`Memoris by Louis Moinet: The Chronograph, Genius, and 200 Years

 
As I steadily climb the staircase of my 20s, only a few flights away from the next floor, I find myself really thinking about life. About living, creation, why we’re here and what we’re suppose to be doing. What is a life well-lived?

I’ve settled on the idea that it's doing what you love, to the best of your ability, and just accepting the beautiful journey of life. Louis Moinet, born 1768, seemed to have done just that, he did what he loved, and he did it masterfully… so that even 247 years after his birth he lives on. 
 

 
The Chronograph
Louis Moinet is the creator of the chronograph. A chron·o·graph / ˈkränəˌɡraf,ˈkrō-/ noun/ is an instrument for recording time with great accuracy. A stopwatch.

So essentially you can find him, Louis Moinet, on the wrist of every serious timepiece aficionado.  Not only that, but throughout the world of astronomy, aviation, deep sea diving, and he was even on the NASA Apollo missions when each astronaut was equipped with a fully functioning chronograph.

On wrist and pocket watches, the chronograph is a stopwatch function that uses sub dials to keep track of seconds, minutes, and hours. Chronograph watches have a long fancy history, dating back to King Louis XVIII of France who had one custom made to better time horse racing — one of his passions.  And since then, in these modern times, every major watchmaker has atleast one chronograph style watch in their collection. In fact, Memoris, the first chronograph watch in history was created by, of course, Louis Moinet in 1816.

 
The Journey to Genius
Genius is a word that came to mind as I began to do my research on Louis Moinet. And so I thought to myself – how does one cultivate a life so rich, in whatever capacity, that genius is created? Steve Jobs genius may have been a cumulation of a Californian bohemian lifestyle mixed with the side effects of your two best friends being engineers. Tupac Shakurs genius may be directly related to having parents who were active members of the Black Panther Party mixed with being in an environment full of raw creativity and artistry. Genius takes many forms, and the world gives it out generously for those comfortable with taking a journey.
 
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Urban Gentleman Music: Calling All Bands.

Got Music? Well, let's talk….

The Urban Gentleman Summer Feature, here. 

TUG Family —  if you're a musician (singer, rapper, guitarist, etc) basically if you have music, a band, or friends with music (all genres) that you wouldn't mind being featured in Urban Gent videos please submit to info@theurbangent.com

MUSIC TYPES: We're looking for ALL types of music but for immediate use bands/music favoring/sounding similar to Cee-Lo Green, Two Door Cinema Club, Outkast, Mumford & Sons, Skrillex, Diplo, Nico & Vinz, Future, James Brown, Bob Marley, Iyanya, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, Post Malone, Drake, Vampire Weekend, general 60s/70s vibes, and general Atlanta vibes. 

 

New Jamaica Vibes + Round Frames.

For the past week, I've been jamming to the tunes of fellow yardie – Proteje. And I must say it's been quite refreshing. We all love Bob Marley, but I had been wondering when another artist would come along and offer a modern alternative. I did a little digging and learned that, "there's an exciting resurgence of conscious, organic music in Jamaica" and artist like Protoje are leading the pack. It's a Reggae Revival. Stay Tuned for our Protoje interview. 

 

 

ROUND / CIRCLE FRAMES

If you have't already you gotta get a pair of round frame sunglasses. They're going to be important for the next several seasons, so you might as well get a pair a now. Maybe you've been thinking about it, but have decided to hold on to your aviator or wayfarer styles. I dig that, but round frames gives most looks a smart stylishness… add atleast one pair. Check out our selections below ranging from $18 – $815 (a pair for all budgets):

Sweater Weather.

It's almost sweater weather, so that got my thinking about one of my favorite sweaters (above).  Initially featured back in 2011… since then a couple of designers have made some scenic sweaters, but few, if any, as great as this.

Fell in the Sun.

It's starting to get a little chilly out there, so our wardrobes are undergoing slight modifications. One item that luckily doesn't have to be packed away from season to season are sunglasses… shades… sunnies – whatever they call them in your part of the world. Browse a few of our top pics below, as you listen to "Fell in the SUn" by Big Grams. 

$50 and Under

 

$100 and Under

 

$100++

Taariq Tut sporting Smoke X Mirror "Golden Brown" Sunglasses

See the entire Early Fall 2015 LookBook, here.

Suited.

Throwback to our MadMan x Banana Republic x The Urban Gentleman Feature. 

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