Grads

We’re back in action with our guy Tom Stocks, who previously taught us how to shuck an oyster, at Taylor Shellfish oyster bar in Seattle.

Now he’s teaching us how to saber a bottle of champagne. That’s when you take the cork off WITH its surrounding glass intact, by slicing off the entire tip of the bottle with a big knife. Execute this at a graduation party–or any party–and gain instant fame.

How does it work?

We don’t really know!

But air pressure is key: this won’t work with non-carbonated wine. And the bottle must be cold. We recommend storage prior to sabering in an ice slurry, a bucket of ice and water. And you must use the flat side of whichever blade you use.

There are a few more things you should know. Watch the video and check the technique.

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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, not 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

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Watches for Dads & Grads

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

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

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

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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.

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