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Bill Yao of Mk II Watches spends his time assembling, maintaining standards and testing the small runs of timepieces he produces from his company’s Pennsylvania workshop. He spends 8 hours or more on each watch, about 5 of which are devoted to quality control measures. Each angle is considered, flattened and beveled with intent. Dials are beautifully painted. Every detail and material is chosen with care. Yao is utterly uncompromising, and the results are superlative.

When a man cares that much about the watches he makes, you can be assured he wants you to take care of yours. While taking a look at Bill’s process, he offered three surprising tips for taking care of that nice watch of yours:

1. Watches and Laptops/Tablets Don’t Mix

Leaving a watch sitting on your laptop or tablet overnight exposes it to destructive electromagnetic influences that can seriously hurt its timing and accuracy. In fact, it’s a leading cause of repairs.

2.  Skip the Expensive Winder

That $300 winder might not be such a good investment. If your alternative to wearing a watch is keeping it on a winder, you’re just exposing it to continuous wear and tear. That means more servicing and more repairs.

3.  Be Careful Around the Shower

While Yao’s own Mk II has survived tours of Afghanistan and motorcycle trips (and motorcycle crashes), he’s seen tons of guys break a watch in just one drop on ceramic tile, generally while taking it off before a shower.

 

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A pocket square is a touch of old school class. It’s an element that casually lets people know you’re a gentleman. This knife from Gerber borrows its name from the humble pocket square because it too is sharp and dressy. Eschewing superfluous design elements for a sleek, clean appearance, the Gerber Pocket Square Knife is refined and mature. The machined aluminum handle is paired with a 3” drop point blade and an ambidextrous thumb lift for one stunning folder. If James Bond relied on a pocket knife, this would be it.