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    Best Cufflinks to Match with Your Luxury Watches: A Comprehensive Guide

    Cufflinks serve more purpose than we give them credit for. More than just tiny adornments on a man’s cuffs, these accessories can — in fact — make or break a whole ensemble. Every well-dressed man knows that there’s always a good reason to add a new pair of cufflinks to his collection.  He should also know that there are more ways than one to wear cufflinks. After all, even the most expensive cufflinks won’t do any good if they’re worn inappropriately. It’s not rocket science to wear one, but it sure takes some sartorial experience to get it right.   Photo from Cartier Watches and Cufflinks Cufflinks, as the name suggests, are worn on the cuffs of a shirt’s sleeves. And so given their position, as a rule of thumb, cufflinks mostly match with a man’s watch. If he wears a gold watch, he’s more likely to wear a pair of gold cufflinks. Given that opportunity, a lot of high-end watch brands such as Omega, Patek Philippe, and Cartier produce their own cufflinks. These cufflinks are meant to complement a watch model or collection. The design of the cufflinks either directly attributes to the watch’s signature design or the brand’s overall look. For instance, you can pair your Omega Seamaster with a Seamaster cufflink, but you can also pick out a symbol cufflink that would match your timepiece just as perfectly. At the end of the day, cufflinks function to complete a look and make it cohesive. Cufflinks are style accessories so its prices vary like any item in this category. Given that luxury brands produce their own cufflinks, the prices of these items can be on the more expensive side of the range. But that doesn’t mean cufflinks are only for the rich and wealthy. In fact, affordable cufflinks dominate the market more than luxury cufflinks. But that, of course, doesn’t assure the same quality that luxury cufflinks offer. From Aristocratic to Modern Man The use of cufflinks dates back some 800 years ago. Today, they’re a part of every gentleman’s wardrobe basics alongside a nice watch or a fresh pair of socks. As small as they seem, cufflinks can actually set the tone for a man’s style preferences. What most people believe is unnecessary makes a huge difference when worn. Traditionally, cufflinks are aristocratic accessories. As time progresses and economic climates change, more and more people start to use cufflinks. Today, men from all walks of life can own a pair of cufflinks. From a black-tie event to a casual day out, cufflinks serve more purpose today than in the olden times. Photo from Reddit Wear Your Style on Your Sleeves Cufflinks — as tiny as they are — are big on helping men upgrade their sense of style. The great thing about cufflinks is that they work well on any occasion. These days, even casual day-to-day can be a reason to wear a good-old cufflink. Basically, any occasion where you can wear a shirt with double cuffs or “French” cuffs as they call it (the ones without buttons) calls for a nice pair of cufflinks. There are a few traditional ways to wear cufflinks. One of which is called a “kissing” position, which means the cuffs are pulled with the interior side together before being linked through the aligned cuff holes. This more traditional means of wearing cufflinks are mostly perfect for black-tie events. Another is called “barrel” style. You can wear it with the cuffs overlapping each other. The sleek finish of this look makes it perfect for a more business or casual look. Cufflinks, especially the ones from luxury brands, leave a good impression to the people who take notice of them. They’re often a statement piece that completes a dressy attire. Not to mention, men identify with certain designs or brands that make them stand out. And wearing a luxury brand is one way to do it. So without further ado, here are our top 10 recommended luxury watch brands that offer matching, equally iconic cufflinks. Top 10 Best Cufflinks to Match with Your Luxury Watches 1. Patek Philippe Nautilus Watches & Cufflinks Founded in 1839, there’s no denying that Patek Philippe is an institution in itself.  The company has a long history of ownership but the Stern Family took over the company’s management in 1932. During the Great Depression, Charles Stern and Jean Stern acquired the company from being a loyal business partner that supplied Patek Philippe with watch dials. To this day, the fourth generation Sterns run the company. Patek Philippe Nautilus REF 5711/1A-010 & Nautilus cufflinks with black-blue sapphire in 18K white gold  Patek Philippe’s foundation mostly revolves around family and the value of an heirloom. Just as their popular motto says, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” What makes Patek Philippe’s line of watches unique is the fact that these are items that resonate with the brand’s persona and ultimately through every gentleman and the future generations that come after them. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5980R-001 & Nautilus cufflinks with 32 baguette diamonds in 18K rose gold  It only made sense when the brand expanded its catalogue to various jewellery and accessories. Today, the brand boasts a perfectly curated line of products that perfectly matches its watch collections, particularly the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Aquanaut, and Calatrava. The catalogue now includes luxury items such as cufflinks, rings, money clips, and a whole lot more. Easily, Patek Philippe’s cufflinks made it to our list. Each of its cufflink pairs goes well with a certain watch model. Patek Phillipe Nautilus Ref. 7118/1A-010 & Nautilus cufflinks with silver-white sapphire crystal in 18K white gold  Whether you already have a Patek Philippe watch or not, it shouldn’t be that hard to pick from their collection of cufflinks. It’s straightforward and easy to pair. The brand’s cufflink designs take heavy inspiration from the watches themselves. And our favourite among the brand’s line of cufflinks and watches, the Patek Philippe Nautilus watch and cufflinks that go perfectly well with each other. Indeed, they’re as simple as they’re elegant. 2. Rolex Watches & Vintage Cufflinks The well-known brand Rolex has been every man’s go-to grail watch brand. Owning a Rolex equates with the financial stability of a man, given that their watches range from five to six digits at best. Established in 1905, Rolex’s story began in London, England. However, because of the First World War, they decided to move their operation to Geneva, Switzerland. Since then, the company has been headquartered there. With the brand’s motto, “A crown for every achievement,” it’s easy to equate the brand with milestone gifts whether to one’s self or other people. Rolex Day-Date watch & Vintage Rolex gold President Link cufflinks  Rumour has it that Rolex sold cufflinks in the 1990s. But take this with a grain of salt. This is unconfirmed by anyone from Rolex, and to this day can’t be proven true. However, watch enthusiasts confirm that Rolex did have cufflinks but not officially sold separately by the brand. Perhaps they’re sold by a different authorised dealer or came in the package with a watch. That’s the reason you can still buy supposedly genuine Rolex cufflinks online through resellers or collectors. But sometimes finding a pair for yourself can be quite a daunting task. Rolex Submariner watch & Vintage Rolex gold President Link cufflinks with onyx  Firstly, there are a lot of counterfeits in the market today not only for their watches but also for their cufflinks. If spotting a fake Rolex comes easy for you then you’re in luck because you’ll probably spot a fake Rolex cufflink anywhere. Secondly, a lot of knockoffs also flock the modern-day market for Rolex cufflinks. They may not name if after the brand but they sure carry heavy resemblance with the iconic crown logo. In other occasions, they brand the cufflinks as “Rolex-inspired” to avoid a multi-million-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit. According to forum discussions, legitimate Rolex cufflinks come in President design links. So, if you see a crown logo-inspired cufflink out there, better seek for expert advice regarding its authenticity. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch & Vintage Rolex gold President Link cufflinks  With that said, it’s easier to pair Rolex watches — including the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Rolex Day-Date, or even the Rolex Submariner —  with a respective cufflink. Since most authentic Rolex cufflinks appear to come in gold, we have the above-suggested model and cufflink pairings to try. 3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watches & Cufflinks Audemars Piguet started as a project between two childhood friends, Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet. While their story started in 1875, the company Audemars Piguet & Cie was not officially founded until 1881 in Le Brassus, Switzerland. The two had experience in watchmaking as Audemars began his career developing movements for brands like Tiffany & Co. Meanwhile, Piguet worked on the regulation of watch movements. By dividing the workload, the two met with great success. To this day, the company’s being run by the family of its owners with its fourth-generation leaders coming from the Audemars family. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph watch in pink gold & Audemars Piguet Royal Oak gold cufflinks  When a lot of manufacturers were crippled by the Quartz Crisis in the late 1960s to the early 1980s, the company found ways to shake the industry. At a time when watches were dainty and made of gold, Audemars Piguet commissioned designer Gérald Genta to design an unprecedented steel watch. Overnight, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was born. It was officially launched a year after Genta presented his now-iconic octagonal design with hexagonal screws, all made of steel. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch in stainless steel & Audemars Piguet Royal Oak stainless steel cufflinks  Unlike Rolex, Audemars Piguet did sell official cufflinks that match the brand’s iconic Royal Oak watches. Defined by the iconic octagonal shape and exposed hexagonal screws, these cufflinks perfectly embody the Royal Oak’s best traits. They also come with the classic “tapisserie” pattern. Just by the looks of it, they’re undeniably the best accessory to accompany your Royal Oak with. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding watch & Audemars Piguet Royal Oak stainless steel cufflinks  These cufflinks can be bought online through resellers or via an auction. But with the popularity of these cufflinks alongside their watch counterpart, it’s easy to stumble upon counterfeit or knockoff cufflinks. So, make sure you’re looking at an authentic Royal Oak cufflink first before proceeding with your purchase. It wouldn’t hurt to ask your seller or to ask an expert. 4. Hublot Big Bang Watches & Cufflinks In 1980, Carlo Crocco founded Hublot. Crocco mostly oversaw the business’ design aspect so he had to hire someone else to lead the company for him. So, in May 2004,  Jean-Claude Biver, then president of Swatch Group’s Omega division took the CEO position at Hublot. The brand saw huge success as they expanded all over Europe, starting with a  mono-brand store in Paris. Soon enough, the company was already conquering the United States as well. Today, Hublot is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the storied fashion house, LVMH. The brand functions alongside LVMH brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Givenchy and more. Hublot Big Bang Unico watch in King Gold & Fendi gold cufflinks  With the brand attached to other fashion houses such as the ones mentioned above, it’s not hard to imagine the brand with accessories to boot. Not only do they get heavy design perspectives from their own watch collection but they also get notable contributions from their sister company’s collections. In an attempt to mix and match Hublot watches with other LVMH branded cufflinks, let’s focus on the iconic Hublot Big Bang watch collection. Hublot Big Bang Unico watch in Magic Gold & Givenchy brass cufflinks  There’s no denying that the Hublot Big Bang watch makes a case for a unique timepiece. While its design heavily takes on Genta’s Royal Oak (as with his very own Nautilus), this timepiece is still considered to be unique in its own right. Hublot Big Bang Unico watch in stainless steel and diamonds & Louis Vuitton cufflinks  It’s not hard to love the Hublot Big Bang especially with the mix and match of materials that make up the watch. And what better way to mix and match your Big Bang than with various LVMH cufflinks. These cufflinks come from brands under the LVMH group that most fans of the brand patronise themselves. 5. Panerai Watches & Logo Cufflinks Panerai, unlike the previous entries on our list, doesn’t come from Switzerland. The Italian watch manufacturer, however, is a  wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss luxury good company Richemont. The humble beginnings of the shop started in 1860 in Florence, Italy. Giovanni Panerai’s small beginnings grew to become the official supplier of the Royal Italian Navy. From there, the company’s business grew and today we know the brand as one of the top luxury watch brands for men. Panerai Luminor 1950 watch & Panerai Logo cufflinks  It’s unclear whether or not Panerai released their own cufflinks, but a bunch of Panerai logo cufflinks flock the Internet. Some watch aficionados swear they’re authentic while others are unsure. Nevertheless, the cufflinks we’re going to mention here are Panerai Logo cufflinks that go well with any of the brand’s watches, particularly the Panerai Luminor and Panerai Radiomir. Panerai Radiomir watch & Panerai Logo cufflinks  The great thing about these cufflinks is that they’re made of stainless steel so they’re easily paired with just about anything. You can pick a Panerai watch from your collection and go on with the very same cufflinks. Not to mention, Panerai actually has a really interesting logo. It’s unique not only to the brand but to the industry as well. Check out the pairings above we prepared for you. 6. Tudor Watches & Designer Cufflinks Tudor is Rolex’s answer to the demand for more affordable Swiss timepieces. Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf founded the brand in Geneva, Switzerland, where Rolex is also headquartered. Wilsdorf wanted to provide people with an alternative to the extravagant prices of Rolex. The reasonably-priced watches from Tudor take great inspiration from its parent company, Rolex, that’s why you’ll find a lot of similarities between the two brands. Tudor specialises in sports watches and professional divers, such as the Tudor Pelagos and Tudor Heritage Black Bay, which are almost at par with Rolex’s reliability. Tudor Pelagos watch and & Tateossian cufflinks  Tudor boasts its own line of watches that perfectly match with any occasion. Given that the brand takes heavy inspiration from Rolex’s design signature, a quick take on the watches can be an easy way to mistake it for an expensive grail watch. But that’s not to say that Tudor watches don’t carry a design DNA of its own. In fact, Tudor focuses more on function rather than form and skips the grandeur to focus on reliability and durability of its watches. Say for instance the Tudor Pelagos watch collection comes with titanium cases and bezels that are lightweight yet durable. They also come with ceramic dials. With the company’s watches as appealing as these, pairing them with a cufflink should be an easy task. Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch & Salvatore Ferragamo cufflinks  Just like its parent company, Rolex, Tudor didn’t seem to have released any cufflinks at all to match its watches. However, finding a cufflink for this brand comes easy with various luxury brands available online. 7. IWC Watches & Crown Cufflinks IWC is an American watch brand with a heart for Swiss watchmaking. The history of the brand is quite an adventure, especially for its founder Florentine Ariosto Jones. From his hometown in Boston, Jones travelled to Europe and later explored the excellence of Swiss watchmaking technology. After the brand realised the power of hydroelectric factories, IWC grew to become the watch manufacturer we know today — famous for its collections such as the IWC Ingenieur, IWC Portofino, and IWC Aquatimer, among others. IWC Ingenieur Chronograph watch & IWC titanium Crown cufflinks  IWC crafted their own cufflinks for the people who adored the IWC Pilot watches. The company developed watches that are inspired by the conical crown of the Big Pilot’s Watch that is considered to be the most recognisable trait of the timepiece. Large crowns are not new when it comes to aviation watches given that pilots need a big crown to grab on with their padded gloves. IWC Portofino Moonphase watch & IWC gold Crown cufflinks  The cufflinks, aptly nicknamed Crown cufflinks, are manufactured in Schaffhausen and are perfect not only for pilots but also for other professionals. The IWC cufflinks come in either stainless steel, 18K 5N gold, or titanium. 8. Omega Watches & Omegamania Cufflinks Omega is one of the oldest Swiss manufacturers. Founded in 1848, the brand was then known as La Generale Watch Co., headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Founder Louis Brandt started out by assembling key-wound pocket watches with parts supplied by local craftsmen. From there, the company grew to be the brand we know and love today. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial watch & Omegamania cufflinks  The company has been undisputedly running despite all the economic and industrial crises it faced. Even the Quartz Crisis was no match to the company. To further prove the company’s prestige, they were also chosen by NASA to equip Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin with watches in the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar mission. This is just one of the many achievements the company boasts. Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial watch & Omegamania cufflinks  Omega has been providing cufflinks that complement its watch collections, including the Omega Constellation, Omega De Ville, and Omega Seamaster, to name a few. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch  & Omegamania cufflinks  Omega provides luxury cufflinks that make for such a powerful styling accessory. However, if you do have a few Omega watches in your collection, it’s just right to find a cufflink that can be easily paired with any of them. And Omega, of course, has an answer to it: the Omegamania cufflink collection. These timepieces are detailed with the brand’s iconic logo or are detailed with a brushed centre. 9. Jaeger-LeCoultre Watches & Logo Cufflinks To encapsulate almost two centuries of horological excellence is almost impossible especially when it’s about Jaeger-LeCoultre. The brand’s history dates back to 1559 when Antoine LeCoultre began crafting timepieces in the small town of Le Sentier, Switzerland. However, the company was only officially established in 1833. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-thin watch & Jaeger-LeCoultre Logo cufflinks  From pocket watches, the brand, like any other, grew to manufacture wristwatches. From there, the brand’s artistic take on timepieces became a favourite not only in Europe but all around the world. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds watch & Jaeger-LeCoultre Logo cufflinks  Jaeger-LeCoultre doesn’t sell cufflinks separately. Most collectors and resellers get the Jaeger-LeCoultre cufflinks as part of a package with the brand’s timepieces, particularly from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso and Jaeger-LeCoultre Master collections. A lot of them are also Logo cufflinks. There are various limited-edition cufflinks available in the market today through online resellers. To verify the cufflinks’ authenticity, it’s best to consult an expert. 10. Cartier Watches & Cufflinks Cartier is a storied fashion house and one of the oldest ones that to this day, people look up to. They design and manufacture jewellery and watches from their headquarters in France. Just like Panerai, Cartier is a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Founded in 1847, Louis-François Cartier took over a workshop from his master Adolphe Picard. Cartier Santos de Cartier watch in steel & Cartier Santos de Cartier cufflinks  Cartier has provided the watchmaking industry with truly revolutionary watches such as the Santos de Cartier, which Louis Cartier made for his dear aviator friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. The company continued to grow and soon enough, they’re all over the world worn by the most storied names in fashion. The brand was recently featured in the movie Ocean’s 8 as the manufacturer of a precious diamond necklace called the Toussaint. The necklace exists in real life. Cartier Santos de Cartier watch in leather & Cartier Santos de Cartier cufflinks  Cartier’s Santos de Cartier watch is so iconic it deserves its own collection of cufflinks. And being a brand with expertise on jewellery, the brand didn’t fall short in designing the Santos de Cartier cufflinks. While inspired by the watches themselves, the distinction also remains recognisable. How to Pick the Right Cufflinks Picking the right cufflinks doesn’t have to be a difficult task. While we’ve provided you with a rich list of cufflink and watch pairings, you might still get confused along the way. At the end of the day, picking the right cufflinks falls with your personal style preferences and personality. If you’re not one to wear extravagant designs, a more minimal choice of cufflink would be perfect for you. On the other hand, there are a lot of more eccentric designs of cufflinks on the market today. There are even novelty cufflinks if you appreciate those types of designs. How to Put on a Cufflink To put on a cufflink, make sure you’re wearing a French cuff shirt. These types of shirts have no buttons on the cuff. Instead, it has two holes that would align with each other. That said, do the following steps to easily put on a cufflink. To put them on in a “kissing” position: Fold back the cuff of your shirt. Pull the cuffs together away from the wrist, with the interior side against each other. Align the cuff holes together. Insert and lock the cufflink in position Meanwhile, if you want to put the cufflinks on in a “barrel” position, all you have to do is to overlap the cuffs with one interior side against one exterior side. Secure the cufflinks and voila! You’re all set. Various cufflinks have different means of securing them in place. Identify your cufflink type before looking up how to secure them. We promise it’s not that hard of a task. In no time, you’ll be wearing cufflinks so swiftly like the gentleman you’ve always wanted to be. When to Use Cufflinks Cufflinks are traditionally used in formal occasions as well as business events. Semi-formal events don’t require cufflinks but they surely add a certain flair to your ensemble if worn. However, more and more men wear cufflinks in a casual setting. They can be worn not only on shirts but also on jackets. Quirky cufflinks can be perfectly paired with sports or leather jackets of your choice. Pricing of Cufflinks As aforementioned, cufflinks’ prices differ in range by a huge margin. Cheap cufflinks can cost from a dollar to five digits. But that’s not to say that these items only have the brand name to boost their prices. The best cufflinks are made of the finest materials. Most of the time, this alone makes a huge price difference. Cufflinks can be made from materials as simple as stainless steel or as expensive as gold. Not to mention, these cufflinks also have detailings that require various gemstones of sorts. To set an example, Cartier’s Juste Un Clou cufflinks made of white gold with diamonds cost 30,500 USD. The cheapest cufflink from the brand is a Santos de Cartier cufflink in sterling silver sits at 335 USD. Mid-tier less than 100 USD are also available online. These cufflinks often have enough quality to last you many occasions with proper care and maintenance. A Men’s Fashion Must-Have Cufflinks make a huge difference in any man’s ensemble. They complete the look and make it more coherent. While there are a bunch of means to choose your cufflinks, matching them with your watch is a perfect choice given its proximity from the timepiece. After all, watches are not just accessories. They serve a function and may as well be a conversation piece. A unique cufflink can go a long way when it comes to making your look stand out from the crowd. Depending on the occasion, a cufflink, indeed, ups the fashion ante. Every man has a unique sense of style, so you’ll surely be unique with any cufflink of your choice. If you happen to choose a pair of luxury cufflinks, chances are they will be unique to you and you alone. After all, not everyone can afford these luxury accessories. But one thing’s for sure, if you can afford an Omega Speedmaster, then you can most definitely afford a Speedmaster cufflink. Featured photo courtesy of Omega on Twitter

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    A lot of fitness coaches will say that if you’re serious about improving your physical fitness, it is necessary to track your progress and count your calories. This is especially true if you have a time limit for reaching your goal. These tasks may be tedious to do, but thankfully, fitness watches — such as the Suunto 9 and Casio G-Shock — are here to solve that problem. Simply put, these fitness trackers are like digital coaches on your wrist. They keep track of the calories you’ve burned, your heart rate, and even count the steps you’ve taken. In fact, depending on the model, some sports watches give out motivational quotes for you to keep on going when the workouts get tough. That being said, having a fitness watch is a great tool to maximise your workout routine. Photo by Karolina Grabowska from PexelsWhat to Look for in a Fitness Watch Before swiping that credit card for that new fitness tracker, ask yourself first if it’s the perfect fitness watch for you. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for the best fitness watches for your physical fitness goals. Design A lot of people overlook this factor when deciding on a watch. Apart from the features, it is also important to like how your watch looks. If you’re not feeling the aesthetic of a watch, chances are you won’t wear it despite its high-tech functions. Conversely, if you get a watch that you can’t stop looking at, it can act as a motivation for you to get off that couch and exercise.  Reliability and accuracy When it comes to sports and fitness, reliable timing is important. A few instances are when you have to count your calories or when you have to time a sprint for practice. There are a few times when miscalculating can lead to undesirable results. To make sure your fitness tracker is accurate, take note of which movement it is using. There are a lot of sources on the Internet where they state the accuracy rating of the calibre. Photo by mali maeder from PexelsWater resistance Even if you’re not a swimmer, water-resistance rating is important in sports watches. There may be times when you can get caught in the rain while jogging or cycling in an open road. Apart from that, the watch also has to be resistant enough to combat excessive sweating. For those kinds of conditions, a water resistance rating of 50m is sufficient. However, if you’re more on water-based activities, a higher rating should be considered. Particularly, you should get watches with a rating of at least 100m. A good example is the Seiko Prospex with a solid 200m water resistance. Smart features Perhaps the most important question to ask is “does it have what I need?” Indeed, a fitness watch might have all the cool tech, but it be useless to you if it doesn’t have the one thing you want. To make things easier, list down all your fitness goals. Compare it with the specs of the watch and see if it fits all of your needs. A few basic things to look out for are a stopwatch, heart monitor, fitness tracker, and a sleep monitor. These are the most common things that you will need to get your physical fitness goals on track. Price Like mechanical timepieces, the price of sports watches can range from under $100 to above $1000. With that said, it is important to set a budget and stick to it. Prioritise all your must-have features if you have a limited budget. We suggest estimating the ratio of performance to price so you can get the most value from the fitness watch. Image by skeeze from PixabayDurability Last but not least, you have to consider the durability of the watch. It is a given that while exercising, your watch will be subject to harsh conditions. If you love exercising outdoors (e.g. cycling, trekking), you should get a watch that has a scratch-resistant dial, such as the TAG Heuer Connected Modular with scratch-proof sapphire crystal, as there’s a chance you will accidentally scratch it against a rough surface. Do remember that you can get more value from your watch the longer it survives. Apart from that, you wouldn’t want to lose important features in the middle of a workout. Useful Fitness Apps and Features You May Need The perfect fitness watch varies from person to person. What the other person needs may be different from yours. With that in mind, here are a few useful fitness apps or features that you should take note of when researching about the best fitness watches. Image by Apichit Yutithammanurak from PixabayHeart rate monitor A heart rate monitor is one of the most important features of a fitness tracker. In fact, a lot of data can be derived from this number. With it, you can calculate if you’re in the ‘fat burning’ zone. Apart from that, knowing your heart rate also gives you a more accurate count of calories burned. Furthermore, this feature will also let you know if you’ve been overworking yourself. Some watches allow you to set an alarm in case you go over your limit to help keep you safe. Steps tracker As its name suggests, a steps tracker counts all the steps you’ve taken for the day. This is one of the most basic features a fitness tracker should have. It is extremely useful as a lot of people use walking as a way to exercise due to its convenience and effectiveness. Sleep tracker Getting enough rest or sleep is necessary to meet your physical fitness goals. A watch with a sleep tracker, such as the Suunto 3, lets you know how much sleep you’ve been getting. If your sleep tracker is more advanced, it can even analyse your snooze and break it down into a chart that shows your deep sleep, REM, and light sleep. This lets you figure out which habits to improve on when it comes to recovering from a training session. Image by Ian Wakefield from PixabayStopwatch Many exercise routines are time-sensitive. For instance, HIIT requires participants to do intensive exercise and rest for a particular number of seconds. Apart from that, a stopwatch is also used when testing your abilities like balance and endurance. Activities log Having an activities log is useful when you want to be meticulous about tracking your progress. This feature allows you to view all the data you’ve gathered from previous days. A few of that information are the calories burned, steps made, and even your sleeping patterns. This feature can let you pin-point where you started making progress and when to increase the intensity of your workouts. Learn How to Get Into the ‘Fat Burning’ Zone Sometimes, burning fat is not just as simple as sweating. If you want to take your fitness to the next level, you also have to measure the intensity of the exercises. In other words, you have to get into the ‘fat burning’ zone. Getting into the fat burning zone is a way to maximise your weight loss and physical fitness.  Why do you burn more when you’re in the fat burning zone? When working out, you get into one of the four different heart rate zones depending on your intensity. These zones determine where your body will get the energy from (e.g. sugar, basic carbohydrates, fat). And this often affects the number of calories you burn from a workout session. Here are some of the steps to take if you want to get as much as you can from your exercise routine. Image by tomwieden from Pixabay1. Find your maximum heart rate. The first thing to do is to calculate your maximum heart rate. A lot of fitness trackers can calculate this for you. But if you do not have a fitness watch or a heart rate monitor, the formula to getting it is quite simple. You only have to subtract your age from 220. So for example, you’re currently 30 years old. If you subtract 30 from 220, you get 190 which is your estimated maximum heart rate. Easy peasy right? Take note of this number as it is the average maximum number of times that your heart should beat per minute when exercising. You should also remember that going above your maximum heart rate for long periods of time can be dangerous for your health. 2. Find out your sweet spot. Now that you know your maximum heart rate, the next step is to find your sweet spot or your ‘fat burning’ zone. Take note that this varies per person as it is dependent on your maximum heart rate. With that said, the fat burning zone is around 70% of your MHR. But if you want something more specific, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying in the range of 64% to 76% of your maximum heart rate. Again, using a heart rate monitor or fitness tracker will be a lot more convenient in determining whether you’re staying in the zone. But if you do not have one of those, you can use what fitness enthusiasts call the “talk test”. A way to estimate if you’re in the fat burning zone is when you are slightly out of breath but can still hold a conversation.  Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay3. Choose a workout that suits you. Finding the best workout for you depends on a lot of things. One of the most important things to consider is your fitness level. For example, if you bike regularly, then chances are you’re already used to that workout. Thus, you have to pedal more intensely than someone who is just starting out. Here are a few example workouts that can help you reach the fat burning zone: Cycling under a speed of 15 km/hour Brisk walking Water aerobics Slow, long-distance jogging Ballroom dancing Remember that there is no one way to break a sweat and we all have our different ways to workout. Some sports may be more boring to you than others and that’s okay. The most important thing is to choose the workout routine that is the most convenient for you and most importantly, the most fun!  10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals More than just a fitness ally, however, you want your fitness watch to look great and feel good. You want something that will not only help you with your physical fitness journey but also you can wear fashionably outside of the gym. Here are 10 of our recommended best fitness watches you should check out. 1. Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Lime  If your workouts can get intense at times, look at the Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Lime. One of the robust watches from Suunto, this sports watch is built to last. Among the key features of this fitness watch is its long-lasting battery. The Suunto 9 can deliver up to 120 hours of recording time with GPS tracking on. With that said, you don’t have to worry about running out of battery when you’re out for a long-distance run. You will also appreciate the built-in weather function that will alert you if there’s an incoming storm. This allows you to set a more feasible outdoor workout schedule in advance. Apart from that, it uses Suunto’s own FusedTrack algorithm to improve the accuracy of calculating track and distance. Meanwhile, its training functions include heart rate, training recovery, and training load. It also has various dedicated sports modes to better calculate your heart rate when working out. Whether you’re a swimmer or a cyclist, you will appreciate the technology of the Suunto 9. It will serve as an excellent alternative to a coach as it has almost everything you need to keep track of your workouts. 2. Seiko Prospex Land Fieldmaster If you’re looking for reliable watches, Seiko should be on top of your list. Particularly the Seiko Prospex Land Fieldmaster. With its rugged exterior, this digital watch is made to handle harsh environments that you might send its way. Like any other fitness tracker, the Seiko Prospex has the basic timing features that you will need while running or even cycling. It has a stopwatch that can even show you the elapsed time. Apart from that, it has a diving bezel that can act as a timer. Speaking of water activities, this is where the watch truly shines. While it doesn’t have an ISO 6425 certification, it has a water resistance rating of 200m. That means you can use it to swim laps at the pool or even use it while jet skiing. Overall, this watch is more than capable of being your triathlon companion. Apart from the basic timing features and water resistance rating, it is indestructible. Thanks to its silicone rubber strap and rugged case, you wouldn’t have to worry about pushing it to its limits while training or while in the middle of a competition. 3. Suunto 3 ZH Slate Grey Copper The ZH Slate Grey Copper watch from the Suunto 3 collection was inspired by Nordic nature. Indeed, its design is minimalistic and uncluttered and its user interface is easy to use and tinker with. One of the watch’s highlights is the adaptive training guide which comes in three different modes. These modes allow you to maintain your fitness level, improve your fitness moderately (default), or improve it intensely. Each mode comes with a 7-day training plan that also states the optimal duration and intensity for the exercises. Fitness coaches would say that getting proper rest is just as important as exercising. So with that said, this watch tracks your sleeping pattern, too. It can analyse how long you’ve slept and how well your sleeping pattern affects your recovery. All in all, the Suunto 3 ZH Slate Grey Copper is a practical watch for those who need help in tracking their physical fitness journey. A bonus is that it comes in a simple design that you can easily pair with your casual wardrobe. 4. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor4. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor  Tag Heuer has always been a master when it comes to mechanical watches. This time, they also tried their hands in making the best fitness watches in the market. Staying true to their word, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor is something worth checking out. Impressively enough, the brand has even designed its own fitness tracking app. That application can support various sports like golf, cycling, or running. Additionally, the data collected from your workouts can be synced to popular apps like Strava, Apple Health, or Google Fit. In terms of durability, the engineers designed the watch with high-intensity activities in mind. The dial is protected with sapphire glass to combat scratches and cracks. Meanwhile, its rubber strap is made for optimum breathability, comfort, and grip. In conclusion, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular is perfect for fitness junkies who are watch enthusiasts at the same time. This model will still let you enjoy wearing a luxury watch while working out without worrying about damaging it. 5. Casio G-Shock Rangeman Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping  When it comes to rugged watches, the Casio G-Shock line is a staple. Just one look at the Rangeman Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping watch and you know that it takes its job seriously. This is why it’s a good watch to wear while doing intense physical activities. Its black resin case is bulky and can resist a few bumps and scratches. Apart from that, it uses a scratch-resistant mineral crystal to protect the dial. Meanwhile, its water resistance rating can handle up to 200m of water pressure. That is enough to handle a dip in the pool or lake.  In terms of performance, this robust watch from Casio features a digital compass, thermometer, altimeter, sunrise and sunset data. Additionally, it has a 1/100 second stopwatch with Direct Access. It can also measure  elapsed time, split time, and 1st to 2nd place times. With its durability, this watch is perfect for outdoorsy people like hikers and mountain climbers who will inevitably hit their watches against rocks or rough surfaces. Apart from land explorers, this is also ideal for recreational scuba divers due to its ample water resistance rating. 6. Apple Watch Nike Series 5 If you’re deep into the Apple ecosystem, you might want to get the Apple Watch Nike Series 5. As its name suggests, it is the 5th iteration of Apple’s famous smartwatch. And it has a few fitness updates built into it. In case you didn’t know, Apple partnered up with giant sports brand Nike to create the perfect fitness companion. The watch is connected with the Nike Running Club app, which features various workouts and coaching. It also has most of the things you need in a fitness watch like a heart rate sensor, GPS, and a built-in compass. Just like a fitness coach, the Apple Watch can also motivate you by reminding you if you’ve been on the couch for too long. It also features an achievements system where you get awards for completing basic goals. And if you’re the competitive type, you can also challenge friends or even strangers who are also in the Apple community. All things considered, the Apple Watch Nike Series 5 will help you crush your fitness goals in style. It is available in different bands that are optimal for working out. Apart from that, you can also customise your watch using exclusive watch faces, including one that is inspired by classic Nike Windrunner jackets. 7. Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar Another Casio G-Shock watch to add to your list is the Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar. While it has the same durability as the previous one, this one has a more refined look. Indeed, its rectangular case shape has caught the attention of many people. The highlight of this watch is its durability. And in case its tough exterior hasn’t gotten the message across, this watch is shock-resistant. Additionally, it has an above-average water resistance rating of 200m. This is more than enough for recreational diving and swimming. Apart from durability, this watch also takes pride in its accuracy and precision. This is thanks to its atomic timekeeping abilities. With it, it has an hourly time signal and a 1/100 second stopwatch. You can also set 5 alarms and 2 timers. Overall, the Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar is mighty fine for an outdoor watch. It is best suited for cross-country cyclists, spelunkers, and trekkers. In addition to its super strength ability, it is also an attractive watch that you can wear casually if you’re not training or doing sports. 8. Garmin Forerunner 645 Music For the person who has included running in their lifestyle, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a perfect match. Based on its name, it is specially made for runners who love blasting music through their headphones while on a run. As for the basic running needs, this watch has a GPS and a wrist-based heart monitor. It can track the intensity of your training and your recovery so you can prepare for an upcoming race. Apart from that, it has a feature that evaluates your exercise to indicate if you are training productively. Lastly, it can get your biomechanical measurements like stride length, ground contact time, and cadence. These data will help you understand and correct your running form. Apart from those features, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music also makes running a lot more fun for you. For instance, you can save up to 500 songs right into your watch so you can listen to your favourite workout playlists as motivation.  Furthermore, it provides a more convenient running experience for you. As long as your watch is paired with your smartphone, you are connected with your friends. You no longer have to bring out your phone in the middle of the workout just to check on messages and notifications. Apart from that, it features Garmin Pay, a contactless paying solution that lets you pay with your watch. That’s handy in case you need to buy a bottle of water in the gym and you left your wallet at home. 9. Casio G-Shock DW-5750E-1JF Another Casio model to consider is the Casio G-Shock DW-5750E-1JF. Like the previous watch on this list, this one has a less aggressive design compared with the Rangeman. However, it still shares the iconic black resin case that gives the watch a monochrome look. For your timing needs, it has a stopwatch with a split time feature. Apart from that, it has a countdown timer and a multiple alarm option. This is extremely useful if your exercise routine involves a set of burpees or lunges for a specified amount of time. It is also helpful for HIIT exercises where timing is important. Swimmers and divers will also appreciate its water resistance rating of 200m. This watch is tough enough to go on a few freestyle laps on the pool or even a scuba diving session. In addition to its water resistance, it is also shock-resistant and can handle a lot of bumps while doing your exercises. This watch is ideal for people who love a monochrome look that can handle tough situations. It is a no-frills watch that has the basic timing capabilities that you will need for a workout session. At the same time, it is simple enough to use even for non-tech savvy people. 10. Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch The Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch is perfect for people who love setting new records. This practical watch features a lot of things that you need to improve in your training and performance. Indeed, it is one of the most value-packed fitness watches that you should check out. When it comes to fitness features, this model has all the basics and the extras. It has an onboard GPS and a heart rate monitor that uses the Precision Prime sensor fusion technology. This new tech provides more reliable readings by combining optical heart rate measurement with other sensor technologies. Apart from that, it features over 130 different sports modes for you to choose from. You can also customise these modes to better suit your needs. With this watch, you also have access to Polar Flow, a free online training and workout log. This is a program that helps you plan your workouts and get personalised feedback. It can give you a detailed analysis of things like training sessions, test results, activity, sleep and recovery data. You can also sleep well knowing that all of these training programs are backed by scientific research and validation so you can achieve more. To conclude, any person who is serious about stepping up their game should check out the Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch. It is like having your own personal coach on your wrist.  Final Notes Whether you’re already a gym rat or just starting out, the benefits of having a fitness watch are undeniable. It is like keeping a personal assistant on your wrist that tracks all your activities and sleeping patterns. Like it or not, nitpicking these details can help you reach your goals a lot faster.  

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  5. 15 Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Gentlemen

    15 Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Gentlemen

    What do George Clooney, John Mayer, and Virgil Abloh all have in common? You’d easily be able to list a bunch of similarities among these men. For instance, they’re all icons in their own rights. However, there’s one commonality that these men share: luxury watches. Despite the differences in their lines of work, these men all share the common love for statement watches. These grail watches reflect not only the glitz and glamour of their industry but also the success and financial independence they’ve attained through the years. Financial Independence and Luxury Items Fame or popularity isn’t the only indication that you’ve finally reached financial freedom. It can be seen through a stable income and investments. But not everyone can flaunt the amount of money they make by rubbing their bank accounts on other people’s faces. Many people often resort to luxury items for various reasons. Firstly, they function as status symbols to one’s financial stability and capabilities. After all, not everyone can afford a Rolex, a Patek Philippe or an Audemars Piguet that easily. Secondly, these items serve as rewards for a milestone in their career. Say a promotion or closing a big deal, for example, can trigger a man to give himself a rightful reward for all the hard work that put him there. Others also purchase a specific item to commemorate a special event, like getting married or having a new member in the family. For most people, owning a luxury item is not only about showing off. Owning a luxury item reminds people of how they got to where they are through sheer hard work and dedication. Any man can own his dream watch but not everyone can justify having to wear them at all. That’s why financial freedom is almost always anchored with a luxurious lifestyle. It’s a well-deserved treat for a well-deserved man. Swiss Luxury Watch Brands That Paved the Way More often than not, Swiss luxury watches equate with luxury and extravagance. The most popular luxury watch brands that we know today has a history that dates back to the early beginnings of watches themselves. Advancements in horology revolve around specific brands that any affluent man can recognise from afar. The Swiss watchmaking industry left a mark in the industry that remains to this day. No wonder why a lot of brands turn to these grail watch brands for inspiration. You might recognise these names as they remain to be the top watch brands of all time that changed the way we perceive time. Photo from Patek PhilippePatek Philippe For over 180 years, Patek Philippe goes on to be the most trusted brand of luxury watches to this day. Founded in 1839, the company proves to be one of the longest-running watch manufacturers in the world. Its uninterrupted watchmaking history, despite the Quartz Crisis in the late 1960s and early 1980s, demonstrates the company’s well-being from then till now. With the seal of luxury from royalties themselves, Patek Philippe exhibits genuine opulence with its known clientele. Known owners of the brand include Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Pope Pius IX, Pablo Picasso, Sir Paul McCartney, Robert Downey Jr., and a whole lot more. This watch brand unquestionably displays horological excellence and tradition in their timepieces. They possess a range of designs that cater to every style — from the minimalists to the maximalists. Its unyielding quality also counts for the many reasons it holds great value today. Not to mention, the brand boasts being a family-owned company. The Stern family has been running the mill at the Patek Philippe headquarters for four generations now. Photo from Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet Technology student Jules-Louis Audemars and economy student Edward-Auguste Piguet brought the Audemars Piguet brand to life in 1873. It remains, to this day, one of the most sought-after watch companies in the industry. For that reason, a lot of people look to this brand for quality timepieces that possess irrefutable luxury. The company also boasts many firsts for the watch industry in general. For one, in 1892, Audemars Piguet produced the world’s first minute repeater movement for wristwatches. The company also boasts having developed the first skeleton watch in 1934. Just like Patek Philippe, this brand holds great regard in the industry as one of the oldest manufacturers in the world. Audemars Piguet has also been family-owned since its establishment. The brand, mostly loved by sports icons like Novak Djokovic, LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Stephen Curry, empowers with its design and capabilities. It heavily boasts its affiliation in the arts with various independent projects that support it. In turn, this reflects on the design of the company’s timepieces — from the simplicity of the Royal Oak to the intricacy of the Haute Joaillerie. Photo from Vacheron ConstantinVacheron Constantin  Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin dates back its establishment to 1755. As one of the oldest manufacturers, the brand continues to be an icon to this day. Another choice of the royalties, Vacheron Constantin boasts a clientele with recognisable names such as Napoléon Bonaparte, King Fuad I of Egypt, Marlon Brando, and the Wright brothers. The brands status as a luxury watch manufacturer holds true as King Faud I’s Vacheron Constantin pocket watch No. 402833 (1929) is crowned as one of the most expensive watches ever sold at auction at 2.77 million USD. The brand’s pocket watch Reference 57260 also holds the title as the most complicated mechanical watch ever made. This watch includes a whopping 57 horological complications. If you take a peek at Vacheron Constantin’s lineup today, there’s only one way to describe its products: artful. Each of the brand’s model is intricately designed to show the dedication that goes into a single watch. The brand upholds the art of watchmaking through its marvellously crafted timepieces. Vacheron Constantin takes this seriously with the application of long-standing artforms like enamelling and engraving. But that’s not to say that the brand lacks simple and understated designs. The great thing about the brand is that no matter how simple or how grand its designs are, its watches maintain certain extravagance that can’t be replicated anywhere. Photo from RolexRolex Perhaps the most popular brand even among non-enthusiasts, Rolex stands to this day as one of the most prominent luxury watch brands. This Geneva-based company was not a Swiss brand during its establishment. In fact, it was headquartered in London, England. However, due to the First World War, the company moved to Geneva to avoid the depressing economic situation in England. Rolex is one of the top 10 luxury brands in Forbes‘ annual list of World’s Most Valuable Brands. It’s impossible to count how many celebrities don a Rolex watch. But it’s safe to say that it’s one of the grail watches that people look into as a symbol of success and financial independence. Each Rolex watch, like any luxury watch, costs a lot to research, develop, design, and ultimately produce. These brands rely mostly on the rarity of their timepieces as indications of their prices. But what makes them stand out, perhaps, would be the fact they assemble their timepieces by hand and produce their own gold. Not to mention, the company takes pride in their COSC-certified movements. Photo from OmegaOmega Founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland on 1848, Omega now functions as a subsidiary of the Swiss Watch Group. A lot of people remember Omega as the first wristwatch to ever reach the moon. In 1969, NASA chose the brand to equip Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin for the Apollo 11 lunar mission. Buzz Aldrin wore the Speedmaster Professional Chronograph as he stepped onto lunar soil. Moreover, iconic fictional spy James Bond has been wearing Omega watches since 1995. Beyond fiction, Omega remains popular to its wide clientele that includes Prince William, George Clooney, Elvis Presley, and Michael Schumacher. Omega’s affiliation to pop culture, sports, and other endeavours greatly expand the brand’s distinction. Aside from James Bond, the brand incessantly sponsors other films and TV series. Omega also associates itself with sporting events like the Olympics and the Professional Golfers’ Association of America as the official timekeeper. The greatest feats of Omega ultimately attached to its brand name and rightfully so became a favourite not only among watch enthusiasts but also other professionals. From Seiko to Patek: The Journey to Financial Freedom A lot of financially independent men turn to watches as their luxury item of choice. Throughout history, these luxury watches became a symbol of success. It also heralded a lot of milestones throughout history and ultimately carried with them a once in a lifetime story. But more than that, a lot of successful men are very particular with their choices of timepieces. Their dream watch must carry in itself the following traits. Status Symbol As aforementioned, these watches prove as symbols of success and financial independence. A lot of outstanding men buy their timepieces as a trophy for a successful deal made or a promotion to remind themselves to continue working hard. These watches hold great value not only in the real world but also to the person who wears it. As to the people who see it on other people’s wrists, it can become an inspiration to work harder. Some of the famous celebrities and personalities with their luxury watches include Grace Kelly with her favourite Rolex Lady Datejust, Barack Obama with his Cartier Tank, Jay-Z with his Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Rihanna with her Bulgari Serpenti, and John Mayer with his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, among others. Brand Recognition We mentioned a few brands earlier that paved the way in the industry. These brands are highly recognised for their value and affiliation to certain things. Different brands associate themselves to certain industries. For instance, Audemars Piguet proves popular among athletes and rappers. On the other hand, more affordable brands with undeniable top-notch quality prove popular among prosperous people. Seiko and Casio, today’s most iconic Japanese Brands, were seen on the wrists of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, respectively. Watchmaking Heritage Most luxury watch brands heralded the greatest inventions in horology. For instance, Breguet founder Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the Tourbillon. On the other hand, a lot of firsts also come to play when it comes to a brand’s heritage. But most importantly, a long history of horological advancement and commitment Resale Value Most luxury watches produce timepieces in limited stocks per batch. This is separate from the limited-edition timepieces that the brands release. The scarcity in the brand’s releases hikes up the price of the watches almost immediately. When maintained and highly preserved, these watches can sell a lot more than its original price. In fact, the most expensive wristwatch ever was sold for 31 million USD in 2019. The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 smashed the records of the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona that sold for 17.7 million USD in 2017. Both of these happened during an auction. Auctions aside, even a vintage luxury watch can cost the same or twice as much as its original sale value. Reselling timepieces whether as vintage or after customisation definitely helps in boosting a watch’s value. Investment Given the resale value of each luxury watch, it’s impossible not to consider it an investment. Just like art, a lot of people collect watches as a form of investment. Watches like the classic Rolex GMT Master-II more often than not hold their value over time. Therefore, you can look at watches as a way of freezing your assets in a wearable accessory. However, this should be done with great care as maintenance of the watch hold a great percentage of its value moving forward. Fashionability Before anything else, a watch is also an accessory. It’s made not only to tell time but to flaunt an affluent lifestyle. While watches in the more modern period prove to be more of function than form, a lot of people still pay for a watch as a fashionable item. The reason why luxury watch brands have such a wide design range is to be able to cater to all style choices. Some wear watches as a dress watch to pair with a suit and tie. Others take it to a 9-to-5 for an important business meeting. Others wear luxury watches to a weekend vacation. Each of these functions requires different designs. Sports watches tend to look bulkier while dress watches are often sleek can easily be hidden under cuffs. At the end of the day, your choice of luxurious timepiece all boils down to your personal aesthetic. Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Men Now that we know what traits we’re looking for in every financially independent man’s dream watch, let’s break down 15 of the best luxury watches that meet these standards. Sophisticated and stylish gentlemen will revere in these timepieces that are on a whole new level of richness. 1. Patek Philippe Nautilus Perhaps the most popular Patek Philippe watch, the Nautilus takes pride in being the most well-loved luxury sports watch. Its demand is so high that it already surpassed the supply of the watch. Now, it can take from 8 to 10 years just to get one’s hands on the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Why it’s so popular is beyond Thierry Stern, president of Patek Philippe. But a quick review of the watch’s history makes the love for the watch not that much of a mystery. In fact, it could only be reliant only on one person who single-handedly changed the industry with his ingenious designs. Meet Gérald Genta — horology icon and illustrious designer. There’s enough Nautilus today but its most popular iteration, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711/1A, remains such a great bestseller that it now takes about 10 years to acquire one. Launched in 2006, the Ref. 5711/1A comes with a 40mm porthole-shaped case, a millimetre bigger than the original Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 3700-1. The timepiece comes in either a black/blue (Ref 5711/1A-010) or silver/white (Ref 5711/1A-011) embossed dial. The horizontal lines on the dial even gained a nickname of “garage door” among fans. To be quite honest, it’s a simple three-hand watch with a date window at 3 o’clock. However, its brief history proved time and time again that its demand needs to be met. Other versions of the Nautilus, however, remains a popular choice among fans like the Nautilus Chronograph Ref 5712/1A-001 and Ref 5711/1R-001 that is in Rose Gold. 2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Another Gérald Genta design in our midst, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak comes with a similar steel case with an octagonal bezel. Launched in 1972, the watch has since become an icon in the watch industry for its one of a kind design at the time. The watch’s “tapisserie” dial and integrated bracelet proved the timepiece a trendsetter for that era. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak heralded an innovation that, to this day, goes on to be an inspiration to many watch manufacturers. Even after more than 50 years since its launch, it’s still the brand’s best-selling piece. There are a whole lot of Royal Oak models that exist to this day. All of the designs feature the iconic octagonal bezel with a varying dial design. Other designs feature the “petit tapisserie” dial motif while others include an open-heart design or studded with diamonds. Brushed dials are also available in the line. A Royal Oak would also be incomplete without the visible hexagonal screws. The watch also comes not only in mechanical movements but also in quartz movements (Ref 67651SR.ZZ.1261SR.01). The Ref 15450ST.OO.1256ST.03 comes with a self-winding movement, perfect for a more luxurious feel. Our favourite, however, remains to be the iterations with blue dials like the Ref 15202ST.OO.1240ST.01. The Royal Oak also has Chronograph versions like the Ref 26320OR.OO.1220OR.01 and Ref 26320OR.OO.1220OR.02. 3. Rolex Submariner The Rolex Submariner needs no introduction. It’s one of the most popular timepieces even for non-enthusiasts. Professional divers recommend the Submariner and use it themselves. It’s not long until it became a favourite among the professional diving community. The Rolex Submariner proves a great timepiece, especially for professional divers. Whether you’re into diving or simply basking under the sun on the vast ocean, the Submariner is a great choice for you. Iterations of the Submariner produced from the late 1980s to the late 1990s include a depth rating of up to 300 metres. The Ref 16610 (black dial) and Ref 14060 feature the Calibre 3030; while the Ref 14060M and Ref 16610LV feature Calibres 3130 and 3135, respectively. In 2010, Rolex discontinued the production of the aforementioned models to introduce a new line of improved Submariner watches. Firstly, the brand powered all Submariners with the Cal. 3135 movements. Secondly, they replaced the aluminium insert bezel with a Cerachrom bezel, a ceramic bezel with a luxe finish. Lastly, Rolex equipped each watch with a Glidelock system that allows 2mm-increment adjustments to perfectly fit over a wet suit. Photo from Omega4. Omega Speedmaster A timepiece so historical, it reached the moon. The Omega Speedmaster heralded a historical feat that no other timepiece could. It’s the first wristwatch to ever reach the moon. But to be chosen by NASA to equip the astronauts for the Apollo 11 lunar mission, Omega broke through the science of timekeeping. The Omega Speedmaster teems with varying models. Each has its own aesthetic appeal and function. For instance, the Omega Speedmaster  Moonwatch collection includes the 44.25mm Co-Axial Chronograph and the 42 mm Professional Chronograph. It also includes limited-edition timepieces like that of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary series. The Mark II series features a design inspired by a 1969 model of the same name. The collection includes three models of various colourways and materials like Sedna gold on steel, black steel on steel and another steel on steel with orange hands and markers. Other models include a racing Master Chronometer chronograph, the Skywalker X-33, and more. 5. IWC Portofino Despite its understated elegance, the IWC Portofino is a timepiece well-loved by many, especially professionals. Why not? It’s the perfect dress watch that you can take from your job to a suit and tie event without any fuss. What the Portofino carries is a well-balanced connection between form and function at its elegant best. This watch from IWC comes with various iterations and, therefore, a wide range of design and function. From an self-winding timepiece to a hand-wound classic, the Portofino carries within itself a varied collection of timepieces. One of its most popular models is the Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Eight Days that works for exactly 192 hours. Every week, the timepiece has to be wound but it’s not at all a hassle. If you’re more of an automatic fan, the Portofino Chronograph with a minimalist design works best for you. It comes with a day/date window as well as a hacking function. The series comes with multiple designs depending on your personal aesthetic. The silver dial version (IW391031) features gold hands that show a refined look. For a more minimal look, it also comes with a silver dial and hands (IW391027) as well as black dial (IW391008) versions. For those who prefer a cleaner dial look, the Portofino also comes in a simple three-hand date watch such as the Portofino IW356504 (gold/silver) and Portofino IW356502 (silver/black). 6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Jaeger-LeCoultre surely knows how to enchant people with its timepieces. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, for instance, is one unique timepiece with its reversible case. Thus, its name. This design became iconic soon as it’s release due to its unique features as well as art deco aesthetic. Not to mention, with its inventive look, the timepiece easily became an androgynous choice. Contrary to many people’s misconceptions, the shape of the Reverso doesn’t actually prevent the timepiece from having a diverse line of designs. The most popular versions of the Reverso come with leather straps for an additional deluxe feel. A Classic Reverso features two hands with minute markers around its inner ring as seen on the Reverso Q2538420. A version of the Reverso also comes with a small seconds dial as in with the Reverso Q3858520. A more minimalist take on the Reverso reflects on the Q2588422 with its black dial and lined hour markers with 12 and 6 o’clock in Arabic numerals. A similar minimal version comes with the Q3848420 sans the Arabic numerals. 7. Cartier Santos de Cartier The Santos de Cartier packs a punch with its design feature. From its unique shape to the many variations of its design, this timepiece from Cartier displays a rich historic legacy. Louis Cartier crafted this watch in 1904 as a gift to his aviator friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. Easily, the Santos de Cartier was generally accepted as the first-ever wristwatch. The timepiece featured a square case with exposed screws. While it’s far from the typical pilot watch that we know today, it surely deserves being called a trailblazer. You’ll easily recognise actor Jake Gyllenhaal as the ambassador of the new Santos de Cartier. The actor promotes the timepiece as a forerunner of innovation throughout the history of watches. With the wide variety of Santos de Cartier watches, it’s almost impossible not to find. Firstly, it comes in various dial colours such as silver (WSSA0023), blue, black, etc. A version comes with a date window at 6 o’clock (WSSA0039), as well as a skeletonised version (WHSA0009). Photo from Breguet8. Breguet Tradition Breguet’s history plays a huge part in the creation of the Tradition collection. Taking inspiration from the subscription watches of Breguet, the aptly named Tradition timepieces look back on the past while travelling head on to the future. In 1796, Abraham-Louis Breguet invented one-hand pocket watches sold by subscription. This means that a quarter of price must be paid upon order while the remainder of the balance has to paid on the delivery of the watch. As a tribute to these watches, the Breguet gave the Tradition a skeletonised design showing the movement’s components on top of the main plate. The Breguet Tradition carries inspiration straight from 1796 while keeping modern technology on the front line. Breguet’s self-winding manufacture movement Cal. 505SR1 includes 50 hours of power reserve and 38 jewels. There aren’t a lot of variations on the design of the Breguet Tradition. However, each of the timepieces displays its own unique aesthetic value. The watch’s hour dial sits humbly on the upper part of the dial. The Breguet Tradition Automatic Retrograde Seconds comes with a retrograde seconds hand by 10 o’clock. Meanwhile, a classic Breguet Tradition comes with a power reserve indicator on the main plate. On the other hand, jet-setters can get the best of two timezones with the Breguet Tradition GMT. 9. TAG Heuer Carrera The TAG Heuer Carrerais the brand’s response to the growing demand for motorsport-inspired chronographs, . At the time, the motorsport industry was growing. And while timepieces are of great use to drivers, there’s not a lot of watches that provide the drivers’ needs on track. There was a need for a legible watch that provided necessary information during a drive, such as lap time and speed. The TAG Heuer Carrera started as a powerful chronograph but as time passed, more and more designs came about. Some with a simple three-hand day/date function like the WAR201A.FC6266, which shows a more streamlined display of information. Some of its simplest chronograph versions include the CBK2110.FC6266 with a fixed bezel. This TAG Heuer collection also includes a model with a skeleton dial and tachymeter (CBG2A90.BH0653). Now more than ever, these timepieces uphold TAG Heuer’s long affiliation with motorsports as seen on its design inspiration and history. Photo from Vacheron Constantin10. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony takes a minimalist approach to provide the necessary information. Taking into account designs from the 1950s, this watch provides a truly classic look and feel. Launched in 2004, these watches uphold within them a certain look that doesn’t require any complicated design choice to stand out. These timepieces from Vacheron Constantin excited elegance without even trying. One of the thinnest watches yet with 7.65 mm in thickness, this collection proves to be a comfort to wear. The dotted minute markers on the silver dial version of the watch (1110U/000G-B086) are almost invisible, which makes it an even more interesting piece. Even when the minute markers are completely visible (as in the 81180/000R-9159), the Patrimony remains minimal at its best. And if you haven’t noticed by now, the Patrimony takes texture as an additional element in the watch. In fact, a version of the watch has engraved minute markers (82172/000R-9382) that make for an interesting conversation piece. Photo from Franck Muller11. Franck Muller Vanguard The aesthetic value of the Franck Muller Vanguard truly is one of a kind. The watch pays homage to the Art Deco design principle with a hint of Novecento design on its overall look. The uniqueness of the watch placed the timepiece on a certain pedestal, especially in the Franck Muller lineup. Fans of truly unique eccentrics will adore the eye-catching look of the Vanguard. Firstly, the watch comes in a tonneau-shaped case that already sets the image it wants to carry on. Second, it’s hard to ignore the large ⁠— and we mean truly big ⁠— Arabic numeral hour indexes that appear to retrofit on the edges of the watch. To balance such heavyset indexes, the watch features a much simpler set of hands that compliment the timepiece’s colours. With that said, the collection comes with large variations in design. There’s a monochrome Vanguard, a blue dial Vanguard, and even an all-white dial with red accents Vanguard. To further the style choices on this timepiece, it also comes with a date option and a no-date option. For you special timing needs, yes, the Vanguard also comes with a chronograph iteration. Photo from Bulgari12. Bulgari Octo Despite being one of the youngest choices in our list, the Bulgari Octo has proven time and time again that it’s a luxury icon in its own right. Launched in 2012, the watch gained a cult following for its unique aesthetic and record-breaking movement. While a lot of people tend to underestimate the prowess of the Octo — from its popularity to its mechanism — it’s unfair to judge it with only just a few years under its sleeve. But most people don’t know that a lot of time actually went into the research and development of this watch. No wonder its movement remains a regal choice for many. The aptly named Octo features an eight-sided case with a round bezel as well as an octagonal flange on the dial. With that alone, it appears that the watch from Italian company Bulgari intends to surprise people. Powering the watch is a self-winding Bulgari Calibre BVL 193. But after two years since Octo’s launch, the Octo Finissimo features an in-house movement that shocked the industry. With record-breaking thinness, the watch ultimately became a powerful piece of horological history. Various iterations of the watch exist such as a chronograph version, a skeletonised version alongside the classic Octo Finissimo look. 13. Tudor Black Bay The Tudor Black Bay was also launched in 2012 with a look directly influenced by the Tudor Ref 2922 Submariner from 1954. For many years, this watch became the companion not only of recreational divers but also of everyday people. Now, as Tudor Black Bay relives the historical look and function of the Ref 2922, Tudor explores more than just a reimagination but an improvement of a classic. One of the most iconic iterations of the watch includes the Black Bay P01 that is based on a 1960’s military prototype. The watch features a 12-hour bezel with a unique locking mechanism included. This, for one, made such a huge difference as it almost contravenes the Black Bay’s comfortable feel. This makes the classic Tudor Black Bay the most popular among the line. 14. Hublot Big Bang Much like the name suggests, the Hublot Big Bang has quite a story to unpack. Launched in 2005, the collection comes with a unique design that can almost be unified to a certain point but not completely. The variety in colours, sizes, as well as materials makes it such a story to tell. Moreover, the watch from Hublot features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that makes it a high-end dream watch. It’s impossible to know where to begin with the Big Bang. To pull apart its materials completely goes against the purpose of the watch. This collection consists of timepieces that fuse what was almost impossible in a sensible manner. There’s a Big Bang with white ceramic, red ceramic, titanium, stainless steel, and even a gold version. 15. Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde It’s not a list of luxury watches without a Jaquet Droz watch. This time, we’re looking into the classic Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde. Launched in 2002, the watch features a time-honoured look inspired by a pocket watch created in the 18th century. The dial displays a refined presentation of the art of Grand Feu enamelling. The watch shows two overlapping sub-dials — the hour and minute at 12 o’clock and the seconds counter at 6 o’clock. Since its launch, Jaquet Droz created new iterations of its classic design as described above. An off-centred version of the watch launched as well as a design that offered a date dial called the Grande Seconde Quantieme. The Grande Seconde Dual Time features a second timezone, while a moon phase version is also available. Perhaps, the most interesting iteration of the watch is the Grande Seconde Skelet-One that comes in different materials like the ceramic version and gold version. Every Successful Man’s Companion Luxury watches have historically been a part of every successful and financially-independent man’s milestones. Traditionally, timepieces represent a huge part of a man’s accomplishments. A luxury watch not only displays the hard work a man had done but also serves as an inspiration to continue to push forward for better rewards that come ahead. We hope that by finding out the story of the timepieces listed above, you’ll find the right watch to celebrate your achievements with. Featured photo from Sotheby’s

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  6. 10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable

    10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable

    This may be surprising to a lot of people, but cycling and horology have a lot in common. Yes, enthusiasts from both communities spend a lot of time admiring gears and machinery — the crankset or full-carbon frame for the cyclists, and the manual movement for the watch fans. Apart from that, both camps put a lot of value in tracking time as accurate as possible. With that said, it is inevitable that these two worlds merge and create a useful tool — cycling watches. When it comes to professional cycling, timing is important. In fact, a lot of people say that timing is everything in events like Tour de France. As we all know, the cyclists who participate in these competitions are highly competitive that even a split-second difference counts. That is why it is necessary to be equipped with the most reliable cycling watch. The same goes for beginners who want to take cycling seriously. It is recommended for them to use these sports watches to aid them during practice as they have a lot of features aimed at making your cycling session more efficient. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why a reliable sports watch is important in cycling. The Importance of a Reliable Watch in Cycling Whether you’re a beginner or a long-time rider, a cycling watch is something that you must consider adding to your biking checklist. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth investing in one. Photo by RF._.studio from Pexels1. It tracks your progress. When you want to improve your game or if you want to get into professional cycling, training is important. In fact, you’ll have to keep track of your speed, time, and distance so you know which aspects of your training you have to improve on. Fortunately, a lot of cycling watches offer a built-in fitness tracker. Apart from being aware of the weaknesses that you have to work on, your fitness tracker can also serve as a motivation. In fact, depending on the software used, some display motivational quotes or even let you share your progress to your friends online. 2. A cycling watch is more convenient to use than a smartphone. Some people might argue that smartphones can now do whatever cycling watches can do. However, tracking your time with your wrist is easier than getting your phone out of your pocket and unlocking it. And if you have to check your timer while on-the-go, you risk keeping your eyes off the road. With that, simply taking a peek at your wrist will help you save both time and energy. Famous Cyclists and their Favourite Luxury Sports Watches When you say cycling watches, however, it doesn’t mean you only opt for beater or affordable watches. Some luxury sports watches prove to be the best cycling buddy. Let’s take a look at these famous cyclists and their favourite luxury cycling watches. Photo from IWC1. Fabian Cancellara and his IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’ If you’re a fan of Fabian Cancellara, you might have noticed his fondness for luxury watches, particularly IWC models. In fact, he has been spotted numerous times wearing those watches in events like the Tour de France. One of those models is the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’. Apart from that chronograph, Fabian Cancellara also enjoys sporting a few other timepieces. A few of those are the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar and the Ingenieur Double Chronograph. As its name suggests, the Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’ from the IWC Aquatimer collection has a chronograph function that features minutes and seconds trackers. Apart from that, it has a SafeDive system which gives it enough water resistance rating in case it ends up raining during a cycling tour. The watch is also durable, as evident in the materials used. For the case, IWC used stainless steel with vulcanised rubber coating. Apart from that, it has a screw-down crown and a sapphire glass for added durability. Lastly, it comes with a black rubber strap to keep Fabian Cancellara comfortable during his cycling tours. Photo from Sigma Sports2. Richie Porte and his TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Richie Porte, a famous Australian road bike racer, is also known for strapping on luxury watches on his wrist. And his partner in crime is the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45. This watch is a combination of TAG Heuer’s signature design and the benefits of a high-tech smartwatch. The famous cyclist has been seen numerous times wearing the watch with different straps. For instance, he was spotted wearing an orange strap during the Tour Down Under. Another example is when he sported a yellow one for the Criterium du Dauphine. Indeed, the watch’s Strava app helps professional cyclists track their training. Apart from that, the touch screen is a breeze to use especially if you want to toggle the chronograph and stopwatch functions. When it comes to comfort, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular comes with a titanium finish and a fully-perforated rubber strap. This is easily adjustable and breathable so Richie stays comfortable even during a hot ride. Photo from @alafpolak on Instagram3. Julian Alaphilippe and his Richard Mille RM 67-02 Going on a tour using expensive bikes is not uncommon. In fact, it is normal to see professional cyclists who use all-carbon bike frames that cost at least $2000. But Cyclist Julian Alaphilippe took flexing to the next level as he was spotted spinning with a $120,500 luxury watch at the Critérium du Dauphiné in France. The watch spotted on his wrist was a Richard Mille RM 67-02. According to the brand’s website, that particular model is “thin, lightweight, coloured, elegant and athletic”. While it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a smartwatch like a heart rate monitor and fitness tracker, it is durable and light. In fact, it only weighs 32 grams and is made with carbon composite and titanium components. Apart from that, the model was designed so that it can be adapted to various sporting disciplines. That is why the brand made various RM 67-02 units in the colours of various athletes’ countries. A few examples are Alexis Pinturault for skiing and Mutaz Essa Barshim for high jumping. Requirements of a Good Cycling Watch Cycling is a physically demanding activity. With that said, you will need more than just a regular watch. You will most likely need a few features that aren’t found in a time-only watch. Here are some of the few important things that you should consider when out shopping for sports watches. 1. It should be durable. Perhaps durability is the most important thing to look for when shopping for cycling watches. Indeed, bike watches should be synonymous with tough watches. Whether you’re just going out for a sprint in the city or a long ride in the mountains, it is inevitable that you come across rough roads. Also, add the possibility that you might drop the watch or rub it against a rough surface.  With that, we recommend looking for bike watches made with durable material. A few things you should consider for your case are stainless steel and titanium. Apart from the case, you should also mind the crystal used for the dial. Sapphire crystals, for instance, are shatter-proof and can resist scratches. Moving on to the inside of the watch, some brands offer shock-resistant calibres. With that said, it is important to watch out for words like “Parashock” when looking at the watch’s spec sheet. This will help it keep time more accurately even after being subjected to shocks. 2. It should be lightweight. There’s a good reason why people opt for lightweight materials when it comes to bike parts. Enthusiasts won’t second guess spending all the extra money for carbon materials, etc. And it is for aerodynamics. The same thing can go for your equipment. With that said, it is important to prioritise lightweight watches when looking for your next sports watch. A timepiece’s weight might seem unimportant, and people might overlook it. However, it is important to note that having a lightweight watch on your wrist can minimize fatigue. Photo from Suunto3. It should be GPS-enabled. One of the most useful things that bike watches offer is the GPS functionality. With this feature, it would be easier for cyclists to check their speed and distance travelled. This is extremely important if you’re setting cycling goals or tracking your progress and looking to break your record. Apart from that, it can also provide navigation when you’re going through an unfamiliar trail. And depending on the device you’re using, some maps show the condition of the route. This allows you to avoid damaging your tires in case you are riding a road bike instead of a mountain bike. 4. It should be waterproof. As mentioned above, you will be wearing your cycling watch while doing intense physical activities. That means that apart from having durable materials, it must have the correct water resistance rating as well. But why would you need a watch with a good water-resistance rating if you’re not going to swim with it? Remember that when you’re out doing exercises, your sweat can drench your timepiece especially when you’re cycling intensely. Apart from that, there is also a chance that you get caught in a rain. We recommend looking at sports watches that have at least 50m water resistance rating. What this means is that your timepiece can be used to swim with. Additionally, having a watch with a high water resistance rating can be extremely useful if you’re a triathlete who needs to alternate between swimming and cycling. Photo from IWC5. It should come with a rubber strap. Last but not least, you should be comfortable wearing your bike watch for hours. Believe us when we say that the ergonomics of your watch strap can play a big role when it comes to performance. You wouldn’t want to compromise a workout by getting distracted with an uncomfortable bike watch. One of the most recommended straps to get for sports watches are rubber straps. In fact, this is the most common material used for dive watches and other sports watches. Unlike leather or metal bracelets, rubber can handle sweat and dirt better. Additionally, it is easier to clean in case you drive through a muddy trail. Apart from the material of the strap, you should also look at how it’s built. For instance, some straps offer better breathability. You should also look for straps that have a secure lock system so you don’t have to worry about it falling while riding.  10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable Now that we have all the requirements and introductions covered, we go to the best part of this article — the list of our recommended best cycling watches, from luxury to budget-friendly. 1. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good The IWC Aquatimer is one of the brand’s sportiest collections. In fact, it was intentionally made for professionals who need a robust and durable timepiece. With that said, you should check out the model called IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good. Specs: Case material: Stainless steel Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 68 hours Water resistance: 300m Performance-wise, it uses the IWC-manufactured 89365 Calibre. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 BPH, has a total of 35 jewels, and can power the watch for up to 68 hours. Furthermore, it is a chronograph movement with a flyback function. Overall, this watch from IWC is considered a reliable and accurate movement. Among its features are a water resistance rating of 300m and a chronograph function with minutes and seconds. The sub-dial at the 12 o’clock position shows the stopped minutes. And apart from that, it has an external/internal rotating bezel which guarantees accurate setting of times. The stainless steel case of the watch is covered with vulcanized rubber. This can protect it from a few bumps and scratches that you may encounter during a ride. Moreover, it comes with a navy blue rubber strap that matches the shade of the dial. And looking closely, it features a basket weave-like pattern. This bracelet is both comfortable and attractive at the same time. 2. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz Tag Heuer has always been known for its connection with motorsports. This time, they have also caught the attention of the cycling community with the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz. With their experience in making sports watches paired with new technology, Tag Heuer has made a smartwatch that has computerised and mechanical modules which can be useful in various sports. Specs: Case material: Fine Brushed and Polished Titanium Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 50m From afar, it is easy to mistake the display for a mechanical one. But the truth is, it’s made with Amoled Touch Screen Display that features various watch faces. And on top of the screen is a sapphire crystal that directly blends into the bezel. Apart from protecting the touchscreen, it also makes it easy and comfortable to use. When it comes to software, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz runs on Google’s Wear OS. Among its features are a fitness tracker, Google Assistant. The fitness tracker includes a special cycling mode that displays the time, calories, and your heart rate data. In my opinion, this is a very useful feature if you want to meticulously track your progress. Overall, this Tag Heuer Connected Modular is a handy watch for cycling. Apart from offering various features and even a dedicated cycling mode, it also sports an attractive design that is ergonomic. 3. Tissot T-Sport T-Race Cycling Chronograph Like the previous brand, Tissot is also known for their passion for motorsports. But from four-wheeled vehicles, they also ventured into two-wheeled with the Tissot T-Sport T-Race Cycling Chronograph. Indeed, this watch was driven by the brand’s passion for cycling. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 44.5mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m Judging by its design, the watch’s details were clearly inspired by racing bikes. To demonstrate, the pushers at the right side look and act like brake levers. Furthermore, its strap and lugs imitate the fork of the bike. Lastly, the icing on the cake is the engraving on the caseback as it depicts a bike cassette. In terms of performance, it uses a Swiss quartz movement called the ETA G10.212. A few of its functions are the central 60-seconds chronograph hand, EOL (battery end-of-life indicator), ADD, and SPLIT functions. These functions are very nice to have when cycling especially with the quartz movement’s accuracy. To conclude, this Tissot T-Sport watch is a must-have for serious cyclists. Apart from the plethora of features and the design cues, the watch can handle enough stress. Its sapphire crystal and silicone strap will surely put your mind at ease when the going gets tough. 4. Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph The Breitling Superocean was created with athletic people in mind. Whether you love swimming, surfing, or even cycling, you should check out the Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph. It is rugged yet modern which is perfect for those who are looking for something they can have an adventure with and bring to formal occasions at the same time. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 44mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 48 hours Water resistance: 200m Its blue dial contains three sub-dials — one for the small seconds, one for the chrono minutes, and another for the chrono hours. This chronograph movement is called the Breitling Calibre 13, which is based on the ETA 7750 Valjoux. Furthermore, it is certified by the COSC and it beats at a frequency of 28,800 BPH. This movement is considered as a reliable workhorse due to its high accuracy. In the durability department, this model stands out as well. For one, it has an ample water resistance rating in case you get caught in the rain while biking. Apart from that, the round hour markers are applied with lume. This will come handy if you’re cycling through a tunnel or if you decided to go on a night ride. Lastly, it comes with a dark blue rubber strap that will keep you comfortable even for hours. This watch from Breitling is a very versatile timepiece. It has a lot of the timing features that you will find handy during a cycling session. Apart from providing the features you need, this watch is also nice to wear on a casual day.  5. Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium Undoubtedly, the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium is one of Omega’s most advanced watches. In fact, it was made with aerospace and aviation in mind. However, cyclists can also find its features useful when training for the next ride. Specs: Case material: Titanium Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 30m Just one look at this particular Omega Speedmaster model and you’ll know that it’s made for sports. Apart from the playful blue and green colourway, its materials are made to handle tough elements. The case, for instance, is made of grade 2 titanium that provides a lightweight feel. To add, its dial is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that has anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Under the hood, it is powered by a multi-functional quartz chronograph movement called the Omega calibre 5619. It has special functions like chronograph, timer, MET (Mission Elapsed Time), PET (Phase Elapsed Time), three alarms and perpetual calendar among others. All of these features have been tested by the European Space Agency (ESA). As expected of Omega, the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium is a capable watch for professional cycling. It has a lot of the bells and whistles that you will need while on a tour. Apart from that, it sports a unique design that will surely catch the attention of fellow cyclists. 6. Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition Named after one of the most prestigious racing events, the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition was made to conquer sporting events. And while the Chopard Classic Racing collection was particularly inspired by car racing, cyclists can also find its timing features useful. Specs: Case material: Titanium Case dimension: 44.5mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 46 hours Water resistance: 100m Undoubtedly, this model is one of the most attractive cycling watches around. Its case and tachymeter bezel both come in two different hues of grey. This colour scheme seems to continue on the three subdials which display the tracker for 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. These timers are useful for recording your speed when doing a few laps. This watch from Chopard is powered by the ETA-Valgranges Caliber A07.211. It is based on the ETA 7750 and is certified by the COSC for guaranteed accuracy. This allows you to get the correct numbers when tracking your cycling progress. Additionally, it beats at 4 Hz and can power the watch up to 46 hours when fully wound. Lastly, the nylon strap is something to write home about with its attractive grey and orange combination. With its automatic chronograph function, the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition will surely be in the spotlight the next time you go on a cycling club fun run. 7. Seiko Astron 5X Series Dual Time GPS Solar Of course, this list of cycling watches will not be complete without mentioning the Seiko Astron 5X Series Dual Time GPS Solar. In fact, the Seiko Astron collection has gone down in history as the world’s first quartz watch. And now, the Japanese brand has upgraded that watch into something more impressive. They even call the 5X series “the most advanced ever” on their website. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 42.9mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m Speaking of advanced features, this watch from Seiko is one of the most accurate timers that you’ll ever encounter. Like the previous Seiko Astron models, it has a GPS feature that connects to different satellites around the globe in order to adjust the time to the dot. This is particularly useful for people who participate in cycling races and need a very accurate timing device. Apart from the features, this watch also excels when it comes to looks. It comes in a classy black and gold colourway that will definitely blend with most of your wardrobe. Apart from that, the three inner dials and a small date window which are placed strategically to avoid looking cluttered. The three pusher buttons at the right side are all coated with black to complete the look and make it more unique. Furthermore, this watch is both durable and comfortable to wear during extended periods of cycling. The case’s finishing and materials feel premium and solidly built, offering a water resistance rating of 100m. This allows you to cycle through the rain without worrying about ruining the watch. Lastly, its dial is protected by a dual-curved sapphire crystal so you don’t have to worry about scratching it. 8. Suunto 7 Graphite Copper The Suunto 7 Graphite Copper is popular with people who are into professional cycling for a good reason. In case you didn’t know, Suunto’s strong suit is in making sports watches and dive computers. And that forte in sports is evident in this model. Specs: Case material: Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyamide Case dimension: 50mm Movement: Digital Water resistance: 50m Features-wise, this timepiece has everything you need to make your fitness experience better. It has a built-in GPS so you can track your cycling route and how far you’ve pedalled. Apart from that, it has a barometric altimeter and an optical heart rate sensor which lets you determine your activity’s intensity. A bonus feature is that the watch supports offline outdoor maps. This means that you can still view the maps even when you’re cycling in a place with poor signal. Additionally, the maps are detailed and show trails, terrain info, and even contour lines. This can be very useful when you’re using your road bike instead of a mountain bike and want to avoid the rocky paths. Apart from cycling, the Suunto 7 also features around 70 sports modes including running, swimming, and hiking among others. As someone who is serious in improving their cycling skills, training in a different sport like weightlifting can be beneficial especially if you’re targeting specific muscle groups. With that said, there is no doubt that the Suunto 7 Graphite Copper is a great fitness companion. 9. Garmin Forerunner 920XT It seems that the brand Garmin is a staple for triathletes. So if you’re in the market for cycling watches, don’t forget to take a look at the Garmin Forerunner 920XT in particular. This multisport watch has almost everything you need for your next workout session. Specs: Case material: TPU Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Digital Water resistance: 50m The watch is jam-packed with advanced features. One of those is the heart rate monitor which helps you dial in your recovery status and your racing potential. To further explain, it provides a recovery time to let you know how long before you should attempt another intense workout to avoid passing out. Furthermore, you can also connect this watch to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This enables a live tracking feature where your friends can monitor your stats and location on a map real-time. With this, you can see how you rank compared to other cyclists in your age group. In my opinion, this is a nice touch because a sense of competition can motivate you to complete your workout. All things considered, there is no doubt that the Garmin Forerunner 920XT is an effective training tool. Being from a sports-oriented brand, this watch contains a lot of features that you cannot get from other watches. 10. Casio Edifice Bluetooth Compatible Solar The Casio Edifice Bluetooth Compatible Solar has a very futuristic design. But this watch is not just for show, its modernity is also evident in its specs and high-tech features. In fact, this smartwatch can compete with other luxury watches in the market when it comes to functionality. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 43mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m In terms of power, it gets its source from the sun through a solar panel on the dial. What this means is that you don’t have to change its battery every now and then. That’s a very convenient way to keep your watch ticking. Meanwhile, its dial contains various subdials and gauges that tell the day, date, and timers. One of its highlights is its Bluetooth feature. Casio released their own mobile application that can synchronize your timepiece with your phone. Apart from the World Time function, the app allows you to set alarms. It also has various timer functions and stopwatches which you can find handy when calculating your speed when cycling. And most importantly, it includes a range of race tracks which you can check out. Lastly, this watch from the Casio Edifice collection can handle all the stress you put it through. It is made with stainless steel and has a screw-down crown that protects it from water ingress. Apart from that, its indexes and hands are all applied with lume to aid you even when you’re cycling in the dark. Final Notes It should be clear by now that cycling watches are extremely helpful for people who are into cycling. Indeed, it is a tool that when maximised, can bring you a lot of benefits. For one, it helps you track your strengths and weaknesses in the sport. Apart from that, it gives you the tools to navigate unfamiliar roads in case you want to spice up your workout. To add to that, a lot of these sports watches are considered as luxury watches, too. These have evolved into something more durable and suitable for athletic environments. If you’re a watch lover, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone as you have an excuse to show off your timepiece during a cycling session.     Photo Credit: Featured photo from Garmin

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  7. Oldest Watch Brands Still in Operation Today

    Oldest Watch Brands Still in Operation Today

    Take a look around your home. What aspects of décor, accessories and style do you most often pick when shopping for yourself? If your environment shows your appreciation of the old and the classic, why not show it on your arm as well? Time has always been there and since the 16th century, accessories that tell the time could be worn on your person. And then started the evolution of the watch industry and watch brands. From clock watches and pocket watches to the balance spring and eventually the quartz watch in the 1960s, watch brands have kept people enthralled with their creativity and technology in the industry. But with so many new watch brands coming onto the market, which watch brands do you consider if you want the classic approach? Luckily, there are a few brands that started a long time ago and still survive in the modern market. Below we’ll share some of the names of the brands that are still worth your attention. Gallet We start with Gallet. From a certain perspective, this brand has been around since 1466, thanks to the original clock maker, named Humbertus Gallet. In later generations, many of his family are recorded to be watch makers too. However, the company that exists today only officially registered its name in 1826. If you go by the first date, this is the oldest watch company in the world, and yes you can still get your hands on a Gallet watch today. As with many respected watch brands, this company is of Swiss origin. The reason why they’re still around is probably because the family behind the brand didn’t think small. As early as the 1860s they branched out internationally and created offices in the US. They also ensured they stay relevant to the times, manufacturing items such as military stopwatches for governments when WWII seemed imminent. Today, there are classic ones you can buy second hand and new editions & designs come on the market often. The watches are 100% Swiss made, ensuring you of quality. It seems this brand knows how to keep up with the times and hopefully they will never let the newcomers outshine them. Rolex Here’s a brand that almost all the world would know Rolex. But fame doesn’t mean this isn’t a classic. Rolex is another Swiss watch brand, which is the first clue as to why they’re still around. Consumers trust the brand’s quality—synonymous with Swiss brands—and that means they keep on buying. Although based in Geneva, the brand was founded in London. Granted, Rolex isn’t one of the oldest, since it’s only been around from 1905. But that’s still more than a century old, and its popularity makes it worth a mention on our list. It even carries accolades such as being one of the top 100 most valuable brands, according to Forbes. Blancpain Now let’s jump back in time again, to 1735. This is when the Blancpain brand was established. This turned out to be a family business, since Jehan-Jacques Blancpain’s descendants kept on running the business for two centuries. Blancpain can be proud of certain achievements, such as having the largest facility for watchmaking in Villeret. This was in 1830. They were also pioneers, with impressively thin construction in their watches. The brand eventually passed to another family when it was left to an assistant, Betty Fiechter, upon the death of Frederic-Emile Blancpain in 1932. And then, 50 years later, it was bought by Piguet, after which, in 1992, SMH bought both the brands. Today, Blancpain still exists and you can pick from collections such as Villeret, Fifty Fathoms and more. The brand also distributes other items such as cufflinks and pens. So why not use one brand for multiple accessories? Haldimann Let’s stay with the really old watch brands, this time one from 1642. This brand puts the claim on being the oldest manufacturer of watches in all of Switzerland. It all started with Ulrich and Hans Haldimann. Hans was noted as a watchmaker in Horben. The brand is proud of its commitment to innovation. The 12 elements in their logo represent the phases of the moon, but also the aspects they focus on in their manufacturing. Their innovation keeps them popular and they have a classic approach that sits well with those who love something old. Oldest Watch Brands Final Thoughts It’s clear that you have much to pick from. And best of all is that even those of you who love both modern and classic approaches will have designs to pick from. Why? Because what these old watch brands are exceptional at, is moving with the times, giving modern consumers what they want and always improving their technology. Which one will you wear?

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  8. 6 Ultra Unique Watches

    6 Ultra Unique Watches

    If you ever dared to think that a watch is nothing more than a time-telling device, this article is here to change the way you think. Today you’re going to discover six ultra-unique watches that make the act of time telling more like the art of time telling. From wrist watches that play classical music to watches without faces, here are six ultra-unique watches that would be as at home on your wrist as they would be in a display case in a museum—and probably will be one day! 6 Ultra Unique Watches 1: Bird Repeater: The Watch That Belongs in an Art Gallery The Bird Repeater by Jaquet Droz is sheer perfection. With every second that passes, this remarkable time piece tells a story. A waterfall cascades gently in the background while a Blue Tit hatches from a golden egg as its mother prepares to feed it a freshly caught worm. Its father keeps a watchful eye & an extended wing out for predators. Photo from jaquet-droz officialAll birds are hand engraved and painted. Many people are of the opinion that it is one of the most beautiful watches ever created. 2: Eye of the Storm: The Watch Without a Face The first of its kind, the Eye of the Storm is a watch without a face. Its design is simple and often leads to head scratching while its technology is groundbreaking & award-winning. It’s sleek, minimalistic and can be sustainably made with less time, materials and labor. To tell the time on Yiran Qian’s brainchild, simply press a button which illuminates the entire body of the watch. 3: Ora Unica: The Seemingly Timeless Watch Some people are of the opinion that time is fluid and has no real meaning. Whether you agree with those people or just have an appreciation for truly unique watches, the Ora Unica will appeal to you. Instead of traditional hands and numbers, this watch features what can only be referred to as a squiggly doodle. One end of the spiral-like doodle is the minutes hand while the other represents the hour. It’s weird, it’s wacky, it’s wonderful. Photo from Ora Unica official4: BVLGARI Serpenti: A Case Like No Other As far as case shapes go, it doesn’t get much more unique than a snake-like style. Everything about the BVLGARI Serpenti is designed to remind one of a serpent and we must admit that they’ve achieved this design goal with aplomb! Firstly, its shape is quite obviously snake-like as is its wraparound design. Secondly, its strap mimics that of snakeskin and thirdly the colors it’s available in are all hues commonly spotted on snakes. This unique watch is sleek, slithery, stylish and oh so sophisticated. 5: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona: The Rainbow Rolex Why be forced to pick a watch in just one color when you can pick a rainbow watch? The Rolex “Rainbow” Cosmograph Daytona boasts colored sapphire indexes ranging from a deep green to the softest pink. The watch itself features an Everose pink gold construction, a black lacquer dial and 36 baguette-set bezel sapphires. This watch is bright, cheerful and truly spectacular to look at—it makes telling the time a vibrant adventure! 6: Boegli Grand Opera: The Watch That Sings Just when you thought watches couldn’t possibly get more unique, along comes the Boegli Grand Opera. At a glance, this watch looks just like a regular watch but on the inside it’s the furthest thing from regular! It looks beautiful, tells the time like a dream and gently emits the tunes of our favorite classical songs. Pick between Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Beethoven’s Fur Elise, Verdi’s Aida or Chopin’s Tristesse and be blown away by this watch’s craftsmanship. Photos from boegliwatch officialFinal Thoughts As you can see from the unique watches, we’ve introduced you to today, a watch is capable of so much more than merely acting as a time-telling device. Sometimes, watches can be carriers of joy and transporters to different times.

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  9. History of the Omega Speedmaster

    History of the Omega Speedmaster

    For decades the Omega Speedmaster has embodied the essence of auto racing and held a coveted spot at the forefront of racing-inspired watches. What makes it so special? Let’s trace the evolution of this quintessential racing watch. Omega Speedmaster, It Was Part of a Trilogy When we first met the Omega Speedmaster in 1957 it was not alone, launched in conjunction with the Seamaster 300 CK 2913 dive watch, and the Railmaster CK 2914, which had antimagnetic properties for train travel. In the 1950s, Omega was the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games and so stopwatch chronograph functions were high on their list of priorities. It was only natural that the very first Speedmaster (ref. CK2915) had a triple-register chronograph design that’s remarkably similar to the Speedmasters produced today. Dubbed the “Broad Arrow” for its hour hand, this ode to classic Italian auto racing was only in production for three years, making it popular with collectors today. Omega Speedmaster Moon Madness Takes Hold in the 60s We got a few more similar versions of the Speedmaster in the late 1950s and early 60s. Omega started putting “Professional” on the dials in the summer of 1965, during one of the watch’s most notable periods in the midst of the Space Race. So much has been said about the Omega Speedmaster and its association with space missions. A Speedmaster, famously called the “Moonwatch,” was worn by astronaut Walter Schirra on the Sigma 7 launch in 1962 and one went along for the first lunar landing in 1969. The watch continued its association with NASA during the decades that followed. Mark II Ushers in the 70s As Omega peered over the edge of a new decade, they sought designs that would take them from the 60s into the 70s. Enter the Omega Mark II, with a striking barrel-shaped case that was unconventional at the time. The original Mark II that debuted in 1969 came in two versions, one with a black-and-white design scheme, and a special racing edition with orange elements. We only got a few years of Mark IIs, as Omega soon moved on to Mark IIIs. But in 2014 Omega gave us an updated edition of the Mark II with all the trademarks of the original. Mark III Takes the Reins The Speedmaster Mark III had an eye-catching design when it was unveiled in 1971, and praise for its modern lines continues to this day. With its signature Flightmaster case, this first of the automatic Speedmasters was also the very first to have a date function, a day-night indicator, and sub-dial features that match today’s modern Speedmasters. Available with blue, silver, and black dials, the Mark III is an atypical entry, which makes watch aficionados love them even more. Things Get Funky in the 70s Cultural norms were upended in the 1970s. Music and fashion were breaking barriers like never before. Revolution was in the air. Omega had to shake things up and deliver some designs that fit with the times. One such example is the Speedmaster 125 that debuted in 1973. One look and you can see why the watch might have its detractors. It’s big, bulky, and the dial looks like something you might find on an old Russian submarine. But the watch has its throwback charms and some historical significance as it was released to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Omega’s founding. Digital Days With the X-33 Here’s one from the late 90s that’s for the quirkier of collectors. The “Mars Watch” didn’t go as Omega had wished. Hoping to build on their “moon“ success, the watchmakers went for the next step of Mars exploration, but the campaign never generated excitement. Still, the Mars move gave us one of the more unusual members of the Omega Speedmaster family, the Speedmaster X-33. Your eyes do not deceive you. That is a digital display on a Speedmaster, which functions like both a digital watch and a mechanical chronograph. While this hybrid never made it to Mars, it was involved in several space missions and used by astronauts on the International Space Station. Omega Speedmaster Celebrating 50 Years in 2007  Many recall the recent 60th anniversary Speedmaster in 2017. And that’s an impressive addition to the catalog, with a design that mirrors the very first Speedmaster from 1957. But discerning collectors have taken more note of the 50th anniversary Speedmaster we met in 2007. The 2007 watch broke a few norms on the its Golden Jubilee birthday. While most Speedmasters have matte dials, this one went with a lustrous enamel dial. The usual 50 meters of water resistance was doubled to a depth of 100 meters. And on the inside, Omega placed the much-praised caliber 3201 movement. Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon to Today In 2013 we got a tribute to the lunar-landing days of the Speedmaster with the now-classic Dark Side of the Moon. This ceramic “Moonwatch” is aptly named with its stark black design. And it is ceramic through and through, from its case and chronograph pushers to the caseback and dial, made from black zirconium oxide ceramic. While the watch does harken back to the long-over Space Race, it’s a decidedly modern timepiece. Omega streamlined the design by taking three subdials down to two, and beefing up the size of the case, to boldly go into the contemporary world. So where do you fall? Are you a modern watch wearer who prefers a sleek ceramic Speedmaster? Maybe you take to vintage charm from the 70s or perhaps lean more to one-off oddities from the 90s. With over eight decades of Speedmasters to choose from, surely there’s one that suits your style.

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  10. Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Top 5 Swiss Watch Brands

    Which luxury company produces the finest Swiss watch brands? Let’s run through the five top Swiss watch brands and look at why they enjoy enviable places in the upper echelon of the watchmaking world. Swiss Watch Brands  1: Rolex Are They Really That Good? They’ve got the world’s best-known name in luxury watches and Swiss watch brands, but what do you get when you buy a Rolex? Well, you get a watch like no other because Rolex is a company like no other. They’re privately owned, for one, and the freedom to operate independently can’t be overstated. While most other high-end watchmakers use 316L stainless steel, Rolex exclusively uses 904L steel. They retooled their production facilities to handle the super durable alloy that looks different from your usual stainless steel. The benefits of Rolex operating on its own includes an on-site foundry for smelting gold, in-house manufacturing of all movements, and their own science labs to examine everything from oil viscosity to metallurgy on a microscopic level. And as for variety, with nearly a century of history, the choices are almost innumerable. Among the most-popular Rolexes ever made we have the Submariner dive watches, the Cosmograph Daytona racing watches, and the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II. The Yacht-Masters came decades after the debuts of the Daytona and the Submariner. So they lack history. But their versatility and adaptability put them in contention for the all-time favorite Rolexes. 2: Omega for Swiss Heritage If you’re interested in Swiss watch brands, and you’re talking about a Rolex, then you’re probably going to be talking about an Omega too. It’s the age-old question: Which is better, a Rolex or an Omega? We may never be able to find a quantifiable answer, but we can look at a few reasons why one might lean to Omega. Omega has been around for longer than Rolex. That’s usually a surprise to many as Rolex is synonymous with watch heritage. But Omega is older by over half a century, tracing its roots to a Swiss workshop that opened in 1848. Perhaps Omega isn’t perceived so much as an “older” brand because it’s often seen in popular culture, on the wrists of the current James Bond and a host of celebs, including brand ambassadors such as George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, and Michael Phelps, to name a few. The undisputed champ when it comes to popularity is the Omega Speedmaster Professional, or “Moonwatch,” a classic timepiece made for space flight that’s taken well to terrestrial life. But, perhaps nearly as known and loved, are the Omega Seamasters. In particular, Planet Ocean Seamasters are some of the best dive watches you can buy that complement nearly any wardrobe on land. 3: Patek Philippe with Dress and Dive Classics Folks have long joked that Patek Philippe is a “Rich Man’s Rolex.” While that may not be literally true, there is truth in the sense that you are looking at a different level when considering a Patek Philippe dress watch. Patek Philippe is a go-to brand for people who want to ascend to that rare air without being too flashy about it. Bling is for other brands. Patek Philippe’s best-known and most-iconic watch is, without doubt, the Calatrava. The legendary dress watch bowed in 1932 and today remains an ever-popular flagship model for the brand. The Calatrava set the standard for what a good dress watch should be — simple and elegant with moderate proportions. While it has less time in the spotlight than the Calatrava, the Patek Philippe Nautilus comes a close second in terms of popularity. People were slow to embrace the dive watch, which debuted in 1976 to little fanfare. But in 2006 the 30th-anniversary edition was an enormous hit and popularity hasn’t waned to this day. 4: TAG Heuer Has Auto Racing History Any look at TAG Heuer watches should first peer past 1985, when the company Techniques d’Avant-Garde (TAG) bought a big part of Heuer Watches. Heuer’s tale actually begins in 1860, when Edouard Heuer set up his watchmaking shop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. He was soon known for making chronographs, especially for airplanes and cars, and in 1914 Heuer made a chronograph for the wrist. The Heuer racing watch was born! The watchmaker would be synonymous with auto racing to this day, producing the famed Monaco’s and Carrera’s. Other than its race-inspired offerings, TAG Heuer excels at dive watches, which they didn’t get into until the 1980s. The late start doesn’t seem to have done any harm as the Aquaracer competes with some of the best dive offerings from Omega and Rolex. 5: IWC for Big, Bold Statements The International Watch Company (IWC) makes some really nice dive watches, such as the Aquatimer. But IWC will probably never outdo Omega dive watches. And the IWC chronographs, specifically the Portugieser, are wonderful. But they may never beat Rolex chronographs, at least in the minds of many. What IWC can lay claim to, perhaps more than any other Swiss luxury brand, is pilot watches. This Swiss watch brand’s reputation earned with sweat, and blood. Literally, as IWC watches went into combat in both World War One and World War Two. There are a vast number of models under their five categories of pilot watches. That includes Top Gun, Spitfire, Classic, Le Petit Prince, and a category for Le Petit Prince author Antoine De Saint-Exupéry. But the pilot watch most everyone knows and loves is the IWC Big Pilot, the brand’s most-iconic watch with its huge dial and signature onion crown. Swiss Watch Brands We should give honorable mentions to Audemars Piguet, Tissot, and Longines, who all trace their histories back to Switzerland more than a century ago. With that kind of heritage, it’s hard to find a fine Swiss watchmaker you wouldn’t welcome into the Top 5!

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  11. Top Celebrity Picks in Luxury Watches

    Top Celebrity Picks in Luxury Watches

    It’s no secret that celebrities love high-end luxury watches, but what are these cool watches we mere mortals only get glimpses of on Instagram? Let’s take a closer look at the luxury timepieces that some of the top stars are sporting. Kim Kardashian Relishes Rolex If you’ve kept up with Kim Kardashian, you know she’s rarely seen without a dazzling timepiece on her wrist. And that watch is usually a Rolex. Her go-to Rolex is a Day-Date Presidential, but when she’s walking red carpets expect to see a Datejust with a mother-of-pearl dial. And, no stranger to bling, Kim loads her gold Datejust with diamonds. We also know Kim’s got a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona in rose gold with a chocolate dial. Jay-Z gifted Kim, among other VIPs at a charity event, with the $40,000 swag. King James and His Royal Oaks View this post on Instagram Ain’t got time to f%^* with you……. Living my best LIFE! LIVE.LAUGH.LOVE???❤️ A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Sep 20, 2018 at 12:50pm PDT LeBron James is an Audemars Piguet fan. A longtime wearer, James collaborated with  Audemars Piguet on the Royal Oak Offshore LeBron James limited edition, featuring a 44mm rose gold case and diamond-set titanium bezel. The precious stones may explain some of the watch’s $100,000 price tag. LeBron has also been spotted wearing a Royal Oak Offshore Volcano, an eye-catching model with a face ringed by fiery orange, bringing a real sporty feel to the classic design. We’ve also seen the NBA star sporting a Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Tourbillon with an openwork dial. Brad Pitt’s Long Road to Breitling Let’s hop into the time machine, heading way back to the more innocent days of 1992. Bill Clinton played sax into the White House, Nirvana played “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and Thelma & Louise stunned moviegoers with their suicide run. That movie was also Brad Pitt’s breakthrough, and the actor has been building a watch collection with his big Hollywood paychecks ever since. It was mostly Rolex back in the early days, when we saw him wearing a stainless steel Rolex Daytona with a white dial, as well as a classic Rolex Submariner. Brad’s also fond of a yellow gold Rolex Yacht-Master. He’s given to rotating two models, one modern and one vintage, of the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Brad’s luxury Cartier is a limited edition Tank à Guichet. From A. Lange & Söhne, Pitt wears the Lange 1 Timezone in rose gold. But Brad’s now an ambassador for Breitling, and that’s what we see him wearing most these days, notably the Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Norton Edition. The homage to classic motorbikes is a collaboration between the Swiss watchmakers and British motorcycle makers Norton. Brad’s also known to wear a traditional Breitling Avenger Chronograph. Trevor Noah Goes Retro with Patek Philippe View this post on Instagram Hey you, stop that! Hump Day just means the middle of the week. ??‍♂️ Happy Middle of the Week Day everyone! ?? ?: @imseangallagher A post shared by Trevor Noah (@trevornoah) on Jun 12, 2019 at 7:46am PDT The Daily Show host is one serious watch lover. Among the watches we’ve seen, Rolex ranks high. Trevor’s been spotted off-camera with a yellow gold President Day-Date with a champagne dial. At the Grammys, we saw Noah in formal wear and his everose gold Rolex GMT-Master II, notable for its gem-set Pepsi bezel. For a more charming offering, there’s Trevor’s Root Beer GMT-Master II with its eclectic use of brown hues. Trevor’s been seen wearing a stainless steel Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with a blue-black dial. Patek Philippe seems to be another watchmaker Noah favors, as we’ve seen him wearing a Nautilus Perpetual Calendar, an homage to the 1976 design of renowned Swiss watchmaker Gérald Genta. Noah flashed this high-end timepiece while scarfing down chicken wings on the YouTube show Hot Ones. Ryan Gosling and his Vintage Air King The Oscar-nominated star has been spotted on all kinds of occasions, from red-carpet galas to casual affairs in jeans and a shirt, with his period Rolex Air King. Gosling has one of the first models of the watch that debuted in 1958, a timepiece designed to capture the glory days of aviation in the 1930s. Gosling’s love for vintage style continues with his next favorite, a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Memovox, giving a sleek sheen to a minimalist old school design. And Gosling’s got a Patek Philippe Calatrava. Sorta. In making the movie Drive, Gosling wanted his stunt-driver character to wear a Patek Philippe Calatrava, as the watch is part of the plot. But for filming purposes, they needed a prop watch. So they made a replica and Gosling got to keep the movie memorabilia. Kylie Jenner is All About Audemars Piguet View this post on Instagram someone said there was a vday party♥️♥️♥️ A post shared by Kylie ? (@kyliejenner) on Feb 12, 2020 at 10:30pm PST 20-something mogul and social-media superstar Kylie Jenner is rarely seen without a luxury timepiece, often worn over the sleeve in her signature style. She’s made it clear she’s an Audemars Piguet girl. And specifically into Royal Oaks. We’ve seen Kylie wear many different luxury watches. Those watches includes a Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel and a Royal Oak Diamond Pave. Also a Royal Oak Frosted in white gold. Her Royal Oak Diamond Bezel in 18-carat white gold is for dressier occasions. She gets a bit creative with the Openworked Royal Oak, featuring front-and-back displays of mechanical wonders. Chances are you’re not a celebrity, don’t know a celebrity, and probably don’t care to. So why should you follow their examples? You shouldn’t. This is just one look at what high-profile watch lovers are wearing. But you’ve got to admit that most of them have good taste. And, sure, maybe you’ll feel a small connection to the A-listers if you’re slipping  on the same luxury watches.

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