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    Custom Watches: Make Your Gifts More Meaningful

    Finding the perfect gift to give someone can be quite tedious. Sometimes you just have no idea what to get them, especially if they already have everything. It has to feel special and meaningful. The solution to finding the right gift for the person who has everything? Make it personal! Customised gifts really add a personal level to the gift. One brilliant personalised gift idea is getting custom watches — whether it’s a simple engraving on a luxury watch like a Rolex or Patek Philippe or you can do it from scratch like a photo watch. Here’s a guide to help you find the custom watch perfect for your loved one.  Why Customise? A lot of gifts can seem impersonal. You could be buying a wedding gift for a not-so-close family friend from their registry without really putting any thought on it. Or it could be a last-minute gift you give someone when you accidentally forget their birthday. And that’s all okay. But for someone who means a lot to you, sometimes you’d just want to go the extra mile and get them something more personal.  Photo from Jewel GramWhen giving someone a gift, you have to consider their personality and the nature of your relationship. Sometimes, people aren’t really into gifts so it would be best to put your efforts into something else they’d appreciate more. But if your loved one is someone who has “receiving gifts” as one of their main love languages, putting some thought into a gift and making it more personal could really make them happy. There are a lot of ways to make a gift more special, and getting a custom item is one good idea.  Custom Watches: More than Just Fancy Items Photo from PinterestFundamentally, a watch is meant for telling time. However, that’s not the only use of a watch. Nowadays, a lot of people use watches as a way to express themselves or their style. And since watches are a common gift for special occasions, it’s a good avenue for personalisation. Watches, especially from luxury watch brands such as Audemars Piguet or IWC, are also handed down as from one generation to another as family heirlooms. So, imagine how special it would be to be handed down a personalised watch your grandfather once owned. A custom watch has so much more meaning. It is more than just a fancy item on your wrist. That personalised watch would be something only the receiver of the gift would have. Giving custom watches to a loved one gives them the opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind memento that they will be able to cherish for a very long time. Types of Watch Customisation   Photo from Philippine Watch Club1. Watch engraving There are a lot of ways to customise watches. One of the most common ways people create personalised watches is by adding a watch engraving. It’s simple, classy, and makes the watch truly their own. Some people have a phrase engraved on the caseback that could be important to the giver and receiver’s relationship. For married couple, this could be a snippet from their vows or even an inside joke. Sometimes people also have their names or initials engraved to really make that person feel that it is a watch meant just for them. One of the most controversial engraved watches by far is a Rolex Day-Date watch, given by Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe to then US President John F. Kennedy on the occasion of his birthday [photo above], with an engraving: “Jack, with love as always from Marilyn. May 29th, 1962″.   Photo from Unsplash2. Adding gems and diamonds Another thing you can do to customise your watches is by adding some adornments in the form of diamonds or other precious stones. There are ladies luxury watches — such the Bulgari Serpenti, Chopard Happy Diamonds, or Ballon Bleu de Cartier — that already come with gems and dimonds. But if you feel like you need more gems, you can always customise it to meet your style. You can either ask the brands themselves to customise the watches, or you can go to an independent jeweller or watchmaker to set the gems on your existing watch to personalise it. Photo from Soul Feel3. Using photos and mementos The last type of customisation we’ll talk about is a photo watch. Basically, you use personal photos as the design for the dial. You can also do it with jewellery and cufflinks. This could be a photo of the person you’re gifting it to, or a photo of you together, or just something that means a lot to them. The possibilities are endless with this one since there are so many photos you can choose from. To customise a photo watch, first, you have to select a photo. Now, there are a lot of things to consider in selecting a photo. What’s the personality of the person you plan on giving a custom watch to? Do they prefer something more minimal or do they like vibrance? You could also consider their interests.  Photo from UnsplashAnother thing to consider is the watch you plan to customise. You can’t just choose any type of watch. You have to make sure they’d like the watch you’re getting them and that it fits their personality. You also have to make sure that having a photo dial would make sense for the watch. For example, if a lot is already going on in the watch, adding a photo dial might make it look too cluttered. You have to have an overall cohesive design so keep that in mind. Lastly, one of the most important things is setting a budget. You have to make sure that both the watch and the customisation would fit your budget. Make sure to set a reasonable budget and choose your options in that range.  Best Jewellery Watches and Diamond-Studded Watches to Customise There are a lot of watches you can customise. But for this list, we’re focusing on jewellery watches and luxury watches. These watches are great to customise because you already have amazing quality to work with. A luxury watch purchased as a gift is typically reserved for special occasions, so why not make it even more special by adding a personal touch to the gift. Mix technical value with personal worth to create something truly meaningful. Rolex Lady Datejust  The Rolex Lady Datejust is part of an iconic collection in the brand’s repertoire. Rolex first introduced the Datejust series in the 1940s, and it was very popular due to the collection’s versatility and the amazing finish of the watches. Due to the collection’s popularity, Rolexdecided to create the Rolex Lady Datejust watches in 1957 so that ladies can also enjoy the amazing quality the original collection had to offer.  In terms of movement, the Rolex Lady Datejust delivers nothing but high quality. It is a chronometer, so you can expect insane accuracy with this watch. Its power reserve is up to approximately 55 hours and it runs on a perpetual, self-winding, mechanical movement.  The standard case for ladies is 28mm and is made from either stainless steel, Everose Rolesor — which is a mix of Oystersteel and 18K Everose gold, white gold, or yellow gold. The bracelet is also made from the same materia and features a stunning bezel with a fluted design. The watch has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal — the best type of watch crystal out there — and a cyclops lens over the watch’s date window. It has a beautiful dial, which, depending on the model can be pink, white, or yellow, that has a nice sunburst finish. For the indexes, instead of the usual numbers, you will instead find diamonds set on the dial for a classier feel. A jewellery watch, such as the Rolex Lady Datejust featured above, is a perfect watch to have customised. Since this watch is already amazing on its own, you don’t need to go overboard when customising it. A simple watch engraving at the back of the watch would suffice to keep the watch’s beautiful features and add your own personality to it. Patek Phlippe Calatrava The Patek Philippe Calatrava collection is known for its sleek and clean design. Although the construction leans toward a more minimalistic vibe with just watch hands and no indezes or date windows, the particulasr Calatrava featured below offers a highly elegant look. It has a 37mm rose gold case with a diamond-studded bezel.  It has a sturdy sapphire crystal, which is probably the most scratch-resistant type of watch crystal. The watch runs on an automatic movement and has a power reserve of 48 hours. Not to mention, the bezel, as you can see, is diamond-studded. Now, the star of this  Patek Philippe watch is its orchid-pattern dial. Unlike typical watch dials, this watch doesn’t just use a solid color or a textured effect. It has a unique orchid dial that makes it stand out. This is a perfect gift to surprise your loved one with, especially if they are known for having a green thumb or have a particular love for orchids. And if you can’t really afford a luxury watch, you can use this watch as inspiration. If you have a loved one who loves to take photos of plants and post them on Instagram, or perhaps they like to create art involving flowers, you can take those pictures and have a shop personalise your chosen watch with the flower design. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak  Audemars Piguet released the Royal Oak collection in 1972, introducing to the world the first luxury sports watch honed from steel. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is known for its steel octagonal design. This Royal Oak for ladies, featured below, is one of the more iconic models from the collection. It’s got a clean, patterned black dial and diamond-studded bezel. It runs on an automatic movement and has a 60-hour power reserve. It is 37mm in diameter and has a sapphire crystal. The watch has silver stick hands and indexes and a date window at the 3 o’clock position.  Most people who opt for this watch as a gift often personalise it with an engraving at the back with the name of the recipient and the date it was given. There’s definitely a lot of opportunities to turn this already cool watch into something more special through customisation.  Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier  Only released in 2006, the Ballon Bleu de Cartier is one of Cartier’s more recent collections. What makes this a popular timepiece among the collection from Cartier? Well, the hint is in the name itself. “Ballon” refers to the watch’s balloon-like curves in its case that make a beautiful curvaceous silhouette. And “Bleu” is derived from the blue synthetic cabochon that you can find on the watch’s crown. The particular Ballon Bleu de Cartier model above has a round stainless steel case that is 28mm in diameter. The simple yet elegant dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Similar to the case, the watch bracelet is also made of stainless steel. On the dial, you’ll find small and thin watch hands in a vibrant blue. You’ll also see a Roman numeral at the 12 o’clock position, while the other hours markers are set with diamond studs.  This jewellery watch from Cartier is a perfect mix of simplicity and elegance. It’s got a simple dial that really puts the focus on the diamond indexes. Because of this, this could easily become a wonderful gift for a loved one. You can either add more diamonds on the bezel or have it engraved with a nice message on the caseback.  Bulgari Serpenti  Now, here’s a watch unlike any other. From the name itself, you can probably guess where the watch takes its inspiration in terms of design. The Bulgari Serpenti is truly unique with its snake-like coils and lines. The fascinating Serpenti watch featured above from the Italian brand Bulgari has a stainless steel and rose gold case with a unique shape. Its case resembles the head of the snake while its bracelet represents its body, which coils around the wrist comfortably. The watch has a silver opaline dial with silver watch hands and hand-applied indexes. Meanwhile, its rose gold bezel is studded with diamonds. This jewellery watch would be the perfect gift to give your serpent-loving friend. The unique design of this watch will surely wow and excite the receiver. You can even go the extra mile and have the dial customised to make it a full-diamond dial. Or you can have a nice message engraved on its caseback. This will surely bring a smile to snake lovers every time they have to check the time. Chopard Happy Diamonds  Chopard really wowed the watch industry when they released their Happy Diamonds series back in 1976. The iconic double-whirl layout that characterises this collection is truly remarkable. Add the slender design and diamonds and this jewellery watch is the epitome of elegance in design. The Chopard Happy Diamonds watch featured below has an 18K rose gold case and diamond-studded bezel. Maintaining the slender theme, this watch has a very sleek and thin alligator strap in a glossy black. Its numberless dial is in a lovely mother of pearl guilloché. This jewellery watch is definitely a wonderful gift to give to a loved one. The design holds such an incomparable elegance. What could possibly make this jewellery watch even better? Well, adding a watch engraving at the back would really be a nice touch. But be warned, this is quite a small watch. So, it’s best not to have a sentence or phrase engraved since it probably won’t fit. Our suggestion? Have a watch engraving of their initials so that they can truly feel that this watch is meant for only them. That’ll definitely make them feel special and warm inside. Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa  Simple yet elegant, the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa is a wonderful watch to add to your wardrobe. Its got a clean white leather strap, which matches very well with its rectangular case. The particular model below has a lovely ivory dial with a sunray guilloché finish. On the dial, you’ll see a combination of rose gold-plated indexes and Arabic numerals. A Parmigiani Fleurier signature, the watch hands are in a delta shape with rose gold lining and luminescent coating. The bezel, which is the star of the show, is studded with diamonds. If you’re feeling extra generous and you want more diamonds, you can personalise it and ask for more diamonds or other precious gemstones on the dial.. But, if you like to keep things simple but personalised at the same time, you can opt for a watch engraving on the caseback instead. IWC Portofino  Released in 1984, the IWC Portofino takes inspiration from a village in Italy. The brand wanted to capture the laid-back yet elegant vibe that Portofino, Italy holds. The collection was a hit and remains to be one of the most successful models by IWC due to its timeless design. Despite having a few extra features, the Portofino successfully exhibits a clean and minimalistic design. The IWC Portofino featured below is a men’s diamond watch, which features a stainless steel case with a see-through sapphire glass caseback. This open-back design allows you to peek at the watch’s intricate movement. The same sapphire glass is also used at the front to provide a scratch-resistant crystal for the watch. For the strap, we have a handsome alligator leather in gray. Not to mention, the watch’s bezel is studded with diamonds. The dial is a clean gray with some silver accents. It’s got thin, silver hour markers and small Arabic numerals accented with more diamonds. At the centre, you will find matching silver-tone watch hands. The watch also has a date window at 3 o’clock. To personalise it, you can include a small engaving at the back to make it more special.  Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-vous The Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-vous is a stylish watch that simply exudes elegance. The particular model featured below has a rose gold case with a diamond-studded bezel. This pairs really well with the black alligator leather strap with pin buckle. The watch has a milky white dial with a subtle textured design. You’ll have no problem reading the time with this watch since it has large Arabic numerals. It also has minute markers, but instead of the usual position at the outer part of the dial, these markers are found near the centre. At the centre, you will find two watch hands in a stunning aqua blue shade. The watch also has a date window in a small semicircle aperture above the 6 o’clock position. This elegant jewellery watch from Jaeger-LeCoultre will make a perfect gift for your loved one. We suggest preserving the watch’s elegant dial. Instead, you can put a watch engraving at the back to make the gift more personal. Jaquet Droz Lady 8  The Jaquet Droz Lady 8 is a watch that is an icon in its own right. The particular watch featured below has a stainless steel case that is decorated with 48 diamonds, making it really classy. The back of the watch is transparent, allowing you to see its intricate movement. It has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a black leather strap.  This jewellery watch from Jaquet Droz has a dome-shaped aventurine dial with a galaxy design. It would be a perfect gift to give to that friend who just loves to gaze at the stars. Make your space-loving friend feel even more special by adding a personalised watch engraving at the back or adding more diamonds on the bezel to make it full-pave. Instagram’s Role in Customisation Photographs have always played a vital role in preserving moments, whether historical or personal. And with the rise of the digital world, cameras have become more accessible to the public. Almost everyone now has a smartphone in hand with its own camera that they can use to take photos and selfies. And in this digital landscape, the opportunity to create is definitely abundant.  Photo from UnsplashInstagram founders saw an opportunity to create an application that allows people to post photos they took on their own phone and share it on an online platform for others to view. In the beginning, users were mostly sharing personal photos for friends to view or as an archive for memories, but since then, the app has evolved and now people and businesses, just like Jewel Gram, are using it to produce custom jewellery using Instagram photos.  Using Instagram Photos to Customise Jewellery and Watches Photo from Jewel GramAlthough a lot of businesses are more of Instagram-adjacent, there are also businesses where Instagram is firmly rooted in its operations. Take Jewel Gram, for example. As mentioned above, this is a site that allows you to take photos from Instagram and use it to personalise jewellery. As a photo-centric app, Instagram is often utilised for personalisation. We know about taking photos from friends’ or family members’ Instagram photos and putting them on shirts or mugs as personalised gifts. But there are actually a lot of different things you can customise and make special using Instagram photos. One great idea of using Instagram photos to customise is for personalised watches. Final Thoughts Personalised gifts, especially custom watches or jewellery, are always heartwarming and special. They add sentimental value to a material object to make it more meaningful. After all, an object is just an object until we add meaning to it. Putting thought and effort into a gift is a sure way to make your loved ones happy. Custom watches turn ordinary timepieces into one-of-a-kind special items, which are perfect gifts to give your loved ones. They both have high material value and high personal meaning. What’s more, they’re something that can be passed down as a family heirloom. With a custom watch, you can give your loved one a personalised gift that they’ll be able to treasure for a very long time to come.    Featured photo from Not On The High Street

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    Best Cufflinks to Match with Your Luxury Watches: A Comprehensive Guide

    Cufflinks serve more purpose than we give them credit for. More than just tiny adornments on a man’s cuffs, these accessories can — in fact — make or break a whole ensemble. Every well-dressed man knows that there’s always a good reason to add a new pair of cufflinks to his collection.  He should also know that there are more ways than one to wear cufflinks. After all, even the most expensive cufflinks won’t do any good if they’re worn inappropriately. It’s not rocket science to wear one, but it sure takes some sartorial experience to get it right.   Photo from Cartier Watches and Cufflinks Cufflinks, as the name suggests, are worn on the cuffs of a shirt’s sleeves. And so given their position, as a rule of thumb, cufflinks mostly match with a man’s watch. If he wears a gold watch, he’s more likely to wear a pair of gold cufflinks. Given that opportunity, a lot of high-end watch brands such as Omega, Patek Philippe, and Cartier produce their own cufflinks. These cufflinks are meant to complement a watch model or collection. The design of the cufflinks either directly attributes to the watch’s signature design or the brand’s overall look. For instance, you can pair your Omega Seamaster with a Seamaster cufflink, but you can also pick out a symbol cufflink that would match your timepiece just as perfectly. At the end of the day, cufflinks function to complete a look and make it cohesive. Cufflinks are style accessories so its prices vary like any item in this category. Given that luxury brands produce their own cufflinks, the prices of these items can be on the more expensive side of the range. But that doesn’t mean cufflinks are only for the rich and wealthy. In fact, affordable cufflinks dominate the market more than luxury cufflinks. But that, of course, doesn’t assure the same quality that luxury cufflinks offer. From Aristocratic to Modern Man The use of cufflinks dates back some 800 years ago. Today, they’re a part of every gentleman’s wardrobe basics alongside a nice watch or a fresh pair of socks. As small as they seem, cufflinks can actually set the tone for a man’s style preferences. What most people believe is unnecessary makes a huge difference when worn. Traditionally, cufflinks are aristocratic accessories. As time progresses and economic climates change, more and more people start to use cufflinks. Today, men from all walks of life can own a pair of cufflinks. From a black-tie event to a casual day out, cufflinks serve more purpose today than in the olden times. Photo from Reddit Wear Your Style on Your Sleeves Cufflinks — as tiny as they are — are big on helping men upgrade their sense of style. The great thing about cufflinks is that they work well on any occasion. These days, even casual day-to-day can be a reason to wear a good-old cufflink. Basically, any occasion where you can wear a shirt with double cuffs or “French” cuffs as they call it (the ones without buttons) calls for a nice pair of cufflinks. There are a few traditional ways to wear cufflinks. One of which is called a “kissing” position, which means the cuffs are pulled with the interior side together before being linked through the aligned cuff holes. This more traditional means of wearing cufflinks are mostly perfect for black-tie events. Another is called “barrel” style. You can wear it with the cuffs overlapping each other. The sleek finish of this look makes it perfect for a more business or casual look. Cufflinks, especially the ones from luxury brands, leave a good impression to the people who take notice of them. They’re often a statement piece that completes a dressy attire. Not to mention, men identify with certain designs or brands that make them stand out. And wearing a luxury brand is one way to do it. So without further ado, here are our top 10 recommended luxury watch brands that offer matching, equally iconic cufflinks. Top 10 Best Cufflinks to Match with Your Luxury Watches 1. Patek Philippe Nautilus Watches & Cufflinks Founded in 1839, there’s no denying that Patek Philippe is an institution in itself.  The company has a long history of ownership but the Stern Family took over the company’s management in 1932. During the Great Depression, Charles Stern and Jean Stern acquired the company from being a loyal business partner that supplied Patek Philippe with watch dials. To this day, the fourth generation Sterns run the company. Patek Philippe Nautilus REF 5711/1A-010 & Nautilus cufflinks with black-blue sapphire in 18K white gold  Patek Philippe’s foundation mostly revolves around family and the value of an heirloom. Just as their popular motto says, “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” What makes Patek Philippe’s line of watches unique is the fact that these are items that resonate with the brand’s persona and ultimately through every gentleman and the future generations that come after them. Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5980R-001 & Nautilus cufflinks with 32 baguette diamonds in 18K rose gold  It only made sense when the brand expanded its catalogue to various jewellery and accessories. Today, the brand boasts a perfectly curated line of products that perfectly matches its watch collections, particularly the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Aquanaut, and Calatrava. The catalogue now includes luxury items such as cufflinks, rings, money clips, and a whole lot more. Easily, Patek Philippe’s cufflinks made it to our list. Each of its cufflink pairs goes well with a certain watch model. Patek Phillipe Nautilus Ref. 7118/1A-010 & Nautilus cufflinks with silver-white sapphire crystal in 18K white gold  Whether you already have a Patek Philippe watch or not, it shouldn’t be that hard to pick from their collection of cufflinks. It’s straightforward and easy to pair. The brand’s cufflink designs take heavy inspiration from the watches themselves. And our favourite among the brand’s line of cufflinks and watches, the Patek Philippe Nautilus watch and cufflinks that go perfectly well with each other. Indeed, they’re as simple as they’re elegant. 2. Rolex Watches & Vintage Cufflinks The well-known brand Rolex has been every man’s go-to grail watch brand. Owning a Rolex equates with the financial stability of a man, given that their watches range from five to six digits at best. Established in 1905, Rolex’s story began in London, England. However, because of the First World War, they decided to move their operation to Geneva, Switzerland. Since then, the company has been headquartered there. With the brand’s motto, “A crown for every achievement,” it’s easy to equate the brand with milestone gifts whether to one’s self or other people. Rolex Day-Date watch & Vintage Rolex gold President Link cufflinks  Rumour has it that Rolex sold cufflinks in the 1990s. But take this with a grain of salt. This is unconfirmed by anyone from Rolex, and to this day can’t be proven true. However, watch enthusiasts confirm that Rolex did have cufflinks but not officially sold separately by the brand. Perhaps they’re sold by a different authorised dealer or came in the package with a watch. That’s the reason you can still buy supposedly genuine Rolex cufflinks online through resellers or collectors. But sometimes finding a pair for yourself can be quite a daunting task. Rolex Submariner watch & Vintage Rolex gold President Link cufflinks with onyx  Firstly, there are a lot of counterfeits in the market today not only for their watches but also for their cufflinks. If spotting a fake Rolex comes easy for you then you’re in luck because you’ll probably spot a fake Rolex cufflink anywhere. Secondly, a lot of knockoffs also flock the modern-day market for Rolex cufflinks. They may not name if after the brand but they sure carry heavy resemblance with the iconic crown logo. In other occasions, they brand the cufflinks as “Rolex-inspired” to avoid a multi-million-dollar copyright infringement lawsuit. According to forum discussions, legitimate Rolex cufflinks come in President design links. So, if you see a crown logo-inspired cufflink out there, better seek for expert advice regarding its authenticity. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch & Vintage Rolex gold President Link cufflinks  With that said, it’s easier to pair Rolex watches — including the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Rolex Day-Date, or even the Rolex Submariner —  with a respective cufflink. Since most authentic Rolex cufflinks appear to come in gold, we have the above-suggested model and cufflink pairings to try. 3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watches & Cufflinks Audemars Piguet started as a project between two childhood friends, Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet. While their story started in 1875, the company Audemars Piguet & Cie was not officially founded until 1881 in Le Brassus, Switzerland. The two had experience in watchmaking as Audemars began his career developing movements for brands like Tiffany & Co. Meanwhile, Piguet worked on the regulation of watch movements. By dividing the workload, the two met with great success. To this day, the company’s being run by the family of its owners with its fourth-generation leaders coming from the Audemars family. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph watch in pink gold & Audemars Piguet Royal Oak gold cufflinks  When a lot of manufacturers were crippled by the Quartz Crisis in the late 1960s to the early 1980s, the company found ways to shake the industry. At a time when watches were dainty and made of gold, Audemars Piguet commissioned designer Gérald Genta to design an unprecedented steel watch. Overnight, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was born. It was officially launched a year after Genta presented his now-iconic octagonal design with hexagonal screws, all made of steel. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watch in stainless steel & Audemars Piguet Royal Oak stainless steel cufflinks  Unlike Rolex, Audemars Piguet did sell official cufflinks that match the brand’s iconic Royal Oak watches. Defined by the iconic octagonal shape and exposed hexagonal screws, these cufflinks perfectly embody the Royal Oak’s best traits. They also come with the classic “tapisserie” pattern. Just by the looks of it, they’re undeniably the best accessory to accompany your Royal Oak with. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-winding watch & Audemars Piguet Royal Oak stainless steel cufflinks  These cufflinks can be bought online through resellers or via an auction. But with the popularity of these cufflinks alongside their watch counterpart, it’s easy to stumble upon counterfeit or knockoff cufflinks. So, make sure you’re looking at an authentic Royal Oak cufflink first before proceeding with your purchase. It wouldn’t hurt to ask your seller or to ask an expert. 4. Hublot Big Bang Watches & Cufflinks In 1980, Carlo Crocco founded Hublot. Crocco mostly oversaw the business’ design aspect so he had to hire someone else to lead the company for him. So, in May 2004,  Jean-Claude Biver, then president of Swatch Group’s Omega division took the CEO position at Hublot. The brand saw huge success as they expanded all over Europe, starting with a  mono-brand store in Paris. Soon enough, the company was already conquering the United States as well. Today, Hublot is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the storied fashion house, LVMH. The brand functions alongside LVMH brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Givenchy and more. Hublot Big Bang Unico watch in King Gold & Fendi gold cufflinks  With the brand attached to other fashion houses such as the ones mentioned above, it’s not hard to imagine the brand with accessories to boot. Not only do they get heavy design perspectives from their own watch collection but they also get notable contributions from their sister company’s collections. In an attempt to mix and match Hublot watches with other LVMH branded cufflinks, let’s focus on the iconic Hublot Big Bang watch collection. Hublot Big Bang Unico watch in Magic Gold & Givenchy brass cufflinks  There’s no denying that the Hublot Big Bang watch makes a case for a unique timepiece. While its design heavily takes on Genta’s Royal Oak (as with his very own Nautilus), this timepiece is still considered to be unique in its own right. Hublot Big Bang Unico watch in stainless steel and diamonds & Louis Vuitton cufflinks  It’s not hard to love the Hublot Big Bang especially with the mix and match of materials that make up the watch. And what better way to mix and match your Big Bang than with various LVMH cufflinks. These cufflinks come from brands under the LVMH group that most fans of the brand patronise themselves. 5. Panerai Watches & Logo Cufflinks Panerai, unlike the previous entries on our list, doesn’t come from Switzerland. The Italian watch manufacturer, however, is a  wholly-owned subsidiary of Swiss luxury good company Richemont. The humble beginnings of the shop started in 1860 in Florence, Italy. Giovanni Panerai’s small beginnings grew to become the official supplier of the Royal Italian Navy. From there, the company’s business grew and today we know the brand as one of the top luxury watch brands for men. Panerai Luminor 1950 watch & Panerai Logo cufflinks  It’s unclear whether or not Panerai released their own cufflinks, but a bunch of Panerai logo cufflinks flock the Internet. Some watch aficionados swear they’re authentic while others are unsure. Nevertheless, the cufflinks we’re going to mention here are Panerai Logo cufflinks that go well with any of the brand’s watches, particularly the Panerai Luminor and Panerai Radiomir. Panerai Radiomir watch & Panerai Logo cufflinks  The great thing about these cufflinks is that they’re made of stainless steel so they’re easily paired with just about anything. You can pick a Panerai watch from your collection and go on with the very same cufflinks. Not to mention, Panerai actually has a really interesting logo. It’s unique not only to the brand but to the industry as well. Check out the pairings above we prepared for you. 6. Tudor Watches & Designer Cufflinks Tudor is Rolex’s answer to the demand for more affordable Swiss timepieces. Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf founded the brand in Geneva, Switzerland, where Rolex is also headquartered. Wilsdorf wanted to provide people with an alternative to the extravagant prices of Rolex. The reasonably-priced watches from Tudor take great inspiration from its parent company, Rolex, that’s why you’ll find a lot of similarities between the two brands. Tudor specialises in sports watches and professional divers, such as the Tudor Pelagos and Tudor Heritage Black Bay, which are almost at par with Rolex’s reliability. Tudor Pelagos watch and & Tateossian cufflinks  Tudor boasts its own line of watches that perfectly match with any occasion. Given that the brand takes heavy inspiration from Rolex’s design signature, a quick take on the watches can be an easy way to mistake it for an expensive grail watch. But that’s not to say that Tudor watches don’t carry a design DNA of its own. In fact, Tudor focuses more on function rather than form and skips the grandeur to focus on reliability and durability of its watches. Say for instance the Tudor Pelagos watch collection comes with titanium cases and bezels that are lightweight yet durable. They also come with ceramic dials. With the company’s watches as appealing as these, pairing them with a cufflink should be an easy task. Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch & Salvatore Ferragamo cufflinks  Just like its parent company, Rolex, Tudor didn’t seem to have released any cufflinks at all to match its watches. However, finding a cufflink for this brand comes easy with various luxury brands available online. 7. IWC Watches & Crown Cufflinks IWC is an American watch brand with a heart for Swiss watchmaking. The history of the brand is quite an adventure, especially for its founder Florentine Ariosto Jones. From his hometown in Boston, Jones travelled to Europe and later explored the excellence of Swiss watchmaking technology. After the brand realised the power of hydroelectric factories, IWC grew to become the watch manufacturer we know today — famous for its collections such as the IWC Ingenieur, IWC Portofino, and IWC Aquatimer, among others. IWC Ingenieur Chronograph watch & IWC titanium Crown cufflinks  IWC crafted their own cufflinks for the people who adored the IWC Pilot watches. The company developed watches that are inspired by the conical crown of the Big Pilot’s Watch that is considered to be the most recognisable trait of the timepiece. Large crowns are not new when it comes to aviation watches given that pilots need a big crown to grab on with their padded gloves. IWC Portofino Moonphase watch & IWC gold Crown cufflinks  The cufflinks, aptly nicknamed Crown cufflinks, are manufactured in Schaffhausen and are perfect not only for pilots but also for other professionals. The IWC cufflinks come in either stainless steel, 18K 5N gold, or titanium. 8. Omega Watches & Omegamania Cufflinks Omega is one of the oldest Swiss manufacturers. Founded in 1848, the brand was then known as La Generale Watch Co., headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Founder Louis Brandt started out by assembling key-wound pocket watches with parts supplied by local craftsmen. From there, the company grew to be the brand we know and love today. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Co-Axial watch & Omegamania cufflinks  The company has been undisputedly running despite all the economic and industrial crises it faced. Even the Quartz Crisis was no match to the company. To further prove the company’s prestige, they were also chosen by NASA to equip Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin with watches in the 1969 Apollo 11 lunar mission. This is just one of the many achievements the company boasts. Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial watch & Omegamania cufflinks  Omega has been providing cufflinks that complement its watch collections, including the Omega Constellation, Omega De Ville, and Omega Seamaster, to name a few. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch  & Omegamania cufflinks  Omega provides luxury cufflinks that make for such a powerful styling accessory. However, if you do have a few Omega watches in your collection, it’s just right to find a cufflink that can be easily paired with any of them. And Omega, of course, has an answer to it: the Omegamania cufflink collection. These timepieces are detailed with the brand’s iconic logo or are detailed with a brushed centre. 9. Jaeger-LeCoultre Watches & Logo Cufflinks To encapsulate almost two centuries of horological excellence is almost impossible especially when it’s about Jaeger-LeCoultre. The brand’s history dates back to 1559 when Antoine LeCoultre began crafting timepieces in the small town of Le Sentier, Switzerland. However, the company was only officially established in 1833. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-thin watch & Jaeger-LeCoultre Logo cufflinks  From pocket watches, the brand, like any other, grew to manufacture wristwatches. From there, the brand’s artistic take on timepieces became a favourite not only in Europe but all around the world. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Small Seconds watch & Jaeger-LeCoultre Logo cufflinks  Jaeger-LeCoultre doesn’t sell cufflinks separately. Most collectors and resellers get the Jaeger-LeCoultre cufflinks as part of a package with the brand’s timepieces, particularly from the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso and Jaeger-LeCoultre Master collections. A lot of them are also Logo cufflinks. There are various limited-edition cufflinks available in the market today through online resellers. To verify the cufflinks’ authenticity, it’s best to consult an expert. 10. Cartier Watches & Cufflinks Cartier is a storied fashion house and one of the oldest ones that to this day, people look up to. They design and manufacture jewellery and watches from their headquarters in France. Just like Panerai, Cartier is a subsidiary of the Swiss Richemont Group. Founded in 1847, Louis-François Cartier took over a workshop from his master Adolphe Picard. Cartier Santos de Cartier watch in steel & Cartier Santos de Cartier cufflinks  Cartier has provided the watchmaking industry with truly revolutionary watches such as the Santos de Cartier, which Louis Cartier made for his dear aviator friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. The company continued to grow and soon enough, they’re all over the world worn by the most storied names in fashion. The brand was recently featured in the movie Ocean’s 8 as the manufacturer of a precious diamond necklace called the Toussaint. The necklace exists in real life. Cartier Santos de Cartier watch in leather & Cartier Santos de Cartier cufflinks  Cartier’s Santos de Cartier watch is so iconic it deserves its own collection of cufflinks. And being a brand with expertise on jewellery, the brand didn’t fall short in designing the Santos de Cartier cufflinks. While inspired by the watches themselves, the distinction also remains recognisable. How to Pick the Right Cufflinks Picking the right cufflinks doesn’t have to be a difficult task. While we’ve provided you with a rich list of cufflink and watch pairings, you might still get confused along the way. At the end of the day, picking the right cufflinks falls with your personal style preferences and personality. If you’re not one to wear extravagant designs, a more minimal choice of cufflink would be perfect for you. On the other hand, there are a lot of more eccentric designs of cufflinks on the market today. There are even novelty cufflinks if you appreciate those types of designs. How to Put on a Cufflink To put on a cufflink, make sure you’re wearing a French cuff shirt. These types of shirts have no buttons on the cuff. Instead, it has two holes that would align with each other. That said, do the following steps to easily put on a cufflink. To put them on in a “kissing” position: Fold back the cuff of your shirt. Pull the cuffs together away from the wrist, with the interior side against each other. Align the cuff holes together. Insert and lock the cufflink in position Meanwhile, if you want to put the cufflinks on in a “barrel” position, all you have to do is to overlap the cuffs with one interior side against one exterior side. Secure the cufflinks and voila! You’re all set. Various cufflinks have different means of securing them in place. Identify your cufflink type before looking up how to secure them. We promise it’s not that hard of a task. In no time, you’ll be wearing cufflinks so swiftly like the gentleman you’ve always wanted to be. When to Use Cufflinks Cufflinks are traditionally used in formal occasions as well as business events. Semi-formal events don’t require cufflinks but they surely add a certain flair to your ensemble if worn. However, more and more men wear cufflinks in a casual setting. They can be worn not only on shirts but also on jackets. Quirky cufflinks can be perfectly paired with sports or leather jackets of your choice. Pricing of Cufflinks As aforementioned, cufflinks’ prices differ in range by a huge margin. Cheap cufflinks can cost from a dollar to five digits. But that’s not to say that these items only have the brand name to boost their prices. The best cufflinks are made of the finest materials. Most of the time, this alone makes a huge price difference. Cufflinks can be made from materials as simple as stainless steel or as expensive as gold. Not to mention, these cufflinks also have detailings that require various gemstones of sorts. To set an example, Cartier’s Juste Un Clou cufflinks made of white gold with diamonds cost 30,500 USD. The cheapest cufflink from the brand is a Santos de Cartier cufflink in sterling silver sits at 335 USD. Mid-tier less than 100 USD are also available online. These cufflinks often have enough quality to last you many occasions with proper care and maintenance. A Men’s Fashion Must-Have Cufflinks make a huge difference in any man’s ensemble. They complete the look and make it more coherent. While there are a bunch of means to choose your cufflinks, matching them with your watch is a perfect choice given its proximity from the timepiece. After all, watches are not just accessories. They serve a function and may as well be a conversation piece. A unique cufflink can go a long way when it comes to making your look stand out from the crowd. Depending on the occasion, a cufflink, indeed, ups the fashion ante. Every man has a unique sense of style, so you’ll surely be unique with any cufflink of your choice. If you happen to choose a pair of luxury cufflinks, chances are they will be unique to you and you alone. After all, not everyone can afford these luxury accessories. But one thing’s for sure, if you can afford an Omega Speedmaster, then you can most definitely afford a Speedmaster cufflink. Featured photo courtesy of Omega on Twitter

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  5. 5 Fashion Brands That Also Make Impressive Watches

    5 Fashion Brands That Also Make Impressive Watches

    Most of the time when fashion brands release watches as part of their product offering, they’re accused of slapping their logo on something they have no business producing and get labeled as “cash grabbers.” And sometimes, that is arguably fair. Just like it would be different for watch brands to release a handbag or a pair of shoes, for the most part fashion brands should stick to what they know and focus on creating fantastic fashion pieces. But sometimes fashion brands absolutely nail it and produce watches that make members of the horological community swoon. Today’s article will be focusing on such fashion brands and their watches, so keep reading. 1: Chanel This iconic French brand has long been a key-player in the high fashion industry and is no stranger to producing stunning wristwear. Chanel was founded back in 1910 in Paris by Gabrielle Chanel. The company started out as a producer of high class women’s wear and has evolved into a fashion empire. Shop Chanel Watches Even though it is a fashion brand, we permanently feature Chanel watches in our online collection. Admittedly, the brand does produce jewelry watches. But scattered throughout its collection are notable timepieces that set Chanel apart from the rest. Said timepieces include the watches found within collections Chanel J12, Monsieur de CHANEL, Code Coco and Mademoiselle Privé. Chanel is fast becoming known for producing watches that are chic, stylish, elegant as well as durable and incredibly reliable. 2: Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren is the fashion designer who started the Ralph Lauren Group, an American brand that produces clothing, accessories, fragrances, and home wear that toe the line between mid-range & luxury. The Ralph Lauren Group has been operating since 1967. Source: Ralph Lauren Official WebsiteThe brand is incredibly successful in each of the four categories it operates in. So nobody was surprised when they added watches as part of their product offering. The watches that Ralph Lauren produces feature truly unique designs. They have stellar craftmanship and more than one collection nods to the brand’s equestrian roots. Ralph Lauren watches that are worth keeping your eye on. Be on the lookout for the Stirrup Collection, the Slim Classique Collection and the Safari Collection. 3: GUCCI GUCCI is a luxury Italian fashion brand that has been producing clothing and leather goods since it was established by Guccio Gucci in the 1920s. Over the years the brand has successfully infiltrated many niche markets from belts to vehicle upholstery. It has also become quite adept at manufacturing beautiful fashion watches. Source: Gucci Official Website Shop Gucci Watches GUCCI holds its own when it comes to watch making and the models found in its G-Timeless, Eryx, Gucci Drive and Le Marché Des Merveilles collections speak to this. Its watches are classic, somewhat daring and incredibly stylish by modern-day standards. 4: Hermès Another fashion brand that occupies a permanent spot on our website is Hermès, a French manufacturer of leather goods, homeware, lifestyle accessories, perfumes and jewelry that has been around since 1837. More recently the brand has tried its hand at watchmaking—and has been remarkably successful. Source: Hermes Official Website Shop Hermes Watches The most beautiful Hermès watches can be found in a few different collections. Collections like the Clipper collection, Galop collection, Medor collection, Cape Cod collection and the Slim selection of watches. Hermès watches are a beauty to behold and deserve their spot on our wrists. 5: GUESS It’s not just high fashion brands that are capable of producing beautiful watches. American clothing brand GUESS is here to prove that. The brand was established in New York just under forty years ago. So it is the youngest brand on our list by many years. GUESS is an incredibly popular brand because it offers high quality items. Things like clothing, shoes and accessories at affordable prices that are accessible to most everyday consumers. Their products aren’t the most affordable for all, but they are nowhere near as expensive as the other brands on this list. Source: Guess watch official websiteGUESS watches are sleek, sophisticated and stylish. This fashion brand offers a range of watches to both men and women & it has a variety of standout models from its numerous collections. These models include the Silver Tone Stainless Steel Watch, the Blue Stainless Steel Watch and the Silver & Gold Tone Stainless Steel Watch. Final Thoughts on Fashion Brands All we can say is that if these brands continue producing fashion watches of these standards, the big watch brands we all know, and love are going to have to up their game to keep up with their unexpected rivals. Fashion and watches undoubtably go hand in hand with one another. But should they? Are fashion watches something you would consider wearing? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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  6. Watch Guide: 5 Tips to Match Watches with Your Outfits

    Watch Guide: 5 Tips to Match Watches with Your Outfits

    If you’ve recently invested in a new or luxury watch, you’re bound to want to show it off! You might even own more than one timepiece and aren’t sure when to wear it or what to wear it with. When faced with different watch colors, you need to avoid a clash or mismatched outfit fail at all costs. How do you manage that? Check out this watch guide. It’s best to know how to match your watch with what you’re wearing to have the overall ‘wow’ effect. Here are five watch tips to keep in mind so that you can make a statement in style. 1: It’s All in the Strap For starters, what kind of strap does your watch have? Most watch straps are either leather or metal —we’re not even counting that 90’s Casio number with the rubber strap and glow in the dark hands. As a rule of thumb, watches with leather straps are fancier than those with metal straps. Moreover, black leather looks more formal than brown leather. Think cocktail parties and gala dinners. What about gold and silver? These watch colors typically compliment the classic business look. Whether it’s a shirt and suit or blouse & skirt, you’ll nail it with your golden or silvery strapped watch. Regarded as a dress watch, you can totally ‘dress it up’ for a fancier occasion, although leather will still trump it. Shop Different Watch Straps A Smartwatch functions as more of a mini wrist phone, so this should be limited to the office, gym or outdoors. Apart from its name, it actually isn’t as formal as you’d think and can be distracting in social or more formal settings, especially with all its beeps & lights. Similarly, field watches with leather straps of a rougher, more worn appearance match casual outfits the most. With a field watch, you’d look much better in a pair of jeans than in work attire. Watches with bigger faces and additional features have their own place in smart casual settings. 2: Formal Clothing and Dress Watches It’s all about the image. Picture a James Bond type suave groomed gentleman or one of his breathtakingly beautiful girls in a sophisticated evening dress on his arm. They ooze confidence, elegance and timeless splendor. Now imagine how different they’d look if they were dressed to the nines but wore a digital plastic wristwatch! A dress watch certainly has the effect of making or breaking your overall look. It can enhance or kill your atmosphere instantly. Buy Dress Watches A formal or luxury watch requires formal clothing and vice versa. A formal watch always best suits a formal occasion. What categories of watches does yours fit into? 3: Family Treasures Forget Fashion Trends An inherited timepiece isn’t guided by fashion trends or any specific outfit rules. This is a standalone item that’s meant to be prominent. It’s of infinite value to you so you’ll wear it with pride and look for occasions on which to do so. Regardless of your reason for wearing it, people will be interested and ask you about it. Be prepared to share your special story. 4: Let Leather Lead You Ladies know their handbag should match their shoes. Men do the same with their belts and shoes. In the same way, let your leather watch color lead you to bring your whole outfit together. A leather watch strap should correspond with your shoes’ color and fabric. Does your belt do the same with your leather watchband? Wear black with black and brown with brown. While it might be tricky to match these colors up perfectly, make sure they’re at least of a comparable shade (light, medium or dark). 5: Metal Matches Other Metals Look at the metals your watch is made of. What frames its face and what’s in the strap? The main color of your watch should match your other accessories. Think of belt buckles, bracelets, brooches, chains, cuff links, earrings, necklaces, rings, shoe buckles and tie pins. Most accessories are gold or silver in color, so match your watch to the same metal. Is your watch gold, platinum, silver, steel or titanium? Try to more or less blend your watch colors with your accessories: White gold can go with silver Rose gold works with yellow gold Platinum & titanium are metals of similar hues A metal watch strap matches with black or brown shoes Silver watches look their finest against black, blue and gray clothes Beige, brown, tan & other more natural, earthy tones are the answer for gold watches Watch Guide Conclusion While none of these guidelines are solidly set in stone, they can save you from some potentially uncomfortable watch fashion faux pas situations. Remember these watch tips as you get dressed and be set to impress in every situation!

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  7. Matching Your Watch with Your Summer Clothes

    Matching Your Watch with Your Summer Clothes

    Summer is nearly here! The weather is feeling great, the sky is getting clear and our summer clothes are coming out of the closet as the season approaches. Even though it’s summer, you still have to keep track of time. Here are some tips to help you match your fresh summer fits with your wrist accessory. Begin With the Belt and Shoes Yes, there will be times when you go without a belt (say dresses or overall outings). But on most other occasions you should build the belt and watch as one center-based element, conjoined style cousins if you will. You’ll also almost always wear shoes and they should also get early consideration when choosing the day’s watch.   Start with color basics. Black watch band, black belt, black shoes — it’s a solid trio you can build a lot of fashion around. It’s hard to fail with a classic Casio G-Shock, opting for an all-black GA 100 for a bold adventurous presentation that’s resistant up to 600 feet of water. Or consider strapping on a TAG Heuer skeleton in all-black with visible movement to draw the eye and a silicon band that says you’re ready for summer action. What can you do with all of this black? Mellow Summer Days in Monochrome Black is a perfect match for summer monochrome. It’s a simple enough principle and there are a ton of varieties. From a flowing grey summer dress for women to men donning earth-tone linen, black blends seamlessly with monochrome outfits. So combo up with black-and-white pattern pieces, shades of gray in jeans and t-shirts and summer-white ensembles to mix in with your best all-black watch.    Is khaki just for fall? The deep greens of autumn are for ushering in winter winds and it’s best to keep them for the fall. But lightweight khaki shirts, tailored trousers and light skirts are solid go-to looks in the summer stylebook and go great with a luxury black watch. Something for Summer Events A relaxed summer doesn’t mean months of slogging along in flip-flops. There are going to be times when you need impressive dress. But you don’t want to go too stuffy in the warmer months. Equally at home at a formal event or weekend brunch, the Longines Heritage line honors designs from the early 1900s with a classic rounded case and Breguet hands in solid 18 carat rose gold. A rich brown alligator strap and you’re ready for nearly anywhere that feels a fresh summer breeze. Another great dress watch that has equal ease at a food festival is the NOMOS Tangente, with blue hands cutting across a dial of white silver in a round stainless steel case that pairs well on dress straps and sporty nylon. Go from a lightweight grey suit at the office to a casual night in white by the waterfront.   Matching Your Watch with Your Summer Clothes When they’re at their best, summer ensembles fall into the “smart casual” and “casual” fashion buckets. That’s everything from a pair of cropped chinos and a short-sleeved shirt to sundresses and to a blazer and shorts if you are bold enough to rock the look. Summer wear often takes us to pilot, racing, dive and field watches. 1: Pilot Watches Setting yourself up with a pilot watch for summer days can take you to the gorgeous IWC Big Pilot’s Watch, a no-nonsense high-design piece in stainless steel with a black calfskin strap that is easy to pair with most smart-casual outfits. A Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT has classic charm almost to a fault as it honors the traditional watches aviators first used to guide flights. 2: Racing Watches Race-inspired watches just call out to hit your wrist on summer outings. Think of a TAG Heuer Formula 1 on a NATO strap that’s perfect for shorts at a garden party or catching a flight to a balmy isle. Or take a throwback tour with Tudor to revisit one of their beloved drivers’ watches. Inspired by a design from the 50s, the Black Bay Automatic Black Dial is also augmented with the iconic snowflake hands from Tudor’s late-60s efforts. 3: Dive Watches Dive watches are a given when talking about summer watches. If you’re looking for something gorgeous and have the cash to spare, there’s the Breitling Superocean chronometers. Go for a sporty model such as the Superocean Automatic 46 Blacksteel with a DLC-coated case, black dial and rubber strap that looks amazing with nice workout wear. For a dressier look that you can pair with a summer suit or neutral tones on a Friday night, there’s Breitling’s Superocean Automatic with a stainless steel case and steel link bracelet.   4: Field Watches Field watches are fun because they often take you into vintage territory. And the good vintage territory that looks amazing with your favorite jeans and not the retro that belongs in a royal parlor. While many lean to military design, the field watch is by no means for men only. The Hamilton Khaki Field Watch is a great example of a sturdy military-style watch that dresses up on a black or brown calfskin strap. With a 38mm case, it’s on the small side and not a bulky piece that’s bound to garner great attention. The basic black-and-white with stainless steel works well with fashion from suits to jeans. It’s also back to black as we’re talking about the Runwell from Shinola. With a black leather contrast-stitch strap, 47mm case and a black dial under a double curve sapphire crystal, this watch will get noticed. The flagship watch from the Detroit-based watchmakers, the Runwell pairs well with just about anything that basic black complements. Matching Your Watch with Your Summer Clothes So consider your collection and think about what you want on your wrist this summer. Will you be taking a dive watch to the beach, a field watch on a nature walk or will a dress piece accompany you to a summer wedding? However you choose, celebrating summer with a fine watch is a privilege to enjoy and cherish as you create new warm-weather memories.

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  8. Bling It On! Top Luxury Watches of Hip-Hop Stars

    Bling It On! Top Luxury Watches of Hip-Hop Stars

    Wherever you find hip-hop stars you’ll encounter some of the world’s top luxury watches. From classic gold timepieces to diamond-encrusted wonders, lets take a look at high-end watches of hip-hop stars. Kanye West Rolls With Rolex You’ll probably see a Rolex on the wrist of Kanye West. Kanye is often wearing a now-discontinued Submariner 16613. The two-tone stainless steel timepiece with an iridescent dial has been hard to get a hold of since its discontinuation. Unlike its replacement, the 11613 model, Kayne’s watch has slim hands, small markers, and narrow case lugs. You can also see West wearing a custom all-black Rolex Submariner and he was captured on an episode of Keeping up With the Kardashians sporting a gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date.   Pharrell Prefers Richard Mille He’s a producer, rapper, artist, and designer — just to name a few of Pharrell‘s job descriptions! Of course, his watches are equally eclectic and he often chooses to wear an iconoclastic Richard Mille. Pharrell was seen on the Golden Globes red carpet wearing a Richard Mille RM-031, one of only ten of the futuristic timepieces that were made. With a price tag north of $50,000, the RM-031 departs from Mille’s trademark tonneau and barrel-shaped designs with a rounded case. However, it shares the same Formula One-inspired elements such as lightweight steel accents, intricate tourbillon movement, and direct-impulse escapement. Nas and His Many Rolexes While his lyrics have referenced a litany of luxury watches including Hublot, Panerai and Audemars Piguet, hip-hop icon Nas is a die-hard Rolex man. Over the years we’ve seen him wearing three models in the President series, including a classic yellow gold Day-Date II with a champagne dial and a vintage Day-Date with a coral dial that was all the rage in the 1970s. Nas has also been a fan of two different yellow gold Sky Dwellers and a stainless steel Submariner with a black bezel and a black dial. DJ Khaled Does Patek Philippe DJ Khaled goes big with just about everything, so naturally the same applies to what he wears on his wrist. You’d be well advised to put on a pair of sunglasses before looking at his diamond-studded Patek Philippe Nautilus. The Nautilus comes with a hefty price tag with its rounded octagon bezel and unique porthole case. Available in rose gold, white gold, steel, and two-tone variations, the exquisite sports watch has been a companion to active and upscale lifestyles since its debut in 1975.  Nicki Minaj Defies Convention With Rolex Boldness has been a theme for Nicki Minaj since she entered the hip-hop scene. It’s no wonder she eschews tradition and dons a men’s classic Rolex Day-Date in the video for “Beez in the Trap.” Dubbed the President watch, the timeless model, which comes in platinum or 18-carat gold, has been a staple of style since its debut in 1956. Of course, Minaj also rotates modern timepieces and diamond-encrusted watches into her forward fashion. Rick Ross Goes Glitzy With Audemars Piguet What‘s “frosted gold” you ask? You can find the dazzling design on the wrist of Rick Ross. His Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has a white gold frosting finish, created by a process called the Florentine Technique, which punches small depressions into the gold to create a carpet of facets that makes the surface shimmer. The Frosted Gold version is just one of the many incarnations the Royal Oak has seen over the years since it first hit the watch scene in 1971. Ross is also an owner of a Patek Philippe Calatrava. While not cheap, you can get a classic Calatrava with a yellow gold bezel and black alligator strap for considerably less than a frosted Royal Oak. Birdman is all About the Diamonds If you spot Birdman chances are you can get a glimpse of his Hublot King Power Split Second Gold Pave. Actually, 248 big differences — diamonds! Beyond its overload of jewels, the King Power has an 18-carat gold case. If that’s not enough, it also has a black carbon dial with rose gold markers. But the King Gold isn’t the most extravagant watch in Birdman’s collection. That distinction goes to his diamond-encrusted Chopard. Only two of the shockingly bejeweled timepieces were made. Elton John owns the second absurdly ostentatious watch with a dollar-sign design in diamonds. They each shelled out about 1.5 million dollars to own the extravagant pieces. Jay-Z Breaks the Bank With Beyoncé Step aside Elton John and Birdman, Jay-Z has got you beat when it comes to diamond-encrusted watches. His wife Beyoncé gave him one of the most-expensive Hublot has ever produced for his 43rd birthday. From a diamond face to bezel and bracelet, it has a value of around 5 million dollars. Jay-Z has given shout-outs to Hublot with lyrics on the tracks “Picasso Baby” and “Nickels and Dimes.” But his love of luxury watches began well before his Hublot days with Beyoncé. In the 1990s, Jay-Z came to fame sporting a platinum Rolex Day-Date and over the years has amassed a collection. The collection includes Rolex Sky-Dwellers as well as models from Audemars Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre. Drake Goes With Vintage Rolexes Noted for his fashion as well as rapping, Drake has a soft spot for traditional Rolex watches. One of the more unique watches in his collection is a Rolex Oyster Quartz dating to the 1970s. But he’s most often seen wearing other classic models from the Rolex line, including a Rolex Yacht-Master II, GMT-Master II and Sky-Dweller. How to explain the inseparable fusion of hip-hop and luxury watches? Perhaps rapper Meek Mills sums it up best in the intro to the album “Dreams and Nightmares”: “There was something bout that Rollie when it first touched my wrist…Had me feeling like that dope boy when he first touched that brick.”

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  9. Matching Watches With Your Winter Clothes

    Matching Watches With Your Winter Clothes

    You know which sweaters go with your favorite jeans. You’ve chosen the perfect overcoat to match your work outfits, and have your eye on an amazing scarf. But have you thought about how matching watches will fit into your winter wardrobe? Here are a few tips for matching watches with cold-weather clothing.  Matching Watches, A Touch of Green and Gold Matching watches with your wardrobe isn’t rocket science. And green is a great color to mix into your winter wardrobe. Add a bit of boldness to your basic black ensemble with a deep-green coat. From your favorite jeans-and-sweater weekend wear to dress-casual outfits, a green scarf is a wonderful way to put some pizazz in an otherwise unremarkable look. And nothing goes better with green than gold watches. But you don’t need to spend a fortune to shine with gold. Armani Exchange has both the prestige and look of a top-name brand without the price tag. Their line of gold-plated watches can have you looking like a high-end watch aficionado without the cost. Tommy Hilfiger is another brand with men’s watches that look more prestigious than their price tags. Give the gold Luke Watch a gander. Of course, if you want to go with true luxury, a great gold watch for men and convention-defying women is the Rolex GMT-Master II. In yellow gold or 18-carat everose gold, this classic never goes out of style. For women, Vivienne Westwood has some striking gold watches in their Bow and Bloomsbury lines. Evolved from their punk roots, Westwood’s watches span from simple-yet-elegant to bold and quirky. Promoted by Kendall Jenner, the Classic Petite Melrose from Daniel Wellington is a wonderful gold timepiece that’s beloved by the young and young in spirit. A Great Winter Look A current trend is mixing shades of browns for some sensational cold-weather outfits. On recent runways, we‘ve seen an outpouring of brown winter wear. From Fendi’s double F-clad worker jackets to deep-brown blazers, bomber jackets and overcoats from Kim Jones. You’re bound to see the stylish keeping warm with brown Mac coats and dark-brown corduroy jackets. But don’t make the mistake of accessorizing with an all-black watch. Better to sport complementing shades of brown leather with your timepiece. For men and women, a great watch that blends well with brown is the Movado Edge, with a silver-hued aluminum dial and brown looped leather strap. A relative newcomer to the watch scene, Alpina has some attractive watches that lend themselves to brown leather straps. Consider the Startimer Pilot with a white matte dial. The Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope has clean and simple lines that mesh well with the natural vibe of brown ensembles. The Braun BN0021 is another understated gem that feels at once basic and sophisticated — perfect to match the upscale-yet-downplayed look of your layered brown outfit. Complement Camel With Silver While technically in the brown category, camel coats are not always best worn with multi-brown outfits. The popular and versatile overcoats are better matched with neutral tones and the odd dash of color. The most-fitting watch to match with camel is silver. A wonderful men‘s silver watch that won’t contrast with the soft camel tone is the Tissot Luxury Automatic in stainless steel. Camel also lends itself to mixing in a bit of black and leaves you free to wear watches like the TAG Heuer Men’s Stainless Steel Watch. The classic silver-and-black timepiece will never go out of style. A great camel-matching TAG Heuer for women is the Formula 1. Check out polished-steel models with white ceramic accents that exude a soft side without losing any of the brand’s famed boldness. Similar to TAG Heuer, the Tissot Dressport is a chronograph often worn by women that lends itself to complementing camel. Pair Your Orange Wear With Black Orange is all over winter streetwear this season. From jackets, sweaters, shoes and even pants, the Halloween hue makes for a bold wardrobe choice. Of course, it’s best to mix in some offsetting tones such as charcoal to avoid looking like a pumpkin. Black-on-black watches are the best choice for your orange outings. All-black beauties for men and women include the Braun BN0171, with a black case and black dial featuring hints of gray on hour markers. A bit of yellow and white on the hands makes the midnight motif all the more striking. Debuting in 1976, the TAG Heuer Monza was one of the first all-black watches and today’s incarnations continue the deliciously dark tradition. The Tudor Black Bay Dark has bold red accents on the bezel of the otherwise all-black PVD-coated watch. Tudor has a Black Bay for women with a NATO fabric strap and an oversized snowflake hour hand. A beaded bezel is a big attraction on the all-black Breitling Navitimer 8. Matching Watches Sporty Looks Back in Style Fashion trends regenerate and you’ll see lots of style from the 90s on the street this winter. Sporty looks that echo workout wear are again in vogue with two-piece shell suits, tracksuits and bucket hats. Nature-ready sports gear also abounds with Giorgio Armani’s backpacks and hiking boots from Bally and Moncler. These sporty looks are the perfect opportunity to rotate in your favorite smartwatch. Without throwing shade on the iWatch, there are a lot of new smartwatches that don’t sacrifice style for function. Skagen’s Falster 2 Smart Watch positively oozes minimalist style. The Touchscreen Smartwatch from Emporio Armani captures the brand’s iconic statement-making designs.  Movado stays sleek with its Connect Smart Watch, while Breitling goes big with its titanium Exospace B55. Game of Thrones constantly reminds us that “Winter is Coming.” As you are breaking out your best sweaters and shopping for that perfect coat, don’t forget that a watch is an integral part of your winter wardrobe.

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  10. Watch Fashion: Tom Ford’s First Watch

    Watch Fashion: Tom Ford’s First Watch

    The big news in the watch world right now is that Tom Ford has released their first watch. The natural question for any timepiece or fashion enthusiast to ask is if it is worth buying. Below, we introduce the Tom Ford brand and give our thoughts on their new watch. Company History The mastermind behind this prestigious brand is a modern renaissance man, given that he has had a massively successful career in both film and fashion. After working at Gucci and Saint Laurent in his early days, he started his own company. He named that company after himself, Tom Ford. With the help of the experience he amassed at those established luxury brands, his new company took off quickly and became one of the most recognizable names on the planet. View this post on Instagram “I became a fashion designer because I wanted to make men and women feel more beautiful and to empower them with a feeling of confidence. A feeling of knowing that they looked their best and could then present their best selves to the world.” – Tom Ford #TOMFORD #TOMFORDSS19 #NYFW A post shared by TOM FORD (@tomford) on Sep 11, 2018 at 11:35am PDT Their Place in the Fashion World Currently, Tom Ford is one of the premier names in the luxury fashion space. Not only have they developed a reputation in fashion circles, but their notoriety has leaked into popular culture. Many movies, television shows and songs feature a mention of Tom Ford, further adding to its legacy. Though there are many brands in this space, Tom Ford has established themselves as one of the few that fashion enthusiasts need to pay attention to. View this post on Instagram A bold look from the TOM FORD SS19 Runway. #TOMFORD #TOMFORDSS19 #NYFW A post shared by TOM FORD (@tomford) on Sep 7, 2018 at 12:00pm PDT The Watch Now, onto the Tom Ford 001 watch. The first thing you should know is that Tom Ford is not making a massive play into the watch market. That means that they have not revealed many different models, instead opting for just one. It does come with a variety of metal colors, straps, and dial colors, but at the moment, your options are limited. The following points are the most important things to know about this new watch. Source from Official Website  Style – If you like to put watches into categories, this piece would likely fall into the “dress” style. It is minimalistic, somewhat small and built to convey classiness over anything else. One thing to note is that it is exclusively square shaped, so if you prefer round watches, this piece may not be your best choice. The design of the watch is not at all “busy,” instead featuring a simple design and subtle branding. Overall, this piece is a classic, minimalistic, square dress watch. Origin – One thing that Tom Ford emphasizes in their branding is that these watches are Swiss made. As many of you know, Switzerland is the world capital of luxury watches, so having that craftsmanship goes a long way. They also advertise that their leather straps come from Italy and France, which both have a reputation for exceptional leather production. Price – Though each timepiece looks roughly the same, its variants have prices ranging from $2,190 to $9,900. The differences in cost primarily stem from the materials used in them, which we detail in the next section. Source from Official WebsiteMaterials – One thing that is roughly the same about each watch is their leather straps. They come in various colors and style, but each is made from genuine leather. The primary aspect that separates them is the material of the case. Options are classic stainless steel or 18K gold. Movement – Unlike most watches in this price range, this piece features quartz movement. What makes this questionable is that almost every other watch above $1,000 has a mechanical movement. This means that the inside of the timepiece is a complex machine carrying out the process of telling the time. The movement of these watches is one of their top selling points. On the other hand, quartz movements are generally used on affordable watches and this is the movement Tom Ford chose to use. This leads us to believe that they are relying on brand reputation and aesthetics, rather than fully on their craftsmanship. While we cannot tell you what to do with your money, we have provided some guidance based on what we know about this watch. The first thing you should do is go back to your budget and see what is the best option for you. If you feel like splurging – then by all means. But if not, maybe put this in your bookmark for a later time. Source from Official WebsiteEvery watch buyer is different and you might decide that you don’t mind much about the inside of your watch. Instead, you can focus on the aesthetics and brand appeal. If you like the small size, square shape, minimalist vibe, and brand behind this watch, feel free to go ahead with a purchase. Ultimately, your decision to buy comes down to your priorities. What matters most to you? Whenever a big name company comes out with a new product, it is worth taking a look. Such is the case with Tom Ford and their new watch. This watch could be an excellent pick for fans of the brand. Whatever decision you make, you can now make it with confidence.

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