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  2. An Introduction to Monta Watches

    An Introduction to Monta Watches

    Given the surge of boutique watch brands in recent years, Monta Watches may not have hit your radar screen. But maybe they should have. While headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, the microbrand makes all of its watches in Switzerland. They have a passion to preserve the centuries-old tradition of fine Swiss watchmaking. In less than five years, Monta has earned the respect of watch aficionados. They’ve offered some serious competition to established brands. Let’s take a closer look at this American-born Swiss-made success story. It Started with the Oceanking In 2016, Monta watches debuted its first-ever offering. The Monta Oceanking may have been new but it owed much of its makeup to the greatest dive watches in the history of horology. Specifically, those from the 1950s, as the Oceanking is an unashamed homage to classics like the Rolex Sea-Dweller, Omega Seamaster, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, and others that captured the imagination of adventurous watch lovers decades ago. The connection to Rolex is even deeper (pardon the pun) as the founders of Monta watches hail from Everest Horology, which produces rubber straps for Rolex sports watches. Photo from montawatch officialIn design, the Oceanking checks all of the boxes that all great dive watches should. A 40mm stainless steel case has a large nearly-onion-shaped crown for easy underwater gripping. Its bearing-mounted bezel is equally grip-friendly. Plus there’s water-resistance up to 1,000 meters. An anti-reflective domed crystal tops a non-nonsense matte dial with easy legibility that serves well in undersea situations and presents subdued sophistication on land. And while the case has notes that echo a contemporary Rolex Submariner, its beveled edges and polished flanks give it a truly unique feel. Comparisons to other luxury dive watches get even better when you consider the Oceanking’s price point of around two grand. Monta Watches, Then Came the Triumph In strictly branding terms, one might have thought the Triumph Field should have been Monta’s debut timepiece. The name Monta, derived from “mountain,” is an ode to the company’s connection to Everest. It stands to reason that a watch designed for mountainous terrain would have come first. But we didn’t meet the Triumph Field until Baselworld 2017. It has some design elements that echo the Oceanking. One could call the Triumph Field a military spin-off of Monta’s first-ever watch. Photo from montawatch officialIt has a case diameter of 38.5mm and 9.6mm thickness. The Triumph is slightly smaller than the Oceanking, but wears just about as big given the heft of its broad lugs. The stainless steel case mixes finish with polished (chamfers, for example) and brushed (planes) surfaces. That continues the unique mix on the bezel, bracelet, and clasp. The dial follows the Oceanking’s no-frills approach. Flip it over to find a display caseback that lets you get a look at the Swiss-made Sellita SW-300 automatic movement. And while the Triumph Field falls squarely into the tool-watch bucket, it wears well in dressy situations, equally at ease on a link bracelet or a sturdy rubber strap as it is on fine leather for more formal occasions. Things Soar with the Skyquest GMT Another Monta watch we met at Baselworld 2017, the Skyquest GMT again serves as homage to the great tool watches of the 1950s. This time we harken back to the revered Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542, first made for Pan Am pilots in 1954 and today beloved by collectors for its once-groundbreaking ability to track dual time zones with just a glance to the wrist. Photo from montawatch officialWe owe some of Skyquest’s design to the Oceanking. This could also be considered a spin-off, a GMT version of Monta’s firstborn, just as Rolex did when they rolled out the Submariner and its GMT-Master cousin together back in 1954 at the Swiss Watch Show that would become Baselworld. Even the names of Monta’s “Oceanking” and “Skyquest” sound like they could be part of the Rolex family. More on Skyquest However, the Skyquest departs from Rolex’s influence in a number of intriguing ways. Skyquest’s ramp-up GMT hand is more reminiscent of classic Seiko models than Rolex. The coin-edge bi-directional bezel features a target-shaped and lumed pip at the 12’clock position. Available in two finishes, black and gilt, the Skyquest dials don’t spare the lume and are super bright with an intensity that rivals pro dive watches. Rhodium-plated sword hands and red accents offer a vintage feel without going old-timey. Photo from montawatch officialThe Skyquest’s stainless steel case also mixes brushed and polished finishes. Its Sellita SW330 automatic GMT movement has 25 jewels and a power reserve of 42 hours. Priced in the $1,600 to $1,900 range, this is not the cheapest GMT out there, as the market today is flooded with automatic GMTs you can pick up for under a grand. But the quality and craftsmanship of the Skyquest is comparable to that of luxury watches found at much higher prices. Monta Watches Conclusion If you’re in the market for a fine tool watch, you can, as many do, look to the established brands like Rolex, Hublot, and Tudor, to name a few. Or turn your eyes to emerging brands that have looked back to watchmaking heritage to stake out new paths ahead. Monta watches will likely one day spawn their own new generation of watchmaker’s intent on continuing the tradition.  

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  3. A Closer Look at Orion Watches

    A Closer Look at Orion Watches

    In the recent avalanche of affordable watch brands, Orion Watches has managed to poke its head above the pack and grab attention. That’s no easy feat. Let’s look at how this upstart micro-brand has earned so much respect in just a few short years. Orion Watches, A Family Heirloom Launches a Dream It began with one simple act of gift-giving. While a teenager, Orion watches founder Nick Harris received a 1955 Omega Constellation that had been passed down in the family for generations, starting with his great grandfather. Nick saw that the watch needed repair and started studying up on horology. And a passion for watches was ignited. Nick began modifying watches as a hobby, and soon started selling them online. People readily purchased his creations and the demand for his modding grew. After some training at Seattle’s SAWTA watch-making school, Nick decided it was time to go pro by launching his own brand. The Orion brand was born with a plan to hit the market in 2016. Orion Watches Debut of the Orion 1 The Orion 1 was the first watch to bow under the Orion banner, starting with a limited 300-piece run. Nick created this premiere piece for watch wearers like himself, those with slim wrists and a love of vintage flair. And for watch lovers who like things a bit out of the norm, with a 9mm diameter that should in no way work on a 38mm case. Yet it does, with some help from hefty crown guards, a generous bezel, and oversized lugs combined to make these large individual components not seem so big as a whole. Keen observers will note that the matte dial is a nod to classic Omega Seamaster’s, giving the watch that dressy-but-sporty vibe we first saw with luxury tool watches in the 1950s. Calamity Stakes a Claim Among Dive Watches The Orion Calamity is one of their most popular offerings. And it’s not one that was destined to succeed. Today’s market is inundated with dive watches, from both established brands and a slew of recent micro-brands. Plunging into those waters and making waves (how many puns can we get?) probably isn’t the best business plan. Yet Orion went for it with their Calamity. The result is a great modern dive watch that pleased the masses. Keeping things simple, the Calamity is only offered in stainless steel with black, blue, or green matte dials. Measurements also stay conservative at 40mm across with 11.3mm thickness. In what appears to be a nod to the Orion 1 (and thus Nick’s signature feature), it comes with a massive knurled screw-down crown that’s bracketed by sloped crown guards, helping to downplay its considerable size. The dial is no-nonsense, feeling sporty with a pop of orange on the second hand. And while most micro-brands go with more affordable components on the inside, the Calamity features Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement, costing more as it’s thinner than the more common 2824. With water-resistance up to 666 feet, the Calamity is ready for underwater action but perhaps feels more suited for dress-casual occasions. Orion Watches, Going Classic and Contemporary with the Hellcat The name “Hellcat” may have stirred up a notion about airplanes in your brain. Yes, the Hellcat was a famous World War Two fighter plane and the US Navy’s go-to aircraft for missions in the Pacific theater. And so, Orion aptly named its pilot watch after this aviation legend. A follow-up to the Calamity, the Orion Hellcat isn’t quite as vintage-inspired as its name might suggest. Yes, it does have elements of throwback flair such as the lack of crown guards that reminds of watches from a previous era. But overall, it feels more modern. It has a thin bezel on a streamlined stainless steel case that mixes polished and bead-blasted surfaces. Large Arabic numerals give a contemporary feel to the dial. It’s available in black and an eye-catching glossy red. The latter is a rarity with pilot watches, as black, white, and blue are the norms. That makes the Hellcat an iconoclastic entry in the pantheon of aviation horology. Source: orionwatch offical websiteOrion Watches, Suave Military Style of the Field Standard The Field Standard was created in reaction to the poorly made military watches; more so from that lesser micro-brands who have churned out of the past few years with their flimsy crowns and crystals that feel on the verge of cracking. Instead, Orion’s field watch features a domed sapphire crystal with AR coating and a case made out of 316L stainless steel that’s highly resistant to corrosion. And the Field Standard is water-resistant up to 100 meters. But this isn’t really a watch that wants to get tested out in the wilds unless your idea of wild is a buttered rum latte at an upscale bistro. The dial goes for classic cool with large Arabic numerals, topped by pronounced cathedral hands. On a black or brown croc-patterned strap, the Field Standard oozes business-casual charm. But as field watches tend to do, it’s just as happy to dress down with jeans and a t-shirt. Orion Watches: Conclusion Nick’s come a long way since that fateful day when he first held the family heirloom that would guide his life into the watchmaking world. And now, we imagine that the cherished timepiece he passes on to future generations will definitely be an Orion watch.

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  4. Best Affordable Quartz Watches for Men

    Best Affordable Quartz Watches for Men

    At the risk of offending horology snobs (you know who you are), let’s just accept that some of the best watches for men are quartz watches. Yes, purists will always argue in favor of mechanical watches. But for accuracy, longevity, and, maybe most importantly, affordability, it’s hard to top quartz watches. So, let’s look at some quartz watches for men that are priced within the reach of almost everyone. Timex Weekender Chronograph Quartz Watches Simplicity is at the heart of the Timex Weekender. The no-nonsense watch serves as a call to take things easy on the weekend. Exuding the sense that slipping on this minimalist charmer invites you to relax in classic style. With a round steel case, large Arabic numerals, and a few chronograph subdials. On a basic leather strap, it’s aptly named for a break from the workweek and offers the quality of Timex craftsmanship for under $100! Timex Official Website Shop Quartz Movement Watches Fossil Grant Chronograph Quartz Watches Another great chronograph at another great price, the Fossil Grant Chronograph also comes in at under 100 bucks but wears like a watch with a heftier price tag. True elegance is found in the Roman numerals on its face, gracefully accented by skeleton hour and minute hands. At 44mm in diameter, the case is big and bold but kept a classy look with rounded stainless steel. Japanese quartz movement powers this dressy (if not entirely a “dress”) timepiece that goes impeccably with smart-casual ensembles. Fossil Official WebsiteSkagen Hagen Steel-Mesh Rounding out the top offerings for under $100, the Skagen Hagen might seem to wear on the larger side with a 40mm diameter. But its bare-bones minimalist style seriously tones things down, with a sandblasted dial adding to the understated balance. Sleek, contemporary, and looking pitch-perfect on a Milanese mesh strap, this stainless steel quartz watch is right at home in the modern workplace and adds a dressy touch to your dressed-down times. Skagen Official WebsiteBraun Gents Classic Chronograph There’s nothing wrong with stating exactly what this watch is: a classic chronograph for gents. Modern gents, specifically. Gents who like minimalist design, a utilitarian vibe, and a Bauhaus-inspired feel to their contemporary timepieces. You can call it cold, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but that’s what makes the clean aesthetics and raw functionality of the Braun Gents BN0035 so appealing. And it’s versatile, working as easily with jeans and a t-shirt as it does slip under a jacket on dress-casual outings. And all for under $300? Yeah, lots of gents like that too. Citizen Promaster Nighthawk The Citizen Nighthawk has gotten a lot of attention over the years. And deservedly so. It’s one of the world’s most-popular mass-produced quartz watches for lots of good reasons, probably the first being that it just looks really cool. Add in features like a slide-rule bezel, a GMT hand, various complications, solid water resistance, solar power, and more. And most models cost under $250! So yeah, we know why it’s popular. The Citizen Promaster Nighthawk is a particularly fine entry in the line. With a perpetual calendar and the ability to track 26 time zones across the globe with a glance at the dial. With this watch on a sturdy leather strap, you’ll look like you’re ready to fly off and visit every one of those far-flung lands! Citizen Official WebsiteHamilton Khaki Field Men’s Quartz Watches At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Nighthawk, Hamilton probably isn’t the first name you think of when on the hunt for affordable quartz watches. But maybe it should be. While Hamilton excels at mechanical watches, they have also carved out a nice spot in the quartz world. Notably with the quartz versions of the classic Khaki Fields. The same traditional military style that’s on display with the automatic Khakis is found on the PVD-coated Field Quartz. This one goes into full stealth mode with the black-and-grey design scheme of its 40mm stainless steel case. It’s also topped with a high-quality sapphire crystal. But you don’t need to be Billionaire Bruce Wayne to afford this one, as it costs less than $350. Shop Hamilton Khaki Field Watches Quartz Watches Conclusion The world of watch lovers isn’t exactly divided into two camps: mechanical and quartz watches. Most collectors have both types of timepieces and recognize them for their strengths and weaknesses. So, don’t turn your back on mechanical watches just yet. Know that if you want to pick up a fine affordable timepiece, there are lots of quartz watches out there waiting.

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  5. Top 5 Dan Henry Watches

    Top 5 Dan Henry Watches

    When people think of affordable watch brands, one of the names that pop up is Dan Henry watches. This microbrand produces beautiful and vintage-inspired timepieces at affordable prices. We love introducing you to affordable watch brands and what they have to offer to your wrists. So today, we’ll be shining the spotlight on Dan Henry watches. About Dan Henry Watches Dan Henry Watches is a watch company that was founded in 2016. It was established by, you guessed it, a man by the name of Dan Henry. Dan was a chap whose vintage watch collection was 1,500 strong. He sourced these watches from flea markets and local auctions and eventually, his watch-loving friends asked him to start sourcing watches for their collections too. One day, he decided to open up an Instagram account to proudly display his watches and this led to him starting his own watch blog called Timeline Watch. Before he knew it, Dan, this fairly regular watch enthusiast, had become the person other people turned to for advice and information on all things related to vintage watches. He couldn’t source enough watches to keep up with the demand and so he decided to create his own vintage-inspired watch brand. Thus, the microbrand Dan Henry was born and the horologist community was thrilled. Top 5 Dan Henry Watches 1: 1963 Pilot Chronograph First, we have the 1963 Pilot Chronograph. You know how much we love our pilot watches and this one is no exception. It features a 3D embossment of a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane on its case back. Also, a 12-hour rotating bezel, double-deck sandwich dial, and is water-resistant up to 165 feet. It is constructed with high-quality stainless steel 316L, has a Miyota 6S20 quartz chronograph and sapphire crystal glass. The watch was designed to appeal to the inner adventurer in each of us and is stylish yet functional as a pilot’s watch. It’s available in silver or black. 2: 1964 Gran Turismo Chronograph Next up, we have the 1964 Gran Turismo Chronograph. This sleek timepiece is constructed with stainless steel 316L. It has a sapphire coated double domed mineral glass crystal. In addition, it features a classic beads-of-rice bracelet. The watch has two sub-dials, a tachymeter, a Seiko caliber VK63, a Chrono hand, and instant rest functionality. It is water-resistant up to 165 feet. On the case-back is a 3D embossment of the Aston Martin DB5 automobile. That ties in with the fact that it was created with the inner high-performance driver found within all of us. The fact that this watch resembles a panda is not lost on the brand. They have created their option line around it. It is available in Panda, Evil Panda, Slate Gray, and Silver variations. 3: 1962 Racing Chronograph Nobody can look at this 1962 Racing Chronograph and not want to shout ‘on your marks, get set, go!’ This stainless steel 316L watch has a chronograph, 24-hour indicator, and is water-resistant up to 165 feet. This watch aimed to embody everything a racing watch should have and has been built to withstand the tough conditions out on the track. The watch is available in blue, Panda, or Evil Panda. 4: 1968 Dragster Chrono Now, let’s take a look at the 1968 Dragster Chrono. These Dan Henry watches are simple but sporty. It has been built with high-quality stainless steel 316L. If durability is your biggest concern, look no further than this bad boy. It’s tough and water-resistant up to 165 feet. The watch steers away from stylishness and enters the sports watch arena. It’s available in black or white and you can pick between a black or brown strap. 5: 1947 Dress Watch Lastly, we have the 1947 Dress Watch. This stylish timepiece will help anyone to achieve that gentleman status. It has a sapphire coated mineral glass and a strap made from either leather or NATO. These Dan Henry watches are water-resistant up to 165 feet and feature a sub-dial in its simple design. The 1947 Dress Watch is meant to elevate the style of the wearer—whether they are attending a black-tie event or a business meeting. It’s available in silver or rose gold and features a black leather strap or a black NATO strap. Dan Henry Watches Final Thoughts There’s no denying that being a watch enthusiast can be a pretty expensive hobby to maintain. But with affordable watch brands like Dan Henry producing stunning wristwear like the five we introduced you to today, this hobby becomes much more budget-friendly. What do you say? Will you be reserving a spot in your collection for Dan Henry watches? Or are you an exclusive luxury brand supporter? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them with us in the comments section down below so we can keep providing you with the content you want to read.

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  6. Breva Watches: All You Want to Know About this Truly Unique Brand

    Breva Watches: All You Want to Know About this Truly Unique Brand

    When you think about unique brands in the watch industry, Breva watches should be top of your list. This is one watch manufacturer that did not follow the crowd when it came to designing its pieces. From its origins to the models Breva launched over the years, the brand is in a league of its own. Is this a watch meant for collectors? Or is it the next brand you’ll wear on your arm? Let’s find out. Breva Watches — The Origins There’s some romance entangled in the story of how Breva came to be. The name was inspired by the wind around Lake Como after all. But it’s also clear that its inventor was driven by passion and had an appreciation for modern inventions. And of course, the weather. The man behind Breva watches was Vincent Dupontreue from Paris. He was born there in 1977 and even his childhood was marked by the influence of jewelry since he sold bracelets when he was as young as 11. This also proves the sense of entrepreneurship that would come in handy later in his journey. Later on in his life, Vincent worked at a clothing store but when his young age prevented him from managing his own boutique, he went out completely on his own. In the late 1990s, he opened a fashion brand named after himself. Vincent clearly had an interest in many industries because he later sold his brand, studied business, and got into the art gallery business. All of this led up to his decision in 2010 to start up the Breva fashion watch brand. Breva Watches Journey Vincent’s projects were always motivated by his love for being an entrepreneur. This particular project—Breva—had the added motivation of him wanting a unique way to forecast the weather. Some motivation came from the warm winds at Lake Como and it also resulted in the name, since ‘La Breva’ refers to this type of wind. But Vincent wanted to do much more than simply give honor to the weather; he wanted to empower watch wearers to get forecasts from their timepieces. For this reason, you’ll find unique components on Breva watches such as altimeters and even barometers. It took some time to make this idea a reality. From the time the brand started, it took three years until it launched its first impressive watch, the Genie 01, in 2013 at Baselworld in Switzerland. This is how the world came to have its first timepiece with altimeter, weather forecasting barometer, and time components in one unit. Best of all is that the designers didn’t lose sight of the aesthetic value of wristwatches. The brand’s watches are incredibly functional, but you can view any Breva watch and you’re bound to fall in love with the look as well. Breva Watches To date, Breva watches has launched three main models: Genie 01, Genie 02, and Genie 03. Each watch is unique, in terms of look and features. The Genie 03’s attraction is the small but effective mechanical Speedometer that can measure airspeed. There are also power reserve indicators and a compass. You can imagine that it requires some space to fit in all the interesting components, but Breva watches managed to do it while still providing a stylish watch. A bit bulky perhaps, but comfortable to wear. For example, the Genie 03 measures 44.7mm x 17.50mm. The secret lies in the fact that certain features can open up to perform their tasks. For example. on the Genie 03, the watch’s anemometer can lift above the face of the watch in order to catch the wind and give you the information you want. Moreover, on the Genie 03, the brand also showcased its expertise in terms of movement design. Your watch comes with the Breva’s own automatic movement called the BRE03.001. Another characteristic that makes the watches so attractive is the fact that you can see many of the components and gears through the sub-dial of sapphire crystal. You can witness how your watch works and even just by looking at the small parts, you’ll notice the high level of craftsmanship and workmanship the brand invests in its pieces. Breva Watches — Who is it for? Some critics may say that Breva watches are simply a trend with features people won’t use. But the truth is that a watch that delivers accurate weather information, without the need to connect to the World Wide Web or without you making a call, could be of exceptional value. For example, it can help someone who is hiking in a remote area. When you have some information about the surrounding air pressure and wind, it can help you determine if a storm is on its way. Final Thoughts Vincent was driven by his entrepreneurial spirit to bring something onto the market that’s truly different. Will it be everyone’s preference? Perhaps not. But is it worth your consideration to own something that will have people take a second look at your arm? Definitely.

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  7. 5 Fashion Brands That Also Make Impressive Watches

    5 Fashion Brands That Also Make Impressive Watches

    Most of the time when fashion brands release watches as part of their product offering, they’re accused of slapping their logo on something they have no business producing and get labeled as “cash grabbers.” And sometimes, that is arguably fair; just like it would be different for watch brands to release a handbag or a pair of shoes For the most part, fashion brands should stick to what they know and focus on creating fantastic fashion pieces. However, there are instances when fashion brands absolutely nail it and produce watches that make members of the horological community swoon. Today’s article will be focusing on such fashion brands and their watches, so keep reading. 1: Chanel This iconic French brand has long been a key player in the high fashion industry and is no stranger to producing stunning wristwear. Chanel was founded back in 1910 in Paris by Gabrielle Chanel. The company started out as a producer of high-class women’s wear and has evolved into a fashion empire. Shop Chanel Watches Even though it is a fashion brand, we permanently feature Chanel watches in our online collection. Admittedly, the brand does produce jewelry watches. But scattered throughout its collection are notable timepieces that set Chanel apart from the rest. Said timepieces include the watches found within collections Chanel J12, Monsieur de CHANEL, Code Coco, and Mademoiselle Privé. Chanel is fast becoming known for producing watches that are chic, stylish, elegant as well as durable, and incredibly reliable. 2: Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren is the fashion designer who started the Ralph Lauren Group, an American brand that produces clothing, accessories, fragrances, and home wear that toe the line between mid-range & luxury. The Ralph Lauren Group has been operating since 1967. Source: Ralph Lauren Official WebsiteThe brand is incredibly successful in each of the four categories it operates in. So, nobody was surprised when they added watches as part of their product offering. The watches that Ralph Lauren produces feature truly unique designs. They have stellar craftsmanship and more than one collection nods to the brand’s equestrian roots. Ralph Lauren watches that are worth keeps your eye on. Be on the lookout for the Stirrup Collection, the Slim Classique Collection, and the Safari Collection. 3: GUCCI GUCCI is a luxury Italian fashion brand that has been producing clothing and leather goods since it was established by Guccio Gucci in the 1920s. Over the years, the brand has successfully infiltrated many niche markets, from belts to vehicle upholstery. It has also become quite adept at manufacturing beautiful fashion watches. Source: Gucci Official Website Shop Gucci Watches GUCCI holds its own when it comes to watchmaking and the models found in its G-Timeless, Eryx, Gucci Drive and Le Marché Des Merveilles collections speak to this. Its watches are classic, somewhat daring, and incredibly stylish by modern-day standards. 4: Hermès Another fashion brand that occupies a permanent spot on our website is Hermès, a French manufacturer of leather goods, homeware, lifestyle accessories, perfumes, and jewelry that has been around since 1837. More recently, the brand has tried its hand at watchmaking—and has been remarkably successful as well. Source: Hermes Official Website Shop Hermes Watches The most beautiful Hermès watches can be found in few different collections namely the Clipper collection, the Galop collection, the Medor collection, the Cape Cod collection, and the Slim selection of watches. Hermès watches are a beauty to behold and deserve their spot on our wrists. 5: GUESS It’s not just high-end fashion brands that are capable of producing beautiful watches. American clothing brand GUESS is here to prove that. The brand was established in New York just under forty years ago. So, it is the youngest brand on our list by many years. GUESS is an incredibly popular brand because it offers high-quality items. This includes stuff like clothing, shoes, and accessories at reasonable prices and is accessible to most everyday consumers. Their products aren’t the most affordable for all, but they are nowhere near as expensive as the other brands on this list. Source: Guess watch official websiteGUESS watches are sleek, sophisticated, and stylish. This fashion brand offers a range of watches for both men and women and it has a variety of standout models from its numerous collections. These models include the Silver Tone Stainless Steel Watch, the Blue Stainless Steel Watch, and the Silver & Gold Tone Stainless Steel Watch. Final Thoughts on Fashion Brands All we can say is that if these brands continue producing fashion watches of these standards, the big watch brands we all know and adore needs to up their game to keep up with their unexpected rivals. Fashion and watches undoubtedly go hand in hand with one another. But should they? Are fashion watches something you would consider wearing? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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  8. 5 Best Sports Watch Brands

    5 Best Sports Watch Brands

    If you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle in fashion, then you need a proper, functional, and versatile sports watch. A good sports watch can help you stay in shape and reduce your chances of getting ill. And luckily, this is just the article for you. As the years go by, humanity continues to evolve in a variety of ways, especially in terms of technology. And it just so happens that sports watches aren’t that far behind. The sports watches of today are equipped with a wide range of features that are crucial for sporting and outdoor activities. These days, the most talked-about brands when it comes to sport include Apple, Garmin, Suunto, Fitbit, and Samsung. In this article, we’re going to be covering each of them and reveal why sports athletes and fans alike prefer their wearables. So, without further ado, here are the most popular sports watch brands that athletes, competitors, and fans appreciate the most: 1: Casio There’s probably nobody in the world who hasn’t heard of a Casio watch in their lifetime. The brand has honestly got everything going for them: being cool, durable, stylish and most of all, affordable. But let’s have a look at where it all began. In 1946, a factory worker by the name of Tadao Kashio, founded a small subcontractor company known as Kashio Seisakujo In Mitaka, Tokyo. The very first major product for the brand was a successful finger ring pipe that allowed smokers to smoke hands-free. In 1949, Tadao and his brothers used the profits they generated to make electric calculators, which were later introduced in 1954. It took a couple of years until 1957 to refine that calculator until it was known as Casio 14-A. In the later years, the company would be known as Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Then, in October 1974, they decided to enter the watchmaking market by introducing their first-ever digital quartz watch, the Casiotron. This is where it all started. As far as sports watches go, the company leans mostly on the G-Shock series. It has a number of amazing features designed for outdoor activity and workouts. Some of the features include shock, gravity, vibration, low temperature, and water-resistance of 200m. The series utilizes Multiband 6 Radio Technology, GPS Hybrid Technology, and energy-efficient GPS to display accurate time around the world. 2: Samsung Another top-of-the-line watch brand for sportsmen and athletes alike is none other than Samsung. Samsung is always duking it out with other sports watch brands like Fitbit, Apple, and Garmin. Source: Samsung Official WebsiteOne of the coolest and stylish Samsung watches for sports fans is without a doubt the Galaxy Watch. It comes in either 46 mm or 42 mm. Both come with a rotating bezel that can be spun to help users navigate through various menus and features. The design for this watch is also waterproof so that it can be used for swimming sessions. And the fitness features that come with it are actually very impressive. Besides, this is the Gear Sport model. For just $299, this fashionable looking sports watch is extremely fitness-focused. It enables users to comfortably answer calls from their wrists while they workout inside the gym or outdoors. The watch automatically keeps track of your activities whether you’re walking or running, with a manual GPS tracking feature that is activated upon starting an exercise. And by using the brand’s proprietary Health app, users can choose between walking, running, swimming, and cycling. Users can also alternate between three screens showing information regarding heart rate, cadence, pace, the time elapsed, and more. 3: Suunto Suunto has established a solid reputation for designing a plethora of timepieces specifically for outdoor activities and sporting events. This is thanks to its mass array of attractive designs, long battery life customizable battery management options, and heavy-duty features. This multi-sport Finnish smartwatch producer is widely known for its Suunto 9 model. In case you ever decide to go try for an ultramarathon, the Suunto watch should be at the top of your head. You can also use it for walking or running in the park or even working out at the gym as well. Source: Suunto Official WebsiteIf it’s the finest Suunto watch you’re looking for, you can’t get any better than the Traverse Alpha model. This incredible gem stands out among other sports watches due to its scratch-resistant crystal glass exterior and rugged stainless-steel bezel.  This makes the watch the most ideal for withstanding the forces of outdoor elements. So, whether you’re going out for a trek, a dive, or anything else, this is the watch that can go the distance. 4: Fitbit Fitness tracking is a thing that is available in virtually any smartwatch in the market. But Fitbit is all about fitness tracking and more. On top of that, it is also one of the best fitness tracking wearable brands available today. It offers a wide assortment of trackers, weather standards, or advanced, at a variety of price rates. In addition, Fitbit also makes its own line of smartwatches. Source: Fitbit Official WebsiteYou can choose the basic Fitbit Inspire, opt for the feature-laden Fitbit Charge 3, or seek out a multifunctional experience with the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. And these are just the select few among many other excellent fitness trackers and smartwatches that Fitbit has to offer. 5: Garmin If there’s ever a time when choosing a sports watch becomes a challenge, it would be picking out a Garmin model. This brand has a growing list of running and fitness watches, making it even more difficult to pick the best one. Fortunately, we took our time making hefty comparisons between other Garmin watches before settling for the Forerunner 45 model. This watch does everything that the 35 model does and introduces a slew of other features, even at a reasonably good price.   Source: Garmin Official WebsiteIt features a transflective display screen like other Garmin watches, offers 50m-deep water-resistance, and a heart rate monitor. In addition, its tracking capabilities focus largely on cycling and running. It also offers complete satellite mapping support and core metrics.

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  9. ToyWatch: All You Need to Know

    ToyWatch: All You Need to Know

    Don’t, for one moment, let this watch brand’s name fool you. Although called ‘ToyWatch,’ these accessories are everything but toys. And since it’s been mentioned on ‘Oprah’s Favorite Things’ list in the past, chances are you might want one too. Below, we’ll share the basics about this brand so you can determine which of their many models—they cater for every preference—should find their way into your closet. ToyWatch: The Company The ToyWatch brand originated in the style-focused city of Milan, Italy in 2006. Perhaps, it was inspiration from this city that resulted in the ornate logo design. But another aspect the company stood for was “fun.” That’s in part why they started out with manufacturing plastic watches. The president and CEO of the company was Stefano Cassina. Over the years, the brand grew and opened facilities in America—where a subsidiary was created—as well as in Hong Kong. At one stage, in America, ToyWatch USA was headed by Agostino Magni. He gained experience while being president of Rebecca Jewelry, as well as by working for the Sundek swimsuit brand. His wide network and influence—even with retailers such as Bloomingdale’s—assisted in expanding in the US. The company saw various changes, with shareholding resulting in J. Hirsch & Co. owning just under 50% of the brand’s shares in 2011. In 2013, there were more changes when ILP III private equity fund eventually owned all the shares. No matter what was happening behind the scenes, the watches found favor with the masses, and eventually, they were sold across the world. Outlets from London to Kuala Lumpur added these to their watch collections. As mentioned, Oprah loved the brand and Ellen DeGeneres also featured certain models on her show in 2009. Today, you’ll still find many ToyWatch products on the market. However, the original company itself was eventually dissolved. The products that form part of the ranges definitely represent uniqueness. You’ll find watches with flower imagery, stunning jewels, and even watches worn as bangles that wrap around your wrist several times. What to Expect from a ToyWatch The name of the brand definitely fits with its original watch ranges. They were mostly manufactured from plastic. But the brand kept an open mind and started catering to other niches too. Today, you’ll find all kinds of substances in ToyWatch ranges: Aluminum and steel Swarovski elements as decorative features Gold and diamonds for style Ceramic Silicon Polycarbonate Leather straps The watches also incorporate features that the modern customer values. This includes tachymeters, magnified dates, and chronographs. This expansion means the accessories can meet the consumer’s needs in terms of durability, style, and functionality. ToyWatch Products Do yourself a favor and look at a page online or a storefront where various ToyWatch models are displayed. You’ll quickly notice the diversity this brand decided to launch onto the market over the years. The company has many collections, with engaging names such as ‘Skull’, ‘J-Looped’, ‘Velvety’ and ‘Maya Natural Stones’. You can see from this shortlist—there are many more—that there’s something for everyone. There’s even a Vintage collection and a ToyStrong. In each of these collections, there’s bound to be a watch that suits your outfits and preferences. Final Thoughts The history of ToyWatch tells the story of an original idea that spoke to what certain people were looking for. It also shows the power of being willing to change according to what consumers at large are after. From plastic for fun to crystal for some luxury, ToyWatch has featured it all! Although the company changed and the original entity even ceased to exist, the watch industry still has many ToyWatch options to offer. Which one will you wear?

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  10. Martian Watches: Your Go-To Guide

    Martian Watches: Your Go-To Guide

    If you want to be associated with those that are ahead of their time, Martian Watches is a brand you should take note of. The brand has a few claims to fame, and below, we’ll explore all these aspects in detail. Of course, it’s not only about the brand’s unique history. What are their watches like? In short, they’re definitely worth adding to your shortlist of accessories to buy this year, especially if you love innovative gadgets. Want to find out more? Where did Martian Watches Come from? Here’s a unique story: Martian Watches is actually a watch brand founded by another company called SilverPlus, Inc. The company originated in Irvine, CA, and is a proudly US brand. The company behind Martian Watches, SilverPlus, Inc, is known as a distributor of communication equipment. The president, Stan Kinsey, is a well-known investor who has been part of famous brands’ boards, such as serving as an executive at Disney back in the 80s. The brand was established over a decade ago in 2007. But, at the time, it had one of the most innovative approaches to watch technology. No wonder the name still garners respect from many people. What Makes Martian Watches Unique? Here’s one of the most fun facts about Martian: to the best of the industry’s knowledge, Martian was the first brand ever to incorporate voice command into one of its watches. These days you’ll find many brands, from Fitbit to Samsung that has this feature. Nonetheless, Martian was the first. Another unique approach to being part of the watch industry was how the brand funded its new products. The wireless watches that could connect to smartphones were first sent to customers in 2013 but before that, the brand launched a Kickstarter campaign. This was successful enough to gain the funds they needed to realize their dream. The Martian brand wasn’t only adored by gadget lovers. Other prominent brands also took note, with Guess wanting to team up with them with the goal of designing a few smartwatches together. Eventually, not all these plans were realized; but the fact that such a well-known company took note of Martian, proved the brand’s worth. Features of Martian Watches The initial focus behind the Martian range was to create watches that allow for hands-free management of wearers’ mobile devices. This was done by putting wireless technology to good use and enabling watches to communicate with phones. They also created a compact OLED display. The units’ other features include: Noise-canceling microphones Speakers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity Micro USB port Accelerometer The USB port is the feature you use to charge your Martian watch and watches are compatible with both Android & iOS. As mentioned, Martian did everything it could to stay ahead of the game, adding features modern consumers can appreciate. Via the OLED screen, wearers can see who is calling them on their mobile devices and you can even get notifications from your social media profiles. Yes, today these seem like regular features, but a few years ago it was unheard of! All these impressive features and the innovative approach to the watch industry earned the brand a number of awards, most notably from the respected entity: CNET. They also won the Edison Award for Productivity Tools in 2013 and even Popular Mechanics CES gave them an Editor’s Choice Award. There’s no doubt that Martian impressed everyone around them. Martian Watches Today It wasn’t all plain sailing for the brand, unfortunately. The company launched another Kickstarter campaign later on, but this one didn’t go as planned. They suffered significant losses, couldn’t supply all their clients with the watches ordered and they ran into debt. The sad news is that the brand didn’t survive in the long term. After a strong start in 2007 and its many victories in the watch industry, it had to close its doors in 2018. During its 11 years of operation, it added impressive watch models to the modern market. Martian Watches that Deserve a Place in Your Collection If you can get your hands on a Martian watch these days, go for it! The brand succeeded in incorporating high-tech and impressive style in many of the models. If analog is your preference, there’s the Martian G2G with its modern spin or the ultra-classy Passport model. Or perhaps, you’ll prefer the Marian Victory available in four different designs that go with almost any outfit. The older Notifier model was also a crowd favorite and you can see the brand catered with watch styles for various niches. The watches all come with Voice Command technology that empowers you to live more hands-free. Final Thoughts Not all good things last forever and it’s sad that such a prominent brand is no longer part of the industry. Nevertheless, the smartwatches they left behind were indeed impressive and still occupy an important place in the history of American watch brands.

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  11. Farer Watches: The Watch Brand You Should Know

    Farer Watches: The Watch Brand You Should Know

    We love introducing you to new watch brands—whether we stock them or not. The horological community is one that thrives on learning and so we share the knowledge at every available opportunity. Today, we’ll be sharing everything there is to know about Farer watches and why this is one brand to watch out for. About Farer Farer is one of the youngest successful watch brands on the market today. The Britain-based brand was established by four watch-loving friends in 2015 in response to the shortage of affordable vintage watches. The brand operates entirely online and has no retail relationships nor do they plan on developing any soon. Although Farer watches are British designed, they are Swiss-made which makes them of the highest quality. It is amongst the few watch brands that are truly boutique and employs only 1 – 10 people including the brand’s quartet of founders: Ben Lewin, Jono Holt, Paul Sweetenham & Stuart Finlayson. Source: Farer official websiteThe name of the company, Farer, speaks to its ideal customer. Seafarer, wayfarer, farfarer, and the likes. Farer watches are designed with durability and affordability in mind but also focus on stylishness, premium Swiss design & a spirit of adventure. In addition to its watches, Farer also produces an assortment of handmade hide watch rolls, as well as a range of different watch straps. Its strap selection includes those made from stainless steel, mesh, Cordovan leather, Horween leather, Barenia birdle leather, as well as perforated natural rubber and Italian calf leather. Farer Watches Now that you know a bit more about the brand and its products, let’s focus on what’s really important: its watches. Before we take a closer look at two of the brand’s most notable watches, let’s take a look at Farers watch collection. Source: Farer official websiteChronograph sport: the Moritz, the Cresta, and the Bernina. Chronograph automatic: The Cobb, the Eldridge, and the Seagrave. World timer automatic: the Aldrich, the Markham, and the Roche. GMT automatic: the Oxley Silver Le, the Lander III, and the Oxley Black Le. Aqua compressor automatic: the Hecla, the Endeavour, and the Leven. 37mm hand-wound: the Stanhope, the Lansdell, and the Hudson. Three-hand automatic: the Hopewell II, the Beagle II, and the Endurance II. Quartz: the Fairford, the Elvington, the Pendine, the Ainsdale, the Stark II, and the Frobisher II. The Bernina The Bernina is Farer’s most notable watch. It’s a chronograph sports watch that acted as the official timekeeper of 2019’s Bernina Gran Turismo. The Bernina is constructed with 316L stainless steel, polished steel, a bronze cap, and sapphire crystal glass. It features 3 sub-dials; a ceramic bezel and a racing-inspired design complete with engraved racing red tachymeter scale. Source: Farer official websiteIt is water-resistant up to 10 ATM, has a Sellita SW510 BH Elabore grade movement, and has a 58-hour power reserve when fully wound. It comes standard with a navy-colored perforated Barenia sports strap, but you can swap that strap out for many other options. The Hudson The Hudson is one of Farer’s 37mm hand-wound watches and has been designed with true horological enthusiasts who prefer more traditional watchmaking in mind. This timepiece is named after 17th century English sea explorer Henry Hudson which speaks to the brand’s ethos. This vintage-looking watch has been constructed with polished silver steel, stainless steel, and sapphire crystal. It has a sunray sea-blue triple stepped dial that not only looks beautiful but adjusts in color according to the time of day or night. The Hudson features a Swiss Made ETA 7001 movement, has a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound, and is water-resistant up to 5 ATM. You can choose from a few different strap options. Source: Farer official websitePerforated leather: Take your pick from tan, black, or denim perforated strap options Barenia strap: Black, green, tan, chestnut, or navy barenia strap options are available. As are XL barenia straps in tan and navy. Bear in mind that this strap option increases the total cost of the watch. Mesh: A sleek and stylish Milanese mesh option is also available. Maybe you appreciate a modern touch to a vintage design. Bear in mind that this is the most expensive strap option. So the cost to purchase the Hudson increases by $20. Final Thoughts As far as watch brands go, we can say with certainty that a prosperous future lies ahead for Farer as a brand. Farer watches are all about resonating with the modern-day consumer. What do you say? Will you be trying to give Farer a chance? All Farer watches have a 100% 30-day money-back guarantee. Each watch’s movement has a 5-year warranty. So instead of taking our word for it, see what the brand has to offer for yourself.

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