Francesca Testa

Francesca Testa

First Published: September 15, 2020
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  2. 14 Best Wedding Watches for the Bride and Groom

    14 Best Wedding Watches for the Bride and Groom

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

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  3. 15 Best Surf Watches for Riding Mighty Waves

    15 Best Surf Watches for Riding Mighty Waves

    Every surfer needs a reliable set of tools that he or she can ride with through the strongest tides. And we’re not only talking about surfboards here. A lot of people would think that it’s the only vital tool a surfer needs. It is, of course, the most vital but there’s one item that always gets pushed off the list: surf watches. Surfers, especially professional ones, need a watch that can help them navigate and even predict the tides. The ocean, after all, can be very treacherous. Good thing there are surf watches that can withstand and even predict the greatest of tides. But by surf watches, we don’t only mean Casio or Rip Curl. In fact, if you’re a luxury watch lover, you can always showcase your Rolex or IWC while riding mighty waves. Surfing as a Sport There’s no place to work out than the outdoors. If you’re looking for a place to work out that’s free, nature has all the answers for you. There are a bunch of outdoor activities you can try like mountain climbing or simply running. But if you’re looking for more thrill or if you’re a fan of the waters, then surfing just might be the right sport for you. Like any outdoor sport, surfing pulls you closer to nature than any other workout. The surfing subculture doesn’t only focus mainly on the laidback lifestyle of surfers but also the conservation of the ocean. This motive helps protect not only the oceans but the entire 70% of the Earth’s surface. That’s why it’s not hard to admire the sport and its subculture in the first place. Not to mention, surfing allows for a whole body workout. It helps the mind and the body work together to help you be quick on your feet, literally. This sport will also make you want to travel around the world and surf just about any tide that can come your way. So, if you do get into surfing, expect a lot of out-of-town weekends and even out-of-the-country adventures every once in a while. The Importance of Surf Watches While it takes quite a while to master the sport, there are still a lot of lessons you can take away from every fall, like patience and perseverance. With all these considered, it’s evident that surfing is a serious sport. It’s not something you decide to get on with and walk away from so easily. Once you get on it, though, it’s almost impossible to turn your back and walk away. The more you fall, the more you’ll want to stand up. And every challenge as such requires the right tools and equipment to help you learn along the way. From learning how to ride the tides to predicting when the tides come, it’s almost impossible for a surfer not to have a timekeeping and tide tracking device with them at all times. Surf watches play a bigger role in surfing than most people would expect. Like any other sport, surfing requires performance tracking, and a reliable surf watch can change the game with just this feature. Surf watches also help a surfer track tides on certain surf spots, check weather conditions, and even monitor water temperatures. These timepieces aren’t only used to flaunt. They are actual devices that can help a surfer master the sport as well as stay safe in the most treacherous places on earth. How to Pick the Right Surf Watch Any speciality watch comes with its perks and features that can be used by professionals on certain careers. This time, we focus on surfing and the important factors we’re looking for in a surf watch. Keep in mind that not all surf watches are created equal and it’s not a one size fits all situation. What works for one doesn’t mean it would work for everybody. In fact, different surfers have different preferences when it comes to their own timepiece. So we’re breaking down everything you should consider before letting you make that purchase. Water Resistance The first thing any surfer looks for in a watch is its depth rating. With the sport happening in the middle of the vast ocean, it’s only rightful to have a watch with decent water resistance. Surf watches should be water resistance to at least 50 metres. If possible and if you’re willing to splurge a little in exchange for a better depth rating then you might as well go for watches with a water resistance of 300 metres or more. Dive watches that can double as surf watches, such as a Tudor Pelagos or Omega Seamaster, have water resistance between 500m and 1200m. Durability We can’t stress enough how durability is one of the most important factors you should be looking for in a watch. Waves can take a toll on both the surfer and his equipment. Not to mention, there are other factors you should consider like the probability of encountering rocks, sand, and salt in water while surfing. If you’re looking for a surf watch, look for the one with the best durability and invest in it. Durable sports watches that come to mind include Casio G-Shock and Seiko Prospex. Hard-wearing materials, shatterproof crystal, and shockproofing all play huge parts in making your surf watch a reliable one. But it’s not only the watch head you should be considering. Take a close look at the strap or bracelet material as well. Most surfers prefer rubber straps while others take great caution while wearing fabric straps. Surfing Data Some surfers prefer watches that can provide certain data relative to the sport. These data include real-time and pre-programmed tide graphs, moon phases, as well as wind speeds. This information, while not as useful to everyone else, can be of great help to surfers in order to be safer before and during a surf. Other data like top speeds, wave counts, and distance travelled also help to improve a surfer’s performance. If you’re looking for performance improvement, it’s best to opt for a timepiece that can help you track these data real-time and over time. Performance Trackers Aside from surf data, just like any other sport, surfing requires certain performance trackers. Stopwatches, countdown timers, and alarms can be of great help when tracking surf times and more. GPS Functions As we’ve mentioned beforehand, the ocean can be a treacherous place. While surfing is as thrilling as it looks, it can also be pretty dangerous especially when you’re not properly equipped for it. To make sure you know where you are or to keep you on the map while surfing, look for a timepiece with a GPS function, such as the Suunto 7. This can help you navigate from vast nothingness back to civilisation as easily as possible. Dual or Multiple Timezones Surfers can be quite the jet-setter at times. A lot of surfers look forward to riding the tides of just about any sea possible not only for the clout but also for experience. Others do it with the motivation to promote ocean conservation or tourism. If you’re the type to do this, watches with dual or multiple timezones can definitely keep you grounded with information. Track times from two or more places simultaneously with ease through these special timepieces. Smart Capabilities Not all but certain smartwatches, including Suunto and TAG Heuer Connected Modular watches, have capabilities that can be of great help on certain aspects. For one, if they have wi-fi or Bluetooth connectivity options, then it probably also has app integration. Most apps allow data cloud to help you store previous records or track tides better. Smartwatch functions also include having your smartphone right at your wrist. Since we can’t bring our phones with us while in water, a smartwatch is the closest you can get to have it with you at all times. Display Options A lot of people take this into great consideration especially since, at the end of the day, the display options allow you to keep time efficiently. There’s no right or wrong answer if you’re stuck between an analogue or a digital watch. It all boils down to what you’re most comfortable using and what’s more efficient for you. While most digital watches also include a wide variety of helpful functions, some analogue watches provide more accurate time reading. But don’t fret because there are watches that include both analogue and digital functions for those who want to get the best of both worlds. Battery Life Every watch comes with certain battery lives that are limited to its functions. The most functions it has, the shorter its battery life probably is. But don’t fret. Most watches with numerous functions are equipped with the battery life that can last if used right. If you don’t need certain functions, there should be options to turn them off to keep the battery from draining quickly. Personal Preferences At the end of the day, the type of surf watch you choose to rely on your personal preference. From its style, functions, down to its comfort level and even size — the right surf watch shouldn’t be something you’d want to wear and use. Price All things considered, the surf watches come at different price ranges. The greater the depth rating, the more expensive it is. The more features it has, the more expensive it can get. Consider the budget you have and see the best options for that price range. We assure you, there are great watches out there no matter the budget you decide to settle on. Timing is Everything in Surfing Anyone can argue that timing is something that can’t be taught in any sport. Every sport has certain things to consider to be able to time actions right. When it comes to surfing, there can be a lot of missed opportunities if you don’t time your actions right. But with the right use of technology, time can be harnessed in a way that’s advantageous to any surfer. Forecasts like tide graphs as well as wave periods can help improve your timing. With some surf watches equipped with this technology, it surely is easier to get updated and have vital information at the tip of your fingers. With the help of your equipment, you might be able to time a satisfying and even a winning ride. 15 Best Surf Watches to Check Out To help you navigate the tides, we’ve listed all the best surf watches today. Their functions range from simple timekeeping to more advanced functions. Nevertheless, these watches all have charms of their own. From stunning depth ratings to reliable functionality, here are the best surf watches to track and catch tides with in no particular order. Photo from Suunto1. Suunto Watches The greatest thing about Suunto relies on the fact that they produce visually appealing watches that provide just about any information anyone needs. Made for the outdoor, Suunto watches represent the best of sports smartwatches. The brand’s line of watches, from their most affordable to their high-end models, come with great features. A lot of outdoor enthusiasts looking to Suunto for reliable watches. Their timepieces, like the Suunto 7, are perfect for the beginner surfer given the GPS and timing functions as well as a depth rating of 5 ATM, or 50m. This means that the watch safely functions with short water submersion as in a pool. Most Suunto watches have smartwatch capabilities that let you let go of your phone while you learn how to surf. The Suunto 9 has a barometer feature to help provide storm alerts. When it comes to the watches’ design, they’re mostly sleek and modern. They are perfect not only for the streets but also for the outdoors. They can be rugged with the right strap choice and are perfect for the active lifestyle as seen in the design of Suunto 3. They also have a decent battery life that could last up to two days without charging. Photo from TAG Heuer2. TAG Heuer Connected Modular The TAG Heuer Connected Modular collection comes with the best of Swiss watchmaking and modern-day functionalities. The watches from the collection, just like Suunto, is powered by Wear OS. The user interface design is a fruit of a collaboration with Intel. If this alone doesn’t sell the watch to you, then we should take a quick look at its functions. The collection features timepieces with water-resistance of 50 metres, fine-brushed titanium case, fixed titanium bezel, and grade 2 titanium caseback. It’s the true example of lightweight durability that comes with its material. It has a very customisable face with sports and fitness tracking as well as smartwatch functions. Anyone with a heart for design will love this collection from TAG Heuer. The modular comes in various designs and strap variations such as ceramic, rubber, calfskin, or titanium strap. Photo from Casio3. Casio G-Shock It’s undeniable that Casio G-Shock has some of the world’s toughest — if not the toughest — watches in the world. The ruggedness of each timepiece is loved by many sports and outdoor enthusiast everywhere. No matter your profession, there’s a G-Shock for you. Surfers can rejoice as much with G-Shock watches made for the ocean. For one, the Casio G-Shock Gulf Master (GWN-1000) comes with Triple Sensor that allows for accurate altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer functions. It also has a tide graph and moon age data. The GWN-Q1000 features the same functions plus a sunrise and sunset data. Casio also made a line of G-Shock watches specifically designed for surfers called the G-LIDE with all the functions you’re looking for in a surf watch. It boasts a depth rating of 200 metres as well as high and low tide times. Photo from Rolex4. Rolex Submariner The Rolex Submariner is popular not only to watch enthusiasts but also to professionals. Professional divers love the Submariner for its incredible depth rating. Thanks to Rolex and its unrelenting research and development, a modern-day Submariner now has a depth rating of 300 metres. This also makes it a popular choice among surfers. When you’re always riding the tides, you tend to lean toward the better water resistance. Despite this watch providing only the basics of timekeeping such as hours, minutes, seconds, and date, it remains a popular choice for such great quality. The watch’s 904L stainless steel material is easily one of the most durable out there. Not to mention, it comes with a sapphire crystal for optimum scratch resistance. The Submariner comes in various colourways such as with the classic black dial and bezel (Ref 116610 LN), gold case (Ref 116618LN), green dial (Ref 116610 LV) and many more. Photo from Tudor5. Tudor Pelagos Tudor, a subsidiary of Rolex, comes with a Submariner-inspired timepiece with a water resistance that exceeds its inspiration. The Tudor Pelagos is a favourite among dive and surf enthusiast for its whopping 500m water resistance. It’s hard not to fall for this timepiece with its simplicity and quality. This titanium dive watch comes with a straightforward design that provides the most basic information. But its accuracy exceeds any other watch as it is an officially certified chronometer by COSC. The power reserve lasts up to 70 hours through a movement that functions at 28,800 beats per hour. Photo from Omega6. Omega Seamaster The Omega Seamaster follows a military standard when it comes to waterproofing. It boasts up to 1200 metres of water resistance and chronometer certification. The collection itself has various subfamilies for different styles and functions that range from three-hand timepieces to chronograph functions. This collection from Omega is popular among those who live for the sea such as divers and surfers for its depth rating as well as durability. The Seamaster timepieces come in various designs that fit the lifestyle of just about anyone and features durability that no other brand can replicate. Photo from Seiko7. Seiko Prospex Since launching its first dive watch in 1965, Seiko has been unrelentingly providing us with high-quality dive watches at a relatively reasonable price. The range consists of timepieces perfect for any adventure on and underwater. They not only provide a wondrous depth rating but also great accuracy that helps in keeping recreational divers and even surfers safe. The Seiko Prospex Sea collection comes with various functions such as chronograph and dual time features. With depth ratings of up to 200 metres, not only do these timepieces perfectly work underwater but can also endure the stress of being worn while riding big waves. Photo from Breitling8. Breitling Superocean The Breitling Superocean not only comes in a durable stainless steel case and a water resistance of up to 2000 metres but also with a multitude of hues and colours that make it appealing to anyone. The fresh design on the timepieces take inspiration from the colours of the ocean and makes it a perfect companion for any activity relating to it. These certified chronometers from Breitling come in either three-hand dial design or chronograph. They also come in various strap designs that make them comfortable to wear especially on tedious activities such as surfing. Photo from IWC Schaffhausen9. IWC Aquatimer IWC surely knows how to design a classy watch with great functions. The elegant flair on the IWC Aquatimer undeniably speaks for the brand’s design ideals. They come in either black or silver with a unique double bezel. This complex timepiece comes with ease of use and is one of the most celebrated dive watches in the market today. These timepieces come with 300 metres of water resistance as well as Sapphire crystal for optimum scratch resistance. They also come in various colours such as with a black dial, a blue dial, and a clean white dial. It also features different case colours such as gold and grey. Photo from Citizen10. Citizen Eco-Drive Bluetooth Sustainability meets elegance and functionality with the Citizen Eco-Drive Bluetooth. This light-powered timepiece heads straight to the future where cable-charging and battery replacement doesn’t exist. It has the elegance of an analogue watch with smartphone connectivity. It can also easily be done just installing the Eco-Drive Bluetooth app on your phone and connecting it to your timepiece. This timepiece from Citizen boasts typical smartwatch functions such as dual time, alarms and notification, smartphone search, and light level indicator. All these prove useful especially whether you’re trekking in forest or surfing all day. Photo from Longines11. Longines Hydroconquest As one of the early adopters of Supercompressor cases in the 1960s, Longines has a proven track record of affiliation with the great depths of the sea. The Longines Hydroconquest is no stranger to that with a water resistance of up to 300 metres and design that embraces the basics of timekeeping. There’s a certain elegance to these watches that make them quite a compelling choice for surfers. The collection includes a chronograph model as well as three-hand dial design. These timepieces boast the best of Swiss watchmaking that focuses on the future rather than the past without disrespecting its predecessors. Photo from Tissot12. Tissot T-Sport The Tissot T-Sport, as its name suggests, is one of today’s best analogue sports watches. The collections’ Seastar 1000 subfamily, in particular, makes a great case for surf watches. It boasts 300 metres of depth rating as well as a chronograph function for optimum time tracking down to the 100th of a second. Tissot also comes up with elegant designs that allow surfers to easily transition from a weekend on an island to a business meeting or a nine-to-five without compromising on style. The Tissot T-Sport boasts of the durability of a sports watch with the elegance of a dress watch, which is not usually the case in most sports watches. Photo from Garmin13. Garmin Forerunner 935 The Garmin Forerunner 935 is a triathlon watch perfect for all your sports needs. It features your basic ABC function (altimeter, barometer, compass) as well as fitness trackers to keep you on your goals. It also has a GPS function to keep you from getting lost from your trail and mobile connectivity that’s necessary for most smartwatches these days. Surfers will love this watch because it can be used to measure their best and worst times and makes a great tool for performance improvement. Photo from Nixon14. Nixon Base Tide As its name suggests, the Nixon Base Tide is a straightforward timepiece that tells tide data in the simplest, most efficient manner. The watch comes in a retro design that is having a renaissance as of late so you won’t have to worry about it being outdated. Your comfort comes first with this watch as it is equipped with a 22mm custom injection moulded ultra-soft silicone band. The custom-moulded polycarbonate is a durable choice for case material. Moreover, the simplified LCD display veers away from the unnecessary and focuses only on the most important functions, especially underwater. With a depth rating of 100 metres, it truly is one of the simplest surf watches you can ever get. Photo from City Beach15. Rip Curl Rifles Tide Watch Just like the Nixon Base Tide, the Rip Curl Rifles Tide Watch focuses only on the necessary information. The watch features 500 pre-programmed tide locations that can be seen on a graph or detailed display. It has an alarm, stopwatch, and countdown features as well as a light function for optimum reading. The watch is made of lightweight polyurethane so it’s definitely durable with a water resistance of 100 metres. The rubber strap of the watch is just an added bonus to its already appealing overall functionality.   Surfing 101 Learning how to surf is not as easy as just standing on a surfboard. It requires a great deal of effort that goes with regular practice. You would also need determination because you’re bound to fall more often than you’ll be able to get on your feet. You may also get hurt along the way, but its fruit will be so sweet once you learn how to ride the waves. Before you decide you’ll start surfing, here are a few tips to consider as a beginner. Find a good surfing coach/school Perhaps, you already know how to surf. Maybe you’ve already gone out to an adventure on your own. A good surfing coach won’t let you go through all these without having to learn the basics first. No, we’re not talking about how to stand on a board or how to balance yourself when on water. There’s more to surfing than just that and only a good coach will be able to teach you that. Not anyone can master the ocean, but there are a lot of good coaches who can teach you enough to be confident in it. Use a beginner’s surfboard Beginner surfboards are often looked down upon by newbies in the sport. But it should be understood that these surfboards are made for the exact reason they’re called such. They help beginners make learning how to surf easier and help them get ready for the more advanced waves. Whether it’s a soft-top surfboard or a pop-out surfboard, these boards help with the stability and comfort a new surfers needs. Surf a beginner’s wave We know you’ll be itching to ride the big ones once you begin surfing. But don’t be too excited as it takes a lot of practice before you get there. Take it easy by starting with a beginner’s wave first. A smooth, steady wave will help you get accustomed to the waves and in no time, with dedication, you’ll be able to surf more challenging waves. Get used to wiping out Any surfer — pro or beginner — falls. It doesn’t matter what wave you’re on or what your level of expertise is, you will fall over and over again. But that’s the thing about surfing. You have to get used to all those falls because, in those, you will learn. Enjoy In anything you do, having fun is a definite key to success. Surfing is no different. There’s no point in learning how to surf at all if you’re not having fun doing it. Timing the Tides, Catching the Waves Not all surf watches are made equal. Some are made to withstand the depths of the ocean and some are made to help improve performance. Despite all these difference, however, every watch comes with functions that help guide surfers through the tremulous tides and embrace its crashing waves. The water-resistance of these watches will assure the other functions remain reliable even on the stressful roars of tides. The tide alerts can help surfers predict the highs and lows of the tide and even the duration of how long it lasts. The GPS keeps you on the map despite being drawn to the vastness of the sea. And last but not least, smartwatch functions keep you connected no matter where you are. No matter the functions are, the choice of which surf watch to use all depends on your personal preferences and level of expertise. So, which one do you believe works best for you?  

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

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

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

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  5. 15 Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Gentlemen

    15 Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Gentlemen

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

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