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ACCESSORIES AND APPAREL: Filson Mackinaw Field Chronograph

Filson Mackinaw Field ChronographWhen it comes to watches, “Made in the USA” doesn’t have quite the same cachet as it does for other products. Which is why it’s called Swiss time, not Detroit time. But Seattle-based clothier C.C. Filson is attempting to reset that clock with its new line of rugged watches. In partnership with sister company Shinola, known primarily for watches and leather goods, these “Made in the Motor City” timepieces are imminently Filson, with dozens of available cases, dial colors, and movements drawing inspiration from aviation, diving, exploration, and of course, hunting and fishing. The Mackinaw Field Chronograph ($850) is quintessential Filson, right down to the tin-cloth and bridle-leather strap with roller buckle. The brushed stainless steel case and hand-painted dark navy dial perfectly showcase Super-LumiNova hands, white numbers, and index marks. A screw-down crown and boilerplate back ensure water resistance to 20 ATM (660 feet).Three white subdials that display seconds, minutes, and hours enhance the watch’s sophisticated look. But this is no urban ornament to be kept in a drawer when you’re not at work. This watch is meant for the outdoors, and a little sweat and grime merely lend the bomber materials a rugged elegance, whether you’re crosscutting a board or serving on one.