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  2. Checklist for Buying a Dive Watch

    Often people think a dive watch is less than what they might imagine. That may be, in part, because the big things dive watches have to do are not what they’ve been specifically designed for. They’re made to withstand the pressure of the ocean and provide visibility underwater. But in reality, dive watches are mostly worn on land (often far from the sea) so they need to stand stylistically in a versatile space. That can make buying a dive watch difficult. It’s not like picking up a gift dress watch — round, minimal, alligator strap and done. No, when you are looking for a serious dive watch it’s a good idea to run through the common considerations on a check-list. 1: Check Your Budget The “dive watch” field has certainly grown into some unexpected areas since the bow of the Rolex Oyster nearly a century ago. Technology has improved by cosmic leaps since that first-ever waterproof watch and today the variety can be overwhelming. That also means a wide price range. Most Affordable: There’s a lot to choose from in the under $300 group, often matching the higher-priced timepieces in terms of looks, function, and reliability. The Invitca Pro Diver owes some design credit to the Rolex Submariner, but in an honorific way. Orient, Seiko’s arm that has done a good job with affordable elegance, goes full dive with the Mako II and Ray II. Your best bet is to go Japanese here, think Citizen, Seiko, and Casio. Mid-Range: When you approach, and cross, the $1,000 threshold a lot of choices pop up. We’re talking about high-end materials and semi-precious metals in solid bracelet links along with military-tough tech in the casings. Upscale: At the high end you are in with history-making timepieces. We’re talking here about an Omega Seamaster or a Rolex Submariner, the dive watches that set the pace for decades. Or go into elite sci-fi throwback mode with a Panerai Luminor Submersible. A Hublot Oceanographic will set you back some cash but put you in with the pros. 2: Check the Overall Endurance This one could bring to mind the fundamental question of, “Do you really want a dive watch?” It’s fair enough to ask. A lot of pilot watches run in similar design circles as dive watches. Will this watch actually be underwater or do you just like the peace of mind it’ll stay safe if accidentally submerged. You want to go with something that has a lab-tested depth rating of 100 meters, at least, and that’s the floor. Durability skyrockets from there. A quick side note on the use of dive watches while diving. Do you need one? Well, no, unless you are setting off to dive Corsica in the year 1974 you will almost certainly have a dive computer along that monitors your depth and dive time. But if you’re serious that your watch should be up to pro-dive standards, run through these on the specs. International Organization for Standardization, or ISO-6425, compliant with up to 200 meters of water resistance. Casing of 316L-grade stainless steel. Sapphire crystal for less reflection underwater. Unidirectional bezel, a dive-watch must. Rubber strap adaptable (for fitting over a wetsuit). Hands, dial and bezel with lots of lume for low-light visibility. 3:  Check the Seal This one is just about water (you are buying a dive watch!). You want to make sure that absolutely nothing from the outside gets on the inside of your dive watch. So, roll through this sub-list and see if the watch you have in mind is secure in these three traditional problem points. The Gaskets: If the water’s coming in, it’s likely coming through these guys, specifically designed to stop water from entering. Dive watches live and die by these rubber rings that will eventually dry out and fail no matter how good the watch. Most dive watches have gasket-heavy systems and yours should too. The Crown: You’ll want to look for a screw-down or screw-in crown. As the names suggest, screw crowns work like screws in threads to seal out water when tightened. The Case: Look for a screw back case over one without screws. They may tell you it’s a full seal, but if you’re just popping that case back on and off then there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll have a leak from a crack or opening there. 4: Decide Between Quartz and Mechanical This is largely driven by the price range you choose but worth noting. On the low end, you have quartz movement. While it lacks the prestige of mechanical movement, you might be reminded that quartz is generally more accurate. On the mid-range and higher scale, you’ll probably want to go with automatic mechanical movement. Swiss with a long brand history is optimal but the big Japanese producers also make some solid mechanical movement. 5: Envision Where You’ll Wear the Watch On the checklist’s final item you may decide you don’t want a dive watch at all. Here you ask where this watch will be going with you. No matter how much you spend, this is not going to be your go-to dress watch. Dive watches are meant for days of sports, casual gathering with friends and, yes, they can go business formal in a pinch. So if this is you, if this is how you see your next watch purchase, then take the plunge and get yourself an amazing dive watch. You might not be James Bond and his Omega Seamaster, or A-listers jetting across the globe with Rolex Submariners, but you will have a pretty cool dive watch on your wrist.

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  4. Top 6 Perpetual Calendar Watches

    Perpetual calendar watches are one of the most impressive complications that watch manufacturers offer. The main draw of perpetual watches is the fact that you never have to reset their date. This means that the timepiece understands how many days are in each month and when leap years come around. People love this complication because it takes so much skill to create. Never having to reset the date on your watch is a nice perk, too. This type of timepiece will definitely cost you, but many collectors think that having one is well worth the price. I present some of your best options in the sections below. IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser The IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar is one of the most popular watches in the world due to its clean design and excellent craftsmanship. Luckily for us, one version of it comes with a perpetual calendar. This watch offers four useful functions, including the month, day, date, and moon phase. Another appealing aspect is the 7-day power reserve, which is both convenient and impressive. Overall, this beautiful timepiece from IWC is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a perpetual calendar on their wrist. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar is one of the most sought after in the entire world. Audemars Piguet essentially only sells Royal Oaks, and they’ve built an empire out of this one iconic aesthetic. One thing that I love about it is the fact that the dial isn’t too crowded. Manufacturers often try and squeeze in a ton of date information along with all of the design features that you usually find on watches. AP doesn’t fall into this trap, instead making its date sub dials the main event, and removing any numbers and large markers. Patek Philippe Grand Complication If you asked me what the most famous perpetual calendar watch in the world is, I would likely choose the Patek Philippe Grand Complication. Let’s start with the brand. Many collectors call it the finest timepiece company in the world, and it is hard to argue against that, given their amazing craftsmanship, designs, and quality. As far as the watch is concerned, it doesn’t get much better than the Grand Complication Perpetual Calendar. It has a clean aesthetic, perpetual calendar capabilities, and rave reviews from experts around the world. A. Lange & Sohne Langematik Swiss brands dominate the luxury timepiece market, and perpetual calendar products are no exception. Still, some other countries create fantastic products that are worth your attention. The most notable of them is A. Lange & Söhne, whose Langematik is the ultimate example of excellent German engineering. For me, the main selling point of this product is its appearance. Perpetual calendar watches are often crowded, but this piece is as elegant as they come. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony If you want a timepiece with timeless aesthetics, then look no further. The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony has an old-school look that fits in anywhere and will never go out of style. In this Perpetual Calendar timepiece, I love how seamlessly this brand incorporates the four sub-dials without looking too overcrowded. You get to see the day, date, month, and moon phase, all while retaining a surprisingly sleek look. The patrimony is an icon, and the perpetual calendar version lives up to the name.   Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Our last perpetual calendar pick is another excellent choice. It is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master. The thing that jumps out at you right away about this Ultra-Thin Perpetual Calendar is just how much information this watch has. It incorporates the day, date, month, year, and moon phase on one dial. You might think that would lead to a cluttered look, but it somehow does not. The appearance of this piece is sleek, and the wearer will be pleased by just how powerful its engine is.   Full disclosure: Perpetual calendar watches tend to be very expensive. That said, if you have the means, it is one of the more attractive complications you can buy. The simple fact that your little wristwatch understands leap years is amazing, and the convenience that comes with those capabilities is absolutely underrated. If you’re hooked on the idea of getting a perpetual calendar watch, then it’s time to really consider going for it.

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  5. 7 Best Tactical Watches for Men

    Let’s start by explaining what tactical watches are. While the word “tactical” gives you a good idea, it might be useful to understand which characteristics define this category of timepieces. 1. Shock Resistant – Your tactical watch should be able to fall from height or hit an object without being damaged. 2. Water Resistant – You should be able to take your watch into water without it losing function. 3. Generally Tough – Tactical watches can stand up to the elements and should last you for many years. 4. Highly Useful – Most of them also have useful functions and complications, like chronographs. Now, let’s get into the list. The following picks are all excellent tactical watches, and each of them would make for an awesome wrist companion. 1: Casio G-SHOCK Military Series The Casio G-Shock collection has a legendary status in the watch world. The reason is that these bulky products are insanely tough. You can take them in deep water, drop them, or beat them up in 100 different ways. No matter what, they’ll keep on ticking. In fact, part of the creation of the first G-Shock was dropping prototypes out of a four-story window. The military series is an extension of that philosophy, as Casio put special effort into making them as sturdy and useful as possible. If I had to choose just one watch to recommend to you, it would be this one. 2: Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Anytime a watch has “field” in the name, you know you’re getting a tool with a lot of functions. This Timex is no different, as it offers a tachymeter, date, and three sub-dials. You’re also getting your timepiece from a brand that has an excellent reputation. Despite being one of the cheaper options on the market, Timex outperforms many of the more expensive names above it. This watch also looks great, which is something you don’t always get in the tactical niche. 3: Casio G-Shock Rangeman Our second Casio G-Shock is a lot like the first, but it has a few more capabilities that make it even better.   The most significant of them is likely its solar-powered movement. While most Casio watches come with over 5 years of battery power, being able to capture energy from the sun just adds to this Rangeman’s reliability. Lastly, it improves on just about every aspect of typical G-Shocks, making it an excellent pick for those of you who want to spend a bit more to get the best possible product. 4: Garmin Tactix Charlie If you were choosing just by name, this Garmin Tactix Charlie might be the watch you’d pick. The beauty of it is the fact that it is a smartwatch. That means you get fitness tracking and a variety of other useful functions. My favorite of them is its built-in GPS capabilities, which is crucial for people who like to explore the outdoors. Though this product is much more expensive than any other on this list, it is a great option for people with a bit of money to spend. [Editor’s note: This product has been discontinued.] 5: Luminox Navy Seal Colormark Chrono Luminox based to name this Navy Seal Colormark Chrono model after one of the most respected branches of the military, and luckily, they did not disappoint. It is incredibly tough, looks great, and has a few handy functions. Additionally, it has a Swiss quartz engine on the inside. Many of you will not care about the origin of the movement, but for those that do, it is nice to know that it comes from Switzerland. 6: Garmin Instinct Our second smartwatch on the list is another product from Garmin. This Garmin Instinct is an excellent piece of machinery that syncs up to your phone, has GPS installed, and is tough enough to survive the outdoors. The one drawback of products like these is their relatively short battery life. While they are fine for day-long adventures, you wouldn’t want to take one out in the wilderness for weeks at a time. 7: Citizen Eco-Drive BM8180-03E Our final pick is a lot like the Timex Expedition, but with one crucial difference. It shares a similar aesthetic and a variety of useful complications, while differing in its movement. The primary distinction is the fact that this Citizen watch is solar-powered, which gives it a bit more reliability and appeal.   Whether you’re a camper, rock climber, or military member, you’re probably going to want a watch that fits your lifestyle. Luckily, there are a variety of tactical pieces that fit right into the life you live. You can choose one by doing some basic research on each of the models I presented today. Look at the aesthetics, functions, and toughness of each of them. The chances are that you’ll fall in love with one and buy it right away. Regardless of which you choose, good luck, and enjoy your new watch!

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  6. Omega Watches Tokyo 2020 Olympics Limited Editions

    Alongside the latest Seamaster Aqua Terra, Omega has rolled out a few other special limited edition pieces to commemorate the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It’s a story that’s more than eight decades in the making. Omega, the official timekeeper of the 2020 games, first had that role in 1932, when the games were held in Los Angeles. Omega watches has since been the official timekeepers of the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Timepieces for Today’s Games When Olympics fever takes over Tokyo in the summer of 2020, Omega will watch the future unfold. Modern competitions such as skateboarding, karate, and surfing make their first-ever runs at Olympic gold. Simone Biles will be the gymnast to watch judging by her 2016 gold-medal showing. Swimmer Katie Ledecky also comes in as a favorite, while the ever-popular Team USA Basketball has also made the cut. New Speedmasters for Tokyo 2020 Looking ahead into 2020, Omega went back to its past for inspiration from their Professional Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster that was along for man’s first step on the moon in 1969. That classic style is carried over to the Speedmasters for the upcoming games. The new Omega watches come in five colors that represent (you’ve guessed it) the five colors of the Olympic symbols: red, yellow, green, blue and black. Omega came with color and the watch world took notice. Blue: The Tokyo Blue brings it in reverse panda-style with a brushed blue dial beautifully contrasted against popping white sub-dials. Purists love the trademark red font for the Speedmaster logo. Black: We have traditional panda style with a striking white dial and black subdials that peer through the minimalist face. Green: Green and gold is both an elegant and a bold choice, so just a touch of green please, on the bezel. Now bring on the glimmering contrast with Omega’s signature Sedna Gold in a balanced mix with stainless steel. Red: Red comes in bold and stormy. It’s seriously downplayed by an all-business light-grey saturated dial. But that robust ring of red around the face embodies its spirit and radiates an action-ready vibe. Yellow: Here we get a full-on tribute to Olympic rings with a medley of circles in yellow gold cast in sleek contrast with a matte black dial. Meet the 2020 Seamasters For the Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020, Omega makes a sweeping change with the collection’s first-ever ceramic dial. The official Olympic emblem for the event is laser engraved across the high polish blue dial. At a solid 41mm case size with a sapphire case back, this Seamaster wears super sporty. They’re rolling out just 2,020 pieces (a bit on the nose, but okay). If you want to make a change from the all-stainless-steel motif, it wears wonderfully on the included blue rubber strap. On the Seamaster’s inside, you’ve got magnetic-resistant Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8900 from a solid Swiss player in the industry. Omega Watches, More to It A nod to the games lies in the case’s solid back stamped with a competing continent. The switch from the traditional Speedmaster sapphire case back is a standout feature. Beyond that, these limited editions don’t veer too far from Speedmaster territory with polished and brushed 42mm cases, three-link bracelets and 1861 hand-wound movements. The Dial Let’s talk about that dial that mimics the Cubist-inspired logo for Tokyo’s games. It’s standing right out there like an art grad’s accent wall. Sooner or later someone is going to call attention to the design that would be at home on the set of a swinging’ evening variety show in 1964. Love it or not, it’s got an iconic style. Sticking with the sea, we also get the Seamaster Planet Ocean Tokyo 2020. The host country gets a salute in this watch Omega says has “a true Japanese touch.” Could they be referring to the Liquidmetal diving scale that would be at home in Japanese anime? Could it be the patriotic colors with a “lollipop” seconds hand that echoes the flag of Japan? A bezel filled with red liquid ceramic continues the country’s colors. This one wears in a refined kind of funky, or funky kind of refined on a white leather strap. Or go with the more traditional stainless steel bracelet or the NATO strap that’s in with the packaging. Flip the watch over to find a sapphire crystal case back with the emblem of the games on stainless steel that’s protecting an Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 movement. Seamasters to Mark Moments It’s worth looking back just a few balmy summer months ago to when Omega bowed its Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black to commemorate tequila, mezcal and a wee splash of George Clooney. Going black-on-black, the watchmakers did a design meld with Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal, an artisanal agave producer in Oaxaca, Mexico that the actor co-owns. View this post on Instagram #omega #omegaplanetocean #omegacasamigos A post shared by Collecting Watches (@appanerairm) on Jun 25, 2019 at 8:40am PDT Chances are you won’t be in Tokyo for the Olympic games. More than likely you will catch them on TV, maybe have a mini addiction on something like Badminton or Dressage. And when you see the shining Olympic moment of triumph that inevitably happens, maybe you’ll want a piece of that history on your wrist with an Omega watch.

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  7. How to Spot a Fake Rolex Watch

    Rolex watches are the epitome of luxury and a coveted status symbol. More than 700,000 of them are produced for the global market every year. However, they are also one of the most counterfeited watches in the world. If the price sounds too good to be true, it probably is. To shoppers in the know, spotting a fake Rolex can be easy. Look for the following characteristics before making a deal that sounds ridiculously too good to be true. Things to Double Check:  1. Check the metal: Rolex uses only stainless steel, platinum, and 18K gold. A Rolex is never 14K gold or any other metal or glass. It also does not have any engraving on the back. However, a used Rolex may have a personal engraving. Faded gold or metal showing through the metal marks, especially on the bracelet, helps you spot a fake Rolex. 2. Check the date magnification: Rolex watches have a magnification glass called a “Cyclops” above the date. The date should be magnified 2.5 times, making the date jump out and take up the entire magnification bubble. Most counterfeit Rolex watches omit the Cyclops or include a less effective lens. They may have a magnification of 1.5 times or lower. If the date through the Cyclops or from the side looks the same size or is difficult to see, it makes it easy to spot a fake Rolex. 3. Check the model case number: Rolex watches have sealed back cases, so it will be difficult to look inside. Rolex etches the model (case) number between the lugs at 12 o’clock, and the serial number is between the lugs at 6 o’clock. Many fake Rolex watches have a model and serial number in the correction positions, however, Rolex’s real models and serial numbers can be found with a quick Google search. Now Look Closely:    1. Hold the watch. Due to the choice of fine metals used by the manufacturer, Rolex watches are heavier than their lightweight counterfeits. 2. Observe the second hand. It should move smoothly. Fakes have stuttering second hands. 3. Listen to the watch. Rolex watches never make ticking noises. 4. Inspect the winding crown: Fake watches have basic winders, or crowns, that move the hour and minute hands, possibly accompanied by large crown guards surrounding it and winding sounds that appear cheap. A Rolex has a finely crafted crown that is engineered with high quality giving it a crisp sound as you wind the crown and includes a thick gasket for water tightness. The engravings and grooves of a true Rolex are as intricate and symmetric as a work of art. Asymmetry is a tell-tale sign when trying to spot a fake Rolex watch. Rolex watches are crafted with precision, quality materials, and a refined finish. With this basic knowledge of how to spot a fake Rolex, you will not be fooled by counterfeits of a Rolex replica offered along with ridiculously low prices. While this list covers some of the most common features of a counterfeit, some fake renditions turn out to be realistic since the counterfeiters’ tactics can change over time. If you are asked to pay decent money or more and your inspection makes you believe it is the real thing, be sure to take it to a jeweler for verification!

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  8. The 10 Most Iconic Watches of All Time

    Choosing just 10 watches out of the thousands that are on the market is a significant undertaking, but one that is a lot of fun, too. Not only do I get to showcase some amazing products, but you can also debate my inclusion or exclusion of certain pieces. What’s undeniable is that the 10 picks on this list are absolutely iconic watches and would be excellent additions to your collection. Santos de Cartier  Cartier is famous for being one of the most refined brands in the world. The Santos de Cartier was their first wristwatch creation, and its legend lives on to this day. Many consider it to be the quintessential dress watch, and I’d have to agree that it is undoubtedly one of the best options out there. It has a timeless design, excellent quality, and a certain mystique that is unmatched in the industry. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso   In a similar vein, we have the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. This watch is attractive for two primary reasons. The first is its simple and luxurious design. The second is the fact that you can turn the watch face over and hide it, hence the name “Reverso”. Add in its rectangular shape and rich horological history, and you have a watch that is as iconic as they come. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Many consider Patek Philippe one of the finest timepiece brands in the world. That is high praise, but they truly deserve it. Their craftsmanship is off the charts, and you really can’t go wrong when choosing them. The most charming aspect of this particular piece is its perpetual calendar, which doesn’t need to be reset for 200 years. Overall, this watch is historic, iconic, and a “holy grail” addition to many watch enthusiasts’ collections. Breitling Navitimer The Breitling Navitimer is a watch that appeals to a variety of collectors. The first thing you notice about it is its size, which is well above average. Next, you see how crowded the dial is. Between chronographs, a slide rule, and a variety of other functions, this timepiece has an unheard-of amount of capabilities. The final piece of the puzzle is its attractive and robust appearance. While this watch isn’t for everyone, it has a cult following and is considered a true icon. Rolex Submariner The Rolex Submariner is one of the most sought-after watches on the market right now. You really only have three options if you want one. Spend up to two years on a wait list, pay thousands over retail price, or “know somebody”. That insane amount of demand isn’t all hype, though. Instead, the Submariner is a fantastic timepiece that nearly every collector wants to purchase. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Generally, when a watch is released, it doesn’t turn too many heads. The truth is that most products look pretty similar to what is currently on the market, meaning that “innovation” is usually just a marketing phrase. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is an exception to that trend, as it genuinely rocked the watch world when Audemars Piguet released it. This piece is so iconic that AP is considered one of the top brands in the world despite almost exclusively selling just one model of watch. Tag Heuer Monaco Speaking of highly original designs, the Tag Heuer Monaco is another watch that shocked the horology community. I think what really made the difference was its square-shaped case and subdials. There just wasn’t anything like this timepiece before the Monaco came out, and it cemented Tag Heuer as a premiere Swiss manufacturer. Rolex Datejust To be honest, the Rolex Datejust doesn’t have the most eye-catching design, nor does it have some gimmick that sets it apart from other pieces. Instead, it is simply an elegant watch that is simultaneously incredibly tough. Sometimes less is more. This synthesis of positive attributes has made it the favorite of powerful individuals throughout history. Omega Speedmaster If you were on the wrist of the first astronauts to go to the moon, then you deserve to be included in the most iconic watches of all time. That is precisely what the Omega Speedmaster did, and it is incredibly popular even to this day. Aside from historical achievements, this watch is also very well made and packs a lot of value into its price point. Patek Philippe Calatrava Lastly, we have a timepiece that will never go out of the style. The reason is that it is incredibly minimalistic and elegant. The Patek Philippe Calatrava’s design is simple, its craftsmanship is excellent, and it has one of the top Swiss brands in the world creating it. Combine all of that, and you have a can’t-miss product. There you have it: 10 most iconic watches of all time. Whether you agree with the list is, of course, up to you. But you can’t argue with the reputation of these pieces. Each of them has a rich history, exceptional quality, and serious notoriety in the watch world. If you’re in the market for a new timepiece, you can’t go wrong with any of the options on this list.

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  9. 8 Best Moon Phase Watches

    Watch enthusiasts often love to have at least one complication in their collections. This broad category includes a variety of individual functions, the most common of them likely being date windows and chronographs. One that often flies under the radar, but has a cult following in the watch world, is the moon phase complication. Not only do they usually have a cool aesthetic, but the engineering that goes into creating them is incredibly impressive. If you’re interested in this type of watch, going with one of the 8 picks below is a smart bet. 1: Frederique Constant FC-270SW4P6  This Frederique Constant watch is an absolute bargain, and you get a brand with an excellent reputation backing it up. The design is very dressy and elegant, while also not being too minimalistic or boring. I especially like the color scheme of the piece, with a white dial and black leather strap. In addition to its moon phase complication, you also get a day date function, and you get it in an aesthetically pleasing way. The only thing that you might not like is that this watch is battery-powered, meaning its craftsmanship is not on the level of many other options on this list. 2: Seiko SRX015P1 This Seiko piece is incredibly unique due to the nature of its movement.   On the one hand, it is a quartz watch. On the other, it can be powered up by winding and other forms of kinetic energy. This hybrid machinery is very uncommon, and one that you might fall in love with. On the outside, this timepiece is absolutely gorgeous and is worth taking a long, hard look at. Though it is one of Seiko’s most expensive options, it might be the right one for you. 3: Orient Star RK-AM0001S This is another somewhat expensive product from a brand who generally sells in the affordable range.   Just like the Seiko, this Orient Star dial is quite crowded, but it does have an elegant and luxurious vibe to it. Another benefit is the small hole in the face that shows off a bit of its automatic movement. Despite these complications, this watch still manages to look and feel like a dress piece, which is precisely what many of you are looking for. 4: Longines Master L27394713 This Longines Master watch might be my favorite of the bunch, and there are two primary reasons why. The first is just how complicated the dial is. It has 24-hour clock, day of the week, day of the month, and moon phase features all packed into a 44mm case. That’s something I have never seen before from any other product. The second reason is how artful and uncrowded the dial looks, despite how much information is on it. If you want a piece with a truly original design and concept, this is an excellent choice. 5: Omega Speedmaster Moon Phase Most watch collectors know that the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most iconic timepieces of all time. What many don’t know is that it comes in a moon phase version. Luckily, Omega managed to add this complication without overcrowding the dial or changing the overall essence of this piece. Instead, it is as gorgeous as the Speedmaster is supposed to be, but with an added feature that serves a particular population of horology enthusiasts. 6: Jaeger LeCoultre Q1558420 Now, we enter the domain of Swiss masterpieces. The first is this moon phase dress watch from Jaeger LeCoultre. What instantly catches my eye is the silver dial, hands, and numbers. Designers often choose contrast over sameness, but the geniuses behind this watch managed to buck that trend and come out with a fantastic product. You also get your moon phase complication plus the month, day, and date. 7: A. Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Moon Phase A Lange & Sohne are masters of luxury, and this moon phase watch is no exception. They craft it from white gold and alligator skin leather, but elect to keep the dial as simple as possible. The truth is that the craftsmanship of this piece speaks for itself, and A. Lange & Sohne didn’t need to make any statements with its appearance. If you have the cash, don’t hesitate in purchasing this gorgeous timepiece. 8: Patek Philippe Nautilus Lastly, we have one of the more sought-after watches in the world right now. The standard Nautilus does not come with a moon phase, but luckily for us, they do have a version with this complication. As expected, Patek Philippe manages to add this feature without crowding the dial or taking away from the mastery that is the Nautilus.   One thing to note that is that the first few watches on this list don’t track the moon phase mechanically. Instead, they use a quartz feature. While many of you will be okay with that, others will want all the bells and whistles. Either way, taking a hard look at the 8 timepieces on this list is a great place to start for those of you who want to invest in a moon phase watch.

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  10. Reviewing the Citizen Eco-Drive

    This line of Citizen watches is more of a family than just one single product because the Citizen Eco-Drive refers to the movement inside a wide variety of items. That being said, it is reasonable to discuss them all at once, as Citizen crafts each product with an incredible level quality. Below, I’ll review the various aspects of this Citizen collection and will share a few of my favorite models in it. Citizen Brand While Swiss manufactures get the most praise in the watch industry, Japanese companies are a close second. One of the best of them is Citizen, which began as a pocket watch producer in 1924. The brand really started to hit its stride in the 1970s due to their adoption of quartz technology and became an industry powerhouse. In the modern age, consumers see Citizen as an affordable manufacturer that gives you excellent value for your money. History of the Eco-Drive Citizen didn’t just master quartz in the 1970s, though. Instead, they also began working with solar-powered movements. This technology innovated the watch world because it created somewhat of a hybrid between conventional and new age machinery. On the one hand, these watches were battery-powered, making them incredibly cheap and accurate. On the other, you could go many years without changing that battery, making them behave a bit like an automatic watch. Citizen saw the fantastic opportunity that solar-powered quartz presented, and they went all in on the Eco-Drive. They are now synonymous with solar. Materials Despite Citizen’s low prices, they definitely don’t skimp on materials. Each Eco-Drive watch has a thick case, is made from stainless steel, and has a scratch-resistant crystal. The one issue that you might run into is that some of their budget options do not have real leather straps. That said, you can spend a bit extra and get a genuine one if that is important to you. Appearance You have a ton of options when it comes to the appearance of your Eco-Drive. Common aesthetics include dress, aviation, diving, and field pieces. The one thing I will say to group them all together is that Citizen clearly puts a substantial amount of money into design. These watches are absolutely gorgeous, classic looking, and totally original. You’ll ultimately have to choose which style suits you best, but no matter what, you’ll be getting a really good-looking timepiece. Movement So how exactly does the Eco-Drive work? Let’s start by explaining quartz pieces. These watches have a battery, a quartz crystal, and a bit of machinery to make the hands move. The basic chain of events is as follows: The battery sends a wave of energy to vibrate the quartz crystal. A regulator senses the vibrations of the quartz. Once it hits a certain number of vibrations, that regulator tells the second hand to tick. View this post on Instagram Newly modernized function with a retro nod to the stylish past: the Citizen Promaster Tsuno Chronograph Racer in stainless steel with Eco-Drive technology. #MyCitizen #EcoDrive #CitizenPromaster #GoStronger #wristwatch A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Apr 11, 2019 at 10:12am PDT Adding a solar component is actually quite simple. All Citizen does is add a solar cell to the dial and connect it to the battery with a tiny wire. The cell captures energy from light sources, give it to the battery, and keeps the watch running for far longer than conventional quartz pieces. General Craftsmanship Every watch in this collection has its own set of specifications, but I can tell you that the craftsmanship is exceptional throughout. These pieces are the right weight, they are sturdy, and each has enough water resistance to give you peace of mind. I especially recommend the chronographs, as you can feel their quality when you press in the pushers. Overall Impression Citizen is a fantastic brand, and each of their Eco-Drive watches lives up to the hype. If you decide to choose this brand over the others in its price range, you’ve made an excellent selection. Your next step will be deciding on an aesthetic. My personal favorites are their dress and field watches, but you might find yourself falling in love with a different look. Regardless, you’re going to end up with a great watch. Three Excellent Choices   1: BM8180-03E – This simple field watch might be the most popular item in Citizen’s catalog. It is well built, very affordable, and looks great. Add in the fact that it has a day date complication, and you have a clear winner. I can’t recommend this piece enough. 2: CA4210-24E – If you’re a fan of the aviation style, then this is the watch for you. I especially love its timeless design and multiple chronographs. While you might not use those little timers much, it is always satisfying to have them at your disposal. 3: AU1040-08E – Everybody needs a classy looking dress watch, but not all of us have the money for the most expensive brands. Citizen gives these people an alternative with the CA4210-24E. While it lacks the materials of luxury options, it looks and feels just like them, and comes in at a significantly lower price.

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  11. 5 Best Smartwatches for Men

    With so many excellent choices out there, it’s hard to know which are the best smartwatches for men. We look at the top timepieces that bridge the worlds of fashion and high-tech function. 1: Apple Watch 4 It’d be hard to talk about smartwatches for men without mentioning the Apple watch. Two things make the Apple Watch Series 4 the smartwatch for smartwatch purists. First, there is the style. Series 4 models are slightly larger than earlier offerings but still retain that iconic square watch face that makes them instantly recognizable as a high-tech wonder on your wrist. Second is the tech. At the forefront of smartwatch technology when it debuted in 2015, the Apple Watch continues to evolve with some amazing features. With a screen that comes almost to the case edge, the display is bigger and brighter than past incarnations. One technological advancement is the ECG app that takes electrocardiograms and alerts you if it finds an irregular heart rhythm, or if your heart is beating too slow or fast. Past Apple Watches had you summon Siri with a press of the crown, but the latest version is voice-activated. You also no longer need constant connectivity to listen to Apple Music and podcasts with offline synching and the ability to save your audio locally.   2: TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 This one is all about the looks. Tech-savvy detractors will mention that the TAG Heuer Connected doesn’t really do much more than a lower-end smartwatch in terms of technical capability. And they have a point. But watch aficionados will be quick to point out you have a TAG Heuer on your wrist and isn’t that really the point? The “45” in its name refers to its 45-mm diameter, making it a big watch that wears hefty. While this kind of bulk may not suit other smartwatches, the Connected Modular’s bold presentation suits its size well. The solid metal case also makes it stand out compared to less expensive smartwatches. You probably won’t get much use out of the non-rotating bezel, serving more as a nod to the design of traditional TAG Heuer watches. For sporty good looks, it’s hard to beat the Blue Matte Ceramic edition with a blue rubber strap. As for its technical side, it’s got everything you would expect — 4GB storage capacity, NFC for Android Pay, GPS, WiFi and the rest. But the TAG Heuer style is why you shell out the cash (in the $1,200 to $3,500 range) for this smartwatch.    3: Montblanc Summit 2 Why would anyone shell out a thousand bucks for a mid-range (okay, mid-range-plus) smartwatch? Montblanc answers the question nicely with its Summit 2. A sleek minimalistic 42-mm stainless steel case makes the timepiece look very much like a traditional watch, as does the sapphire glass over the display. Slip a calfskin strap on this smartwatch and you have one elegant accessory on your wrist. Perfect for the office and dress occasions, the watch is also good company on a casual weekend.    View this post on Instagram SAVINE + Bodytech | Lançamento Relógio SUMMIT 2 – MontBlanc || Convidamos nossos clientes para conferir o novo smartchwatch da @montblanc na @bt_bodytech. O evento acontece de 3 a 5 de junho na Bodytech Savassi, e de 6 a 8 de junho na Bodytech Belvedere. || . A post shared by SAVINE JOIAS (@savinejoias) on Jun 3, 2019 at 9:40am PDT As for its technology, it’s good (maybe not $1,000 good, but good). The screen is sharp with a resolution of 390 x 390. The Wear OS operating system can nicely handle the latest apps, from fitness tracking to the handy World Timer that lets you see time zones across the world by rotating the crown. It’s also geared toward travellers with an included Travel Info app that gives you currency exchange, weather, and some helpful phrases for countries across the globe. So if the price doesn’t put you off (as you’re not getting a truly premier brand), a Summit 2 is a nice luxe-adjacent option. 4: Samsung Galaxy Samsung has retooled its Gear S smartwatch with stunning results, offering a better looking, longer-lasting and more app-packed offering. And at a reasonable price! You can pick one up for under $400, with the cost varying by model and features. Two sizes, a 42-mm or 46-mm case, come in silver, midnight black and rose gold. With a circular face, metal case and traditional finishing, it looks very much like a conventional timepiece. This makes the watch quite versatile and pairs well with almost any ensemble short of formal wear. When it comes to high tech, the Samsung Galaxy is all about the interface, compatible with both Android (5.0 and above) and iPhones (iOS 9 and later). The Galaxy is also nipping at Apple’s heels when it comes to health apps, notably with the Samsung Health package that offers dozens of workouts you can roll through with the rotating bezel. The 4G version allows you to use the watch essentially as a smartphone without the need for WiFi connectivity. For both price and technology, this one is hard to match.   5: Breitling Exospace The Breitling Exospace B55 Connected has been on the scene for a few years and recently the Swiss watchmakers rolled out a Yachting edition aimed at sailing enthusiasts. Whichever version you choose, the Exospace is a good sporty choice with some great functionality. First, we have to address the price. You are buying a Breitling so prepare to pay luxury watch prices. An earlier Exospace B55 model can set you back $4,000 and you have to shell out around $6,000 or more for the newer version. Once you get past the sticker shock, we can look at what you are paying for. View this post on Instagram Lnib Breitling exospace B55. 2017 @73 juta #breitlingexospaceb55 #breitlingwatchsecond #vmVsh A post shared by ANT_Authentic Only (@authentic1977) on Feb 19, 2018 at 9:32pm PST The titanium case, unidirectional rotating bezel and water resistance up to 100 meters are pure Breitling quality. Swiss luxury is evident in every detail, from the twin LCD screens on an otherwise traditional face to high-end crowns and pushers. As for technology, it can’t compete with Apple (nor does it try) but the Bluetooth connectivity to smartphones gives you a wide array of apps to work with.     Long gone are the days when only super geeks wore high-tech on their wrists. So embrace the future and get yourself a fine smartwatch today!

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