First Impressions of Albert Hammond Jr.'s new line of suits

It was a long time coming—the news was announced back in August 2008—but Albert Hammond, Jr.'s suit line finally hits the racks at Confederacy today. Ilaria Urbinati, who co-owns the L.A. men's shop and worked with the sometime Stroke on the designs, calls the look "a good mix of old man, hunter, and seventies rock 'n' roll." It's not hard to see what she's getting at. The suits are tricked out with details galore (an oversize ticket pocket here, squared-off waistcoat there, suede trim wherever), all of which give the collection a vintage, slightly aristo air. And while there's a definite rock vibe, it's far from grungy—more gentleman troubadour (think Bryan Ferry) than woke-up-onstage frontman (we're not naming names). Clearly, the target customer is a guy who wears a suit because he wants to, not because he has to. That's certainly borne out by the color choices: Alongside gray and not-quite-navy are funkier options like hunter green, cream, and burgundy—although Hammond has already claimed one of those for himself. Since they've made only 44 suits in total, all you aspiring rocker-dandies have just 43 chances to do the same.

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Suits, $2,125 to $2,400, and trench, $1,250, available at Confederacy, 4661 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., (323) 913-3040, shopconfederacy.com

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A watch that'll give you the moon--plus a couple of beauties that settle for the time

Horology buffs tend to go nuts for grand complications, so you should expect to see plenty of paper bags and Epsom salts at today's Patrizzi & Co. auction in New York. On offer: a Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon, the most complicated Patek ever (pictured above, front and back). Its estimated sale price: $1.1-$1.3 million, for which you get 12 complications, from cathedral gongs (developed with help from the metallurgists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) to a celestial disc charting the sky and the visible stars of the Milky Way. Fortunately, there are a few more recession-friendly offerings available as well. Click for a few of our favorites in that (relatively affordable) category.

Sale (second session) begins at 2 p.m. E.S.T. at Patrizzi & Co., 595 Madison Ave., Suite 605, NYC, (646) 763-8880; bids can also be placed online at patrizziauction.com

Photo: Courtesy of Patrizzi & Co.
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