? To show “young explorers how they can help save the planet that Horn has seen from so many different angles.”
Read the full article over at Hodinkee and check out the video on the trip below.