Think of Father’s Day as an opportunity to indulge your dad with something he’s really going to want and like. It needn’t cost the Earth – none of these suggestions do – but it’s got to be cool and maybe fun, too, but most of all it’s got to show how much you love him by giving hours and hours of pleasure.
A left-field sensation at this year’s Baselworld was this retro- and military-style watch from Hamilton, with a hand-wound mechanical calibre by Swatch Group stablemate ETA, luminous hands and indexes, and a cool textile strap that goes with just about any casual look. As its 38mm case diameter, classic looks and understated functionality are certain to ring the right bells with dad, we reckon the Khaki Field Mechanical could well turn out to be his go-to weekend timekeeper.
Granted the patriarch’s musical taste probably ossified around the mid-1980s, but with the ultra-portable Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A1, you don’t have to listen to it! Encourage him instead to attach this robust speaker to his rucksack (see below), disappear into the wilderness, crank up the (considerable) volume and, with its crystal-clear 360-degree sound and an entire day’s battery life, rock his vintage playlists to his heart’s content and far from ears likely to be offended.
This cool, contemporary riff on the classic double-bridge aviator shades could hardly be more up your poppa’s street, whether he’s driving on the golf course or out on the expressway. They’re designed by LA-based Instagram star Jordan “Watts” Watson, come in five lens colours, and feature lightweight titanium frames with distinctive filigree patterns on the bridge, eyewire and temples. Who says girls don’t make passes at an old guy in glasses – even if he is your dad?
Whisky appreciation is a rite of passage your father went through years ago, but with thousands of single malts and blends to choose from it’s one that leads to a lifelong journey of discovery. So this Father’s Day, indulge his passion for usquebaugh with this trio of special-edition single malts from Scotland’s most northerly distillery, Highland Park on Orkney. Although each has its own unique notes and flavours, all three share the signature Orcadian tones of smoky peat.
They say 60 is the new 40, so as Dad approaches senior status, don’t be surprised if he’s out and about more than ever. Of course, while tramping through forests and over hills he’ll need something in which to carry his kit – which is where this limited-edition Tumi backpack in blue camo comes in extremely handy. Super practical as well as stylish, it’ll make your old man really stand out on the trails.
Alongside Milan, Naples and Rome in Italy, there’s no city with more influence on masculine style than London – and if you’re after a haircut or a shave while in the British capital there’s only really once place to go: the Newburgh Street barbershop of our old mate Brent Pankhurst. If the pater familias isn’t planning a visit to the smoke just yet, do the next best thing by treating him to the luxurious and extremely cool Pankhurst London Shaving Set, which comprises a sleek razor and brush, Shaving Cream, cooling Aftershave Ice Gel and a bottle of Brent’s invigorating Head-to-Toe Shampoo.