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The Gentina’s Lesson.

Today’s lesson is all about a famous, iconic and dead trendy shoe, otherwise known as the ‘Loafer’. On top of that…my personal go to shoe for looking dapper!

There’s a couple of fascinating stories as to why they’re actually called the Loafer, but also known as the ‘Penny Loafer’.

Ever wondered why? Well let The Gentina explain…

The slip on shoe, with the now preppy appearance, dates back to the early 90’s and has a historical connection with dairy farming. A Norwegian family were spotted wearing hand made slip on leather shoes with a strap across them while milking the cows on their farm. But the name LOAFER? Well, other than provide us with milk for the mornings and the most beautiful meat by the evenings…all cows seem to do is ‘loaf’ about which rightfully is where the name ‘loafers’ derived from.
Now, a few years down the line, taking us to 1936, a company you may have heard of called G.H.Bass produced the loafer to sell in America. After they’d seen the Norwegian family rocking these stylish yet functional ‘all day’ slip on’s around the farm for many years, they designed a shoe, very much alike the original and in true recognition G.H.Bass named it the ‘Weejuns’ …which is short for Norwegians.

So, now we’ve learnt where the name Loafer materialized from, next lesson is how the name ‘Penny Loafer’ hit town!

Since the release of the Weejuns, the practical shoes were often worn by college teens while they left home for study or nights out at their favorite milkshake hangouts. And due to the clever little strap across the G.H.Bass design,  it created a little lip for a single penny to sit in for safe keeping. That insignificant little coin back then would be the emergency price of a phone box call home!

One other idea behind the penny slotting in so perfectly to the loafer was to bring the students good luck during their exams…either that or again it was for a call home to explain how their sweetheart distracted them all year in class being the reason for not graduating (at least they looked swanky all term).

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My first ‘proper’ watch.

17635198_10154943570533564_4230974697722099695_oCan everyone remember their first ‘proper‘ watch? The one that really meant something, the one that had the price tag, the one that started that next uncountable amount?

Well as mine was only a couple of years ago, not hard to remember as this particular watch is still my daily workhorse!

I recall back in 2015 watches really began catching my eye…I started working for a company (where I still work currently) and a handful of my back then, new colleagues wore IWC. It wasn’t a brand I’d even heard of, let alone seen before. All I knew is that they had a much stronger presence on the wrist than my Skagen or my G-Shock That I was wearing at the time.
The owners were dressing a lot smarter too, which these beautiful timepieces complimented with such style, it was at this point I needed to find out more!

But still, If that wasn’t enough, there was another watch to tease and hypnotize me once more.
Jonty, a best friend of mine still to this day, starting explaining to me who IWC was…
“International Watch Company…” said Jonty with such confidence and knowledge…
How the hell did Jonty know what these were about when I didn’t and i’m 7 years older than him!!!
As Jonty leaked more and more horological facts and names to me and dropping in unthinkable prices of these fine watches, I finally asked him what he was wearing….surely not anything better than a Timex at the age of 16…surely.
But of course, It turned out he was wearing a beautiful, yet still unknown to myself at the time, Omega Speedmaster! I’d heard of Omega, a family member also owned a couple, but again, until then I hadn’t taken much notice, and with that….I was hooked.

I needed to know more, I needed to put a ‘proper’ watch on my wrist!

As with anything that I want, I need it yesterday! So that very same evening, I was on the internet watch surfing! I had tab after tab all lined up along the top of the laptop. I didn’t know what I was looking for… a Rolex….Jesus, in my dreams, Omega…wow….not quite… ‘International Watch Company’ now aka IWC….no way….how was I to ever afford any of these…

But then I discovered Tag Heuer, one that actually for whatever reason, I did recognize, Maybe it was the logo, or even the name, who knows, but this now looked well in reach!

It must have only took me a matter of minutes to find the one I wanted…a real quick search and one that really didn’t require any in-depth research.. It looked as cool as I’d imagined, and in my eyes just like a Rolex, It had at the time a massive price tag, so it must have been a good one, and based on my amateur learning paying off,  it was even ‘Automatic’- Boom, I was an expert and about to start my very first collection of luxury timepieces!

I reserved my watch, not considering anything else, and the next day like Usain Bolt I sprinted into my local jewelers and purchased my Tag Heuer Aquaracer Caliber 5 Dive watch. Links removed and now fitting like a glove, or a watch that was designed for my wrist only, I was on my way!
Wowha- that feeling of walking out with an absolute alluring watch was something else, I couldn’t take my eyes off of it, almost walking into lampposts, skimming past people as they didn’t move out of my way….Move people I have a Tag Heuer you know!

This watch has it all, I later discovered;
Automatic, Check.
Water resistance to 300m, Check.
Manly 41mm, Check.
Sapphire glass, Check again.
This sounds like a ‘proper’ watch! And this is one that I’ve worn almost daily since owning it 2 years ago. It’s been used in the workshop, smacked against bicycle chain rings, brushed past brick walls, dropped, transported, it’s been underwater in the pool and sea, had straps changed weekly, been abroad more than 4 times, and of course, had more photos taken for Instagram than seconds that have past!
It’s also the watch that started my collection of many more charming pieces and one that I will genuinely never sell, despite nearly using it to trade in for my Black Bay Blue, realistically, I couldn’t ever get rid of this. My Aquaracer is and without me really acknowledging it, my most precious, and one that’s had so many more daily experiences than any of my other watches… a real part of me and I look forward to exploring more of the world with it on my wrist and witnessing the patina unfold!

The Gentina’s Lesson.

The cafe called again, and while enjoying a flat white in the sun I eagerly flicked through the next few pages of Revolution Watch Magazine and with that I learnt something new which I reckon’s pretty cool…

The iconic Heuer Autavia originally from the 60’s found its name from two important inspirations- The words ‘Automobile’ & ‘Aviation’ made up the famous Chronographs name- Autavia.

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I love little facts like this, and this is defiantly a watch I’d love to have in my collection, such fascinating history and spectacular sporty looks, and since with the latest 2017 release at Baselworld, this I’m sure this’ll be a massive seller again!

Check out Revolution’s article on the history of Autavia’s and let me know what you think, could this be one you get next?

Photo taken from Revolution Watch Magazine. 

Sir Roger Moore, RIP.

The longest serving James Bond actor sadly dies at the age of 89. Sir Roger Moore played the role of the secret agent better known as ‘007’ in 7 of the famous films stretching from Live and Let Die in 1973 to A View to a Kill in 1985.

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Sir Roger Moore living in luxury with champagne, cigars, fine watches and women.

For me, Moore was a style icon and one that will live on and not be replaced. Like many Bonds, Roger had the full package, the class, the suave style, and a true gentleman’s persona.
He wore many watches, but I guess the most iconic watch to stand out was his Rolex Submariner 5513. This particular example had a special, one of a kind ‘Buzz saw’ bezel which aided Bond to cut a rope in the film Live and Let Die. Yet the best in my eyes was that 007’s Submariner could create a magnetic field upon request and this of course proved extremely handy while undressing Madeline Smith out of her dainty little dress!

Now believe it or not, but despite this timepiece having more gadgets

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Rolex Submariner 5513- Moore’s actual watch.

than you could shake a stick at, it didn’t even do the most obvious and some might say the most standard function of any watch and tell the time…. It couldn’t, It had no watch movement, it was totally empty below the dial. The only thing you’d be lucky enough to find when popping the case back off is Sir Roger Moore’s autograph, which proved to be worth more than the original ingredients when it was recently auctioned back in 2015 at Phillips for CHF 365,000.
Gone but never forgotten, Sir Roger Moore, A true Gentleman a and British icon.

Photo’s: Top, taken from yourtownarizona.com & bottom, taken from phillips.com. 

First blog post

15241228_10154580879843564_2018163474920202818_nWelcome to the blog of ‘The Gentina’. My first personal blog, and as you may have noticed by the title, my very first post.
So may I ask that you go easy on me as I develop a much smoother approach to writing and posting my daily doings and fingers crossed, you’ll actually follow me on a regular basis.

Throughout my posts I will share my lifestyle experiences, my past times, interests of new cultures and a tremendous amount of what I’m wearing on my wrist.

I’m majorly in love with watches and everything that comes with it. Mainly luxury, high-end tool watches, the ones that have history, a story behind them or a job they’re designed to aid. But that doesn’t mean they have to come with a massive price tag to attract me…although this seems to be the theme with a handful of my recent purchases and one that I really need reduced for a while to recover my bank balance (I’m sure I’m not alone in this, so we can all rest together LOL).

I’ve always been one for a hobby, a new interest or a fresh injection of passion for something and I’ve always had to instantly collect everything to go with it. I guess this’ll never change, and if I’m honest, that’s just the way I like it. I’ve shared so many experiences with a wonderful array of people in the past and I hope that this continues for the rest of my life.
However, there are a selected few interests that have cemented themselves in my body and developed as passions, these are the ones that make me who I am, and the main reason I have something to blog about and post on here for you to enjoy and experience with me.

So, on that note, I’ll end my first post here and If you haven’t yet fallen asleep, then I’m assuming you’re sticking around for more. Please Let me know your comments and feel free to follow me on Instagram: thegentina .