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If your wife’s, girlfriend’s, mom’s or daughter’s stocking is still looking a tad light, an impeccable new timepiece will weigh it down (with positive Christmas karma) in no time. Especially if said timepiece is properly matched to her personality, a feat which our Women’s Watch Gift Guide accomplishes quite concisely—and with the help of nine stylish canines. Keep reading for tips on which watch (and which dog!) the woman on your gift list is most compatible with.

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Besides making supremely handsome, high-quality timepieces, Detroit-based Shinola is committed to the admirable goal of reviving America’s watchmaking industry—and revving up the Motor City’s economy in the process.

Continue reading for a Q&A with Shinola’s Creative Director, a look at our favorite Shinola watches, and a video depicting the intricate handiwork that goes into every one of Shinola’s USA-made masterpieces.

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We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating (especially now that our new Men’s Watch Guide is live): A stylish timepiece is a perfect one-size-fits-all gift for any man for whom you find yourself shopping.

However, while knowing his size is a moot point, understanding his taste and interests—and selecting a watch to match—is of utmost importance. Read on, and if any of these Dad and Grad archetypes sound familiar, pull the trigger.

 
For the DAD: who has a humidor and religiously reads the business section.
For the GRAD: who deserves some swag to impress the CEOs with whom he’ll soon be interviewing.
SHOP: HUGO BOSS WATCHES

Our Favorite: Croc-embossed leather and rose-gold make this Boss Black Chronograph one of the richest-looking watches we’ve seen for under $400.

 

 
For the DAD: who’s as comfortable at yoga class as he is at the hardware shop.
For the GRAD: who double-majored in engineering and English lit.
SHOP: JACK SPADE WATCHES

Our Favorite: We love a classic camp watch—especially from a brand with roots at your local lumber yard. Jack Spade’s version goes beyond standard-issue with a smart, smirking pop of color.

 

 
For the DAD: who digs Eames and Gehry, and vetoed your mom’s wallpaper choice.
For the GRAD: who skipped flipping burgers in favor of summer internships at art galleries and architecture firms.
SHOP: MOVADO WATCHES

Our Favorite: Every watch from this brand reads as a minimalist objet d’art—but Movado’s ‘Museum’ offers the sleekest, most sculptural take on a rubber wristband we’ve seen.

 

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For the DAD: who can fix anything, be it a leaky faucet or a crying granddaughter.
For the GRAD: who’s as resourceful on a road trip as he is in the classroom.
SHOP: VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY WATCHES

Our Favorite: With a telemeter, chronograph, date function, luminous markers and more, Victorinox’s ‘Infantry – Vintage’ is like the Swiss army knife of watches—all in sleek, tasteful black and steel.

 


For the DAD: who DVRs Formula 1 races and spends every Saturday in the garage.
For the GRAD: who drives a beater, but has been drooling over Hot Wheels since he was out of the womb.
SHOP: SCUDERIA FERRARI WATCHES

Our Favorite: Black on brown is a bold choice—perfect for a man who lives for precision dials upgraded with luxe leather, whether on his car or his Scuderia Ferrari Chronograph.

 


For the DAD: whose vinyl collection is rivaled only by his predilection for old-school Atari.  
For the GRAD: who’s sending résumés to record labels, rather than accounting firms.
SHOP: G-SHOCK WATCHES

Our Favorite: Hints of luminescent green on this G-Shock ‘Classic’ remind us of the Indiglo LED on our dad’s vintage ’80s Ironman.

 

 
For the DAD: who talks loud, dresses well, and never stops moving—whether he’s on or off the clock.
For the GRAD: who majored in business but isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty.
SHOP: NIXON WATCHES

Our Favorite: While Nixon’s ‘The October’ is fully office-ready, styling inspired by submarine instruments lends a rugged vibe that pulls double-duty for weekend excursions, too. 

 
 

For more gift ideas, shop:
OUR NEW WATCH GUIDE | ALL WATCHES | ALL GIFTS FOR DAD

Dear male readers: We know we’ve devoted a good amount of real estate lately addressing the women in your lives—please understand it’s only because we want you to receive the best gifts of all time this holiday season. But let’s be honest: Women are more responsible than us men (an unfair fact of evolution), and most likely finished their holiday shopping days if not months ago. With Christmas Day looming, the realm of last-minute gifting falls pretty squarely into the lap of the male population. We gave you some great ideas for her yesterday; today, we’re happy to bring you timely (in more ways than one—you can still buy online with free Xmas-Eve shipping) options for the dapper dad, favorite brother, or deserving son whose name still lingers on your (by now, hopefully dwindling) gift list.

Above: Movado’s unique touch-activated dial enables you to flash the time or date, or have a blank face with only the signature blue dot at the 12 o’clock spot. (shop now)


Classic—With a Twist. Nixon: Chronograph with White Dial | Plain Blue Dial
(Top two styles have currently sold out)


Built for Speed. Gucci: Rubber-Strap Digital Watch | Nylon-Strap Watch


Man of Steel. From top: Michael Kors | AX Armani Exchange | Hugo Boss


Burn Rubber. Hugo Boss Square Watch with Rubber Strap
(Style on left is currently sold out)


All Black Everything. Movado, from top: (Top style currently sold out)
‘Bold’ Bracelet Watch | ‘Large Bold Chronograph’


Industrial Strength. Burberry Chronograph Bracelet Watch


Precision Instruments. Clockwise from top:
Andrew Marc | Kenneth Cole | Vince Camuto | Emporio Armani
 

…And, largely because we admire the gorgeous, Mitchell Feinberg-ian photography our catalog team conjured for their latest Gifts for the Wrist mailer (the source of all photos here), below are a few more ideas for your favorite females. Here’s to crossing those final names off your list.


Swap the Strap. Philip Stein: Diamond Watch Case | Plain Watch Case | Calfskin Watch Straps


Minimalist Design, Maximum Impact. Movado: ‘Large Bold’ Watch | Interchangeable Case Covers
 

SHOP WATCHES: FOR HIM | FOR HER


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The countdown to Christmas is in its final stages, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology (and our hard-working shipping center), you have UNTIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 AT 3PM EST to order gifts online, get FREE SHIPPING, and have them to your doorstep by Christmas Eve. (Just make sure your wrapping paper and scotch tape is at the ready when the time comes.)

Here’s a further breakdown of the key dates. As you can see, there’s still hope even after this Friday. Click here for more details.

And, since we’re on the subject, here are some selections from our ‘Favorite Gifts For Him’ categories that caught our eye. Happy hunting:


SHOP CASHMERE
Shown: Fausto Reali Vannucci Sweater | John W. Nordstrom Scarf | 1901 Sweater


SHOP TECH & PHONE ACCESSORIES
Shown: Beats by Dre Headphones | Bose® Bluetooth® Mobile Speaker
WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Leather iPad Case


SHOP WATCHES
Shown: Diesel | Timex | Burberry


SHOP STOCKING STUFFERS
Shown: Topman Cap | Izola Flask | Victorinox Swiss Army® Knife

 

SHOP ALL GIFTS: FOR HER | FOR HIM

October 18, 2012

GQ Selects: November Look #2

Here’s an downtown-outdoorsman take on the layering technique that GQ advocates in this month’s issue. With fall layers that fit this well, you can pile them on and stay warm without your winter coat for a few more weeks.

 

Todd Snyder Herringbone Sportcoat. “A wool herringbone sportcoat is a tried-and-true fall staple, but what separates Snyder’s from the others is that the designer removed the lining, eliminating extraneous bulk for a clean fit. What remains is a smart option for these crisp autumn days, and a handsome sportcoat once the temperature really dips.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 

Todd Snyder Sweater Vest. The sweater vest is something guys usually think of as nerdy, but several designers are reinventing this geek-style icon into a cool layering piece for fall. One of our favorites comes from Todd Snyder, who crafted his with a two-tone Fair Isle pattern in a trim fit that’s a home run under any tweed suit or jacket.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
 

Victorinox Swiss Army® ‘Original’ Chronograph Watch. We’re really loving the pilot-style watches that are updates to classic chronographs. Victorinox, a company that knows a thing or two about handsome military-inspired timepieces, has created one that retains the trappings of the original, like a stainless-steel case and nylon strap, but renders it in of-the-moment shades of grey. It manages to be both elegant and tough, which means it will work as well with a classic wool suit as it would a hoodie.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
 

Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Gant by Michael Bastian Down Vest | Obey Trucker Hat | A.P.C. ‘New Standard’ Selvedge Jeans
 
 

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 15 favorites from the November issue—from immaculate outerwear to unexpected accessories. Check back each month for more.

October 16, 2012

GQ Selects: November Look #1

Our newest edition of GQ Selects is live as of this morning. First up: a deceptively simple kit that proves, while a perfect shirt is an important starting point, it’s accessories that make the man—even when they’re as cost-effective as a $15 tie bar. GQ Creative Director Jim Moore explains:

 


Gant Rugger Knit Cap. “This knit hat from Gant Rugger takes inspiration from the watch caps worn by fishermen and dockworkers and renders it in the meanest color of the season: mustard. For guys who are wary of the bold hue, it’s best to start with a single piece like this.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
 


Band of Outsiders Plaid Oxford Woven Shirt. “Scott Sternberg has created the ideal button-down for modern guys. It’s a classic style, but he’s played with the proportions, shrinking them to hug the body and shortening the length so it looks good untucked. This neutral brown-and-grey plaid is the perfect starter shirt for the guy who wants to get some pattern into his closet, but is apprehensive about jumping into the deep end.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
 


The Tie Bar Matte-Eggplant Tie Bar. “We’ve long been advocating the tie bar as a must-have finishing touch for guys. While the classic options are polished silver or gold, a new breed of colors and finishes offer a breath of fresh air, like a deep burgundy hue in a matte finish. It adds a small dose of color—and a big shot of visual variation—to your basic shirt-and-tie combinations.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
 


Timex ‘Easy Reader’ Leather Strap Watch. “Grey is the watch color of the season. What’s great about the trend is that you can get one at any price, like this Timex® [$65]. A rugged suede strap balances out the minimalist details, like the pared-down gunmetal-plated case and the tonal face, while the sleek profile gives it a contemporary look that’s wearable seven days a week.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
 


Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
The Tie Bar Striped Tie | Topman Tweed Trousers | New Balance 996 Sneaker
 
 

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 15 favorites from the November issue—from immaculate outerwear to essential socks. Check back each month for more.

“This is a rock-solid chronograph that isn’t posing as a diving watch—it is a diving watch. It gives a man an instant rakish style, like he’s a thrill-seeking adventurer even if he’s not. The top-notch TAG Heuer craftsmanship ensures the watch will be keeping time and doing so in an authentic style that isn’t overly nautical. It’s a handsome watch with some heft to it, but it is still elegant enough to wear at the office.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

 

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the third edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 20 favorites from the September issue. Check back every month for more.


Some simple rules when choosing gifts for guys:

1) Make it functional.
A book of quotes or hand-made card is extremely kind. But soon forgotten.

2) Get the right size.
Hence the perennial popularity of one-size-fits-all items like watches, ties, and gift cards.

3) Tailor it to his specific tastes.
Find some favorite watches below, no matter what your dad and/or grad is into.

 

He appreciates: Cars, architecture, graphic design.
His style icon: Jay-Z.
His new watch: Stealth Mode

[Shown: Left | Center | Right]

 

He appreciates: Jack Daniels, a good cigar, the morning paper.
His style icon: Clive Owen.
His new watch: A Timeless Classic

[Shown: Left | Center | Right]

 

He appreciates: Dry humor, ’90s nostalgia, vintage vinyl.
His style icons: The Strokes.
His new watch: Retro Digital

[Shown: Left | Center | Right]

 

He appreciates: Flag football, Budweiser, his dog.
His style icon: Jason Bourne.
His new watch: A Precision Instrument

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Shop all Father’s Day Gifts and Graduation Gifts on Nordstrom.com.