Welcome to my first post as part of my Catch Up Series. Over the past few months I’ve been working really closely with the fine gents at Time and Tide Watches and thought it would be a great idea to sit down with them all and get to know them a little bit better. Time and Tide is the go to source for the latest time piece news around the world, and have access to some amazing products and information. It’s been a real learning experience getting to know the brand and the guys too, of course. Andrew, Felix and Andy are three of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet, and it has been such a pleasure to talk all things fashion, style, horology, travel and everything else in-between. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the man in charge himself, Andrew McUtchen.
1. What was your most recent Carl Navè purchase and how do you like to wear it?
My grey three piece suit. What I like about Carl’s suits is that they give you a little room to wear them. You never get the feeling that they’re wearing you which can happen with a nicely fitted, tailored suit. That said you don’t lose shape or structure in the way it wears. This is also the first tailored three piece suit that I’ve ever had made and I’m surprised at how much I like the vest and the ‘complete’ effect it has as an ensemble especially when worn with a tie.
2. How would you describe your general style and what would do you wear on a daily basis?
I would say that I am generally an unfussy dresser who endeavours to get the basics right, but doesn’t always bother with the trimmings. A constant roster of events and meetings means the ‘business’ is usually the daily style though I like to make that as comfortable as possible with probably a touch of ruggedness as I’m often a two day stubble man and not one to primp a pocket square too hard.
3. Tell us about your role at Time & Tide Watches, and perhaps the most exciting thing that has happened in the last couple of months.
My role at Time+Tide is somewhere between CEO/writer/ideas guy and crazy creative that has to be reigned in by everybody else in the team. We run the business with an entrepreneurial mindset so this mix of volatile elements is actually quite functional when you surround yourself with people that can get shit done! The two most exciting things happening at the moment are that I have convinced everybody that a magazine is a good idea so we are launching our first edition later this year. I am a print guy and I believe in boutique publications so this is a return to what I know best. Secondly we are embarking on a major podcast with a network in America and Australia and I will get to work with Felix on a really significant piece of storytelling about the incredible story of mechanical wristwatches and why we still wear them.
4. Which timepiece do you like to pair with your Carl Navè suit and why?
I love to pair the H Moser & Cie pioneer and its midnight blue fumé dial with the grey CN suit because the grey somehow makes the blue dial pop. There is some kind of weird science happening there. the antelope strap which has a really suede-like tactility hits the mark as something less fussy and considered than patent leather. It’s actually quite a statement watch on the wrist and yet it is slim enough in case profile to slip under a cuff. however when it emerges it always gets attention, the dial is just crazy.
In the photo shoot below, Andrew wears a made to measure three-piece suit by yours truly. The cloth is from Italian mill Filarte and is a contemporary take of the classic Prince of Wales. A beautiful shade of grey with a subtle shadow check that allows Andrew to be versatile with his shirt and tie selection.
Stay tuned for the next two instalments of my catch ups with the gents from Time and Tide Watches.