Why hello, human…
So, you’ve joined the hordes of terrifically trendy young gentlemen and purchased your Weird Ape mechanical watch. But now what? Today I’ve prepared another one of my famous style guides, designed to make you the best-looking bloke in the room. If you were wondering what exactly to wear your marvellous mechanical watch with, look no further, for here’s the low-down.
- A Beautiful Blazer
A blazer can up formality, but will stop you from entering suit territory. It can pull together casual streetwear like jeans and a t-shirt and stop any man looking like he dressed in the dark. This look is all about layering, but stick to neutral shades – anything bright and you might give passers-by a headache. Wear an Excelsior Magnum Gold Mechanical Watch with your blazer – monochrome in colour with a hint of gold, this watch adds a subtle something-extra when you feel like your outfit might need it.
- Tasty Toffee Brogues
A huge hit this autumn, toffee and chestnut shades are big news for accessories. As well as making you a little peckish, these shades draw the eye and will stand out next to blacks and blues. The Mirtello Gold Standard Mechanical Watch is a modern take on classic style and its distinctive mechanical features add depth. The strap is the just the right shade to stand out, and by matching shoes, belt and watch you can tie any outfit together with a finely finished flourish.
- You’ve Got To Knit It To Win It
This year, the experts over at GQ have enthused about layering your knitted garments. When the weather turns, layering is obviously a top priority to help keep you humans warm. As a gorilla, I don’t have this problem – but I do know that piling jumpers one-on-top of the other is hugely trendy this winter. Pair a thin woollen roll neck with a chunkier knit and an Abbrecci Artemis – the distinctive face is a unique take on the trend for rectangular faces, and won’t get swamped if you’re wearing a large jumper.
- Be There or Be Square
This season, the men’s catwalks showcased a myriad of many patterns – at times I might have even averted my monkey eyes. However, in Paris a true frontrunner emerged – the humble square. As patches on jeans, or as big blocks of colour, large squares have been prominent in many designers’ AW16 collections. You can apply this trend to mechanical watches, with the Excelsior Ethereal – the case and dial are an unusual octagonal shape, giving the watch a mysterious ‘Is it round? Is it square?’ feel that’s designed to make you do a double take.
- Go Wild for Greens or Greys
As a silver-back myself, I can’t help but swell with pride when grey is in style. For the cold weather collections, grey is always a hit amongst designers – one top tip is to layer as many shades as possible. While grey might be a big story this season, green is certainly giving it a run for its money – no particular shade mind, so opt for your personal favourite. It could be military, moss or even mint – my own is a rainforest green that reminds me oh-so-fondly of the lush leaves in the Congo River Basin. I have a woollen overcoat in this particular hue that stands firm as my wardrobe staple when the weather is poor. It has large square pockets (two trends in one my friends!) in which I slip my Steampunk Pocket Watch and a ripe banana and I’m good to go.
People might think me vain, but it takes a lot of work (and eye-brow waxing) to look good when you’re a gorilla. Expert tailoring and an eye for accessories certainly helps, and remember – if there’s hope for me, there’s certainly hope for you. Start with a fashionable foray into my collection of mechanical watches and you’ll be one step closer to upping your style game.