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  2. Sports Watches: Best Adidas Watches for Sporty People

    Have you been looking for sports watches that are stylish, sophisticated and designed with sporty people in mind? But don’t want to break the bank trying to get your hands on one? Then look no further than the many Adidas watches that have been designed with the modern-day sportsman and woman in mind. Remember that these watches aren’t luxury Swiss sports watches nor are they often spotted on the wrists of sports celebrities. Rather, these sports watches are stylish, sporty and accessible to almost everyone. Let’s take a look at them. A Bit About the Brand Adidas AG, formerly known as the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory, was founded back in July of 1924 in Herzogenaurach, Germany, by Adolf Dassler and his brother Rudolph. In 1949 the two brothers had a falling out and Rudolph left the company, starting Puma almost immediately after leaving. As soon as Rudolph had left the company in 1949, Adolf—whose childhood nickname was Adi—renamed the company by combining the first three letters of his nickname with the first three letters of his surname. Today, Adidas is the world’s second largest sportswear manufacturer after Nike. Puma is the third largest. Adidas ARCHIVE_M1 Released way back in 2017, the Adidas ARCHIVE_M1 is a nod to the 70s style and its retro-like design pays homage to the dawning of the digital era. Its features include a built-in calendar, a light, dual time and a stopwatch. Its case is constructed from stainless steel and hardened mineral crystal while its strap is a 5-link 24mm stainless steel bracelet. It is water resistant up to 50 meters and comes in an assortment of colors. Take your pick from the stainless steel and black color option as pictured below, a black & rose gold option or a black on black option. Adidas DISTRICT_M1 Another 2017 release, the Adidas DISTRICT_M1 takes a Bauhaus-inspired design approach to classic yet modern sports watches. It has a round silhouette and oozes elegance. It has a three-hand movement that displays seconds, minutes and hours. Crafted from stainless steel and hardened mineral crystal, the DISTRICT_M1’s case was designed to last. It has a Milanese 20mm stainless steel bracelet for a strap. It’s water resistant up to 50 meters and is available in: The gorgeous gold color option as shown above A suave silver with navy gray color A beautiful color combo of black & copper Adidas DISTRICT_LX2 The latest version of the massively successful DISTRICT line of Adidas watches is the _LX2. It was released in celebration of the M1’s success and enduring style. Only 250 have ever been made, making this one of the most exclusive Adidas watches on the market. It has all the same features as its muse, the M1, with the addition of a date indicator. This watch has a stainless steel case, a Japanese quartz movement and a leather strap produced by the Horween tannery. The back of each case is engraved with the production run number. It’s available in the simple yet striking silver, black and tan color palette as pictured below as well as in a brown, olive green & rose gold option. Adidas PROCESS_L1 The focus of the Adidas PROCESS_L1 is clearly on wearability, comfort, stylishness and sensibility. It has a Japanese quartz movement and hands to display hours, minutes & seconds. It consists of a 20mm genuine leather watch strap, a stainless steel case with hardened mineral crystal and a feeling of laid-back luxury. It’s water resistant up to 100 meters – making this one of the top sports watches on the market. In terms of colors, it’s available in the collegiate navy, dark brown and silver color option as pictured below as well as the following color options: Gun metal, stone and bone option Blue, dark brown and gold Black and gold Rose gold, collegiate navy and black Adidas PROCESS_M1 Similar in design and principle to the L1 mentioned above, the Adidas PROCESS_M1 is one of the most popular Adidas watches. They’re also one of the top sports watches too. The M1 is inspired by simple yet sophisticated designs that can be worn everyday—for all activities. It consists of a Japanese quartz movement and has hands for seconds, minutes & hours. Its case is stainless steel with hardened mineral crustal while its strap is made from a 6-link 20mm stainless steel bracelet. It’s available in navy blue and silver, rose gold, black & white as well as the black & copper color combo pictured below. Final Thoughts If one thing is for certain it’s that Adidas watches sure are stylish. While they aren’t designed with luxury and elegance in mind by any stretch of the imagination, these sports watches look good and are practical.

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  3. Top 3 Grand Seiko Watches

    Despite being in business since 1960, the world wasn’t properly introduced to the Grand Seiko watches until 2010. Before that, the watch was made available either by flying over to Japan or by browsing around Japanese online retailers. The aim of Grand Seiko was that the world could see the beauty of Japanese watchmaking. And ever since then, this Brand has become one of the most sought-after and quality-driven timepieces and existence. Before we list our favorite Grand Seiko watches, we feel that you should know why this watch is so special. Why Grand Seiko Is So Special Besides the luxury that comes with it, Grand Seiko features several aspects that put it ahead of other timepieces. Some of these features include the quality of its craftsmanship, it’s finishing as well as its history. Craftsmanship One of Grand Seiko’s best features is, without a doubt, its craftsmanship. This watch series has remained true to the conventional means of watch adjustment, assembly, and polishing.   The watchmakers of Grand Seiko use a technique known as “zaratsu.” This is an ancient sword-making technique to polish swords and is now used to polish every part of the Grand Seiko wristwatch. The watch is assembled by professional wrist watchmakers. The testing and adjustment of the watch are required by COSC on all 5 positions, including a sixth for gravity effects. It’s a process that takes 17 days to complete. Movement Another one of Grand Seiko’s strengths is their consistent spring drive movement. The movement utilizes the mechanical assembly from the 60s along with a high-tech tri synchro regulator. This results in a kind of technology that prevents the use of batteries. Instead, the watch gets its power from a mainspring, and with better accuracy at that than many quartz wristwatches. What we’re trying to say is that Grand Seiko’s quartz and mechanical movements are the best in the world. The quartz movements also referred to as 9F, are surprisingly accurate. The least accurate movements read 10 seconds a year and the most accurate 5 Seconds. This only serves to indicate that the Grand Seiko 9f is not to be taken for granted. All this tells us that the mechanical movements of grand Seiko are reliable, accurate and simple. Even the oldest division of the brand doesn’t misrepresent what it stands for in terms of technology and tradition.   History Grand Seiko was brought to this world due to the brand’s inability to make a mark in the luxury watch market at the time. One of the brand’s divisions, Suwa, was tasked with literally producing the greatest wristwatch possible. The classic model Grand Seiko was a three-handed model that was widely renowned. After that, Grand Seiko has been consistently improving on the quality of its watches. Time and again the brand has come up with a new standard in the luxury watch market. Then in 1964, the brand entered the international Neufchatel chronometer testing. Although it didn’t do well at first, they managed to still rank in the top ten before the competition was axed. Now, let’s have a look at some of the best Grand Seiko watches that you can get your hands on today. Best Grand Seiko Watches of Today 1: The Calibre 9S – SBGR311 Starting off our list is the Calibre 9S SGBR311. This model was introduced to celebrate the caliber’s 20-year anniversary since it was introduced in 1998. Most of the grand Seiko models of today are built from the acclaimed caliber 9S. The SBGR311 comes with a lavish dark wooden brown dial in an enchanting radial pattern. It’s both pleasing to the eyes and effective in telling us the time. The caliber 9S is special in a number of ways. Firstly, it utilizes state-of-the-art Technologies such as MEMS, which stands for microelectromechanical systems. This is the kind of technology that provides extreme precision that tolerates inaccuracies of a thousandth of a millimetre. Secondly, this technology is combined with conventional craftsmanship in which each gear is meticulously hand-polished. This way, less friction is guaranteed for more appropriate timekeeping and that the lifespan of each component is increased. 2: Grand Seiko SBGA129 AJHH Limited Edition Next up is the SBGA129, otherwise known as snowflake due to the color of its dial.  It has an automatic Calibre of 9R65 movement, which is Grand Seiko’s most well-known Spring Drive movement. The silver-colored second hand operates at a slow but smooth hypnotic movement that is different from other movements like Hi-Beat. The model’s case diameter is 13 mm thick and 39 mm wide. It also features a 72-hour power reserve with a 10-bar water resistance level. The purpose behind the creation of the watch was so that it offered durability, precision and beauty. It’s also what helped launch the career of Grand Seiko. And there’s not another watch that best represents those characteristics than the Snowflake. It’s only really precise thanks to its Spring Drive movement. With it, the watch has a mechanical watch’s soul and a quartz watch’s accuracy. Along with its beautiful dial and excellent finishes, Snowflake’s titanium case it’s extremely durable. 3: The Hi-Beat – SBGH267 Another watch to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Calibre 9S is the Grand Seiko Hi-Beat SBGH267. This model also commemorates the 50th anniversary of Grand Seiko Hi-Beat. The first model, the 61GS, was the Brand’s first 36000 vph movement that was launched in 1968. It was also this model that gave the Japanese brand recognition as one of the most accurate watches on the planet. And now, there are several Hi-Beat models available in the GS lineup The SBGH267 is the most affordable of all Calibre 9S models that were introduced. Despite the low-price, it is no way inferior to its gold and platinum brethren. The SBGH267 Hi-Beat boasts the same features as the metal models. Some of them include the dial motive and the Zaratsu polished case. However, the steel model’s dial comes in a deep blue color. The dial also introduces a new 39.5 mm case size to the series.

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  4. New Watches: Top 4 Watches Released in 2020

    If one thing is for certain about 2020, it’s that it’s going to be a weird year for watches. Given the current landscape, many launches for brands such as Patek Philippe, Tudor and Rolex have been postponed until 2021. Thankfully, a few incredible new watches have already been released. Let’s take a look at 4 of the best new watches 2020 has revealed so far. While we’re certain that many other new watches will be introduced throughout the course of 2020, here are the best of the best as of early 2020. 1: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition We’ve discussed the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition quite recently and still feel that it is arguably one of the most exciting new watches that has been released in 2020 so far. This addition to the Seamaster collection can be seen in the James Bond film, No Time to Die. The best—or worst depending on who you ask—part about the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is that it is part of a non-limited series. It’s water resistant up to 30 bars (1000 feet), shock resistant, has a built-in helium escape valve decompression system and has anti-magnetic properties.   It is a slightly slimmer version of the standard 300M Diver and features a brown dial & a titanium mesh bracelet with an adjustable buckle. Inside this beautiful timepiece is the Co-Axial Master Chromometer 8806. 2: Seiko Black Series Limited Editions Seiko’s new watches released back in February and March can be classed as honorary members of our round-up of best black watches for men. Inspired by the ocean at nighttime, the Seiko Black Series Limited Editions is made up of the SLA035J1, SPB125J1 and the SSC761J1. The SLA035J1, released in March 2020, is water resistant up to 300 meters and features the 8L35 movement. It has a black, red & white design with Lumibrite on its hands, bezel & index to ensure it can be ready in the dark depths of the sea. Only 600 have been made.   The SPB125J1 and SSC761J1 were both released in February. The SPB125J1 is an automatic with a 6R35 caliber and features a black & orange color scheme. 7,000 have been made. The SSC761J1 features a solar movement and a V192 caliber & has a black, red & orange color scheme. Only 3,500 have been made. Both new watches are water resistant up to 200 meters and feature Lumibrite on its hands & indexes. 3: Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry If you ever wondered what a watch with more than 1,300 diamonds would look like, look no further than the Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry from Vacheron Constantin. Released in late March, this striking timepiece features 1,345 diamonds and is constructed from 18k white gold. It is a non-limited edition and is just one of Vacheron Constantin’s many, many diamond watches.   The Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry features a 1088L caliber and is an automatic watch. It is water resistant up to 30 meters and its design consists of: A 246-diamond adorned 18k white gold case An 18k white gold dial set with 510 diamonds 18k white gold bracelet that is covered in diamonds We’ll be the first to admit that this watch is far more pretty than it is practical; but we do admire Vacheron Constantin’s effort to attract more female customers while proudly showing off their phenomenal craftsmanship. 4: Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic Released in January, this beautiful bad boy is the latest addition to the Hublot Big Bang Collection. The Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic is a striking timepiece of which there are only 100 pieces available. It features a HUB9011 caliber and has a 14-day power reserve. The MP-11 Red Magic has a polished red titanium case, a sapphire crystal dial and a textured black rubber strap. It is water resistant up to 30 meters and reminds fans of a Ferrari engine.   It is one of the best and most beautiful high-tech ceramic watches. Partly because most ceramic watches are black or white in color while this daring design is a bold red one. Final Thoughts And there you have it: the four watches released in 2020 you should know about. And there are many new watches you should keep watch for including the Chanel J12 X-Ray and the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition. Whether you simply want to keep up to date with recent watch releases and news or are updating your wish list to include the latest models on the market is up to you. What do you think about these watches? Were they worth the wait or will you be watching to see what else 2020 brings with it?

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  5. Top Tudor Watches for Men

    Most talk about Tudor watches begins with their association to Rolex, as Tudor has always had to live somewhat in the shadows of the legendary brand from which it was born nearly a century ago. And Tudor’s ties to Rolex are notable, even to this day, perhaps most visible in the Black Bay GMT owing its heritage to the Rolex GMT Master. But Tudor has also staked out its own ground when it comes to luxury watches, and here we delve into a few of their finer offerings for men. Tudor Black Bay Bronze Following blue-dial and brown-dial versions of the Black Bay Bronze, the third incarnation is the charm with the slate grey fumé dial we met in 2019. And what a dial it is, with lume-filled bronze indices on a design that echoes those of classic Rolex Explorers and Submariners. And, adding a traditional touch, the Black Bay Bronze has Tudor’s signature snowflake hour hand. It comes with either a striped nylon strap or black leather with contrast stitching; the latter giving the formidable timepiece a more formal look. Chronometer certified with water resistance up to 200 meters and a power reserve of about 70 hours, it’s built as tough as it looks.   Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB We had to include the Pelagos on this top Tudor watches list. Bold blue. Brilliant blue. Eye-catching and vibrant. These are just a few of the ways the Pelagos Ref. M25600TB-0001 is inevitably described. The blue-and-white design is stunning, it’s guaranteed to grab attention. Though its anti-reflective sapphire crystal tones things down a tad. Shop Tudor Pelagos Watches   While other Tudor dive watches are made plenty tough, this is the most rugged with a titanium case. It has a depth rating of 500 meters, and a helium escape system protecting its in-house self-winding mechanical movement. It also comes with a striking titanium bracelet. Although this tough timepiece just loves getting fitted with its sturdy rubber strap in matching blue. Tudor North Flag Ref. M91210N-0002 The Black Bay may be the first watch that comes to mind when you think of Tudor watches. And the Pelagos gets understandable attention for its toughness. But the lesser-known North Flag collection deserves more recognition than it gets. We met the first North Flag at Baselworld 2015, but its design roots go much deeper. It is modeled (and thus named) after the Tudor Oyster Prince that went on the rugged British North Greenland Expedition in 1952. Though today’s North Flags have vintage-inspired designs that are more reminiscent of watches from the 1970s, notably the Tudor Ranger II. At 40mm in diameter, the North Flag Ref. 91210N-0002 is smaller than other luxury sports watches. And quite sporty it is with a black, white, and yellow color scheme that’s bold and basic in the best possible sense. While it doesn’t grab attention like Tudor’s flagship models, wearers of this retro watch come to love its unique charm.   Tudor Glamour Double Date Ref. M57103-0021 The “Double Date” part refers to a two-window date complication at the 12 o’clock position. Here, Tudor turns away from the sports watch styles that have gained it so much fame for dressier timepieces in the Glamour line. There are a lot of options among the Double Date model, such as dials in silver, black, and opaline white, all either with or without diamonds. The champagne dial of the 57103 reference is particularly appealing. While all measure 42mm in diameter, you can select stainless steel or steel with yellow gold and complementing steel bracelets or leather straps. As this is a watch that loves to dress up, a fine black leather strap is hard to top with a Double Date.   Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Ref. M42000CN-0018 When we first encountered the Black Shield Fastrider in 2013 most of the hype was about its ceramic case. And the buzz was understandable, as the black monobloc ceramic case is an impressive engineering feat. The Fastrider’s association with Italian motorcycle legend Ducati is also no small thing. The watch’s tachometer scale and chronograph complications brazenly pronouncing that this watch is steeped in the world of racing. With high contrast in its black-and-white design scheme, the watch presents itself boldly. Perhaps more boldly than anything else Tudor produces. And while its look does have odes of vintage flair and notes that recall great racing watches of the past, this one feels altogether contemporary. Tudor 1926 Ref. M91651-0003 Tudor’s 1926 collection goes seriously retro, harkening back to the Roaring 1920s and an Art Deco world. Influenced by flappers who ruled jazz clubs and when fine suits were essential to any well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Through this prism, we get classic dress watches that embrace the elegance of traditional style. The most notable aspect of this throwback style is the lack of a crown guard. That gives the case the formal look of watches from days gone by. There are a lot of options to choose from in this line of Tudor watches. There are choices in silver, black and opaline to sizes that include 28, 36, 39, and 41mm.   The M91651-0003 is particularly striking, as its black dial embraces the collection’s sense of sophistication arguably better than any other. Rose gold presents the perfect complement, on arrow-shaped indices, slim hour hands, and the bezel on the classic round case. Slip this stylish watch on with a tuxedo and you’re ready to sip martinis with the Great Gatsby. Whether you’re looking for sporty style, vintage charm, or something more contemporary and cosmopolitan, look to Tudor watches.

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  6. What Are the Most Durable Watches?

    When it comes to investing in a watch, no matter the price range, it needs to suit your unique preferences. And for many individuals, durable watches are much more valuable even than style or extra features. The Importance of Durable Watches Perhaps your job requires a lot of physical movement and hard handling? Or you simply want one watch that will last you for years instead of months? Does that sound like you? The good news is that you can get strong watches without sacrificing all the other important aspects such as aesthetics. Leading watch designers have got your back and some models will last long while still helping you look suave, sexy and modern…whatever your preference is. Many aspects of your watch determine its durability, so remember to consider all of them. You need a sturdy strap as well as strong interior components that won’t stop working after a slight impact. The crystal must be strong, and the movable parts should all be resistant to wear & tear. Now, we list some of the most durable watches—in their construction, straps and interior components—on the current market so you can compare them and find the winner. 5 of the Most Durable Watches to Consider Casio G-Shock Range We’ll start with one for the ladies: you can get durability and still seem feminine & stylish because you can get this model in various colors. Want pink? Sure! Also black models. But all of them look stunning thanks to details such as pink gold finishes.     But we’re talking about durability here, right? This Casio watch will stand the test of time thanks to a 200m water resistance and the strong resin band. It will keep on working because it’s resistant to shock and magnetic fields. Some may find this watch a bit bulky with its case measuring 49×45.9×15.8mm, in which case you can consider the next model. Seiko Sportura The Seiko team also has a phenomenal range for women who want strong watches and the 10 bar water resistance of the Sportura watches is proof of this. The 37.2mm diameter is comfortable to wear, the daintier designs are attractive to many ladies and you still get the strength of a stainless steel case. Suunto Traverse Alpha If you’re in search for strong watches for men, many consumers turn to Suunto. This brand has a range of strong options, but the Traverse Alpha Series comes out on top. As stated, you don’t have to sacrifice style if you want a durable timekeeper. This model is ultra-modern, and you can pick one of a range of color options. The Copper is especially eye-catching. The durability is thanks to sapphire crystal used, which means it won’t easily shatter after a little bump against a door, tree or wall. The case is formed out of a composite that has enduring strength. Stainless steel is used for the bezel so you know that each component will give you optimum durability.   The specs also speak of its value because it has a 100m water resistance rating. And don’t worry, the textile strap will last a long time, or you can try the brand’s silicone bands too. Luminox Sea Series ANU When a watch carries a label of being appropriate for navy use, you know you have a sturdy design, right? That’s what you get from Luminox in the brand’s Sea Series. The ANU (Authorized for Navy Use) label shows its strength. You’re also guaranteed a long-term investment because the lithium battery can last for eight years or even longer. The sturdiness continues in the strap because the steel buckle will serve you a long time, even with daily handling. It can resist water up to 200m and the sapphire crystal won’t break easily. Your PU strap is comfortable to wear and long lasting. Marathon Search and Rescue TSAR Military Divers Watch If you’re looking for durable watches, it’s always wise to trust a model designed with rough handling in mind. This model from Marathon is made for search and rescue teams that often put their clothes & jewelry through tough conditions, so you know this one will suit your needs of durability. You can pick between a steel and rubber strap; both will wear comfortably and last a long time. A leather option is also available if you want a stylish look.   With a sapphire crystal cover, you know it will still look new for a long time. It has a submersion rating of 30ATM. And inside the watch you’ll find tritium gas tubes. These are known to last over 20 years, proving that this is one of THE strong watches you need to consider this year. There’s no question that these durable watches will last you a long time. And yes, it’s worth paying a little more for a leading brand such as Suunto, because you know that with one of these, you’re making a long term investment.

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  7. Closer Look at the Chopard Mille Miglia

    For more than three decades, the Chopard Mille Miglia has kept the spirit of vintage road racing alive with a steady flow of limited-edition timepieces. Let’s delve into what makes this watch so special. Mille Miglia. “1,000 Miles” in Italian. It stands for the distance and the thusly titled open-road race that once roared through the Italian countryside. While the last of the endurance racers competed in the grueling heat more than half a century ago, today Chopard captures their essence in the watch that’s named in their honor. They Rolled Out of the 80s While the final drivers crossed the last finish line of the Mille Miglia in 1957, it wasn’t until over three decades later that the Swiss watchmakers Chopard paid homage to their neighbors to the south. In 1988, Chopard debuted what would be the first of a series of limited edition Mille Miglia watches, starting with their Chopard Mille Miglia Chronograph. It was designed to capture the spirit of road racing with a prominent bezel, pronounced tachymeter scale, and a design inspired by the look of a classic race car’s dashboard. Drivers and Watches Today, the famed race is honored by the annual Mille Miglia Storica.  A parade of pre-1957 classic cars and a massive road-rally event for serious auto enthusiasts. The event features a rotating roster of A-list celebrity drivers. These drivers have a serious incentive to participate. Each is presented with that year’s limited edition Mille Miglia just for taking part. A Few of Our Favorite Chopard Mille Miglia Watches With a new offering each year since 1988, there are lots to choose from in the line. But let’s take a look at some standouts that have become favorites through the years. Mille Miglia 8331 To mark the 10th anniversary of the watch, Chopard created the much-loved 8331. This one doesn’t try to overwhelm with size, with a relatively small 39mm diameter round case. Like all in the line, it honors racing heritage, here with a tachymeter on the dial and three chronograph functions. And, sure, maybe they are overdoing it a bit on the racing theme with the rubber strap featuring a tire-tread pattern. But hey, it works. Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does. And for all of those gearheads who like to poke around under the hood of a car, flip this one over to view the inner workings of the movement through a display case back. Mille Miglia GTS We first met the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control at Baselworld in 2015. A bezel with a black aluminum insert gives the GTS a super sporty look. It’s complemented by a black dial that pays tribute to dashboards of yore. The dial is dominated by large Arabic 6 and 12 numerals. Those numerals are matched only in their prominence by the trademark Chopard red-arrow logo that crosses the date window. The power reserve indicator is styled to look like a gas gauge on a car from the 1950s. It is available in stainless steel and 18-karat rose gold. The GTS can go on a stainless steel bracelet but the sporty watch feels just as at home on a sturdy rubber strap. Chopard Mille Miglia GMT 8992 This is one of the most iconic timepieces in the line. The GMT 8992 is an all-stainless-steel chronograph that jumps feet first into racing style. It has the trademark tachymeter on the dial and a 24-hour bezel that frames its 42mm face. Three chronograph dials continue the racing functionality, as does the signature Mille Miglia red-arrow race logo. While it comes with a fine leather strap, this sporty offering might feel a bit more fitting on a thick rubber strap. Chopard Mille Miglia Racing Colors These are arguably the most popular watches in the line. We need to leap forward 30 years from its debut to the anniversary editions we saw in 2018. The watches stayed true to the racing roots. The five colors on the 30th-anniversary rollout represent the colors of the countries that competed in the original race. France raced blue Bugatti’s, Italy drove red Alfa Romeos, the British brought green Bentleys, Silver Arrow Mercedes came from Germany, and Belgium competed with yellow race cars. Each watch in the group sports these different dial colors. In common they have 42mm wide stainless steel cases with 12.67mm thickness, screw-down crowns, and pushers to operate chronograph functions in true vintage racing style. Does the Name Sound Familiar? No, you’re not crazy. Well, at least not for any strange sense of familiarity you may have felt with the name Mille Miglia. That’s also the name of Italian airline Alitalia’s frequent flyer program. Classic Corvettes are painted with Mille Miglia Red. And the Mille Miglia is also a type of jacket, featuring goggles in the hood, that’s popular with British soccer fans. But the name Mille Miglia will forever be associated with the iconic watches from Chopard. Maybe you’ll be one of the lucky few who are invited to take the wheel of a classic roadster. More realistically, just keep an eye out online and perhaps one of these coveted watches will find their way from the race routes of Italy to your wrist.

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  8. Sports Watches: Best Nike Watches on the Market

    Sports and watches have been intricately laced together like a pair of sports sneakers for quite some time now. It seems that every type of athlete appreciates beautiful sports watches, from NFL stars to baseball players and every athlete in between. But beyond a celebrity accessory, sport watches can aid you in your fitness journey and help you become a better athlete. The sports watch market is flooded with different options from different brands. One such brand is one we all know and love: Nike. We all know that Nike has long been producing essential sports gear. But did you know that the brand also produces sports watches? Granted, they haven’t made many nor is this likely to become something the brand focuses on in the future. But here’s a look at the very best of them because one of these may be your dream watch? A Bit About the Brand Just in case you aren’t familiar with Nike as a brand, here’s what you need to know. Nike was established in Oregon, United States, by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman at the beginning of 1964 under the name of Blue Ribbon Sports. In 1971, it adopted the name Nike in reference to the Greek Goddess of Victory and the rest is history. Along the way it bought many other companies and employs over 73,100 employees. Today, Nike sponsors some of the biggest sports stars on the planet and is the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes & apparel. So what do they know about making sports watches? Let’s find out. The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) Nike teamed up with Apple to create the ultimate fitness wearable. The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) is incredibly smart and enables users to track their workout data. They can also stream music or listen to Nike Run Club’s Audio Guided Runs. It features a silver aluminum case as well as a 40mm case with Nike watch band. It also has an Always-On Retina display, swim proof properties and elevation detection. This watch is filled with safety features including electrical and optical heart sensors, fall detection, internal emergency calling, an ECG app, a built-in compass & even an emergency SOS feature. The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) is available in two color options being anthracite and black or pure platinum & black as pictured below. There is also a GPS only watch that retails for slightly less than the GPS and Cellular combo. The Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) Though this watch came long before the Series 5 just discussed, and even though there have been two other watches in between, the Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) remains a firm favorite amongst fans of Nike watches. The Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) has built-in GPS and GLONASS, a barometric altimeter, a heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope & is water resistant up to 50 meters. It is built to last as it has a ceramic black build, includes Ion-X strengthened glass and boasts an 18-hour battery life. The Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) comes in the anthracite black design as pictured below and features a space gray aluminum case. You can pick between a black Nike band or a bright crimson Nike band. The Nike+ Sport Watch The next Nike watch is powered by TomTom GPS. While it’s not as impressive as the results of Nike’s collaboration with Apple the Nike+ Sport Watch, it does have quite a lot going for it. Perhaps its most impressive feature is that the band of the watch doubles as a USB plug for easy charging and data viewing. This nifty device has been created with runners in mind. The watch tracks your pace, distance, calories burned and heart rate. It also has extensive data tracking capabilities such as elevation detection and routes ran. It’s waterproof for up to 50 meters so swimmers can also wear this watch without worry. On top of the black and volt color combo, the Nike+ Sport Watch is available in: A white & silver color combo Black & anthracite Black & blue Final Thoughts As you can see, though they be few, Nike watches sure do bring a lot to the party. They might not be dominating the world of sports watches just yet, but they sure are giving their competitors a run for their money. Are you thinking of buying any of the Nike watches we introduced you to today? Our advice to you would be this: just do it!

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  9. Top Affordable Mechanical Watches for Men

    When looking for affordable watches for men, many people simply don’t consider mechanical watches. Not at first, at least. They first think quartz, mainly based on price. And sure, there are lots of great quartz watches out there at great prices. But there are also some wonderful mechanical watches in the same affordable price range as quartz. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best. Seiko 5 for Military Style Military inspiration is on full display with the Seiko 5 SNK805. A no-nonsense matte-finish face keeps things simple with an inner ring for hour markings. The outer indices for seconds, as does the round steel case that’s basic in the best possible sense. Lightweight and on the unassuming side with a 38mm diameter, this ready-to-go watch feels right at home on a casual nylon strap. And Seiko’s trusty 7S26C movement offers reliable accuracy that performs beyond the low price tag: under $100!     Beyond Bambino with the Orient TriStar When people ask about an affordable mechanical dress watch, the Orient Bambino is often the first response. And the Bambino is great. Both its elegance and its affordability are praise-worthy. But the often-overlooked TriStar (also referred to as 3 Star or Three Star) is impressive in its own right. Branded by three stars on the face, the TriStar has a history stretching back to the 1970s. Orient says they made the affordable mechanical watches as alternatives for those living in developing countries with less access to the replacement batteries needed for quartz watches. Orient has kept the watches old school in style, under 40mm. It has a classic stainless steel bracelet, and a day-and-date window on its retro face. While some models in the TriStar line creep up in price to the $200 range (still a great bargain) you can find a new TriStar for about $100. Invicta Pro Diver for a Rolex Feel Okay, fine, most of us know that Invicta dive watches have been derided as the alternative for a Rolex. And, sure, there is some justification in that, as Invicta has mimicked the looks of Rolex (most especially the Submariner) to create lower-end timepieces. But that doesn’t make Invicta watches bad, just not Rolexes. And let’s just consider the fact that you can get one for about 100 bucks. So, for that price, yeah the Invicta Pro Diver 8926 is a pretty nice selection, both in terms of looks and functionality. The 40mm stainless steel case has solid machining and a fine finish. The aluminum bezel is equally substantial. It’s water-resistant up to 200 meters and the NH35A automatic movement is reliable. While the movement is non-branded, that’s actually Seiko handiwork in there behind the display case back and it’s as dependable as most everything the time-honored watchmakers produce. So, sure, it’s not a Rolex, but still a nice option if you’re looking for an affordable alternative. Get Seriously Sporty with the Citizen Promaster While the Invicta Diver 8926 is a great bargain, you can take a serious step up in dive watches for not all that much more money with a Citizen Promaster Automatic. The Citizen NY0040 is a true ISO-certified dive watch with a depth rating of 200 meters and a high-visibility dial. Mixing brushed and high-polish stainless steel finishes, the case is rugged and looks super sporty on a formidable rubber strap. Inside you´ll find the in-house 21-jewel Miyota 8200 movement. With a 46mm diameter and 12mm thickness, this is a watch that wears prominently and really wants to get noticed. That’s all pretty nice for the price of under $300!   Mid-Century Style with the Timex Marlin Mesh This watch might remind you of a timepiece that would be on the wrist of an up-and-coming executive in the 1960s. The Timex Marlin Mesh is a re-issue of a dress watch we first met over half a century ago. Going seriously old school with a hand-wound movement, it oozes sophistication with a silver-on-silver design scheme. The watch, which was made with input from fashion designer Todd Snyder, has a Milanese mesh band. While the 34mm stainless steel case is muted enough to feel understated, eyes will be drawn to the silver sunray dial with mid-century-style indices. Priced at just over $200, it’s an elegant choice with a big dose of throwback charm. History and Heritage with the Hamilton Khaki Hamilton is always a great choice when you’re looking for something with deep ties to America’s watchmaking history, as the company dates back to 1892 in Pennsylvania. And their Khaki Field Mechanical offers a homage to that heritage albeit nearly a century later with a re-issue of a military field watch we first saw in the 1960s. It doesn’t feel formidable at first, as its 38mm diameter is on the smaller side. But it more than compensates for its diminutive dimensions with a classic style that adheres to the US military specs of days gone by. Swiss made today (Hamilton was sold back in the 70s), the Field Mechanical has ETA 2801-2 hand-wound movement with a 42-hour power reserve. On a green NATO strap, it positively exudes classic military style and is nicely priced within the reach of most at under $500.   Now, nobody is saying you shouldn’t splurge on a Rolex. Or that a fine Omega isn’t worth the price. Luxury timepieces come with luxury costs because they have value that justifies the investments. You can put a fine mechanical watch on your wrist without having to shell out big bucks.

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  10. Watch Guide to Different Types of Watch Materials

    A lot comes to mind when considering a new timepiece. Like what the price or style, but watch materials should also be right up there on the list. So what should your watch be made of? Well, let’s delve into this watch guide for distinct types of materials that go into making high-quality watches.  Stainless Steel for Lasting Durability If you’re looking for a watch, you’ll likely be browsing a bunch of steel models, as stainless steel is the most used material in watches today. One big reason for its popularity is durability, as stainless steel has a serious ability to resist corrosion. It’s lightweight and more affordable than gold. Stainless steel eclipsed when it came into wide use at the dawn of the 1930s. With polished or brushed finishes, stainless steel watches do have slight downsides. They can scratch and dent more easily than some other more-durable materials. But stainless steel is still plenty tough! A popular material for dive watches, stainless steel is found in some of the most legendary timepieces designed for undersea exploration. While the Rolex GMT Master II and the Rolex Daytona are both popular stainless steel offerings, the Rolex Submariner is particularly tied to stainless steel as it owes its heritage to the Rolex Perpetual Oyster, the world’s first hermetically sealed steel watch. From the Omega Speedmaster on the high end to more-affordable selections such as the Seiko Prospex, stainless steel dive watches are things of beauty that literally stand the test of time. Gold and its Many Mixers These days when on the hunt for a stylish gold watch you can choose from white, yellow, and rose gold. What’s the difference? Well, white gold looks a lot like steel because pure yellow gold is mixed with steel or the silvery-white metal palladium, as well as possibly zinc or nickel. It’s not hard to tell Rose Gold at first sight, as the copper that gets mixed with the Yellow Gold gives it a rosy hue. On the plus side, you get a warm and elegant coloring that goes great with dress watches. But there’s the negative in that Rose Gold can scratch and dent more easily than other alloys. Yellow Gold, as you can probably guess, has a traditional golden color that’s a common sight with luxury watches. But it’s usually not pure gold, as 24 karat gold is too soft to make a durable watch. So it’s mixed with copper, much like Rose Gold. The difference is in the copper content, as the more copper you put into the mix the more red, or rose, coloring emerges. The number of options for high-end gold watches can be dizzying, from the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date or the Omega Speedmaster 57 and on and on and on. If you’re looking for something affordable, you can consider steel watches with gold plating’s. Tissot, Seiko, and Invicta are great brands to look to if you’re in the market for an affordable watch that gleams in gold. Titanium for Twice the Toughness This lightweight alloy came onto the scene in the early 1970s. That’s when many thought the days of stainless steel were numbered. Titanium has nearly two times the strength of stainless steel and half the weight. It’s also highly resistant to corrosion. Perfect, right? Well, sort of. Titanium is also more expensive than steel and, perhaps most importantly, its duller finish just doesn’t gleam like stainless steel. Titanium settled into an esteemed spot in the watch world as a go-to material for dive and similar tool watches. The Citizen Promaster Diver is a great example of a fine titanium dive watch, as is the Tudor Pelagos with a titanium case that’s water-resistant to 500 meters. Some other great titanium timepieces include the TAG Heuer Formula 1, the PVD-coated Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium Auto, and the Seiko Presage SARX055, an atypical titanium dress watch. Buy TAG Heuer Formula 1 Watches   An Ancient Art Goes Modern with Ceramic While it may seem strange, ceramic watches are made of exactly what they sound like they are hardened clay. It’s the same technique that’s been used in making pottery for centuries. With some help from today’s modern science to create super-durable compositions of zirconium oxide. But despite its long history, ceramic is a relative newcomer with watches. It didn’t really go mainstream until the debut of the IWC Da Vinci Ceramic in 1986. Before that, Omega had dabbled with ceramics in the early 80s for the special-order Seamaster Cermet. And even earlier, the Rado DiaStar broke ground in the early 60s with its tungsten carbide ceramic case. But it wasn’t until IWC hit the market with its zirconium oxide case that we got the kind of material that’s used in today’s ceramic cases.

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  11. Why Are Rolex Watches So Expensive?

    Boldness, extravagance, luxury, and class are the usual timeless terms that people use when referring to Rolex watches. It’s no wonder the watch is worn by various high-profile individuals from around the world. Some of those names include John F Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Paul Newman, and more. Considering the steep price tags for these watches, it makes sense why big earners like those are meant to own such a timepiece. However, many of us have often wondered why there are expensive Rolex in the first place. Is that high price tag justified or is it just for show? Rest assured, there are justifiable reasons and we’ve covered them all here in this article. Reasons Why Are Rolex Watches Are So Expensive 1: Designing Rolex Watches Cost A Lot First of all, watchmaking is a meticulously tiring and challenging profession that costs a lot of money. and the Rolex watches are a prime example of that. The Rolex brand has its very own research and development department, and several at that. What’s more, is that these departments are highly professional and utilize the latest ground-breaking tools and equipment. Not only that, but they always come up with new manufacturing methods and techniques to stay ahead of the competition. Plus, Rolex for first using highly experienced and trained scientists in their labs. This is so that they can research lubricants and oils for their machines. Buy Rolex Watches The labs make use of a test room to test a Rolex watch’s case, bracelet, and movement. They also have a room with several gas spectrometers and electron microscopes. That’s where they conduct research on several metals and materials. The in-house development costs that go into the craftsmanship and design of their watches are said to be very high. It costs a lot to have the movement designs developed and assembled. And besides that, the materials that make up the construction of Rolex watches aren’t cheap either. 2:  Uses 904L Stainless Steel A classic, unmatched design is what gives Rolex luxury watches the edge over their competition. One of the ways they do this is by utilizing the 904L quality stainless steel. This steel is a lot shinier and stronger than the regular 316L steel that other watchmakers commonly use. And that kind of strength and resistance obviously doesn’t come cheap. The 904L stainless steel is also known as Corrosion-Resistant Superalloy that was introduced in 2003. Interestingly, the machines and tools that produced the 904L stainless steel are always brand-new. This means that the company doesn’t use the same tools and machines to make the steel. And yes, they are also able to afford new equipment more easily than other time makers. Buy Stainless Steel Watches So, as you can see, it takes extra work and special skills to manufacture the 904L stainless steel. And that’s why other watchmaking brands favor the 316L steel material. 3: Rolex Watches Stand the Test of Time If you want a timepiece that actually withstands any type of punishment, you’ll never find anything better than the Rolex. Any change in humidity, movement, temperature, and altitude would do it for other luxury watches. Except, of course, for the Rolex. And given the reasons we’ve already discussed in the previous points; the answer couldn’t be any more obvious. One example of this unparalleled recognition is Edmund Hillary. Edmund was the first person to ascend Mount Everest while wearing a Rolex Oyster Perpetual on his wrist. Then came Ed Viesturs, who in 1994 ascended Mount Everest while wearing a Rolex Explorer 2. Viesturs still wears the watch today to commemorate his incredible feat. 4: The Movements Are Assembled by Hand Of course, Rolex uses robots to produce their watches, but the tasks they perform are typically simple ones. Some of those simple tasks include filing, sorting, and cataloguing. The more complex jobs like assembling bracelets and watch movements are actually done by hand. The watches are then double-checked and tested by humans to ensure they are of high quality. Such hard work and dedication are absolutely priceless when you think about it. 5: Rolex Are Insanely Quality-Driven Forget about movement assembling, Rolex are incredible “control freaks” that they’ll ensure even the screws are perfect. Every aspect of the production process is quality controlled, as one can expect from a quality-driven brand. The brand is also responsible for melting down precious metals like silver and gold, that their products use. 6: Using Precious Materials Just when you thought you heard everything; Rolex is backed by an army of gemmologists. These are professionals who specialize in testing and incorporating precious metals such as diamonds and gold into Rolex watches. Furthermore, the brand also utilizes conventional jewellers to help them handpick and handset diamonds and other precious stones. Also, unlike other watchmakers, Rolex is probably the only one that produces timepieces made out of gold. Yes, real, genuine gold instead of paint. This also explains why some of the Rolex gold models are always on the most expensive watch lists. Rolex admittedly refines 24 karat gold to 18 karat white, ever rose or yellow gold for their watches. 7: Water Resistance Another factor that goes into the high price tag of Rolex watches is their water-resistance. Some models are able to withstand water depths of up to 300 m. To confirm those levels, Rolex dive watches are first tested under pressurized tanks before being tested in actual waters. To test Rolex Deep-Sea watches, the company uses high pressurized water tanks that are redeveloped via COMEX. Rolexes Weren’t Always Expensive A real mind blower eh? But it’s true. When Rolex watches were introduced in the 50s, they weren’t exactly as expensive as they are today. But as time went on, the quality of these watches went up along with their prices. It might not matter now, but we felt that you should know this for the sake of knowing and if you’re into history. Conclusion And there you have it. t’s clear as day that in spite of that incredible price rate, there’s more to these watches than just their looks.

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