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Megan

First Published: August 10, 2018
  1. Articles by Megan
  2. Grand Seiko: 3 Reasons Why We Love the Brand

    What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear Grand Seiko? Well, if you’re like most watch collectors out there, you’re probably wondering why the brand is so awesome. Yes, Grand Seiko is one of the many luxury watch brands that has been disrupting the industry for years. And of course, we figured that it’s only normal for us to let you in why Grand Seiko stands out even in the midst of other big brands. In this article, we’re going to explore up to three key factors that make Grand Seiko a must-have for avid watch collectors. So check out why a whole lot of collectors love this brand. Trust us, you’re sure to fall in love too (that’s if you haven’t already). Let’s dive in! 1: Grand Seiko History First off, Grand Seiko has a rich history that you’ll certainly want to check out. Now, for most watch lovers, GS may be seen as a newcomer in the luxury watch world and we can’t possibly blame them for that. Yes, the brand actually entered the US market a few years ago and started making waves in English-speaking countries thereafter. It’s however important to note that Grand Seiko has been here since 1881. Yes, Seiko has always been committed to creating premium quality timepieces, but unfortunately, they weren’t regarded as one of the big players in the industry. As time went by, Seiko decided to give one of their major divisions (Suwa) the responsibility of creating a Grand Seiko. Of course, their goal was to make the original model (Grand Seiko) the most outstanding wristwatch that they were able to produce at that point in time. Moving forward, at this time, the Grand Seiko was not seen as a collection — it was actually considered a model. Yes, the Seiko’s classic three hand, no date, manual wind watch went mainstream. But of course, it didn’t stop there — the brand’s success led to the birth of many more models including watches with automatic winding, dates and different frequencies. Going International It’s also worth noting that Seiko’s success gave them the chance to compete internationally. Essentially, the brand entered wristwatch movements into Neuchatel chronometer testing in 1964. For those who might not be aware, the Neuchatel observatory rate watches and give their corresponding rank in line with other movements in the competition. Of course, the ultimate goal is to know the brand that produced the most accurate timepieces. Well, at this time, Grand Seiko’s results were far below expectations. But interestingly, they were able to do better — in 1967, Seiko’s movements moved from the 144th place into the top ten! That’s not all — GS also went ahead to compete in a Geneva competition that’s pretty similar to the Neuchatel chronometer trials. And the good thing is, this time, the brand performed excellently well. Yes, they won 4th place out of 10, making their movements to be the most accurate of all mechanical watch movements! All in all, Grand Seiko’s illustrious history is clearly one of the reasons why we and other watch collectors can’t get enough of their incredible pieces. 2: Grand Seiko Movements Another thing that sets Grand Seiko apart from the crowd is the accuracy of their watches. The not-so-best Grand Seiko has better accuracy rating than many other watch brands on the market. Even a watch collector with little to no knowledge about the brand’s movements can take the plunge and end up with an incredibly accurate watch. Essentially, Grand Seiko has done its best to stay true to their heritage while making great changes to the technology of their movements. Speaking of which, the spring drive is one movement that expresses Grand Seiko’s impressive philosophy. This revolutionary movement basically integrates the fine finishing and assembly of a mechanical GS from the 1960s with a state-of-the-art high-tech tri-synchro regulator. The Battery  It’s clear to see that Grand Seiko basically fuses the old with the new thus creating battery-less, fully mechanical movement. That movement stores all its energy in a mainspring. That’ll boast an accuracy that exceeds most quartz watches. In a nutshell, with GS, collectors will get to have a combination of the beauty of a traditional watch and accuracy of a high tech one. So, what’s the point? Well, it’s pretty simple — Grand Seiko’s watch movements are equal to none. There are still many other things to learn about them. 3: Grand Seiko Craftsmanship The last but certainly not the least reason why love Grand Seiko is their incredible craftsmanship. In today’s luxury watch world, they’re one of the few brands that are a classic. They have stayed true to traditional watch polishing, assembly, and adjustment. Just about every part of a GS is polished with a Japanese technique known as “zaratsu.” Now, if you’re familiar with Japanese history, you’ll relate when we say sword polishing was taken very seriously. Yes, contrary to what you thought, the entire process wasn’t done by the swordsmith alone. Instead, once the swordsmith is done with his job, he gives the blade to a “togishi” who polishes it to perfection. Why does this matter? Only because Grand Seiko zaratsu technique follows the exact same process. Moving forward, you should be aware that brand’s models don’t just come with extremely fine finishing. First off, the job is actually and of course, entirely done by master watchmakers. And interestingly, the watchmakers adjust the timepieces in 6 positions to take better control of the effects of gravity. That’s a feature that’s known only to the best and most elite of watchmakers. Finally, and for what it’s worth, the testing and adjustment of a Grand Seiko take 17 days — a pretty amazing fact to keep in mind. Conclusion And that’s it! These are top 3 reasons why Grand Seiko watches are totally worth checking out. In the end it’s all up to you to get yourself a GS timepiece that you’re sure to treasure for years.

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

    Are you a big fan of Panerai watches? Or just came across someone wearing a Panerai Luminor at an event? If yes is your answer to these questions, chances are you’re hooked and looking to add a few impressive models to your own growing collection. First off, that’s awesome! But of course, the very first thing you should know is that Panerai watches are actually unique in their own way. In essence, there are several different variations in Officine Panerai models (most of which are not obvious) and yes, we’ll always recommend you learn more about them before taking the plunge. View this post on Instagram From the Mediterranean to the North Sea, the Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days Acciaio is always the perfect companion for your sport adventures. #Panerai #PCYC18 #strenght #precision #reliability #watchesofinstagram #watchlover #watchoftheday #watchaddict #timepiece #horology #watchcollector #sportwatch A post shared by Panerai (@panerai) on Jul 14, 2018 at 5:56am PDT First Things First  For starters, you should know that Officine Panerai boasts up to four lines of wristwatch including Historic, Contemporary, Manifattura, and Special Editions. These limited Panerai watches usually feature an issue number on the case back and interestingly, that serial number adds to the overall value of the timepiece. With this in mind, you can tell that Panerai is one brand that can actually accentuate the value and exclusivity of your watch collection. View this post on Instagram In 1940s' Officine Panerai was producing and supplying specific and reliable instruments for the Royal Italian Navy to equip commandos and their self-propelled torpedoes. These included compasses and depth gauges #officinepanerai #panerai #royalitaliannavy #historyofexcellence #history #paneraiheritage A post shared by Panerai (@panerai) on Feb 17, 2015 at 10:12am PST Some examples include K1130/1500. For those who might not be aware, K stands for the most recent Panerai model and the figures (1,130th of 1,500) represent the number of timepieces that have been produced. A good number of Officine Panerai limited edition models were created in 1993. And when we say models, we’re basically talking about Panerai Luminor, Luminor Marina as well a model of the Mare Nostrum chronograph. What Are the Differences in Officine Panerai Watches? Well, first off, you should be aware that the differences lie in the features. So of course, it’s basically everything from the movement to the dial design to the casing design and more. Now, as a Panerai enthusiast, it’s great to know that the dial design of Panerai timepieces is usually unique. What’s more, the glass on Panerai watches differ from model to model; for instance, one could come with a date feature and another model might not. The bottom line; the dials of Panerai watches are made differently, so of course, it’s up to you to stick to what holds your fancy. So, What About Panerai Casing Design? Now, if you’re looking to get your first Panerai, you should be aware that the casing design looks the same regardless of the model. Essentially, Panerai watches come with two prominent case designs — so it’s either you go for the piece with an exposed crown or the one with a crown protector. It’s also worth noting that the brand has other variations on the casing. So yes, depending on the model you choose, you’re likely to come across everything from flat to polished to black and titanium. View this post on Instagram Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso PAM00684 is the first Panerai Submersible watch with 42mm red gold case water-resistant to a depth of 100 metres (10 bar). ? repost from @abtw_david #Panerai #Submersible #PAM684 #diving #freediving #strenght #precision #reliability #watchesofinstagram #watchoftheday #instawatch #horology #watchuseek #watchaddict #watchcollector #divewatch #sportwatch #BornToDive A post shared by Panerai (@panerai) on May 23, 2018 at 1:24am PDT Panerai Case Styles As an aspiring Paneristi, you should have it in mind that Panerai timepieces are available in four main case styles: Panerai Luminor Luminor 1950 Radiomir Panerai Ferrari Panerai Luminor View this post on Instagram Cushion case and the iconic bridge device which protects the crown and ensures a perfect seal: in the Luminor Due 3 Days Acciaio PAM676, the distinctive identity of a Panerai watch is combined with a new experience on the wrist. Link in Bio. #panerai #officinepanerai #pam676 #LuminorDue #paneraiwatch #watch #timepiece #watchmaking #horology #finewatchmaking #craftsmanship #hautehorlogerie #luxury #luxurywatch #watchmaking #horology #watchesoninstagram #watchcollector A post shared by Panerai (@panerai) on Feb 22, 2018 at 6:50am PST Looking to get a Panerai that can work with both casual or formal outfits? If yes, you should check out the Panerai Luminor — it’s basically one of best and most-loved of Panerai cases. So yes, it’s sure to be your best bet if you fancy something stylish and fashionable. Finally, Panerai Luminor usually comes in two sizes including 40mm and 44mm. Luminor 1950 View this post on Instagram Legendary craftsmanship: the new Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback PAM654 onboard Laughing Gull, the 44 ft yawl designed in 1949 by Sparkman & Stephens. #luminor1950 #paneraichronopcyc #paneraichrono A post shared by Panerai (@panerai) on Jul 18, 2017 at 10:04am PDT Next up is the Luminor 1950. This case style is pretty similar to the Panerai Luminor. A big difference is that it features a much more classic look. The Luminor 1950, for the most part boasts a finely shaped crystal that’s curved in a vintage acrylic vintage look. What about the sizes? Well, the Luminor 1950 is basically available in size 44mm and 47mm. Radiomir View this post on Instagram The distinctive element of the Radiomir 1940 3 Days PAM662 is the brown dial, its colour inspired by that of the vintage watches in which the dial has become discoloured by the luminous material used to achieve exceptional visibility at night. #panerai #officinepanerai #pam662 A post shared by Panerai (@panerai) on May 18, 2017 at 10:32am PDT Popularly known as the first model of Officine Panerai, the Radiomir case is a great pick for those looking to get something that’s sure to go well with formal wears — say suits and the likes. The Radiomir model boasts curved cases which are then rounded to give a classic look. As for the sizes, you’re likely to find everything from 42mm to 43mm to 45mm to 46mm and 47mm. Panerai Ferrari These are special edition watches that are not as popular among Paneristis. But of course, you can still get a piece or two if they seem to catch your eye. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the Panerai Ferrari is that its crown comes with a pretty rough grip. What’s more, this case style doesn’t have a device that protects the crown. And the cases are available in sizes 40mm and 45mm. Other Things to Keep in Mind You should keep in mind that Panerai watches are available in either manual or automatic movement. So yes, it’s all up to you to stick to what works best for you. To sum it up, Panerai cases are generally made out of steel or titanium, and of course, both are definitely sure to stand the test of time.  

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  4. Watch Buying Guide: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Watch

    Need a watch buying guide? Let’s face it, there’s more to buying a watch than just walking into a jeweler’s and picking one. In essence, it’s never a good idea to get a watch (especially a luxury timepiece) just to tell time or because they look great. Yes, as a watch lover, it’s always in your best interest to go the extra mile to ensure your purchase is as perfect as can be. And by the extra mile, we’re basically talking about arming yourself with relevant information that can simplify the buying process and of course, increase your chances of getting the perfect timepiece. Of course, you wouldn’t want to get a watch that you’ll love today and hate tomorrow, right? So exactly how can you prepare yourself to get the best bang for your buck (in this regard)? Well, it’s pretty simple — just get familiar with a few important questions that always work. The good news? This post will explore not just one or two, but five questions you won’t be wrong to ask before taking the plunge. Sounds good? Let’s dive right in! 1: When Was the Timepiece Released? First off, it’s great to find out exactly when your choice watch hit the market. Yes, you might not know this but watch brands release several different models in the course of the year; so of course, it’s basically your job to ask away! Trust us, it’s never easy to tell if a watch model is old or new by merely looking at it. So as mentioned earlier, it’s always in your best interest to consult an online or local watch store to get a better idea of just about everything you need to know about the latest models. At this point, you’ll also want to ask about the country of origin, features, materials, movement type and more. Remember, it’s crucial to get a timepiece that truly appeals and connect with you on a deeper level. Of course, this is especially true for those looking to splurge on a pricey luxury watch. 2: How Does it Work? Sounds basic right? Well, it’s still crucial to ask regardless! The very first thing you should know is that many watches on the market typically offer time and date, but of course, there are those that come with other super handy features. Speaking of which, you’re likely to come across timepieces that feature calendars, chronographs and a host of other interesting complications. And oh, you should be aware most of these complications come with a learning curve of how to make good use of them. With this in mind, you should ask the retailer to let you in on exactly how to use a watch as well as how not to damage it. 3: What Type of Movement is Inside the Watch? Most watch owners, for the most part, care less about a watch’s movement; it’s basically a question that should be in the mind of collectors or avid watch enthusiast. But hey, you can also ask this question to test the knowledge of the watch retailer and also to get a better idea of what you’re about to pay for. Essentially, you should have it in mind that different brands come with different tolerance levels; so yes, it’s either they gain or lose time. But of course, as a buyer, chances are you’ll want to get your hands on a perfect watch (not one that keeps losing or gaining time). Of course, at this point, the most viable option to consider is a quartz watch — it’s sure to be your best bet if you’re looking to enjoy high accuracy. But what if you’re interested in other types of movements? Well, this is precisely where automatic or mechanical watches come into play. And yes, these types of timepieces feature different tolerance levels (the level of gaining or losing time). That said, you certainly won’t be wrong to do your research or better still, ask questions before taking the plunge. Of course, you wouldn’t want to feel disappointed when your choice watch starts losing time, right? Note: These types of watches are usually within the brand’s tolerance, so no, it’s not a problem. Just ask questions and of course, stick to what works best for you. 4: Are There Any Feasible Alternatives? Got the habit of buying things right off the bat? If yes, you may want to quit the habit right now! Yes, it’s never a good idea to purchase a watch immediately you set eyes on it. Why? Well, it’s only because there are several different models you’ll certainly want to consider before parting with your cash. These models, for the most part, boast a selection of features, materials, color variations and more. So yes, it’s crucial for you to get a better idea of what you’re about to buy and rest easy knowing that you’re sure to love for years to come. Now, another thing you’ll want to keep in mind is that not all watches come with the functionality you’re looking for. For example, you may be looking to get a lightweight watch that comes with a chronograph, dual time, GMT world time function, date display among other impressive functions. But of course, only a heavier watch (more like one with a big movement) can come with these complex functions. So, what’s the point? Well, it’s pretty simple — if you’re in this situation, you only have to weigh up functionality over aesthetics and of course, stick to some middle ground that holds your fancy. 5: What Could be the Cost to Service? Finally, it’s crucial to ask how much it’ll cost to maintain your choice watch, especially if you’re looking to get one with a pretty high price tag. Now, you should have it mind that watches are machines that require occasional maintenance which could be in the form of gear checking and polishing just to name a few. That said, it’s in your best interest to ask the watch seller how often you’ll need to service your watch and of course, how much it’ll cost to get it done. Trust us, with this information, you can be sure that your investment will stay perfect for years and that of course, is a big part of the plan. These are five super important questions that can increase your chances of getting the best watch money can buy. Got any other question in mind? If yes, we’ll be thrilled to know your thoughts in the comments. Happy buying!

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