William McCleary

William McCleary

First Published: December 09, 2018
Following a lengthy stint as an Entertainment Reporter in Hollywood, William focuses on writing for the travel and lifestyle sectors. His clients include Google, Hotels.com, and AccorHotels, specializing in website content, SEO-friendly blog posts and product-marketing copy. He also pens a wide range of feature articles, microcopy and a slew of social media content.
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  2. Fun Facts: 5 Things You Should Know About Rolex Watches

    Chances are you know a few things about Rolex watches. You know they’re luxurious and you know they’re not cheap! They’re loved by celebrities and probably the first name that pops into your head at the mention of a high-end watch. But there are some less-known things about Rolex that might interest you. Let’s look at just five. 1: Rolex Watches Are Made by Hand And we’re not just talking about put through machines by hand. No, we mean each tiny part is assembled by hand. Some human-operated machines are employed, yes, but only for assistance with hands-on work. Hands-on such as aligning parts with precision the human eye can’t match. Also to apply pins with an exact amount of pressure the human hand can’t gauge as finely. But the assembly of movements, the setting of watch hands, and all the rest are done by the nimble fingers of highly trained watchmakers. And that takes some time, about a year for each individual watch. 2: They’re a Hip-Hop Legend You’re probably aware that hip-hop stars sport Rolex watches, or at least suspect they would. But you probably didn’t know that Rolex has been name-checked hundreds of times in hip-hop lyrics. Cardi B proclaims “Rollie got charms, look like frosted flakes” on her hit “Bodak Yellow.” Kanye West cried “Matching Daytona’s rose gold on us” and joined with Jay Z to tell us, “big face Rollie / I got two of those.¨ Speaking of big-faced Rollies, Travis and Uzi sing about “big-faced Rolexes” on the hit “Watch.” On their single “Rolex,” duo Ayo & Teo say, “I just want some ice on my wrist, so I look better when I dance.” Iggy Azalea’s single “Rolex” notes “Rolex’s don’t tick-tock.” And Drake’s “Nonstop” has a chorus saying his Rolex never stops. And on and on and on the world of hip-hop celebrates all things Rolex. View this post on Instagram My daddy told me, "Listen, you better get some money and not die and go to prison." A post shared by Drake (@drake) on Sep 22, 2019 at 7:37am PDT 3: They Make Their Own Gold We would probably all like to have our own gold-making in-house foundry, right? Just order up some 24 karat rings for the weekend, thank you very much. Well, Rolex actually has that capability. They have to bring in the raw gold, they don’t have a gold mine (yet!). But the 24 karat gold that comes in is fired up in their own kilns at their complex in Switzerland. That liquid treasure is then transformed into 18 karat white gold, yellow gold, and their signature Everose gold. The Everose gold is famed for its non-fading quality. Why isn’t it all 24 karat? Well, gold of that purity is soft. To make the metal more durable, Rolex goes with 75% pure 18 karat and mixes in copper to create an alloy that will hold up better over time. Their Everose alloy mixes in 2% of platinum to reduce color fading over the years to come. But it’s not just gold that gets the smelting treatment on-site, Rolex also refines their steel in the fiery kilns at their factory. And not just any steel but ultra-high-grade austenitic 904L stainless steel. Rolex was the first watchmaker to use the material in 1985. They went with 904L for its higher polish and amazing ability to stand up to corrosion. 4: They’re Made Amid Maximum Security So there are tons of gold on site. There’s platinum, copper and the highest grade of steel on the planet. Now add in millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds. As you can well imagine, the security surrounding the Rolex facility in Geneva makes a supermax prison look like a playground (well, almost). Any employee entering the premises goes through a fingerprint and iris eye scanner. Once they’re at their desks an ID badge must be docked at all times to track location. Gold bars are stored in underground vaults and any parts that need transporting are moved with heavily armored vehicles. These parts are meticulously tracked, with every single movement assigned a serial number, which gets photographed and matched with a case that has its own serial number. 5: Name Doesn’t Mean Anything Beyond watches, that is. Like Häagen-Dazs, Kodak, Sony, and Ikea, the name for Rolex doesn’t come from anywhere, but rather it was made up for the brand. Here’s where myth and reality might get a little mixed, but so the story goes, the brand’s founder Hans Wilsdorf was searching for a name for the watch company he co-founded in London in 1905. The original name of “Wilsdorf and Davis” wasn’t sitting well with the two founding partners and Wilsdorf was on a search for a new title. He wanted it to be something that could be easily said in any language and appear symmetrical when printed in capital letters. After considering hundreds of names, he still remained stymied. Here’s how Rolex, in their official brand story, tells it from there. According to Wilsdorf, “One morning, while riding on the upper deck of a horse-drawn omnibus along Cheapside in the City of London, a genie whispered ‘Rolex’ in my ear.” True or not about whispering genies, a legendary made-up name was trademarked in 1908. With more than a century of history, there’s certainly more to tell with Rolex watches. So if you’re a proud Rolex owner or thinking about becoming one, you should probably know there’s more you should know.

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  3. Casio & Hershel Create One Unique G-Shock

    When we think of Casio watches, their G-Shock watches loom large. Since storming onto the world stage in 1983, the Casio G-Shock has occupied a special spot with shock-resistant timepieces that are ready for action. It was the Casio G-Shock that put digital watches on multitudes of outdoor adventurers. It was made for adrenaline junkies and all shades of action-ready sorts. Surfers were right there along for much of the ride. Casio G-Shock, Meet Hershel   What do you get when you cross a battle-tested watch with a backpacking legend? That’s not a joke, that’s how we got one of the more unique rough-and-ready watches on the market today: The G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide. It seems an at-first unlikely match-up, and perhaps it’s an oddity that it came together so beautifully. Herschel Supply has long been a favorite of surfers who love their water-resistant backpacks. G-Shock watches are famously fitted for military use and have gone into actual combat quite a bit. In retrospect, the melding of surf style and military might now seem like it was always inevitable. Futuristic with a Retro Vibe At first glance, you might think the Casio G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide was made for a Star Wars soldier. Not the glossy accent you might find gracing the wrists of Stormtroopers on an Imperial Star Destroyer, but something built for resistance fighters on the vast desert sands of Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. And yet the new limited-edition watch also looks retro, like those wonderfully basic digital displays that middle school geeks discovered in the 80s. In a further nod to that decade, the new G-Lide has got a removable metal protector over the screen that watch nerds went crazy for in the 1980s. Soldiers Meet Surfers You don’t have to be an action-ready soldier to love the looks of this watch. Take note of (and likely love) its military-inspired style. Both its matte resin case and its sturdy band come in the iconic “Army Green” hue that’s known the world over to signify soldiering. According to Casio, all of the metal finishes are up to “Mil-Spec.” That’s armed forces jargon which means something has been approved by a U.S. government inspector to meet the rigorous criteria demanded by its military. Even the watch’s small grace notes are odes to military style. The mineral crystals over the faces of G-Shocks are normally transparent. Keen-eyed observers will undoubtedly note that this G-Shock has a slight yellow tinge over its digital readout. That’s the meticulous work of Herschel’s designers. The designers insisted that the covering mimic the yellow-toned crystals that go over military-issue flashlights. The border of the watch’s face is done in a light brown “buff” color that serves as an homage to the manila folders that have housed many an army field report. In a cheeky continuation of the military theme, the watch comes in similar buff packaging with a feel and fonts that echoes GI rations. But the tech is tailored to surfers, with a tide-chart indicator to gauge waves on the face, as well as a moonphase function. Built for both wave-riding and storming the beaches in battle, this tough timepiece is both water and shock-resistant. It is, after all, a G-Shock! “You Can Surf Later” The message is engraved on the back. A small but intriguing cultural footnote that arose from the Vietnam War. Most U.S. soldiers during that conflict carried the ubiquitous metal Zippo lighter. It was sold on bases for $1.80 and almost always taken on missions. They were nicknamed “Zippo Raids” after the lighters that went along. And wherever there was a military PX selling Zippos, there were locals setting up sidewalk kiosks to personalize the lighters with hand-engraved messages. As we know, the war ended. Most of the Zippos were left behind and sold on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in the post-war years. But in 2006, a collection of these vintage Zippos was sold at auction. One engraved phrase in particular got some media attention. Nobody knows his name, but one young man was likely a surfer who carried the hope that one day he’ll be back riding waves when the fighting is over, so, “You can surf later.” View this post on Instagram Get up early and go longer with @gshock_us for Herschel Supply. Our latest partnership introduces the HSC G-LIDE Watch, made for field and water in any weather. Head to the link to discover it now. #GShockXHerschel A post shared by Herschel Supply (@herschelsupply) on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:00am PDT Casio’s Heritage on Display The last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam in March of 1973. The troops came back to a country where digital watches were poised to propagate. The Casiotron was Casio’s first digital watch. It made its debut in November of 1974 and the watch world has never been the same. It was the first mass-produced timepiece to feature a digital display with a date function. Its groundbreaking LCD display meant the time and date were always visible. As opposed to competing digital watches that required a push-button to display the data. Looking at the Casiotron alongside the recent G-Shock X Herschel and you’ll note the displays are strikingly similar. It’s no accident that this current model is paying homage to Casio’s first big digital breakthrough. Conclusion You might be a surfer, a soldier, a digital nomad or a home-loving creature of comfort. You may love the watch for its tough tech or its vintage style. But you probably will love this singular Casio G-Shock that embraces history and heritage while combining disparate cultures. So, yes, “you can surf later,” now’s the time to check out the G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide.

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  4. How Much Should You Pay for Rolex Watches?

    There’s a simple truth we must first accept — if you want Rolex watches, you are going to have to pay Rolex prices. But what are these prices? And what do you get when you invest in a Rolex? Let’s break down the options because it can get a little complicated. We’ll sort out what you’ll likely pay and what you’ll get when you decide on a Rolex watch. Yes, Rolex Watches Will Cost You First, a hard truth. Demand for Rolex watches are increasingly on the rise, so the prices of new ones are going up. There has been a rise of about 25% over the last two years. But there’s a silver lining in that the price of pre-owned Rolex watches is climbing right alongside the new ones. So if you decide to put your Rolex up for sale it’ll fetch a higher price than in years past. If you bought it pre-owned, there’s a good chance you’ll re-sell for more than you paid. Going New on the Lower End What’s the lowest price you can pay for a brand new Rolex? For that, we’re talking about the Oyster Perpetual and it’ll cost you just under $5,000. That’s still a lot of money for some, yes, but in the world of luxury watches it’s really on the low end. For example, if you want to go entry level with a Patek Philippe you are going to pay around $20,000. So five grand is pretty good for your entrance into the Rolex Club. And what does your five thousand get you? Well, one serious pedigree for starters. The Oyster Perpetual has nearly a century of history, traced back to the original Rolex Oysters, a name no doubt that references that it was the first waterproof wristwatch in the world. Detractors will argue that a basic Oyster lacks some of the features, like chronograph subdials, of the higher-end offerings. But purists will counter that’s why they love the Oyster Perpetual. Its simplicity is elegance in its purest form. And decades of evolution mean you have a wide range of choices, from five sizes that run from 26mm to 39mm to an array of dial colors. Moving Up to Mid-Range This is the space where things start to get fun. Where the most popular Rolex models live. If you are looking to spend anywhere between $5,000 and $10,000 on a new Rolex, the options open up considerably. While it may not have the name recognition of other models, the Rolex Explorer is a wonderful choice that starts off the mid-range options. It’s got heritage, tracing its lineage back to the mid-1950s. It’s got looks, with an Oyster-style case, high-end sapphire crystal, and chromalight hands and indices that put on something of a show in low light. And it’s got function, a chronometer with precise self-winding movement. For all of this, you’re looking at about $6,500. One notch up, we’re talking about a Rolex Submariner. It’s a watch of legend dating to the 1950s. It owes its lineage to the original Oyster that debuted back in 1926. And many a sports watch today owe their style to the Submariner. Most of them mimicking the design with a classic black dial, rotating bezel, and Oyster bracelet. There have been hundreds of tweaks and variations for the Submariner over the decades and today you can pick up a new one for about $7,500. Just beyond the Submariner in terms of price, comes the Rolex Datejust II. Seen on the wrists of celebrities and known the world over, this signature model bowed in 2009 to take up the reins of the legendary Datejust. This is a watch you wear to impress, a bold fashion statement with a fluted bezel and Oyster case of high-grade stainless steel. You’ll pay about $9,000 for the privilege of wearing one. Up Where the Air is Rare Leaving aside famous Rolex watches that go for millions at auctions (Paul Newman’s Cosmograph Daytona went for just south of $18 million in 2017), some of the selections coming out of the Rolex factory can get a bit pricey. A Rolex Sea-Dweller beats other models in terms of water resistance, rated for up to 4,000 feet. And Sea-Dwellers have official prices at just over $11,000 but more likely you are looking at a retail cost of up to $16,000. Prepare to pay for the luxury of putting a Rolex Daytona on your wrist, with upper-end models such as the rose gold going for north of $33,000. If you want to go beyond basic with a GMT Master, it’ll cost you as well. The famed “Pepsi” iteration, named for its blue and red bezel that resembles the cola logo, has a price tag of just under $13,000. And to go big with a Rolex Yachtmaster 40 you’ll probably pay up to $27,000. What if You Go Pre-Owned? Now we’re into the Wild West of pricing, where sometimes the normal rules of physics don’t apply. And you have to be careful not to buy a “Frankenwatch” which has seen most of the original Rolex parts swapped out for cheaper fare through the years. And, of course, condition matters as a battered watch will sell for less. How low can you go? You can usually find a decent pre-owned Datejust in the $1,000 to $2,500 range. How high? How many millions have you got? Most people land somewhere in the middle when considering the price for Rolex watches. In the end, expect to spend between $5,000 and $10,000 for that new Rolex you’ve been dreaming of. And you’ll probably be glad you did!

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  5. Famous Watches That Have Fetched Big Bucks at Auctions

    Famous watches worn by famous people have been going for extraordinary prices at auctions of late. Let’s delve into what’s getting sold and why bidders are shelling out big bucks for prestige watches. We recently saw a rash of high-profile watches go up on the auction block in New York City when over $20 million worth of unique timepieces went to the highest bidders. The biggest ticket item was a Urwerk Atomic Master Clock that sold for $2.9 million, setting a world record for a timepiece from an independent brand. The high-tech black wrist watch comes in a large steel case with electronic readouts, gizmos, and buttons that seems most fitting for a futuristic supervillain. A more traditional offering that was dubbed the “pink on pink” watch, a rose-gold Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 with a rose-gold dial came close in cost with a final price tag of $2.3 million. And the millions just kept coming for Patek Philippe, with a yellow-gold Ref. 2499 selling for just over $2 million. View this post on Instagram !Tomorrow is a BIG day. The AMC will be vying for the @fondationgphg award for Mechanical Excellence. This world first brought together in a single mechanism all the functions of the sympathique clocks produced by Abraham-Louis Breguet. A fully mechanical watch, that docks with an Atomic Master Clock which regulates, sets the time via Global Positioning System and winds the watch. A dream that took over a decade to bring into reality. #AMC #ATOMICMASTERCLOCK #GPGH #GPHG19 #MECHANICALEXCEPTION A post shared by URWERK Geneve (@urwerkgeneve) on Nov 6, 2019 at 4:59am PST Watches with Star Power Fame also played a part in the recent bidding. A Rolex-Day Date that golfing great Jack Nicklaus wore (every single day, he says) for over 50 years sold for a cool $1.22 million. The cash went to a children’s charity. An item that generated arguably the most buzz at the auction was the Rolex GMT worn by Marlon Brando in the classic film Apocalypse Now. It sold for just north of $1.6 million, put on the block by Brando’s daughter Petra Fischer Brando. While he may be a bigger draw at the box office than Brando these days, Robert Downey Jr. didn’t come close to the price and the Urwerk he wore in Avengers: Endgame sold for $312,500. View this post on Instagram Marlon Brando’s Rolex GMT-Master from Apocalypse Now A post shared by @ iknownigo on Nov 13, 2019 at 4:52am PST Celebrity sales are nothing new for Rolex. An iconic exotic-dial Daytona owned by famed actor and race-car enthusiast Paul Newman went for $17.8 million in 2017, setting a record for the highest price ever paid for a wristwatch at the time. But there have been bargains in the mix as well. In 2013 a Rolex Oyster that was owned by film legend Charlie Chaplin went for a mere $51,250. Most watches with celebrity creds, however, fall somewhere in the middle when it comes to auctions. View this post on Instagram « I learned that life is a long and difficult road, but you have to keep going, or you’ll fall by the wayside ». Steve McQueen #stevemcqueen #kingofcool #lemans #stevemcqueenlemans #heroseven A post shared by HeroSeven • Mcqueen Tribute ⚡️ (@heroseven7) on Jan 4, 2018 at 8:47am PST James Bond Brings in the Bidders Omega has created something of a cottage industry with its connection to James Bond. So it’s no surprise that the famous watches worn in the films are popular at auctions. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean that Daniel Craig wore while playing 007 in the 2012 flick Skyfall fetched $254,273 at an auction in London that same year. Omega donated the proceeds to a non-profit organization that brings vision care to developing nations. But the Skyfall watch fell just short of beating the previous record for a Bond watch, which goes to the Planet Ocean Craig wore in his debut as Bond in the 2006 film Casino Royale. That Planet Ocean went for a winning bid of $255,565. An Omega Ultra-Thin worn by JFK was auctioned for $420,000 in 2005. A part of Formula One racing history itself, Steve McQueen’s Heuer Monaco (famously worn in the 1971 film Le Mans) sold for just under $800,000 in 2012. James Dean’s Elgin pocket watch sold for $42,000 at a Hong Kong auction in 2013. And a pocket watch that belonged to baseball legend Babe Ruth, awarded for the 1923 World Series, fetched $717,000 at an auction in 2014. View this post on Instagram #patekphilippe #5004p #ericclaptonwatch #platinum #uniquepiece #watch #watches #vintagewatch #vintagewatches #rareandfine #watchporn #billionaireclub Unique dial on this eric clapton watch @phillipswatches. Just amazing A post shared by @ iceman284912 on May 30, 2016 at 6:55am PDT A Mixed Bag for Musicians Eric Clapton’s Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 fetched a nice price in 2012, going for $3.6 million at an auction in Geneva and setting a record at the time. To be fair, it wasn’t just the music legend’s connection. It was one of only two of the platinum versions that were ever made for the reference. Clapton’s 1971 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263 Oyster Albino also went up for auction in 2015 and brought in $1.4 million. In contrast, Elvis Presley’s Omega went for something of a bargain in 2012. It was a rare black-dialed Constellation Calendar. And even more rare for its connection to the King, it went for just $52,500. Another of Elvis’ Omegas, a diamond-encrusted white-gold Calibre 510, sold for a whopping $1.8 million in 2018. Patek Philippe Dominates the Auction Market The most expensive watch ever sold at an auction? That title goes to the Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A, which went for the record-smashing amount of $31 million in November of 2019. In 2014 it sold for $24.4 million at a Sotheby’s auction in Geneva. Paul Newman’s Rolex ranks next on the list. And Patek Philippe returns to round out the top tier of the most-expensive-ever watches sold at auction. A Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 1518, first sold in 1943, brought in $11.1 million at an auction in 2016. Current-year models continue the list, with a Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Ref. 5016A-010 going for $7.3 million in 2015 and a Patek Philippe Titanium Ref. 5208T-010 nabbing $6.2 million in 2017. Keep your eye out for famous watches at auctions and maybe one day the auctioneer’s cry of “sold” will put an amazing watch on your wrist.

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  6. Best Mechanical Watches for Men

    To many watch aficionados, the only kind of watch to wear are mechanical watches. But with so many out there, the abundance of choices can be overwhelming. While we can’t go through them all, let’s look at a few of the best mechanical watches to consider. Yes, Quartz is More Accurate Before the quartz fans start screaming, we should get this one out of the way. It is true, quartz watches are slightly more accurate than mechanical watches. While today’s technology means mechanical watches are getting more and more accurate, they will still never be as accurate as their quartz cousins (at least not in our lifetimes). Results vary, but you can expect a good quartz watch to lose only a few seconds a year while a well-made mechanical watch may lose a few seconds per month. But that is a small price to pay for the wonder that is a mechanical watch. View this post on Instagram Continuing the saga of rugged reliability with the new #TAGHeuerAutavia. #Baselworld2019 A post shared by TAG Heuer (@tagheuer) on Mar 25, 2019 at 7:32am PDT Tag Heuer Autavia Isograph If we remember much from the 1980s style it was that things were big and bold. Hair was sprayed high, shoulder pads got ridiculously puffy and punk-inspired ensembles broke norms with shredded style. It was in the 80s that the Tag Heuer Autavia thrived. Discontinued in 1985, the model recently made a triumphant return. As its name suggests, the watch blends the style of race-inspired timepieces with made-for-pilots “aviation” watches. The result is a wonderful hybrid that comes in a carbon composite case that can take one heck of a beating. As it’s antimagnetic, shock resistant, and gravity resistant, it’s durable enough to take anything most men can dish out. The round case wears large at 42mm, but not so big and bulky that it doesn’t dress up nicely on a fine leather strap. Rolex Yacht-Master II Detractors of the classic Rolex Yacht-Master II may say that the watch wears too heavy. And they may have a point. With a diameter of 44mm and a bold angular lug design, it does present large. It’s one of the biggest offerings Rolex has in its repertoire. But most watch lovers will say that’s the beauty of the timepiece. It’s a guy’s guy watch that proudly puts its heft on display. With water resistance up to 100 meters, it’s built tough and designed for the adventurous spirit. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its finer side. Eighteen carat gold hour markers give it an air of sophistication while the instantly recognizable Ring Command bezel gives it a big, bold, blue show that most men would be proud to heft around on their wrists. Longines HydroConquest Automatic Diver You may be aware that the Swatch Group produces Longines timepieces. And Swatch is known for its whimsical watches, with lots of plastic pieces you may get in a variety of colors to add a splash of fun to an everyday outfit. That doesn’t mean you can’t look to them for a fine automatic watch. The Longines HydroConquest is a perfect example of this dichotomy. This is a classic men’s watch, with a bold blue dial, silver-white indices, and a traditional no-nonsense case style, which doesn’t go too big with a 41mm diameter. The result is a masculine piece that doesn’t try to overcompensate. Adding to its old-school aesthetics, the screw-down crown and link bracelet tell the world you’re a traditional man with traditional tastes. View this post on Instagram @longines is releasing an all-black ceramic version of the #hydroconquest (including ceramic dial). 43 mm diameter, L888.3 (ETA A31.L01) #longines #longineshydroconquest #divewatch #watchtime #watchtimemagazine #longinesconquest #longineswatch #longineswatches #uhren #ceramicwatch A post shared by WatchTime (@watchtimemagazine) on Apr 10, 2019 at 8:43am PDT Tudor Black Bay If you are going for all of the hallmarks that traditionally go into a watch for a man — clean lines, form following function and a pedigree that goes back decades — one should not look past the Black Bay. While we first saw the line in 2012, its roots go much deeper, back to Tudor’s foray into dive watches with the Submariner in 1954. Today’s Black Bays, which come in over a dozen varieties, continue that tradition with models like the Black Bay P01. With a 42mm diameter case, it has a manly vibe, that’s softened by a satin stainless steel finish. But this watch was made for men of action. It’s waterproof to 200 meters, has a crown at the four o’clock position to protect it from any bumps the watch may take on its side, and locks down its bezel with a unique hinge system. It’s no surprise this model is based on a design from 1967 intended for divers in the U.S. Navy and given the apt code name “Commando.” View this post on Instagram Novi #Tudor Black Bay P01, predstavljen na ovogodišnjem sajmu #Baselworld, osvojio je prestižnu nagradu “Challenge” na Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2019, čineći je petom nagradom koju je #Tudor osvojio u sedam godina sudjelovanja. // New @TudorWatch Black Bay P01, presented at this year’s @baselworld, won the prestigious “Challenge” Prize at the 2019 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, making it the fifth award TUDOR has received in its seven years of participating. _____________ Istražite TUDOR satove u našem butiku u centru Zagreba. Frane Petrića 7 +385 1 4870 700 info@mamic.com.hr #Mamic1970 #TudorWatch #BlackBayP01 #GPHG19 #BornToDare A post shared by Mamić 1970 (@mamic1970) on Nov 14, 2019 at 9:02am PST Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT Putting this monster on your wrist, with a bold 45mm carbon-fiber case, might draw accusations of overcompensation. Driving a Ferrari might do the same. But for guys who want things big, bold and luxurious, the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT 3D Carbon (also available in titanium and “King Gold”) is a perfect choice. Hublot began its association with Ferrari back in 2011, drawing inspiration from the Gran Turismo racers of the Italian auto legends. This one just screams for attention, with a busy skeletonized dial and subdials that seem to float over the action. The self-winding flyback chronograph’s movement is made up of over 350 parts, all moving in precise unison to create a show worthy of the Ferrari name. View this post on Instagram CLASSIC FUSION FERRARI GT “HUBLOT” Designed by the “Centro Stile Ferrari”, the new Classic Fusion Ferrari GT draws inspiration from the GT designed and crafted in the Maranello workshops. #tiktoo #hublot #hublotclassicfusion #hublotclassicfusionferrarigt #hublotferrari #hublotwatch #hublotчасы #ferrari #ferrarigt #sportswatch #racingwatch #ukwatchdealers #watches #watchesoftheday #watchesofinstagram #watchcollection #watchfamunited #watchfambrazil #watchfamusa #watchesforsale #luxurywatchlist #luxurywatches #luxurylifestyle #watchcollector #wristwatches #wristporn #wristpornwatchaholic #watchlobby #watchlover⌚ A post shared by Your Watch Marketplace (@tiktooltd) on Oct 28, 2019 at 12:06am PDT Of course, there are more. Lots more. Most major brands have dozens of mechanical offerings. But if you keep your eyes peeled and mind open, we’re sure you’ll find that perfect mechanical watch to put on your wrist.

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  7. Affordable Dress Watches Under $1,000

    Who says affordable watches and exquisite dress watches can’t be the same thing? Yes, you can spend big money to put a formal timepiece on your wrist. And there are some amazing dress watches among the upscale offerings. But there are also lots, and lots, of great dress watches with surprisingly accessible price tags. Let’s take a look at some of the finest. Orient Bambino Version IV Orient is an amazing brand when you’re looking for quality that exceeds its price tag. While the Orient Bambino is the most popular of its automatic offerings, with dozens of models in the line, it is not so easy to decide which is right for you. But consider the Version IV. It wears a little sleeker than many of the other pieces in the line, largely due to its elegant dauphine hands and slim hour markers. You can wear it on a high-polish bracelet or go for a more formal look on leather. Flip it over to find a clear case back to let you see that mechanical movement in motion. All for under $200! Timex Marlin Automatic Another watch brand that’s earned praise for its affordability and quality, Timex makes some really nice dress watches at low prices. The Marlin Automatic (which you can pick up for around $250!) is truly a classic in the traditional sense, both sleek and simple, with an unassuming 40mm stainless steel case that hasn’t changed much since its debut in the 1960s. With understated golden hands and indices, on a fine leather strap this low-cost wonder is ready for any formal occasion. Bulova American Clipper Another fine entry you can pick up for a good price, the American Clipper exudes sophistication way beyond its bargain price. With a 42mm diameter, it wears a bit bigger than many a dress watch, but its minimalist leanings downplay its size to give in an unassuming air, albeit a sophisticated one on an alligator strap. With a 40-hour power reserve, this self-winding wonder is a deal at any price. Seiko Cocktail Time Created to capture Tokyo’s ultra-chic nightlife scene, the Seiko Cocktail Time simply oozes urban sophistication. It’s just a shade glitzier than your average dress watch, evidenced by the light-catching sheen of its guilloche sunburst dial. But beyond that somewhat shimmering aspect, it’s a classic dress watch in every way, from its traditional stainless steel case to slender beveled hands and smooth calfskin strap. While a few of the watches in the line dip over the $1,000 line, you can often find them for around $350. Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Alliance Sure, most of us know that Victorinox is famed for its Swiss Army knives. And they also have a reputation for making some rugged timepieces that could go out in the field with soldiers as well. But among their more refined options, such as the Alliance line, are some pretty stunning timepieces. This dress watch goes for a clean and classic look with a basic black or simple white dial and Arabic numbers. Look closely and, beyond the small date window, you’ll notice unique 24-hour indices that make up the dial’s inner ring. Less formal than other dress offerings, Victorinox puts this watch on a laid-back stitched leather strap, unless you go with a stainless steel bracelet. Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Hamilton takes dress watches in the opposite direction — minimalism. A no-nonsense dial has basic Arabic numerals. It keeps things understated in terms of size, with a slim 7mm thickness and 42mm case diameter. With different dial colors and a variety of different straps, it’s also a pretty versatile timepiece. While we doubt you’ll take this to the beach, it is water-resistant up to 50 meters. Tissot Powermatic For fine Swiss craftsmanship at affordable prices, look to Tissot. The Powermatic goes for a more of a casual presentation on its face than other dress watches, with Roman numerals and the traditional Le Locle signature in script, a nod to the Swiss town that sits at the heart of watchmaking heritage. On an alligator strap, this watch takes its casual lean into more formal territory. Flip it over to watch the movement through a display case back. Depending on the model, you have many great options to choose from. Frederique Constant Classic Index Frederique Constant brings us right up to the edge of our $1,000 limit with its Classic Index, a dress watch that you’ll likely cherish for decades. It keeps things classy with an elegant white face and subdued silver hour markers. The hour and minute hands are slim and triangular, giving the watch a cosmopolitan vibe, while the case size keeps things understated with a diameter of 40mm. It’s powered by automatic Swiss movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. So while you can spend a lot of money on a fine dress watch, and there are a lot of timepieces out there that are worth the expenditures, you can surely get yourself a great dress watch without breaking the bank.

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  8. A Closer Look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Watch

    For nearly 90 years the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has made an indelible face-flipping impact on the watch world. It’s been spotted on the wrists of A-list stars, on-screen and off, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Christian Bale. It has spawned a series of similar designs from the likes of Hamilton, Vacheron Constantin, and Movado. But none of the imitators have ever risen to the level of the original. So let’s take a closer look at what makes the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso so special, and some of the models that have helped land it an esteemed spot in watchmaking history. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Made for War… Sort of No, the Reverso isn’t a field watch. It actually isn’t even close, by today’s standards or back when military watches were invented, with what amounts to steel cages over their faces. But the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso was made for soldiers who occupied a foreign land. Let’s zip back in time to 1931. Britain maintained colonial control over India with its military might. But it was a time of relative peace, and the British soldiers spent much of their time playing polo. While there weren’t bombs and mortars, their watches still got banged up out on the field. Jaeger-LeCoultre came up with a solution, a watch that flipped over so that the case back was exposed to protect against any rough-and-tumble action the polo grounds could dish out. Word spread and soon the watch was the toast of Europe, spotted on the wrists of Britain’s King Edward VIII and international aviation celeb Amelia Earhart. Personalization was one key to the Reverso’s success, as anyone could engrave anything, they wish on the case back and turn it into a one-of-a-kind showpiece. The following decades saw ebbs and flows, with the watch’s popularity rising and falling with the whims of fashion. After a run of over 30 years, production ceased. A Fine Watch Gets Funky Then the 70s arrived and things got, well, kind of far out, man. People grew their hair wild and outfits got even wilder. It was the perfect time for Italian watch dealer Giorgio Corvo to scoop up 200 Reverso cases he happened to notice on a visit to the Jaeger-LeCoultre factory in Switzerland. Back in Italy, he retrofitted movements, and the watch made its slow climb back en vogue. In 1982, with some convincing from Corvo, Jaeger-LeCoultre resurrected the watch and put it back into production. It hasn’t ceased since. A Look at Some Legendary Reversos View this post on Instagram Reverso #jlc #jlcreverso #jaegerlecoultre #watchesofinstagram #wristshots #reversograndedate #edcgunner A post shared by EDCG (@edcgunner) on Dec 22, 2018 at 8:00am PST Reverso Grande Date Bigger than your average Reverso, the Grande Date still doesn’t wear noticeably hefty, coming in at 46.5mm x 27mm. The stainless steel hand-wound watch has a whopping eight-day power reserve, gauged by an indicator on its no-nonsense dial. But what’s most impressive is its simplicity, an elegant entry in the line with few complications, just a large date window, small seconds hand, and understated Arabic numerals. In stainless steel on a fine brown alligator strap, this subdued beauty is ready for any affair that calls for a sophisticated air. View this post on Instagram Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverse Tribute GYROTOURBILLON® A true masterpiece of watchmaking expertise and Jaeger-LeCoultre's rare handcrafts ("Metiers Rares®"), the platinum Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon® watch is full of surprises with its two contrasting faces. An exceptional model presented in a limited series of 75 pieces. The elegant face on the front of the watch is an expression of watchmaking sophistication down to the very last detail. The blued dauphine hands stand out elegantly on the grained white dial, while a day/night indicator is subtly housed at 11 o'clock. The dial is adorned with a sunburst guilloché decoration that echoes the finish of the horns of the watch. @jaegerlecoultre #JaegerLeCoultre #Reverso #JLC #ReverseTribute #Gyrotourbillon #ReversoTributeGyrotourbillon #Tourbillon #GrandComplication #Complication #LuxuryWatch #Timepiece #Montre #SwissMade #Masterpiece #LeicaPhotography #HaomingWangFoto #WatchesofInstagram #InstaWatch #JLCsydney A post shared by Haoming Wang (@h.m.uhren) on Nov 30, 2019 at 12:23pm PST Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon If you really like skeletonized watches, you ́ll love the Tribute Gyrotourbillon. On the front, you ́ll find an upper white textured dial with dauphine hands that effortlessly hovers over an intricate field of gears, while below at the six o ́clock position there’s a likewise floating tourbillon. Flip it over and there’s yet another time display, this time over a fully skeletonized dial. Either face you choose puts a wonderfully complicated display of inner workings on your wrist. View this post on Instagram The detail on the dial of the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Calendar is simply amazing. With its calendar and moonphase indications on the front, the rear features a second timezone function, making this an elegant and functional timepiece. Monards is an Authorised Retailer for @jaegerlecoultre. monards.com.au A post shared by Monards (@monards_aus) on Nov 17, 2016 at 4:52pm PST Reverso Tribute Calendar In pink gold, the look of this charming piece might be a bit on the dainty side for some. But for those who revel in its grace notes love it all the more for its soft side. And it’s got a practical side as well. You can track two different time zones on its front and back faces, the latter offering a night and day indicator as well. And it’s a moonphase watch! Track lunar movement with a bosom-style indicator that shows a graphic representation of the moon as it looks at any moment in the night sky. Perfect for both men and women, this versatile dress watch oozes refinement with design elements that recall the 1931 original. View this post on Instagram @jaegerlecoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface 리베르소는 꼭 하나 구입할 예정인데 항상 생각하는 건 지금은 생산 중지된 그랑 데이트 8데이즈나 선 문. 그러니까 좀 복잡한 모델이 땡겼다. 그런데 요새 나온 트리뷰트 듀오페이스나 스몰세컨즈의 블루 컬러가 참 맘에 드네… . #jaegerlecoultre #JLC #reverso #reversotributeduoface #reversotributesmallseconds #blue #bluewatch #watch #wristporn #watchstagram #wristshot #예거르쿨트르 #리베르소 #트리뷰트 #시계 #시계스타그램 #착용샷 A post shared by 김도우 (@dowoo1950) on Oct 15, 2019 at 7:22pm PDT Reverso Tribute Duoface A striking timepiece with a blue-and-silver motif, the Tribute Duoface goes for a 3D vibe with its dual-hued appliquéd hour markers. It also has got a serious Art Deco lean with a stainless steel case that follows contours we first met in the 1930s. The grainy dial complements a similar leather strap, which was specially designed by famed Argentinian bootmaker Casa Fagliano. View this post on Instagram That Guilloché on the center of the dial. ??? The new @jaegerlecoultre Reverso Classic Duoface as captured by us at the #sihh2016 Pure #watchporn and #elegance #JLC #jaeger #jaegerlecoultre #jlcreverso #reverso85 #reverso #reversoclassicduoface #lesentier #watches #watchfam #watchlife #watchlifestyler #watchcollector #watchcollecting #watchcollectinglifestyle #thegoodlife #luxury #luxurylife #timepieces #wristgame #nofilter #horology #dailywatch #lovewatches #womw #SIHH #love A post shared by Watch Collecting Lifestyle (@watchcollectinglifestyle) on Feb 9, 2016 at 4:45am PST Reverso Classic Duoface As its name suggests, this model is a classic in every sense. This is a dress watch that positively asks to get taken out to a black-tie affair. It’s already dressed to impress for the part. A black grained dial stands in sleek contrast to gleaming silver hands. On a black alligator strap, this watch is sophistication personified, with a few handy features. Flip it over and you can track a second time zone on its reverse face. Are you ready to throw things into reverse? Why not think of it as getting two watches for the price of one and pick up an amazing Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso.

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  9. Fitness Watches to Help Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

    Did Santa give you a sport watch this year? If he didn’t, maybe now is a good time to look into fitness watches. After that clock strikes midnight, and the calendar turns to a brand new year, you’re probably going to consider shedding a few pounds (or at least putting the pounds you have into sexier proportions!). While past New Year’s resolutions may have failed, this year you’ll have the aid of a fitness wonder on your wrist. Let’s look at some of the best fitness watches and smartwatches to help you keep that get-in-shape resolution. Apple Series 5 for Swimmers There are lots of reasons Apple’s famed smartwatch is one of the best on the market, and its ability to aid with workouts is just one. Most specifically, the Apple Watch Series 5 is well designed for swimmers. So if you’ve just gotten a membership to a gym that has a pool, this is the one for you! With a swipe, scroll, and tap, the watch seals its microphones and speakers to protect it while underwater, resistant up to 50 meters. The built-in Workout app has a Pool Swim filter that tracks your strokes and paces while doing laps. If you like to swim out in the wilds, the Open Water Swim workout lays out a map that tracks your route, calculates pace, distance, and the calories you’re burning. Garmin for Runners As you can probably guess by its name, the Garmin Forerunner 945 is a smartwatch built with runners in mind. Coming in at 47mm, it has a big bold display that’s made to transmit lots of info. But it’s also an on-the-go smartwatch coming in at a relatively light 50 grams of weight. Both die-hard runners and newbies to a jogging routine will appreciate the body monitoring with a pulse oximeter, barometric altimeter, and optical heart-rate monitor. The smartwatch also packs in an accelerometer, thermometer, compass and gyroscope, all shown on a bright and sharp always-on 1.2-inch display. For runners, there’s also an altitude measurer and a heat-acclimation feature. For music during your run, there’s Bluetooth connected headphones and storage for up to 1,000 songs. Samsung Galaxy for Android Lovers If you’re looking for tech to help get you in shape and are loyal to your Android phone, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is a clear choice. Rather than the standard Wear OS, the watch uses Samsung’s in-house Tizen software that plays seriously well with Android phones, including, of course, Samsung offerings, but equally as well with Huawei, LG, and all the other major brands. Its rotating bezel clicks through a host of awesome fitness features, such as heart rate monitoring, GPS and a workout guide among the many apps from the Samsung online store. If you like music with your workouts, you’ll revel in Spotify support and 4GB of storage to keep your favorite tunes on hand. Do you have a tendency to get lazy? Well, the built-in coach lets you know when you’ve been inactive for too long. Withings for Traditional Looks One of the biggest issues with smartwatches, at least for some, is that they look like, well, smartwatches. If you’re a Gen Z upstart, you might want to go for the most tech looking thing out there. But many want their smartwatch to look more like traditional timepieces. For both timeless good looks and a heap of fitness features, look to the Withings Steel HR Sport. It’s got a minimalist lean with a white face and subtle black indices, and slim hands that make it pass for a standard analog watch at first glance. The matte stainless steel case completes the classic look. But with closer inspection, you can see it’s a hybrid, with a small (but not so small) LCD window at the 12 o’clock position. The display lets you monitor your heart rate, the calories you burn and step count while exercising. It also monitors your sleep patterns, with recommendations for optimization, and charts your fitness goals. Best of all, it looks good and nobody will suspect it’s a fitness watch. Fossil for Modern Style While the Withings scores some serious points for its elegance, the Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch comes in with cosmopolitan flare. True, it does wear large, coming in at 44mm in diameter, the round stainless steel case with angled edges is still sleek and subtle, and relatively thin at 12mm. Put it on a sturdy silicon band for sweating away calories, but slip on an elegant leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet when you want to dress the watch up. Waterproof for swimming up to 30 meters, the watch also functions well on land, counting the distance you travel, the number of steps you take, the floors you climb, and the calories burned to do so. It also has an altimeter, heart-rate monitor, untethered GPS, and Google Play access for your favorite music during workouts. Xiaomi Mi Band 4 for Affordability Okay, so this one isn’t a true smartwatch, but rather a fitness tracker. However, it deserves an honorable mention. Because let’s face it, January can be a leaner time for most of us, financially speaking. While holiday feasting may be pushing your tummy to test the limits of your favorite jeans, chances are the gift-giving and extra expenses of the holiday season have also taken a toll on your pocketbook as well. So if Santa didn’t leave a smartwatch this year, you might want to consider the Xiaomi Mi Band 4. You can find one online for under $40 and these little wonders perform well beyond the price tag. The color screen is clear and sharp, displaying six different workout modes. Choose from walking, running, or treadmill, as well as swimming, cycling, and an all-around exercise mode. Conclusion Of course, a smartwatch doesn’t have the magical powers of turning one from a couch potato to a gym rat. In reality, getting in shape can be a slow, methodical, and sometimes difficult process. You’re going to need some assistance and a smartwatch built for fitness can be the perfect helping hand.

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  10. Closer Look at Omega’s New James Bond Watch

    Suave super spy 007 will be back in theaters this spring and Omega watches is rolling out a new James Bond watch for the film. It’s a tradition that goes back a quarter-century to when Pierce Brosnan first sported an Omega Seamaster in GoldenEye. The latest installment, No Time to Die, comes out in April but you can get the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition in February. Let’s take a closer look at the stunning James Bond watch that Daniel Craig will wear on the big screen. The Look of Classic Luxury Omega goes for true vintage style with the latest Bond watch. It features a color scheme with brown, red, and black that should be familiar to lovers of the classic line. The aluminum dial and bezel ring share the same aged-brown hue (which collectors have dubbed “tropical”) that many dark dials naturally turn into overtime. Adding more shimmer than we’ve seen in previous Seamaster’s, the sapphire crystal glass is domed. The hour and minute hands are common to the series, pronounced and pointed. While the seconds are marked by a lollipop pointer with a red tip that matches the color of the signature Seamaster script on the dial. For a dressier look, go with the Milanese bracelet. Omega aficionados will know that the mesh bracelet was common on the Seamaster of the 1960s and adds a serious vintage vibe with decades of ingrained history. But as James Bond is a man of action, the new watch is also available with a striped NATO strap that continues the color theme in beige, brown, and grey with the numbers 007 engraved on its loop. View this post on Instagram #OMEGA007 / #BondWatch Daniel Craig joins OMEGA in New York to unveil the brand new @007 James Bond watch. #NoTimeToDie #Bond25 ? by @GregWilliamsPhotography A post shared by OMEGA (@omega) on Dec 4, 2019 at 10:03pm PST Design Help from Daniel Craig It’s no secret that Craig is a big fan of luxury watches. He’s often seen sporting one of his many Omegas off-screen. He’s been an Omega ambassador for about a decade. And he’s worked with the Swiss watchmakers to help create the watch he’ll wear in his final outing as Bond. Craig had a hand in adding some vintage flair to the latest watch, specifically with the color schemes. It has a matte aluminum dial and the integration of the time-honored Omega broad-arrow that’s engraved on the back and found at the dial’s 6 o’clock position. It’s a history that goes back to 2006’s Casino Royale when Craig wore both an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 300M and a Planet Ocean 600M. Craig followed with Quantum of Solace in 2008, opening the film while wearing yet another Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, a model he stuck with for the movie Skyfall in 2012. But he also wore an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra in Skyfall and then continued with that model into 2015’s Spectre. In that last film, he also brandished the Omega Seamaster 300M model that connects to the upcoming movie. And sorry to spoil the movie magic, but Craig admitted that he wore a fake while doing some of the action scenes in No Time to Die. View this post on Instagram #OMEGA007 / #BondWatch In stores – February 2020 Lay your eyes on James Bond’s @007 newest watch. #NoTimeToDie #Bond25 A post shared by OMEGA (@omega) on Dec 4, 2019 at 2:58pm PST Built to Take on Rough Seas But Craig probably didn’t need to go fake with the action. The latest Seamaster Diver 300M 007 is built plenty tough. It fits thematically as the original Bond was a Commander in the Royal Navy. The latest version’s 42mm case, bracelet, and buckle are forged with Grade 2 Titanium. It has a 13.15mm thickness that makes it a bit bigger than Seamaster’s of yore. As you can probably guess by its name, the watch is water-resistant up to 300 meters. It’s also resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. fFor reference, a strong refrigerator magnet has about 100 gauss. The case back is held in by Omega’s signature “Naiad Lock” system designed to always keep engraved text in perfect formation. Homages Engraved on the Back Flip over the watch to find something special. The case back has a series of engraved numbers that follow military format and include nods to the film franchise. The number “0552” signifies that the watch belongs to a member of the Navy. “923 7697” is a code-number that indicates a dive watch. The letter “A” is there to signify that the watch has a screw-in crown, thus creating a water-tight seal. The number “62” serves as an ode to the year the very first Bond film, Dr. No starring Sean Connery, was released. The number “007” is a nod to James Bond’s designation in the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, best known as MI6. Inside, the Seamaster is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 and has a power reserve of 55 hours. And when we say you can buy it in February, we really do mean “you.” Unlike other limited Bond watches from Omega, this watch is getting the full-production treatment. So slip on a tuxedo and get your order for a martini “shaken, not stirred” ready. Finish getting your James Bond on with this exquisite new watch.

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  11. Why Vacheron Constantin Overseas is Great for Travelers

    We first met the now-famed Vacheron Constantin Overseas in 1996. It was an uncertain time for mechanical watches, and, really, mechanical everything. This thing called the Internet, which until then had kind of hummed quietly in the background of fandom, took a seismic leap. One million host computers suddenly jumped to ten million with no signs of slowing. Everything old school was feeling, well, old. But instead of looking forward, Vacheron Constantin went against the grain and dug back into its history. To the 222. The model debuted in 1977, the number of years the world’s oldest watchmakers had been producing timepieces. It was a watch made for an on-the-go lifestyle, the first upscale sports offering from a brand renowned for its luxury dress watches. One glance at the 222 and the similarities to today’s Overseas are clear. From the hexagonal-link bracelet and tonneau case to the small Maltese cross that’s echoed in the design of its notched bezel. Travels with Phase 1 The Phase 1 Vacheron Constantin Overseas we met back in 1996 was ready to go deep diving along coral reefs, boasting water resistance up to 150 meters. It was at once elegant and casual, equally at home on a trek through mountainous terrain, dining at the sidewalk cafes of Paris and strolling the red-carpet galas of Hong Kong. The first versions wore a bit bigger than the average dress watch, at 37mm, but smaller and with a lower profile than the average sports watch. Staying in the middle ground kept it quite versatile. We soon saw smaller incarnations, at 35mm and a compact 24mm. Things got a bit complicated, literally, in 1999 when a chronograph with a sizeable date window was added. View this post on Instagram Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph, generation 2. This is the most distinctly "tropical" color, dial, and strap combination from the second generation series. This just "feels" like a summertime chronograph for the warm months ahead. #vacheronconstantin #vacheronconstantinoverseas #vacheron #vacheron1755 #vacheronconstantinwatch #vacheronconstantin江诗丹顿 #vacheron #chronograph #chronographwatch #sportswatch #goldwatch #rosegoldwatch #rosegold #swisswatch #swisswatches #swissmade A post shared by Tim Mosso: Luxury Watch Videos (@tim_mosso) on May 3, 2019 at 10:25am PDT Getting Seriously Sporty with Phase 2 Then the 2000s came along. Travel no longer required trains, planes, or yes, even automobiles. We were all connected by the Internet, with instant communication across the globe. Soon enough this new thing called YouTube would be showing us video from every corner of the world. And the Overseas decided to go big. The Overseas Phase 2, which made its debut in 2004, went for serious bulk with a 42mm case, accented by the equally hefty antimagnetic soft-iron screen designed to take any battering a well-traveled watch is apt to encounter. The bezel got muscled up with a design that shares an even closer resemblance to the signature Maltese cross on the dial. In 2006 Vacheron went for full jet-set mode with a hand that tracks a separate time zone. That year we also saw the inclusion of a sturdy rubber strap to make no mistake that this watch was meant for on-the-ground exploration. Overseas for Trips in Modern Day There was a revamp in 2016 and we saw the bow of Phase 3, with 18 references over six models. Each makes an exquisite travel companion, from the 42.5mm Chronograph and 43.5mm World time to the 40mm Ultrathin and the 41mm Time-and-date model. View this post on Instagram For Cory Richards, professional photographer and long-distance explorer, the world is brimming with discoveries of which one never tires. Among his many journeys, the Himalayas occupy a special place in the heart of this experienced mountaineer who has already conquered it twice, once without oxygen in 2016. Never short of a challenge, he was keen to undertake a third ascent, this time along the North-East ridge in Tibet, one of the most difficult routes to the roof of the world. Unfortunately, weather conditions decided otherwise. Despite over a year’s careful preparation, Cory Richards had to give up his attempt to reach the top. A wise decision in the face of Mother Nature's whims. ? . . . Driven by passion, the same openness to the world and taste for innovation, along with audacity and a desire to push existing limits, the American explorer-photographer and Vacheron Constantin decided to embark together on the path of achievement and a discovery of the planet's beauties. Cory Richards thus joined the very select group of personalities chosen by Vacheron Constantin to embody its "One of not many" communication campaign. Expressing an exceptional universe, this signature accompanies creative collaborations with talents acknowledged for their expertise and their steadfast quest for excellence. ⛏ . . . The 41 mm case is forged from sturdy and light titanium, while a reinforcement made of tantalum — a particularly hard metal— has been integrated beneath the bezel and on the crowns. This model is fitted with an orange-stitched grey blue Ventile technical fabric distinguished by its density along with its exceptional waterproofness and a matching titanium bracelet. The sporty nature of the prototype is likewise expressed in the grey blue frosted dial as well as in the NAC treatment applied to its movement. Additionally, the dual time hand in orange provides superb readability along with the other orange accents on the dial ⌚ . . . Photo: @watchtimemagazine ? #VacheronConstantin #coryrichards #notoneofmany #vacheronconstantindualtime #vacheronoverseas A post shared by SwissWatchers (@swisswatchers) on Jun 24, 2019 at 9:07pm PDT Journeys with the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time We met the Dual Time in 2018, embodying all of the exploration-ready timepieces that had preceded it, featuring water and magnetic resistance. With a 60-hour power reserve, it keeps going through red-eye flights, midnight trains and treks to parts unknown. As you can probably guess by its name, you can track two time zones at a glance. Like many a GMT watch, there ́s an extra hand that points to home time. Are you halfway across the world and aren’t entirely oriented about day and night at home? No worries, there’s a nifty little indicator on the dial with an arrow that points to either AM or PM in your home time zone. You Have Options Do you want to go dressy or sporty from the start? You can select a rose gold model that feels right at home at any elegant occasion. Feeling a little more sporty? Select stainless steel with a matching bracelet that continues the Maltese cross theme with half-cross designs across each link. But be sure to pack your favorite alligator strap. While it may be better to go with the stainless steel bracelet when you’re in transit, there will be times when a more formal look is in order. Made with travelers in mind, the easy-use strap system doesn’t ́t require a tool to swap in a strap. Just snap in the change and you’re ready to go! Conclusion So it doesn’t matter where you’re traveling to. You can be setting off in a slow boat to Bali. Or catching the next flight to see the Eiffel Tower. Maybe you’re even dreaming of the trip as you gaze at your screensaver. Whatever it is, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a great way to carry the spirit of travel on your wrist.

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