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.
Oh, that’s nice. You’re looking at a new wide angle lens from Carl Zeiss — the Distagon T* 2,8/15. The German lens maker’s latest creation will be available with for Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. The lens can focus from just 25cm (10″) and offers a 110 deg and is said to be extremely quick. Other Distagon fixed focal lengths include 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 28mm, and 35mm. Expect the 15mm model to entice photogs into architectural and landscape photography. It features 15 optical elements, including two aspheric elements and glass with abnormal partial dispersion to control distortion and chromatic aberration. It features an integrated lens hood and accepts 95mm threaded filters.
The price is marked at $2,948 with a release date set for May 2012.
Basil Racuk have released their classic Soft Brief bag for spring, this time finishing it in British Khaki Calfskin and lining it with vintage Moleskin. It’s a versatile bag that can used for office meetings or the accompany you on an occasional weekend getaway. They’re handmade by Basil in his northern California studio with all the materials being sourced locally in Cali as well. The bag is available now through Leffot.
We were recently invited out to Aspen, Colorado by the fine folks at Bentley for an experience of a lifetime. While all the Aspen Fashion Week festivities were in full swing, Bentley took us out to a secluded snow-covered ranch right outside of town. We hopped in the passenger seat of the Supersports Convertible ISR (Ice Speed Record) while Bentley Driving pros took the 631-hp beauty across a snowy meadow, specially created for the winter driving experience. We were swinging around corners with ease and it took us back a bit because the Continental’s all-wheel drive system is one of the British automaker’s strong suits but not the conversation that’s normally had. No matter the weather, we’re accustomed to talking about the car’s stunning looks and its luxurious cabin with hand-crafted leather, book-matched wood veneers, and knurled stainless steel. That’s changed.
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.
Amsterdam’s Tenue de Nimes is known for their passion for denim and they’ve got a slew of solid collaborations to prove it. They’ve really hit a new high this time as they’ve teamed up with Okayama-based denim brand Momotaro. The piece is made from a multi-yarn, 12 oz. sulphur denim fabric. This cloth is twenty year old deadstock that was sourced at the Rampuya factory warehouse in Japan. Because of the limited amount of material that was available, the Momotaro factory could only produce 17 pairs. All the jeans were made in Japan and are for sale exclusively at Tenue de Nimes for €329,90 (~ $431).
QWSTION has released a Backpack and Weekender in classic brown leather shells. They’re made of high quality and look really exceptional. The details are fine and simplistic but really help the pieces to standout. Look for black YKK zippers and metal buckles. Shop the washed leather brown bags on QWSTION’s online shop.
Here’s a first look at Stussy Deluxe’s collaboration with Seattle-based creative workshop, BLK Pine Workshop. For those not familiar, BLK Pine has had some really impressive collaborations in the past (Opening Ceremony, United Arrows to name two) though this is their first US collaboration. They’re known for making high quality accessories right here in the USA and are really good at mixing up the fabrics blending in vintage wools as well as waxed and duck canvas in the past. These totes by BLK Pine Workshop for Stussy Deluxe are made with heavyweight 18 oz. duck canvas and feature vegetable tanned, natural leather handles and a snap closure. They’re offered up in two sizes, with both being available in either a Black with Red nylon interior or Natural Canvas with Royal Blue interior.
We’ve got a few shots of the bags below that give us a look at how the bags were made in BLK Pine’s factory. The BLK Pine totes will retail for $130 for medium and $140 for the large and will be available in Stussy stores and online.
FEIT has released a limited edition lineup of leather accessories as part of their hand sewn collection. The lineup — which includes a wallet made from Florentine leather in a vertical and horizontal style as well as a leather wrapped gun-metal shoehorn — is hand made in Italy. The pieces come in matching Italian vegetable-tanned leather available in Naturale, Corteccia and Nero. The wallets are made from a single piece of vegetable tanned calf skin with the final product being seamless and extremely practical. This 15 inch leather shoehorn is also wrapped in a single piece of vegetable tanned calf skin leather while the leather casing is hand molded and entirely seamless as well.
All the pieces are of limited stock and can be pre-ordered now through FEIT.
We recently gave you the A Kind of Guise Fall 2012 preview but here’s what they’re offering up for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. The pieces are really solid and come in a really inviting color palette. Look for a good mix of blues and a pop of salmon here and there as well. There’s some great shirting, chinos in an array of colors, as well as some mid-weight outerwear pieces that will surely catch your attention.