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First Published: September 14, 2020
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  2. Watch Batteries and Sustainability: What You Need to Know

    Watch Batteries and Sustainability: What You Need to Know

    There are two main types of watches —  the mechanical ones like Rolex Day Date or Panerai Luminor and quartz watches such as the TAG Heuer Formula 1 or Longines Conquest. If you have a quartz watch, then you most likely replace its batteries once every few years.   If you stumbled upon this website because your battery-powered watch stopped working, then you’ve come to the right place. From the different types available, down to their various environmental effects, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about watch batteries and sustainability. Types of Watch Batteries Not all watch batteries are created equal. So to help you decide which one is right for you, here are the five types and a brief description of each of them. Photo from Batteries Plus BulbsLithium Quartz Watch Battery One of the most popular watch batteries is Lithium Quartz. These batteries have a high voltage capability which usually is 3V, a low self-discharge rate, and long storage life. This type of watch battery is perfect for models that require a lot of power, such as quartz watches that have a lot of power-hungry features and functions. Silver Oxide Quartz Watch Battery Compared to the previous type, the Silver Oxide Quartz battery has a lower voltage. In particular, it only has 1.55V. Despite that, it is still the most popular type that’s widely used for quartz watches. It has high physical density and stability. Lastly, it is the perfect choice for eco-conscious people as it has a very small carbon footprint compared to the other types. Silver Peroxide Quartz Watch Battery Like the Silver Oxide Quartz battery, Silver Peroxide has a voltage of 1.55V. However, it is not as popular as the former, due to its poor voltage stability. But to make up for it, it has a very high capacity. Solar Cell Quartz Watch Battery Among the watch batteries listed here, the Solar Cell Quartz is the most environment-friendly. This is because it gets its energy from the sun, as its name implies. This is the battery used in solar-powered watches like the Seiko Astron, Casio Edifice, and Tissot T-Touch. With that said, this type of watch battery completely eliminates the need to dispose of your watch batteries. Mercury Oxide Quartz Watch Battery One of the first watch batteries ever invented was the Mercury Oxide Quartz. Technically speaking, this type of battery only has a voltage of 1.35V, which is low compared to the other watch batteries on this list. Apart from that, eco-conscious people might want to stay away from this type as it causes too much pollution. This is one of the main reasons why this type of battery is seldom used today. How and When to Change Watch Batteries If you’re wondering when to change the batteries of your watch, the answer is simple. Change it as soon as the watch stops working. Due to environmental issues, it is not advisable to change your batteries if it still works. But before buying another battery, it is wise to double-check if the battery is the problem and not the watch itself. If you are certain that there’s a battery-related issue, here is a step-by-step guide on how to change your watch’s battery. Image by Cherie Vilneff from PixabayWhat Would Need: A new battery that’s compatible with your watch Flat screwdriver Tweezers 1. Open the caseback. Fortunately, a lot of modern watches bear snap-off back panels that have indentations. All you have to do is press down the flat screwdriver into an indentation and pry off the caseback. 2. Locate and remove the old battery. After opening the caseback, try to find the battery. As mentioned above, it should be round and has a silver colour. Once you find it, try to remember which side it’s facing upward so that you can place the new battery correctly. Then use tweezers to gently ease it out of the case. 3. Place the new battery. Using the tweezers again, place the new battery into the slot while making sure the right side is facing upward. Gently press down the battery to make sure it is secure. 4. Double check if the watch is now working. Now that you’ve placed the new battery, don’t close the caseback just yet. First, inspect if the watch is now working. If not, then it’s either you have another defective battery or the watch itself is broken. If it’s the latter, then we suggest bringing your timepiece to a trusted repair shop. 5. Return the caseback. If your watch is now working, then congratulations! You can now put the caseback in place and enjoy your watch. Effects of Watch Batteries on the Environment As mentioned above, using watch batteries has environmental consequences that happen even before you pop it into your watch. To explain, your watch batteries are made with materials like mercury and lithium. Unfortunately, these resources have to be mined, which has detrimental effects on the environment. Apart from that, a big percentage of watch batteries are not being disposed of properly and end up in landfills. These batteries may leak and pollute the soil with the toxic chemicals they contain. Recycling Watch Batteries For the eco-conscious people, you can still enjoy your quartz watch guilt-free by recycling watch batteries. Batteries can be a bit confusing to recycle compared to plastic bottles. This is due to the toxic chemicals that they contain. But as a rule of thumb, the best course of action is to take it to a recycling facility. Depending on where you live, some cities have drop-off sites where you can bring your batteries. Meanwhile, some towns have special programmes where you can just put the batteries in a special bag and place it beside your bin for pick-up. To add, there are a few companies like Watch Battery Buyers that pay you to recycle those batteries. Simply put, they buy your used silver oxide batteries so they could recycle them. That’s a pretty sweet deal as you get to save the Earth and you earn some beer money. 10 Eco-Friendly Watch Brands to Support Of course, we all have the responsibility to take care of our planet. And a good way to reduce our carbon footprint is by buying products that are made with eco-friendly materials. Apart from using eco-friendly materials like recycled PET bottles, some brands like Seiko and Citizen continue to develop efficient quartz movements that require minimal power. One good example is by using solar-powered watches which eliminates the need to replace batteries. But the above example is just the tip of the iceberg. Each company has its own ways to achieve a sustainable business model. Let’s find out below how these companies help with the fight against global warming. 1. Citizen To start this list, the Japanese brand Citizen is one of the top players when it comes to sustainability. And as proof, they created the Eco-Drive technology, which based on its name, is eco-friendly. This technology powers some of its watches, including the Citizen Attesa, Citizen Promaster, and Citizen Exceed. As mentioned above, watch batteries from quartz watches can cause environmental problems. This is exactly what the Eco-Drive aims to prevent. Simply put, the Eco-Drive technology powers the world’s first light-powered analogue quartz watch. It allows watches to use light instead of batteries as a power source. When fully charged, the Eco-Drive watch can run for months even in darkness. For their efforts to reduce carbon footprint, Citizen received an Eco Mark certification, which is a label managed by the Japan Environment Association (JEA). Apart from that, it also won a gold prize at the JEA’s Eco Mark Awards 2014, which is a first for a watch brand. While it’s been decades since the first Eco-Drive watch was introduced, Citizen continues to innovate. Staying true to their “Better Starts Now” slogan, they carry on with improving their technology to better serve the planet and their customers. 2. Chopard Chopard has made sustainable luxury its top priority. If truth be told, the brand is even considered the first ethical luxury jewellery brand. They even made a pledge in public to use only sustainably-sourced precious metals like gold. To start, they have a centralized raw material procurement team in their Geneva headquarters. This team works closely with a dedicated sustainability manager. Furthermore, they make sure that their gold is from small-scale mines that are part of the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA). Besides the SBGA, they also get their gold from Responsible Jewellery Council-certified refineries. The same process is done with their gemstones. For example, the diamonds set on their watches are verified by the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme. This guarantees that the stones used are conflict-free. There are a lot of challenges that face the jewellery industry when it comes to social and environmental issues. However, Chopard has proven that a luxury brand can make products that are ethically-sourced and environmentally-friendly. Hats off to Chopard for having this kind of initiative! And if you are interested in supporting them, you can check out their collections like the Chopard L.U.C., Chopard Happy Sport, and Chopard Happy Diamonds. 3. Blancpain Luxury brand Blancpain is known for creating the world’s first modern dive watch — the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. And as a watchmaking giant that excels in making dive watches, it’s no surprise that they are also committed to preserving the world’s oceans. In fact, they even have a name for it: the  Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) program.   With that being said, Blancpain has been working closely with divers, scientists, and environmentalists to entice more people to join their cause. And apart from getting more people to care for the oceans, they have also spent a lot of resources to help keep the oceans safer. One of their most recent efforts was the launch of the Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition, which was released in July 2020. This special watch model is dedicated to protecting the great hammerhead shark. The project not only studies the marine animal in French Polynesia, but it also supports the Mokarran Protection Society. For every purchase of the special-edition watch, $1,000 goes to the project’s funds. Moreover, Blancpain, along with other organizations, helped establish a coral reef biodiversity baseline. This project is a long-term monitoring program that helps study the structure of the reef fish and coral communities. 4. Oris Another brand that is active in protecting our oceans is Oris. Like Blancpain and IWC, Oris is dedicated to partnering with organizations that prioritize sustainability. A few of those are the Pacific Garbage Screening and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDSC). Apart from collaborating with eco-conscious groups, they also hold events like the World Clean-Up Day. Their sustainability is also obvious when it comes to their products. Back in 2018, they introduced a game-changing strap that’s made with recycled plastic. This move helps clean up the planet as plastic pollution is prevalent. To boot, some of their watches even have casebacks made with recycled PET plastic. Furthermore, a lot of their Oris Aquis models were made in partnership with certain eco-conscious organizations and causes like the Point No. 1 Lake Baikal Conservation Project. Of course, a percentage of their profit goes to the said cause. And apart from the monetary assistance, they also help spread awareness about marine conservation and the importance of recycling. Based on their history, the Swiss brand has been doing this for years. Indeed, Oris is an ethical luxury watch brand that deserves your support. Besides doing their part in making the Earth a better place to live, they also make great watches. What more can you ask for? 5. IWC When it comes to sustainability, IWC is definitely ahead of the game. In fact, they have plans to become the most sustainable and ethical luxury watchmakers on the planet. To boot, the Schaffhausen-based manufacture was the first-ever watch brand to use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as a benchmark for their first sustainability report. Based on their sustainability report, a few of their 2020 objectives include reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 10% and attaining the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Code of Practices recertification. Of course, these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their journey to sustainability. To explain how they reduce their carbon footprint, IWC uses 100% renewable energy. Yes, they not only try to be eco-friendly when it comes to the production of their watches, but they also use renewable sources for their headquarters’ electricity needs. Furthermore, their boutiques use energy-saving lightings too. Considering that IWC has a lot of boutiques worldwide, imagine the amount of energy that’s being saved. All things considered, the brand truly deserves the title of being the “Luxury Brand to Trust” since 2014. So if you want to support IWC or simply sport an eco-friendly wristwatch, a few collections you should consider are the IWC Aquatimer, IWC Big Pilot, and IWC Portugieser. 6. Rolex Rolex is good at a lot of things and that includes staying eco-friendly. In 2019, the watchmaking giant launched an environmental campaign called the ‘Perpetual Planet’. This initiative consists of supporting research on environmental issues like climate change. Apart from that, it also includes collaboration with the National Geographic Society. To expound on how the program works, they organize the Perpetual Planet Extreme Expeditions. The goal here is to observe and document the changes that take place in Earth’s most remote and vital environments. Data gathered from the trek can help track the health of the Himalayan water systems. Moreover, Rolex also gives support to biologists like Sylvia Earle. Her project, which is called the ‘Mission Blue initiative’, aims to protect the oceans through marine-protected ‘hope spots’. Due to this, a lot of marine species and endangered animals are being saved. Rolex has been supporting this project since 2014. There is no doubt that aside from creating high-quality timepieces, Rolex is also dedicated to saving the environment. If this made you admire Rolex even more, check out their popular models like the Rolex Datejust, Rolex Explorer, or Rolex Submariner. 7. Seiko Seiko is known for making both quartz and mechanical watches. And if you’re more a fan of the former, it’s nice to know that the Japanese watchmaker also offers more eco-friendly models. To be more specific, the Seiko Prospex and Seiko Astron collections both have solar-powered watches. This completely eliminates the need to replace and use watch batteries. However, if the model you want is not solar-powered, you don’t have to feel guilty. Even their battery-powered ones are more eco-friendly than the average quartz watch. In 2011, they launched a program called ‘Clean Energy’, which makes the watch energy-efficient, thus minimizing the need to replace the batteries often. To make this possible, they use a hibernation technology which stops the watch from moving when not worn. When you put it back on your wrist, it remembers the time it stopped and automatically corrects the time and date. This technology uses less than 3% of the energy that a normal quartz watch uses. Imagine the number of watch batteries you will save if you plan to keep the watch for years. Of course, the watches are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Seiko’s commitment to sustainability. Even in their offices, Seiko is taking measures to minimize energy consumption. These steps include using LED lighting, using a more efficient temperature setting for the air conditioning systems and using printers that are environmentally efficient. 8. Breguet Breguet is known for its maritime timekeeping ever since its founder was appointed as a horologer to the French Royal Navy in 1815. With that said, the brand’s affinity to the oceans was expected, which is why their chosen environmental cause is saving marine life. In 2018, the brand announced a five-year partnership with Race for Water. It is a foundation that creates solutions to minimize plastic waste in the ocean. Furthermore, they have a programme called the ‘Odyssey’, where a vessel sails around the world to raise awareness and educate people about preserving the Earth’s water. The vessel itself is also eco-conscious. To illustrate, it gets its energy from hydrogen, the wind (through a kite), and the sun. It not only reduces its carbon footprint but also proves that getting clean energy is possible. Apart from that, Breguet also held an event where volunteers collected garbage at the beaches of Hong Kong. From this event, they were able to collect about 10,000 pieces of rubbish like plastic bottles. To celebrate their partnership with Race for Water, Breguet even released a limited-edition watch. Although this may be hard to find nowadays, you can also check out their other Breguet Marine watches which are just as nice. 9. Ulysse Nardin Another eco-conscious watchmaker that we should talk about is Ulysse Nardin. To reduce their carbon footprint, they are building a sustainable innovation lab where they aim to root out materials that have a lower environmental impact. That being said, one of the materials they are using is called ‘Carbonium Gold’. Producing carbonium creates a 40% less environmental impact than other carbon composites. Apart from being friendly to the environment, it also has a stunning marbling effect caused by the fusion of Carbon and Gold. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone! This material can be seen in the Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton X watches. Moreover, Ulysse Nardin has been a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) since July 2019. Its membership ensures that the materials used in the watches were sourced ethically. Apart from that, Ulysse Nardin supports the ethical gold industry. Since 2017, they have been procuring their gold through the Kering Responsible Gold Framework (KRGF). Before the year ends, the brand is also hoping to release a new model that emphasizes recycling. For now, we don’t have any more information about the watch, but it should be on every eco-conscious watch lover’s radar. 10. Panerai Last but not least, we have Panerai. Back in 2019, the brand started using EcoTitanium construction for their watches. Simply put, the timepieces are made with recycled aircraft materials, which they got from scrap yards. In addition to that, they made a Mike Horn Edition, which has a recycled watch strap. To be specific, these straps are made from PET plastic bottles. And if that’s not enough, the boxes that come with the watch are also made of recycled ABS plastic. Most importantly, the brand also tries to cut its carbon footprint by making its boutiques and offices environment-friendly. For instance, they use LED lighting. Furthermore, they encourage their employees to share documents via email instead of printing them to reduce the use of paper. If the brand has gained your admiration when it comes to sustainability, their Panerai Luminor and Panerai Radiomir collections are all worth a look. Final Notes Like most things we own, our watches may have harmful effects when it comes to the environment. But that doesn’t mean we should give up our hobby entirely. Thanks to technology, a lot of watchmakers have found solutions to reduce the environmental effects that these watches make. From using efficient watch batteries to making watches with recycled materials, each company has its own way of defining ethical luxury and sustainability. All things considered, supporting a sustainable brand is a win-win situation since you get to enjoy a high-quality watch and you help save the Earth at the same time.

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  3. 10 Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts

    10 Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts

    It’s just a few months before winter (at least for those residing in the northern hemisphere), and that means it won’t be long until we see snow again. If you’re worried about not being able to jog and enjoy your favorite outdoor exercises because of the weather, why not make the most of what you’ve got? Snowboarding, skiing, and ski flying for instance are just a few activities you can enjoy in the snow. And apart from staying fit, you also get to have fun! But before going to the nearest ski resort, it is important to have the right gear. Accordingly, some of the most overlooked tools are ski watches. Yes, just like how TAG Heuer excels in motorsports and Seiko in diving, brands like Suunto and Garmin shine when it comes to skiing. Can I wear basic waterproof watches instead? The answer is yes — you can. However, there certainly are a lot of features that you will miss out on. Depending on the model, some reliable ski watches can even show you maps of ski resorts from all around the globe!  No doubt, a ski watch is not just another accessory but also a tool that you can maximize to help improve your skills faster. Photo from DC RainmakerHow to Choose the Right Ski Watch? 1. Know what you need. Depending on your experience level, you’ll need different sets of features for your ski watch. So for an easier time finding the right model, ask yourself what you want from the timepiece. Make a list of features that are must-haves and what you can do without. This will make it easier for people to recommend what kind of watch you need. 2. Try it on for fit and comfort. Ski watches come in different shapes and sizes. Some are heavy, some are light, while some are too big. Not to mention, each watch is also made with different materials that have different levels of comfort. So with that said, it is important to test it first on your wrist to know if it is comfortable on you. Get a feel if it’s light enough for you to not feel tired after wearing it for hours. 3. Set a budget. Ski watches come in a large range of price tags so before going to the store, it is important to set a budget that works for you. Knowing and staying in your price range can narrow down your choices, thus making it easier for you to find the perfect model. What to Look for in Ski Watches? Image by Simon Steinberger from Pixabay1. GPS Just like in any other sport, GPS is one of the most important things you should look for in a ski watch. Knowing your location and finding your coordinates on a map is extremely useful when climbing mountains for a quick ski. With GPS on your ski watch, such as the Suunto 9 or Seiko Astron, you can have peace of mind that you won’t get lost when trying to reach the bottom of the slopes. 2. ABC If your budget won’t permit you to get a GPS, the next thing you should look for is the ABC — altimeter, barometer, and compass. To expound, an altimeter measures how high you are on a mountain, giving you an idea of your skiing location. Meanwhile, a barometer can detect atmospheric pressure readings and changes. And lastly, the compass can help you get in the right direction.  3. Durability When skiing, it is inevitable that your watch will be exposed to snow and other harsh elements. With that in mind, it is important to look for ski watches that are durable enough to survive such conditions. A few things you should look out for in the specs sheet are shock-resistance, resistance to cold temperature, and the material of the case itself. 4. Water resistance When learning how to ski, it is expected of you to fall down a lot in the snow (and there’s no shame in that!) That being said, water-resistance in a watch is a must-have as melted snow can leak inside some watches’ cases. To be sure, choose watches that are at least resistant to 50m of water, such as the Tissot T-Touch. This level allows you to dip waterproof watches in shallow depths with no problem. Image by Apichit Yutithammanurak from Pixabay5. Heart rate monitor For people who want to track their fitness status, a heart rate monitor is a must. This feature will allow you to see how hard you’ve been exercising and if you’re in the fat-burning zone. With that said, this is a handy feature for people who are skiing not just for fun but also to lose weight. Recommended Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts 1. Casio Pro Trek Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF The Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF watch from the Casio Pro Trek collection is a robust choice for ski enthusiasts. For one, it is geared towards outdoor activities, and that includes skiing. With that said, it features the basic functions that every skier will need, whether a beginner or an expert. Among those features is an altimeter that can take measurements every second. Apart from that, the watch also has a barometer or thermometer with a built-in alarm for sudden changes in atmospheric pressure. Lastly, this robust watch from Casio has a digital compass that can show 16 directions (e.g. NW, N, SW) and the direction angles for a more accurate reading. All of these functions are all determined by a Triple Sensor for accurate readings. In addition to being accurate, it also detects changes in natural phenomena instantly, thus allowing the wearer to make the appropriate responses in time. This is why you can feel safer when skiing in the mountains with the Casio Pro Trek Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF. 2. Suunto 9 Baro Let’s get one thing straight — the Suunto 9 watches are made to last long, and the Suunto 9 Baro is one of the most durable ski watches you can get in the market. Apart from its solidly-built body, its battery is optimized so that it can survive even during your longest training session. Thankfully, its durability is paired with a good set of features. It has a fitness tracker that you will find useful even after your ski training sessions. When you’re done skiing, it can show you your recommended recovery time. Apart from that, it also has an extensive weather tracking list, which you can consult before scheduling a ski. Most importantly, Suunto boasts this timepiece’s GPS accuracy. It uses the U.S.’s GPS, the Russian’s GLONASS, and Japan’s QZSS satellites. This means its accuracy is far superior to other ski watches. It also uses the Fusedtrack technology which retains the GPS’ accuracy in locations where satellite signals are hard to find. That being said, you don’t have to worry about losing the GPS function in case your ski location is full of trees. Lastly, the Suunto 9 Baro is easy to use. Its screen is large and the touch screen is guaranteed to be flawless even when it’s wet with snow. 3. TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 The TAG Heuer Connected Modular is a premium collection for people who love brands with a good pedigree. While TAG Heuer is mainly known for motorsports, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, in particular, is also a good ski or snowboarding watch. One of the most obvious things that you’ll notice about this watch is that it feels premium. Indeed, it uses a premium metal body and metal backplate. Apart from that, it mimics the look of the famous TAG Heuer Carrera. Inside, the watch features a lot of functions that you will need for your sport. It comes pre-installed with a Google Fit Workout app that includes a variety of challenges and sports modes. Apart from that, you can install other fitness apps that complement your routine. It also has a GPS tracker to help you monitor where you’re going. Overall, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a great timepiece for hardcore watch enthusiasts who love skiing as well. Its features and brand history are sure to be a conversation starter. 4. Tissot T-Touch If there’s one thing the Tissot T-Touch line is good at, it is sports. Whether it’s ski flying, weight lifting, or cycling, this watch can meet your demands, thanks to the Tissot Touch Technology and professional sports instruments. When it comes to an athlete’s timing needs, this watch nails it. In particular, it has six functional areas on the dial — The meteo (Barometer and weather forecaster), altimeter, thermo (ambient temperature), chrono (stopwatch and countdown timer), compass, and alarm. These features are a must-have when looking for the best ski watches. Furthermore, the Tissot T-Touch has a water resistance rating of 100m. This will give you confidence that it can survive even after you’ve fallen a lot of times in the snow. If functionality is your top priority, look no further than this watch. 5. Tudor Heritage Chrono  As a brand, Tudor needs no introduction. This particular collection, however, is not as popular as the other collections. With that said, the Tudor Heritage Chrono is the brand’s iconic chronograph watch that is suitable for sports. While it is a traditional mechanical watch, it packs a few functions that can help you during a ski session. For the features, the Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330B-Steel model sports a chronograph and a date indication. To expound, its elapsed time is shown on the 45-minute counter instead of the typical 30-minute counter. In addition, its pushers are also screw-down, meaning you have to unlock it before you can use it. This means you can avoid accidentally resetting the timer in case you bump the watch while skiing. If you’re an enthusiast, you’d be delighted to hear that this watch uses a reliable workhorse movement. To be specific, it runs on the ETA 2892. This movement runs at a frequency of 28,800 vph and has 55 jewels to ensure that pivots rotate without friction. Additionally, it has a power reserve of up to 42 hours. All things considered, you can never go wrong with the Tudor Heritage Chrono. Being part of the Rolex group, Tudor is sure to deliver the right specs and features for your skiing essentials. 6. Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon While the Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon was originally made for motorsports, you cannot deny its usefulness in skiing too. To add, its carbon fibre-themed design is also a nice addition that will appeal to many people. Moving on to the dial, this Oris Williams watch features a chronograph that has three sub-dials. It has an hour counter, a running seconds tracker, and a minute counter. Furthermore, it has a tachymeter bezel for measuring distance based on speed. To add, its chronograph function runs on the Valjoux 7750, which is dubbed as the “world’s most iconic chronograph movement”. That being said, this watch from Oris is in great hands as it bears a reliable calibre that can perform its job really well. Lastly, people overlook comfort when looking for ski watches. Fortunately, the Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon features a rubber bracelet that fits nicely on different wrists. Apart from that, it has a deployant clasp that makes the watch more premium. It’s a guarantee that you’ll be able to ski for hours without feeling uncomfortable. 7. Citizen Bluetooth Citizen Bluetooth is an analogue watch that you can connect to your phone. It combines the smart functionality of technology and the charm of an analogue timepiece. This is why it’s the perfect ski watch for people who love novel features but can’t go fully digital. As for the features, the Citizen Bluetooth BZ1045-05E model has a chronograph that can measure up to 60 minutes. Apart from that, you can also set-up an alarm. This can be useful when you want to remind yourself that it’s time for skiing practice. Another useful feature that you will appreciate from this watch is its Smartphone Search. In case you drop your phone in the snow while skiing, the watch will warn you by vibrating.  In terms of performance, its Calibre W770 (Eco-Drive) movement can run up to 4 years when fully charged and especially when you maximize its power save function. It is also light-powered so you don’t have to change its battery every now and then. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about recharging this Citizen watch as it charges from any kind of light, from sunlight to dim light. 8. Seiko Astron 5X Series The Seiko Astron 5X Series is perfect for every type of lifestyle and situation. That includes demanding sports like skiing, snowboarding, and the like. Apart from being durable, this watch delivers enhanced comfort on the wrist. In terms of accuracy, the Seiko Astron line is one of the best, if not the best. It connects to one or more GPS satellites and automatically adjusts to the exact time, up to the second. When it comes to comfort, this iconic timepiece from Seiko can also deliver. In particular, it is one of the world’s slimmest GPS watch with a depth of only 12.2mm. You don’t have to worry about fitting it under your skiing jacket. In addition, it has a new buckle adjustment system to let you do minor adjustments at the touch of a button. This is extremely important when you’re out in the snow as a change in temperature can make the wrist expand or contract. 9. Garmin Fenix 6 Garmin is one of the most famous names when it comes to sports watches. They are known for producing durable and feature-rich timepieces that can survive the outdoors. With that said, their models are also fit for skiing as they boast features needed by most skiers, novice or pro. Photo from Ski MagazineOne particular model you should check out is the Garmin Fenix. It has preloaded TOPO and ski maps that feature over 2,000 ski resorts globally. To add, it also indicates the difficulty so you can choose the right venue appropriate for your skill level. Meanwhile, if you’re planning to go on a long backcountry skiing sesh, the Expedition Mode can give you up to 56 days of GPS track points. It also has a Pulse Ox Acclimation feature which keeps track of your oxygen saturation levels. This is an important feature if you’re often skiing at a high altitude. The bottom line is that the Garmin Fenix 6 has everything you will need for your skiing sessions. In fact, it was made with skiers in mind, that’s why you can never go wrong with this model if you want to be serious in the sport. 10. Apple Watch Series 3 If you’re already a proud owner of an iPhone, you should consider getting the Apple Watch Series 3. After all, using Apple devices together works really well due to the efficiency of the Apple Ecosystem. It will also let you track your data easier as it syncs perfectly with your phone. The smartwatch is available in two versions — one with GPS only and one with both GPS and cellular connectivity. Both versions have a water-resistant casing and a heart rate monitor, which Apple improved on. In fact, it doesn’t only count your heartbeats per minute, but it also records your resting heart rate and workout ranges. Additionally, it has a dedicated workout mode where you can track the calories you’ve burned while skiing. And with 50m water resistance, your watch is safe in case you fall into melted snow while practising your skills. To conclude, the Apple Watch Series 3 is one of the best you can get for your money if you’re an Apple user. No matter what sport, whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, or swimming, you will find its features extremely helpful in achieving your goals. Tips for Ski Beginners Starting a new sport like skiing might be scary at first. But don’t worry, here are a few tips that will get you on the right track! 1. Find a good ski teacher. One of the fastest ways to progress is to find a good ski teacher. Finding someone who knows what they’re doing can make a lot of difference than trying to figure things out on your own. For one, they can watch every bit of your form and tell you which parts you should improve on. Apart from that, they can also help you avoid bad habits that you are likely prone to do. Moreover, a good ski teacher can help you discover and guide you to other terrains that you wouldn’t be able to see on your own. Image by tookapic from Pixabay2. Wear the right clothes and equipment. Unlike other sports, skiing requires you to face harsh environments. With that said, it is crucial for you to wear waterproof clothing as you are expected to fall a lot in the snow. You should consider getting snow pants to help keep you dry and warm. Apart from that, you should also wear a helmet and a pair of goggles. The former to keep your head safe and the latter to keep things from hitting your eyes. Wearing a ski watch like a TAG Heuer Connected Modular or a Suunto can also do wonders for your progress as some of those have ski maps preloaded in them. Remember that the more comfortable you are, the longer you’ll be able to stand practice sessions. If you’re hesitant to shell out money for gear as a beginner, you can always rent. Believe me when I say that wearing proper-fitting clothes can make learning a lot easier and fun. And not to mention, a whole lot safer. 3. Don’t skip leg day. Skiing is a sport where you’ll be thankful you didn’t skip leg days during gym sessions. In case you didn’t know, this activity requires a lot of leg power. To be specific, your quads and calves will do a lot of work while skiing. That being said, having stronger legs will give you the endurance to make more runs in the mountain. And being able to practice more means the faster you improve your skills. Image by Oleksandr Pyrohov from Pixabay4. Bend your knees. Not bending your knees is one of the most common mistakes beginners make when skiing. By bending your knees, it centres your body above your legs to keep you balanced. Thus, it is easier to gain control of your ski. Apart from that, you will also get more prepared for small jumps and uneven terrain. Other Winter Sports to Try Besides Skiing There are a lot of other things you can do to make the best out of winter. So if you’re not too keen on skiing or if you’re adventurous enough to explore more, here are other snow sports that you can try. Image by Scros from Pixabay1. Snowboarding If you’re a skater who’s frustrated about not being able to skate because of the snow, why not give snowboarding a try? In fact, this sport was inspired by a mix of skateboarding, skiing, and even surfing. There are a lot of snowboarding styles, but the main gist is that you glide down a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard that’s attached to your feet. Compared to skiing, a lot of people would argue that snowboarding is harder to learn. However, once you’ve overcome that steep learning curve, it becomes a lot easier to master tricks in snowboarding. While the sport is fairly new (snowboarding was only developed in the 1960s), it is now considered a part of the Winter Olympics. Image by invisiblepower from Pixabay2. Ski jumping If you want to take skiing to the next level, then check out ski jumping. Simply put, the goal in this sport is to make the longest jump after descending from a ramp on your skis. In this sport, participants make two jumps and their score depends partly on the distance jumped and their form. As for the latter, points are deducted for errors like touching the ground with a hand after landing, etc. It is also important to note that ski jumping has been included in the Winter Olympics since the 1924 games in France. Image by Guido Kamm from Pixabay3. Ski flying Much like ski jumping, ski flying is a sport where athletes jump from a much bigger ramp than ski jumping. In fact, it is considered an extreme form of ski jumping. The rules and scoring in ski flying are similar to ski jumping. However, the difference lies in the hills where contestants jump off. In particular, the ramps for the former are constructed so that athletes can jump 66% longer in distance. Image by Gipfelsturm69 from Pixabay4. Ice climbing For people who have overflowing adrenaline, ice climbing may be the best for you. It is a lot like rock climbing, however, instead of climbing on rocky surfaces, you climb on ice using picks, ropes, and crampons. There are a lot of ice climbing venues but the most popular are glaciers and waterfalls. Other adventurous climbers can be flexible and practice mixed climbing which is climbing a combination of rock, ice, and snow. Due to the conditions involved in ice climbing, it is considered an extreme sport and should be done only by people who know what they’re doing. photo from Adrenaline Hunter Blog5. Ski paragliding Have you ever wondered how it feels like to fly? Ski paragliding can quench your curiosity! Ski paragliding is an extreme sport where you launch yourself with ski and use skydiving parachutes to descend from mountaintops. For this sport, experience in both skiing and paragliding are essential. It is not suitable for beginners as the activity can be extremely dangerous. Final Notes Although it is not often mentioned by enthusiasts, ski watches are extremely helpful when going on a ski session. Apart from telling you the time, a lot of those timepieces have life-saving features, whether you opt for a high-end watch from Tudor or a reliable one from Casio. A few of those are the compass, the weather forecaster, and the GPS. Yes, skiing can be dangerous at times, but wearing a ski watch might help lessen your worries.

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

    Quartz Watches and Their Batteries: What You Need to Know

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

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

    How to Wear a Watch With Style: A Comprehensive Guide

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

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  6. 15 Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Aficionados

    15 Best Pilot Watches for the Flying Aficionados

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

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  7. 10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

    10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

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

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  8. 10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable

    10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable

    This may be surprising to a lot of people, but cycling and horology have a lot in common. Yes, enthusiasts from both communities spend a lot of time admiring gears and machinery — the crankset or full-carbon frame for the cyclists, and the manual movement for the watch fans. Apart from that, both camps put a lot of value in tracking time as accurate as possible. With that said, it is inevitable that these two worlds merge and create a useful tool — cycling watches. When it comes to professional cycling, timing is important. In fact, a lot of people say that timing is everything in events like Tour de France. As we all know, the cyclists who participate in these competitions are highly competitive that even a split-second difference counts. That is why it is necessary to be equipped with the most reliable cycling watch. The same goes for beginners who want to take cycling seriously. It is recommended for them to use these sports watches to aid them during practice as they have a lot of features aimed at making your cycling session more efficient. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why a reliable sports watch is important in cycling. The Importance of a Reliable Watch in Cycling Whether you’re a beginner or a long-time rider, a cycling watch is something that you must consider adding to your biking checklist. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth investing in one. Photo by RF._.studio from Pexels1. It tracks your progress. When you want to improve your game or if you want to get into professional cycling, training is important. In fact, you’ll have to keep track of your speed, time, and distance so you’ll know which aspects of your training you have to improve on. Fortunately, a lot of cycling watches offer a built-in fitness tracker. Apart from being aware of the weaknesses that you have to work on, your fitness tracker can also serve as a motivation. In fact, depending on the software used, some display motivational quotes or even let you share your progress with your friends online. 2. A cycling watch is more convenient to use than a smartphone. Some people might argue that smartphones can now do whatever cycling watches can do. However, tracking your time with your wrist is easier than getting your phone out of your pocket and unlocking it. And if you have to check your timer while on-the-go, you risk keeping your eyes off the road. With that, simply taking a peek at your wrist will help you save both time and energy. Famous Cyclists and their Favourite Luxury Sports Watches When you say cycling watches, however, it doesn’t mean you only opt for beater or affordable watches. Some luxury sports watches prove to be the best cycling buddy. Let’s take a look at these famous cyclists and their favourite luxury cycling watches. Photo from IWC1. Fabian Cancellara and his IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’ If you’re a fan of Fabian Cancellara, you might have noticed his fondness for luxury watches, particularly IWC models. In fact, he has been spotted numerous times wearing those watches in events like the Tour de France. One of those models is the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’. Apart from that chronograph, Fabian Cancellara also enjoys sporting a few other timepieces. A few of those are the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar and the Ingenieur Double Chronograph. As its name suggests, the Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’ from the IWC Aquatimer collection has a chronograph function that features minutes and seconds trackers. Apart from that, it has a SafeDive system which gives it enough water-resistance rating in case it ends up raining during a cycling tour. The watch is also durable, as evident in the materials used. For the case, IWC used stainless steel with vulcanised rubber coating. Apart from that, it has a screw-down crown and a sapphire glass for added durability. Lastly, it comes with a black rubber strap to keep Fabian Cancellara comfortable during his cycling tours. Photo from Sigma Sports2. Richie Porte and his TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Richie Porte, a famous Australian road bike racer, is also known for strapping on luxury watches on his wrist. And his partner in crime is the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45. This watch is a combination of TAG Heuer’s signature design and the benefits of a high-tech smartwatch. The famous cyclist has been seen numerous times wearing the watch with different straps. For instance, he was spotted wearing an orange strap during the Tour Down Under. Another example is when he sported a yellow one for the Criterium du Dauphine. Indeed, the watch’s Strava app helps professional cyclists track their training. Apart from that, the touch screen is a breeze to use, especially if you want to toggle the chronograph and stopwatch functions. When it comes to comfort, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular comes with a titanium finish and a fully-perforated rubber strap. This is easily adjustable and breathable so Richie stays comfortable even during a hot ride. Photo from @alafpolak on Instagram3. Julian Alaphilippe and his Richard Mille RM 67-02 Going on a tour using expensive bikes is not uncommon. In fact, it is normal to see professional cyclists who use all-carbon bike frames that cost at least $2000. But Cyclist Julian Alaphilippe took flexing to the next level as he was spotted spinning with a $120,500 luxury watch at the Critérium du Dauphiné in France. The watch spotted on his wrist was a Richard Mille RM 67-02. According to the brand’s website, that particular model is “thin, lightweight, coloured, elegant and athletic”. While it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a smartwatch like a heart rate monitor and fitness tracker, it is durable and light. In fact, it only weighs 32 grams and is made with carbon composite and titanium components. Apart from that, the model was designed so that it can be adapted to various sporting disciplines. That is why the brand made various RM 67-02 units in the colours of various athletes’ countries. A few examples are Alexis Pinturault for skiing and Mutaz Essa Barshim for high jumping. Requirements of a Good Cycling Watch Cycling is a physically demanding activity. With that said, you will need more than just a regular watch. You will most likely need a few features that aren’t found in a time-only watch. Here are some of the few important things that you should consider when out shopping for sports watches. 1. It should be durable. Perhaps durability is the most important thing to look for when shopping for cycling watches. Indeed, bike watches should be synonymous with tough watches. Whether you’re just going out for a sprint in the city or a long ride in the mountains, it is inevitable that you come across rough roads. Also, add the possibility that you might drop the watch or rub it against a rough surface. With that, we recommend looking for bike watches made with durable material. A few things you should consider for your case are stainless steel and titanium. Apart from the case, you should also mind the crystal used for the dial. Sapphire crystals, for instance, are shatter-proof and can resist scratches. Moving on to the inside of the watch, some brands offer shock-resistant calibres. With that said, it is important to watch out for words like “Parashock” when looking at the watch’s spec sheet. This will help it keep time more accurately even after being subjected to shocks. 2. It should be lightweight. There’s a good reason why people opt for lightweight materials when it comes to bike parts. Enthusiasts won’t second guess spending all the extra money for carbon materials, etc. And it is for aerodynamics. The same thing can go for your equipment. With that said, it is important to prioritise lightweight watches when looking for your next sports watch. A timepiece’s weight might seem unimportant, and people might overlook it. However, it is important to note that having a lightweight watch on your wrist can minimize fatigue. Photo from Suunto3. It should be GPS-enabled. One of the most useful things that bike watches offer is GPS functionality. With this feature, it would be easier for cyclists to check their speed and distance travelled. This is extremely important if you’re setting cycling goals or tracking your progress and looking to break your record. Apart from that, it can also provide navigation when you’re going through an unfamiliar trail. And depending on the device you’re using, some maps show the condition of the route. This allows you to avoid damaging your tires in case you are riding a road bike instead of a mountain bike. 4. It should be waterproof. As mentioned above, you will be wearing your cycling watch while doing intense physical activities. That means apart from having durable materials, it must have the correct water-resistance rating as well. But why would you need a watch with a good water-resistance rating if you’re not going to swim with it? Remember that when you’re out doing exercises, your sweat can drench your timepiece especially when you’re cycling intensely. Apart from that, there is also a chance that you get caught in a rain. We recommend looking at sports watches that have at least a 50m water-resistance rating. What this means is that your timepiece can be used to swim with. Additionally, having a watch with a high water resistance rating can be extremely useful if you’re a triathlete who needs to alternate between swimming and cycling. Photo from IWC5. It should come with a rubber strap. Last but not least, you should be comfortable wearing your bike watch for hours. Believe us when we say that the ergonomics of your watch strap can play a big role when it comes to performance. You wouldn’t want to compromise a workout by getting distracted with an uncomfortable bike watch. One of the most recommended straps to get for sports watches are rubber straps. In fact, this is the most common material used for dive watches and other sports watches. Unlike leather or metal bracelets, rubber can handle sweat and dirt better. Additionally, it is easier to clean in case you drive through muddy trails. Apart from the material of the strap, you should also look at how it’s built. For instance, some straps offer better breathability. You should also look for straps that have a secure lock system so you don’t have to worry about it falling while riding. 10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable Now that we have all the requirements and introductions covered, we go to the best part of this article — the list of our recommended best cycling watches, from luxury to budget-friendly. 1. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good The IWC Aquatimer is one of the brand’s sportiest collections. In fact, it was intentionally made for professionals who need a robust and durable timepiece. With that said, you should check out the model called “IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good.” Specs: Case material: Stainless steel Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 68 hours Water resistance: 300m Performance-wise, it uses the IWC-manufactured 89365 Calibre. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 BPH, has a total of 35 jewels, and can power the watch for up to 68 hours. Furthermore, it is a chronograph movement with a flyback function. Overall, this watch from IWC is considered a reliable and accurate movement. Among its features are a water-resistance rating of 300m and a chronograph function with minutes and seconds. The sub-dial at the 12 o’clock position shows the stopped minutes. Apart from that, it has an external/internal rotating bezel which guarantees accurate setting of times. The stainless steel case of the watch is covered with vulcanized rubber. This can protect it from a few bumps and scratches that you may encounter during a ride. Moreover, it comes with a navy blue rubber strap that matches the shade of the dial. And looking closely, it features a basket weave-like pattern. This bracelet is both comfortable and attractive at the same time. 2. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz Tag Heuer has always been known for its connection with motorsports. This time, they have also caught the attention of the cycling community with the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz. With their experience in making sports watches paired with new technology, Tag Heuer has made a smartwatch that has computerised and mechanical modules that can be useful in various sports. Specs: Case material: Fine Brushed and Polished Titanium Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 50m From afar, it is easy to mistake the display for a mechanical one. But the truth is, it’s made with Amoled Touch Screen Display that features various watch faces. And on top of the screen is a sapphire crystal that directly blends into the bezel. Apart from protecting the touchscreen, it also makes it easy and comfortable to use. When it comes to software, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz runs on Google’s Wear OS. Among its features include a fitness tracker and Google Assistant. The fitness tracker also includes a special cycling mode that displays the time, calories, and heart rate data. In my opinion, this is a very useful feature if you want to meticulously track your progress. Overall, this Tag Heuer Connected Modular is a handy watch for cycling. Apart from offering various features and even a dedicated cycling mode, it also sports an attractive design that is ergonomic. 3. Tissot T-Sport T-Race Cycling Chronograph Like the previous brand, Tissot is also known for its passion for motorsports. But from four-wheeled vehicles, they also ventured into two-wheeled with the Tissot T-Sport T-Race Cycling Chronograph. Indeed, this watch was driven by the brand’s passion for cycling. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 44.5mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m Judging by its design, the watch’s details were clearly inspired by racing bikes. To demonstrate, the pushers at the right side look and act like brake levers. Furthermore, its strap and lugs imitate the fork of the bike. Lastly, the icing on the cake is the engraving on the caseback as it depicts a bike cassette. In terms of performance, it uses a Swiss quartz movement called the ETA G10.212. A few of its functions are the central 60-seconds chronograph hand, EOL (battery end-of-life indicator), ADD, and SPLIT functions. These functions are very nice to have when cycling especially with the quartz movement’s accuracy. To conclude, this Tissot T-Sport watch is a must-have for serious cyclists. Apart from the plethora of features and the design cues, the watch can handle enough stress. Its sapphire crystal and silicone strap will surely put your mind at ease when the going gets tough. 4. Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph The Breitling Superocean was created with athletic people in mind. Whether you love swimming, surfing, or even cycling, you should check out the Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph. It is rugged yet modern – perfect for those who are looking for something they can have an adventure with and bring to formal occasions at the same time. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 44mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 48 hours Water resistance: 200m Its blue dial contains three sub-dials — one for the small seconds, one for the chrono minutes, and another for the chrono hours. This chronograph movement is called the Breitling Calibre 13, which is based on the ETA 7750 Valjoux. Furthermore, it is certified by the COSC and it beats at a frequency of 28,800 BPH. This movement is considered a reliable workhorse due to its high accuracy. In the durability department, this model stands out as well. For one, it has an ample water-resistance rating in case you get caught in the rain while biking. Apart from that, the round hour markers are applied with lume. This will come in handy if you’re cycling through a tunnel or if you decided to go on a night ride. Lastly, it comes with a dark blue rubber strap that will keep you comfortable even for hours. This watch from Breitling is a very versatile timepiece. It has a lot of the timing features that you will find handy during a cycling session. Apart from providing the features you need, this watch is also nice to wear on a casual day. 5. Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium Undoubtedly, the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium is one of Omega’s most advanced watches. In fact, it was made with aerospace and aviation in mind. However, cyclists can also find its features useful when training for the next ride. Specs: Case material: Titanium Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 30m Just one look at this particular Omega Speedmaster model and you’ll know that it’s made for sports. Apart from the playful blue and green colourway, its materials are made to handle tough elements. The case, for instance, is made of grade 2 titanium that provides a lightweight feel. To add, its dial is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that has an anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Under the hood, it is powered by a multi-functional quartz chronograph movement called the Omega calibre 5619. It has special functions like chronograph, timer, MET (Mission Elapsed Time), PET (Phase Elapsed Time), three alarms, and perpetual calendar among others. All of these features have been tested by the European Space Agency (ESA). As expected of Omega, the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium is a capable watch for professional cycling. It has a lot of the bells and whistles that you will need while on a tour. Apart from that, it sports a unique design that will surely catch the attention of fellow cyclists. 6. Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition Named after one of the most prestigious racing events, the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition was made to conquer sporting events. And while the Chopard Classic Racing collection was particularly inspired by car racing, cyclists can also find its timing features useful. Specs: Case material: Titanium Case dimension: 44.5mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 46 hours Water resistance: 100m Undoubtedly, this model is one of the most attractive cycling watches around. Its case and tachymeter bezel both come in two different hues of grey. This colour scheme seems to continue on the three subdials which display the tracker for 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. These timers are useful for recording your speed when doing a few laps. This watch from Chopard is powered by the ETA-Valgranges Caliber A07.211. It is based on the ETA 7750 and is certified by the COSC for guaranteed accuracy. This allows you to get the correct numbers when tracking your cycling progress. Additionally, it beats at 4 Hz and can power the watch up to 46 hours when fully wound. Lastly, the nylon strap is something to write home about with its attractive grey and orange combination. With its automatic chronograph function, the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition will surely be in the spotlight the next time you go on a cycling club fun run. 7. Seiko Astron 5X Series Dual Time GPS Solar Of course, this list of cycling watches will not be complete without mentioning the Seiko Astron 5X Series Dual Time GPS Solar. In fact, the Seiko Astron collection has gone down in history as the world’s first quartz watch. And now, the Japanese brand has upgraded that watch into something more impressive. They even call the 5X series “the most advanced ever” on their website. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 42.9mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m Speaking of advanced features, this watch from Seiko is one of the most accurate timers that you’ll ever encounter. Like the previous Seiko Astron models, it has a GPS feature that connects to different satellites around the globe in order to adjust the time to the dot. This is particularly useful for people who participate in cycling races and need a very accurate timing device. Apart from the features, this watch also excels when it comes to looks. It comes in a classy black and gold colourway that will definitely blend with most of your wardrobe. Apart from that, the three inner dials and a small date window are placed strategically to avoid looking cluttered. The three pusher buttons on the right side are all coated with black to complete the look and make it more unique. Furthermore, this watch is both durable and comfortable to wear during extended periods of cycling. The case’s finishing and materials feel premium and solidly built, offering a water resistance rating of 100m. This allows you to cycle through the rain without worrying about ruining the watch. Lastly, its dial is protected by a dual-curved sapphire crystal so you don’t have to worry about scratching it. 8. Suunto 7 Graphite Copper The Suunto 7 Graphite Copper is popular with people who are into professional cycling for a good reason. In case you didn’t know, Suunto’s strong suit is in making sports watches and dive computers. And that forte in sports is evident in this model. Specs: Case material: Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyamide Case dimension: 50mm Movement: Digital Water resistance: 50m Features-wise, this timepiece has everything you need to make your fitness experience better. It has a built-in GPS so you can track your cycling route and how far you’ve pedalled. Apart from that, it has a barometric altimeter and an optical heart rate sensor which lets you determine your activity’s intensity. A bonus feature is that the watch supports offline outdoor maps. This means that you can still view the maps even when you’re cycling in a place with a poor signal. Additionally, the maps are detailed and show trails, terrain info, and even contour lines. This can be very useful when you’re using your road bike instead of a mountain bike and want to avoid the rocky paths. Apart from cycling, the Suunto 7 also features around 70 sports modes including running, swimming, and hiking among others. As someone who is serious about improving their cycling skills, training in a different sport like weightlifting can be beneficial especially if you’re targeting specific muscle groups. With that said, there is no doubt that the Suunto 7 Graphite Copper is a great fitness companion. 9. Garmin Forerunner 920XT It seems that the brand Garmin is a staple for triathletes. So if you’re in the market for cycling watches, don’t forget to take a look at the Garmin Forerunner 920XT in particular. This multisport watch has almost everything you need for your next workout session. Specs: Case material: TPU Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Digital Water resistance: 50m The watch is jam-packed with advanced features. One of those is the heart rate monitor which helps you dial in your recovery status and your racing potential. To further explain, it provides a recovery time to let you know how long before you should attempt another intense workout to avoid passing out. Furthermore, you can also connect this watch to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This enables a live tracking feature where your friends can monitor your stats and location on a map in real-time. With this, you can see how you rank compared to other cyclists in your age group. In my opinion, this is a nice touch because a sense of competition can motivate you to complete your workout. All things considered, there is no doubt that the Garmin Forerunner 920XT is an effective training tool. Being from a sports-oriented brand, this watch contains a lot of features that you certainly cannot get from other watches. 10. Casio Edifice Bluetooth Compatible Solar The Casio Edifice Bluetooth Compatible Solar has a very futuristic design. But this watch is not just for show, its modernity is also evident in its specs and high-tech features. In fact, this smartwatch can compete with other luxury watches in the market when it comes to functionality. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 43mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m In terms of power, it gets its source from the sun through a solar panel on the dial. What this means is that you don’t have to change its battery every now and then. That’s a very convenient way to keep your watch ticking. Meanwhile, its dial contains various subdials and gauges that tell the day, date, and timers. One of its highlights is its Bluetooth feature. Casio released its own mobile application that can synchronize your timepiece with your phone. Apart from the World Time function, the app allows you to set alarms. It also has various timer functions and stopwatches which you can find handy when calculating your speed while cycling. And most importantly, it includes a range of race tracks that you can check out. Lastly, this watch from the Casio Edifice collection can handle all the stress you put it through. It is made with stainless steel and has a screw-down crown that protects it from water ingress. Apart from that, its indexes and hands are all applied with lume to aid you even when you’re cycling in the dark. Final Notes It should be clear by now that cycling watches are extremely helpful for people who are into cycling. Indeed, it is a tool that when maximised, can bring you a lot of benefits. For one, it helps you track your strengths and weaknesses in the sport. Additionally, it gives you the tools to navigate unfamiliar roads in case you want to spice up your workout. On top of that, a lot of these sports watches are considered luxury watches, too. These have evolved into something more durable and suitable for athletic environments. If you’re a watch lover, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone as you have an excuse to show off your timepiece during a cycling session.     Photo Credit: Featured photo from Garmin

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