Mid life isn’t half bad

It is our nation’s 46th birthday and like men this age, it seems to be experiencing some sort of mid-life crisis. All of a sudden radical changes are made. A man’s mid-life crisis can manifest as the buying of a Ferrari and doing away with the old combover; wearing pop-colour shirts and revamping his life with what’s in his bank account. The national mid-life crisis has a changing of the guard in our government, reassessing our national priorities and re-writing Lady Gaga tunes. Fortunately, the latter idea was abandoned. I don’t believe anyone has ever thought popular culture and national pride could be best buddies.

We learn from mistakes. That’s what this issue ofAugust Man is dedicated to. Every day, we try new things, experiment with novel ideas, and while some of them may take off , what we gain in failure is no less valuable than what is profited in success. Our cover, Takeshi Kaneshiro, is someone who has constantly re-invented himself, not due to an identity crisis, but based on his past success and where it has led him. Forget his pop star crooner status, he is now a celebrity in his own right, a person who has come to terms with himself, spending his efforts on projects that matter to him. That, we suppose, is what separates the fleeting pop idol from the more iconoclastic term of ‘celebrity’ – experience.

Our intrepid features editor, Luann, together with writers Amelia and Norman, have also spent a significant amount of time trying to gain the perspectives of manhood from various ages, a concept that not only differs from age to age, but also individually. Experience has a way of imparting understanding and knowledge in vastly different ways to each person.

But enough rambling. August Man has also gone through a slight mid-life crisis of sorts, though our years are like dog-years. A magazine matures much faster than people, and now that our art director Jerald has completed refreshing the design of the magazine, we’re also embarking on a new challenge to find three gentlemen in our annual A-Listers competition that reflect the mindset, style and character of August Man.

We’ve also put together for the first time, a separate supplement on timepieces, which will hopefully be a bible for your horological purchases this year. Carefully curated by our deputy editor Celine, it offers a broad range of timepieces and thoroughly absorbing articles that will lead you into a greater passion for watches and the people behind them. Covering everything that has been going on in the horological industry this year, it offers a view of watchmaking from the insider’s perspective.

Looking back at the first issue of August Man that I was intimately involved in, and the magazine as it stands today, I have to say that we’ve come a very long way since five years ago, when we brought the idea of a witty, urbane and Singaporean men’s title to the public.

Age and experience have shaped this magazine in a way that no human hand alone can. There are dozens of quotes out there that speak about the past and the present. but I suggest you ignore all that philosophy, religion and literature have to say about these two things, and simply enjoy life as it comes. Enjoy your read.

Darren Ho

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