Copley Sutton

Copley Sutton

First Published: November 18, 2019
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  2. 5 Features That Determine the Value of a Watch

    5 Features That Determine the Value of a Watch

    The best online watch store will have an assortment of watches for you to pick from that suit a wide range of purposes. For some people, a watch is purely a financial investment and so when shopping for a watch they’re always on the lookout for telltale signs that speak to the value of a watch. But what are those telltale signs and just how does an everyday watch enthusiast go about determining the value of a watch? Today you’re going to find out! There are many different factors that influence and determine the value of a watch, but we’ve done our best to curate a short list. Without further delay, let’s dive into the 5 features that determine the value of a watch. 1: The Brand Name In the watch world, watches produced by well-known brands are typically very expensive. The combination of the brand name & the quality of products mean that the watch will maintain its value. On top of this, brands that create their own movements or complications generally produce more valuable watches. The big boys of the watch industry whose watches truly withstand the test of time and maintain their value include the following brands: Rolex Patek Philippe Audemars Piguet Jaeger-LeCoultre Vacheron Constantin Omega Lange & Söhne Cartier Longines Even secondhand watches from some of these brands attract a hefty price tag. So, if you happen to own a watch produced by one of these brands you can expect its value to maintain—if not increase—over time. 2: How Rare it is Limited edition watches, watches that aren’t in circulation and watches that aren’t often seen in public are massively attractive to private collectors & come with a price tag to match. If your watch falls into any of those categories, chances are it will collect a big buck on the market. It’s important to understand that rarity isn’t necessarily linked directly to age and just because your watch is old doesn’t always mean its age will translate into the value of a watch. As examples, the Rolex 4113, Patek Philippe 3974 and the Vacheron Constantin Chronometre Royal Reference 4907 are amongst the rarest watches in the world. 3: Patina For those of you who aren’t aware, patina is a kind of discoloration that appears on watches as part of the natural aging process. Collectors who value uniqueness over perfection are drawn to watches with patina on them because they feel it gives the watch character and drives home that vintage feeling. Patina indicates that the watch has been well worn and loved for a long time. According to Christie’s, the presence of patina in a watch actually increases its value by tens of thousands. Factors that cause patina in a watch include exposure to light, moisture and the materials used to construct the watch. 4: Condition While honest patina increases the value of a watch, other factors relating to its condition can also influence its value. Watches that are in good condition will obviously have more value than a watch that hasn’t been properly cared for. Having the service history, as well as the watch’s papers and original packaging are also incredibly important factors that speak to the condition of the watch. In saying that, depending on who you speak to, the value can increase when signs of wear and tear are visible. Some of the more romantic watch enthusiasts believe every scratch, nick and scuffmark tells a story. Others believe that polishing a watch compromises its longevity. So who you sell to will determine the price. 5: The Celebrity Factor Never underestimate the power that celebrities have. When a celebrity endorses a certain brand or wears a certain watch, its appeal goes up along with its sales. For example, Paul Newman made the Daytona famous and Steve McQueen made the Submariner a highly sought-after product. If your watch has been seen on the wrist of a celeb its value will skyrocket. Even watches that adorn the wrists of characters in movies catch the eyes of viewers and the watch subsequently sees an increase in sales. Celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham all act as brand ambassadors for luxury watch brands. Value of a Watch Final Thoughts The value of a watch is determined by numerous factors, but the five found in this list are some of the most prominent ones. Some factors are more influential than others but most of the time the collector will decide which factors make it more valuable to them. For example, one collector might love the patina effect while another might think it looks unattractive. So, personal preference is a power tool. That last statement brings us to our next question. What does value mean to you and how do you measure a watch’s value? We’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to share your thoughts on this topic with us in the comments section below.

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  3. 5 Best Touchscreen Watches

    5 Best Touchscreen Watches

    If you own a modern smartphone, chances are you’re working with a touchscreen every single day. And then there are also iPads, tablets and other mobile devices with touchscreens that are part of consumers’ home & office lives. Now, the good news is that you can have all these benefits on your wrist thanks to touchscreen watches. Yes, your watch can be touchscreen driven too and the market caters for both men and women’s watches. Why do we prefer them? For one thing, there are no mechanical parts on the screen that can deteriorate over time. And there are fewer crevices where grime can build up. And of course: it simply looks sleek and impressive, right? Want to find out what your next watch should be, so it matches the rest of your favorite devices? Keep reading! 1: Fossil Men’s Gen 4 We start off our list with an impressive touchscreen model from Fossil. The Gen 4 watch proves that no matter what your personal taste, you can have a modern smart watch that suits you. The brand sells a multi-feature watch, all managed via a large touchscreen and you can pick one of many designs, ranging from sporty to classic. It does what sports watches should do, such as tracking your heart rate, but Fossil also empowers you with email reading, text reading, and even access to your Google Assistant. It will remind you of events on your calendar, and if you enjoy using Google Pay for payments, you can now do it via your watch. 2: Aeifond You don’t have to pay excessive amounts to get a touchscreen watch either. If you first want to see if it’s the type of watch you want, try out the Smartwatch from Aeifond. You can manage an array of functions from playing your favorite music to taking pictures and accepting or rejecting calls. It also allows message reading and will remind you to get active during the day. So, link it with your phone and let this touchscreen watch help you manage your day a little easier. 3: Lintelek Smart Watch with 1.3” LCD Touch Screen Another budget option comes from Lintelek. On the 1.3” LCD screen you can view the time and this watch helps you manage eight different types of exercising, including yoga, spinning & hiking. So, no matter your preferred exercise, this touchscreen device can be a helpful fitness accessory. Thanks to hardness of the screen and the IP68 waterproof rating, this watch can be used for water sports such as swimming; it won’t get damaged too easily by a little rough handling. 4: Fitbit Versa 2 Fitbit has launched various models, but we suggest you try out the Fitbit Versa 2. The brand has a few interesting color combinations, so your touchscreen watch can match your personal style. This touchscreen watch helps you track time, exercise, heart rate and your sleep. But it also empowers you with voice to text replies. It works with both iOS and Android, so it’s a smart option no matter what other devices you use. We’re also impressed that it can last up to six days on a single charge. The brand also altered the design of the display area, giving you a larger surface than on previous models, to view all details on. This also makes it easier to press the correct options when working on the touchscreen. And you get innovative extras such as viewing workouts on the screen to keep you focused and motivated. The watch looks modern thanks to the seamless design, so you can upgrade your personal look instantly. It’s water resistant up to 50m, making it safe to wear while swimming at the gym. 5: Apple Watch Series 5 Rarely will you have a top smart watch review list without Apple products being mentioned. And yes, the brand has one of the best touchscreen watches on the 2020 market. At the moment, the Apple watch series 5 is the popular model and you can pick your favorite color to suit your personal style. There is a big focus on helping you maintain a healthy lifestyle, with a built in heart monitor and workout tracking. But it’s a wise investment even if you’re not an adrenaline junkie. The 64-bit dual-core S5 processor means there’s an impressive computer on your wrist. You get a built in compass, ability to download apps and even a sensor to tell you when loud audio around you could be harmful to you. It’s thinner than previous touchscreen watches models, but it has a larger screen surface for easier viewing and usage. Just make sure the Apple devices you want to sync has iOS 13 or later editions. Touchscreen Watches Conclusion More touchscreen watches come on the market on a regular basis, so know that you’ll have a wide range to pick from. But you can’t go wrong trying one of these above. We’re living in the future many of us dreamed about, so it’s time your watch matches the theme!

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  4. Top 5 Automatic Watches

    Top 5 Automatic Watches

    Why worry that your watch will stop if you can have one that will always work? With a stylish new automatic watch on your wrist there’s no more need for buying batteries or setting reminders to wind your watch. Everything happens automatically. Like automatic watches. This innovative approach to wrist watches goes as far back as the 1920s although it only became popular a few decades later. It’s possible because of stored energy generated by your own arm movements. The energy is captured thanks to a rotor inside the watch that will spin when you move. Automatic watches can usually run on this stored energy for 24 or even 48 hours so it won’t lose time simply because you take it off at night. It’s a stylish and practical watch option and many automatic watches have additional features apart from telling the time. Hamilton Khaki King Auto Hamilton is a respected brand with a wide range, but their Khaki King Auto model is one of the best ones to take note of. What’s impressive is that Hamilton’s engineers succeeded in designing an automatic watch that can store a power reserve enough for 80 hours. If you don’t want to wear a watch over weekends or you want to wear other models in your watch collection on some days, there’s no concern that this model will lose all its reserve power. It’s water resistant and has a sapphire crystal front, making it durable. The Khaki King Auto model has a 40mm case, so it’s comfortable to wear for most men. You can also have a look at the brand’s leather strap versions in the same range if you prefer that look. Junghans Form A If you prefer a simple approach to automatic watches, have a look at Junghans’ Form A model. It’s simplicity with various impressive extras like the hands that contain a luminous but environmentally friendly substance. The brand truly moves with the times, catering for those who care about the environment as much as they do about style. It’s durable too thanks to stainless steel components, a sapphire crystal glass and water resistance. This minimalistic watch can handle up to 5 bar. You can also see the date, clearly visible on the simple layout. The leather strap is suitable for office, home wear or even during activities, thanks to a strong buckle. The power reserve isn’t the best on our list, but at 38 hours it’s still impressive technology. Tag Heuer Formula 1 If you’re looking for quality you can’t go wrong with Tag Heuer. For those looking for automatic watches you can pick from various styles in their Formula 1 range. You can pick one with a rubber strap and its water resistant up to 200m, ideal for sportsmen. Or you can pick a steel version for general wear and going to the office. It’s a size 44mm watch which may be bigger than some men’s taste, but still a comfortable watch to wear! The Formula 1 model has a power reserve of 42 hours. It’s not the best on the market if compared to the Hamilton model above, but more than enough for most wearers. If you need additional features like a chronograph, this is the best automatic watch for you. Tissot Powermatic Another simpler approach to design can be seen in the Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium watch. Don’t be fooled by the striking yet simple blue dial. Beneath you’ll find innovative watch technology that will give you up to 80 hours of power reserve. Once again you have the choice to alternate between wearing this watch and others without the risk of it losing time. At 25.6mm it will suit those who prefer a slightly smaller design than some others on our list. The stainless steel strap will suit almost anyone’s personal taste and with water resistance up to 10 bar you know you’re buying a quality piece. For casual or professional wear, this watch works. Tissot also has other designs on offer, giving you a range of colors, straps (leather too) and dial types to pick from. Citizen Octavia Last on our list, but definitely still worth your consideration, is the Octavia model from Citizen. We love the two tone styling, making it a perfect option for those wanting an very stylish look. But thanks to water resistance of 333ft you can also swim with this watch without a risk of damaging it. It’s practical in every way thanks to anti-reflective sapphire crystal used and 42 hours of reserve power. Automatic Watches Conclusion Spoil yourself or make someone smile this season! Automatic watches are the solution for anyone who doesn’t want their watch to stop on the day you can least afford it. Just keep moving and your automatic watch will help you be on time for your next appointment.

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  5. What Is a Hybrid Watch?

    What Is a Hybrid Watch?

    Is there any end to the list of innovations that see the light each year? It’s hard to keep up. That’s why we thought it best to keep you up to date with a very interesting type of watch that’s all the rage these days. You may not recognize one when you see it, but it’s worth knowing about. Why? Because it’s a true ‘all-in-one’ approach to watch technology. It’s called a hybrid watch. A Hybrid Watch Defined In basic terms, a hybrid watch is a mix between two types of watches: Traditional, mechanical watches: The watch usually has the look of this type—analog—watch, with two hands moving across the face. Smartwatch: This range of watches have become increasingly popular, possibly prompting brands to add its features to other types of watches. Hold on! There are limits: your hybrid watch won’t have ALL the functions you find in the latest smart watches, but many features can be incorporated. Here’s the important fact: each hybrid watch will be unique, dependent on what features the brand decided to add. With most of them you can expect the watch to count your steps. Since healthy living is such a popular topic, step counting is a common reason why many consumers purchase smart watches. Now your smart watch can have the same classic look of traditional watches, but you can benefit from it motivating you to keep walking! But what else will it do? Features You Can Expect from Your Hybrid Watch As stated, each watch is different, so make a list of what you would like your hybrid watch to do. Then shop accordingly. While it can’t do everything your smart watch does, you can expect the following features: Counting steps: As mentioned above, your hybrid watch can count your steps. Of course, there is no digital screen, so the watch can show the number of steps on a secondary clock face. Connectivity: The benefit of a smart watch is that it can usually connect to an app on your mobile device. Your hybrid watch can often do the same, enabling communication between your Smartphone and your watch via Bluetooth. The data collected by the phone can be transferred to your mobile device. Alerts: If connected to your Smartphone, your watch can now alert you of certain activities on your phone, such as incoming calls, a message or a calendar alert. It can vibrate or the hands can momentarily jump to a certain number to indicate a certain activity. Source: FossilPhotography: Your hybrid watch can become the shutter control for your Smartphone camera. Take a picture by pushing a button on your watch, while your phone is positioned to take a group photo. Music: Activate music on your Smartphone by pushing a certain button on your hybrid watch. This can come in handy if you’re not sure where you placed your mobile device. Follow the audio! Heart rate: This isn’t very common, but some hybrid types of watches will have appropriate sensors to measure your heart rate. Sleep: People who prefer mechanical watches often also take them off at night, so you may not use the sleep measuring function a lot. But the feature is there for those who want to use the tracked data to improve sleeping habits. Why Pick a Hybrid Watch? All the Benefits Is it worth investing in a mix of two equally impressive types of watches Definitely! A hybrid watch makes sense for many modern consumers for reasons that include, but aren’t limited to, the following: A balance between old and new: Do you want modern watch features, but you really love dressing classically? Then a hybrid empowers you to adhere to your fashion sense and still benefit from having your watch help you keep up with alerts & exercise routines. No charging: Smart watches need to be charged often, thanks to their digital interfaces that take up a lot of power. If you don’t want the hassle of regular charging, hybrid types of watches are your kind of smart watch. Long battery life with smart watch features: Your hybrid will last for months before you need to exchange the battery. Change it up: If you care how your watch affects your look for the day, you’ll appreciate that it’s much easier to find alternative straps for hybrid watches than for most smart watches. The classic designs often include regular sized lugs, so you can shop around for accessories that suit your personal taste. Conclusion This watch category is quickly gathering momentum. You’re bound to find the perfect one that suits your love for gadgets while enabling you to look classically stylish at the same time. And yes, there are already attractive designs in both men and women’s watches. What is your experience using these types of watches? Please share your thoughts below.

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  6. Best Casual Watches for Everyday Comfort

    Best Casual Watches for Everyday Comfort

    Let’s be honest: modern marketing campaigns can prompt you to buy items you don’t really need, or even like. This is especially relevant in the fashion industry where we all wish we can look the way the super models do. But items you see on a catwalk aren’t always comfortable. Don’t you want something that’s for everyday comfort? Like casual watches. We want to help! If you need a new watch, but you want to ensure comfort, we’ve created the perfect shopping list for you. By considering weight, materials, diameter and other specifications, we’ve identified four of the best casual watches to wear in 2020. Don’t worry, we know when it comes to comfort each person has unique preferences. We showcase four models that are appropriate for casual wearing while being comfortable for regular use. Casio F91W This design has been around for more than two decades and it’s still a winner: sales figures are still remarkable. Why? Because impressive features were combined with a practical design that you can wear any day of the week. The 33mm watch size is on the small size, so it’s ideal if you don’t want a large, bulky item on your arm. It’s also lightweight, so comfort is ensured. Though the super affordable Casio design is a few years old already, it still has innovative characteristics, such as being waterproof up to 30m. The digital watch provides you with the most important information such as time and date. You also have helpful tools like a stopwatch, so your casual watch can serve you well as a sports watch too. It’s not the most advanced digital watch on the 2020 market, but the F91W appears to be a consumer favorite; indefinitely! Citizen Chandler Not everyone prefers the digital look of the F91W, so why not try the Citizen Chandler BM8180-03E model? Yes, it reminds one of military gear, but this one is one of the most comfortable fits you’ll experience. That is thanks to the 37mm face that isn’t as large some other tactical watches. You’ll also appreciate the nylon strap. The watch won’t get too heavy or chafe your skin. It’s stylish enough to wear in most scenarios. Thanks to the date and time, it’s a practical watch. You can upgrade to the AT0200-05E model if you’re also in need of a chronograph. A sturdy buckle keeps it in place so it will fit securely. This one is comfortable to wear AND to use, thanks to innovative features: you don’t have to exchange batteries, thanks to Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology which uses light to power the watch. You never have to worry whether your watch will keep working. That’s the pinnacle of comfortable living! It does have a water resistance rating that tells you it’s safe up to 333ft. Oris Big Crown Pointer Date If you’re someone who only believes in using leather straps, we have something for you too. This Big Crown Pointer Date from Oris has a slightly larger case than the ones we’ve reviewed so far, but for some, a watch of at least 40mm is better. It’s easy to view all the details, even at a quick glance. And when it comes to comfort for casual watches, you’ll appreciate the simplicity of the leather strap: no stitching or any other features that may irritate the skin. You’ll also be happy to know the brand only uses natural materials, like the leather, that have been sustainably sourced. A stainless-steel buckle will keep your new watch securely in place. Simplicity doesn’t mean you’re not getting value for money! With this Oris model various components contain a luminous material that will make for easy reading in low light conditions: The hands All numerals The indices We’re impressed by the unique blue face of the reviewed watch, but the brand also has other color schemes in its ‘Big Crown’ range. You’ll find other models with different types of casual watches and straps, so shop according to your own style & comfort checklist. Seiko Recraft SNKP23 There is yet another category of watches: those that allow you to experience the cool, hard surface of metal against your skin. If that’s what you find comfortable and what you prefer for daily wearing, then head over to Seiko! The brand offers you many casual watches, but the Recraft SNKP23 is an excellent balance of features that ensure comfort, while you enjoy using the watch. With a 39.5mm, this is once again not as large as some others in the industry, so your watch won’t weigh down your arm when you wear it for long periods. You’ll enjoy the self-winding feature that gives you 41 hours of reserve power. It’s water resistant up to 50m, so you know you’re buying quality. Casual Watches Conclusion Pick a watch you’ll be proud to show off, but not one you’ll resent by the end of the day. These four models have innovative features and they’re comfortable to wear. Buy smart and enjoy your fashion wearables.

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  7. Top 5 Best Field Watches

    Top 5 Best Field Watches

    If you’re wearing a field watch, you’re part of the legacy of using wearables that are strong enough to survive extreme circumstances; even battles. Yes, field watches are designed with military personnel and tactical response units in mind, but they’re beneficial for you too. Imagine how long your watch will last if it’s designed to withstand the elements, such as rain or even snow. And a little rough handling during your next hiking expedition—or even while you’re working on your car’s engine—won’t result in a broken watch. And don’t be concerned about aesthetics. They’re made for the field but perfect for everyday wear at home or the office, because watch brands know how important it is for you to look stylish. Let’s look at five of the best field watches on the market, so you can see why these types of watches should be your next purchase. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Watch Hamilton is a much loved brand for watches to wear while being active. The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical watch proves why. The design looks rugged; simply look at the NATO strap that won’t easily show wear and tear. The brand mixed durability with stylish elements, such as the stainless-steel case and the fact that you can submerge it up to 50m. Hamilton Khaki FieldIt’s also a practical timepiece. For instance, it’s easy to read details in dim light conditions thanks to the contrast in colors of the numerals and the dial. Hamilton sells many different designs when it comes to field watches, so you can likely find one that suits your personal taste. Luminox Atacama This is another of the field watches that has water resistance, but here you can push it to 200m. That’s proof of excellent engineering. You’ll appreciate the small details of the Atacama that include the glass with its anti-reflective nature, so you can easily use your watch in the sun. And then there’s the illumination of certain parts of the arms and dial that enable you to read the time in the dark. A truly practical buy! Source: LuminoxThe brand has more than one field watch design, but we prefer the tan strap matched with similar hues on the watch face. It’s classic and stylish; something you can even wear to the office if you want. Timex Expedition If you appreciate simplicity, the Timex watch called the Expedition Scout may be the field watch model for you. It has the basic features most consumers want time and date. Note that with the Expedition Scout there are added details, so you can use the 24-hour time setting if you prefer. It’s not the most water resistant on our list, but 50m is still sufficient for using it in the outdoors. The dial can light up, so it’s a practical buy for wearing on nighttime adventures. The fabric strap makes for comfortable wearing. Source: TimexThis is a much more casual looking watch, so may not be the one to pick for going out or wearing to a business lunch. If you want a little more sophistication, the brand does sell a few different designs, with one fabric strap having leather details as a final touch. Pick one that suits the scenarios where you want to wear these types of watches. Tudor Heritage Ranger It’s always a good idea to invest in a Swiss designed watch, and Tudor gives a few field watches to pick from in terms of design. Get metal or leather straps, according to your preference. Types of Tudor watches in this category are bigger than many others on our list, with a 41mm case. If you’re after a bulky watch, this is a quality option to consider. Your watch will be waterproof up to 150m and the self-winding watches will have 38 hours of reserve power, which is more than acceptable. Tudor HeritageDetails of the Tudor Heritage Ranger add to its value, such as the folding clasp with safety catch. This will keep the watch securely in place on your arm, even with some rough handling. Filson Field Watch From Filson you can obtain another impressive example of simplicity that is value for money: the Filson field watch model. At 41.5mm it’s another design that can appeal to those who like a large watch. But this one is understated, with no unnecessary features. Source: FilsonThe watch has large numerals, making it easy to read them; even more so because they’re light colored and positioned on a dark background. Anti-reflective coatings help you read time in the bright sun. And then Super-LumiNova® markings on both hands and other markings will assist in low light conditions. It has a 100m water resistance rating, making this a practical buy for the adventurous few out there. Field Watches Conclusion Get yourself a watch that will last long! If field watches can survive some of the roughest conditions on earth, it’s sure to be a long-term investment for you. And don’t forget to let us know which of these field watches you found to be best for you.

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  8. 6 Innovative Features to Look for In Modern Watches

    6 Innovative Features to Look for In Modern Watches

    When you’re looking at new watches to purchase it can be all too easy to select your pick based on appearance alone. And nobody would blame you because watches are gorgeous. Are you looking for something classic or are you more interested in modern watches? But watches have evolved from being simple time tellers and bold fashion statements. Modern watches of today are filled with features and some of them truly reflect the innovative nature of the horological industry. While not all these features are considered useful by the everyday wearer, they are groundbreaking innovations that deserve mentioning. Perhaps you’ll find one of them worthwhile on your next watch. Without further ado, here are some innovative features to look for in modern watches. Watch Out for These 6 Features 1: Power Reserve Indicator Many modern watches feature a power reserve indicator which, in layman’s terms, displays the remaining amount of energy stored in the watch. Think of this feature in the same way you think of your vehicle’s petrol gauge. Just as your petrol gauge lets you know when it’s time to fill up the tank, a power reserve indicator will let you know when it’s time to replace the battery or wind the system. 2: Chronograph Functionality On top of its time-displaying capabilities, chronograph watches facilitate timekeeping. The face of a chronograph watch will display seconds, minutes and hours. The built-in stopwatch functionality is a feature that can be used in various applications. Most people use chronograph watches to time races. But other uses include monitoring cooking times, tracking billable hours, timing meetings and more. Some of the most renowned chronograph watches include the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional collection, TAG Heuer Monaco collection, and the Rolex Daytona collection. 3: World Time Most modern watches are able to display more than one time zone at once, but only a world time watch can tell you the time across all 24 time zones at a glance. Because this feature can often result in a complicated, cluttered-looking face only serious globetrotters opt for watches with world time functionality. World time watches display two time zones at once and allow the wearer to track the time across all zones. This feature is especially handy for purposes ranging from adjusting time displays due to traveling to new time zones to figuring out when is a good time to call your friend who lives overseas. 4: Calendar In addition to telling the time, some watches double as a calendar displaying the day, date and month. Perpetual calendar watches can even indicate leap years! Annual calendar watches are the most popular type of calendar watches as they display all the date information you need. Annual calendar watches need to be manually set once a year, while perpetual calendar watches don’t. Because the calendar feature is such a handy tool, many modern watches include this feature. A prime example of an annual calendar watch is the IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar Automatic watch. The best of the best in perpetual calendar watches is the Patek Phillipe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar watch.  Interestingly enough, the first ever annual calendar wristwatch was patented by Patek Phillipe in 1996. 5: Moon Phase While the days of using the phases of the moon as a calendar are long gone, moon phase watches still have a special place in the world. A moon phase watch displays the moon’s current phase as it is in the sky at that very moment. As opposed to merely telling the time a watch that displays moon phases gives you an insight into the inner workings of the universe. Moon phase watches aren’t mainstream watches that adorn the wrists of just anyone. Rather they are worn by artists, sky-watchers, fishermen and those who appreciate the marvel that is moon phase watches. 6: Atomic Timekeeping Not many modern watches have atomic timekeeping capabilities because the feature is not that sought after by consumers. It might not be popular, but it is innovative! The appeal of atomic timekeeping is that it keeps the most accurate time on the planet thanks to radio-controlled synchronization. There is no need to manually set or adjust the time or date on an atomic watch because it does so automatically. It’s done via low frequency radio signals emitted from atomic clocks such as the one found in Colorado. A prime example of a watch boasting atomic timekeeping capabilities in the Casio GW-9400J-1JF. Casio G-Shock Modern Watches Final Thoughts A watch needs to be more than a pretty face and the features we mentioned turn time-telling devices into technological wonders. So tell us, when you shop for your next watch—will you be filtering by feature?

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  9. Top 5 Watch Brands, Most Popular Choices

    Top 5 Watch Brands, Most Popular Choices

    In a world with over 400 watch brands to pick from, the amount of choice can be overwhelming to say the least. To be the savviest of consumers you need to know your brands. This brings us to today’s article. We’ll be introducing you to the top watch brands, telling you about the brands’ histories and, of course, discussing their best watches. Top 5 Watch Brands to Know About 1: Jaeger-LeCoultre If you know your watches, you’ll be no stranger to the name Jaeger-LeCoultre. LeCoultre & Cie was founded in 1833 by Antoine LeCoultre and became Jaeger-LeCoultre in 1937 after a successful merger with watchmaker Edmond Jaeger. Today, Jaeger-LeCoultre is known as one of the best manufacturers out there. Jaeger-LeCoultre may not be as mainstream as other brands on this list, but its wearers will agree that the quality of these watches is unrivaled. Famous wearers of Jaeger-LeCoultre watches include Charlie Chaplin, Amelia Earhart, Bill Clinton, Robert Downey Jr, Kit Harington, Benedict Cumberbatch as well as members of the royal family. The Jaeger-LeCoultre brand’s most successful collections are the Reverso, Duoplan and Joaillerie 101. 2: Audemars Piguet Audemars Piguet is synonymous with luxury. The company was founded in 1875 by Edward-Auguste Piguet and Jules-Louis Audemars. Since its inception the company has been family owned. In the 1970s, Audemars Piguet presented the Royal Oak collection. Notable Audemars Piguet owners and wearers include Lebron James, Lionel Messi, Michael Schumacher, Kevin Hart, Arnold Schwarzenegger & Jay-Z. Audemars Piguet introduced the worlds first minute-repeating movement, jumping-hour wristwatch, skeleton watch, the worlds thinnest watch and more. Audemars Piguet’s bestselling watch collections include the Royal Oak, the Millenary and Code 11.59. 3: Cartier Louis-Francois Cartier founded the company in Paris in 1847. While the brand is renowned for its watches, they also produce a wide range of jewelry products. Cartier was a family run company until 1964 and is today a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Pierce Brosnan and Tom Cruise have publicly displayed their fondness for Cartier watches on several occasions. The Cartier Santos collection is extremely well-known and since its initial presentation in 1904 has continued to do well in sales. Other successful collections include Drive De Cartier, the Cartier Tank and the Caliber de Cartier. 4: IWC IWC, or the International Watch Co. AG, manufactures luxury Swiss watches and has been doing so since 1868. American watchmaker and engineer Florentine Ariosto Jones was just 27 when he founded the company in Switzerland. The brand manufactures some of the best pilot and dive watches available on the market. What makes IWC watches stand out is that they’re as functional as they are fashionable. While elements of the watches are mass-produced the assembly & finishing is done by hand. IWC’s most popular collections are the Portugieser and Portofino collection and its pilots’ watches continue to be massively successful sellers. 5: Rolex Rolex is amongst the most well-known watch brands in the world. The Rolex has a special place in society and is a mainstream way for people to publicly display their wealth. In hip hop a Rolex is mentioned often & is referred to as a ‘Rollie’. Just like our other top watch brands, Rolex has been around for some time. The company has been manufacturing watches since 1905 and has achieved many firsts during this time. Rolex produced the first ever waterproof wristwatch, wristwatches that display more than one time zone at a time and the first wristwatch to feature a face that automatically updates dates. Rolex’s bestselling collections are the Submariner, Daytona and the Yacht Master. Final Thoughts All of these watch brands have long and rich histories that are evident in their designs. From their watches’ designs to their business plans and marketing strategies—these watch brands paved the way for the brands that came after them & have been massively influential in style and what we expect from watches these days. Of all the brands available on the market, these watch brands are the ones to watch out for. Which of these prestigious watch brands is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  10. Racing Watches: Montblanc Timewalker

    Racing Watches: Montblanc Timewalker

    What you wear on your arm can tell others exactly what you’re about. If you love sports like racing and you want to impress with style when you meet someone, have a look at the Montblanc Timewalker. It may be exactly what you’re looking for to send the right message about yourself without even saying a word. Of course Montblanc is a well known brand in horology but there are many more reasons to invest in this watch. Let’s discuss racing watches as well as this Montblanc collection in depth so you can make an informed decision. How to Pick the Ideal Racing Watches Let’s first clarify what type of watch we’re discussing. Racing watches are designed for drivers, specifically if they race. The various features benefit someone behind the wheel, making tasks easier. Let’s explain: Dial and case design: Racing watches are designed to make it effortless to tell the time or use the watch’s other features. Contrasting colors make it easy to read time and angled cases allow for viewing without even taking your hand off the steering wheel. The latter feature isn’t very common anymore though. Montblanc TimewalkerChronograph: The chronograph is the stop watch function of racing watches, helping drivers or those watching to accurately time drivers when racing. For this feature user friendly pushers are important. Tachymeter: On the outer edge of the dial there should be a clear tachymeter bezel scale. This helps drivers calculate speed and distance. Knowing how fast you’re going or how long it takes to complete a lap empowers you with information to devise strategies during the race. These features can be helpful in other scenarios too, making racing watches popular watch types for many consumers. You may also have preferences about the type of strap you want. Materials such as rubber or leather are breathable and are often preferred. But metal is also popular. Which do you like most? The Montblanc Timewalker: A Review To offer consumers and drivers their ideal racing watches Montblanc created a collection called ‘Timewalker’. In this collection you’ll find different designs, helping you match personal style with the functionality of a racing watch. Montblanc TimewalkerStyle You can take your pick in the Montblanc Timewalker collection. The brand uses a variety of materials! Rubber, metal and leather straps are available, so wearers can pick what feels most comfortable to them. You can also pick the size you prefer: some watches have a diameter of over 40mm, but there are also smaller and thin options. Design Montblanc makes it easy to read the time and use the racing watches’ functions. Using different colors and with smart design, even the more advanced models with various features—chronograph, tachymeter and more—don’t seem cluttered. Type The brand incorporated various types of watches into the collections. You may prefer an automatic watch, so you never have to worry about winding it: simply let it wind while you wear it. These watches can have a power reserve of up to 46 hours. If you don’t want to wear it every day, it will still run on time when you pick it up after a day. Function Much of the value of a racing watch relates to the functions you can use. Montblanc succeeds in incorporating all the necessary characteristics into its racing watches without making them seem cluttered or making it difficult to tell the time. Thanks to the brand’s focus on producing quality products you can trust the chronographs and pushers to be durable and reliable. Note that not all the watches in the collection have the more intricate features such as the chronograph or the tachymeter. Make sure to go through each one’s specs before you purchase yours so you’re not disappointed. Perhaps you prefer a more minimalistic look such as the Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date Limited Edition. It simply has the calendar feature and showcases a sleek look overall. Price Montblanc watches come with high price tags, but with good reason: you’re buying a quality piece with a long guarantee period of two years. With the appropriate maintenance, such as regular oiling, you can ensure your Montblanc Timewalker will serve you well for years to come. Despite them being pricey we appreciate that the brand caters for various consumers, with watches in a variety of price ranges. Find one that suits your style and your budget! Conclusion After being in the industry for so long, Montblanc knows consumers need variety to satisfy all their personal preferences. And the Montblanc Timewalker collection does NOT disappoint. Pick your favorite from the racing watches and exude your personal taste through something as simple as your new accessory. Do you have a favorite Montblanc watch? Please share your thoughts with us below.

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  11. Why the IWC Portofino Watch Is A Great Choice

    Why the IWC Portofino Watch Is A Great Choice

    Browse online for a new watch and you’re bound to be overwhelmed by your options. Is there something as the perfect watch? Perhaps not. Which means that many people are looking for a watch that offers a balance between various features—price, quality and looks—so they know they’re making a wise choice. If this sounds like you when you’re looking for a new watch, we advise you to consider an IWC Portofino watch. Below we’ll discuss the various aspects that impress and make this a winner in various categories. Let’s find out if it’s the one that will win your respect too. You’re Buying from a Trusted Brand First of all you want to make a long term investment. To ensure this it’s wise to purchase a watch from a reputable brand. The IWC brand was founded in 1868, so the Portofino watch is part of a 150 year legacy. They’re experts in watch making, ensuring quality and with excellence as one of their primary values. Also, the Portofino range itself has been around for a while: for over three decades! The fact that the range stays popular proves that you’re making a valuable investment even if you’re considering to sell the watch later on. The Look: Stylish and Versatile It’s often difficult to settle on picking just one watch, because you may want an accessory that works in various scenarios. Some watches are clearly made for a certain application so it may be too dressy for outdoors or too bulky for the office. Good news: the IWC Portofino offers a comfortable balance. You can match the Portofino with almost any attire without it looking out of place. The watches aren’t designed to be ‘trendy’ but they’re rather given a stylish timelessness, so you can wear it for years to come. The brand uses quality materials from metals to leather, providing you with eye-catching pieces. The leaf shaped hands are characteristics of the brand and make it easy to read the time at a quick glance. While they’re big enough to easily view the time, they’re not bulky. With sizes such as 34mm or 45mm in diameter and some less than 10mm in height, these watches are comfortable to wear. Exceptional Quality Of course, you also want it to work well in years to come. No need for concern with this brand, because IWC watches are known to help tell the time with precision, staying accurate over time. With self-winding features and 42 hours of reserve power on models like the IWC Portofino Automatic, you don’t have to be concerned about your watch coming to a stop when you need it most. Wide Range This brings us to the wide range of IWC Portofino watches you can pick from. The range started back in 1984 with a Portofino Hand Wound Moonphase model. Over the years additional models were added to this range and today you can pick your favorite whether you want an automatic Portofino watch or prefer a chronograph design. You can also decide whether you want self-winding or a hand wound type, such as the impressive IWC Portofino Hand-wound Eight Days that runs for exactly 192 hours. With this one you only have to wind your watch once a week. Most models are available in various designs. Whether you prefer a suave metal look or something more natural with a leather strap, there’s something for you. Milanese mesh straps are also available so the brand covers all preferences. Impressive Features There’s no lack of features in the IWC Portofino range. You can look for these functions in specification lists and pick the one with the most practical mix of features for your unique application: Water resistance: You can expect water resistant ratings of 3 bar, which means you don’t have to fear wearing your IWC Portofino watch on a rainy day. Sapphire glass: The sapphire glass is strong enough to resists general bumping into objects. Thanks to anti-reflective coatings you’ll easily view the dials even in direct sunlight. Date: Some models offer you the date feature, a handy extra without compromising the watch design. Chronograph: For many a chronograph is a must and IWC incorporated it into various Portofino models. Power reserve: Whether you pick a manual winding watch or an automatic model, you’ll be impressed with the power reserve. 192 hours for manual winding and 42 hours on automatic watches offer you better than industry standards. Informative displays: IWC includes handy extras such as a meter to show how much power is left on your hand-wound watch. Conclusion Named after an Italian village, the IWC Portofino watch range could be exactly what your watch collection needs next. A minimalistic design with just enough details to capture attention and impress. Isn’t that exactly what you want from your next watch?

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