Michael Hockey Footwear - Lighten Up For the Summer

Summer is almost upon us, you want to ensure you standout in the crowd. Australian designer Michael Hockey is renowned for interpreting classic men's shoes into modern and original designs.  

Designer Michael Hockey is creating amazing shoes thanks to combining traditional shoe-making with fresh innovative designs.

Designer Michael Hockey is creating amazing shoes thanks to combining traditional shoe-making with fresh innovative designs.

Combining tradition fundamental shoe-making skills with fresh innovative designs, Michael Hockey footwear eschews the latest trends and re-imagines styles that last beyond a season. 

This summer's collection emphasizes on the concept of light. Like the summer sun the collection is 'crisp' and 'piercing'. Michael Hockey does not shy away from employing bold colors and designs. His designs are clean and modern, creating men's footwear that compliments and inspire the wearer.

Our Personal Shoppers at Baroque Access has selected a few styles from Michael Hockey's Spring/Summer 2014 Collection we know will look great.

Static

The static is Michael Hockey's fresh take on the classic loafer. The tromple l'oil detailing on the tongue and around the shoe opening give a subtle elegance to a comfortable slip on.

The Static Loafers is made of Goat skin and comes in Cobalt, Charcoal, Tan & White 

Gaffer

This contemporary sandal is a great look for the discerning man. Comfortable elastic wraps the foot and a robust side buckle combined with patent leather give the Gaffer a masculine confident appeal.

The Gaffer sandals is made from Patent Leather and Elastic and comes in Aqua, Charcoal, Dove, Violet and Indigo

Strobe

A unique designed dress shoe. Strobe looks as though the toe has been sliced off and fused with a different shoe. Michael Hockey's clever use of tonal color keeps it sophisticated and provides a modern look to the classic penny loafer. 

The Strobe is made from semi-patent and lizard and comes in Navy, Olive, Chocolate and Black.

Sunflare 

The butter soft goat leather upper moulds to your foot perfectly. With internal seams on all panels and no fuss sole and buckle fastening. The Sunflare is all about style and comfort for summer. 

The Sunflare is made from Goat skin and Tie dye and comes in Black & White, Cobalt, Aqua & White, Charcoal and Tan.

Refract

For the fashionable man in all of us. Wearing a pair of Refract will show people that you are in the know. Featuring a masculine T-bar style with ankle fastening and lizard leather toe straps giving it a minimalist look. The sole padded insole provides wearer of complete comfort. 

The Refract is made from Semi-Patent and Lizard and comes in Black, Chocolate, Navy and Olive.

To inquire more about Michael Hockey Footwear contact us at info@baroqueaccess.com

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Louis Moinet Meteoris Watches

There are Haute Timepieces and then there are HAUTE Timepieces. Louis Moinet Meteoris Watches most definitely belongs to the latter. The Louis Moinet Meteoris is a set of four tourbillion watches intricately handcrafted by master watchmakers at their historic workshop in St. Blaise, Switzerland.  

Teaming up with renowned meteorite hunter Luc Labenne each watch from the Meteoris collection has dials made from out-of-this-world materials, such as meteorite from Mars, Moon, an asteroid and an ancient meteor called ‘Rosetta Stone’.

Combining fundamental watchmaking techniques with creative art direction is what makes Louis Moinet the most exclusive and sought after brand around.

If there is anything on the blog that you are interested in, Contact Baroque Access.

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Baroque Time - Harry Winston Ocean Tourbillion Jumping Hour

The latest edition to Harry Winston’s Ocean Collection stands out for it’s unique design.

The watchmaker employed a new and innovative mechanical movement where it incorporated both a tourbillion and a jumping hour. The movement utilized 330 components and took in excess of 1500 man-hours to develop.

In most watches the tourbillion is typically located on the back of the movement plate, however with the Harry Winston Ocean Tourbillion Jumping Hour it is craftily suspended from two hand-cut steel bridge and positioned between two panes of sapphire glass, giving the impression it is floating in space with no mechanical connection. The tourbillion is in actual face driven by a wheel cleverly concealed by the minute track that circles the outer edge of the dial.

The dial is executed in black sapphire and reveals the hour through an opening at the 12 o’clock position. Unlike many jumping hour watches, the timepiece’s minute hand (the red arrow) is creatively designed so the view of the hour window is never obstructed.

The Harry Winston Ocean Tourbillion Jumping Hour has a frequency of 4Hz and a power reserve of 110 hours. The watch is available in a case of 18-karat white or rose gold either with 58 baguette-cut diamonds or without. All are on an alligator strap.

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Baroque Time - Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept GMT Tourbillion

The new Royal Oak Concept GMT pushes design and materials further than you'll see in your traditional Royal Oak.

Its most notable design aspect is its use of remarkably white ceramic material.

The Concept GMT Tourbillion for 2014 features a twin barrel, manually wound, completely in-house movement with tourbillion and GMT and a white ceramic upper plate. In addition the timepiece has bezel, crown and pushers.

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What's distinctly unique about this watch is that White Ceramic is nine times harder than steel and almost totally scratch-proof. It requires special diamond-tipped to cut. The 44mm case is made of titanium, which is then hardened by anodisation.

The latest Audemars Piguet Concept once again highlights their strength in materials engineering.

The Concept GMT is currently priced at $200,000

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Baroque Time - The Schofield Blacklamp Carbon

British Watchmakers Schofield are making a bit of a racket in the world of horology, unveiling the elegant Blacklamp Carbon. The Blacklamp Carbon is the first Schofield watch to say Made in England on the dial. 

The name and inspiration of the watch originates from an English lighthouse. Each of the limited edition mechanical watch can be personalized with the co-ordinates and name of the recipient’s favorite lighthouse.

The Blacklamp uses a propriety material called Morta. Morta is hand-laid carbon fiber that is formed into small billets. A single billet forms the Blacklamp watch case. Because of this manual process, every watch made is never the same. For illumination the Blacklamp uses a Tritium gas light that emits a constant low level glow, which is invisible during the day.

The Blacklamp Carbon measures a respectable 44mm x 15mm. These dimension was set to appeal to a broad market, including attracting female buyers. To power the Blacklamp Carbon, Schofield uses the Unitas ETA 6497-2. This manual winding caliber comprises 17 jewels and oscillates at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour. Functionally the Blacklamp inclueds hours, minutes, small seconds and a power reserve of 46 hours.

Production of the Blacklamp Carbon is limited to 101 watches and will be available in late December.

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De Corato Boutique - NYC's Guide to Italian Men's Style

De Corato Boutique (16 East 60th Street, New York, NY, 10022)                                              

It’s widely acknowledged that Italian men have a certain style that sets them apart from the rest. They carry themselves with an aura of self-confidence most men want to emulate.

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"We were raised from a young age to appreciate quality and design,” said Giuseppe de Corato, owner of De Corato Boutique. Mr. de Corato has made it his mission to help his client become deft at incorporating high style with everyday life. “I want my customers to put on a beautifully cut suit and have the confidence to wear it to board meetings, to parties at the Hamptons or even at a game at Yankees Stadium. “

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When meeting Mr. de Corato you will find that he is a clothier for men, a connoisseur and merchant of the finest Italian men’s clothing. At De Corato Boutique they source clothing from regions all over Italy. “Each region in Italy is famous for certain items,” Mr. de Corato explains, “Neapolitans are renowned for shirts and tailored clothing, and in northern Italy they produce the finest pants and outerwear.” By mixing products from different regions De Corato Boutique provides the best Italy has to offer.

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Mr de Corato’s guiding principle in suit making is “everything should fit”. A suit should be like your skin, following the contours of your body with exacting precision, allowing you to move freely and comfortably. The only thing that might make you feel uncomfortable will be the number of eyes that will be focused on you.

To arrange for a private appointment with Giuseppe and his team contact us at info@baroqueaccess.com.