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  2. Panerai Watches: Exploring the Unique Differences in Its Models

    Panerai Watches: Exploring the Unique Differences in Its Models

    Are you a big fan of Panerai watches? Or just came across someone wearing a Panerai Luminor at an event? If yes is your answer to these questions, chances are you’re hooked and looking to add a few impressive models to your own growing collection. First off, that’s awesome! But of course, the very first thing you should know is that Panerai watches are actually unique in their own way. In essence, there are several different variations in Officine Panerai models (most of which are not obvious) and yes, we’ll always recommend you learn more about them before taking the plunge. First Things First  For starters, you should know that Officine Panerai boasts up to four lines of wristwatch including Historic, Contemporary, Manifattura, and Special Editions. These limited Panerai watches usually feature an issue number on the case back and interestingly, that serial number adds to the overall value of the timepiece. With this in mind, you can tell that Panerai is one brand that can actually accentuate the value and exclusivity of your watch collection. Some examples include K1130/1500. For those who might not be aware, K stands for the most recent Panerai model and the figures (1,130th of 1,500) represent the number of timepieces that have been produced. A good number of Officine Panerai limited edition models were created in 1993. And when we say models, we’re basically talking about Panerai Luminor, Luminor Marina as well a model of the Mare Nostrum chronograph. What Are the Differences in Officine Panerai Watches? Well, first off, you should be aware that the differences lie in the features. So of course, it’s basically everything from the movement to the dial design to the casing design and more. Now, as a Panerai enthusiast, it’s great to know that the dial design of Panerai timepieces is usually unique. What’s more, the glass on Panerai watches differ from model to model; for instance, one could come with a date feature and another model might not. The bottom line; the dials of Panerai watches are made differently, so of course, it’s up to you to stick to what holds your fancy. So, What About Panerai Casing Design? Now, if you’re looking to get your first Panerai, you should be aware that the casing design looks the same regardless of the model. Essentially, Panerai watches come with two prominent case designs — so it’s either you go for the piece with an exposed crown or the one with a crown protector. It’s also worth noting that the brand has other variations on the casing. So yes, depending on the model you choose, you’re likely to come across everything from flat to polished to black and titanium. Panerai Case Styles As an aspiring Paneristi, you should have it in mind that Panerai timepieces are available in four main case styles: Panerai Luminor Luminor 1950 Radiomir Panerai Ferrari Panerai Luminor Looking to get a Panerai that can work with both casual or formal outfits? If yes, you should check out the Panerai Luminor — it’s basically one of best and most-loved of Panerai cases. So yes, it’s sure to be your best bet if you fancy something stylish and fashionable. Finally, Panerai Luminor usually comes in two sizes including 40mm and 44mm. Luminor 1950 Next up is the Luminor 1950. This case style is pretty similar to the Panerai Luminor. A big difference is that it features a much more classic look. The Luminor 1950, for the most part boasts a finely shaped crystal that’s curved in a vintage acrylic vintage look. What about the sizes? Well, the Luminor 1950 is basically available in size 44mm and 47mm. Radiomir Popularly known as the first model of Officine Panerai, the Radiomir case is a great pick for those looking to get something that’s sure to go well with formal wears — say suits and the likes. The Radiomir model boasts curved cases which are then rounded to give a classic look. As for the sizes, you’re likely to find everything from 42mm to 43mm to 45mm to 46mm and 47mm. Panerai Ferrari These are special edition watches that are not as popular among Paneristis. But of course, you can still get a piece or two if they seem to catch your eye. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Panerai Ferrari is that its crown comes with a pretty rough grip. What’s more, this case style doesn’t have a device that protects the crown. And the cases are available in sizes 40mm and 45mm. Other Things to Keep in Mind You should keep in mind that Panerai watches are available in either manual or automatic movement. So yes, it’s all up to you to stick to what works best for you. To sum it up, Panerai cases are generally made out of steel or titanium, and of course, both are definitely sure to stand the test of time.

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  3. 7 Popular Watch Brands That Sell More Than Just Watches

    7 Popular Watch Brands That Sell More Than Just Watches

    One battle of philosophy that is often discussed in our culture is specialization vs. generalization. We talk about it in the context of sports, career, and much more. But what about the watch world? Lets take a look at some popular watch brands that produces more than just watches. You might assume that companies that produce a wide range of goods do not create timepieces of specialist caliber. The truth is that when you take a closer look, you find highly respected watch companies that also manage to thrive in other areas too. Popular Watch Brands 1: Montblanc Montblanc was actually first known as a luxury pen manufacturer. Despite their roots, they decided to branch out into other lines of products. One of the moves they made that has been incredibly successful is producing watches, which started in 1997. In the beginning, management received snarky questions from the timepiece community like, “where does the ink go?” Still, they persisted in creating this facet of their company and have proven the naysayers wrong by becoming a respected name in the watch community. In addition to watches and pens, they also sell notebooks, paper, leather goods, jewelry, and more. 2: Cartier Next on our list is Cartier, which is one of the top names in luxury watches. What makes this brand unique is that if you ask ten different people what they do, you might get ten different answers. Some would point to their well-respected timepieces as their primary skill. Others would talk about their extensive jewelry catalog, engagement rings, leather goods, or sunglasses. Ultimately, Cartier has found a way to master the entire fashion accessories business, and their brand has grown accordingly. One non-watch item that people adore is their Love Bracelets. The reason is that it has a lock and a key. When someone gives it as a gift, they often keep the key as a symbol of their love. 3: Chopard Like the others on this list, Chopard is one of the best watch manufacturers in the world. That doesn’t mean they are a specialist, though. Instead, they produce rings, earrings, necklaces, and other accessories. One thing that has made them especially popular is their themed jewelry collections. One of them is named “Ice Cube,” and it features grooves that give the items a block-like aesthetic. Many of those pieces contain large diamonds too. Another is the “Happy Hearts” collection, which offers hundreds of pieces of jewelry that have hearts incorporated in them. 4: Ulysse Nardin Though casual watch enthusiasts may not know this brand, it is a favorite among collectors. One reason why is its extended history. Like Montblanc, they also make exceptional luxury pens. It was founded all the way back in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland. In 1865, they moved to a new building to carry out their manufacturing needs. If you visit the company today, they will be working in that very same spot. The pen market is somewhat small, but the members of it are passionate about which brands are excellent and which are not. When you talk to these enthusiasts, you find that Ulysse Nardin is near the top of their list. 5: Fossil Moving on to a more affordable brand, we have Fossil. This company has built a reputation for both quality and affordability. Many of their pieces are well-made quartz watches, but they also have some mechanical models that are worth your attention. Besides timepieces, they sell three items: Bags, wallets, and jewelry. Additionally, each of these categories comes with men’s and women’s options. Some of the most popular of these items are purses, messenger bags, leather wallets, bracelets, and necklaces. All of these choices combine to make Fossil an excellent place to shop for just about anybody. 6: MVMT MVMT is one of the fastest growing watch brands in the world. Though some gripe about their prices being a bit too high, most agree that these pieces are stylish and relatively affordable. Additionally, they have one of the most attractive brand aesthetics out there, and the millennial age range is responding. Recently, they added sunglasses to their shop as well. These pieces are an excellent deal because they use high-quality acetate and offer polarized lenses. Lastly, they have started to sell women’s bracelets too, which are affordable and attractive. 7: Nixon Though this brand does not show up on “top watch” lists, it is incredibly popular with young people. In fact, many clothing stores like Val Surf and PacSun only sell Nixon. They primarily offer simple, minimalist watches, but also have a few digital pieces that customers love. In addition to timepieces, they sell bags, clothing, and accessories. One move they have made recently is producing Star Wars and Mickey Mouse themed products. If you’re a fan of those two iconic cultural elements, then this brand is an excellent choice. Popular Watch Brands Conclusion The battle between those that specialize and those that do not largely misses the point. What you should do instead is focus on the product you want and judge a company based on how they make it. An added benefit of choosing one on this list is that if you fall in love with them, they have an extensive catalog that can satisfy your other interests too.

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  4. Watch Guide: Common Q&As About Seiko Watches

    Watch Guide: Common Q&As About Seiko Watches

    There are a lot of questions on Seiko watches as a brand. And why not, seeing as they mix simplicity, class, performance, and a perfect price into all of their products. So now, we’ve compiled answers to some of the most obscure questions that you can ask. “Practical solutions and reliability through simplicity” is a comment that we found, and it totally sums up all the timepieces made by Seiko. The brand always makes watches that’ll tell the time for a really long while. Nothing more, nothing less. While this sounds good, it always depends on what the wearer prefers. If you’re someone who loves beautiful watches that can rival the best timepieces made by Patek Philippe, a healthy amount of watch enthusiasts would say it doesn’t have that appeal. Now, what the others, on the other hand, have to say is the real gist. They say Seiko watches represent simplicity at its finest. Despite not being as famous as the likes of Rolex or Audemars, Seiko watches are at the least, very well-known for making budget-friendly timepieces that can rival those from more popular brand. If not in looks as we said, then in terms of functionality. How are Seiko Solar watches? Solar powered watches are a way to skip the entire issue of changing the batteries occasionally. Here, the solar watch charges by absorbing light and we mean any kind of light (not sunlight alone). This essentially means that the watch is constantly charging, and when it’s full, it has overcharge prevention measures in place to protect your sweet investment. A result of this that we must mention is that solar watches keep the time extremely well. It’s unlike a mechanical watch that needs frequent winding to properly operate. So yes, we can say that Seiko solar watches can be an excellent option. Technological advancements both around and by Seiko makes it possible to build a watch that’ll never run out of juice. Provided that you put it near a source of light occasionally. Which Seiko watches are fit for divers? When it comes to Seiko watches that we would recommend to sports lovers (diving or otherwise), all of the Seiko Prospex watches should be in your line of sight. You’ll find watches with resistivity ranging from 150M to 600M (you only have to choose). Amongst which you’ll see features like depth and dive time calculation, and even an alarm for creating dive sessions. To all of this, one tidbit is that the Prospex line makes use of titanium cases. It’s more than strong enough to resist water pressure and is also corrosion-resistant What does Seiko mean in Japanese? Seiko means a lot of things despite its seemingly plain looks. It can mean three things in our book: exquisite, minute and success. The first and the last meaning are self-explanatory, but there’s a pun in the second. Minute can mean small too, and we like to apply this to the company’s entire approach to their entire lineup. They make literally everything by themselves and that includes even growing something as minute as their quartz crystals (pun intended). “Did you know that Seiko released the first-ever Japanese wristwatch? It was called the Laurel.” What is the difference between Seiko kinetic and automatic. And which one is better? Knowing how an automatic watch works is going to make things easy, so here’s a quick brief. Automatic watches convert the kinetic energy you make when you move and then uses all of that energy to wind the mainspring in the watch. This is what keeps the watch running until it stops from the lack of you moving around. Now when it concerns Seiko kinetic watches (Kinetic Perpetual for example), all that kinetic energy is put into a battery. Because of this, Seiko kinetic watches, in terms of pure functionality, are better since they keep the time better and can be considered an upgrade over automatic watches. If you’re choosing just one, we think you should go for the Seiko kinetic watches. What’s the difference between Grand Seiko watches and Seiko watches? A stark difference between both of them is the price. Let’s put it this way. When it concerns the price of the Grand Seiko (GS), expect prices above a grand. But when it concerns Seiko watches, you’ll find plenty of watches under $1,000. As with the price, the toughness and sophistication increase too. As a result of that, there’s a hike in the quality of materials used in constructing Grand Seiko when compared to Seiko watches. What about the Seiko Premier watch? Seiko Premier is purely a dress watch. Down to the sleek looks and even the features/functions expected from a watch that has to catch public appeal. The line involves watches that carry Seiko’s personal touch in terms of fashion appeal. So, when you say “Where?”—we advise you to choose any of the watches under Seiko Premier if you’re appearing in any formal occasion any time soon. That includes work and dinners. As a matter of fact, here’s an idea. Seiko Premier watches are perfect even as a birthday gift for anyone you know who’s graduating soon. They can wear it to the graduation and you don’t even need to break the bank for a watch that’ll work indefinitely.

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  5. Bling It On! Top Luxury Watches of Hip-Hop Stars

    Bling It On! Top Luxury Watches of Hip-Hop Stars

    Wherever you find hip-hop stars you’ll encounter some of the world’s top luxury watches. From classic gold timepieces to diamond-encrusted wonders, lets take a look at high-end watches of hip-hop stars. Kanye West Rolls With Rolex You’ll probably see a Rolex on the wrist of Kanye West. Kanye is often wearing a now-discontinued Submariner 16613. The two-tone stainless steel timepiece with an iridescent dial has been hard to get a hold of since its discontinuation. Unlike its replacement, the 11613 model, Kayne’s watch has slim hands, small markers, and narrow case lugs. You can also see West wearing a custom all-black Rolex Submariner and he was captured on an episode of Keeping up With the Kardashians sporting a gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date. Pharrell Prefers Richard Mille He’s a producer, rapper, artist, and designer — just to name a few of Pharrell’s job descriptions! Of course, his watches are equally eclectic and he often chooses to wear an iconoclastic Richard Mille. Pharrell was seen on the Golden Globes red carpet wearing a Richard Mille RM-031, one of only ten of the futuristic timepieces that were made. With a price tag north of $50,000, the RM-031 departs from Mille’s trademark tonneau and barrel-shaped designs with a rounded case. However, it shares the same Formula One-inspired elements such as lightweight steel accents, intricate tourbillon movement, and direct-impulse escapement. Nas and His Many Rolexes While his lyrics have referenced a litany of luxury watches including Hublot, Panerai and Audemars Piguet, hip-hop icon Nas is a die-hard Rolex man. Over the years we’ve seen him wearing three models in the President series, including a classic yellow gold Day-Date II with a champagne dial and a vintage Day-Date with a coral dial that was all the rage in the 1970s. Nas has also been a fan of two different yellow gold Sky Dwellers and a stainless steel Submariner with a black bezel and a black dial. DJ Khaled Does Patek Philippe DJ Khaled goes big with just about everything, so naturally the same applies to what he wears on his wrist. You’d be well advised to put on a pair of sunglasses before looking at his diamond-studded Patek Philippe Nautilus. The Nautilus comes with a hefty price tag with its rounded octagon bezel and unique porthole case. Available in rose gold, white gold, steel, and two-tone variations, the exquisite sports watch has been a companion to active and upscale lifestyles since its debut in 1975. Nicki Minaj Defies Convention With Rolex Boldness has been a theme for Nicki Minaj since she entered the hip-hop scene. It’s no wonder she eschews tradition and dons a men’s classic Rolex Day-Date in the video for “Beez in the Trap.” Dubbed the President watch, the timeless model, which comes in platinum or 18-carat gold, has been a staple of style since its debut in 1956. Of course, Minaj also rotates modern timepieces and diamond-encrusted watches into her forward fashion. Rick Ross Goes Glitzy With Audemars Piguet What‘s “frosted gold” you ask? You can find the dazzling design on the wrist of Rick Ross. His Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has a white gold frosting finish, created by a process called the Florentine Technique, which punches small depressions into the gold to create a carpet of facets that makes the surface shimmer. The Frosted Gold version is just one of the many incarnations the Royal Oak has seen over the years since it first hit the watch scene in 1971. Ross is also an owner of a Patek Philippe Calatrava. While not cheap, you can get a classic Calatrava with a yellow gold bezel and black alligator strap for considerably less than a frosted Royal Oak. Birdman is all About the Diamonds If you spot Birdman chances are you can get a glimpse of his Hublot King Power Split Second Gold Pave. Actually, 248 big differences — diamonds! Beyond its overload of jewels, the King Power has an 18-carat gold case. If that’s not enough, it also has a black carbon dial with rose gold markers. But the King Gold isn’t the most extravagant watch in Birdman’s collection. That distinction goes to his diamond-encrusted Chopard. Only two of the shockingly bejeweled timepieces were made. Elton John owns the second absurdly ostentatious watch with a dollar-sign design in diamonds. They each shelled out about 1.5 million dollars to own the extravagant pieces. Jay-Z Breaks the Bank With Beyoncé Step aside Elton John and Birdman, Jay-Z has got you beat when it comes to diamond-encrusted watches. His wife Beyoncé gave him one of the most-expensive Hublot has ever produced for his 43rd birthday. From a diamond face to bezel and bracelet, it has a value of around 5 million dollars. Jay-Z has given shout-outs to Hublot with lyrics on the tracks “Picasso Baby” and “Nickels and Dimes.” But his love of luxury watches began well before his Hublot days with Beyoncé. In the 1990s, Jay-Z came to fame sporting a platinum Rolex Day-Date and over the years has amassed a collection. The collection includes Rolex Sky-Dwellers as well as models from Audemars Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Drake Goes With Vintage Rolexes Noted for his fashion as well as rapping, Drake has a soft spot for traditional Rolex watches. One of the more unique watches in his collection is a Rolex Oyster Quartz dating to the 1970s. But he’s most often seen wearing other classic models from the Rolex line, including a Rolex Yacht-Master II, GMT-Master II and Sky-Dweller. How to explain the inseparable fusion of hip-hop and luxury watches? Perhaps rapper Meek Mills sums it up best in the intro to the album “Dreams and Nightmares”: “There was something bout that Rollie when it first touched my wrist…Had me feeling like that dope boy when he first touched that brick.”

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  6. Matching Watches With Your Winter Clothes

    Matching Watches With Your Winter Clothes

    You know which sweaters go with your favorite jeans. You’ve chosen the perfect overcoat to match your work outfits, and have your eye on an amazing scarf. But have you thought about how matching watches will fit into your winter wardrobe? Here are a few tips for matching watches with cold-weather clothing.  Matching Watches, A Touch of Green and Gold Matching watches with your wardrobe isn’t rocket science. And green is a great color to mix into your winter wardrobe. Add a bit of boldness to your basic black ensemble with a deep-green coat. From your favorite jeans-and-sweater weekend wear to dress-casual outfits, a green scarf is a wonderful way to put some pizazz in an otherwise unremarkable look. And nothing goes better with green than gold watches. But you don’t need to spend a fortune to shine with gold. Armani Exchange has both the prestige and look of a top-name brand without the price tag. Their line of gold-plated watches can have you looking like a high-end watch aficionado without the cost. Tommy Hilfiger is another brand with men’s watches that look more prestigious than their price tags. Give the gold Luke Watch a gander. Of course, if you want to go with true luxury, a great gold watch for men and convention-defying women is the Rolex GMT-Master II. In yellow gold or 18-carat everose gold, this classic never goes out of style. For women, Vivienne Westwood has some striking gold watches in their Bow and Bloomsbury lines. Evolved from their punk roots, Westwood’s watches span from simple-yet-elegant to bold and quirky. Promoted by Kendall Jenner, the Classic Petite Melrose from Daniel Wellington is a wonderful gold timepiece that’s beloved by the young and young in spirit. A Great Winter Look A current trend is mixing shades of browns for some sensational cold-weather outfits. On recent runways, we‘ve seen an outpouring of brown winter wear. From Fendi’s double F-clad worker jackets to deep-brown blazers, bomber jackets and overcoats from Kim Jones. You’re bound to see the stylish keeping warm with brown Mac coats and dark-brown corduroy jackets. But don’t make the mistake of accessorizing with an all-black watch. Better to sport complementing shades of brown leather with your timepiece. For men and women, a great watch that blends well with brown is the Movado Edge, with a silver-hued aluminum dial and brown looped leather strap. A relative newcomer to the watch scene, Alpina has some attractive watches that lend themselves to brown leather straps. Consider the Startimer Pilot with a white matte dial. The Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope has clean and simple lines that mesh well with the natural vibe of brown ensembles. The Braun BN0021 is another understated gem that feels at once basic and sophisticated — perfect to match the upscale-yet-downplayed look of your layered brown outfit. Complement Camel With Silver While technically in the brown category, camel coats are not always best worn with multi-brown outfits. The popular and versatile overcoats are better matched with neutral tones and the odd dash of color. The most-fitting watch to match with camel is silver. A wonderful men‘s silver watch that won’t contrast with the soft camel tone is the Tissot Luxury Automatic in stainless steel. Camel also lends itself to mixing in a bit of black and leaves you free to wear watches like the TAG Heuer Men’s Stainless Steel Watch. The classic silver-and-black timepiece will never go out of style. A great camel-matching TAG Heuer for women is the Formula 1. Check out polished-steel models with white ceramic accents that exude a soft side without losing any of the brand’s famed boldness. Similar to TAG Heuer, the Tissot Dressport is a chronograph often worn by women that lends itself to complementing camel. Pair Your Orange Wear With Black Orange is all over winter streetwear this season. From jackets, sweaters, shoes and even pants, the Halloween hue makes for a bold wardrobe choice. Of course, it’s best to mix in some offsetting tones such as charcoal to avoid looking like a pumpkin. Black-on-black watches are the best choice for your orange outings. All-black beauties for men and women include the Braun BN0171, with a black case and black dial featuring hints of gray on hour markers. A bit of yellow and white on the hands makes the midnight motif all the more striking. Debuting in 1976, the TAG Heuer Monza was one of the first all-black watches and today’s incarnations continue the deliciously dark tradition. The Tudor Black Bay Dark has bold red accents on the bezel of the otherwise all-black PVD-coated watch. Tudor has a Black Bay for women with a NATO fabric strap and an oversized snowflake hour hand. A beaded bezel is a big attraction on the all-black Breitling Navitimer 8. Matching Watches Sporty Looks Back in Style Fashion trends regenerate and you’ll see lots of style from the 90s on the street this winter. Sporty looks that echo workout wear are again in vogue with two-piece shell suits, tracksuits and bucket hats. Nature-ready sports gear also abounds with Giorgio Armani’s backpacks and hiking boots from Bally and Moncler. These sporty looks are the perfect opportunity to rotate in your favorite smartwatch. Without throwing shade on the iWatch, there are a lot of new smartwatches that don’t sacrifice style for function. Skagen’s Falster 2 Smart Watch positively oozes minimalist style. The Touchscreen Smartwatch from Emporio Armani captures the brand’s iconic statement-making designs.  Movado stays sleek with its Connect Smart Watch, while Breitling goes big with its titanium Exospace B55. Game of Thrones constantly reminds us that “Winter is Coming.” As you are breaking out your best sweaters and shopping for that perfect coat, don’t forget that a watch is an integral part of your winter wardrobe.

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  7. 10 Must-Ask Questions Before Buying a Watch

    10 Must-Ask Questions Before Buying a Watch

    There’s more to buying a watch than just walking into a watch shop and picking one. It’s never a good idea to get a watch especially a luxury timepiece, such as a Rolex or a Patek Philippe, just because they look great. Always do your research well. It’s always in your best interest to go the extra mile to ensure that your purchase is as perfect as can be. By going the extra mile, we mean arming yourself with relevant information that can simplify the buying process and increase your chances of getting the perfect timepiece. Of course, you wouldn’t want to get a watch that you’ll love today and hate tomorrow, right? So how exactly should you prepare yourself to get the best bang for your buck? Well, it’s pretty simple — just get familiar with a few important questions that always work. The good news? This post will explore not just one or two, but five questions you won’t be wrong to ask before taking the plunge. Sounds good? Let’s dive right into this watch buying guide! 1. What is your budget? The most important factor when deciding to buy a watch is your budget. How much are you willing to spend on a watch. Are you thinking of buying a luxury watch like a Cartier or Breguet, or you’re looking at getting a simple, everyday watch from Seiko or a Casio? Are you prepared to spend thousands of dollars or you prefer to keep it under $500. From here, you can narrow down your options and it will be easier for you and the salesperson to pick your ideal watch.  2. What style of watch suits your personality and lifestyle? More than a time-telling device, a good watch says a lot about your personal style and lifestyle in general. If you’re into sports, you might wanna consider sports watches from TAG Heuer, Hamilton or Breitling. For businessmen, a dress watch suits your day to day life, with brands such as Chopard and Jaeger-LeCoultre offering top-of-the-line, elegant dress watches. Whatever your choice, there is an array of watch styles out there that suits you best. 3. When was the timepiece released? It’s great to find out exactly when your choice watch hit the market. Yes, you might not know this but watch brands release several different models in the course of the year so, of course, it’s your job to ask away! Trust us, it’s never easy to tell if a watch model is old or new by merely looking at it. It’s always in your best interest to consult an online or local watch store to get a better idea of just about everything you need to know about the latest models. Remember, it’s crucial to get a timepiece that truly appeals and connect with you on a deeper level. Of course, this is especially true for those looking to splurge on a pricey luxury watch. 4. What are the features of the watch? Sounds basic right? Well, it’s still crucial to ask regardless! The very first thing you should know is that many watches typically offer time and date. But, of course, there are those that come with other super handy features. You’re likely to come across timepieces, such as the Patek Philippe Complications or the TAG Heuer Monaco, that feature calendars, chronographs and a host of other interesting complications. You should also be aware that most of these complications come with a learning curve of how to make good use of them. With this in mind, you should ask the retailer to let you in on exactly how to use a watch as well as how not to damage it. 5. What type of movement is inside the watch? Most watch owners, for the most part, care less about a watch’s movement. It’s basically a question that should be in the mind of collectors or avid watch enthusiast. However, you can also ask this question to test the knowledge of the watch retailer and also to get a better idea of what you’re about to pay for. Essentially, you should have it in mind that different brands come with different tolerance levels. So, yes, it’s either they gain or lose time. But of course, as a buyer, chances are you’ll want to get your hands on a perfect watch (not one that keeps losing or gaining time). Of course, at this point, the most viable option to consider is a quartz watch — it’s sure to be your best bet if you’re looking to enjoy high accuracy. But what if you’re interested in other types of movements? Well, this is precisely where automatic or mechanical watches come into play. And, yes, these types of timepieces feature different tolerance levels (the level of gaining or losing time). That said, you certainly won’t be wrong to do your research or better still, ask questions before taking the plunge. Of course, you wouldn’t want to feel disappointed when your choice watch starts losing time, right? Note: These types of watches are usually within the brand’s tolerance, so no, it’s not a problem. Just ask questions and, of course, stick to what works best for you. 6. Are there any feasible alternatives? Got the habit of buying things right off the bat? If yes, you may want to quit the habit right now! Yes, it’s never a good idea to purchase a watch immediately you set eyes on it. Why? Well, it’s only because there are several different models you’ll certainly want to consider before parting with your cash. These models, for the most part, boast a selection of features, materials, color variations and more. So, it’s crucial for you to get a better idea of what you’re about to buy and rest easy knowing that you’re sure to love for years to come. Now, another thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that not all watches come with the functionality you’re looking for. For example, you may be looking to get a lightweight watch that comes with a chronograph, dual time, GMT world time function, date display among other impressive functions. But, of course, only a heavier watch (more like one with a big movement) can come with these complex functions. So, what’s the point? Well, it’s pretty simple — if you’re in this situation, you only have to weigh up functionality over aesthetics and of course, stick to some middle ground that holds your fancy. 7. How much does it cost to service the watch? Finally, it’s crucial to ask how much it’ll cost to maintain your choice watch, especially if you’re looking to get one with a pretty high price tag. Now, you should have it mind that watches are machines that require occasional maintenance which could be in the form of gear checking and polishing just to name a few. That said, it’s in your best interest to ask the watch seller how often you’ll need to service your watch and of course, how much it’ll cost to get it done. Trust us, with this information, you can be sure that your investment will stay perfect for years and that of course, is a big part of the plan. These are five super important questions that can increase your chances of getting the best watch money can buy. Got any other question in mind after reading this watch buying guide? If yes, we’ll be thrilled to know your thoughts in the comments. Happy buying! 8. Does it come with warranty? Most of the time, watches come with a warranty. However, the duration and coverage of the warranty varies, depending on the brand and model. So, it is very important to ask questions about it and to understand fully its coverage. For example, Omega and Citizen offer a five-year warranty of most of their watches, while IWC recently announced that they have extended their warranty period from 2 years to 8 years. 9. What is the watch’s return and exchange policy? Knowing the return and exchange policy of the store or brand of the watch you chose is very crucial. Most watch stores offer 30 days policy to change your mind. Some stores provide a refund of payment or replacement, others only allow replacement of the item. But depending on the brand or store, they have various policies as well for exchanges or returns. For Vacheron Constantin, for example, products must be returned in a new and unused state and in perfect condition, with all protective materials in place and tags and stickers attached, including all accessories and documents. 10. Are you open to buying a second-hand watch? You have a dream watch and it’s beyond your budget. Are you willing to buy a used version of the watch? Some people prefer waiting and saving up for their dream watches, but some are okay to buy second-hand watches as long as they’re still in good condition. If you’re the latter, then it pays to spend time researching online and combing through online watch stores to score the best deals.  Conclusion Buying a watch especially a luxury watch should not be rushed and taken lightly. Getting the right watch takes time, not just because you need to save up for it, but also because you need to make thorough research about it. Its specs, design, functionality, and features are just some of the factors you need to consider before buying a watch.

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  8. 10 Versatile Watches for the Minimalist

    10 Versatile Watches for the Minimalist

    When it comes to shopping for a proper watch, it can turn into a real journey. Although there is a wide range of watches you could choose from, if you’re a fan of less is more, then you might need to satisfy your inner minimalist. A versatile watch can look very stylish on your wrist, and a simple one can do the job just perfectly. For that reason, this article has a list of versatile watches that minimalists will surely love. 1: Junghans Max Bill This watch is inspired by Max Bill’s watch collection, and it offers you a stylish look while providing the simplicity you so much desire. This time-showing little object has a stainless-steel case and self-winding movements. Its design makes it fit for a suit at certain events, but it can also be worn with casual clothing. 2: Jack Mason Nochikaru Nautical For classic men, this timepiece brings a modern design combined with tradition. It comes with a traditional dark brown Italian leather strap that can be changed with any 22mm Jack Mason strap, making it versatile and pleasant to own. Moreover, it has a 42mm stainless steel case and an easy-to-read dial. For someone who seeks versatility and simplicity while looking stylish, this is the perfect watch. 3: Grand Seiko A stainless-steel case – something that shelters Grand Seiko’s clean black dial. This watch not only makes your wrist more attractive, but it’s versatile as well. Although it comes with a sturdy steel bracelet, it can be changed with a leather one. This way, you can offer it a simpler design. The watch can look great in many situations, from an important business meeting to a clubbing weekend with your friends. 4: Longines Conquest Heritage This Longines Conquest Heritage timepiece based on models from the 1950s comes with a variety of case sizes. If you’re into the vintage look, then this watch will satisfy you with its stainless-steel case that houses a mechanical watch with self-winding movement. 5: Stowa Marine Original With a more modern look and manufactured in Germany, Stowa Marine Original could be a great companion when you’re going to any event. Adding a vintage look to your wrist, this stainless-steel case holds a white dial. It has Arabic numerals that are easy to read, so you don’t have to worry about struggling to see the time. Additionally, it comes with the manual winding Unitas 6498-1, which is a reliable pocket watch style movement that adds to the product’s versatility. 6: Cristopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic With British Origins, this Swiss-Made watch’s movement will make you feel stylish while wearing it. Housed by a stainless-steel case, SH21 comes with a 5-day power reserve. Moreover, the brown strap combined with the blue dial makes it stand out design-wise, and you will fall in love with it and its innovative movement. 7: Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch Elegance, long battery life and great movement – what else could you wish for in a watch? The Horological Smartwatch comes with Motion X technology in the MMT-285 movement. Moreover, the battery life is of 25 months – doesn’t that sound amazing? You won’t have to worry about the battery for two years. Also, if you’re into fitness, you’re going to love it even more. This Frederique Constant watch is able to track your fitness goals and can synchronize time with the connected time. Basically, you won’t have to worry about setting the time – it does it by itself. So, if you’re traveling a lot, you will be pleased with this characteristic. In addition to all these features, it comes with a simple look, having a leather strap and an easy to read dial. Therefore, you can safely wear it at meetings, events or even during a casual day. 8: Braun BN0095 Dieter Rams, the Braun Chief Design Officer, had the amazing idea of joining the world of watches and creating this stylish piece. The brand’s aesthetic and signature are brought by the BN0095 chronograph, coming with a stunning bracelet too. It has a futuristic style while being minimalistic enough to please your eyes. Moreover, the case construction makes it durable. Basically, the one-piece case prevents dust and water from entering the inner case. 9: Nomos Ahoi Atlantic Despite the marine deck watch being one of the oldest watch styles in the world, Nomos did something to renew it by changing the design in a great way. The deep-sea blue dial is a pleasure to look at, and the numbers are very easy to see. Moreover, it has Epsilon movement, and the Geneva stripes give it a unique design, making your wrist attractive whether you’re wearing a suit or a casual jacket. Basically, this watch is a work of art. 10: Hamilton Intra-Matic Are you looking for a simple, versatile watch that also makes you look cool? The Hamilton Intra-Matic is at your service. Being available in either a modern 42mm size or a retro 38mm one, you will feel a mid-century vibe wearing this timepiece. It’s dial looks just impressive and it’s powered by an ETA 2892-2 movement. In addition, the rotor has a unique decoration with a wide sapphire case back. You will definitely make a good impression wearing it anywhere you go. Final Thoughts Sometimes, it can be really hard to find versatile watches that come with simpler designs. Many products you find come with a cramped design, something that is not for everyone’s tastes. Hopefully we’ve helped you out with some versatile but simple watches that could brighten your life!

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  9. Casio Watches: Answers to Common Questions

    Casio Watches: Answers to Common Questions

    This time, let’s start with the simplicity of Casio watches. Other than the simple looks that makes it the perfect template—on every one of their displays (mostly quartz pieces), they only use the needed amount of words for clarification. It’s easy enough to keep up with labels like “water-resistant” and “Alarm.”  Likewise, seeing texts like “F-91W” tells you the watches’ number. After you’ve gone through their simple, though eye-catching looks, you literally came up with a kind of blank. Some of us felt that too, so took a walk through the brand’s history, following, and products. Where Are Casio Watches From? Most definitely, Casio is a Japanese brand all through. Yes, it does have a modern name, but that’s taken directly from the name of the engineer who made the company a success. For one, Casio itself was started in 1946 by Tadao Kashio, hence the name Casio. “Kashio invented Casino’s first calculator in 1949—literally the first of many” Although, it was in 1957 that Casio Computer Co. Ltd. released the world’s first electric compact calculator. Sure the size was on the heavy side, we think it was a step in the right direction considering their worldwide success. Who wears Casio watches? That’s a very good question, though it’s slightly tricky. It’s also one that depends on who’s asking. If you’re interested in their G-Shock line, know that you’ll appreciate the watch more if you’re typically required very physical at your job. Or you may simply love the roguish good looks. If on the other hand, you prefer any of the watches in the Casio Pro Tek series, that’s the ideal buy. Especially if you hike, hunt, travel, or are on the move a lot. Figuratively speaking, let’s say you’re wearing the equivalent of a Ferrari of watches (in terms of looks and technology), the Edifice line is your best bet. What’s the classic wear from Casio watches? The original ‘Time Lord’ of Casio is the Alarm Chronograph. The retro look is an original that’ll strike at anybody. Think about this: if you’re getting the watch for your son, buy an Alarm Chronograph with a silver case and a band made from rubber and he’ll easily look great in any situation. If you’re looking for something masculine, there are options with steel bracelets. Silver is a symbol of intelligence and sophistication, and that later boosts the watches already bold look. How to set the alarm on a G-Shock? Ordinarily, if we were dealing with one watch, it would have been straightforward. Instead, we’ll be leading you through how you can set the alarm on different G-Shock models. Model 1289 To enter the alarm mode on this model, press the button on the bottom-left till you see the watch display “Al.” After that, push the “Set +” or “Set +” button to set the hour and use the first (bottom-left edge) button to change to the minute display. There, you can customize the minutes. When you have customized the hour/minute to your preference, then you can use the bottom-left edge button to save. Model 5121 Here also, the button on the lower-left edge allows you to put on the alarm mode. If you press it multiple times, the left clock hand will hover above “ALM” which typically stands for “Alarm.” To set your desired time, push the button on the bottom-right edge of the watch. Finally, press the upper-left edge button to save the alarm. The watches’ second hand typically selects “ON.” Model 3180 and 3194 Also on the bottom-left edge, you push the button until the display shows “AL.” Following that, you push the button on the lower-right ledge to toggle through 4 alarms; AL1, AL2, AL3, AL4. Now, for each of the alarms, you can customize the time by pressing and holding the upper-left button for 2 seconds. Moving over to how you can set the time itself, you should go ahead and press the bottom-right button to set the hour. When you’re done with that, switch to the minute display by pressing the lower-left edge button. Use the bottom-right button to set the minute too. Just finish up setting the alarm itself by pressing the button on the upper-left edge. You can set any of the alarms (AL1, AL2, etc.) using this method. How to turn off the alarm on an Alarm Chronograph watch? It’s simple for some, while a bit evasive for others. Because of that, we’re going to show you how you can turn off the alarm on your Alarm Chrono. To that, the first thing you have to do is press the button found on the bottom-left edge. That immediately stops the alarm for the day. Although, it resumes on the next day. When you’ve done that, the last thing to do is to press the button on the right. That is what turns on off the entire alarm in place. You can turn it back on too at any time.

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  10. History of Rolex Daytona: Why It’s Still So Popular

    History of Rolex Daytona: Why It’s Still So Popular

    When Hans Wilsdorf founded Rolex in 1905, the automotive industry as a whole was still in its infancy. German and American manufacturers were competing for a way to mass produce their cars. Little did he know, his soon-to-be revolutionary brand would become associated with a sport that hadn’t even been imagined yet.  The Beginning Wilsdorf himself would become infatuated with the high-octane sport of automobile racing and the lifestyle surrounding it. Specifically that of Sir Malcolm Campbell. Known by his peers as the “Speed King,” the British motorist was among the most successful race car drivers during the 1920s and 1930s. Daytona Beach was the location that hosted the first organized races. It was instrumental in pioneering the sport, attracting competitors, enthusiasts and fans alike. Between 1924 and 1935, the Sir Malcolm Campbell shattered nine land speed records in his iconic Bluebird race car, five of which occurred at Daytona Beach. The Racing World and the Oyster  What’s more is that he also happened to be an avid wearer of Rolex watches, both on and off the racetrack. During the height of his success and fame in 1931, he wrote a personal thank you note to Rolex’s headquarter. He gushed about the durability and reliability of the Oyster during his races. The lifestyle of Sir Malcolm Campbell during his time in the “speed capital of the world” symbolized that of Rolex. This made him the first official brand ambassador in the early 20th century. His lavish and fast-paced lifestyle, as well as the attention, caught the eye of William France, who left everything and moved to Daytona with just $100 in his pocket. As Sir Malcolm Campbell and other race car stars of the time left in favor of Bonneville Salt Flats due to the poor quality of the track, France began to lay the foundation of the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR). In the early days of Daytona, the elongated oval-shaped racecourse partly ran along the bend of the oceanfront along the beach. The smooth, compacted sand was ideal for land speed records and made for an entertaining spectacle. Under France, the popularity of the high-octane sport skyrocketed during the 1940s and 1950s. In 1953, France proposed the creation of what would be dubbed the Daytona International Speedway, moving the racecourse to a permanent asphalt track that could accommodate the large crowds. Rolex and NASCAR’s Relationship It was during this time that Rolex capitalized on the movement with the creation of the Rolex Oyster Chronograph. It’s what many consider to be the forefather of the iconic Daytona. Dubbed “Reference 6234,” they released just 500 annually between 1955 and 1961. During that time, Rolex registered the name “Cosmograph.” These so-called “Pre-Daytonas” sold for a measly $200 at the time and had very limited success. Especially since other watch brands had already established themselves as chronograph specialists. Rolex became the first official timekeeper of the Daytona International Speedway in 1962. The following year,  they released the Cosmograph “Reference 6239.” The model was emphatically nicknamed the “Daytona” to cement its affiliation with the now prestigious auto race. Rolex designed the timepiece to meet the demands of the professional drivers. They did so by having a larger tachymeter scale on the bezel that allowed for the precise measurement of speed. The close relationship between the sport and the brand would begin to culminate with the initial release of the Rolex Daytona Chronograph in 1965. Each timepiece paid homage to the Daytona International Speedway. Each also came equipped with an even larger tachometer engraved on the bezel. One-minute, thirty-minute and 12-hour recorders, 17-jewel movement, sweeping second-hand time to ⅕ of a second and finished off with the iconic Rolex Oyster waterproof stainless steel case. Going Hollywood This watch managed to make its way into the hands of celebrity race car driver Paul Newman. He received it as a gift by his wife Joanne Woodward in 1972. His personal Daytona watch became his favorite accompaniment during races but also off the track. In large part due to Paul Newman as an unofficial ambassador, the Rolex achieved incremental and steady increase in popularity. The actor was frequently spotted with his Paul Newman Rolex Daytona which he wore every day until his passing in 2008. In 1988, there was enough demand that Rolex released a second iteration, this time featuring a Zenith El Primero modified winding movement. These models were designated with a five-digital reference number. They continued to push the envelope with the introduction of a third iteration in 2000, designated with a six-digital reference number. The calibre 4130 self-winding movement is still in use today, complete with 44 jewels, 72-hour power reserve, kid shock absorbers and column-wheel switching. The start, stop and reset functions are enabled by pushers that screw down to create a crisp and clear click.  Then and Now Today the iconic black dial allows for a precise reading of ⅛ second. While the two counters on the dial displayed the lapsed time in hours and minutes. Drivers can map out their track times and tactics without fail. The Daytona also features the brand’s iconic Oyster bracelet which equips the model with the reliable technology. In addition, an impeccable aesthetic that has stood the test of time. Despite the continued innovation, the legacy of the Rolex Daytona begins and ends with Paul Newman. The limited “Paul Newman” models fetch millions at auction today. They’re instantly recognizable by the block markers instead of lines.  Also, one of four contrasting color combinations along the dial’s periphery. The model must be Reference number 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265. These haven’t been produced for decades, leaving them to become a rare collector’s item. Daytona Is Here to Stay Along with the Submariner, the Rolex Daytona has remained a mainstay among its most iconic of timepieces. The Rolex Daytona, in particular, represents Rolex’s ability to bring reliability and solidity and merge them into a beautiful timepiece. Rather than a single “eureka” moment, the ascension in popularity and development of the Rolex Daytona was a slow burn. Throughout its 55-year history, there were many years in which the model would sit at an authorized dealer’s shop. It now stands as one of the most sought-after timepieces. It has become associated with some of the sport’s most recognizable icons such as Sir Malcolm Campbell and Paul Newman. The 55-year history of the Rolex Daytona was a slow burn in its acquisition of popularity and development. The model that would often sit for years at an authorized dealer’s shop now stands as among the most sought-after timepieces ever. At its core, the Daytona embodies Rolex’s passion for the sport and the racers themselves. While its longevity and rich story is what distinguishes it as a true classic. 

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  11. Watch Buying Guide: Best Women’s Watches Under $2,000

    Watch Buying Guide: Best Women’s Watches Under $2,000

    Looking for the best women’s watches within a budget? We’ve got you covered. A timepiece can not only show you the time, but it’s also a great accessory for your wrist. Watches come in numerous shapes, designs, and various price tags, and it’s easy to find one that suits your or someone else’s tastes. If you want to find a watch that doesn’t exceed the $2,000 line, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a list of best women’s watches that provide great quality and come with friendlier prices. 1: TAG Heuer Aquaracer This is a great place to start! One really great item from the Swiss watchmakers TAG Heuer is the Aquaracer model. Amazing for sporty and stylish women, this watch was inspired by the aquatic world in order to make the wearer feel confident. The silver look will bring a level of elegance to a woman’s wrist, and it is also highly functional. 2: MICHELE Deco 16 Things that people spent a lot of working on hold a big value, not only in terms of money but in sentimental terms as well. MICHELE Deco has hand painted ginkgo leaves on the moth dial, and the brand’s signature looks mighty. It comes with a seven-link stainless steel bracelet, and it can be switched with any 16mm MICHELE strap, which makes it quite versatile. 3: Raymond Weil’s Noemia Femininity doesn’t mean a lack of strength, and this timepiece shows it through its silver, powerful-looking design that looks delicate at the same time. The pearl dial provides a special type of refinement too. It contains 10 diamonds marking the hours, while 4 silver Roman numerals mark the 12 and 6 o’clock. With such a lovely design, it’s hard to resist this watch. 4: Jaeger-LeCoultre – Grasshopper This one is for all you vintage fans! The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grasshopper, or how it was originally named, The Aristocrat, comes with a two-tone dial and has a gold-filled case with soft curved lines. With its vintage look, this watch will look great on a lady’s wrist, especially combined with the right clothing. It’s not too big, making it very delicate for a lady, and the straps are comfortable. It can be worn casually or at special events. 5: Tissot’s Generosi-T If you’re looking for something that provides femininity as well as simplicity, Tissot Generosi-T is a watch you should consider. It was designed with high-quality materials and components to increase its functionality and make it durable. It can be a beautiful accessory for a woman, and its amazing curves add to its appeal. 6: Seiko Tressia Seiko Tressia comes with a luxurious and lovely design to please all ladies out there. Featuring a diamond-lined bezel, it will surely not disappoint any woman. It is made of gold-toned stainless steel, and the dial has Roman numerals. Additionally, it has a link bracelet with a push-button deployment clasp. The movement happens through quarts utilization, so it takes energy from the light and stores it in a self-recharging battery. So, not only that you’ll own a gorgeous-looking watch, but the battery doesn’t require changing either. What else could you wish for? 7: Cartier Santos Octagon While you can find it used for under $2,000, this is a Cartier watch that means business. Coming in a modest size with a two-tone construction and a clean white dial, this piece is something worth owning. It honors Alberto Santos-Dumont, the pioneering Brazilian aviator. It has an amazing aesthetic, and the dial numerals are Roman. The vintage design along with the refinement make this watch perfect for a lady. 8: TAG Heuer Link Ladies Manufactured by Swiss watchmakers, TAG Heuer Link Ladies is a smaller version of men’s Link. Created with women in mind, this item provides a lady with the style and grace she seeks and deserves. It is designed with sparkling diamonds adorning the bezel, and it came in 2016 with a whole new design. 9: Seiko Coutura This Seiko timepiece is not only a stylish accessory, but it also has a high-level of performance. Sapphire crystal protects a great-looking mother of pearl dial, while the bezel contains diamonds. What makes this item great is the fact that you don’t have to change its battery – it’s powered by sunlight. It has an energy-efficient movement with long power reserve and cabochon crown. Additionally, it has 100m of water resistance. Final Thoughts Choosing the right watch for a lady may take some time and proper research. If you or someone you care about would like a beautiful and performant watch, this list provided you with some exquisite examples! Hopefully one of them got your attention and will soon sit beautifully on your or a special lady’s wrist.

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