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  2. Quartz Watches and Their Batteries: What You Need to Know

    Quartz Watches and Their Batteries: What You Need to Know

    If you’ve been sifting through a watch brand’s catalogue, you might have noticed that these watches are commonly divided into two camps — mechanical and quartz watches. Watch snobs will usually go for mechanical ones from big brands like Omega or Patek Philippe. However, quartz watches have their own charm. Apart from being cheaper, they are generally more accurate than their mechanical counterparts. In layman’s term, a quartz watch is battery-operated, whereas a mechanical calibre uses a mainspring that is wound up in two ways — from hand-winding or kinetic energy. One foolproof way to check if a watch is quartz is by looking at the seconds-hand. A quartz movement’s hand will tick once per second. On the other hand, a mechanical watch’s hand will sweep smoothly and not jump unlike a quartz’s. Why choose quartz watches over mechanical? Mechanical watches are more popular with hardcore enthusiasts. This is due to the fact that they value the craftsmanship that’s put into the watch’s gear. In short, luxury and hobby are major factors in choosing a mechanical watch over a quartz watch. On the other hand, here are a few reasons why you should not ignore quartz watches. 1. Quartz watches are more affordable. Quartz watches are generally cheaper than mechanical watches. In fact, a lot of big brands create iconic mechanical watches in quartz versions so more fans can experience it. If you’re on a tight budget and are not too big on the watch’s gears, then a quartz watch would be better suited for your needs. Image by fsHH from Pixabay2. They require less maintenance. Like cars and other expensive hobbies, watches require maintenance every now and then. These sessions can sometimes cost you up to $500. With quartz watches, you are not required to do this. In fact, the only thing you need to do is to change these watches’ batteries every now and then. 3. Quartz watches are more accurate. Quartz watches are far more accurate than mechanical watches. This is because they have less moving parts, thus they are more rugged. Apart from that, the quartz crystal provides a high Q factor and a low-temperature coefficient which improves its accuracy. Inside of a quartz watch | Photo from Informatic Cool StuffHow does a quartz watch work? As mentioned above, quartz watches are powered by a battery. But for a more detailed explanation, it has a low-frequency piece of quartz crystal that serves as an oscillator. The battery then sends electricity to the crystal via an electronic circuit. As an effect, the quartz oscillator vibrates with a precise frequency of 32,768 times/second. After that, the circuit counts the vibrations and generates the regular electric pulses which drive the motor that makes the watch’s hands tick. Factors to Look for in Quartz Watches While there is no such thing as a “best watch”, you can still find a watch that is a perfect match for you. Here are a few things that you should note when you’re looking for a new quartz watch. Brand Watches in general have a long history, which means that a lot of brands have a rich watchmaking pedigree. If you want guaranteed quality, you should check out which brands that have a lot of milestones when it comes to creating quartz watches. A few to mention are Seiko, Longines, and Hamilton. However, that’s not to say that you should ignore the emerging microbrands. In fact, there are a lot of small, unheard-of watchmakers that are showing a lot of promise. You just have to do the right research and read insightful reviews about them before buying. Image by Gabor Fejes from PixabayDesign When it comes to quartz watches, you have a lot of choices in design. One obvious rule is to choose the one that attracts you the most. However, what you want is not necessarily what you need. This is why it is important to know your lifestyle and where you will mostly use your watch. As a rule of thumb, choose the design that will blend in well with your current lifestyle. For instance, if you always find yourself in business meetings, an elegant dress watch such as the Baume et Mercier Classima or Cartier Tank will be your best bet. And if you are the adventurous type, a diver or a sports watch, like the Citizen Promaster, is a good match. Materials Watches are made with different materials. Some are more attractive than others while some are more durable. If you are the outdoorsy type, then find a watch that has a scratch-resistant case and crystal. A stainless steel case, for instance, can handle a lot of bumps. However, if you’re mostly indoors and you want something fancier, a watch made in 18K gold like a Rolex Oysterquartz might be a better choice for you. Yes, Rolex used to make quartz watches, too! So to conclude, each material has its own strengths and weaknesses and finding the perfect match for you will depend on your needs and lifestyle. Image by Gabor Fejes from PixabayFunctions A quartz watch’s functions can range from time-only to a world timer. This is why you have to prioritise getting a watch that can do whatever you need. If you only need a watch just to tell the time and to complete your outfit, a simple dress watch or Bauhaus-style watch will suffice. However, if timekeeping is crucial for your career like a racecar driver or an astronaut, you will need something that is more durable and functional. Now that technology is more advanced, a lot of watches, such as the Seiko Astron, can do complicated things like tell time from different time zones or do math. Recommended Quartz Watches from Iconic Brands Depending on your needs, below are some of the best quartz watches that you can find. Baume et Mercier Classima  Baume et Mercier has always been one of the best Swiss watch brands. However, there is no denying that high quality comes with a high price tag. To reach more fans, the brand decided to launch a new line under the Baume et Mercier Classima collection. Enthusiasts can now enjoy a Baume et Mercier watch with a more affordable price but with a catch — these are quartz watches instead of the usual mechanical. Design-wise, it retains the classical styling of Baume et Mercier. Case in point: the dial of the M0A10416 model featured above is clean with thin indexes and Roman numerals for hour markers. All of these come in a silver colour that contrasts well against the slate grey background. To boot, the small date window beside the 3 o’clock position is unobtrusive. To complete the look, this Baume et Mercier Classima Quartz comes with a black leather strap. Its crocodile pattern adds a touch of elegance to make it one of the most attractive quartz watches in the market today. Bulgari Serpenti  The Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas Quartz watch takes a very unique approach when it comes to design. It has a snake motif that not only looks fashionable but also comfortable. That being said, it is a great addition to trendy women’s wardrobes. Just like a snake’s head, the case comes in an oval shape that broadens at the base. Its dial comes in a white background with a sunray pattern. Meanwhile, the hour markers come in silver applied indexes and Roman numerals. It must also be said that producing the watch’s bracelet is an elaborate process. To make the scales look realistic, the craftsmen at Bulgari had to enamel each of the scales separately by hand. These are then placed in intense heat before being assembled into bracelets. After that, they add the final touch by etching individual lines to completely mimic the scale of a snake. Overall, the Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas Quartz featured above, is perfect for those who like setting the trend. So, if you’re looking for stylish quartz watches that look like no other, this model should not be overlooked. Cartier Tank One of the most iconic watches in history is a quartz watch — the Cartier Tank. This watch is a vintage military watch that Cartier fashioned after a Renault tank during World War I. Apart from that, its rectangular shape has become a signature style for the brand and has been one of the most copied designs. Staying true to its vintage roots, the size of the Cartier Tank is smaller than average. Indeed, the large model comes in a 34.8mm size, which is still considered tiny by today’s standards. And as mentioned above, its iconic dial comes in an Art Deco style that makes it a perfect dress watch. Its matching metallic blue hands and cabochon crown prove that Cartier takes fashion seriously. The Cartier Tank is one good reason why we shouldn’t dismiss quartz watches so easily. Despite lacking a mechanical movement, this model has climbed to the top of the list of most iconic watches. Casio Pro Trek The Casio Pro Trek is one of the more outdoorsy types of quartz watches. And as its name suggests, it features a lot of functions and durability that can handle a long trek in the wild. That being said, it shares a good blend of ruggedness, accuracy, and reliability. One of the first things that you’ll notice is its size. Like any other tool watches, it comes in a bulky case. In particular, it packs 51.6mm of diameter. But that size doesn’t go to waste as it is shock-resistant and has a water resistance rating of 100m. Furthermore, it has four pushers on the side to easily tinker with its functions. Speaking of functions, it offers a lot of goodies that you will need during an adventure. A few of those are the thermometer, a countdown timer, and a chronograph. In addition, the watch’s colour scheme is optimized for easy reading during the night. To conclude, this robust watch from Casio is a nice watch to add to your rotation if you’re one of the adventurous bunch. Its durability and functions can surely keep up with your timing demands. Chopard Happy Sport The Chopard Happy Sport collection is targeted towards the sporty and at the same time, fashionable ladies. The models in this collection feature a combination of steel and diamonds, which is why all of the timepieces you’ll see here have diamonds placed on the dial. Chopard has expertise in making fashionable dials, so let’s start with that. The Chopard Happy Sport 278509-3006 comes in a simple white and silver colour scheme that’s easy on the eyes. The background is made with a mother of pearl, while the hour markers come in silver. But wait until you see the main attraction — the dancing diamonds. They weren’t joking when they said that these are “Dancing Diamonds”. Indeed, these little gems spin around the whole dial like ballerinas as its name suggests. And to be honest, it is a very amusing addition. We wouldn’t blame you if you end up looking at your watch more than usual! All things considered, the Chopard Happy Sport Quartz watch is perfect for ladies who are looking for something unique in their watch. Citizen ProMaster  In terms of features, the Citizen ProMaster watch boasts great value for your money. It is equipped with the Citizen Eco-Drive technology, meaning it is solar-powered quartz. Thus, you wouldn’t have to worry about changing its batteries, unlike typical quartz watches. No doubt that its dial is cluttered due to its numerous features. A few of those functions are the compass, altimeter, calendar, and even a power reserve indicator. To add, it has a water resistance rating of 200m. With that, you don’t have to worry about submerging your watch for a quick swim in the lake. All things considered, the Citizen ProMaster Land Altichron Eco-Drive is a perfect match for the adventure-seekers. Besides its robust construction, the watch has a lot of handy features that you may need during an expedition. Seiko Astron The Seiko Astron is where it all started. And if you know your history, this model was the world’s first-ever quartz watch. Apart from that title, the Seiko Astron is also one of the most accurate quartz watches around, thanks to its ability to receive GPS signals.   When it comes to features, the Seiko Astron 8X Dual-time GPS Solar watch featured above, has a lot to offer for the globetrotter. For one, it adjusts to your current timezone with just a push of a button. Apart from that, it has a dual-time calibre that allows you to read two timezones at once. And finally, it has an aeroplane mode which turns off its GPS function to avoid interference with other electronic devices in the aeroplane. There is no doubt that this iconic watch from Seiko is one of the most technologically advanced quartz watches. It has accuracy and precision that are second to none. To add, the Seiko Astron has a lot of functions that you will not see in any other timepiece. Frederique Constant Classics  Despite being relatively new to the industry, Frederique Constant has been showing promise. One collection that caught our attention is the Frederique Constant Classics. This lineup consists of quartz watches that have a classical and refined appearance like the mechanical models of the brand. The Frederique Constant FC225ST5B5 features a case that’s made with yellow gold-plated 40mm polished steel. Meanwhile, its dial comes in white with a subtle diamond pattern. The brand calls this the “Clou de Paris” decoration. The indexes are all hand-applied and they match the colour of the case, along with the set of hands. Under the convex scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, it uses the calibre FC-225. This quartz movement contains 1 jewel and has a battery life of 25 months. That means you only have to replace watch batteries once every year. The Frederique Constant Classic Gents Quartz is a dressy watch for those who love classic styling. Its clean dial is attractive enough to be paired with a suit or a blazer. Franck Muller Heart to Heart Here’s another one for the ladies. The Franck Muller Heart to Heart collection sports a silhouette that is quirky and elegant at the same time – perfect for those who want a unique spin on their quartz watches. Like other Franck Muller watches, this model comes with a curvy case. Its dial has a silver guilloche design with Arabic numeral hour markers. These hour markers come in a black serif font that gives off a funky feel to the watch. You should know that the dial was manufactured entirely in-house. Each Franck Muller dial needs 20 layers of lacquer. This explains why it is such a pleasure to look at its dial. Furthermore, it is protected by a sapphire crystal to avoid scratches and cracks. To conclude, the Franck Muller Heart to Heart timepiece is a testament to the brand’s dedication to Haute Horlogerie. Apart from the reliable quartz movement that it has, its design is definitely unique and something to write home about. Grand Seiko 9F Quartz If you love Seiko but are looking for an upgrade, check out their luxury brand – the Grand Seiko. To be more specific, the Grand Seiko 9F Quartz is a fine collection of quartz watches that should be on any watch lover’s radar. While many quartz movements are produced by the automatic assembly, Grand Seiko’s 9F calibre is made entirely by hand. To expound, two craftsmen work on a calibre — one is assigned to assemble the date indicator and one is responsible for the movement. Even in quartz watches, Grand Seiko preserves its high-quality standard. Furthermore, the 9F movement uses a regulation switch that controls precision. If a watch becomes too fast or too slow because of external factors, this switch fixes it to its normal state. So, you can expect your watch to display top-notch accuracy even after years of using it. Last but most importantly, the Grand Seiko 9F watches use a protective shield construction. This shield prevents dust and other particles from entering the movement, thus minimising the risk of harm whenever you have to open the case to replace its battery. Kudos to Grand Seiko for assuring us that this watch is durable enough for our daily needs. Hamilton Jazzmaster Surprise, surprise! Hamilton also offers quartz watches, and some of them come from the Hamilton Jazzmaster collection. Apart from their famous aviation-themed timepieces, they also have refined dress watches. One such example is the Hamilton Jazzmaster Gent Quartz. This particular model takes a modern approach to your classic dress watch. Using Hamilton’s own words, it is “understated, yet bold”. True enough, its dial colour is brown which is neutral yet not as common as black or navy. Meanwhile, the calf leather strap comes in a greenish hue that matches the whole dial. Moving on to the movement, it uses a quartz calibre called the F06.111. It is an ETA movement that is used in a lot of big brands like Certina, Tissot, and even TAG Heuer. Furthermore, it has 3 jewels and a battery life of up to 68 months. It is indeed a reliable workhorse that you can depend on for a long period of time. Overall, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Gent Quartz is an affordable dress watch that feels and looks high quality. If you’re in the market for one but with a limited budget, this should be on your list. Its combination of reliability and good design is going to give you a lot of value for your money. Longines Conquest  In addition to mechanical timepieces, Longines has a rich history when it comes to making quartz watches. From the Ultra-Quartz in the late ’60s, the brand has improved its quartz technology. Now, they use the VHP (which means Very High Precision) calibre, as seen in Longines Conquest watches, that is guaranteed to keep time precisely and accurately. One specific model that caught our attention is the Longines Conquest VHP. This model is the perfect representation of the brand’s sporting elegance. Indeed, it is rugged enough to meet the demands of athletic users. And at the same time, it is guaranteed to make heads turn with its fashionable colourway and silhouette. Another thing to note about its movement is that it has an accuracy rating of +/- 5 seconds per year. This passes the COSC requirement for quartz movements which is +/- 25.55 seconds per year. And if that doesn’t impress you, it also has a GPD (Gear Position Detect) system, which allows the hands to return to its original position in case it falls or goes through a shock. It just goes to show how much Longines values their watches’ accuracy and durability. That being said, despite having a quartz movement, the Longines Conquest VHP is something that watch enthusiasts should admire. Types of Quartz Watch Batteries  Image by Cherie Vilneff from PixabayLithium Quartz Watch Battery Lithium watch batteries are very popular. This is due to their high voltage capability (usually 3V), low self-discharge rate, and long storage life. This is the reason why it is the most recommended type to use for a timepiece that is very power-consuming. Silver Oxide Quartz Watch Battery This type of watch battery typically has a voltage of 1.55V. It is also the most popular battery used for quartz watches. Among its characteristics are a high physical density and stability. Apart from those, people also prefer this battery as it does not create environmental pollution. Silver Peroxide Quartz Watch Battery The Silver Peroxide is also known as the divalent silver quartz watch battery and it has a voltage of 1.55V. This type of quartz watch battery has a high capacity. However, it has poor voltage stability which makes it less popular than Silver Oxide. Solar Cell Quartz Watch Battery Unlike the other quartz watch batteries, the Solar Cell gets its power from the sun. In other words, it converts light energy into electrical energy. This type of battery is what you will see in solar-powered watches, such as the Casio Edifice and Tissot T-Touch timepieces. With this type, you wouldn’t have to change batteries every few months or years as you only have to recharge it. Mercury Oxide Quartz Watch Battery The Mercury Oxide watch battery is one of the earliest watch batteries invented. It has a voltage of 1.35V. However, this is becoming far less common as it causes too much environmental pollution. Instead, people have been shifting to a more environment-friendly battery like the Silver Oxide. How to Change the Watch Battery For some reason, there are times when you can’t go to a watch repair shop when your watch’s battery has died. This is a good reason why you should know the basics of how to change a watch battery. Here are the steps to make your watch tick again. Photo from Bespoke UnitTools you need to change watch battery: A new battery Flat screwdriver Tweezers 1. Remove the caseback. Depending on your watch, you may or may not use a screwdriver to pry open its caseback. Other quartz watches like the Timex Q have a dedicated coin slot that lets you easily remove the case. However, if your watch doesn’t have that, simply use a flathead screwdriver or blade and press it down on the indentation. Then twist the cover until it becomes loose. 2. Remove the dead battery. Now that you can see the inside of the watch, locate the battery. But before you remove it, observe which side of it is facing upward. Then, you can use tweezers to carefully remove the battery without touching the other parts of the watch. Photo from Times Ticking3. Insert the new battery. Using the tweezers again, insert the new battery in the same position as the old one. Gently press it down to make sure it is secure. 4. Check the watch if it’s working. Before you replace the caseback, flip the watch over and check if the new battery is working. If it is still not working, double-check if you placed the battery properly. But if it’s still not working despite being inserted correctly, it’s either the battery or the watch might be damaged. With that, it is recommended that you bring it to a professional watch repair shop for examination. 5. Replace the caseback. If the watch is now working, set the caseback in its original place. Congratulations, you have just replaced your watch’s battery! Final Notes Quartz watches have a lot of differences from mechanical watches. However, one is not necessarily better than the other. We may say that these two movements are targeted at different audiences. While mechanical is mostly for true-blue watch enthusiasts, quartz watches are for the more practical watch lovers. Thanks to their cheaper price tag and reliability, quartz watches have provided a way for non-enthusiasts to enjoy high-quality watches on a budget.     Photo credit: Featured image courtesy of Seiko 

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  3. 10 Luxury Wall Clocks to Upgrade Your Home or Office

    10 Luxury Wall Clocks to Upgrade Your Home or Office

    Technology has surely come a long way since the first computer was introduced in the 1940s. Nowadays, we are able to access every piece of information we need, right at the tip of our fingers. Need a reminder? Who needs a personal secretary when your smartphone can do just that for you? Fancy a new pair of shoes? You can purchase online via your smartphone. You don’t even need special equipment to find out how well you do in sports since a wristwatch can do the work just fine in telling you where or what to improve. Just like any other aspect of our life, telling time has also gone a tremendous improvement. From using the sun and moon in telling time, we can now access such information on a wristwatch or a phone. However, there’s one time-telling tool that just never runs out of style. In fact, they remain as relevant as ever, no matter how many luxury watches or smartphones we have: the wall clocks. Some of the most notable watch brands we know, such as Breguet, Patek Philippe, and Vacheron Constantin, have been — to this day — producing clocks for discerning clients. While these brands are mostly known for their starkly-priced timepieces, it’s impossible not to associate them with clocks in general. After all, the innovations we know today all came from the rich history of time itself. From sundials to clock towers and pendulum clocks, the luxury of being able to tell time surely is a fascinating subject to discuss. But we’re not here to bore you with the comprehensive details of the time in the making. Let’s just focus on one of the core instruments of timekeeping, wall clocks. A Constant Reminder of Time These timeless items can be seen almost everywhere — from the household, down to a public establishment. Wall clocks serve as a staple, not only as a functional item but also in the design aspect. It’s not hard to figure out why people still prefer owning a wall clock. Firstly, they’re always present especially if strategically placed around the house. It’s also not something one can just lose. Designed to run for a very long time, changing batteries shouldn’t even be a problem at all. These are just a few reasons why we still wall clocks everywhere despite time being more accessible on our wrist. The Importance of a Wall Clock Clocks can be a unifying theme in the whole interior design of a place. A wall clock also gives a group of people a unifying sense of time that a wristwatch or smartphone simply can’t give. That’s why a lot of luxury watch brands still manufacture clocks to this day. Despite the already thriving industry of luxury watches, the market still demands good-old wall clocks. For instance, the Swiss luxury brand Omega still produces special timepieces to this day. The brand offers bespoke clocks that marries together a personal flair and Swiss clock-making heritage. When most brands now only focus on wristwatches, Omega chooses to value the brand’s rich heritage by providing this kind of service to its clientele. And where most wall clocks lack, Omega makes sure that they apply the same excellence seen in their wristwatches to their clocks. Another brand that unrelentingly provides people with a piece of their heritage is Jaeger‑LeCoultre. Atmos clocks, temperature-powered clocks, are still available for purchase today. This proves that great innovations not only last long but also conveys a piece of the brand’s history. 10 Luxury Wall Clocks to Covet for Your Home or Office 1. Patek Philippe It’s impossible to talk about luxury timepieces without mentioning Patek Philippe. As one of the oldest manufacturers of timepieces, the brand has a rich history that dates back to 1839. While the company started out making pocket watches, the Patek Philippe is also known for producing clocks that are mostly only available via auction due to rarity. Photo from PhillipsThere are many things Patek Philippe is known for, such as being the brand to make the first-ever Swiss wristwatch. They also patented a keyless winding and hand-setting system. This feat proved innovative not only for the brand but also for the watch industry in itself. They also boast being the patent-holder for the perpetual calendar mechanism, as well as double chronographs. The brand headlines creating timepieces that can be passed from one generation to another. This is most probably due to the fact that the brand has been family-owned since 1932. The brand’s popular motto — “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” — became a popular reference for many. As a well-loved brand of timepieces, Patek Philippe naturally decided to produce clocks themselves. While the brands mostly manufacture table clocks today, there are still Patek wall clocks available for purchase through auctions. The company takes great pride in their timepieces that they apply artisan skills to boost their value. Like most brands in this list, wall clocks from Patek Philippe come from the retailers themselves, as part of marketing efforts to promote a new watch. Owning a Patek Philippe wall clock is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people since it is rare, given only to authorized dealers or retailers all over the globe. Take the Patek Philippe World Time wall clock that’s modelled after the timepiece of the same wristwatch (reference 5110) that was distributed by Patek Philippe on their boutiques to promote the launch of the said watch. 2. Breguet Breguet’s history is so rich, starting from the feats achieved by its founder Abraham-Louis Breguet. Being founded by the leading watchmaker of his generation, Breguet boasts a line of timepieces that is revered by many collectors and enthusiasts to this day. The brand has been producing various clocks that are rare enough to gain great attention at auctions. Photo from BonhamsThe Breguet’s most popular timepiece, perhaps, is the Sympathique clock. This table clock is built on the innovations made by Abraham-Louis Breguet himself in 1793. It usually comes with a watch that automatically wounds and sets daily when placed into the recess on top of the clock. Made from bronze, it truly is a luxurious piece that gives a classic, almost royal feel. The clock’s movement comes with a constant-force chronometer escapement and displays not only the time but also the day, month, date as well as phases and age of the moon. Moreover, it also has a thermometer in Celsius and a drawer that holds an 18K yellow gold magnifying glass and screwdriver along with a key to reset the time and calendar. While the Sympathique clock is truly a majestic timepiece to own, wall clocks made by Breguet are also popular among enthusiasts. Some clocks are produced for retailers and are later sold to clients. Other clocks by Breguet were made to pay homage to the brand’s classic models and are placed on concert halls around the world. One of the most iconic clocks that you can see to this day is a giant tourbillon clock at Carnegie Hall in New York. There are Breguet wall clocks available at auctions today. One of the most popular designs you’ll recognise is a Reine de Naples 8908 wall clock. The clock, as seen at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, is an egg-shaped clock with a moon phase window and dial. The watch that the clock referenced was a timepiece commissioned by the Queen of Naples, Caroline Murat from A.L. Breguet. 3. Vacheron Constantin Founded by independent watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755, Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest, most successful watch manufacturers on our list. The brand boasts a long history of innovative feats, as well as a line of reliable artisan timepieces. Just like the other entries on our list, Vacheron Constantin only produces clocks for marketing or showroom purposes. While they are not official products of the brand, many collectors still adore the simplicity and straightforward quality seen on their wall clocks. Photo from BonhamsThe brand heralded the world’s first watch complication in 1790 that began what we witness today. It also created the first-ever timepiece that withstands magnetic fields through a complete lever assortment using only anti-magnetic materials. If that’s not enough, the company is the first to receive the Geneva Seal or the Hallmark of Geneva for its timepieces. Now more than ever, the innovations made by Vacheron Constantin make a huge difference in the industry that’s why a lot of people look forward to owning just about anything signed with the brand’s name. For this reason and despite not being official products from the brand, a lot of collectors are on the lookout for Vacheron Constantin wall clocks that they could put up in their office or homes. Some of the most recognisable wall clocks you might find on auctions are modelled after the brand’s most iconic watches. For instance, Bonhams auctioned off a metal perpetual calendar wall clock signed by Vacheron Constantin for HKD 25,500 that looks very similar to a Vacheron Constantin Patrimony watch. It has triangular markers for 3, 9, and 12 o’clock and a date window at 6 o’clock that cuts the marker to a trapezoidal shape. It’s also shaped like a large watch head that makes a quirky addition to its design aspect. 4. Omega Unlike the other brands on this list, perhaps, Omega is the only brand that offers wall and desk clocks in their catalogue. Albeit not outright, they offer special services that make it possible for clients to own an Omega wall clock. There are also advertising clocks available online through auctions that could even be a tad less expensive than official wall clocks from the brand. Photo from OmegaOne can’t mention Omega without having to dabble into its rich history that relates to NASA’s space explorations. The company has a long affiliation with the military, as well as aeronautics. The brand was the official timekeeper for Britain’s Royal Flying Corps and the US Army for its combat units. It was also the brand that equipped Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in the historic lunar landing in 1969 with Omega Speedmaster watches. And while the brand boasts such affiliation with history, they also take pride in accompanying James Bond since 1995. Among the brand’s clientele include recognisable names, such as John F. Kennedy, George Clooney, Elvis Presley, and Prince William. With such a rich history, Omega gained a massive following and fanbase that makes it one of the most popular brands of all time. That’s why it’s not such a hard path to follow as they create an even wider array of timepieces to cater to the market’s demands. Through a special service, Omega offers to create and preserve wall clocks made by them. Wall clock designs from Omega range from vintage to Art Deco and even a bit of industrial due to the nature of their usage. They also come in mechanical or quartz movements. To own an Omega clock truly proves a privilege when it comes to horological standards. The rarity of their items is mostly due to the owners refusing to unload or sell their timepieces, making it an even more valuable piece to own. 5. Blancpain Founded in Villeret, Switzerland, Blancpain started out as a small workshop by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain. From a small workshop on the upper floor of his house, the brand grew to a legendary house today that many people adore for their preservation of historic designs and concepts. Photo from BlancpainOne of the many achievements the brand boasts is the world’s smallest moon-phases display they produced in 1983. The brand also made the world’s thinnest self-winding chronograph and the smallest minute-repeater movement in 1987. At the time, it was an unparalleled innovation that pushed other brands to compete. In more recent times, Blancpain manufactured the world’s first self-winding tourbillon and perpetual calendar that has an eight-day power reserve. Today, the brand has several notable models that are known in and out of the industry. The Blancpain Villeret collection includes timepieces that pay homage to the beginnings of the brand. Blancpain included previous design codes they followed to create a truly timeless piece. This design is embodied in a typical advertising watch that’s scattered on their retailers and boutiques. It’s also typical to find a wall clock from Blancpain designed after another notable model, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback. 6. Rolex “A crown for every achievement,” Rolex says in their motto. This proves true given the history of the brand. This iconic brand is known to everyone as the ultimate luxury watch. Many people turn to Rolex when they’re looking for an extra special gift for themselves or for other people. Having one is almost equivalent to big celebrations and great milestones in life. After all, not everyone can afford the brand’s rich line of timepieces. Photo from HodinkeeIt’s not that hard to tell why Rolex watches are so popular. Firstly, the brand is the first to earn chronometer certification for a wristwatch in 1910. The brand’s Oyster case also became popular since its launch in 1926. Rolex is also the brand to turn to when it comes to popularising automatic date change on a watch’s dial with the Rolex Datejust in 1945. Its timepieces are proof of the brand’s legacy with iconic models such as the Rolex Submariner and the Rolex Daytona that’s popularly known even today as the Paul Newman watch. It’s not a far off a decision for the brand to produce wall clocks. However, there’s no official word whether or not Rolex released wall clocks throughout its history. However, there are a lot of authentic Rolex wall clocks flocking auctions today. Most of them are clocks from showrooms, boutiques, or retailers that somehow end up in the hands of collectors, and others are made by Rolex for other organisations. Take the 1965 Pan-Am Rolex electric-powered wall clock that is also a certified chronometer as seen signed on the dial of the clock. Other Rolex watches are not made by Rolex. Instead, they hire third-party companies to provide wall clocks for their dealers and boutiques. Most of the wall clocks you’ll find that are signed by Rolex are designed after iconic models such as the Daytona or the Datejust. These models exemplify the true Rolex aesthetic that a lot of people adore. 7. Audemars Piguet Audemars Piguet changed the watchmaking industry for good with their groundbreaking innovation. True to the company’s slogan, they have truly mastered time and broke it entirely especially with the launch of the iconic Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch. Of course, the credit also goes to storied designer Gerald Genta who crafted the Royal Oak design just overnight and launched only a year after its conception. Photo from Audemars PiguetThe Royal Oak is known to many as the first luxury sports watch. The timepiece with a design that’s inspired by a diver’s helmet is the brand’s response to the Quartz Crisis in the ’70s. It began the long history of steel watches. At the time of its conception, watches are only either dainty or made of gold. However, a demand for a new, unprecedented timepiece became an inspiration for the company to tap Genta to design the timepiece. This would not only be the pillar of the brand’s reputation as a disruptive force in the watch industry but also in Genta’s career. With Royal Oak making way for steel luxury sports watches, a lot of brands with their own models followed, including the Patek Philippe Nautilus that also credits Genta as its designer. With Genta’s genius and Audemars Piguet’s strategies, the Royal Oak is known today as an iconic timepiece that helped a lot of Swiss brands survive through the Quartz Crisis. This model is so iconic that the brand’s showroom and boutique wall clocks are designed after it. There are various iterations of the Royal Oak wall clock that you can find being sold at auctions and by online retailers today. One is a unique wall perpetual calendar clock with a day, month, and date subdial as well as a moon phase. Others are the carbon copy of the iconic Royal Oak watch with the tapestry pattern. 8. Piaget Clocks have always been a part of Piaget’s history. The brand started out as a workshop in the Piaget family farm by Georges Edouard Piaget in 1874. His company crafted pocket watches and precision clocks. In 1911, when Timothée — Georges Edouard’s son — took over the company, the focus of the brand shifted to wristwatches, which were a huge demand at the time. Photo from WorhtpointThe brand has proven its stature as one of the most sought-after watchmakers even from the very beginning. It’s one of the pioneer brands who created ultra-thin movements that to this day remain a pillar in the industry. The brand boasts having won various awards for watch designs such as the Altiplano, Emperador, and Piaget Polo S Chronograph. But the brand remains true to its roots to this day. Instead of completely forgetting its beginnings as a clock manufacturer, the brand takes its most iconic wristwatch designs and applies them to clocks. While Piaget mostly produces desk clocks, history states that the brand also manufactured wall clocks for its dealers and retailers. Most wall clocks from the watch carry the same architecture as the Limelight watches with its Roman numeral indexes and overall minimalist look. Other clocks include three subdials that serve as timezone dials with cities marking each one and telling its time. 9. Hublot Hublot started out with a disruptive choice of material for a wristwatch. Its earliest history recalls the use of natural rubber, which is a first at the time. This carries on the brand’s most iconic watch yet, that is the Hublot Big Bang. But more than these models, the company, owned by LVMH, is a prominent name for its innovations especially with detecting counterfeit watches. Photo from Sotheby’sHublot is responsible for the iconic Big Bang timepiece that most would assume is a chaotic mixture of different materials. The Big Bang watch is a memento of how differences can also be good. As a brand that focuses so much on sponsoring sports events, the Big Bang is a good reminder that timepieces need to be as pleasing as it is functional. The models’ popularity pushed the brand to manufacture wall clocks that are designed after it, given for marketing purposes not only to boutiques and retailers but also to prominent names and brand ambassadors. The iconic Hublot Big Bang wall clock can be seen in all its 80 branches all over the world. 10. Junghans Heading over to Germany, we find Junghans, a watch and clock manufacturer founded in 1861. The brand is mostly known for its Bauhaus designs, as they worked with acclaimed designer Max Bill. The partnership between Junghans and Bill lasted for many years and the legacy of the Max Bill clocks and watches are, to this day, celebrated by many enthusiasts and critics. In fact, Max Bill wall clocks can be found in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Photo from MoMAJunghans has a long history of making timepieces that not only conform to modern standards but also embrace its roots. Aside from the Max Bill Bauhaus watches and clocks, the brand also manufactured pendulum box clocks that are popular to this day. Many of the brand’s clocks are sold at auctions. They all carry different aesthetics that make them such a wonder, not only to own but also to watch. The apt designs for the watch can definitely fit just about any home or office interior anyone puts it in. How to Pick the Perfect Wall Clock Clocks function not only as a timekeeping device but also as design statements. That’s why despite technological innovations, they remain relevant to our time. We still value the presence of a reliable wall clock. With that said, it makes sense to choose a clock with certain standards. Here are some things you should keep in mind when choosing the right wall clock for your home or office. 1. Brand When you’re looking for the perfect wall clock to put up in your house or office, the brand is almost the first thing you should be looking for. Not only because of the opulence a brand provides but also the track record of quality they provide through their products. While it’s very tempting to buy just any watch out there, consider taking a look at clocks from luxury brands such as Blancpain, Omega, or Junghans. These brands and many others have a greater probability of providing not only aesthetically pleasing additions to your room but also reliable timepieces. 2. Clock Design If you can’t decide on the brand of the clock, you may start your journey by nailing down the design you want in a clock. Identify the concept you want. People most commonly want either minimalists, Art Deco, or vintage watches, especially with recent trends. But there are other styles you might want to explore such as contemporary, industrial, or perhaps Scandinavian. These designs are making a renaissance along with other retro concepts. 3. Material Learning the material of the clock also helps a great deal when it comes to choosing the right item. After all, a clock will remain on your walls mostly untouched for long periods of time. It takes a lot of maintenance to deal with certain materials. You may choose more expensive materials such as gold or bronze, but you may also opt for strong ones such as steel and titanium. Plastic wall clocks do exist as well — and flocks the market, too — but they don’t give as much of a luxurious feel as the other materials mentioned. 4. Interior Design A clock becomes part of the room where you put it in. So before you make that purchase, make sure that the clock fits perfectly with the room’s interior design. From the colour of the wall to the furniture sets, make sure that every piece in the room is cohesive. A clock that doesn’t fit a room’s aesthetic might make it stand out for all the wrong reasons. 5. Movement Not all clocks are created equal. Just like wristwatches, wall clocks have different movements powering them through. Whether it’s quartz or a mechanical movement (or in the case of the Atmos clock, temperature), it makes a huge deal of what type of movement makes your clock work. Quartz is more common for wall clocks because it doesn’t need to be wound every now and then. It also proves reliable in longer periods as well as a more inexpensive choice. 6. Authenticity Perhaps this is the most important trait you should be looking for, especially from wall clocks made by luxury watch brands. Always check for authenticity even if you end up with a wall clock that isn’t an official product of the brand. These clocks are mostly distributed by the brand to retailers or boutiques for marketing or display purposes. Some boutiques sell these clocks and oftentimes end up in an auction. A lot of counterfeits and knockoffs are scattered all around the Internet and it’s easy to be fooled especially if you don’t see an item in person. Make sure you’re buying from a reliable source and if possible, ask for expert opinions on it. Forums are flocked by a lot of experts who would help in identifying whether or not a clock is authentic. History of Time on Walls Many people would prefer referring to smartphones or wristwatches for on-the-go situations. But a wall clock will always be there, waiting for us at the comfort of our homes or at the pillars of our offices. It will always be a vital part of any establishment, be it private or public. It represents unadulterated time and brings together the different relative perceptions we have of time as individuals. At the end of the day, wall clocks are not just mere decorations. While the design is a huge part of why they still exist, their function still serves a great purpose, even with new technologies arising. Perhaps one of the reasons is the legacy of the luxury watch brands that paved the way for time to be accessible. The history of these brands, and time in general, all paint a picture with just a wall clock. That’s why a lot of brands exert efforts in preserving their vintage timepieces like what Omega does. It’s not every day that we see a piece of history in our homes that serves its ultimate purpose for the next generations to admire and adore.

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  4. How to Wear a Watch With Style: A Comprehensive Guide

    How to Wear a Watch With Style: A Comprehensive Guide

    Whether or not you use a watch mainly for its time-telling purpose or as a status symbol, you cannot deny the fact that it has a big impact on your overall look. Sometimes, it is even the first thing that people notice about you. So, apart from telling the time, a watch tells a lot about your taste and style. Given these points, it is important to know how to wear a watch with style whether it’s a top Swiss watch like Rolex or an affordable beater watch like Seiko. The most common misconception people have with men’s fashion is that it is simple. Nothing can be further from the truth. On one hand, we have the classical menswear with suits, Oxford shirts, and Patek Philippe dress watches. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s streetwear where you’d most likely see box logo t-shirts and Casio G-Shock watches. While no style is superior to the other, it is important to know which watches work best with what style. That being said, the first thing to know is how to differentiate each style of a timepiece from another. So to help you with your fashion journey, below is an overview of the different watches that you may encounter. We also threw in a few tips on when and how to wear a watch accordingly, depending on the style of the watch, occasion, and outfit. Dress Watches Minimalism is a top priority when it comes to dress watches. Typically, dress watches are simple yet elegant to match your tailored suits. Take for example the IWC Portofino or Frederique Constant Slimline. These watches usually have minimal complications on the dial and almost always go with a leather band. Image by Hashir Ghani from PixabayWhen to Wear a Dress Watch In terms of a watch’s level of formality, dress watches belong to the apex of the tier. In other words, these are the only acceptable timepieces to be worn during a white-tie or black-tie event. Apart from those events, these watches should also be your choice in a business formal event where you are expected to look sharp. What to Wear with a Dress Watch As its name suggests, a dress watch should be worn with a dress shirt along with a suit or tuxedo. It also blends well with slightly less formal clothes like a blazer or an Oxford shirt. Wearing a dress watch that is less formal than a business casual outfit is usually frowned upon. So try to avoid them when wearing denim shorts and sneakers. Best Dress Watches and How to Wear Them with Style 1. Cartier Tank Truly, the Cartier Tank is one of the most iconic and elegant dress watches in the market. Apart from its interesting history, its styling has drawn the same amount of respect from many watch enthusiasts. In fact, Cartier has developed their own signature style that you’ll instantly know it’s a Cartier even from a few feet away. Staying true to the essence of a dress watch, the Tank is simple. It only shows the time using Roman numeral hour markers and metallic blue hands. These elements are set against an off-white background which is versatile to wear. In terms of size, the Cartier Tank is fairly small, even for a dress watch. This makes it an ideal watch for people who are going for a Don Draper type of aesthetic. To add, its case is made with 18K yellow gold which ups its formality level. No doubt that the Cartier Tank is one of the first things people imagine when thinking of dress watches. You can wear it casually to your 9 to 5 and straight to your black-tie event without compromising on style and elegance. 2. Zenith Elite Staying true to its name, the Zenith Elite is definitely on top of the list when it comes to dress watches. Apart from its excellent movement, its design is something that will steal the spotlight.   With the goal to be as simple as possible, its dial comes in an almost monochromatic colour scheme. The background, indexes, and hands come in a silver colour that will match your tie clip or your cufflinks. Apart from that, it comes with a classic black leather strap that elevates its classiness. When it comes to the movement, the Zenith Elite uses a calibre called the Elite 679. While it only tells the time, it has a power reserve of up to 55 hours when fully wound. Rest assured that this watch from Zenith will tell reliable time for years. This dress watch is a perfect accessory to wear with your dapper tux. 3. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master   If simple is what you’re looking for, look no further than the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master. The Master Date model is the epitome of minimalism as it only shows the time and date functions. To add, its colour scheme is a combination of white and silver, which is easy on the eyes. Inside, this Jaeger-LeCoultre dress watch runs on the updated calibre 899. Among its improvements are the slimmer profile, a 70-hour power reserve, and reshaped escapement and pallets. These changes made the movement tell better time. Luckily, you can admire the calibre through the viewing glass at the back of the watch. Finally, the Novonappa calfskin strap is like icing on the cake. It comes in a tan shade that perfectly blends with the watch’s case material. In addition, it gives the watch a vintage touch that a lot of people find attractive. Wear it to brunch with a pair of chinos and khaki pants or to a board meeting with a suit and tie. Dive Watches Dive watches are some of the most rugged watches on the market. They are made to conquer the deepest depths of the ocean. That is why they are typically bulky and large. Apart from that, dive watches usually must pass a series of tests to be called a “true dive watch”. Image by Pexels from PixabayWhen to Wear a Dive Watch Apart from the obvious answer that you should wear it during a dive session, dive watches are best worn casually. And depending on the design of your watch, it can also be appropriate for smart casual settings. Just make sure that your dive watch is sleek and not too bulky. What to Wear with a Dive Watch Lucky for you, dive watches are very versatile to wear. In fact, you can wear them with just shorts and a T-shirt, or you can even pair them with your Oxford shirt. However, avoid wearing dive watches with suits unless the event calls for a more relaxed dress code. Best Dive Watches and How to Wear Them with Style 1. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique In the history of dive watches, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is one of the most important models. Case in point: the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique is one of the world’s first modern diving watches. An obvious feature of this watch is its bulky diving bezel which is made of sapphire crystal. Apart from giving the watch a vintage style, it is also extremely durable. This means the bezel is scratch-proof, which is nice to have if you’re the adventurous type. Over the years, Blancpain has developed their dive watches’ cases. So this updated model has a high water resistance rating of 300m, which is impressive and more than enough for diving. Apart from that, they also generously applied C3 SuperLuminova on the dial to make it legible in the dark. Indeed, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique continues to impress both the diving and watch community even years after its release. With its elegant all-black ensemble, you can even get away with wearing it with a suit and tie at a posh dinner. 2. Rolex Submariner The Rolex Submariner needs no introduction. Indeed, even people outside the watch community can recognise it. And if truth be told, it is the most copied watch design ever. Just take a look at the dozens of homage watches in the market. Looking at the catalogue of Rolex, the Sub comes in various colourways — from black to two-toned. But the most popular choice is the black dial on the black bezel, as featured above. It comes in a case with a diameter of 40mm, a sweet spot for various wrist sizes. When it comes to performance, the Rolex Submariner uses a Rolex Calibre 3135. This movement has 31 jewels, runs at a frequency of 28,800 bph, and can power the watch for up to 50 hours. Furthermore, it uses a parachrom hairspring, which makes it more resistant to shocks and temperature variations – a very useful feature for diving. All in all, you can never go wrong with the Rolex Submariner. If you’re in the market for a classic dive watch, this one should be on top of your list. This watch is the perfect accessory to your casual Sunday brunch or dive weekends with your best mates. 3. Omega Seamaster A close competitor of the Rolex Submariner is the Omega Seamaster. Both watches are popular in the diving community and both are known to be the watch of the world’s most famous spy James Bond! This iconic watch from Omega definitely lives up to the hype as it has everything a diver needs and more. To demonstrate, it has a 300m water resistance rating. It also has a helium release valve crown at 10 o’clock that is useful for commercial divers. Apart from that, it runs on Omega’s pride — the in-house 8800 calibre. The movement has a co-axial escapement and is immune to the effects of environmental magnetism. Furthermore, it also has a reliable silicon balance spring and a METAS certification seal. With that said, you can expect the watch to be extremely reliable and accurate when telling time. The Omega Seamaster can definitely get the job done while looking great. It definitely has that rugged charm that appeals to a lot of watch enthusiasts. Furthermore, it has that familiar wave pattern on the dial to keep things unique. All things considered, we can clearly see why this is James Bond’s watch of choice. This dive watch is just the right accessory to wear with your classic white shirt and blue jeans outfit. Sports Watches Sports watches are made for adventures. Generally, these timepieces have durable cases and easy-to-read dials for convenience. Apart from those traits, they also have a decent water resistance rating, as sports events can be very demanding. Photo by THE 5TH from PexelsWhen to Wear a Sports Watch Due to its sporty design, these watches shine best in casual settings and when doing physical activities. It is strongly advised to avoid sports watches when going to formal events or even semi-formal events. What to Wear with a Sports Watch Sports watches look best with leisure, as it complements its sportiness. The watch will definitely feel at home when paired with jogger pants, shorts, T-shirts, and sneakers. Apart from those, a sports watch will also look good with jeans. Best Sports Watches and How to Wear Them with Style 1. Breitling Superocean Breitling has long been known for making sporty watches, which is why the Breitling Superocean is a part of this list. Indeed, from its design to its movement, this watch screams durability and robustness. Legibility is a top priority for this model. The dial consists of big trapezoidal markers and large Arabic numeral fonts which are applied with SuperLuminova. Furthermore, its case is water-resistant up to 500m. With that kind of rating, you wouldn’t have to worry about damaging it during swimming. In fact, it is even appropriate for diving. Lastly, its movement is called the Calibre 17, which is based on the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. It has a quick set date complication and is known to be one of Breitling’s most durable movements. This makes the watch appropriate for sporty activities. Wear this watch with a nice, black shirt and a pair of black jeans to make a dashing impression on a weekend date. 2. Hamilton Khaki Aviation When it comes to sportiness, Hamilton Khaki Aviation excels in aviation. In fact, Hamilton is an official timekeeper of the Red Bull Air Race. Apart from that, they do a good job of creating durable watches that can handle bumps and scratches. The dial is easy to read with its large Arabic numeral fonts. In addition, the hour markers and hands are coated with SuperLuminova so you can still read the time during your late-night adventures. Performance-wise, it uses the H-30 movement that features a day-date function. In addition, its 80-hour power reserve is enough to keep the watch going for more than 3 days. This is the watch to get if you are into aviation and air races, as this model captures the essence of vintage pilot watches. This watch definitely looks at home in a dressed down setting, perhaps a weekend outfit of khaki shorts and a white shirt to let its iconic design take centre stage. 3. Tudor Fastrider Chrono The Tudor Fastrider Chrono’s sporting roots started in 2011 when Tudor collaborated with Ducati. Simply put, the goal was to create a utilitarian chronograph that was sporty, functional, and attractive. Needless to say, the two brands succeeded in making that watch. In the design department, the Tudor Fastrider Chrono is a beauty. This automatic model featured above is predominantly matte black with a few bright red accents. This colour scheme reminds us of the lights against a car’s dashboard. Furthermore, the watch’s dial features a tachymeter bezel and three sub-dials for your timing needs. In particular, these sub-dials are the 30-minute totaliser, a running seconds tracker, and a 12-hour totaliser. Additionally, its self-winding movement is called the ETA-Valjoux Caliber 7753. It vibrates at a frequency of 28,800 bph and has a power reserve of up to 48 hours. Wear it with a black leather jacket to up your dashing factor. Statement Watches As the name suggests, statement watches aim to stay in the spotlight and are synonymous with ‘stylish watches’. It is the type of watch that you want to wear when you want to catch people’s attention. Whether it’s through a watch’s sky-high value or through its colourful design, these iconic watches are sure to make heads turn. Photo by emre keshavarz from PexelsWhen to Wear a Statement Watch Statement watches are reserved for bold people who love experimenting with (or sometimes breaking) fashion rules. If you need help imagining, simply picture people who wear their basketball shoes with their suits. In the books, it’s obviously a fashion no-no, but some people can make it look cool. With that in mind, these watches can be used in different settings. For instance, you can wear a statement watch with a suit if you’re bold enough. But apart from that, a statement watch is perfectly suitable to wear during a casual setting. What to Wear with a Statement Watch A lot of fashion enthusiasts will say that the best course is to pair your loud statement watch with a muted outfit. For example, if your watch is made up of loud colours, you can never go wrong with an all-black ensemble. The idea is to balance the loudness of the watch with a more toned down outfit. Best Statement Watches and How to Wear Them with Style 1. Patek Philippe Nautilus If you’ve been on watch forums for some time, then you might have observed that the Patek Philippe Nautilus is the “it” watch. It is one of the most sought-after models and is the perfect timepiece to wear to make a statement. Indeed, a lot of people say that wearing one is like saying that you’ve made it in life as the watch is extremely hard to get. This legendary Patek Philippe watch’s design is unique with its rounded octagonal bezel. As the story goes, it was designed after a ship’s porthole. And even decades after its release, it is still one of the most iconic designs in the history of horology. As for its performance, it runs on Patek Philippe’s calibre 26-330 S C. It is a self-winding movement that has 30 jewels and a power reserve of up to 45 hours. And to make it more premium, its central rotor is made with 21k gold. What a way to make a statement! And like every Patek Philippe movement, this one guarantees high precision and accuracy that will last you for decades. Although primarily designed as a sports watch, the Nautilus is now regarded as a modern-day dress watch with its elegant and sophisticated design. Needless to say, you can either wear it with a suit-and-tie to a formal event or with a nice white shirt for a weekend brunch with your buddies. 2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak If the Patek Philippe Nautilus is too refined for your taste, you should check out the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Indeed, it is a more rugged and angular version of the previous luxury watch. And if you’re wondering who copied who, the answer is neither because they both come from the same watch designer — Gerald Genta. And to add to that, this watch from Audemars Piguet is the world’s first luxury steel sports watch. While the Nautilus was inspired by a ship’s porthole, the Royal Oak borrows a few design elements from an old-school diver’s helmet. Its octagonal bezel is widely known in the watch community that you know it’s a Royal Oak even just by seeing its silhouette. Apart from that, its “Grande Tapisserie” pattern on the dial is just as interesting and iconic. Furthermore, the movement is just as good as its design. It uses a manufacture calibre 4302 which is self-winding. The movement has a total of 32 jewels, runs at a frequency of 28,800 bph, and can make the watch tick for up to 70 hours. And if you’re a hardcore fan, you can admire the mechanism through the see-through glass at the case’s back. Wherever you are, you are sure to make heads turn when wearing the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. If you want a statement watch, you should never overlook this model. Another bonus is that the Audemars Piguet boutique also sells a pair of matching cufflinks so you can look your best. Needless to say, this is one sporty statement watch that you can wear with a tux to make heads turn. 3. Franck Muller Vanguard Among the stylish watches on this list, the Franck Muller Vanguard is the most quirky. Just one look at it and you know that it’s not like any other watch. From its shape to its colour scheme, it’s obvious that Franck Muller is here to make a statement. First things first — the perfect words to describe this featured watch is ‘avant-garde’. Honestly, this watch makes one feel like he was transported to the roaring twenties and the Great Gatsby, thanks to its black and gold colourway. It comes in a curvaceous shape that gives out a sporty vibe. Meanwhile, the applied numerals are hand-polished and hand-brushed. The inside is just as beautiful as the outside as it uses the FM 0800 automatic movement. This calibre operates at a frequency of 28,800 bph and can make the watch tick for up to 42 hours. To boot, the movement offers a date complication, which can be seen at the 6 o’clock position. No doubt that the Franck Muller Vanguard is the watch to beat if you’re looking to make a statement. Its contemporary styling and reliable movement are enough to set you apart from the rest of the crowd. Wear it with a black leather jacket and black jeans to match its all-black ensemble. 5 Tips on How to Wear a Watch with Style If you’re still unsure about how to wear a watch with style, here are 5 style tips to help you look like a million bucks. 1. Wear the right watch for the occasion. The most important thing to remember is to wear an appropriate watch for the occasion. If you’re going to a formal event where you have to wear a tux, keep it simple with a time-only dress watch. But if the event has a less strict dress code like in a beach wedding, you can get away with wearing a diver with your suit. Anyway, people have been more accepting of dive watches with suits ever since James Bond started the trend. 2. Choose the right size of the watch. A watch’s case size matters especially when you want to elevate your fashion game. To find your perfect size, measure your wrist. If your wrist measures from 6 to 7 inches, you should opt for a small to medium diameter case (38mm, 40mm, 42mm). If you’re on the larger end with a size of 7.5-8 inches, you will look better with a case diameter of 44mm or 46mm. Photo from EsslingerHowever, I’m not saying that you should strictly follow this rule. In fact, if you break this rule the right way, you can still make people’s jaws drop. That is why it’s important to observe the watch size trends carefully and see what works. Take a look at fashion icons from the ’50s where tiny watches were the norm. Even if you have humongous wrists, there are instances where you can get away with wearing a 36mm watch if you’re wearing a suit Mad Men-style. 3. Match the strap of your watch to your other leather pieces. If you’re wearing a watch with a leather strap, it is best to coordinate it with the other leather articles on you. So, if you’re wearing a pair of black leather shoes with a black belt, a safe choice would be to swap that leather strap for a black one too. Photo by Drew Williams from PexelsIf you feel confident about experimenting with the colour wheel, you can try complementing colours. For instance, a maroon strap perfectly blends well with black leather. While this may seem like a small detail, believe me when I say that it says a lot about your attention to detail when it comes to fashion and style. It’s a guarantee that you will get approval from the fashion police. 4. Metals should blend in well with other metals. Same as the previous item, you should pay attention to the colours of your metal pieces of jewellery. So if your watch comes with a silver case, make sure that your cufflinks, tie clip, or bracelet come in the same colour. 5. Make sure the watch fits perfectly. In the fashion world, you would always hear people saying “fit is king”. While they often mean the fit of clothes, the same can be said for your statement watches. That being said, make sure to adjust your watch’s strap to fit your wrist perfectly. A rule of thumb is that it should not slide more than an inch up or down whenever you move your arm. Photo from The Slender WristApart from making you look good, getting a good fit for the watch can also avoid damages. Wearing a watch with a metal bracelet too loose can cause a lot of wear on the bracelet. Additionally, the watch can swing around with good momentum and may hit the table or other pieces of furniture. Final Notes Despite being small, a watch can make or break your whole outfit. Even when you’re wearing a bespoke wool suit, you can still get a ticket from the fashion police if you pair it with a bulky sports watch. On the other hand, a simple off-the-rack jacket can look expensive with a clean dress watch. Be that as it may, it is important to know how to wear a watch if you want to level up your fashion game.   Photo credit: Featured image courtesy of GQ Magazine

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  5. 14 Best Wedding Watches for the Bride and Groom

    14 Best Wedding Watches for the Bride and Groom

    Weddings often take the top spot in one of the most monumental moments of a person’s lifetime. Every bride and groom wants their special day to be perfect. A ton of preparation goes to every detail of the event — from the venue and flowers, down to the teensiest accessory that the bride, groom, groomsmen, and bridesmaids wear. And one of the most popular accessories that get the spotlight is the perfect wedding watch. From a dainty Omega or Cartier for the bride to a classy Vacheron Constantin or Frédérique Constant for the groom, here are the best wedding watches for any romantic, picturesque wedding. Timeless Wedding Customs Wedding trends evolve throughout the years. We’ve seen the trend on wedding gowns go from big and puffy to a cleaner tight-fit look. We’ve also gone from the most grandiose themes to a more laidback motif. However, even though all these trends change from time to time, certain traditions never get out of style. Some of these wedding traditions include preparing wedding gifts, not only as a guest but as the spouse-to-be as well. As tradition goes, guests bring congratulatory gifts to a wedding. It can range from the typical tools, gadgets, or even appliances they can use for the newlyweds’ new home to grand gestures, such as honeymoon trips, cars, or luxury goods. While we’d love to see a new car parked outside the wedding venue on our special day waiting just for us, receiving luxury goods – especially watches – can definitely send all the right feels for all the right reasons. Customarily, watches are milestone souvenirs in a man’s life. But as the times change, more and more women also take interest in the value of watches. It’s not surprising though, especially when watches show greater value over time. Firstly, watches make great heirlooms. As Patek Philippe puts it, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” They couldn’t be more correct. Secondly, the watches you receive today can be a great investment for tomorrow. Most luxury watches either retain or increase in value over time. Be it for the bride or the groom, the main stars of the event deserve only the best watches. But these timepieces shouldn’t take away the focus of the event, that’s why we pooled together just the right wedding watches for the big day. Whether you get it as a gift for someone else’s wedding or your own, these timepieces will surely make the special day truly timeless. 7 Best Wedding Watches for the Bride One of the most underrated and overlooked bridal accessories would be a watch. Most people focus only on the obvious choices of accessories like a diamond necklace and a wonderful bouquet. And while these details are necessary, brides also deserve the gift of time as well. Good thing there are elegant choices of watches that are perfect for brides — classic, dainty, and truly exquisite. Omega De Ville The Omega De Ville collection gained a huge following since its launch. The collection includes streamlined designs that perfectly suit an elegant event such as a wedding. The De Ville is the brand’s first collection to feature the Co-Axial mechanical movement that Omega itself developed and hatched in-house. The classy look plus the unparalleled mechanism of the watches can truly elevate any important event. Photo from OmegaThe De Ville series include watches that suit just about any motif you have in mind. A classic wedding motif goes along well with the time-honoured steel and gold combination in timepieces. You may also opt for diamond-studded designs if you’re looking to add a little sparkle around your wrist. If the special day includes a unique colour motif, you’d love to see a De Ville timepiece in red, blue, or even black. Whatever your look may be, there certainly is an Omega De Ville watch for you. Chopard Happy Diamonds As the popular saying goes, “Diamonds are forever”. Chopard proves just that with the release of the Happy Diamonds collection. The brand started out the collection with an 18K white gold model. From there, the Swiss watchmaking company completely changed luxury watches for women. The Chopard Happy Diamonds series consists of timepieces that embrace the sheer femininity in gold and diamonds. Photo from ChopardThe key to a Happy Diamonds watch is, of course, the diamonds. But what makes it even more special than the precious stone is the intricacy in the designs of the timepieces. The neat design displays absolute glamour without having to take away the spotlight from its wearer. If anything, having a Happy Diamond timepiece on the wrist only promotes a bride’s flair. Bulgari Serpenti The uniqueness of the Bulgari Serpenti speaks volumes with its animalistic appeal. Bulgari has been, without a doubt, embracing its wild side by taking interesting inspirations from enigmatic creatures. What the brand does best is drawing out the best traits of these animals and putting these inspirations into elegant accessories. The Serpenti features the iconic bracelet that twists around the wrist. Despite its intricate design, the Serpenti is actually very comfortable to wear. Combined with its unique aesthetic, the watch’s flexibility makes a surprising appeal to its wearer. Photo from BulgariSerpenti watches come in either single or double coil versions. They also come in stainless steel or gold with various colours to complete their stylish motif. With a dramatic combination of colours and sometimes studs of diamonds on the bezel, the Serpenti will definitely make for a strong case for a bridal watch. Be it a grand or understated theme, this timepiece will not only be an iconic addition to your special day but also a watch you’ll want to wear for the days that follow. Longines DolceVita Taking a break from annular shapes, let’s get to the quadrate designs that a lot of women adore due to their neat appeal. The Longines DolceVita definitely suits a simpler event that aims to focus more on the moment than the fancy details of it. Longines came up with designs that truly blend with the function and doesn’t take away the essence of the watch’s purpose. Even if you opt for diamond studs on the dial, it still remains a simple reminder of the moment’s significance. Photo from LonginesDespite its simplicity, the DolceVita collection still includes diversity in its layout. Some iterations have Roman numeral hour indexes, as well as simple line markers. They also come in either steel or gold, with a choice for leather or steel straps. Patek Philippe Calatrava Patek Philippe sure knows how to make a statement with their timepieces. The Calatrava collection, introduced in 1932, proves timeless with a sleek design and a clean overall look. Boasting not only the name it carries, the Patek Philippe Calavatra series includes timepieces made of gold or platinum. The dial designs range from unadulterated to artful, without having to sacrifice pure elegance no matter what the choice is. Photo from Patek PhilippeGiven that this collection comes from the well-established house of Patek Philippe, the Calatrava comes at a great value that transcends time and traditions. If worn to a special event such as a wedding, the watch will only carry stories to pass on from one generation to another. More than just an expensive timepiece, this watch is an invaluable heirloom in the making. Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier The one-of-a-kind design of the Ballon Bleu de Cartier surely is one for the books. It amassed a huge following soon after its release, as it carries the true Cartier aesthetic. The face of the watch features bold Roman numeral hour indexes in a shape that adapts perfectly to modern times. The blue winding mechanism shapes the unique trait of the watch with a truly exceptional crown. The sapphire crystal shaped to give a magnifying effect gives the watch an even more pleasing appeal. Photo from CartierAs with any timepiece on our list, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier includes iterations that come in stainless steel or rose gold, as well as models with diamond bezels or hour markers. This special watch perfectly matches a special day and will definitely suit a clean, sophisticated wedding motif. Hamilton American Classic Hamilton came up with a brilliant idea of putting together all its most iconic timepieces in a collection to preserve its legacy. With classic designs such as the Ardmore, Boulton, and Bagley, the collection includes everlasting visage. Whether you’re into gold, diamonds, or steel elements, there surely is a Hamilton American Classic watch for you. Brides-to-be will also adore the selection of shapes and sizes offered by the collection that will definitely suit any style. The American Classic family has watches that come in both modern and vintage designs that could suit even the grandest of weddings. The dial designs also include various concepts. With such a wide array of choices, there will be a timepiece to satisfy you on your special day. 7 Best Wedding Watches for the Groom Traditionally, watches play a huge part in a groom’s special day. Brides usually gift their grooms the perfect wedding watch, which, at times, is a family heirloom. If you’re looking to start a tradition of passing on an heirloom or simply looking for a watch that will perfectly capture the essence of your big day, these timepieces will be perfect for you. Breguet Classique As its name suggests, the Breguet Classique collection includes timepieces that are clear and focused, just as any classic watch would. The Classique watches exude designs that take directly from the traditional principles of Breguet watchmaking. The watches in this collection take inspiration from pocket watches, which are key accessories of gentlemen in the past. At the same time, these sophisticated timepieces boast a modern touch that every contemporary dress watch carries. Photo from BreguetIf you need a timepiece that doesn’t take away the spotlight from you, this could be the right one. It has a time-honoured design that will transcend generations to come. It’s a strong contender not only for a special day accessory but also a future family heirloom. Blancpain Villeret Born in the village of Villeret, Blancpain leans on its roots with this collection. Referred to by the brand as “the most classical of the collections”, the Blancpain Villeret is the embodiment of the ideal aesthetic of the brand. The watch is marked with sleek lines and purity of the dial, and the double-stepped cases express timeless elegance. A strong choice for a minimalist timepiece, this collection will be a great signature piece on your special day. Photo from BlancpainWhere Blancpain excels is displayed in this collection. The timepieces in the Villeret family take the emblematic aesthetic codes that the brand historically follows and applies to the contemporary timepieces. The timepiece itself carries a story that’s for the books with classic grand feu enamel and serpentine hands in blued steel. Chopard Classic Once again making it on our list — this time for the groom’s wedding watch list — Chopard proves its ability to produce classic timepieces with a very aptly named collection. The Chopard Classic collection represents everything great Chopard is known for: Swiss watchmaking excellence and classic, understated appeal. Photo from ChopardWith watches that come in gold and steel, every man will adore the collection’s versatility. From grand weddings to a simple celebration, a classic Chopard will definitely be a great watch to spend your day with. Frédérique Constant Slimline Frédérique Constant has a rich history in producing classy dress watches that go from conservative to daring, with unique design features, especially for a men’s watch. Through watches that appeal to different styles, the Frédérique Constant Slimline collection definitely has a watch for every man. The series includes simple date watches that either embraces the simplicity of steel or take a bold turn with diamonds. Iterations with a moon phase window or a second sub-dial also come with the collection. Photo from Frédérique ConstantGiven the collection’s name, the Slimline is incredibly thin, especially for an automatic timepiece. Given its movement, it’s definitely a potential legacy that could begin on your wedding day. Bulgari Octo A lot of lists will leave this Bulgari timepiece out for a choice wedding watch. Firstly, the collection includes bulky choices of timepieces. Secondly, an octagonal watch is not exactly a customary choice of timepiece for a wedding. But for all these reasons alone, the Bulgari Octo still makes for a great choice for your wedding day. Launched in 2012, the cult following that the collection amassed grew bigger throughout the years and developed with the inclusion of Octo Finissimo, Octo Roma, and Octo L’Originale. Photo from BulgariThe eight-sided case of the timepiece includes a round bezel with an octagonal flange on the dial. And despite what many believe, the Octo includes designs that are minimalist in nature. But if the motif requires, it also comes in grander designs, including a skeletonised dial or a brightly coloured dial or hour markers. IWC Portofino With the watch’s understated elegance, the IWC Portofino is the perfect dress watch that exquisitely suits a classy wedding motif. The well-balanced connection between form and function in the Portofino will definitely hold great value, not only for the wedding day but for the days or even decades that follow. This iconic IWC collection includes self-winding and hand-wound classics that embrace traditional forms with modern function. Photo from IWCThe designs of the timepieces range from classic three-hand date watch to a sophisticated chronograph. You may also opt for a leather strap or a mesh bracelet that is both comfortable and dashing in nature. You can choose to add a touch of blue, black, or plain silver to your timepiece and it will remain a remembrance of a moment that will last forever. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Minimalist at its finest, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony provides only the necessary information needed — no fuss, no unnecessary details. Taking inspiration from designs back in the 1950s, the watch gives a classic dressy look and feel. With the thinnest Patrimony watch standing only at 7.65 mm in thickness, the collection is a comfort to wear on such a hectic wedding day. Photo from Vacheron ConstantinVacheron Constantin included a dial with dotted minute markers that are almost invisible to the naked eye on the timepieces’ design. Its appeal rests on the dimension it adds to the timepiece, with the hour markers applied with great intricacy. Ultimate Guide to Wearing and Gifting a Wedding Watch Just as with any aspect of the wedding, a wedding watch also comes with certain standards that must not be ignored. After all, we want your special day to be perfect. So, before you pick a watch, make sure you know all the right things to do or the right things to look for. Groom’s Guide to Wedding Watches Firstly, the perfect tuxedo watch doesn’t overpower. If you’re wearing a suit, make sure that your watch doesn’t take away the focus of your look. Instead, your timepiece should be the glue that bonds your look together. To make your look cohesive, choose a minimalist watch that would latch your whole guise intact. A simple hack to find the perfect watch is to match it with your tie or scarf. Your hands will definitely be a focal point during the wedding and the closest they often get to is on your face, torso, or your bride. Make sure your timepiece doesn’t take the spotlight away from any of those but instead elevates both yours and your bride’s look. With that said, pick a watch with a simple dial design. You can never go wrong with this. Unless the motif requires, don’t go for bold colours. And we know how much men love sports watches. While we’re at it, don’t put that sports watch on. It’s a wedding, not a sporting match. Your watch should exemplify a classic yet memorable appearance, not a look you’d sport on any other normal day. Bride’s Guide to Wedding Watches Brides often opt for bracelets instead of watches for a wedding. The easiest explanation for that is the fact that it can be hard to find a watch that will double as jewellery. Lucky for you, our list includes watches that have diamond iterations to complete your look. Not only will you have a classy timepiece to tell a tale for tomorrow but also a piece of jewellery to glorify you on your very special day. As tradition goes, yellow gold is frowned upon on a bridal ensemble. It’s easily frowned upon due to its stark hue that could take away the focus from your all-white ensemble. It’s best to veer away from anything yellow gold so that the timepiece won’t be too eye-catching and people will forget about you. But if you really want to have something gold in your timepiece, maybe a white gold option will work for you! And finally, wear a dainty watch on your wedding day. It’s not customary for a bride to wear a chunky timepiece nor is it very aesthetically pleasing, so to speak. There are certain things people will look at on your wedding day: your gown, your wedding and/or engagement rings, as well as you. To add your watch to the list would take away the essence of the very event and will make it hard to fixate on the necessary details of the wedding. As an overall rule, for both brides and grooms, don’t wear a counterfeit watch on your wedding day. You don’t want to remember your day wearing a watch like that. Instead, opt for a timepiece that looks expensive if an expensive timepiece is really out of the budget. But if you can squeeze it in, a luxury watch will definitely hold out, if not increase, in value if you choose to wear it on your wedding day. Photo from FlickrGuests’ Gift-Giving Guide to Wedding Watches Watches are popular wedding gifts. From pocket watches to a watch set, timepieces are a popular choice of gift for newlyweds. If you’re looking for a wedding gift for the bride or the groom, you should be on the lookout for these standards. If you do intend on giving a watch as a wedding present, might as well buy a his-and-hers watch set. This can hold great significance for the bride and groom in the future. It will also save you a ton of time thinking of two separate gifts to give. After all, it’s a celebration of the union you’re attending. It’s about two people becoming one. To give two separate gifts really never makes sense for a wedding. Before you make that wedding gift purchase, make sure you know what the bride and groom like. If you truly want to be covert about your gift of choice, a simple observation definitely works wonders. Their style choices weigh heavily on the watch or watches you’re about to purchase. But if you’re truly unsure about the watch you’re about to purchase, make sure you know the return and exchange policy of the shop you bought the watches from. Most shops have very lenient policies while others can be quite stingy, so make sure you ask about that part to keep yourself from getting hassled later on. With that said, make sure you’re buying from a legitimate shop or seller. There are a lot of shops that offer his-and-hers watches that are perfect wedding gifts. But not all can be trusted, especially when you’re buying online. If you can’t afford to personally buy a watch, quick research, or a visit on forums will definitely lead you to the right dealer. This also goes with the authenticity of the watch you’re purchasing. Giving a fake watch as a wedding gift will definitely put a dent in your friendship with the groom and bride, not to mention the legalities it entails. So, make sure you’re only buying authentic watches. A great way to make watches more personalised is by having them engraved. Engraved watches as wedding gifts are trendy these days. You may have their names engraved on the watch or have the date of the wedding permanently marked on it instead. Whatever it is you choose to put on that watch will forever remain a lovely memory to the bride and groom. The Perfect Watch for the Perfect Day Everybody wants their wedding to be perfect. That’s why a lot of effort goes into the smallest details of a wedding. Whether it’s a simple celebration or a grand traditional experience, a wedding must always be perfect. At the end of the day, its memories will linger on. That’s why picking the perfect wedding watch is fundamental for your big day. It has to match your attire, as well as the venue where it will take place. Your timepiece will mark a new chapter in your life and therefore must culminate not only the precious moments you spent with your future spouse but also the overall motif of your wedding. But a watch, after all, is just a watch. It shouldn’t overpower the essence of the event, which is to focus on the union of two souls. It’s not a battle of grandeur or a tournament of elegance. It’s a momentous occasion that will be symbolic for the rest of your lives. Watches are a classic symbolism in any given event. It marks a new life and a new world to explore. To wear one at your wedding will only hold greater value as time passes. Watches ultimately are great assets. It holds not only symbolic but also monetary value. What you wear on your wedding day can be worn by your offspring on their very own weddings. It can be an important heirloom and legacy that you can carry with you through the rest of your life and even longer.  

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  6. 15 Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Aficionados

    15 Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Aficionados

    The connection between flying and horology may not be obvious at first. But if you look into the history of both industries, you would notice that the latter has been an important part of aviation. In fact, it has become a staple for air force pilots for many years. Governments even went as far as setting a strict standard on the pilot watches issued to their respective air force and soldiers. This just goes to show how deep the relationship between the two fields is. From then till now, many airmen rely on pilot watches to aid their flights. Some of the legendary watch manufacturers whose pilot watches proved helpful in the air force and military include IWC, Breitling, and Bell & Ross, to name a few. These timepieces aid pilots in getting vital information such as fuel consumption, rate of climb or descent, and other necessary calculations required during flying. It should also be noted that even civilian frequent fliers can benefit from these pilot watches. While they wouldn’t likely need the more complicated features, a World Timer or a simple GMT watch, like the Seiko Astron or Rolex Air Dweller, is more efficient in telling different time zones. So whether you’re an experienced aviator or a travel bug, check out which pilot watches are best for you by reading our guide below. Photo by Rafael Cosquiere from PexelsFeatures to Look For in a Good Pilot Watch Legibility One of the most important things to consider when looking for your next pilot watch is legibility. If you’re a pilot, your watch’s dial should be readable at a glance, especially when you’re busy manning the cockpit. To find a legible watch, choose the ones with hour markers that come in large fonts, such as the Zenith Pilot or Bell & Ross Instruments. To add, check if the lume is bright enough for you to read the time even in low-light conditions. Apart from the convenience that it brings, it should also offer safety and security. Photo from PixabayDual Time/GMT Functions As a frequent flier, it can sometimes be a hassle to adjust your watch every now and then. That brings us to the importance of a Dual Time or GMT feature of a watch. Having these functions allows you to read two time zones simultaneously. While some watches like world timers can display a lot of different time zones, having a dual time feature is sufficient for most frequent fliers. Anti-magnetic When flying, there’s a possibility of encountering magnetic fields that can damage your watch. To combat this problem, it is recommended to check the watch’s anti-magnetic properties. When looking at the specs sheet, check if the movement is protected by a Faraday cage or if the components are made with silicium or magnetic alloys. Chronograph A chronograph function is one of the most useful things a pilot watch can have as it has a lot of aviation applications. For example, it can be used to time mission briefings, elapsed times, etc. Opt for a flyback chronograph as it is more suited for pilots as it is more convenient to use. Instead of pushing for more buttons just to reset a timer, a flyback chrono requires you to only push one. In-flight computations | Image by 2427999 from PixabaySlide rule bezel The slide rule bezel is a more complicated feature than the chronograph. However, it can do a lot more in-flight computations needed by pilots. A few things it can do are add, multiply, calculate fuel consumption, and even the rate of climb or descent. Indeed, this is a very important feature that every professional pilot must look for. 15 of the Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Enthusiasts 1. Cartier Santos-Dumont What better way to start this list than with the first-ever pilot watch? Despite its unique exterior, the Cartier Santos-Dumont is considered the first watch to be worn while flying. It all started when Louis Cartier made a watch for his aviator friend Alberto Santos-Dumont when he complained about fumbling for his pocket watch while piloting an aircraft. Since then, a lot of pilots started strapping their watches to their wrists. Among this list of pilot watches, the Cartier Santos-Dumont is the most simple. In fact, it is a time-only watch. As expected, this watch bears an Art Deco style that’s commonly seen in Cartier watches. Its hour markers are made with Roman numerals, a signature look of the brand. This makes it an ideal timepiece for frequent fliers who go on international business trips. Unlike other Cartier models, this one uses a manual mechanical movement. In particular, it is called the Cartier Calibre 430 MC. It has a total of 18 jewels, beats at a frequency of 21,600 VPH, and can make the watch tick for up to 36 hours. Whether you like it or not, the Cartier Santos-Dumont has a special place in the history of both aviation and horology. 2. Seiko Astron  Apart from being the world’s first quartz watch, the Seiko Astron line is also known as one of the most accurate watches ever. As the decades went by, the Astron line has developed more and more technologies that a lot of pilots and world travellers find handy or even essential. Moreover, the collection also features a GPS function where the watches receive signals from different satellites for added accuracy. The Astron 8X Dual Time watch from Seiko makes travelling from one country to another a breeze by bringing a Dual-Time calibre to the table. With this movement, your watch will adjust to your current timezone with just a push of a button. Apart from that, you also have the option to read two timezones at once — your home timezone and the timezone where you currently are. Furthermore, the Seiko Astron 8X Dual Time’s dial contains other information you may need. A few of those are the AM/PM indication, the day, and the date windows. These are all essential information for frequent fliers. Lastly, its bracelet is composed of individually-designed links for maximum comfort. To add, they are tapered perfectly to the wrist so you won’t feel uncomfortable even during long hours of flights. 3. Sinn Instrument Chronograph Sinn is extremely popular especially when it comes to German watchmaking. In fact, it was founded by a former World War II veteran and flight instructor named Helmut Sinn. During its early years, Sinn specialised in making pilot chronographs and clocks for the aeroplanes’ cockpits. The Sinn Instrument Chronograph (903 ST) is a navigator watch with a lot of features to offer. Apart from the basic complications like day and date, it also has a chronograph timer, an internal rotating bezel, and a logarithmic scale. These features will surely come in handy for the professional pilot for calculating various information. Furthermore, it is powered by the Sellita SW 500 calibre movement that is self-winding. It offers a power reserve of up to 44 hours and can be viewed through the crystal caseback. To conclude, the Sinn 903 ST Instrument Chronograph has a lot of tools that a pilot may need during a flight. That is why it’s dubbed as the “Navigation Chronograph” watch. 4. Bell & Ross Instruments  As its name suggests, the Bell & Ross Instruments collection aims to recreate the look of an aeroplane cockpit. Apart from that, the collection is aptly named because the brand believes that these timepieces are instruments that will help people throughout the day whether they’re a frequent flier or a professional pilot. The Bell & Ross Instruments BR05 boasts an urban look and feel. Like the brand’s other collection, BR03, it has the signature round dial on a square case. Indeed, this shape is what Bell & Ross became popular. Moving on to the dial, this watch is faithful to the brand’s promise of legibility, functionality, and precision. Its large Arabic hour markers contrast well against the black background. Apart from that, the indexes are coated with SuperLuminova material so you can still read the watch properly in the dark. Under the hood, it uses the calibre BR-CAL.321, which is an automatic movement. It is based on the Sellita SW-300 with a few modifications to fit Bell & Ross’ specs. A few useful features are the hacking seconds, hand-winding, and a power reserve of 42 hours. 5. Omega Speedmaster The Omega Speedmaster needs no introduction as it is one of the most iconic watches in history. It is the timepiece that the Apollo 11 astronauts were wearing when they landed on the moon. While Omega kept a close relationship with NASA, these watches also became popular with frequent fliers and pilots due to its jam-packed features and technology. If you’re looking for a durable chronograph watch, look no further than the Omega Speedmaster. Indeed, this watch has reached the moon! Furthermore, it is the only watch that’s certified by NASA for use on an EVA (Extra-Vehicular Activity). On the watch’s face, you’ll see three sub-dials. The chronograph sub-dials feature the following: a 30-minute counter, a 12-hour counter, and a seconds counter. Apart from those, it also features a tachymeter scale that’s set on the outer bezel of the watch. At its heart, it uses the Calibre 1863. As expected, it is made with high-grade components with a rhodium-plated finish. It has about 48 hours of power reserve and 50m of water resistance. Overall, it is an accurate watch that will meet the demands of globetrotters and pilots. 6. IWC Pilot Staying true to its name, the IWC Pilot collection is an airman’s trusty companion. In fact, IWC has been producing pilot watches since the 1930s. Up to now, the models included in this collection feature a lot of similarities with their vintage counterparts. With that said, these watches are loved by military and civilian aviators alike. As mentioned above, the IWC Pilot watch borrows a lot of similarities from vintage pilot watches. This makes it a great choice for retro lovers who want to replicate the timepieces of the past as much as possible. In fact, it resembles the “B-Uhr” type of Flieger watches. That being said, this model featured above sports a bigger-than-average size of 46.2mm. While still quite far from the required 55mm of original pilot watches, it is a nice compromise between comfort and style. Apart from that, it uses an onion-shaped crown that’s both aesthetical and easy to use. Moreover, the movement that this watch uses is upgraded. The Calibre 51111 features a vaunted Pellaton winding system and an ample power reserve. In particular, it can power the watch for up to 7 days. A very useful feature to have if you’re too busy flying around the globe. 7. Longines Heritage Avigation  The Longines Heritage collection aims to showcase classic timepieces with modern upgrades. This is why most of the models in this line feature retro styling and Art Deco aesthetic. One of those models mimics the look of a vintage military watch worn by the US Air Force in the 1930s. As mentioned above, the Longines Heritage Avigation Big Eye is based on vintage military watches. In fact, it shares a lot of similarities with Type XX vintage military chronographs. When it comes to size, this aviation watch from Longines is 41mm across – a size is considered as just right and will fit a lot of wrist sizes. Moving on to the dial, we have a typical chronograph layout. As seen in the picture above, there are three sub-dials on the bottom half of the watch. These are the running seconds, the 12-hour measure, and the 30-minute scale. On the last sub-dial, the hash marks fall every 3 minutes instead of the usual 5. This detail was borrowed from vintage pilot watches as these specific intervals help pilots time their standard turns. The watch uses the movement called the L688.2. It is an automatic chronograph movement that features a column wheel. It beats at a frequency of 4 Hz and offers a power reserve of up to 54 hours. Overall, this is considered a reliable movement that will serve you for plenty of years to come. 8. Rolex Sky Dweller For years, Rolex has always been one of the most sought-after brands when it comes to GMT watches. As the story goes, they started with the GMT Master which was launched in the 1950s. Since then, their reputation for making watches for pilots has only grown stronger. One example is the Rolex Sky Dweller , which, like the GMT Master, is also popular within the flying community. The Rolex Sky Dweller, which was launched in 2012, is one of the modern Rolex models you have to check out. As its name suggests, it was made to be durable, practical, and easy to use especially when navigating the skies. A lot can be said about its features. Of course, it has the dual time-zone function that every pilot watches must-have. The second time zone even has an independent hour hand that can be set in one-hour jumps. Apart from that, it has an annual calendar that is fairly easy to use. Additionally, the Sky Dweller has a third feature called the “Ring Command Bezel”. This ring can be set in three positions to select the different functions of the watch. Although it takes a bit of getting used to, the benefits of this bezel can be extremely useful for professional pilots and frequent fliers. All things considered, the Rolex Sky Dweller is one of the more complicated dual time watches around. Despite its complications, you can reap a lot of benefits from it once you learn how to operate it. 9. Breitling Navitimer One of the most iconic timepieces in aviation history is the Breitling Navitimer. It is an automatic chronograph that has an integrated flight computer. Until now, pilots from different parts of the globe are still using this iconic watch from Breitling. In fact, some Air Force units even use it as regular equipment for their airmen. When looking at the Breitling Navitimer, the first thing you might think of is that it’s complicated. True enough, its dial displays a lot of numbers and trackers. But those are not just for aesthetics as they are used by navigators to compute various formulas. Perhaps its most important feature is the slide-rule bezel. With it, together with the chronograph function, you can measure information such as average speed, ground speed, rate of climb, or descent. Apart from those, you can perform calculations such as multiplication, division, and even currency conversion. Moreover, you can use the bezel as a substitute for a compass in case you need to know your position. If you’re set on getting a complicated pilot watch that has a strong history, you can’t go wrong with the Breitling Navitimer as it has everything that you will need. 10. Zenith Pilot  Even inside the watch community, Zenith is not as popular as Rolex, Omega, and the like. This is quite ironic because this brand has a strong pedigree that dates back to the 20th century just when aviation was still new. In fact, the first man to fly across the English Channel in 1909 was wearing a Zenith Pilot watch. The first thing to notice about the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph is its rugged design. It uses a 45mm solid brass case that is highly polished. To some people, the case reminds them of a steampunk aesthetic. Apart from that, its crown is oversized and onion-shaped to replicate the look of vintage watches. Meanwhile, the matte black dial consists of large Arabic numeral hour markers. It also has a railroad-style minutes and split-seconds track. To add, the bi-compax layout features a 30-minute chronograph register and a running seconds sub-dial. Under the hood, it boasts the Zenith El Primero calibre 4069. This movement has 35 jewels and beats at a frequency of 36,000 VPH, which makes it a high-precision chronograph. Lastly, it offers a 50-hour power reserve. 11. Vacheron Constantin Overseas You can expect nothing less than perfect from Vacheron Constantin. It is, after all, one of the Holy Trinity of watch brands. With that said, Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest and most trusted watchmakers in the world. And apart from creating classic dress watches, they ventured into more sporty models like the ones seen in the Overseas collection. This collection conveys the spirit of travel, making it a perfect fit for jet setters and pilots. The best thing about the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is that it is elegant yet casual. I’m sure a lot of travellers will appreciate the versatility that the watch offers. But aside from that, it has a lot of features that will come in handy while flying around the globe. For one, it features a column-wheel chronograph as seen on the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. These are the 30-minute counter, the 12-hour counter, and the small seconds. And between 4 and 5 o’clock is the date window. As far as movement goes, there is no doubt that the 5200 calibre is of high quality. It has 54 jewels and can power the watch for up to 52 hours. Lastly, it beats at a frequency of 4 Hz that provides high accuracy for your timing needs. 12. Tissot T-Sport  The Swiss brand Tissot has been making watches since the 1850s and has made early ties with sports timekeeping. In fact, it is one of the most famous brands that can be seen in different sporting events like BMX World Championship and Tour de France. With that said, the timekeeping prowess of their models is impressive enough to be worn by aviators. The PRC 200 Automatic Chronograph model from the Tissot T-Sport collection is an affordable chronograph that gives you a lot of value for your money. To demonstrate, it has a 6-hour totaliser, a running seconds tracker, and a 30-minute counter. It also has a subtle tachymeter scale that can be found on the edge of the dial. Furthermore, the chronograph calibre it uses is decent enough. It uses the Tissot C01.211 calibre movement, which was made in partnership with ETA. This movement has 15 jewels and can power the watch for up to 45 hours. In addition, you can view this calibre through the crystal glass at the back of the watch. Overall, this model is a great choice if your budget is quite limited. Its chronograph functions and reliable calibre are enough to keep you company while you’re out flying across the world. 13. Tudor Heritage Advisor In case you didn’t know, Tudor is a sister company of Rolex, which is why you can expect the same level of quality from them. At first, they focused on producing watches for divers and explorers. But later, they branched out into other types of watches like pilot watches, chronographs, etc. The Tudor Heritage Advisor, for instance, is a modern version of their classic alarm watch from the 1950s. If you’re an entrepreneur who spends a lot of time flying on business trips, you will appreciate the Tudor Heritage Advisor. A lot of enthusiasts even describe it as having an assistant on your wrist due to its mechanical alarm complication. While its feature is a bit unique, a lot of people will find it handy while travelling. Delving deeper into the details, the watch uses an ETA 2892 calibre movement. It has a custom alarm module that’s developed in-house by the brand. Fortunately, using the alarm feature is easy to understand. The crowns are easy to fidget with, including an on-off switch that’s located at the 8 o’clock position. Indeed, this watch is a perfect companion for busy travellers. Its alarm complication is handy when you want to avoid being late to flights and business meetings. Apart from that, its elegant design is suitable for business casual to formal settings. 14. TAG Heuer Autavia  Although TAG Heuer is mainly known for making motorsports watches, they also make excellent pilot watches. In particular, the TAG Heuer Autavia collection was inspired by aeroplane cockpits. Apart from that, this collection is known for delivering high precision and exceptional reliability. Truly, watches from this collection are perfect for today’s flying enthusiasts. Pilot watches prioritise readability and the TAG Heuer Autavia does the same. The sparse dial design was made to be read easily in low-light conditions. Its Arabic hour markers are large and its hands are coated with SuperLuminova. Performance-wise, its Calibre 5 movement is COSC-certified. This means it should produce an accuracy of -4 or +6 seconds per day. It also has a special hairspring that makes it more resistant to magnetism and temperature deviation. As mentioned above, resistance to magnetism is especially important when you’re frequently flying. To conclude, the TAG Heuer Autavia is the brand’s successful take on modern pilot watches. Apart from its exceptional movement, its classic design is something that will make other people’s heads turn. 15. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Although Hamilton was originally known for making timepieces for the Army, it also branched out into the Air Force. In fact, it has been making pilot watches for over a century now and has become really popular in the flying community. With that said, the brand has a reputation for being accurate and reliable. Whether you’re looking for a GMT watch or a Pilot’s Chronograph, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation collection boasts a lot of timepieces that will meet the professional pilot’s demands. The Hamilton Khaki Pilot Day Date successfully recreates the look of a pilot watch back in the 20th century. Indeed, aside from a few modifications, this model looks a lot like pilot watches from before. While it definitely showcases the aesthetic of vintage aviation timepieces, it also uses modern materials that are more durable and better suited for today’s standards. One of its upgrades is its case material – made out of stainless steel and is perfectly proportioned at 42mm so it can fit a lot of different wrist sizes. Meanwhile, its dial comes in an attractive black and tan colourway. The minute markers come in a large Arabic numeral font and are easy to read. Lastly, it uses the H-40 calibre movement, which has an extended power reserve of up to 80 hours. This is almost double as compared to the market standard and is a very useful feature for busy people. Final Notes Whether you’re a professional pilot or a frequent flier, there’s no denying the benefits that pilot watches can bring. From the more complicated features like calculating fuel consumption to the basic things like viewing two time zones at once, a pilot watch is your best bet.  

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  7. 15 Best Surf Watches for Riding Mighty Waves

    15 Best Surf Watches for Riding Mighty Waves

    Every surfer needs a reliable set of tools that he or she can ride with through the strongest tides. And we’re not only talking about surfboards here. A lot of people would think that it’s the only essential tool a surfer must possess. Indisputably, it is the most vital, but there’s another item that always gets pushed off the list: surf watches. Surfers, particularly the professional ones, require a watch that can help them navigate and even predict the tides. The ocean, after all, can be very treacherous. Good thing there are surf watches available that can withstand and even predict the greatest of tides. But by surf watches, we don’t only mean Casio or Rip Curl. In fact, if you’re a luxury watch lover, you can always showcase your Rolex or IWC while riding the mighty waves. Surfing as a Sport There’s no place to work out than the outdoors. If you’re looking for a place to work out that’s free, nature has all the answers for you. There are a bunch of outdoor activities you can try like mountain climbing or simply running. But if you’re looking for more thrills or if you’re a fan of the waters, then surfing just might be the right sport for you. Like any outdoor sport, surfing pulls you closer to nature than any other workout. The surfing subculture doesn’t only focus mainly on the laidback lifestyle of surfers but also the conservation of the ocean. This motive helps protect not only the oceans but the entire 70% of the Earth’s surface. That’s why it’s not hard to admire the sport and its subculture in the first place. Not to mention, surfing allows for a whole body workout. It helps the mind and the body work together to help you be quick on your feet, literally. This sport will also make you want to travel around the world and surf just about any tide that can come your way. So, if you do get into surfing, expect a lot of out-of-town weekends and even out-of-the-country adventures every once in a while. The Importance of Surf Watches While it takes quite a while to master the sport, there are still a lot of lessons you can take away from every fall, like patience and perseverance. With all these considered, it’s evident that surfing is indeed a serious sport. It’s not something you decide to get on with and walk away from so easily. Once you get on it, though, it’s almost impossible to turn your back and walk away. The more you fall, the more you’ll want to stand up. And every challenge as such requires the right tools and equipment to help you improve along the way. From learning how to ride the tides to predicting when the tides come, it’s almost impossible for a surfer not to have timekeeping, as well as a tide tracking device with them at all times. Surf watches play a bigger role in surfing than most people would expect. Like any other sport, surfing requires performance tracking, and a reliable surf watch can change the game with just this feature. Surf watches also help a surfer track tides on certain surf spots, check weather conditions, and even monitor water temperatures. These timepieces aren’t only used to flaunt; they are actual devices that can help a surfer master the sport, as well as stay safe in the most treacherous places on earth. How to Pick the Right Surf Watch Any hallmark watch comes with its perks and features that can be used by professionals in certain careers. This time, we focus on surfing and the important factors we’re looking for in a surf watch. Keep in mind that not all surf watches are created equal and it’s not a one size fits all situations. What works for one doesn’t mean it would work for everybody. In fact, different surfers have different preferences when it comes to their own timepieces. So, we’re breaking down everything you should consider before letting you make that purchase. Water Resistance The first thing any surfer looks for in a watch is its depth rating. With the sport happening in the middle of the vast ocean, it’s only rightful to own a watch with decent water resistance. Surf watches should be water-resistant to at least 50 metres. If possible and if you’re willing to splurge a little, in exchange for a better depth rating, then you might as well go for watches with a water resistance of 300 metres or more. Dive watches that can double as surf watches, such as a Tudor Pelagos or Omega Seamaster, have water resistance between 500m and 1200m. Durability We can’t stress enough how durability is one of the most important factors you should be looking for in a watch. Waves can take a toll on both the surfer and his equipment. Not to mention, there are other factors you should consider like the probability of encountering rocks, sand, and salt in water while surfing. If you’re looking for a surf watch, look for the one with the best durability and invest in it. Durable sports watches that come to mind include Casio G-Shock and Seiko Prospex. Hard-wearing materials, shatterproof crystal, and shockproofing all play huge parts in making your surf watch a reliable one. But it’s not only the watch head you should be considering. Take a close look at the strap or bracelet material as well. Most surfers prefer rubber straps, while others take great caution when wearing fabric straps. Surfing Data Some surfers prefer watches that can provide certain data relative to the sport. These data include real-time and pre-programmed tide graphs, moon phases, as well as wind speeds. This information, while not as useful to everyone else, can be of great help to surfers in order to be safer before and during a surf. Other data like top speeds, wave counts, and distance travelled also help to improve a surfer’s performance. If you’re looking for performance improvement, it’s best to opt for a timepiece that can help you track these data in real-time and over time. Performance Trackers Aside from surf data, just like any other sport, surfing requires certain performance trackers. Stopwatches, countdown timers, and alarms can be of great help when tracking surf times and more. GPS Functions As we’ve mentioned beforehand, the ocean can be a treacherous place. While surfing is as thrilling as it looks, it can also be pretty dangerous especially when you’re not properly equipped for it. To ensure you know where you are or to keep you on the map while surfing, look for a timepiece with a GPS function, such as the Suunto 7. This can help you navigate from vast nothingness back to civilisation as easily as possible. Dual or Multiple Timezones Surfers can be quite the jet-setter at times. A lot of surfers look forward to riding the tides of just about any sea possible, not only for the clout but also for experience. Others do it with the motivation to promote ocean conservation or tourism. If you’re the type to do this, watches with dual or multiple timezones can definitely keep you grounded with information. Track times from two or more places simultaneously with ease through these special timepieces. Smart Capabilities Not all but certain smartwatches, including Suunto and TAG Heuer Connected Modular watches, have capabilities that can be of great help on certain aspects. For one, if they have wi-fi or Bluetooth connectivity options, then it probably also has app integration. Most apps allow the data cloud to help you store previous records or track tides better. Smartwatch functions also include having your smartphone right at your wrist. Since we can’t bring our phones with us while in water, a smartwatch is the closest you can get to have it with you at all times. Display Options A lot of people take this into great consideration especially since, at the end of the day, the display options allow you to keep time efficiently. There’s no right or wrong answer if you’re stuck between an analogue and a digital watch. It all boils down to what you’re most comfortable using and what’s more efficient for you. While most digital watches also include a wide variety of helpful functions, some analogue watches provide more accurate time reading. But don’t fret because there are watches that include both analogue and digital functions for those who want to get the best of both worlds. Battery Life Every watch comes with certain battery lives that are limited to its functions. The more functions it has, the shorter its battery life probably is. But don’t fret. Most watches with numerous functions are equipped with a battery life that can last if used right. If you don’t need certain functions, there should be options to turn them off to keep the battery from draining quickly. Personal Preferences At the end of the day, the type of surf watches that you choose relies on your personal preference. From its style, functions, down to its comfort level and even size — the right surf watch should be something you’d want to wear and use in every possible scenario. Price All things considered, the surf watches come at different price points. The greater the depth rating, the more expensive it is. The more features it has, the more expensive it can get. Consider the budget you have and see the best options for that price range. We assure you, there are great watches out there no matter the budget you decide to settle on. Timing is Everything in Surfing Anyone can argue that timing is something that can’t be taught in any sport. Every sport has certain aspects to consider in timing actions correctly and seamlessly. When it comes to surfing, there can be a lot of missed opportunities if you don’t time your actions the right way. But with the precise use of technology, time can be harnessed in a way that’s advantageous to any surfer. Forecasts like tide graphs, as well as wave periods, can help improve your timing. With some surf watches equipped with this technology, it surely is easier to get updated and have vital information at the tip of your fingers. With the aid of your equipment, you might be able to time a satisfying, or better yet, winning surf. 15 Best Surf Watches to Check Out To help you navigate the tides, we’ve listed all the best surf watches today. Their functions range from simple timekeeping to more advanced functions. Nevertheless, these watches all have charms of their own. From stunning depth ratings to reliable functionality, here are the best surf watches to track and catch tides, in no particular order. Photo from Suunto1. Suunto Watches The greatest thing about Suunto relies on the fact that they produce visually appealing watches that provide just about any information anyone needs. Made for outdoor, Suunto watches represent the best of sports smartwatches. The brand’s line of watches, from their most affordable to their high-end models, comes with great features. A lot of outdoor enthusiasts look into Suunto for reliable watches. Their timepieces, like the Suunto 7, are perfect for the beginner surfer, given the GPS, the timing functions, and the depth rating of 5 ATM or 50 metres. This means that the watch safely functions with short water submersion as in a pool. Most Suunto watches have smartwatch capabilities that allow letting go of your phone while you learn how to surf. The Suunto 9 has a barometer feature to help provide storm alerts. When it comes to the watches’ design, they’re mostly sleek and modern. They are perfect not only for the streets but also for the outdoors. They can be rugged with the right strap choice and are ideal for those living an active lifestyle, as seen in the design of Suunto 3. They also have a decent battery life that could last up to two days without charging. Photo from TAG Heuer2. TAG Heuer Connected Modular The TAG Heuer Connected Modular collection comes with the best of Swiss watchmaking and modern-day functionalities. The watches from the collection, just like Suunto, are powered by Wear OS. The user interface design is a fruit of a collaboration with Intel. If this alone doesn’t sell the watch to you, then we should take a quick look at its functions. The collection features timepieces with water-resistance of 50 metres, fine-brushed titanium case, fixed titanium bezel, and grade 2 titanium caseback. It’s the true example of lightweight durability that comes with its material. It has a very customisable face with sports and fitness tracking, as well as smartwatch functions. Anyone with a heart for design will love this collection from TAG Heuer. The modular comes in various designs and strap variations such as ceramic, rubber, calfskin, or titanium strap. Photo from Casio3. Casio G-Shock It’s undeniable that Casio G-Shock has some of the world’s toughest — if not the toughest — watches in the world. The ruggedness of each timepiece is adored by many sports and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. No matter your profession, there’s a G-Shock for you. Surfers can rejoice as much with G-Shock watches made for the ocean. For one, the Casio G-Shock Gulf Master (GWN-1000) comes with a Triple Sensor that allows for accurate altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer functions. It also has a tide graph and moon age data. The GWN-Q1000 features the same functions plus sunrise and sunset data. Casio also made a line of G-Shock watches specifically designed for surfers called the G-LIDE, with all the functions you’re looking for in a surf watch. It boasts a depth rating of 200 metres, as well as high and low tide times. Photo from Rolex4. Rolex Submariner The Rolex Submariner is popular not only to watch enthusiasts but also to professionals. Professional divers love the Submariner for its incredible depth rating. Thanks to Rolex and its unrelenting research and development, a modern-day Submariner now has a depth rating of 300 metres. This also makes it a popular choice among surfers. When you’re always riding the tides, you tend to lean towards the better water resistance. Despite this watch providing only the basics of timekeeping such as hours, minutes, seconds, and date, it remains a popular choice for such great quality. The watch’s 904L stainless steel material is easily one of the most durable out there. Not to mention, it comes with a sapphire crystal for optimum scratch resistance. The Submariner comes in various colourways such as with the classic black dial and bezel (Ref 116610 LN), gold case (Ref 116618LN), green dial (Ref 116610 LV), and many more. Photo from Tudor5. Tudor Pelagos Tudor, a subsidiary of Rolex, comes with a Submariner-inspired timepiece with a water resistance that exceeds its inspiration. The Tudor Pelagos is a favourite among dive and surf enthusiasts for its whopping 500m water resistance. It’s hard not to fall for this timepiece with its simplicity and quality. This titanium dive watch comes with a straightforward design that provides the most basic information. But its accuracy exceeds any other watch as it is an officially certified chronometer by COSC. The power reserve lasts up to 70 hours through a movement that functions at 28,800 beats per hour. Photo from Omega6. Omega Seamaster The Omega Seamaster follows a military standard when it comes to waterproofing. It boasts up to 1200 metres of water resistance and chronometer certification. The collection itself has various subfamilies for different styles and functions that range from three-hand timepieces to chronograph functions. This collection from Omega is popular among those who live for the sea, such as divers and surfers, for its impeccable depth rating and durability. The Seamaster timepieces come in various designs that fit the lifestyle of just about anyone and provides top-notch durability that no other brand can replicate. Photo from Seiko7. Seiko Prospex Since launching its first dive watch in 1965, Seiko has been unrelentingly providing us with high-quality dive watches at a relatively reasonable price. The range consists of timepieces perfect for any adventure on and underwater. They not only provide a wondrous depth rating but also great accuracy that helps in keeping recreational divers and even surfers safe. The Seiko Prospex Sea collection comes with various functions such as chronograph and dual time features. With depth ratings of up to 200 metres, not only do these timepieces perfectly work underwater but can also endure the stress of being worn while riding big waves. Photo from Breitling8. Breitling Superocean The Breitling Superocean not only comes in a durable stainless steel case and a water resistance of up to 2000 metres, but also with a multitude of hues and colours that make it appealing to anyone. The fresh design on the timepieces takes inspiration from the colours of the ocean and makes it a perfect companion for any activity relating to it. These certified chronometers from Breitling come in either three-hand dial design or chronograph. They also come in various strap designs that make them comfortable to wear especially on tedious activities such as surfing. Photo from IWC Schaffhausen9. IWC Aquatimer IWC surely knows how to design a classy watch with great functions. The elegant flair on the IWC Aquatimer undeniably speaks for the brand’s design ideals. They come in either black or silver, with a unique double bezel. This complex timepiece comes with ease of use and is one of the most celebrated dive watches in the market today. These timepieces come with 300 metres of water resistance, as well as Sapphire crystal for optimum scratch resistance. They also come in various colours like that with a black dial, a blue dial, and a clean white dial. It also features different case colours such as gold and grey. Photo from Citizen10. Citizen Eco-Drive Bluetooth Sustainability meets elegance and functionality with the Citizen Eco-Drive Bluetooth. This light-powered timepiece heads straight to the future where cable-charging and battery replacement doesn’t exist. It has the elegance of an analogue watch with smartphone connectivity. It can also easily be done just by installing the Eco-Drive Bluetooth app on your phone and connecting it to your timepiece. This timepiece from Citizen boasts typical smartwatch functions such as dual time, alarms and notification, smartphone search, and light level indicator. All these prove useful, especially whether you’re trekking in the forest or surfing all day. 11. Longines Hydroconquest As one of the early adopters of Supercompressor cases in the 1960s, Longines has a proven track record of affiliation with the great depths of the sea. The Longines Hydroconquest is no stranger to that, with a water resistance of up to 300 metres and a design that embraces the basics of timekeeping. There’s a certain elegance to these watches that make them quite a compelling choice for surfers. The collection includes a chronograph model, as well as a three-hand dial design. These timepieces boast the best of Swiss watchmaking that focuses on the future rather than the past, and without disrespecting its predecessors. Photo from Tissot12. Tissot T-Sport The Tissot T-Sport, as its name suggests, is one of today’s best analogue sports watches. The collections’ Seastar 1000 subfamily, in particular, makes a great case for surf watches. It boasts 300 metres of depth rating, as well as a chronograph function for optimum time tracking – down to the 100th of a second. Tissot also comes up with elegant designs that allow surfers to easily transition from a weekend on an island to a business meeting or a nine-to-five, without compromising on style. The Tissot T-Sport boasts of the durability of a sports watch with the elegance of a dress watch, which is not usually the case in most sports watches. Photo from Garmin13. Garmin Forerunner 935 The Garmin Forerunner 935 is a triathlon watch perfect for all your sports needs. It features your basic ABC function (altimeter, barometer, compass), as well as fitness trackers to keep you on your goals. It also has a GPS function to keep you from getting lost on your trail and mobile connectivity that’s necessary for most smartwatches these days. Surfers will love this watch because it can be used to measure their best and worst times, and makes a great tool for performance improvement. Photo from Nixon14. Nixon Base Tide As its name suggests, the Nixon Base Tide is a straightforward timepiece that tells tide data in the simplest, most efficient manner. The watch comes in a retro design that is having a renaissance as of late, so you won’t have to worry about it being outdated. Your comfort comes first with this watch as it is equipped with a 22mm custom injection moulded ultra-soft silicone band. The custom-moulded polycarbonate is a durable choice for case material. Moreover, the simplified LCD display veers away from the unnecessary and focuses only on the most important functions, especially underwater. With a depth rating of 100 metres, it truly is one of the simplest surf watches you can ever get. Photo from City Beach15. Rip Curl Rifles Tide Watch Just like the Nixon Base Tide, the Rip Curl Rifles Tide Watch solely focuses on the necessary information. The watch features 500 pre-programmed tide locations that can be seen on a graph or detailed display. It has an alarm, stopwatch, and countdown features, as well as a light function for optimum reading. The watch is made from lightweight polyurethane, so it’s definitely durable with a water resistance of 100 metres. The rubber strap of the watch is just an added bonus to its already appealing overall functionality. Surfing 101 Learning how to surf is not as easy as just standing on a surfboard. It requires a great deal of effort that goes with regular practice. You would also need determination because you’re bound to fall more often than you getting on your feet. You may also get hurt along the way, but its fruit will be so sweet once you manage to learn how to ride the waves correctly. Before you decide to start surfing, here are a few tips to consider as a beginner: Find a good surfing coach/school Perhaps, you already know how to surf. Maybe you’ve already gone out to an adventure on your own. A good surfing coach won’t let you go through all these without having to study the basics first. No, we’re not talking about how to stand on a board or how to balance yourself when on water. There’s more to surfing than just that and only a personal coach will be able to teach you that. Not anyone can master the ocean, but there are a lot of great coaches who can teach you enough to be confident in it. Use a beginner’s surfboard Beginner surfboards are often looked down upon by newbies in the sport. But it should be understood that these surfboards are made for the exact reason they’re called such. They help beginners make learning how to surf easier and help them get ready for the more advanced waves. Whether it’s a soft-top surfboard or a pop-out surfboard, these boards help with the stability and comfort a new surfer needs. Surf a beginner’s wave We know you’ll be itching to ride the big ones once you begin surfing. But don’t be too excited as it takes a lot of practice before you get there. Take it easy by starting with a beginner’s wave first. A smooth, steady wave will help you get accustomed to the waves and in no time, with ample dedication, you’ll be able to surf more challenging waves. Get used to wiping out Any surfer — pro or beginner — falls. It doesn’t matter what wave you’re on or what your level of expertise is, you will fall over and over again. But that’s the thing about surfing. You have to get used to all those falls because, in those, you will learn and grow. Enjoy In anything you do, having fun is a definite key to success. Conversely, surfing is no different. There’s no point in learning how to surf at all if you’re not having fun doing it. Timing the Tides, Catching the Waves Not all surf watches are made equal. Some are made to withstand the depths of the ocean, while others are made to help improve performance. However, despite all these differences, every watch comes with functions that help guide surfers through the tremulous tides and embrace its crashing waves. The water-resistance of these watches will assure the other functions remain reliable, even on the stressful roars of tides. The tide alerts can help surfers predict the highs and lows of the tide and even the duration of how long it lasts. The GPS keeps you on the map despite being drawn to the vastness of the sea. And last but not least, smartwatch functions keep you connected no matter where you are. Regardless of the diverse functions, the choice of which surf watch to purchase all depends on your personal preferences and your current level of surfing expertise. So, which one do you believe works best for you? Share it with us and to other readers by leaving a comment!  

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  8. Custom Watches: Make Your Gifts More Meaningful

    Custom Watches: Make Your Gifts More Meaningful

    Finding the perfect gift to give someone can be quite tedious. Sometimes you just have no idea what to get them, especially if they already have everything. It has to feel special and meaningful. The solution to finding the right gift for the person who has everything – make it personal! Customised gifts really add a personal level to the gift. One brilliant personalised gift idea is getting custom watches — whether it’s a simple engraving on a luxury watch like a Rolex or Patek Philippe or you can do it from scratch like a photo watch. Here’s a guide to help you find the custom watch perfect for your loved one. Why Customise? A lot of gifts can seem impersonal. You could be buying a wedding gift for a not-so-close family friend from their registry without really putting any thought into it. Or it could be a last-minute gift you give someone when you accidentally forget their birthday. And that’s all okay. But for someone who means a lot to you, sometimes you’d just want to go the extra mile and get them something more personal. Photo from Jewel GramWhen giving someone a gift, you have to consider their personality and the nature of your relationship. Sometimes, people aren’t really into gifts so it would be best to put your efforts into something else they’d appreciate more. But if your loved one is someone who has “receiving gifts” as one of their main love languages, putting some thought into a gift and making it more personal could really make them happy. There are a lot of ways to make a gift more special, and getting a custom item is one good idea. Custom Watches: More than Just Fancy Items Photo from PinterestFundamentally, a watch is meant for telling time. However, that’s not the only use of a watch. Nowadays, a lot of people use watches as a way to express themselves or their style. And since watches are a common gift for special occasions, it’s a good avenue for personalisation. Watches, especially from luxury watch brands such as Audemars Piguet or IWC, are also handed down from one generation to another as family heirlooms. So, imagine how special it would be to be handed down a personalised watch your grandfather once owned. A custom watch has so much more meaning. It is more than just a fancy item on your wrist. That personalised watch would be something only the receiver of the gift would have. Giving custom watches to a loved one gives them the opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind memento that they will be able to cherish for a very long time. Types of Watch Customisation   Photo from Philippine Watch Club1. Watch engraving There are a lot of ways to customise watches. One of the most common ways people create personalised watches is by adding a watch engraving. It’s simple, classy, and makes the watch truly their own. Some people have a phrase engraved on the caseback that could be important to the giver and receiver’s relationship. For married couples, this could be a snippet from their vows or even an inside joke. Sometimes people also have their names or initials engraved to really make that person feel that it is a watch meant just for them. One of the most controversial engraved watches by far is a Rolex Day-Date watch, given by Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe to then US President John F. Kennedy on the occasion of his birthday [photo above], with an engraving: “Jack, with love as always from Marilyn. May 29th, 1962″.   Photo from Unsplash2. Adding gems and diamonds Another thing you can do to customise your watches is by adding some adornments in the form of diamonds or other precious stones. There are ladies luxury watches — such as the Bulgari Serpenti, Chopard Happy Diamonds, or Ballon Bleu de Cartier — that already comes with gems and diamonds. But if you feel like you need more gems, you can always customise it to meet your style. You can either ask the brands themselves to customise the watches, or you can go to an independent jeweller or watchmaker to set the gems on your existing watch to personalise it. Photo from Soul Feel3. Using photos and mementos The last type of customisation we’ll talk about is a photo watch. Basically, you use personal photos like the design for the dial. You can also do it with jewellery and cufflinks. This could be a photo of the person you’re gifting it to, or a photo of you together, or just something that means a lot to them. The possibilities are endless with this one since there are so many photos you can choose from. To customise a photo watch, first, you have to select a photo. Now, there are a lot of things to consider in selecting a photo. What’s the personality of the person you plan on giving a custom watch to? Do they prefer something more minimal or do they like vibrance? You could also consider their interests. Photo from UnsplashAnother thing to consider is the watch you plan to customise. You can’t just choose any type of watch. You have to make sure they’d like the watch you’re getting them and that it fits their personality. You also have to make sure that having a photo dial would make sense for the watch. For example, if a lot is already going on in the watch, adding a photo dial might make it look too cluttered. You need to have an overall cohesive design so keep that in mind. Lastly, one of the most important things is setting a budget. You have to make sure that both the watch and the customisation would fit your budget. Make sure to set a reasonable budget and choose your options in that range.   Best Jewellery Watches and Diamond-Studded Watches to Customise There are a lot of watches you can customise. But for this list, we’re focusing on jewellery watches and luxury watches. These watches are great to customise because you already have amazing quality to work with. A luxury watch purchased as a gift is typically reserved for special occasions, so why not make it even more special by adding a personal touch to the gift. Mix technical value with personal worth to create something truly meaningful. Rolex Lady Datejust  The Rolex Lady Datejust is part of an iconic collection in the brand’s repertoire. Rolex first introduced the Datejust series in the 1940s, and it was very popular due to the collection’s versatility and the amazing finish of the watches. Due to the collection’s popularity, Rolex decided to create the Rolex Lady Datejust watches in 1957 so that ladies can also enjoy the amazing quality the original collection had to offer. In terms of movement, the Rolex Lady Datejust delivers nothing but high quality. It is a chronometer, so you can expect insane accuracy with this watch. Its power reserve is up to approximately 55 hours and it runs on a perpetual, self-winding, mechanical movement. The standard case for ladies is 28mm and is made from either stainless steel, Everose Rolesor — which is a mix of Oystersteel and 18K Everose gold, white gold, or yellow gold. The bracelet is also made from the same material and features a stunning bezel with a fluted design. The watch has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal — the best type of watch crystal out there — and a cyclops lens over the watch’s date window. It has a beautiful dial, which, depending on the model can be pink, white, or yellow, that has a nice sunburst finish. For the indexes, instead of the usual numbers, you will instead find diamonds set on the dial for a classier feel. A jewellery watch, such as the Rolex Lady Datejust featured above, is a perfect watch to have customised. Since this watch is already amazing on its own, you don’t need to go overboard when customising it. A simple watch engraving at the back of the watch would suffice to keep the watch’s beautiful features and add your own personality to it. Patek Phlippe Calatrava The Patek Philippe Calatrava collection is known for its sleek and clean design. Although the construction leans toward a more minimalistic vibe with just watch hands and no indexes or date windows, the particular Calatrava featured below offers a highly elegant look. It has a 37mm rose gold case with a diamond-studded bezel.  It has a sturdy sapphire crystal, which is probably the most scratch-resistant type of watch crystal. The watch runs on an automatic movement and has a power reserve of 48 hours. Not to mention, the bezel, as you can see, is diamond-studded. Now, the star of this  Patek Philippe watch is its orchid-pattern dial. Unlike typical watch dials, this watch doesn’t just use a solid color or a textured effect. It has a unique orchid dial that makes it stand out. This is a perfect gift to surprise your loved ones, especially if they are known for having a green thumb or have a particular love for orchids. And if you can’t really afford a luxury watch, you can use this watch as inspiration. If you have a dear one who loves to take photos of plants and post them on Instagram, or perhaps they like to create art involving flowers, you can take those pictures and have a shop personalise your chosen watch with the flower design. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak  Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak collection in 1972, introducing to the world the first luxury sports watch honed from steel. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is known for its steel octagonal design. This Royal Oak for ladies featured below is one of the more iconic models from the collection. It’s got a clean, patterned black dial and diamond-studded bezel. It runs on an automatic movement and has a 60-hour power reserve. It is 37mm in diameter and has a sapphire crystal. The watch has silver stick hands and indexes and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. Most people who opt for this watch as a gift often personalise it with an engraving at the back with the name of the recipient and the date it was given. There are definitely a lot of opportunities to turn this already cool watch into something more special through customisation. Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier  Only released in 2006, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier is one of Cartier’s more recent collections. What makes this a popular timepiece among the collection from Cartier? Well, the hint is in the name itself. “Ballon” refers to the watch’s balloon-like curves in its case that make a beautiful curvaceous silhouette. And “Bleu” is derived from the blue synthetic cabochon that you can find on the watch’s crown. The particular Ballon Bleu de Cartier model above has a round stainless steel case that is 28mm in diameter. The simple yet elegant dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Similar to the case, the watch bracelet is also made of stainless steel. On the dial, you’ll find small and thin watch hands in a vibrant blue. You’ll also see a Roman numeral at the 12 o’clock position, while the other hour markers are set with diamond studs. This jewellery watch from Cartier is a perfect mix of simplicity and elegance. It’s got a simple dial that really puts the focus on the diamond indexes. Because of it, this could easily become a wonderful gift for a loved one. You can either add more diamonds on the bezel or have it engraved with a nice message on the caseback. Bulgari Serpenti  Now, here’s a watch unlike any other. From the name itself, you can probably guess where the watch takes its inspiration in terms of design. The Bulgari Serpenti is truly unique with its snake-like coils and lines. The fascinating Serpenti watch featured above from the Italian brand Bulgari has stainless steel and rose gold case with a unique shape. Its case resembles the head of the snake while its bracelet represents its body, which coils around the wrist comfortably. The watch has a silver opaline dial with silver watch hands and hand-applied indexes. Meanwhile, its rose gold bezel is studded with diamonds. This jewellery watch would be the perfect gift to give your serpent-loving friend. The unique design of this watch will surely wow and excite the receiver. You can even go the extra mile and have the dial customised to make it a full-diamond dial. Or you can have a nice message engraved on its caseback. This will surely bring a smile to snake lovers every time they have to check the time. Chopard Happy Diamonds  Chopard really wowed the watch industry when they released their Happy Diamonds series back in 1976. The iconic double-whirl layout that characterises this collection is truly remarkable. Add the slender design and diamonds and this jewellery watch is the epitome of elegance in design. The Chopard Happy Diamonds watch featured below has an 18K rose gold case and diamond-studded bezel. Maintaining the slender theme, this watch has a very sleek and thin alligator strap in glossy black. Its numberless dial is in a lovely mother of pearl guilloché. This jewellery watch is definitely a wonderful gift to give to a loved one. The design holds such an incomparable elegance. What could possibly make this jewellery watch even better? Well, adding a watch engraving at the back would really be a nice touch. But be warned, this is quite a small watch. So, it’s best not to have a sentence or phrase engraved since it probably won’t fit. Our suggestion? Have a watch engraving of their initials so that they can truly feel that this watch is meant for only them. That’ll definitely make them feel special and warm inside. Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa  Simple yet elegant, the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa is a wonderful watch to add to your wardrobe. It’s got a clean white leather strap, which matches very well with its rectangular case. The particular model below has a lovely ivory dial with a sunray guilloché finish. On the dial, you’ll see a combination of rose gold-plated indexes and Arabic numerals. A Parmigiani Fleurier signature, the watch hands are in a delta shape with rose gold lining and luminescent coating. The bezel, which is the star of the show, is studded with diamonds. If you’re feeling extra generous and you want more diamonds, you can personalise it and ask for more diamonds or other precious gemstones on the dial. But, if you like to keep things simple but personalised at the same time, you can opt for a watch engraving on the caseback instead. IWC Portofino  Released in 1984, the IWC Portofino takes inspiration from a village in Italy. The brand wanted to capture the laid-back yet elegant vibe that Portofino, Italy holds. The collection was a hit and remains to be one of the most successful models by IWC due to its timeless design. Despite having a few extra features, the Portofino successfully exhibits a clean and minimalistic design. The IWC Portofino featured below is a men’s diamond watch, which features a stainless steel case with a see-through sapphire glass caseback. This open-back design allows you to peek at the watch’s intricate movement. The same sapphire glass is also used at the front to provide a scratch-resistant crystal for the watch. For the strap, we have a gorgeous alligator leather in gray. Not to mention, the watch’s bezel is studded with diamonds. The dial is a clean gray with some silver accents. It’s got thin, silver hour markers and small Arabic numerals accented with more diamonds. At the centre, you will find matching silver-tone watch hands. The watch also has a date window at 3 o’clock. To personalise it, you can include a small engraving at the back to make it more special. Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-vous The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-vous is a stylish watch that simply exudes elegance. The particular model featured below has a rose gold case with a diamond-studded bezel. This pairs really well with the black alligator leather strap with pin buckle. Moreover, the watch has a milky white dial with a subtle textured design. You’ll have no problem reading the time with this watch since it has large Arabic numerals. It also has minute markers, but instead of the usual position at the outer part of the dial, these markers are found near the centre. At the centre, you will find two watch hands in a stunning aqua blue shade. The watch also has a date window in a small semicircle aperture above the 6 o’clock position. This elegant jewellery watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre will make a perfect gift for your loved one. We suggest preserving the watch’s elegant dial. Instead, you can put a watch engraving at the back to make the gift more personal. Jaquet Droz Lady 8  The Jaquet Droz Lady 8 is a watch that is an icon in its own right. The particular watch featured below has a stainless steel case that is decorated with 48 diamonds, making it really classy. The back of the watch is transparent, allowing you to see its intricate movement. It has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a black leather strap. This jewellery watch from Jaquet Droz has a dome-shaped aventurine dial with a galaxy design. It would be a perfect gift to give to that friend who just loves to gaze at the stars. Make your space-loving friend feel even more special by adding a personalised watch engraving at the back or adding more diamonds on the bezel to make it full-pave. Instagram’s Role in Customisation Photographs have always played a vital role in preserving moments, whether historical or personal. And with the rise of the digital world, cameras have become more accessible to the public. Almost everyone now has a smartphone in hand with its own camera that they can use to take photos and selfies. And in this digital landscape, the opportunity to create is definitely abundant. Photo from UnsplashInstagram founders saw an opportunity to create an application that allows people to post photos they took on their own phones and share them on an online platform for others to view. In the beginning, users were mostly sharing personal photos for friends to view or as an archive for memories. But since then, the app has significantly evolved and now people and businesses, just like Jewel Gram, are using it to produce custom jewellery using Instagram photos. Using Instagram Photos to Customise Jewellery and Watches Photo from Jewel GramAlthough a lot of businesses are more of Instagram-adjacent, there are also businesses where Instagram is firmly rooted in its operations. Take Jewel Gram, for example. As mentioned above, this is a site that allows you to take photos from Instagram and use it to personalise jewellery. As a photo-centric app, Instagram is often utilised for personalisation. We know about taking photos from friends’ or family members’ Instagram photos and putting them on shirts or mugs as personalised gifts. But there are actually a lot of different things you can customise and make special using Instagram photos. One great idea of using Instagram photos to customise is for personalised watches. Final Thoughts Personalised gifts, especially custom watches or jewellery, are always heartwarming and special. They add sentimental value to a material object to make it more meaningful. After all, an object is just an object until we add meaning to it. Putting thought and effort into a gift is a sure way to make your loved ones happy. Custom watches turn ordinary timepieces into one-of-a-kind special items, which are perfect gifts to give your loved ones. They both have high material value and high personal meaning. What’s more, they’re something that can be passed down as a family heirloom. With a custom watch, you can give your loved one a personalised gift that they’ll be able to treasure for a very long time to come.   Featured photo from Not On The High Street

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

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

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

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  10. 10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

    10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

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

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  11. 15 Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Gentlemen

    15 Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Gentlemen

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

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