Articles by Nauman Rashid
Like with all technological devices, numerous misconceptions also surround watches. Once you become a victim of these misconceptions, you can end up buying the wrong watch! For this reason, we have listed five common misconceptions about watches. 1: Swiss-made Watches Are 100% Manufactured in Switzerland Just because a watch says that it is Swiss-made, don’t be fooled that it’s all fully made in Switzerland. Swiss law states that Swiss-made only means that, at a minimum, 50% of the parts used in the watch are made in Switzerland. Swiss-made also means that both the first and the last wheel were added to the watch in Switzerland. So, while this ensures that half of it is made in Switzerland, the remaining parts are made elsewhere. 2: Jewels Determine the Watch’s Quality Manufacturers often refer to the number of jewels they have in the watches to demonstrate its quality. However, extra jewels don’t always mean the watch is automatically higher quality. Primarily, jewels had been originally used in watches to reduce the friction in those parts of the watch that are most likely to experience heavy wear and tear. Since jewels are harder compared to metal, they are used to counter metal on metal wear. The most suitable jewels for this purpose are rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. However, the jewels that are often used today are rubies that have been synthetically created. So, since these jewels are synthetic and hardly of any value, they don’t really increase your watch’s value. So, if you come across a watch that has more jewels than other watches, it is better if you ask the purpose of the jewels before spending so much. 3: NASA Has Only One Official Watch Numerous articles on the web mention that the Omega Speedmaster is the only official watch of NASA which it trusts. However, this is far from the truth. NASA proves again and again that it has a good relationship with Omega since the Speedmaster has been used on many missions since 1962. In fact, it is the only watch that astronauts wore on their mission to the moon back in 1969. However, it is not the only official watch. NASA has deemed numerous watches as official watches certified for space travel. Apart from the Omega Speedmaster, other watches include the Timex Ironman and the Casio G-Shock. 4: Best Watches are Always Rolex Watches In the watch world, Rolex has made a name for itself and has become the manufacturer of some of the most desirable watches. Of course, factors like numerous innovations they have introduced to the world: excellent craftsmanship, and high-quality design are partially responsible for the hype, but it is also because of their incredible marketing campaigns! So, while Rolex is the most recognized platinum watch and is without a doubt one of the top players – there has been talks that watch enthusiasts state other manufacturers to be the more premium watchmakers in the industry. Depending on the things you look for in a watch, options from other manufacturers might suit you better. 5: Higher Price Ensures a Better Watch You’ve probably heard people discussing how sometime you pay for what you get, but that may not always be true. Of course, many only stand by this reason as this is the case with many other items like laptops. However, with watches, that might not always be the case. For instance, a Timex watch available at a much lower price might keep a much better time as compared to many highly priced watches available on the market. This is all really because of the watch’s movement. Generally, lower-priced watches make use of quartz movements which are not only cheap to produce but are highly accurate too. Meanwhile, high-end watches use mechanical movements that are not only more expensive and complicated to produce, but they also don’t tell the time any better than quartz watches do. At the same time, the design quality and craftsmanship of the highly priced mechanical watches will be much higher. Similarly, you should also expect a costly watch to last much longer and be more durable than the cheaper ones. Conclusion These five popular misconceptions about watches have been growing more and more popular so don’t be feel bad if you believed in them! The good thing is, now you know what is true and what is not. Happy watch shopping!
We’ve been conditioned for decades to follow the design of round watches. But sometimes the endless parade of circular watches can get a little monotonous. But what about square watches? A square-shaped watch is not only modern but pleasingly retro as well, offering something that’s both classy and contemporary. Square watches are perfect if you’re up for wearing something slightly unusual but still stylish. Square or rectangle watches don’t get the props they deserve when compared to their rounded counterparts. They combine the classic style of yesteryear with a modern appeal and can be worn casually with jeans and a shirt, or dressed to the nines with a suit and tie. Not sure which square-faced watch to go for? Here are some options you can check out. For Women More than just an accessory to tell time, a woman’s watch must look attractive and chic. A square watch is not only trendy, it shows that a woman isn’t afraid to wear something different. Featuring outstanding quality, craftsmanship and design, these sqaure watches promise to up your fashion ante in the most sophisticated way. Have a quick overview of a few of the most sophisticated pieces available with a square dial. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto Jaeger-LeCoultre has a full history of innovating Swiss watches. It is also known for manufacturing Reverso some 85 years ago which was introduced as a luxury reversible sports watch. The reversible case was invented for wearers to protect their watch’s face during polo matches. This iconic reversible design has been a statement timepiece since then. The Squadra Lady Duetto has an elegant square face. It comes in a variety of options, for example, a white rear dial with a visible oscillating rotor. Some has a rose gold case that’s water resistant. Moreover, the automatic self-winding movement is as precise and sophisticated as you would expect from any Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. Similarly, the impression this timepiece makes is as memorable as you would hope to get from a watch. Cartier Tank Solo When it comes to square watches, Cartier’s Tank Solo is an icon of modern watchmaking. It represents the perfect balance between technical excellence and geometrical style. The modest, modern design of the Tank Solo watch envisions royalty from the moment it first appeared in the Tank collection. The Tank Solo is a well-known Cartier watch that’s been popular for its exquisite design. An instant classic, the watch has a rectangular face and slanted roman numerals. All in all, the watch adds elegance to your personal style. For Men: Although not a lot of men like square watches, those who do appreciate the instant ‘cool’ factor that a square watch brings without even trying. Here we have a couple of our favorite sophisticated square watches for men. TAG Heuer Monaco Launched in 1969 in honour of the Monaco Grand Prix, the TAG Heuer Monaco is a revolutionary watch, holding the title of being the first automatic and the first square watch to have a chronograph complication. At 37mm in size, this new version in quartz, which replaces the usual Calibre 11, makes the watch more affordable. Powered by the TAG Heuer quartz movement, one of the most reliable and accurate movements made in Switzerland, this square watch has the same sleek and sophisticated design. Bell & Ross Golden Heritage The BR 03 Golden Heritage Automatic version in 42mm satin-brushed steel case features golden appliqué indexes and numerals and golden hands against a dark-brown dial. Unobtrusive between 4 and 5 o’clock lies the date aperture. A gold calfskin leather strap with a hot-stamped finish completes the vintage look of this square watch. At the heart of this pilot watch runs a mechanical automatic movement.