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. Top Men’s Oversized Watches

    Top Men’s Oversized Watches

    Men’s oversized watches are nothing new. In fact, there are watch snobs out there who disregard them as something old. Novelties from the 90s and early 2000s that are best left in the past with oversized jeans and sweater vests. And yes, we were inundated by big face watches back in the day, but things have since settled down. Today’s men’s oversized watches know how to put that extra real estate to good use. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones out there. Men’s Oversized Watches 1: Hublot Big Bang Unico Another amazing watch that puts “big” in its name so there’s no mistake as to what it’s all about, the Hublot Big Bang comes in at a swaggering 45mm. You could go down to a 42mm when shopping for your Unico, but why would you? It’s a Hublot, worn to grab attention. But with some sophisticated style. Yeah, put a Hublot Unico on a structured rubber strap and you’re ready for an active weekend. On a link bracelet, it wears well at the office. And with the right leather strap, you can even pull off a more formal look. Hublot Big Bang Unico Buy Hublot Big Bang Watches 2: Shinola Runwell It may be big and bold, but the Shinola Runwell still embraces classic style. Yes, the 47mm size is likely to grab some attention. But it’s still an understated timepiece, some might even say with a minimalist lean that’s similar to a lot of the great timepieces that have been coming out of the German Glashütte camp lately. But of course, Shinola is American made and Detroit proud, and another watch that dresses up wonderfully on a fine leather strap to give it a pedigreed vibe that downplays its brash dimensions. Source from Shinola3: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph But sometimes a big bezel is kind of awesome. And if it’s done in eye-catching orange all the better. That’s the case with the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph, at least with two of the references in the current line. At 45.5mm it’s not the biggest, but it certainly wears big and bold when you go for vibrant color on the bezel. There’s a lot happening on the big face, with a date window, a small second’s dial at nine o’clock and an hour counter dial at the three o’clock position. But Omega is brilliant at packing in a lot of information without the watch ever feeling overloaded, sticking to midnight black or dark blue dials with white indices. Buy Omega Seamaster Watches 4: IWC Big Pilot Heritage If you are in the market for a big face watch, Google will probably lead you to the IWC Big Pilot pretty quickly. It does have “big” in the name! And at 46.2mm, it is big. But its simplicity belies its size and gives it an air of understatement. Forget about a rotating bezel or a chronograph subdial. Keep the hands and indices simple, and the face takes a just-the-facts attitude with time, date, and a power reserve indicator. True to form, pilot watches were originally intended for a pilot to get information at a glance. The Big Pilot offers just that with elegance and sophistication. And utility! Even the conical crown is big so you can adjust it while wearing gloves, a problem that pilots of old must have faced. IWC Big Pilot Buy IWC Pilot Watches 5: Breitling Navitimer Super 8 Speaking of eye-catching bezels, Breitling Navitimer gives us one seriously big watch with the Super 8. While its case measures 46mm, we get to 50mm when you include the bidirectional rotating bezel. The oversized timepiece is a homage to Breitlings used by pilots during World War II, when size literally mattered because those watches were designed to be worn on the thigh. True to the at-a-glance needs of pilots in action, the Super 8 is available in bare-bones-style on the face, with nothing more than hour, minute, and seconds hands pointing to ample Arabic numerals. Source from Breitling Buy Breitling Navtimer Watches 6: Citizen Promaster Aqualand 200M  But who says a busy dial is always a bad thing? Look to Citizen Promaster Aqualand, stamped with a dizzying number of dashes, dots and lines that just might give you visual vertigo if you look at it too long. With a diameter of 53mm, it’s a big watch that cries out for attention. It’s built for some serious undersea action, water-resistant up to 200 meters with a 70-meter depth display. And the black polyurethane strap is plenty sturdy. But what most watch lovers will probably like about this attention-getting timepiece is that it just looks really cool! Source from Amazon Buy Citizen Promaster Watches 7: Casio G-Shock Blackout They don’t call it “The King” for nothing! Coming in at a sliver under 58mm, the Casio G-Shock GX-56BB Blackout takes the “shock” in its name quite literally with a big statement on your wrist. As it’s a G-Shock it’s pretty tough, shock-resistant, water-resistant to 200 meters, and resistant to magnetics. It’s also solar-powered and has a triple-layered construction to add to its toughness. Casio G-Shock Blackout Buy Casio G-Shock Watches Of course, this is all a matter of taste and personal preference. You can go with a nice dress watch at 38mm and most likely nobody will think twice about its size. But maybe you do want people to look twice and check out that timepiece you’re sporting on your wrist. If that’s the case, consider going big with an oversized watch.

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  3. Fun Facts: 5 Things You Should Know About Rolex Watches

    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 watches 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: Rolex Watches, 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 watches 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 karats 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 karats 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 watches 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. Buy Rolex Watches 4: Rolex Watches Are 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, Rolex watches 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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  4. Casio G-Shock and Hershel

    Casio G-Shock and Hershel

    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. Source: Casio G Shock Buy Casio G-Shock Watches 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 Casio G-Shocks are normally transparent. Keen-eyed observers will undoubtedly note that this Casio 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. Source: Casio G ShockBut 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.” 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 Casio 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. Source: Casio G ShockCasio G-Shock and Hershel 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 Casio G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide.

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  5. How Much Should You Pay for Rolex Watches?

    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. Buy Rolex Watches 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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  6. Famous Watches That Have Fetched Big Bucks at Auctions

    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. Famous 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. 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. 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. Famous Watches, 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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  7. Why Vacheron Constantin Overseas is Great for Travelers

    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. 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. 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 with Vacheron Constantin Overseas 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! Buy Longines Vacheron Constantin Overseas Vacheron Constantin Overseas 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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  8. Closer Look at Omega’s New James Bond Watch

    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 with the James Bond Watch 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. James Bond Watch, 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. 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. James Bond Watch, 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 watch on with this exquisite new watch.

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

    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. Fitness Watches 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! Apple Official WebsiteWith 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. Garmin Official WebsiteBut 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. Samsung Galaxy Official WebsiteIts 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. Fitness Watches 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. Withings Official WebsiteBut 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 Fitness Watches 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. Fossil Official WebsiteWaterproof for swimming up to 30 meters, these fitness watches 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. Xiaomi Official WebsiteSo 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. Fitness Watches 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 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. A Closer Look at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Watch

    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 Reverso Grande Date Bigger than your average Jaeger-LeCoultre 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. 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. 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. 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. Jaeger-LeCoultre 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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  11. What Is a Moonphase Watch?

    What Is a Moonphase Watch?

    Have you ever thought about getting a moonphase watch? Maybe you’ve seen one and wondered how they work. Maybe the concept is entirely new to you. Whichever the case, moonphase watches are amazing things that deserve a closer look. Ancient Time Telling Long before humans had watches, they looked to the moon to gauge time. Along with the sun, the movement of celestial bodies was the only constant in an ever-changing experience on Earth. The lunar cycle of (just about) 29.5 days a month was one of the few things they could rely on and that cycle gave us the monthly calendar we still use today. Sure, the rising and setting of the sun was an accurate way to count days, but only the moon could predict the passing of months, telling ancient people the comings and goings of seasons. In a world where harvests were (and in some cases still are) matters of life and death, tracking the moon was serious business. The First Lunar Timepieces The ancient Greeks had a knack for inventions to say the least. More than a century ago archeologists uncovered a device salvaged from a ship that sank off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera over two thousand years ago. It was an unusual find, a mechanism with about 25 gears in a layout that somewhat resembles the configuration of a modern clock. It was indeed the world’s first computer! This machine, dubbed the Antikythera Mechanism, predicted the movement of the moon, sun, and planets, as well as did basic calculations. The lunar functions were particularly intriguing. Beyond counting a 19-year lunar cycle, one crank of a lever rotates a small ball that displays the phases of the moon. While today’s moonphase watches are more sophisticated, they follow the same principle the Greeks discovered more than two centuries ago. How Do Today’s Moonphase Watches Work? Basically a moonphase watch shows you a representation of how the moon looks in the sky on any given night. To do this, a gear with 59 teeth drives a metal finger that connects to the movement for the hour hand, clicking it forward one notch each day. This 24-hour cycle in turn tracks the 29.53 day lunar cycle. Given that the lunar cycle isn’t an exact 29.5 days, lunar watches will need to be adjusted, but the slight difference only needs to be corrected about every two-and-a-half years. Without adjustment, it’ll be off by about a day. If that sounds tough, there are some higher-end complications that use a 135-tooth gear to achieve even more accuracy. And they seriously up the precision, losing just one day every 122 years. So most of us won’t live long enough to need to make that adjustment! How is the Moon Represented? Two ways. The first, and more common, type of moonphase watch is a “bosom.” This is arguably the more romantic of the two, displaying the moon as a graphic representation, using a crescent-shaped aperture to show the moon how it physically appears in the sky. The second type is a radial, which uses a hand on the watch to point to numbers on an outer ring much in the same way a bezel is used for calculations on a chronograph. Why Would You Want a Moonphase Watch? Because they’re awesome. And by that we mean in the true sense of the word. The moon has inspired awe since the dawn of time itself, spawning a near endless series of myths and tales of its greatness, usually portrayed as a maternal being. Again it was the Greeks who gave us the moon goddess, Selene, the sister of Helios, the sun god. The Romans came along and named her Luna, a name that’s stuck to this day. Wearing a moonphase watch is an undeniable connection to that ancient history, a recognition that the natural world around us may be more than just the movement of rocks in space. There is art, poetry and the lineage of human history in the moon that has looked down on humanity for all of its existence. With the force to sway oceans and control their tides, it’s been said the moon has the power to enchant, entice and drive people into crazed raving “lunatics.” A few awesome examples: Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Moon Jaeger LeCoultre truly captures celestial majesty in an understated way. As its name suggests, it’s a slender watch that oozes cosmopolitan style. A wonderful model in the line has a face of deep blue, echoing the night sky but without being too “on the nose” with a field of stars. The moonphase display shows both radial and bosom indicators, the latter in basic blue and yellow that stays in line with the simple elegance of the timepiece. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonphase Chronograph This one is more for those who want their moonphase complication as more of an add-on feature. This Omega looks and functions like their standard choreographs in every way, from the usual subdials at the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions to a traditional bezel. But at the six o’clock position there’s a gorgeous moonphase indicator. It features a realistic representation of the moon, valleys and all, moving across a glittery starfield. Bonus, George Clooney wears one! Patek Philippe 6102R Celestial Moon Phase Patek Philippe goes all out with a total lunar theme. The face features a field of star-dusted nighttime sky. It has a small moon on display as it appears in the sky on any particular eve. But it gets way more complicated than that. The watch actually charts the moon’s orbit. It tracks the celestial body as it passes through latitudes, shown on the watch face in an elliptical dubbed a “planisphere.” Are you sold? Are you ready to start tracking the moon on your wrist? Want to carry a little sprinkle of that stardust magic everywhere you go? If so, why not pick up a moonphase watch today?

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