When you hear the name Triumph in the United Kingdom, it inspires a certain vibe. Classic, iconic, unique, and cool.
The UK-based Triumph has been making motorcycles since the early 1900s, and today it’s the largest surviving British motorcycle manufacturer (second oldest in the world behind Royal Enfield). And in the United States, theirs are always the bikes people like to go head-to-head with Harley-Davidson.
Where Triumph has earned an edge recently is that it instills a sense of retro cool. Triumphs are ridden by celebrities and stars, ranging from Steve McQueen to Brad Pitt. Performance and design are what makes the bikes still feel special.
If You Can't Own The Bike, Wear The Accessories.
Since Triumph inspires loyalty and longevity, the company smartly began making a line of high quality clothing and accessories, including punched leather coats and the Triumph McQueen Special Edition jacket, inspired by its namesake movie legend.
McQueen famously took part in 1964’s International Six Days Enduro (ISDT), which was held in East Germany, and in which he rode a Triumph. The clothes are very cool. But it’s Triumph’s line of watches that has really caught my attention.
The styles are classic yet retro, and they have a very masculine feel. In choosing a gift, I went for the Triumph Motorcycles Men's 3036-01 Retrograde Collection Stainless Steel Watch because I found the combination of black and stainless steel (black/silvertone) striking.
The watch has a sturdy black leather strap with a buckle clasp, silver dial and subdial with black numerals and luminous hour and minute hands, date feature, and mineral crystal window. Swiss quartz movement and stainless steel case round out the particulars. It’s also water resistant to a depth of 165 feet.
Gift givers will appreciate the nice Triumph box that accompanies this timepiece, complete with warranty information and instructions. Add a black leather jacket and any biker or buyer with fashion sense will appreciate the adaptive quality of the leather.
Triumph Men’s 3036-01 Retrograde Roars To An 8.4 On The Liquid Hip Richter Scale.
The 3036-01 Retrograde is a quality timepiece. It delivers what Triumph has done so well since the 1900s. Just be careful: beware of knock-offs and replicas, which are cropping up on various watch-selling Websites and on eBay. They’re not worth the time of day, pun intended.