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This Watch Is Beloved by John Mayer, Michael Jordan, Jonah Hill, and Jay-Z

Some watch collectors are omnivorous, grazing from across the landscape of brands, models, and types of pieces. Others hunt down pieces in a single genre: racing, pilots, or divers watches. Others still obsess over buying the very best from a single brand. But there are also a few very special models that, entirely on their own, beckon hordes of collectors. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona—which comes in stainless steel, set with a rainbow of sapphires, in platinum, with exotic dials, and 18-carat yellow gold, and so on—is one of those watches.

As Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer recently wrote in an ode to chronograph watches in GQ, “these three [the Daytona, the Omega Speedmaster, and the Heuer Carrera] represent entire categories of collecting and scholarship unto themselves, and over the past seven decades they have rightly reached a level of appreciation that in some cases surpasses even the brands that produce

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8 Early Black Friday Sales 2020: Walmart, Best Buy, and Home Depot

Black Friday isn’t technically for another two weeks, but early Black Friday sales are already here. As far as certain big box retailers like Walmart are concerned, calendars are fungible. Time is a suggestion. Holidays—and we mean that very broadly in the case of Black Friday—are meant to be celebrated weeks, maybe months early. Sometimes that overeagerness is useful, like in the case of early Black Friday sales and being able to buy Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins in late August. 

To be fair, most of the early Black Friday sales here in 2020 are bad. Do not mistake the enthusiasm of Best Buy, Walmart, and Home Depot as unchecked largesse. But after hours of scanning the available listings and cross-referencing with historical data (yeah, we do math), we’ve found a bunch of genuinely strong deals that’ll save you real money on quality things. Are they all sexy, cool things?

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What Was the Brooks Brothers Riot and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?

Twenty years ago, as the country white-knuckled its way through a Florida recount to decide the fate of the race between Al Gore and George Bush, a group of expensively dressed middle-aged white men swarmed a government building in Miami-Dade county: “50-year-old white lawyers with cell phones and Hermès ties,” as the Wall Street Journal described them at the time. The crew was clearly made up of out-of-towners: folks in suit jackets and button-ups flying down from outside Miami to pressure and intimidate election canvassers. Their look was so distinct, in fact, that the protests were labeled the “Brooks Brothers Riot.” It was a moniker the crew wore proudly. “We all had Brooks Brothers blazers,” Brad Blakeman, who worked for the Bush campaign, told the Washington Post. “We could have popped out of the catalogue.” Today, the Brooks Brothers Riot is freshly relevant: Protesters in Detroit, Michigan, have attempted

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16 Best Hoodies for Men in 2020

Before we dive into the best hoodies for men, let’s get one thing straight: There’s no such thing as a bad hoodie. If it’s got all the essential ingredients—cozy fabric, roomy hood, long sleeves (sorry, Bill Belichick)—it’s worth your time, in at least some capacity. Even the sloppiest, bleach-stained-iest hoodie around has the ability to take your enjoyment of a Sunday afternoon on the couch from an 8 to a full-on 10. It’s a warm hug you can wear. But some hoodies are better than others, in terms of looks or quality or both. If you’re looking for a new public-facing addition to your hoodie rotation—the kind of sweatshirt that looks as great under a topcoat in winter as it will with shorts in the springtime—we’ve tracked down all the finest options available to you right now. All hoodies are good hoodies, but these 10 are the absolute best hoodies

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Why Are Stores Boarding Up for the Election?

It’s election day in the United States, and corporate America’s response—besides all those encouraging suggestions to vote—is coming into focus. And it has nothing to do with the ballot box: retailers across America, including Tiffany’s, Macy’s, H&M, CVS, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, Sweetgreen, and more are boarding up their windows. The decision isn’t inexplicable, necessarily, though it casts a grim light on the way our corporate overlords see the election.

The boarded up stores in Portland, Seattle, Washington. D.C., and New York, are intended as a safeguard in anticipation of post-election riots. Indeed, the consensus for many business owners seems to be that no matter who wins, someone is going to throw a chair through a shop window. And corporations aren’t the only ones boarding up: earlier this week, the White House was enclosed by a new “non-scalable” fence. (Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which was destroyed

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How Sean Connery Turned a Regular Rolex Into “The Bond”

For many, the lasting image of Sean Connery will be their first: the camera slowly scanning over him in a casino in Dr. No. “Bond,” he says, introducing himself to all of us. “James Bond.” Or maybe the lasting image is the moment in Goldfinger when Bond first asks for his martini “shaken, not stirred.” If you’re a watch fan, though, the definitive Connery-as-Bond image comes after he plants barrels of explosives in Goldfinger’s opening scene, wearing a white tuxedo and flicking on his lighter to check the time. The flame lights up the watch that was on Connery’s wrist throughout all four of the Bond films he starred in: the Rolex Submariner 6538 “Big Crown.” The 6358 was the Submariner that accompanied Connery on the first four of his Bond movies—whatever your first memory of Connery, this is the timepiece to go with it.

For generations of men,

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