IWC Mark XVI modification by Bartosz Gajec

IWC Mark XVI as sold in stores, standard OEM.

IWC Mark XVI Modified in PS.

IWC Mark XVI modified in PS to show different crown used usually in big IWC pilot watches. Original Mark XVI is a very simple yet elegant design, some almost could say that it is quite boring.

I was one of those people thinking that this watch is missing something, now when I own one I think that design balance is just right as I lost interest in big 'show off' pilot watches and coming back to the basics.

This of course didn't stop me from thinking how this 39mm size watch could look with a different 'cone' crown which I always admired on different IWC watch models. The result is shown on the second photo.

I have to admit that result is very satisfying for me so I am thinking to do this basic modification once I will source the crown. 

I will post photos of my watch modified in real once exercise is completed.

Casually Casual - Mac & Nike Pegasus 89 All Black by Bartosz Gajec

I have to admit that I rarely wear trainers in winter time. It is really hard to find a trainers to match well with coat or mac as it is a very thin line between looking cool and ridiculous - in my opinion at least.

I read once in some article that if you dress up then look at the mirror and think that it is possibility that you look ridiculous then there is a big chance that you look ridiculous! I use this motto personally as I am a fan of minimal yet sophisticated design, the one that you need to really focus to notice it. Not flashy, not 'I'm centre of the universe, look at me everyone' style!

I like Nike Pegasus 89 all black trainers as they or so versatile, so minimal that I could wear it easily with either mac, parka or even a winter coat. Simple all black upper on a white base, you can't go wrong with that set up!

Christmas Party Season - waistcoat, mustache and hat by Bartosz Gajec

As Christmas time officially kicks in with lot's of theme parties scheduled I thought I will share my yesterday's party outfit. I was growing beard for full 2 weeks which I shaved day before a party leaving Clark Gable's style mustache.

I teamed it with Christie's trilby hat, Uniqlo wool blazer, All Saints wool waistcoat, vintage Omega pocket watch on silver chain from 1911, All Saints skinny chinos and very rare Knapp black leather boots from 1940's which I sourced from US eBay.


Christie's is an traditional English hat manufacturer with long history of producing hat's for gentlemen, high quality and hand made.

Knapp was US working shoe manufacturer who bankrupt in 1980's but is one of my favorite shoe brands. I was lucky to source few pairs of new/old stock Knapp shoes and boots and I truly love them. Big bonus is that I am pretty sure that no one else own the same pair in London. 

All Saints you all are probably familiar with but to make sure it is a British brand which started in Spitalfields in London and now have stores around the world. I occasionally like their design, especially old pieces where they care about fit and quality. Now price tag raised and quality dropped, this is what happened when a brand go global.