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Everyday Carry: ’40s Television

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In 1941, the experimental age of television was officially over as the newly-established FCC granted permission for networks to begin commercial advertising. The first ad came in July of that year during a game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies. It reportedly cost less than $10, was paid for by Bulova Watches, and featured a voice announcing the time while the second hand ticked by on a clock shaped like a test pattern. However, the first electronic TV set existed in 1927. After that, early boxes were made from wood and often trimmed with brass or something similar. Today’s EDC layout celebrates the very early stages of television in the ‘40s and the iconic units on which it aired.

Bulova Wilton GMT

Bulova has been associated with style and elegance for nearly 150 years. The understated Wilton GMT is the latest in the Classic line, where the American-born brand reimagines and revives vintage watchmaking. The gold-colored stainless steel case outlines the cream dial with a raised world map, equipped with latitude and longitude lines. The four-hand GMT boasts an open caseback that displays the caliber 9075 automatic movement. Completing the aesthetic and complementing the colorway is a brown embossed leather strap with tone-on-tone stitching.

Purchase: $895

WESN The Samla

“Samla” means “gather” in Swedish. That’s why WESN blended traditional foraging know-how with modern knifemaking to craft the ultimate on-the-go food preparation blade. Scandinavian-inspired, the Samla is a friction-fold flat blade made from Sandvik 12c27 steel, which allows it to be plenty sharp enough to rip through even the toughest steak and brisket. 3.25” when closed, with a thumb flip on the back end, its rosewood handle is imbued with phosphor bronze washers for extra durability.

Purchase: $90

Ystudio Pen Case Classic

The Taiwan-based brand YSTUDIO is one of the leading purveyors of high-end stationery in the world with its oeuvre of beautiful pens and mechanical pencils, all made from brass so they can have both a comfortable heft when writing and longevity so you can pass these down to your grandchildren. Constructed from metal, along with walnut wood, this elegant pen case is made to be an heirloom piece that will develop a natural patina on both materials over time. At 7” long, it can hold several writing utensils.

Purchase: $122

Tom Ford Private Collection Tom N.16 Sunglasses

Since launching in 2005, Tom Ford has become a heavy-hitter in the world of fashion. Its top-of-the-line Private Collection of sunglasses is based on the very shades that the Texas-born designer wears in his everyday life. Italian-made, the aviator-style N.16 sports a gold-plated frame with classy authentic leather inserts surrounding gold photochromic lenses that are equipped with 100% UV protection. Both casual and grail-worthy, this pair won’t go unnoticed on anyone’s face.

Purchase: $1,520