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

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

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  4. Famous Watches That Have Fetched Big Bucks at Auctions

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

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  5. What Is a Hybrid Watch?

    Is there any end to the list of innovations that see the light each year? It’s hard to keep up. That’s why we thought it best to keep you up to date with a very interesting type of watch that’s all the rage these days. You may not recognize one when you see it, but it’s worth knowing about. Why? Because it’s a true ‘all-in-one’ approach to watch technology. It’s called a hybrid watch. A Hybrid Watch Defined In basic terms, a hybrid watch is a mix between two types of watches: Traditional, mechanical watches: The watch usually has the look of this type—analog—watch, with two hands moving across the face. Smart watch: This range of watches have become increasingly popular, possibly prompting brands to add its features to other types of watches. Hold on! There are limits: your hybrid watch won’t have ALL the functions you find in the latest smart watches, but many features can be incorporated. Here’s the important fact: each hybrid watch will be unique, dependent on what features the brand decided to add. With most of them you can expect the watch to count your steps. Since healthy living is such a popular topic, step counting is a common reason why many consumers purchase smart watches. Now your smart watch can have the same classic look of traditional watches, but you can benefit from it motivating you to keep walking! But what else will it do? Features You Can Expect from Your Hybrid Watch As stated, each watch is different, so make a list of what you would like your hybrid watch to do. Then shop accordingly. While it can’t do everything your smart watch does, you can expect the following features: Counting steps: As mentioned above, your hybrid watch can count your steps. Of course, there is no digital screen, so the watch can show the number of steps on a secondary clock face. Connectivity: The benefit of a smart watch is that it can usually connect to an app on your mobile device. Your hybrid watch can often do the same, enabling communication between your Smartphone and your watch via Bluetooth. The data collected by the phone can be transferred to your mobile device. Alerts: If connected to your Smartphone, your watch can now alert you of certain activities on your phone, such as incoming calls, a message or a calendar alert. It can vibrate or the hands can momentarily jump to a certain number to indicate a certain activity. Photography: Your hybrid watch can become the shutter control for your Smartphone camera. Take a picture by pushing a button on your watch, while your phone is positioned to take a group photo. Music: Activate music on your Smartphone by pushing a certain button on your hybrid watch. This can come in handy if you’re not sure where you placed your mobile device. Follow the audio! Heart rate: This isn’t very common, but some hybrid types of watches will have appropriate sensors to measure your heart rate. Sleep: People who prefer mechanical watches often also take them off at night, so you may not use the sleep measuring function a lot. But the feature is there for those who want to use the tracked data to improve sleeping habits. Why Pick a Hybrid Watch? All the Benefits Is it worth investing in a mix of two equally impressive types of watches Definitely! A hybrid watch makes sense for many modern consumers for reasons that include, but aren’t limited to, the following: A balance between old and new: Do you want modern watch features, but you really love dressing classically? Then a hybrid empowers you to adhere to your fashion sense and still benefit from having your watch help you keep up with alerts & exercise routines. No charging: Smart watches need to be charged often, thanks to their digital interfaces that take up a lot of power. If you don’t want the hassle of regular charging, hybrid types of watches are your kind of smart watch. Long battery life with smart watch features: Your hybrid will last for months before you need to exchange the battery. Change it up: If you care how your watch affects your look for the day, you’ll appreciate that it’s much easier to find alternative straps for hybrid watches than for most smart watches. The classic designs often include regular sized lugs, so you can shop around for accessories that suit your personal taste. Conclusion This watch category is quickly gathering momentum. You’re bound to find the perfect one that suits your love for gadgets while enabling you to look classically stylish at the same time. And yes, there are already attractive designs in both men and women’s watches. What is your experience using these types of watches? Please share your thoughts below.

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  6. Why Vacheron Constantin Overseas is Great for Travelers

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

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  7. 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. View this post on Instagram Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon. My newest acquisition. She is only 1 month old ?. ———————————————————————— *unbezahlte Werbung, aufgrund der Erwähnung von Marken* ———————————————————————— #jaeger #lecoultre #jlc #jaegerlecoultremasterultrathinmoon #moonphase #moon #watchesofinstragram #watchmen #watchgram #watchoftheday #watchdaily #watchmania #f4f #followforfollow #style #lifestyle #menstyle #watchnerd #watchfreak #watchgeek #watchlover #wristcandy #wristshot #wristcheck #watchuseek #watchphotography #mondphase #watchfam A post shared by Watch Out Germany (@watch_out_germany) on Feb 22, 2019 at 12:23pm PST 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! View this post on Instagram It is Speedy Tuesday! Back On Stage: The Omega Speedmaster Platinum Moonphase Master Chronometer (?? link in bio ??) #SpeedyTuesday A post shared by FratelloWatches (@fratellowatches) on Aug 19, 2019 at 11:37pm PDT 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.” View this post on Instagram Patek Philippe Grand Complications Celestial Star Moon in Rose Gold??For Prices Whatsapp on +971 551100118 A post shared by LUXURY WATCHES (@luxurysouq) on Nov 26, 2017 at 10:43am PST 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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  8. A Closer Look at Sevenfriday Watches, P-Series

    Sevenfriday watches was started in 2012, introducing some vintage, stylish, and cool watches. This great wrist watch-making company is based in Zurich, and lately, their timepieces have been getting fantastic attraction because of their unique designs and industrial aesthetics. The number ‘Seven’ in the name denotes the seven days of the week. But the addition of a particular day, ‘Friday,’ seems to question the audience a lot. Around the globe, almost every country offers five days of work, where Friday is supposed to be the last day of your regular office routine, leading to the famous saying, ‘Thank God It’s Friday.’ This is to tell the users that living everyday like its Friday would keep your joy, and the vision of the company is to promote a happy living. Sevenfriday Watches Design Ideas  The current release of the exceptional timepieces by Sevenfriday watches are P1, P2, and P3, and are all inspired by the industrial aesthetics. The watches produce a fantastic sense of industrial art with a touch of fashion. P1 and P2 are almost the same kind of cool watches with little difference consisting of colors. The P1 has a strong essence of industrial aesthetics, whereas the P2 produces high industrial revolution quality with a tribute to the golden age of breweries as displayed by the dial of copper in the watch. P3 is denoted as the industrial engine of Sevenfriday watches. This timepiece is of full black PVD, whereas the P2 is made of stainless-steel case treated with grey PVD. The dial of the P3 is said to be designed like motorcycle patterns. The mechanical machinery that has the matte renderings on them today seems to match the whole design inspiration of Seven Friday watches. A Close Look at Sevenfriday Focusing on the dial, it seems a professional one. It has a unique outlook for time-telling and is highly legible. The lieu of hour or minute markers has an animation ring that presents the brand’s signature design. The minute-hand is supposed to extend in all the industrial watches of Sevenfriday. The saturation of colors in the hour hand is amazingly placed, and it looks great with the large round ring of the minute arm. The company’s logo also highlights the unique design of the elaborate arm. Another out-of-the-box aspect of Sevenfriday watches is the disc placing on 9 and 5 o’clock position. These rotating discs are a pleasure to look at and give the watch a mark of enthusiasm. Also, the open balance wheel design is just exceptional. Japanese-made caliber called Miyota 82S7 is present in these fresh-looking timepieces. All the watches of Sevenfriday have a similar design of dials, just different color themes. But the P2 has something unique that separates it from others, and that is the engraved text. All the action takes place inside the rose-gold ring, and there is plenty of surprises for your eyes to see. From a certain distance, the two hands and the bold logo of Sevenfriday appear to be popping out of the dial. The watch, as a whole, gives a very rugged look, maintaining its grace for class. Case-back  The timepiece measures 47.6mm across and 47mm top to bottom. The edgeless square case does not need lugs. The watch is a bit smaller than it looks on paper. The steel case at the back of the watch has an ample amount of information available to greet its user. There is a screwed case-back over another screwed case-back. The smaller one has quick info about the watch for the user. The case looks sturdy and has a strong structure, which adds the feeling of high quality to the timepiece. The upper left one has the dimensions of the timepiece, as discussed earlier, and the right one has details about the automatic movement and its resistance to water. The bottom part of the case-back has information about the elements used in the animation ring, ending with a serial number. Clasp & Strap Pure calf-leather is used to make the straps of the P1 and P2 timepieces with a contrasting buckle. Meanwhile, the P3 has a perforated racing leather design strap. The strap feels heavy-duty, measuring up to 28mm, where it meets the case. The calf-skin leather feels graceful and sits on your wrist very firmly. Looking from the built quality perspective, both the buckle and the strap are up to the mark. Sevenfriday Watches Verdict  The introduction and the quality of the Sevenfriday watch attract all kinds of watch collectors, and despite being aesthetically amazing, the price of these cool watches is very reasonable. The brand also conveys that not every 80s timepiece can give you the feel of elegance, and you can feel amazing without the need of historical heritage. Sevenfriday watches inherit an exciting design, and overall their product is excellent. The timepiece comes in a classic wooden crate-style package and with unique color combination and aesthetics. If you are a big fan of utterly mechanical quartz watches, then Sevenfriday may give you something different and will always be good with your budget. The P series will get attention wherever you go. The large-caliber makes it look exceptionally strong. The company mainly focuses on the finishing of the timepiece. The dial has fantastic visual depth, and it catches the eye from every angle.

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  9. What is an Aviator Watch?

    Whether it’s Swiss, Japanese or an American aviator watch (or pilot watch), there’s just something about the timeless feel of an aviator watch. But what exactly is an aviator watch? How is it different from other timepieces? Let’s take a look at what makes this iconic watch type such a favorite. Style Decades in the Making A quick aside to overall aviation fashion, aviator glasses have enjoyed a nice run since the 1950s with Elvis Presley, and in the 70s with Freddie Mercury. In the 80s, we got a Tom Cruise aviation overload with the movie Top Gun. From bomber jackets to shirts with shoulder epaulets, the ready-for-action look can be irresistible. And nothing captures the essence of aviation like watches. Pilot Watch History in a Flash We trace the pilot’s watch to Paris at the start of the 20th century when French watchmaker Louis Cartier came across Alberto Santos-Dumont, a Brazilian-born aviation enthusiast. Alberto complained that his pocket watch was too clumsy for flights. Louis, in turn, added a strap to one of his Cartier watches and history was made. Today, the square case of the Cartier Santos makes it one of the most recognizable watches in the world. During World War 2 the German military worked with watchmakers such as A. Lange & Söhne to churn out watches for its bomber crews. Using Swiss movement, the B-Uhr was big with a 58mm case, augmented by a double-rivet leather strap. It’s eye-catching with a stark black dial and Arabic numerals that are crossed by sharp sword hands. View this post on Instagram Happy Flieger Friday! Wishing every vintage military watch enthusiast a great weekend. #langeandsohne #iwcschaffhausen #fl23883 #fliegerwatch #fliegerfriday #beobachtungsuhr #militarywatch #militarydial #milwatch #milspec #navigatorwatch #navigationwatch #militaryfieldwatch #fliegeruhr #flieger #vintageiwc #iwcvintage #iwcwatches #iwcpilot #iwcbigpilots #iwcbigpilot #iwcbuhr #langebuhr #patinawatch #blackdial #issuedwatch #militarytimepiece #watchyouseek #buhr #vintagemilitarywatch A post shared by Greetings! I❤⌚⌚⌚ (@dewatchcollector) on Oct 4, 2019 at 2:13am PDT Elements of an Aviator Watch 1: Bezel from Pre-Computer Days Sure, today you’d cancel your flight, delete the app and report an airline to authorities if you heard the pilots were guiding the plane with their watches. Today’s passenger airlines are guided by supercomputers (or at least we hope they are!). But there was a time, and not in ancient history, when man relied on mechanical means to safely pilot planes. In place of computers, pilots of old had the bezels on their watches. And bezel markings can do amazing things if you know how to use them. Some bezels have tachometer scales to gauge flight speed. Some bezels have slide rules to measure fuel consumption. If you don’t have a bezel that can handle basic mathematical calculations, you probably don’t have an aviation watch in the truest sense. There are some great aviation watches that put their big bezels out there, namely the Hamilton Khaki Aviation and it’s Pilot Pioneer with a rotating interior bezel in a design that pays homage to the timepieces of the Royal Air Force. With a dramatically scalloped bezel, the Junghans Meister Pilot Chronoscope demands attention and is probably the brashest watch in the room. But other pilot watches do their bezels with a lot more subtlety. The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date has a coined-edge bezel that oozes classic charm, while the IWC Big Pilots Top Gun keeps things cool with a black ceramic bezel. 2: GMT Functions Not all, but many pilot watches, especially in the modern era, have time-zone functions. Many of us have flown through different time zones and understand the importance of a pilot’s ability to track multiple locations. So a fine aviation watch is apt to have a GMT hand that makes a rotation every 24 hours in contrast to the hand that rotates every twelve hours. The Rolex GMT Master II, of course, has an esteemed spot in the history of aviation timepieces. But do you go with Pepsi or Batman? The blue and red bezel that echoes the logo for Pepsi has been a collector’s favorite for years. But it got some competition at Baselworld in 2019 when Rolex rolled out a black and blue Rolex GMT with a Batman-style bezel. 3: Easy to Read If there’s anyone you want to have the correct calculations, it’s the pilot of your airplane. Aviation watches were designed to withstand the rigors of air battles when split-second decisions are literally a matter of life and death. So when you look down at the pilot’s watch you are going to see the readings. While not carved in stone, an aviation watch will often feature full-number markers that are easy to get with a glance. Hands are often equally large as there should be no guessing as to what they’re pointing at. With cases that often come in at the mid-40mm range, there’s also a lot of real estate on that face to display info in as clear a manner as possible.

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  10. History of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona

    Rolex Daytona watches, one of the well-recognized watches in the world was made famous by actor Paul Newman. However, like several Rolex watches, the Daytona watch is not a particular watch but an exquisite collection of high-performance timepieces. The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona refers to a single variety of this all-time favorite timepiece. The Origin of Rolex Daytona The Rolex Daytona has a pretty interesting history. This watch was developed together with the Submariner. Both of these watches were designed to serve a particular function as timepieces. The Submariner was constructed to withstand the enormous pressure of underwater diving, while the Daytona on the other hand, was built to keep the time accurately up to the last millisecond. In 1962, Rolex served as Daytona’s official timekeeper for the first time. This was one year before the debut of the Cosmograph Reference 6239. This model was nicknamed Daytona by Rolex in the same year to highlight the watch’s affiliation with the famous and prestigious auto race. This timepiece was exclusively developed for race car drivers which is why the tachymeter scale on the bezel is larger than found on most of the other watches. The Three Series of Rolex Daytona The original Cosmograph Daytona has seen three different series. The first series was launched in 1963 and lasted through the 1980s. These watches were produced in small quantities and featured a four-digit model number and manual-wind movement. The second series was introduced in 1988 due to unfailing demand of the Daytona series. These watches feature a five-digit number, automatic winding and were produced until 2000. The third series of the Daytona watch was produced in 2000 and feature a movement made in-house and a six-digit model number. These watches have chronograph functions and are self-winding. Exceptional Features of Paul Newman Rolex Daytona Not every Daytona watch belongs to the Paul Newman variety. The Paul Newman Daytona is a sports watch with an art-deco style font. It has three sub-dials which have block markers instead of lines with crosshairs placed in the center. Moreover, the seconds sub-dial is marked at 15, 30, 45, and 60. Although, the Daytona watches are easily available the Paul Newman variety remains the rarest and most sought-after. This version of the Daytona watch was made famous by Paul Newman, the actor. It features pump pushers for the chronometer, a 300 units-per-hour stainless steel bezel, and a Valjoux 722, 17 jewels, 18,000 beats-per-hour movements. It is available in both dials- black and white and the words Daytona are engraved above the sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. The tachymeter scale is affixed on the bezel and not on the dial. Pricing Reference 6239 of the Daytona series attracted a celebrity devotee in the early 70s. The name of Paul Newman became inextricably linked to the Daytona in 1972 when he took up racing. This watch was gifted to him at that time by his wife with the words “Drive Carefully, Me” engraved on the back. He wore this watch constantly as he competed in high-profile races until his death in 2008. Watch collectors gave this style of watch the nickname of “Paul Newman” in the 1980s. This timepiece can be recognized mainly because of the contrastingly colored second’s scale marked along the dial’s periphery. View this post on Instagram Nell Newman, wearing her father's 'Paul Newman' Daytona and striking a familiar pose during last night's preview in Los Angeles. A post shared by Phillips Watches (@phillipswatches) on Oct 14, 2017 at 8:44am PDT Amazingly, the cost of the watch when it was first produced was $210, but today it is one of the most sought-after Rolex collectible models. The original Rolex Daytona worn by Paul himself created history when it was auctioned off. It was auctioned off by Phillips Auction House in 2017 for a whopping $17.75 million becoming one of the most expensive watches ever to be auctioned. Different variations of the Paul Newman Daytona watch Paul Newman Daytonas can fetch up to $100,000 at auctions, but there are subtle differences in the different varieties. The original Paul Newman features large, easy-to-read numerals in art deco-style and a white dial with black elapsed-time counters. The other dial variations which have simple and small numerals in sub-dials are available for $20,000 to $30,000. In the late 1980s, these watches sold for $3,000 to $4,000 at auctions thus showing a tenfold increase in their prices. The Paul Newman Daytona watches have reference numbers 6239, 6241, 6263, 6264, or 6265. These numbers are important for Rolex authentication. All references of this timepiece have domed crystals made of acrylic. The Rolex Cosmograph Oyster Reference 6263 features a Panda Paul Newman dial, is coveted by most discerning collectors. Technically the 6263 duplicates the 6262 with the Valjoux 727 inside but has a black, acrylic bezel and screw-down pushers. Moreover, this model was available in a 14k gold version for a limited period of time. This model has been able to command ultra-high prices at auctions based on their condition and dial options. Conclusion Thanks to a combination of the unusual details on the dial, limited production and its association with the famous actor, the Paul Newman Daytona watches have become one of the most favored collectible timepieces in the world. However, if you are thinking of purchasing a Paul Newman Daytona, then it is better to be careful because it is very simple for a crook to convert a standard Daytona watch into a Paul Newman Daytona. Experts believe that there are more counterfeit Newman dials in circulation than genuine ones while some watches are not entirely original.

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  11. Monochrome Watches: What Are They?

    Monochrome generally refers to any object opposed to a pair of colors, or a set of multiple colors. Mono means one, single, or sole. Be it a monochrome computer display, a monochrome painting, or a monochrome photograph; each of them tends to have a single shade. Monochrome watches are widely popular. Typical monochrome watches come in black/white or grey/silver color. To elucidate it further, some monochrome watches carry a traditional color combination of black and white while some seem to be flaunting a rigid grayscale look. Monochrome Watches: True or False? Nevertheless, classic monochrome watches are presented in silver, grey, black, and white. That being the case, are we supposed to believe that monochrome watches are colorless watches? Actually, there is an ongoing debate about whether or not black and white are colors. According to a reasonable number of citations, black and white are ousted from the color family though, it is a situation of unresolved conflict. Ask a physicist and his opinion will be, ‘’Black is not a color, white is.’’ Ask an artist with crayons, and you will get to hear, ‘’White is not a color, black is.’’ Identifying Colors: Colors exist as light: If this theory is to be believed, white is a color while black is not sure to be a color.Colors exist as pigments or molecular coloring agents: If this theory is to be believed, black is surely a color, but white is not guaranteed to be a color. So, there is ambiguity with respect to this question. There are various opinions within the society; one does not seem to dominate the other. Simultaneously, there are diverging theories on this issue, and none of them confirms the inclusion of both in the color family. Are They Necessarily Black/White and Arayscale? There are many monochrome watches market-wide that are not typically black or white or grayscale. Yet, as per the definition, they are rightly considered as monochrome timepieces. In simpler words, any watch having its entire body (including strap, round case, dial, back-case, buckle) colored in single guise is a monochrome watch in essence. For instance, Sepia-toned watches are one fine example of atypical monochrome watches. Sepia simply means a fusion of red and brown color. These watches are often designed for both genders, condoning to equality. Sepia has been the soberest color, often liked by moderates. Who Loves A Monochrome? Watch enthusiasts who love sticking to a minimalist design are fascinated by these watches. These watches don’t have much to offer to those who look around for extraordinary colors and fantastic designs. Monochrome watches are meant to provide you a basic and elegant look. Anyone who wants a casual or sporty watch with a mono-faceted look will become a fan of these monochrome watches. People who are not excited to pull-off timepieces with an over-the-top look are certainly the right ones for this kind. These watches are meant to facilitate watch fanatics wanting to have something just up to par, and nothing excessively appealing. Here are select-few monochrome watches that exemplify dignity at best: MVMT Classic Monochrome It’s a beautiful watch in light grey and silver color. From case to dial to strap and even the thread-stitches on strap; all are grey/silver. The leather strap has a smoky design in grey color while the material used for it looks roughened up. There is a round dial with 3-hand movement as well. The color of this Classic Monochrome dial/case is shining silver, contrasting with the greyish strap. The watch markers and hands inside the dial are also in silver color while the entire surface has a gray shade. Specs: The date calendar is at the 3 ‘o clock and has a screw down crown. The watch case is 45mm wide, 9mm thick and has a 24mm wide strap. The watch is 3 ATM water resistant. MVMT Voyager Monochrome Mesh   This Voyager Monochrome Mesh is a pretty watch entirely in dark grey color. The case is slightly lighter in color, but the entire timepiece is colored in a single hue. The watch features a case composed of matte smoke stainless steel. The case has two push buttons and one winding crown attached to it. The dial’s surface and the hands are in grey color. There are black and white crystals used in place of watch markers to highlight the time. On top of that, the strap is originated from a matte smoke mesh. Specs: The watch includes 2 sub dials and a date calendar. The case is 42mm wide, 11mm thick with a 21mm wide strap. It’s water resistant up to 10 ATM. MVMT Monochrome Link This Monochrome Link is a grey watch made of polished and stainless steel. The bracelet is made of steel and has a ladder-like structure with a traditional steel watch design. There is no contrast of color, from the dial, watch markers, hands, case, and to even the bracelet; all have the same shade. It is a very basic watch without any date calendar. You can always adjust the time using the winding crown. Specs: The water resistant watch has an interchangeable 20mm strap and a screw down crown. The case is 40mm wide and 7mm thick.

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