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  2. The Sinn 356 Pilot Chronograph – Why Should You Need One?

    The Sinn 356 Pilot Chronograph – Why Should You Need One?

    The Sinn 356 Chronograph is a pilot watch that belongs to the Sinn Instrument Chronographs collection. Ironically, despite its considerable reputation, this pilot watch flies under the radar. Sinn is known to make a lot of excellent timepieces. Although they aren’t the most famous brand, their level of craftsmanship gives them an identical reputation. The Sinn 356 is a pilot chronograph with qualities that can reach heights. Though it is not one of Sinn’s most modern or popular creations, the 356 can hold its own and challenge your expectations. This article aims to give us a better understanding of the Sinn 356 Pilot Chronograph and its variants. Hopefully, this helps you decide if the Sinn 356 is the ideal timepiece for you.  Everything We Need to Know About the Sinn 356 Sinn manufactured the 356 in 1996 as the successor to the 256 Pilot Chronograph — featuring a more refined and elegant look than its predecessors. Although the Sinn 356 chronograph has garnered some age, the watch carries a design and function that transcend its era and can fit in similarly just like any other modern timepiece.  There are two versions of the 356: The base variant and the SA variant. The beloved German watch company had three SA variants as alternative options for the original timepiece. Each version of the 356 SA showcases different-colored dials with a satin-finished steel case. With that said, let’s get right into the specifications of the Sinn 356. Dimensions of the Sinn 356 With regards to its overall size, the Sinn 356 is proportionally average. The timepiece has a case diameter of 38.5mm with a thickness of 15.5mm. It also has a band lug width of 20mm and a lug to lug distance of 45.6mm. Without the strap, the timepiece weighs 71 grams which should neither be too light nor too heavy. All aspects put together, the watch is well-balanced and can lay on anyone’s wrist with relative comfort.  Bead-Blasted Case  While the SA versions use satinized steel, the original Sinn 356 features a stainless steel casing that has been bead-blasted to achieve its confident dull sheen. The case is beautifully beveled to give the 356 a smooth and sleek look that fits all occasions. The bezel is also wonderfully crafted and fastens the dome-shaped acrylic glass neatly. Wearers can access the chronograph function of the 356 through pushers stationed at the 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock of the timepiece.  All models are pressure-resistant and screwed with a large crown to protect the inner mechanisms from pressure changes. The reason for this design dates back to the 20th century. At that time, pilots would often wear gloves to protect their hands from the conditions of flight. Since the pilots wore the gloves throughout the flight, adjusting their timepiece proved to be an infuriating task. As a solution, Sinn and other watch companies applied larger crowns so pilots would not have to remove their gloves. Bead-Blasted vs. Satinized What’s the difference between bead-blasted steel and satinized steel? First of all, both kinds of finishes are processed differently. Bead-blasted steel is the result of projecting spherical-shaped media to a steel surface. In effect, the steel obtains a uniform and streak-free exterior. Achieving a satin finish is done by brushing an abrasive material vigorously on steel. After the steel is polished and softened, the outcome is a modern-looking matte finish that is also resistant to corrosion. The second difference comes from the sheen. Bead-blasted steel offers a dull and non-reflective look, while satin-finished steel looks shinier and sharper. Due to this, the case of the standard 356 is not as reflective as its SA variants. Another difference comes from their resistance. Unfortunately, satin-finished steel is more resistant to corrosion and scratches compared to bead-blasted. If not maintained properly, the case of the standard Sinn 356 will corrode faster than its other versions. Does that mean satin-finished steel is better than bead-blasted steel? In terms of resistances, satinized steel is the clear winner. How about for appearance? That will all boil down to your preferences. Both types of finishing look good on the case. Whether bead-blasted or satin-finished, it is of great significance to carefully maintain the case of the 356. Doing this will allow its clean and elegant look to stay with you for many years to come. Dial  The standard Sinn 356 and its SA-I variant bear the same matte black dial with syringe-like minute and hour hands. The dial consists of three recessed subdials and a bordered day and date window. This design allows the subdials and the window to be more discernible without compromising the main dial. I particularly like the structure of the handset due to its design. The thickness of the lower part of the arrows allows the alpha handset to be more noticeable, and its upper, more slender arrowhead pinpoints time precisely without meshing with the other dials.  White-colored numbers, hour markers, indexes, and subdial handsets are scattered across the dial to counteract its dark flat surface while giving it a minimalistic yet sophisticated two-toned look. The digits for 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock, and 12 o’clock are unregistered in the dial to make space for the positioning of the day and date window and the subdials of the dial. All numbers and handsets are coated with luminescent colors to allow easier reading at night. The 356 SA-II and SA-III use a copper and silver electroplated guilloche dial, respectively. Having the dials of the SA II and III electroplated gives it a premium chrome style that can catch the eyes of any viewer. Describing the process of making an electroplated dial is not an easy task, but a summary of the process is available in Sinn’s Technology Glossary. All versions have the Sinn and Flieger (Pilot) signature positioned at the top and bottom of the day and date window. Acrylic Glass An acrylic dome-shaped glass shelters the dial of the standard Sinn 356. Acrylic glass is a type of protection made of Poly-acrylic Esters. The material is flexible, impact-resistant, and is a more cost-effective substitute for sapphire. Users can opt to have the acrylic glass replaced with sapphire glass for more long-term durability. Despite being regarded as glass, acrylic has more resemblances to hard plastic than actual glass. That said, the glass is highly resistant to breaks, weather, and corrosion. While this type of material is impact-resistant, it has a softness that makes it susceptible to scratches. Too many scratches will hinder its wearers from reading the dial effectively. With that in mind, Sinn ensures that their users can hide light scratches with a good amount of polishing. SA versions of the 356 come with a dome-shaped Sapphire glass as standard. The interior of the sapphire dome is coated with an anti-reflective inlay – allowing wearers to view the time from different angles and lighting conditions without any distortion. SW 500 Movement A Sellita SW 500 uses a mechanical, self-winding mechanism to operate the Sinn 356. The SW 500 is based on the Valjoux 7750 and is known for its resilience and durability. It is a relatively large and thick movement that bears 25 jewels to reduce wear and tear. The system produces 28,800 oscillations per hour and is anti-magnetic. A seconds stop function is also present in the mechanism for wearers to synchronize time with reliable precision.  The movement of the 356 is protected by a stainless steel caseback that is screwed down (along with the crown) for more efficient water resistance. The SA variants utilize a sapphire crystal caseback that is similarly screwed down. Since the SA case backs are transparent, wearers can view the inner machinations of the 356 in all its intricate glory. Comprehensive Strap Selection Sinn provides its customers with the option to choose their preferred leather, stainless steel, or silicone strap for the 356. The catalog of leather bands for the Sinn 356 is composed of a wide-range selection that features cowhide, calfskin, horsehide, and alligator leather. Customers can also choose between a two-link, bead-blasted, stainless steel bracelet or a black silicone strap with a large-scale or small-scale folding clasp. Personally, the timepiece looks stylish with any strap on it. I suggest that you pick one that allows your watch to lay comfortably on your wrist. Alligator leather may be the safest and most refined material, but it is also the most luxurious among the four. Water Resistance Despite being a pilot’s watch, all versions of the Sinn 356 are waterproof and can endure water pressure for up to 10 bars or 100 meters. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a bar is a type of measurement equivalent to 10 meters of water pressure. Timepieces of this kind of caliber can resist rain splashes and shower water without a problem. While it is unsuitable for extreme water sports such as deep-sea diving, the timepiece can withstand more leisurely activities such as swimming and snorkeling.  Up Close with the 356 Flieger Family It would be disappointing if I keep mentioning the variants without giving you an illustration of their unique appearances. Without further ado, let’s meet the other attractive individuals that complete the Sinn 356 Pilot family. 1. Sinn 356 SA Photo by SinnThe first SA variant of the 356 Pilot is the most identical to the standard model. With sapphire glass and a satin-finished casing as the only difference, the 356 SA offers its wearers a similar timeless look with a little more luxury and a lot more durability. The changes may not be dramatic, but the switch from bead-blasted to satinized steel will increase the overall corrosion resistance of the watch. Sapphire glass is also much more resistant to scratching than acrylic. Shaping the sapphire was a strategic move by Sinn as it increases the capabilities of the sapphire to resist impacts. A timepiece built this way can effortlessly withstand the test of time while maintaining its deep and stylish appearance. 2. Sinn 356 SA-II Photo by SinnBeneath the sapphire dome lies a shiny copper interior. A closer look at the SA II reveals a uniform guilloche pattern that travels outward from the center of the electroplated dial. The distinct beauty of the SA II makes its wearers stand out from the mundane crowd with a powerful and fashionable statement.  Despite boasting an intriguing design, it happens to be my least favorite member of the Sinn 356 family. To me, the other colors complement the entire watch better than the copper tone. Don’t get me wrong, the timepiece still looks astounding. It’s just my preference. 3. Sinn 356 SA III Photo by SinnThe SA III is the final entrant to the 356 series and is my favorite among the four. This marvelous piece possesses a silver-hued, guilloche-patterned, electroplated dial similar to the SA II. Despite the coloring, the dials are still highly legible. The blend of the satinized steel and silver interior gives the SA III an even complexion throughout its structure without melding the different components too much.  I love the level of sophistication the SA III Pilot brings. If I had it, I would pair the timepiece with a stainless steel two-link bracelet. This kind of bracelet will allow me to keep the uniformity of the watch. I’m Not a Pilot, Why Would I Need the Sinn 356? Different people need different things. A carefully designed timepiece can go a long way in meeting the owner’s specific criteria. A diver watch specializes in water resistance, allowing it to stick by its owner’s side while traversing the mysterious ocean. Sports watches have features to let their users track their progress as they enter a healthier lifestyle. For socialites and secret agents, becoming dressed to kill is a feat that only a striking dress watch can achieve.  However, some watches break the limit and become more than just a tool. The Sinn 356 is more than just a tool watch. It is a companion that’s always there for you when you need it. Yes, the 356 caters to pilots, but it is no stranger to everyday life. With such a versatile appearance and function, the watch can be what you want it to be. It is stylish enough to be used for special occasions and is strong enough to be brought underwater. The Best Alternative to the Sinn 356 Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Auto Chrono Photo by HamiltonIf you want a different pilot watch, you can go for the Hamilton X-Wind Auto Chrono. With more crowns and a tachymetric scale, this piece from the Hamilton Khaki Aviation collection is more than just a substitute. The X-Wind uses the H-21, an automatic movement with a reserve of 60-hours. With the case and dial loaded with numbers and meters, the design of this particular Hamilton watch leans to a more technical side. Personally, the dial of the Hamilton is not as legible as the Sinn 356. I also prefer the overall simplistic design of the 356. If this is the kind of watch you’re looking for, don’t let my preferences stop you. The X-Wind fetches a similar price tag of $1,870. Final Thoughts Though it is not the greatest among the Sinn Instrument Chronographswatches, the Sinn 356 is a stunning example of what the ideal pilot watch should be. It is a timepiece that can accurately display various times to its wearers, even when battling through extreme conditions. It flaunts a dateless style that can be directed to Sinn’s tradition in watchmaking throughout the years. All aspects considered, there’s barely anything to add or remove from the 356 to make it even better. Maybe the only thing the watch is missing is an owner?  The Sinn 356 Pilot Chronograph fetches an average price of $1,700 USD to $2,400 USD, while its variant’s price ranges between $2,300 USD and $3,400 USD. It does require a hefty amount of money, but it is definitely worth your investment. With proper maintenance, this watch can probably outlive you. With that in mind, you won’t just be buying the watch for yourself. The Sinn 356 can be passed down as an heirloom to the next generation so that they too can love and respect the glorious timepiece just like you did. Need a diver watch? Check out our guide to the Omega Aqua Terra 150m

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  4. Patek 5970 — An Ode to the 5270’s “Perfect” Older Brother

    Patek 5970 — An Ode to the 5270’s “Perfect” Older Brother

    One of the most symbolic father-son moments in watch history was when Philippe Stern handed the reins of Patek Philippe to his son Thierry Stern. This iconic moment gave birth to one of the most outstanding timepieces in watch history — the Patek 5970.  The Patek Philippe 5970 is a series of perpetual calendar chronographs manufactured by Patek Philippe in the early 2000s. Anyone who is an avid watch collector will tell you that Patek Philippe provides one of the finest watches in the industry. The passed-down technique that Patek uses in crafting their timepieces is evocative of the brand’s image. This technique made the glorious anatomy that makes up the Patek 5970. At first glance, you’re not entirely sure if the timepiece is vintage, modern, a mix of both, or somewhere in between. In this article, we will unshroud the mystery that makes this watch not only a prized possession but also a technical masterpiece. After discovering what the Patek 5970 has to behold, we will compare the 5970 with its successor — the 5270. But before we head into the nitty and gritty of the 5970, let’s get to know the origins of this lovely slice of luxury, A Closer Look at the Patek 5970 The Patek Philippe 5970 was coined in 2004 by Thierry Stern as the successor to the reference 3970. In devising the 5970, Thierry wanted to create a watch that would cater to the younger generation while also inheriting the legacy that defined Patek’s remarkable history. Patek Philippe began manufacturing the reference 5970 in 2004 and ended its production in 2011. The Patek 5970 was the last of Patek’s perpetual calendar watches to utilize the Lemania 2310-based movement. The Patek 5970 series would sell at an approximate price of $100,000 USD to $200,000 USD for each timepiece.  The Patek 5970 was later on succeeded by the Patek 5270, which uses Patek’s in-house movement mechanisms. Although it was the 5270’s time to bask in the limelight, the watch (5270) did not receive the same amount of appreciation compared to its predecessors. The 5970 remains one of Patek’s most revered and most sought-after references to date. Its unmatched luxury and distinct design make this timepiece a close and spitting image to the Perfect Watch. Photo from PhillipsSpecifications The timepiece measures 40mm in diameter with a thickness of 13mm. The Patek 5970 will look even thicker if your wrist is on the small side. Despite its bulky appearance, the watch is well-proportioned and fits the hand like a glove. People can don this premium watch with relative ease on various special occasions or in everyday life. Even in this level of luxury, it’s not easy to find a burly wristwatch that can wrap comfortably around your wrist.  1. Case Different cases with various colors shelter the Patek 5970 and its variants. The custom cases cover and protect the timepiece from danger and also separates it from other corresponding references. While none of them are inherently the same, each watch case has its own set of similarities. The case can either be made of 18Kt gold or platinum, depending on the model version. Each case comes with a crown and two pushers positioned at the right side of the timepiece. The watch cases are sleek and finished skillfully, and the lugs on each side are carefully beveled to lay comfortably on one’s wrist while avoiding excess protrusion. Personally, I am glad that the lugs are very short. The appeal of long-lugged watches is something I cannot (and will not) understand. Long lugs make my timepiece look like it has a pair of skis attached to it. I prefer having a small-lugged wristwatch that does not look like it’s ready to ski down a snowy mountain. 2. Dial Like most of Patek’s line-up of perpetual calendars, the Patek 5970 can indicate different aspects of time. From seconds, minutes, and hours, all the way to days, months, years, leap years, and moon phases, the 5970 fulfills its role like any other watch of its caliber. By looking at any of the Patek Philippe 5970 variants, you’ll see that the dials are ladened with all sorts of time indicators and matching leaf-style handsets. The dials for the Patek 5970G, Patek 5970R, and Patek 5970J feature a light tinge, while the Patek 5970P has its dial colored black. Visible near the rim of each dial is a tachymetric scale that provides more functionality to the 5970. Despite being fully loaded, there’s still a sufficient amount of space that separates each component. The subdials and numbers are far enough to not clash with one another, allowing its wearers to view the time and date without difficulty. The preciseness placed on the proportions and overall balance of the dial is remarkable — a distinct level of craftsmanship Patek has carried throughout the ages.  The Patek Philippe and Geneve signatures are placed below the day and month window to complete the dial’s style. 3. Movement Photo from PhillipsAs mentioned above, a Lemania-based movement operates the Patek 5970. The base of the apparatus is deeply customised to create the CH 27-70 Q. Although heavily modified, the Lemania-based mechanism is a crucial piece of Patek’s perpetual timepieces due to its usage in the company dating back to 1986. The Patek 5970 has a power reserve of 60 hours before needing to be manually rewound. Twenty-four jewels hold the CH 27-70 Q together to reduce friction between the parts. At the rear of the watch, you can see an exhibition-style caseback that shelters the mechanism. With this design, people can enjoy viewing the intricacies of the CH 27-70 Q movement. The watch uses sapphire glass to form the transparent caseback to help ensure that the apparatus can avoid all sorts of scratches and damage. 4. Strap The Patek 5970s typically use high-quality alligator straps to hold their luxurious timepiece. Juxtaposed to other reptile skin such as crocodile skin and caiman skin, the material of Alligator skin is much more flexible and durable. Alligator leather is also said to age well, so it pairs well with an ageless watch such as the Patek 5970. Alligator skin undergoes a type of processing that excludes the use of harmful chemicals, allowing users with sensitive skin to wear the watch without irritation. Maintenance for the alligator strap is simple and easy, too, since all you need to do is wipe it with a damp cloth. Picking alligator leather was an experienced choice for making the 5970’s strap. Patek Philippe 5970’s Four Different Variants Photo from PhillipsPatek Philippe 5970P (Platinum) Possibly the fan-favorite of the series, the platinum-cased 5970 boasts a unique and versatile look that makes it stand out among the rest. This particular 5970 is the only model that features a black dial. The 5970P entered production in 2010 and was the last version of the series before its discontinuation. The charcoal black dial and platinum case made this particular 5970 model attain an exceedingly high demand among enthusiasts and collectors alike.  I’m a simple man. When I see the color black, I like it. The blackness of the dial definitely sets it apart from the other three versions. It is the most popular variant of the bunch and is the series’ highest sold base watch. Patek Philippe 5970R (Rose Gold) You’ve probably heard this specific color go around during the release of the iPhone 6. One of the first 5970s produced was the Patek Philippe 5970R. Like the 5970G, the 5970R began its production in 2004. Patek continued to manufacture the 5970R for five years and halted production in 2009.  Compared to most shades of rose gold that highlight a rosy-red hue, the redness of the 5970R has a milder tone which makes the gold aspect of the rose gold shade more distinct. The merging of the rose gold case with the clean yet elaborate white dial makes the 5970R a vintage take with a modern twist. Although it has some resemblances with the 5970J (yellow gold), this eccentric work of art has its personalized spot in the series that gives it as much attention as its siblings. Photo from Christie’sPatek Philippe 5970G (White Gold) The Patek 5970G was also one of the first in the series to make its debut. Along with the rose gold version, Patek began producing the 5970G in 2004. This model features a neatly done white dial accompanied by a matching white gold case. The white dial is balanced with black hands and black numerals, giving it a simple yet intriguing two-toned elegance. Although the Patek 5970G arguably has the cleanest look, it was the least popular piece of the series. Its minimalist design has likely catered to a younger demographic instead of Patek’s usual audience. I’m glad to be a part of the younger generation, as I think the 5970G suits me. The complementing tones are elegant, and the watch looks good on all kinds of wrists. Photo from PhillipsPatek Philippe 5970J (Yellow Gold) Everything about the Patek 5970 screams classic, and you can sense the prestigious aura it exudes. The 5970J was introduced in 2009 and is the rarest model of the reference. It was made as another option for enthusiasts apart from the rose gold and white gold versions and only underwent one year of production. I’m a total sucker for this kind of color scheme, and this variant is undoubtedly my favorite among the four. Its extensive vintage look, high-quality crafting, and sepia-like tone sequence make this watch one of the best watches I’ve ever seen. Patek 5970 vs. Patek 5270 — A Comparison  The Patek 5970 has been likened to the Patek 5270 by many watch enthusiasts. Both perpetual calendar watches were conceived during Thierry’s time as chairman and are both reputable constructs. Although most enthusiasts deem the former to be more well-loved than the latter, more 5270s populate the market. You can find a model of the 5270 under the Patek Philippe Complications with no sign of the Patek 5970. That said, let’s get a better understanding of these two models. Movement: CH 27-70 Q vs. 29-535S Q The first and apparent difference is the movement. Unlike the 5970, which used a heavily modded Lemania 2310, the 5270 used the 29-535S Q,  a mechanism built solely in-house. Not only was it a more modern apparatus, but it was also the first mechanism Patek ever made. The 29-535S Q comes with a column wheel to manage the different levels of the watch. The new column wheel allows the systems of the 5270 to work smoother and be subject to lesser wear and tear. Is it better than the 5970’s movement? Technically, yes. Another difference, albeit minor, between the two is their power reserves. The 5270 has a power reserve of 65 hours, while the 5970 only had a power reserve of 60 hours. Other than that, the two mechanisms work like a charm with barely any noteworthy contrasts.  Diameter: 40mm vs. 41mm The Patek 5970 has a diameter of 40mm, while the 5270 has a diameter of 41mm. The 5270s new case and new lugs make this model one of Patek Philippe’s most sizable references in their catalog. Despite being only a millimeter greater in diameter, the 5270 is visibly bulkier than its predecessors. The Patek 5970 also exhibited a more comfortable fit compared to the 5270. That said, both references fit cozily on the wrist despite their girthy exterior. Series: One vs. Three  The Patek 5970 only had a single series during its production. The sole series of four metals features the following versions: Rose Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold, and Platinum. With four stunning and unique timepieces, it proved challenging for enthusiasts and collectors to pick a favorite. With regards to the Patek 5270, there were things it did right and things it didn’t. I usually like hearing the good news first so let’s start with that. The 5270 had two windows embedded on its 4:30 and 7:30 sides. This innovation solved an issue that some users had in reading the 5970’s multiple dials.  That said, it is time for us to go through the three series of the 5270 and its bumpy road. The first series of the 5270 featured a white gold case identical to the 5970 variant, a light-silver dial with a gold handset, and (get this) no tachymeter. It is unknown why Patek excluded this component from the 5270. Due to that decision, fans were unhappy with the outcome as their expectations were unmet. In effect, the 5270 had to reintroduce itself in a second series. The second series had a white gold case with a choice between an opal or blue dial. To not cause events that repeat history, the second series now comes with a tachymetric scale. Patek finally took care of the problem. However, a new obstacle made itself apparent when enthusiasts noticed something unsightly in the dial. How should I say this? Do you know that feeling when you take a picture of yourself, and you see your double-chin? Yes, that grim reminder that we need to lose weight is such an eyesore.  The 5270 has a similar issue in which a small protrusion is visible at the bottom of the dial. This design messes with the perfect circle of the tachymeter and is an absolute bane for those with an inkling of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Funnily enough, this disfigurement also acquired was described as a “chin” by its users and viewers in the watch industry. The model was further snubbed by its audience not only because reading the tachymeter would prove a challenge but also because that “chin” is straight-up unsightly. Well, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board. After yet another fault, the brand releases its 3rd series of the 5270. This installment has the same palette option as the second series (white gold case with either a blue or opal dial. The series also unveiled another color scheme – sporting a Rose Gold casing merged with an opal dial. It looks like the third time was definitely the charm for the 5270. The 5270 finally had its breakthrough and is now placed in a better light. Goodbye, chin. I won’t miss you a single bit. Is one better than the other? It took a while, but the 5270 finally hit the sweet spot that the Patek 5970 has leisurely stayed. Despite having mishaps during the development of the 5270s series, its first and second series developed a niche as part of the 5270’s history. Such models would sometimes fetch a price that’s equal to the models of the 5970. Is one better than the other? Personally, no. I like the 5970 better by default, but that doesn’t mean that the 5270 lacks. Both references showcase superb performance and individual style, which is what matters the most. The 5970 may be rarer, but they are both priced closely. Additionally, I think these two references (along with the 3970) can outclass any of Patek’s current catalogs — including Patek’s Grand Complications set. Final Thoughts The Patek 5970 is a reference series that you could very much call perfect. Honestly, you won’t find a more spectacular piece of horology than the 5970. It’s simply such a beautiful timepiece that it’s in a league of its own. No wonder the world of watch enthusiasts has kept its eye on this particular reference. It has so much to flaunt and hardly had anything remotely disappointing to converse.  If anything, one thing I can complain about is the longevity of its production. For such a lustrous and complex timepiece, the amount of time it had in assembly was considerably short. There was only an estimated amount of 2,800 ever made, according to watch collector and Patek Philippe expert John Reardon. With only that many 5970s, you probably will not be seeing the whole in person anytime soon.  This beloved timepiece not only marked Thierry Stern’s spot in Patek Philippe’s lineage but also made Philippe Stern a contented and proud father. _____________________________________________________________________ Want a watch that’s more oriental?  Here are the Top 5 Japanese Dress Watches.

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  5. Baltic Aquascaphe: Review of the Underrated Diver

    Baltic Aquascaphe: Review of the Underrated Diver

    Baltic watches have been under the radar among watch enthusiasts for a while. Almost overnight, the company became one of the most sought-after brands of today. The watch community embraced the launch of the brand alongside the Bicompax chronographs through a Kickstarter campaign. From chronographs, the brand continues to evolve in the tool watches department. The Baltic Aquascaphe met much fanfare with its release. Let’s take a deeper look at this timepiece. What is Baltic? Before we get to know the Baltic Aquascaphe, let’s first see what Baltic is all about. The brand is fairly new to the market with its launch in 2017. It wasn’t any other launch. Like many microbrands, the story of Baltic began in a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign became the launchpad for the company to release two of their debut timepieces, both met with much fanfare. The watches launched are HMS 001 and the BICOMPAX 001, a chronograph. These timepieces easily catapulted the brand from the ground up, pushing founder Etienne Malec to launch more timepieces. The company has since been one of the most sought-after microbrands in the market. Following other French watch brands, such as Bell & Ross and Cartier, Baltic continuously wows patrons from all over the world with the quality of its timepieces. What we know today is that so far, the company sits with fairly priced timepieces. The watches from the brand have expanded from two models and now have different models such as the Aquascaphe. The Baltic Aquascaphe Baltic named the Aquascaphe rather cleverly. This refers to the famous Bathyscaphe,  a free-diving self-propelled deep-sea submersible from the 1960s. This was developed by the Swiss and built by the Italian, a true legend in underwater exploration history. However, this reference only applies to the name. Despite that, Baltic still made sure to stick to the same timeline when it comes to aesthetics. The Baltic Aquascaphe adopted the design of divers from the 1960s and 1970s. There are many cues that point to this such as the case design as well as the dial. Baltic didn’t hold back in applying their vintage theme to this timepiece. Today, there are three versions of the Aquascaphe available in the market: gilt, blue gilt, and black. Generally, there is a lot to say about this watch, so let’s break the watch down by its functions and parts. Here’s our in-depth review of the Baltic Aquascaphe. Case Right at first glance, you’ll notice the attention to detail. The Aquascaphe gives the impression that it’s a great tool watch. Firstly, you get a sapphire crystal to protect the dial. The screw-down crown allows the watch 200 meters of water resistance. There are some parts of the watch that’s familiar to those who already own the watch. This appears to be Baltic’s way of saying that they’re going for a certain aesthetic that would stick. I would say that they did well if that’s their goal given that you can reminisce older models from the company. That said, watch out for the mid-case design of the watch as it’s practically the same. Given Baltic is going for a vintage-inspired look, it’s easy to understand why they gave it such a size. The Aquascaphe measures around 38 mm across and 39 mm at the bezel. Lug-to-lug, it measures around 47 mm. It should sit comfortably around the wrist with a 12 mm thickness. Overall, the sizing gives the timepiece a proportioned design that doesn’t stray away from the vintage concept Baltic aims to have. It is incredibly impressive how thin this timepiece is. You can be fooled by the mid-case of the watch. With the long lugs set low, you would even think it’s much thinner than advertised. For a classic addition to the timepiece, the sapphire crystal of the watch comes domed. This adds height to the watch but visually, the timepiece is still a lot thinner than other divers. When against the wrist, you can expect it to look flat. That way, it’s easier to wear this watch. Bezel The bezel of the Aquascaphe is one of the most impressive parts of the watch. If you look closely, the insert of the bezel is pretty thin. This works wonders especially if you want something that goes along with such a thin watch. The thing with divers is that they can be on the heavier side. Smaller divers come with large bezels that eat up a large chunk of the timepiece. The dial ultimately looks smaller and that would throw off the overall proportion of the watch. With the Baltic Aquascaphe, you’re sure that the bezel doesn’t take away from the dial. It’s not too large that it shrinks the dial. Moreover, true to its vintage inspiration, the insert only comes with 15, 30, and 43 numerals. At 0/60, a triangle sits while other markers appear as dots. With the bezel in sapphire, you’re sure that this watch is only of the highest quality. This also gives a fair addition to the price of the watch. Dial The Aquascaphe is available in two major colors: black and blue. However, on the company’s website you can find the following color combinations: Black Silver Black Cream Blue Gilt Black with Steel Bezel Bronze Blue Gilt and Bronze Glossy Black Generally, all the watches have very distinct vintage-inspired looks. However, you can go for a more modern look with the Black Silver iteration of the watch. The white lume definitely gives it a newer face with light gray prints and a matte dial that’s also grainy in texture. If you want something more vintage, Black Cream is a great option for you. The cream-colored lume gives it a truly vintage feel. Meanwhile, the Blue Gilt proves really great, especially when underwater. The dark blue sunray dial looks wonderful when underwater and its cream lume perfectly matches the faux-gilt paint. Many people prefer the Blue Gilt for its complete aesthetic; it truly is a vintage diver. As aforementioned, there are many similarities between the Aquascaphe and Baltic’s first model, the Bicompax. It also bears similarities with HMS models from the brand. Among those, the 12 numeral stands out. This little detail ultimately unifies the watches under the brand. Overall, the dial of the Aquascaphe truly captures a multi-dimensional canvas. A pleasant texture sits at the markers of the watch and for a watch at this price, the lume proves incredibly potent. This is despite the little area of application on the markers. For even better legibility, the watch has the minutes/seconds index printed around the outer edge of the dial. Movement At the heart of the Baltic Aquascaphe is the Miyota 9039 movement. This is an automatic-winding 24-jewel movement with hacking and hand-winding features. It comes with 42 hours of power reserve which works wonders if you don’t plan on wearing it on weekends. With a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour, you’re sure that it’s accurate. It’s very similar to the 9015 minus the date complication or date position in the crown. Baltic surely did a great job of choosing this movement as it’s a lot thinner than Swiss options. This is just as reliable as more expensive movements in the market. Bracelet We weren’t kidding when we told you that the Aquascaphe sits perfectly around the wrist. There are two options available for this watch. You can get it with a tropical rubber strap that’s perfect especially if you plan on wearing it while diving. You can also get it in a “beads of rice” bracelet that exudes great premium appeal. Both options are great but the beads are great options if you plan on wearing them on a day-to-day basis. Baltic made sure that even the bracelet of the watch has a vintage feel. It’s versatile enough to be worn in a casual setting and works wonders on more formal events. With the watch being thin, the Baltic Aquascaphe is comfortable around the wrist. Price The Baltic Aquascaphe costs €579.17 EUR or around $700 USD, brand new. However, you can still find this timepiece on the secondhand market for less. You can avail of a more expensive version which is the Bronze Blue Gilt and Bronze Glossy Black. These cost around  €625 EUR or about $770 USD. These are reasonable prices especially with the features and quality of the watch. Baltic Aquascaphe GMT & Dual-Crown Baltic launched another Aquascaphe with a GMT function. This timepiece varies only in bezel design with a 24-hour marker instead of dots around the bezel. The colors are also a lot sportier than the Aquascaphe with combinations of blue/green, blue/gray, and blue/orange. These colors prove great especially when underwater. It also comes with a date window at 6 o’clock. The Aquascaphe GMT costs more at €920 EUR or around $1,120 USD. Baltic Aquascaphe GMT (Left) and Dual-Crown (Right)Meanwhile, if you want a leaner version of the timepiece, the Aquascaphe Dual-Crown is for you. This timepiece comes with two crowns, one of which controls the inner bezel of the watch. The bezel of the timepiece is bi-directional, perfect for any recreational diver. It costs around €550 USD or $670 USD. A Powerful Newcomer: Baltic Aquascaphe What makes Baltic such a powerhouse is the fact they’re incredibly reliable. This is a relatively new brand that’s making waves in the watch community for crowd-funded watches. The fact that many people choose to support this watch without nays says a lot about it. The Aquascaphe proves itself a good competitor for other brands and companies of the same price point. Surely, there are better things that await us, but what we have right here is already impressive for a first. Looking for more dive watches? Here are dive watches under 1000 USD. All photos courtesy of Baltic.

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  6. Rado Watches: Impressive Since the 1950s

    Rado Watches: Impressive Since the 1950s

    What is it about a luxury watch that’s been impressive since the 1950s? Let’s take Rado watches for example. This luxury brand of watches keeps producing wristwatches many users want to wear. Not only are Rado watchmakers passionate about crafting the premium watch but they claim to be the “masters of material.” And herein lays the secret behind this exquisite watch. Rado watchmakers design watches using materials that can only be defined as pioneering in the world of watchmaking. Striving to use state-of-the-art technology, Rado’s visionary approach to creating beautiful and long-lasting watches for life must be admired. If you’re new to the Rado brand, read on to explore more about this sophisticated watch adored by so many wearers. The Story Behind Rado Watches The philosophy of Rado is “If we can imagine it, we can make it” and to date, this still stands true. It all began in a district called Lengnau in Switzerland. Three intrepid brothers Fritz, Ernst, and Werner set up their own little atelier on their parents’ property. This watchmaking factory, founded in 1917, was first called the Schlup & Co. While its beginnings were humble, by the end of World War II, their factory was one of the largest producers of timepieces in the world. A Mastery of Materials It was in the 1950s that Schlup & Co. began selling their watches under the trademark, Rado. And before the end of the decade, this brand was well-known in over 61 countries. True to their mastery of materials, Rado was the first to produce a scratchproof watch with its famous DiaStar 1 in 1962. What made it so unique? Its material of course – hard metal and sapphire crystal. It was in 1986 Rado watches transformed the way watches could be made. They began to use high-tech ceramic materials in the bracelet which was also scratchproof. Without deviating from using high-tech ceramic, Rado continued with innovative technology. In 1998, their Rado Ceramica timepiece reflected their ongoing trailblazing approach to watchmaking. Using plasma high-tech ceramic, this watch produced a metallic glow without a single piece of metal being used. Rado Watches: A Mastery of Design But while Rado may be famous for their use of revolutionary materials, you can’t deny their mastery of watch design as well. From the beginning, their watch designs have been elegant, durable and an absolute luxury to wear. But it was in the year 2000 when Rado introduced the Innovative eSenza, a watch without a crown. Soon afterward, in 2002, the Rado V10K was revealed in all its glory – made with high-tech diamond (10,000 Vickers). Of course, they couldn’t end the decade without some aplomb. In came the starkly stunning watch design known as the r5.5 collection, created by Jasper Morrison. Mastery of Watchmaking Continues With a combination of exclusive designs and innovative materials, Rado watchmakers continue to bring the world impressive watches. The True Thinline emerged in 2011 measuring at 5 mm. The Rado HyperChrome was built using the same technology as the Rado True Thinline. Rado’s pursuit to master the craft of watchmaking doesn’t ever end. In 2013, the Esenza Touch changed the way you could set the time – with one touch and swipe. For travelers, the advent of the HyperChrome Dual Timer solved many time zone problems. With a touch-controlled function, the time zone could be set simply and accurately. To this day, Rado watches are being crafted with plasma high-tech ceramic, a high-tech ceramic, Ceramos, high-tech diamond, sapphire crystal, and hard metal. Naturally, only the best can be used to complement these watches and diamonds enhance every design. And, in case you were wondering – Rado will only use diamonds that meet the Kimberly process requirements. With the innovative use of these materials, Rado is able to produce a watch that’s comfortable, durable, and lightweight. What’s more, their collection of watches made with high-ceramic is ideal for sensitive skins – thanks to its hypoallergenic properties. The Ceramos material adjusts to the skin temperature, meaning it always remains comfortable for the wearer. Rado watches can guarantee a watch for life with its hard metal material. This can withstand the most rugged conditions life throws at it and always keeps the watch scratch-free. A Final Word on Rado Watches If you’re looking for a luxury timepiece that’ll stand the test of time, you’ll find it with a Rado watch. The watchmakers’ innovative approach to style and use of pioneer materials results in a watch every wearer will feel comfortable wearing. The collections for both men and women are classical while still suiting every modern-day watch wearer’s taste and style. Wearing a watch that’s been impressive since the 1950s reflects the wearer’s appreciation for traditional and innovative use of technology. When you wear a Rado watch, you’re making a statement that reflects the brand’s willingness to always imagine. Will you impress with a Rado?  

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  7. Why Swiss Watches Are So Expensive?

    Why Swiss Watches Are So Expensive?

    Swiss watches are the very definition of luxury, and that’s why many watch aficionados desire them. Swiss watches, such as Rolex, IWC, and Patek Philippe, are globally renowned for boasting high-quality designs and functionality. But most importantly, it is their intricately designed components that make them one of the most expensive timepieces around. Apart from that, Swiss watches are also known for having a diverse history of innovation that exists to this day. They also boast the most complex movements ever to be seen in the history of horology. Over many decades, these aspects have been refined, improved, and highly valued by luxury watch enthusiasts. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly Swiss watches are and why they are expensive. What is Swiss Watch? As we said earlier, Swiss watches are the very definition of luxury. The term Swiss was adopted in the late 19th century. This means that a particular timepiece strictly met the watchmaking standards of Switzerland. In fact, “Swiss” has been used so often that it may be a generic synonym instead of something that’s geologically restricted. For a watch to be considered Swiss, it has to meet a set of particular guidelines. The laws that determine whether a watch can be “Swiss Made” or not these days were established in 1971. And despite the addendums over the years, most of those laws haven’t been changed for almost five decades. Though a Swiss-made watch has several definitions to it, they need to have three main aspects to them, including: The watch’s movements have to be at least 50% Swiss. The watch’s movement has to be cased in Switzerland. The manufacturer of these watches should have their final inspection in Switzerland At least, these used to be the requirements before 2017. Ever since then, five main requirements now define a Swiss watch: Movement should be Swiss The watches made in Switzerland The movement of the watch is cased up in Switzerland At least 60% of a timepiece’s manufacturing costs are based in Switzerland The final inspection should be done in Switzerland The laws that govern how Swiss a watch can be are challenging to enforce. Plus, there are several loopholes that some brands utilize to their advantage. There are watch movements that are “Swissified” – made outside of Switzerland but shipped to the country. The watches are then disassembled and reassembled before being called Swiss Made. Sure, they might abide by Swiss build watches’ laws, but they don’t have the spirit within them. In other words, the importance of a watch being Swiss is hotly debated. Some believe authentic Swiss watches are the only ‘real watches’ and should be made in a particular way. Others believe that Swiss is only a label with some requirements. Whatever the case may be, Swiss watches are known mainly for their fine craftsmanship and accurate timing. History of Swiss Watches Making Swiss watches first got its run as clockmakers who wanted to make smaller mechanical movements during the 17th century. But this was after the first watch in history was made by a German clockmaker in the 16th century. After a couple of centuries, the only dominant watchmaking nations in Europe are France, England, and Germany. Switzerland never factored into the industry until the 19th century. By the 18th century, craftsmanship and innovation came and started to blossom. Some of the renowned watchmaking brands that honor the Swiss watchmaking culture include Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Vacheron Constantin. These brands always wanted to show how refined their artisan abilities were. This is due to meticulous craftsmanship, constant mechanic refinement, and introducing innovations like self-winding movements and date complications. But what actually sets apart Switzerland from its European rivals was not the quality of the watches at first. Back then, it was all about quantity, or who produced the most watches. At that time, most Swiss watchmakers were making cheap quality copycats of watches from other states. Later on, only a handful of watchmakers started to stand out in terms of quality. Why Are Swiss Watches Expensive? As we said earlier, it’s the components and craftsmanship that make up the high price rates of Swiss watches. Some of these components include: New Movements – Swiss watchmakers take great pride in designing Innovative new watch movements, such as the new Rolex 3255 movement which you can find in some Rolex Day-Date watches. These movements take years to craft and then perfect after being assembled by hand and made to last for centuries. Production Time – For a Swiss quality watch, it would take months how to make a proper model. Because of its slow production time and high market demand, luxury watch price rates tend to increase. For example, a Patek Philippe Grand Complications watch may take more than six years to produce.  Top-Quality Components – Only the richest of materials are used for making Swiss watches. It is from these components that the watch is both accurate and durable. Case in point: the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches in gold and diamonds are some of the most luxurious Swiss watches we can’t help but covet. Luxury Image – Just by their look, Swiss watches invoke thoughts and feelings of prestige and luxury. Despite their high premium price, luxury watch enthusiasts are prepared to pay that price for these Swiss watches. Because of this, the high price serves as an indication of a luxury watch’s worth. Various studies reveal that consumers are willing to pay 20% more for these watches. They do this for the sake of owning something very exclusive, say a Vacheron Constantin Patrimony or an IWC Portofino.Are Swiss Made Watches Worth It? With all that being said, are Swiss watches really that worth it? For the premium price that they’re worth, definitely. With the most top-quality components, a watch with accurate time-telling abilities that can last centuries is absolutely worth it. Obviously, these watches aren’t for everyone; they’re tailored only for those who can afford it, and those who desire perfection.

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  8. How to Pair Your Watch with the Right Jewelry

    How to Pair Your Watch with the Right Jewelry

    It goes without saying that every ensemble works with the right coordination. Whether it’s for a casual day out or a formal event, pairing your outfit with the right accessories always matters. However, the finer details such as jewelry and watches can make or break your overall look. It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a Bulgari or a Cartier, if you don’t match your jewelry with your watch correctly, even the brand’s name can’t save your fashion ensemble. To make heads turn for the right reasons, even accessories need to be paired just right. So, we put together a guide to help you perfectly pair your watch with the right jewelry. Are there any rules you should strictly follow? How do you mix and match your jewelry and watch? Read further to know more. Ultimate Ladies’ Accessories Women have been donning accessories as far back as 40,000 years ago. This rich history continues in modern days. Perhaps, the most popular women’s accessories are jewelry. Historically, jewelry started out as a symbol of wealth and affluence. Royalties donned pieces of jewelry made of precious stones like diamonds and rubies, and metals such as gold and silver. Today, while well-heeled women still wear jewelry, it became more accessible to more people. Jewelry continues to be an icon of beauty for many and it is, to say the least, the ultimate ladies’ accessories. Watches, on the other hand, can serve as more than just a functional accessory. It can also be a piece of jewelry or something to pair it with. Just like jewelry, watches were also symbols of affluence that a lot of royalties and the rich and famous owned and even flaunted, given the history of brands like Patek Philippe, Breguet, and Jaquet Droz. And as jewelry evolved, watches did too. Now, every woman has a timepiece to pair their jewelry with. Both jewelry and watches hold sentimental value for most women. They’re not just accessories anymore. Behind each accessory is a story and a value incomparable to any amount of money. Women mostly buy these pieces of jewelry as gifts to themselves, while others receive them from their loved ones. Either way, these timeless accessories are precious items with precious memories anchored within them. However, it is quite disastrous to find a watch being overpowered by jewelry. With the wide selection of jewelry and watches women can choose from, it sure can get pretty overwhelming. But to keep you from going through a terrible fashion emergency, we put together a few rules to pair your watches with your jewelry. Luckily, ladies’ watches such as Chanel and Chopard, are made to be paired with jewelry or even serve as one. You’ll find that pairing your watch with the right jewelry is a lot easier and less complicated than you’d think. Top 10 Watches & Jewelry Brands The association between watches and jewelry is nothing new in the industry. A lot of jewelry brands started producing timepieces after a while. On the other hand, watch brands also take pride in their jewelry pieces. More often than not, watch and jewelry become an integral part of a brand’s legacy. Take for instance brands like Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. These storied fashion houses take both jewelry and watches as an essential part of their catalog. After all, the ladies’ accessories market constantly grows to this day. So, we gathered the ‘op 10 watches and jewelry brands that produce both dazzling and functional accessories. In no particular order, here are the top 10 watch and jewelry brands for you. 1. Bulgari One of the most prominent names in the fashion world, Bulgari leads with a dedicated line of jewelry, watches, fragrances, leather goods, and more. It’s impossible not to associate this brand with luxury and glamour with its lavish accessories. More than a hundred years ago in 1884, the brand is one of the pioneers in the industry. Currently part of the LVMH Group, Bulgari’s selection of fine jewelry spans different styles — from understated to extravagant. Fascinated by the wild, Bulgari’s designs revolve around the breadth of nature. For instance, the Bulgari Serpenti collection of watches and jewelry includes designs that reflect the imagery of a snake. Snakes inspired the collection’s sensual and bold approach to accessories. The Fiorever collection, on the other hand, puts flora into the pedestal. Encrusted with diamonds, the Fiorever dons the likeness of a flower — delicate yet captivating, and better yet, eye-catching. But more than just producing fine jewelry, Bulgari also proved itself a powerful player in the watchmaking industry. Only less than a decade ago, the Bulgari Octo was launched with great anticipation. It sprung up numerous iterations such as the iconic Bulgari Octo Finissimo — one of the world’s thinnest timepieces that broke multiple records upon its release. This very timepiece cemented Bulgari’s position in Haute Horlogerie. 2. Cartier Referred to by King Edward VII of Great Britain as “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers”, Cartier is one of the biggest players in fashion. The jewelry house is one of today’s most prominent names, and it only keeps on getting bigger. Associated with affluence and power, the French luxury brand has been adorning royalties since the early 1900s and perhaps even earlier. From British royalty, Cartier’s business expanded to Spain, Russia, and Portugal. Today, Cartier is a worldwide phenomenon that embraces its heritage with its current line up of jewelry and watches. Cartier’s distinct style spans from grandeur to more minimal designs. They take inspiration from just about anything — nature, architecture, and even the material used themselves. Just as its jewelry collection, the brand’s watches such as the Santos de Cartier, Cartier Tank, and Cartier Ballon Bleu have a distinct look that can only be associated with the brand. They focus on the timeless look whether it’s for jewelry or watches. 3. Tiffany & Co.  Celebrated jewelry brand Tiffany and Co. — popularly referred to as Tiffany’s — produces just about any women’s accessories. Name it, they have it. From jewelry, china, and crystal to stationery, fragrances, and watches, the lineup of Tiffany’s goes beyond your typical luxury house products. However, Tiffany’s became known for its diamond and sterling silver jewelry. The brand also stood out with their collaborative efforts with various watch brands such as Patek Philippe and Rolex. Moreover, Tiffany’s also produces some of the best timepieces that collectors adore for their prowess and aesthetic. Tiffany and Co.’s aesthetic falls into the ultimate feminine style. From the simplicity of their collections, Tiffany’s boasts luxurious designs void of any complications. Some of its most famous collections include the Bracelets Tiffany 1837® and The Atlas®. 4. Chanel French fashion house Chanel produces everything a luxurious woman needs. The brand’s ready-to-wear clothes and accessories are some of the most favored pieces in fashion. Owned by the Wertheimers, Chanel carries with it Coco Chanel’s refined aesthetic without going over the top. Some of the most prominent names who became ambassadors like Keira Knightley, Nicole Kidman, and Marilyn Monroe truly believed in the brand’s philosophy. Also known to collaborate with various artists and brands, Chanel is a prominent name no one can simply say no to. Its watch division opened in 1987. The designs of its timepieces embrace form and function in its highest regard. At a single glance, no one would mistake it for a generic watch. The brand’s aesthetic rests on the timepieces with various designs that range from understated to unprecedented. The Chanel J12 watches, perhaps, are the most popular models from the brand. 5. Hermes As the center of fashion in Europe, France presents another entry on our list with Hermes. It is one of the most popular names that gets thrown around in luxury mambo jumbo. This rests on the idea that Hermes is truly unique in its sense of style with bold designs that it carries throughout its product lineup. Be it a bag or a piece of jewelry, Hermes truly enthralls the essence of an eye-catching design. The great thing about Hermes is the fact that they don’t shy away from color. It’s not every day that you see a timepiece with pink leather straps. The brand takes on color to serve a purpose rather than to just add flair. The flashy details of their jewelry and watches are evident even from afar. Take for instance, the Hermes Klikti watch or the Heure H. These timepieces don’t see color as an enemy, but a friend that helps you stand out in the most fabulous situations. 6. Chopard There is something thoughtful about Chopard. This Swiss brand mainly focuses on watches and jewelry but has since expanded to other products. However, the excellence that Chopard executes in its watches makes it a prominent name in the industry. The brand executes detail in the most prudent manner. Chopard ladies’ watches and jewelry take on numerous inspirations. For instance, the Chopard Imperiale collection includes delicate details for modern-day achievers. It embraces the power of femininity without taking away the tenderness of it. The brand also moves with their Happy collections namely Chopard Happy Diamonds, Chopard Happy Hearts, and Chopard Happy Sport. Each Happy collection fuses modern tech with timeless charms. 7. Piaget Piaget truly knows how to engage the female aesthetic with its wide selection of jewelry and watches. It’s not hard to see how Piaget remains an important name in the industry. It caters to a wide variety of clients with a heart for its products. It doesn’t shy away from colors or the grandness of jewelry, but it knows how to tone it down. Surely, whatever you prefer for a piece of jewelry or timepiece, Piaget has it for you. Piaget has been, to this day, a well-known producer of iconic timepieces. The Piaget Altiplano watch remains the world’s thinnest watch after dethroning the Octo Finissimo. With a movement that only stands 2mm tall, it’s fascinating how the Altiplano keeps a steady, accurate beat. Every Piaget watch collection — be it a Piaget Polo S or the Altiplano — has an equivalent or perfect half from its jewelry collection. It’s truly a one-stop-shop for luxury. 8. Breguet One of the oldest brands on our list, Breguet boasts a rich and unparalleled heritage. Its clientele includes names that we don’t only see on TV and movies but also in history books. Yes, Breguet is the ultimate watchmaker for Queen Victoria and even Napoleon Bonaparte. Given that, it’s not hard to figure out why the brand’s aesthetic lean more on the glimmering side of elegance. Breguet’s collection of jewelry pieces puts the diamond on a pedestal. They even produce jewelry watches with collections like the Marie-Antoinette Dentelle and Le Petit Trianon. But they don’t shy away from playful designs like the L’orangerie collection. On the other hand, Breguet’s timepieces are also renowned by enthusiasts such as the Breguet Tradition and Breguet Classique. 9. Gucci Gucci is a brand that’s hard to miss. It is, perhaps, the Rolex of luxury fashion. Its name is recognizable everywhere. Most people also refer to Gucci for the finest of bags and clothes. But unbeknown to many, Gucci also produces jewelry and watches. However, it’s a little hard to see that, especially with all the products in its big catalog. Gucci offers not only fine jewelry but also high jewelry. But the great thing about Gucci is that its catalog teems with varied styles. The brand produces refined jewelry as well as fun accessories for quirky individuals. Its timepieces range from unique designs to quintessential elegance. This, you’ll find in their collections like the Gucci G-Timeless, Gucci Vintage Web, Gucci Horsebit, and Grip Watch. Its jewelry collection is crusted with precious stones and the brand’s iconic logo that no one can mistake for anything else. 10. Louis Vuitton Perhaps on the same level as Gucci’s popularity, you’ll find Louis Vuitton or LV. This brand focuses more on the refined beauty of things. It’s not as flashy as Gucci with its eccentric designs, but it sure knows how to convey luxury in the finest manner. LV takes inspiration from just about anything — nature, geometry, or even itself. Given this, it’s hard to group its jewelry and watches with one description only. It also spans various categories for different needs. You can go understated with the LV Volt collection or go for a more defined aesthetic with the Tambour. With all the products of LV, it’s easy to get lost. But you won’t mistake its products for anything else. There’s a unique sensibility in its designs that only the LV brand can carry. How to Pair Your Watches with Jewelry Pairing watches with jewelry brings good results. Not only does it elevate your overall look effortlessly, but it also keeps your image refined. No matter how small your jewelry is or how dainty your timepiece may be, the pairing provides a great effect on your whole ensemble. Here are some pairings that you might like in different styles — courtesy of our favorite watch and jewelry brands. Minimalist & Utilitarian Minimalist looks go a long way. It can be taken from the streets to the ballroom with its sensibility. It’s not flashy, but it gives you a refined edge that’s just right. Without the over-the-top details, one may still be able to enjoy the luxurious vibe that watches and jewelry gives off. If you’re looking to pull off this style, for every day look, it’s best to pair a simple band ring with a utilitarian timepiece like a Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000. But if you want to take this look to a formal event, ring sets with a watch with minimal dial details like a Rado Hyperchrome. Bold & Sparkly If you’re on the opposite side of the spectrum and love the fine details of bold jewelry, there’s a perfect pairing just for you. However, you wouldn’t want your accessories to fight for the spotlight. Make sure that despite their bold details, each has great points to offer. Pair a precious gem ring with a timepiece that doesn’t take away the grandeur of the ring and vice versa. For instance, a diamond ring works best with watches like a Rolex Lady Datejust. Likewise, if you’re wearing a flashy watch like a Bulgari Serpenti, pair it with a ring from the same collection or an equally coiled ring. This keeps the grand flair on your look without exaggerating. Understated & Chic However, if you’re into a dainty look, don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle here and there. It won’t take away from your look with the right jewelry or watch. The understated look, despite its nature, is pretty hard to pull off especially if you’re not equipped for it. But once you master how to do it without looking too minimalist, you’re all good. Keep the gem of your rings to a minimum if you want to pull this look off. A large gemstone isn’t exactly understated. Opt for small studs on your timepiece as with a diamond-studded Patek Philippe Calatrava or a Longines La Grande Classique. Just the right sparkle makes a huge difference! Edgy & Trendy Everybody loves an edgy look every now and then. Others, on the other hand, live for this style. Either way, to make your pairing edgy, the easiest way to go about this is to choose the right colors. Contrary to popular belief, black isn’t the only edgy color. Bold colors and grand designs can also be edgy. A Hamilton Ventura can be just as edgy as a TAG Heuer Link. It all rests on how you carry your jewelry and watch pairing. With that said, just because you’re going for an edgy look doesn’t mean you have to load your wrist with numerous bracelets. Wear a bracelet that would look like a portion of your timepiece. Say, if you’re wearing your Ventura, you can still wear a Versace Medusa Head bracelet to complement it. Casual & Effortless Keeping your look casual doesn’t take a genius to do. In fact, just about any watch can work any day as long as your environment calls for it. But if you’re looking for a bracelet and watch pairing that you can take from the streets on a night out, the key is to keep it simple. You would want to prioritize your comfort without sacrificing style. It also has to be versatile that even an outfit change won’t bother the set you already have on. The easiest way to go is to pick your everyday timepiece. It could range from an Omega Constellation to a Seiko Lukia. For your bracelet of choice, a simple band or a single coil bracelet will do the trick. Contrasting or Complementing Last but never least, the easiest way to pair your bracelet with your watch (or any jewelry for this matter), is by complementing or contrasting them. You can wear a Tudor 1926 with a silver bracelet or your Longines Symphonette with a gold band. On the other hand, the easiest way to complement it is to pair your watch with an onyx detail or a simple bracelet alongside a watch with a black dial. You can also easily do it by mixing metals. A gold watch with a silver bracelet or a gold set shouldn’t hurt. If you’d like, you can also pick a watch with contrasting details like the Gucci Diamantissima with a gold case and black dial. Dos and Don’ts of Watch and Jewelry Pairing Do consider your whole ensemble. When you’re dressing up, taking your whole outfit into consideration is the best way to go. What color of top are you wearing? Are you keeping it casual or bold? Accessories are integral parts of an overall look. Complementing your jewelry and watch with your whole outfit will definitely help in the overall outcome of your looks. Do respect the event theme. Every event has a theme. Even the streets have a theme! Wherever you’re going or whatever function you’re attending, understanding the theme of the occasion helps in picking out the right accessory. It could tell you whether or not you should keep it minimal or extravagant. Either way, respecting the event should only work for your benefit. Don’t overlayer. The biggest mistake people make when wearing watches is overdoing it with bracelets and rings. Not only does it take away the focus from your watch, but it also makes your arm feel heavy. You would want to look effortlessly fashionable every time. And the only way to do it is to pick three bracelets at the most to go with your watch. More than that, you’re probably overdoing it. However, if you’re going for heavily studded bracelets or watches, a simple bracelet will do. The same thing goes with rings. While there are ring sets that require at least five pieces to be worn (they’re usually minimal in design), don’t go for heavy studs if your watch already has diamond crusts. Don’t let your jewelry and watch overpower each other. Your accessories must always work with each other and not against each other. Decide on the focal point of your whole outfit before picking the accessories that go with it. Build around it and not against it. If you decide to highlight your watch, wear a bracelet and ring that will enhance its beauty rather than fight it. This way, your look will stay coordinated. Do follow your style intuition. When all fails, a woman’s intuition will always be the best one to consult. Women are innately stylish, and pairing watches with jewelry is just one of the little things they can do. At the end of the day, it’s your own style that you should follow. No matter what style you’re pulling off — casual or glamorous — don’t hesitate to do it. Accessories are mere ways to express yourself and not the other way around. A Woman’s Best Accessory Fashion can be tricky in itself. Mixing and matching do take a while especially if you’re new at it. It’s easy to just pick items up and put them together. But it’s hard to pull it off. At the end of the day, the greatest fashion accessory a woman can have is her confidence. Whatever it is you’re wearing on whichever occasion, as long as you have the confidence to pull it off, you’ll be on the right track. Don’t hesitate to consider your own style as it is the foundation of your whole ensemble. Treat watches and jewelry as a means of expressing yourself. They’re not only there to make you look fabulous but also to make you feel like you’re in control. With all the glitz and glamour luxury fashion has to offer, being yourself will always be the brightest decoration.

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  9. 20 Best Travel Watches for Globetrotters and Frequent Flyers

    20 Best Travel Watches for Globetrotters and Frequent Flyers

    Everyone has their own ideal holiday. Whether you’re the beach type or the outdoorsy type, we all long for that perfect travel destination. But no matter the destination, it’s not the ultimate trip without the perfect companions — be it your loved ones, friends, pets, or the right tools and equipment. And one that’s almost automatically a part of every adventurer’s checklist is the right travel watch. From the highest mountain peaks to the deepest trenches of the ocean, there’s a perfect travel watch for you. In that regard, we gathered here all the best travel watches — from Casio, Nomos Glashutte, Omega, Rolex, and more— for every type of adventurer and why we need them to guarantee a smooth-sailing trip! Importance of the Right Travel Watch Every travel watch holds a great advantage for different kinds of traveller. If you’re about to plunge into the sea for a diving adventure or explore the Himalayas, your watch must provide you with all the necessary information you need and even keep you safe from any trouble that may come ahead. Some travellers might need a hardcore watch like a Casio G-Shock, while others might need a simple timepiece to keep them on schedule like a Tudor Prince Date Day. Wherever it is you’re going, here are some reasons why you should never set forth without bringing with you the perfect travel watch. 1. To provide necessary foresight Outdoorsmen don’t rely on smartphones as much as they do watches. Firstly, smartphones have a lifespan that can only last less than a day. This wouldn’t be ideal if your trip lasts for days, even weeks. If you happen to find a solution via a portable charger, there are worse things to keep in mind. Even if a smartphone can provide all the information you need with just a tap (or a voice command), it’s still not an efficient companion. It’s not waterproof and doesn’t do as well in the shock-proofing section. If you need foresight for your trek, hike, or any other outdoor trip, the right timepiece can provide it to you. Yes, that little thing around your wrist can be just as smart too! Most outdoor watches have the ABC function or altimeter, barometer, and compass functions. Others have thermometers as well! Not to mention, these timepieces usually are military-grade, meaning they’re shock-proof and sometimes even anti-magnetic! 2. To help you adjust to different time zones Travelling across the globe or even just half-way through can be a daunting task. And we’re not only talking about the logistics of it; we’re referring to the struggles of adjusting to jet lag. GMT watches such as the Rolex GMT Master II or the Patek Philippe Complications World Time can keep you grounded timewise. If you’re a globetrotter having trouble adjusting to different time zones, you’ll surely need a GMT timepiece to accompany you. 3. To keep your trip on schedule Every trip includes an itinerary that is mostly planned down to every minute. A lot of tourists face the challenge of having to keep up with their very own made-up schedules.  Others travel for business, with meetings after meetings lined up on their agenda. Without a watch to guide you through it, imagine just how hard it could be to navigate such time constraints. A timepiece to help you power through a hectic trip, whether it’s for pleasure or business, can be of huge help. 4. To stay up to date Not all watches are created equal. And by that, we’re mean functionality. Every person has a preferred timepiece. Others may like the straight-to-the-point types of timepieces like the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore that comes with a date and chronograph iteration. Don’t be mistaken – this is a practical timepiece! But some people need smart functions like text, call, and email notifications, app integrations, and more to help them stay up to date. You can get weather updates on your watch too! If you don’t have time to check your phone, especially if you’re in an important meeting, a good smartwatch to accompany you on your trip is simply the best. 5. To always be presentable Watches are, after all, accessories. No matter the function your timepiece includes, it’s always better if they appear at their best. If you’re planning on taking your timepiece to certain meetings, parties, or other functions, owning a good travel watch that fits just right on any and all occasions is very much necessary. How to Pick the Best Travel Watch for Your Trip Different adventures also require different timepieces. Choosing the right travel watch (or watches) to bring with you on your trip is not as simple as one may think. There are certain specifications we must look at first in order to be certain it’s the appropriate one. Here are some things to keep in mind when buying a timepiece specifically for travelling. Brand Every brand carries specialization that a lot of people may tend to overlook. For instance, once people hear Casio, the first thing that comes to mind is the Casio G-Shock line. Nicknamed the toughest watches in the world, Casio stood out among the competition for its affordability and practicality. On the other hand, brands like Montblanc, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and even IWC can give a much different impression. So, learning about the brands available in the market will already help you identify which one’s perfect for your next escapade. Features Every adventure requires certain tools to help one get through obstacles or avoid them altogether. Knowing a watch’s features greatly helps especially if it’s one that requires special equipment. Need something that would keep you on the right path during a trek? A GPS watch like a Seiko Astron is what you’re looking for. Need reminders every now and then? Watches from the Tissot T-Touch collection or the TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection may assist you! Durability Durability spans many different things. Firstly, if it requires, your timepiece has to be shockproof. Outdoor activities or other dynamic functions may demand this to keep it working at its best. Secondly, a good watch that would last you any and all adventure should have at least some water-resistance. Whether it’s splashproof or a dive watch, look for a timepiece that could withstand contact with water such as a Longines Hydroconquest or a Hamilton Khaki Navy. Style and Design A watch’s design goes a long way especially when it comes to its versatility. Even travelling for business sometimes require going out at night. So, you need a watch that can transition through various occasions effortlessly. If you’re packing light and don’t have the luxury to bring numerous watches with you, make sure the watch that tags along with you doesn’t get in the way of your style choices. Personal Preference At the end of the day, your personal preference should always be considered. Some people prefer digital over analogue, while others like a clean face over cluttered dials. Whatever the type of watch you end up getting specifically for your travels, make sure it’s something you’ll treasure. Timepieces can be pricey and you’d want to spend your money wisely on them! 20 Best Travel Watches for Every Adventurer 1. Rolex GMT Master II Nicknamed by Rolex as ‘The Cosmopolitan Watch’, the Rolex GMT Master II is the ultimate travel watch that every globetrotter should get their hands on. Officially unveiled in 1982, the GMT Master II precedes the iconic GMT Master that originally served as a navigation device for professional jet setters. The GMT Master, launched in 1955, bore witness to the rise of intercontinental travels and even became the official watch of Pan American World Airways, more popularly known as ‘PanAm’. Improving upon its predecessor, the GMT Master II launched with an hour hand, set independently from other hands. One can see two time zones simultaneously with the Rolex GMT Master II. It features the usual hour, minute, and seconds hands, as well as a triangle-tipped 24-hour hand and a bidirectional rotatable bezel with a 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert. The watch’s calibre 3285 makes this possible, a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex with 70 hours of power reserve. Not to mention, this timepiece can withstand shocks and magnetic fields! They’re available in various designs and color iterations to fit every style preference. European brand Cvstos speaks volumes when it comes to style and functionality. In particular, the Challenge II Sealiner GMT watch from the Cvstos HMS collection, with its signature tonneau-shaped case, proves stylish alongside its selection of colours and material. They come in either steel, blue, black, brown with red gold 5N components, or in bicolour 5N Pink gold. It also has an exhibition caseback, protected by sapphire crystal for optimum scratch resistance to showcase the CVSTOS 6511 GMT calibre. With a second 24-hour indicator, it’s a stylish choice that can transition from sporty to dressy smoothly. 3. Bell & Ross Instruments With a passion for aviation, Bell & Ross reinterprets on-board instruments through a collection inspired by the clock in an aeroplane cockpit. This collection, perhaps, is the most popular selection by the brand with its iconic square case that even has an iteration that plunged from the air to the seas. The Bell & Roll Instruments collection carries a certain flair, ideal for the jet setter not only for pleasure but for a living. The watch’s legibility makes it a reliable companion for pilots on the air with chronograph iterations, perfect for measuring everything down to the last 100th of a second. The Instruments collection seamlessly captures every personality with its wide range of designs. From a sand-coloured camouflage to a sporty tinge of orange on the strap and dial, there are not enough words to describe the versatility of this collection. It also comes in minimalist design or an open-heart design. Its features span from your typical date window to having dual time zones. 4. NOMOS Glashütte Zurich  NOMOS Glashütte upholds a certain standard on all their timepieces. They’re mostly very minimal with the design, but highly functional and ultimately a stylish statement that gets you through the most harrowing business meetings to a night out for celebrations. The NOMOS Glashütte Zurich collection carries the same identity and applies even better functionality to the timepiece with its ‘World Time’ feature. Not all watches can carry the same feature without making the dial look cluttered or complicated. NOMOS Glashütte does what they do best with their designs and applies it to a timepiece you can carry with you all around the world. There are only two iterations of the watches in the Zurich collection with both versions available in either a white silver-plated or midnight blue dial. But what we love the most about it is the World Time model, with access to various timezones with just a push of a button. It has an inner dial that indicates the city of your selected time zone and another sub-dial for the appropriate time in that very city. It’s a hassle-free, stylish rendition of the world timers we love! 5. Omega Seamaster  It’s impossible to name a timepiece by Omega that doesn’t come with the greatest features. The brand truly knows how to craft masterful timepieces with the intent of providing the luxurious gift of time all over the world. The Omega Seamaster collection already built a name for itself as a reliable timepiece for all your aquatic adventures. The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra can be one’s entry-level Seamaster of choice with 150m of water resistance and a collection of timepieces that can be taken globally. We’re referring to the brilliantly designed Aqua Terra WorldTimer. Right off the bat, the Aqua Terra WorldTimer displays volumes of luxury with its 18K Sedna™ gold or stainless steel case with straps available in rubber or leather. To keep it refined despite being a sporty timepiece, the straps have been integrated with polished links. And its most magnificent detail comes with the vertical teak stripes, surrounded by a circle of top global destinations including Bienne in Switzerland, where Omega is headquartered to this day. The 24-hour hesalite crystal ring at the centre of the dial indicates a light blue half for daytime and dark blue for night. With the Earth’s imagery crusted on a grade 5 titanium plate, this timepiece not only embraces its identity as a GMT watch but also keeps you grounded in artful means. 6. Casio G-Shock Casio G-Shock already sets the bar for tough watches that can withstand just about anything. As Casio takes its time developing timepieces for every type of world traveller, it’s impossible to pick a G-Shock watch that wouldn’t suit your travelling standards. Made especially for the outdoors, the collection includes subfamilies of its own that make it an outstanding selection from all Casio watches. While it’s ridiculous to pick one out from such a wide range of watches, it’s easy to fall in love with the G-STEEL lineup that includes models with a carbon bezel. It embraces fashionable iterations of your favourite G-Shock timepiece made of lightweight and rigid carbon material. It still has the distinctive shock resistance that put the G-Shock collection on the map, with sapphire crystal to provide additional protection to the timepiece. What’s better is that the G-STEEL collection includes timepieces with a Bluetooth function, to let you connect the watch with a smartphone at a single press of a button. From there, you may be able to acquire accurate time information from an Internet server. It harnesses the power of technology with Tough Solar that makes for a sustainable and stable supply of power no matter where you are! 7. Seiko Astron  From a world-renowned collection to one that’s been making waves since its release, the Seiko Astron collection makes it on our list with a timepiece that’s perfect not only for an outdoor adventure but also for a dressy evening: the Seiko Astron 8X Series World-Time watch. Seiko truly deserves the recognition it has today. Notably, the Astron is the first-ever quartz watch in 1969 that sent the industry to a massive push for an affordable timepiece, evolving today with powerful technology that remains unparalleled to this day. Introduced in 2012, the Astron served as the world’s first solar power GPS watch. The Seiko Astron 8X Series World-Time watch holds the key to the powerful GPS watches of today. It harnesses satellite signals to indicate an accurate time reading right to your wrist, wherever you are around the world. It allows you to navigate effortlessly through a base time as well as a second time zone with capabilities to automatically detect daylight savings. It’s also available in various stylish iterations that make it an easy pick for the lovers of sporty steel watches and utmost functionality. 8. Patek Philippe Complications  A complication makes a timepiece anything more than just telling the time and simple date. The Patek Philippe Complications collection embraces the complexity of timepieces with numerous features that can be useful during various everyday situations. If you’re an avid traveller, the Patek Philippe Complications World Time displays two timezones at once, with just a push of a button. Everyone’s first impression of Patek Philippe’s famous World Time watch speaks volumes in luxury with a cloisonné enamel dial centre. It displays Europe, Africa, and the Americas, crafted entirely by hand – giving it a remarkable detail, colour, and depth. The self-winding mechanical movement displays a 24-hour dial with a day/night indication for all the 24 time zones. This timepiece is a classy representation of world time watches, making it a perfect companion for a business executive who is always on the go. 9. Breitling Transocean  The Breitling Transocean is a vintage style watch that most collectors revere for its design and function. It features a wide and thick case that gives it even better legibility with a masculine kick to it. But despite its size, it remains sleek and timeless. Jetsetting will never be the same with the Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot. Powered by the Breitling Calibre B05 movement, the watch includes a World Time complication as well as a chronograph. It also easily sets with a crown that snaps the date and time of the chosen city, with 24 cities to choose from. It’s an easy option for a World Time watch with a chronograph function especially made for professionals. This watch from Breitling also has a sleek design with a tinge of colour that increases its legibility, especially in dimly lit places. 10. Montblanc Timewalker  Montblanc has a history of producing timepieces that are both reliable and completely stylish. The Montblanc Timewalker series goes by the same code, providing patrons with the sleek style choices of a Montblanc timepiece with great functionality. With its vintage look, the Timewalker gets a major improvement with a more durable case and a chronograph function that perfectly suits lovers of great adventures. For avid travellers who need timepieces that can help them get through the toughest of situations, the Montblanc Timewalker Dual Carbon Chronograph is certainly one to consider. This vintage-style automotive-themed timepiece not only simply coats stainless parts with black PVD, but Montblanc lets the watch case undergo stamping, machining, polishing, thermal treatment by carbon diffusion, finishing, and finally, applying black diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating. This makes the timepiece three times more resistant to scratches than other DLC-coated cases. If you’re looking for a stylish timepiece with utmost rigidity, this is the watch for you. 11. Ulysse Nardin Executive Ulysse Nardin really knows how to make a classy watch. The Ulysse Nardin Executive is made for the fashionable directorate. From the watch’s design to its function, it’s a timepiece with personality and panache. It’s as practical as it is dapper and dressy. It’s an unexpectedly jazzy fusion of steel, ceramic, and leather. This watch has a dynamic dial with exploding style indexes and a horizontal rectangle with a railroad-style minute track. Despite its complication, this timepiece is quite easy to set with a quick setting for a second time zone and a permanent base time display. To further enhance the timepiece’s class, the Calibre UN-24 can be observed from the exhibition case back. It also features a 42-hour power reserve and has a water resistance of up to 100m. 12. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master  Jaeger-LeCoultre crafts timepieces with a certain flair that’s unique only to luxury watch brands. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master collection includes a sleek design with three major subfamilies: the Master Grande Tradition, the Master Ultra Thin, and the Master Control. Our focus today is on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar with a moon phase and a jumping date that flies between the 15th and 16th day of the month. The watch’s calendar is a unique feature of the watch. The Master Control Calendar has a design that veers away from the unnecessary details. Taking inspiration from the triple calendar timepiece — an icon made by Jaeger-LeCoultre themselves — the timepiece has a delicate staging with Arabic numerals, rhodium-plated hour-markers Dauphine hands, and a date indicator that stand out clearly on the dial. 13. IWC Portugieser  IWC crafted the Portugieser for the expert navigators of the land, sea, especially air. The IWC Portugieser is imposing in size, with simple Arabic numerals and slim Feuille hands. The chapter ring comes in a railway track-style that originated in the 1930s. It truly is a classic with a vintage touch to it. It’s very organised and is still unrivalled to this day. Large pocket watch movements began in the 1930s. When two Portuguese businessmen ordered wristwatches with the precision of marine chronometers, large wristwatches began to rise in trend and remain a reliable choice today. The IWC Portugieser Annual Calendar is a classic model from the collection, with an annual calendar that displays the month, date, and day in three separate, semicircular windows. While this timepiece needs manual correction via the crown once a year at the end of February, it’s still a rare combination of an annual calendar and a 7-day calibre. Watch connoisseurs revere this timepiece just for this complication. Not to mention, the exhibition sapphire-glass back gives an unimpeded view of the IWC 52850 calibre. 14. Tissot T-Classic   If there’s anything Tissot does best, it’s remaining a classic choice by valuing its core values and tradition. The Tissot T-Classic collection heralds the greatest thing about Tissot – displaying Swiss innovation and excellence through its designs and functions. One of its most iconic timepieces is the Tissot T-Classic Tradition Perpetual Calendar that shows everything great about Swiss timepieces — artistry, precision, and accuracy. Inspired by a 1950s design, the Tissot Tradition includes modern tech that a lot of enthusiasts look up to date. The vintage design perfectly balances the classical details and subtle finishes like the guilloche decoration. Perfect for an executive meeting or a business trip overseas, the Tissot T-Classic Tradition Perpetual Calendar is every dapper gentleman’s choice of timepiece. 15. Sinn Frankfurt Financial District Watch Sinn watches have a certain flair to them that makes for a perfect dress watch and even a companion for a hectic overseas trip. The SINN Frankfurt Financial District Watch shows individual characteristics for its selection. The collection includes watches with a classic chronograph that has a calendar week display. This is the first special function of its kind to be used in a watch with such a display configuration. Businesses are done right with this timepiece as it shows the day, date, and month. Your trip will be a smooth sailing one with the information of time right around your wrist. Made with a stainless-steel case and protected by a sapphire crystal glass on both sides, this timepiece also includes a classy engraving on the rotor. 16. Tudor Prince Date Day A subsidiary of Rolex, Tudor was created by Hans Wilsdorf to provide people with timepieces more affordable than Rolex. At first, these timepieces had off-the-shelf movements using Rolex cases and bracelets to make them as reliable and dependable without having to cost as much as Rolex watches do. One of its most popular collections is the Tudor Prince and Princess watches. Just like any of their timepieces, this watch has a great similarity to an iconic Rolex watch. With a great resemblance to the Rolex Datejust, the Tudor Prince Date Day only costs a fraction of the price. Despite this, it remains true to its roots of excellence and precision – undergoing rigorous quality control and meticulous craftsmanship. It displays all the basics you need in a classy timepiece. You’ll surely enjoy carrying it through all functions and occasions, whether locally or overseas. 17. Rolex Day-Date Rolex launched the Day-Date in 1956 as the first-ever self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch that had a calendar that showed instantaneous day display. The day display, spelt out at 12 o’clock, is unique to this timepiece and became an instant icon upon its launch. The Rolex Day-Date comes with various design choices, depending on your personal preference. Whether you want a smooth or fluted bezel, or even have it gem-set with precious stones, your Day-Date watch is all yours to modify. This watch includes an iconic President bracelet that has comfortable semi-circular three-piece links created for the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date in 1956. This refined bracelet provides the utmost comfort for whichever activity you choose to enjoy in your travels. Not to mention, it’s a Rolex and therefore a symbol of success, making it the ultimate style pick for every successful man. 18. Omega De Ville  Known models of Omega continue to dominate the market to date. One of them is the Omega De Ville collection. Introduced back then as a part of the Seamaster series, the De Ville earned its rightful separate line due to its more streamlined look. Where the Seamaster looks sportier, the De Ville is the perfect dress watch. The Omega De Ville Hour Vision harnesses complexity with fine details on its sophisticated dial as well as its mechanism. This timepiece displays a two-zone anthracite dial that includes a month and date windows at 3 o’clock. It’s also scratch-resistant, with a sapphire crystal to protect its majestic dial. Visible on the transparent caseback is the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8601 that powers this fine timepiece. 19. Breguet Type XX – XXI – XXII  Breguet is a legendary house founded by Abraham Louis Breguet himself. Since its foundation, the company has been producing timepieces that became one of the most storied names today. It saw the prime of watch brands supplying timepieces for the armed forces. Breguet created a legendary collection, the Breguet Type XX – XXI – XXII, in the 1950s specifically for the French naval air army. It made a renaissance retrofitted for the modern-day gentleman with a self-winding movement. Made for aeronautics, this timepiece completes all the requirements for every airborne traveller. 20. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Designed by Gerald Genta himself, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is already an iconic watch in itself. But Audemars Piguet builds on the watch’s best features and made it perfect for a night out. Following the design codes from Royal Oak, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore collection has been a sporty, masculine watch that experts look to since 1993. At 42 mm, it’s sizable and sturdy with the push-piece-guards fitted to the case. This creates a supremely technical and high-performance model. With a water resistance of 100m, it’s a completely reliable timepiece you could bring on a yacht trip or a cruise, even for a casual swim on an open lake! Final Thoughts These timepieces all have their strengths that you can harness on your jet setting adventures. Each one will be of advantage, especially if chosen wisely. They can help you accomplish everything, from measly tasks to record-breaking deals. Whether you’re travelling for business or exploring the milieu of nature, these watches may provide you with everything you need on your trip. They’re as convenient as they’re stylish – perfect for every traveller who needs something to get them through a hectic schedule. Ready to take on your trip? Don’t forget to bring one of these with you!

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  10. 10 Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts

    10 Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts

    It’s just a few months before winter (at least for those residing in the northern hemisphere), and that means it won’t be long until we see snow again. If you’re worried about not being able to jog and enjoy your favorite outdoor exercises because of the weather, why not make the most of what you’ve got? Snowboarding, skiing, and ski flying for instance are just a few activities you can enjoy in the snow. And apart from staying fit, you also get to have fun! But before going to the nearest ski resort, it is important to have the right gear. Accordingly, some of the most overlooked tools are ski watches. Yes, just like how TAG Heuer excels in motorsports and Seiko in diving, brands like Suunto and Garmin shine when it comes to skiing. Can I wear basic waterproof watches instead? The answer is yes — you can. However, there certainly are a lot of features that you will miss out on. Depending on the model, some reliable ski watches can even show you maps of ski resorts from all around the globe!  No doubt, a ski watch is not just another accessory but also a tool that you can maximize to help improve your skills faster. Photo from DC RainmakerHow to Choose the Right Ski Watch? 1. Know what you need. Depending on your experience level, you’ll need different sets of features for your ski watch. So for an easier time finding the right model, ask yourself what you want from the timepiece. Make a list of features that are must-haves and what you can do without. This will make it easier for people to recommend what kind of watch you need. 2. Try it on for fit and comfort. Ski watches come in different shapes and sizes. Some are heavy, some are light, while some are too big. Not to mention, each watch is also made with different materials that have different levels of comfort. So with that said, it is important to test it first on your wrist to know if it is comfortable on you. Get a feel if it’s light enough for you to not feel tired after wearing it for hours. 3. Set a budget. Ski watches come in a large range of price tags so before going to the store, it is important to set a budget that works for you. Knowing and staying in your price range can narrow down your choices, thus making it easier for you to find the perfect model. What to Look for in Ski Watches? Image by Simon Steinberger from Pixabay1. GPS Just like in any other sport, GPS is one of the most important things you should look for in a ski watch. Knowing your location and finding your coordinates on a map is extremely useful when climbing mountains for a quick ski. With GPS on your ski watch, such as the Suunto 9 or Seiko Astron, you can have peace of mind that you won’t get lost when trying to reach the bottom of the slopes. 2. ABC If your budget won’t permit you to get a GPS, the next thing you should look for is the ABC — altimeter, barometer, and compass. To expound, an altimeter measures how high you are on a mountain, giving you an idea of your skiing location. Meanwhile, a barometer can detect atmospheric pressure readings and changes. And lastly, the compass can help you get in the right direction.  3. Durability When skiing, it is inevitable that your watch will be exposed to snow and other harsh elements. With that in mind, it is important to look for ski watches that are durable enough to survive such conditions. A few things you should look out for in the specs sheet are shock-resistance, resistance to cold temperature, and the material of the case itself. 4. Water resistance When learning how to ski, it is expected of you to fall down a lot in the snow (and there’s no shame in that!) That being said, water-resistance in a watch is a must-have as melted snow can leak inside some watches’ cases. To be sure, choose watches that are at least resistant to 50m of water, such as the Tissot T-Touch. This level allows you to dip waterproof watches in shallow depths with no problem. Image by Apichit Yutithammanurak from Pixabay5. Heart rate monitor For people who want to track their fitness status, a heart rate monitor is a must. This feature will allow you to see how hard you’ve been exercising and if you’re in the fat-burning zone. With that said, this is a handy feature for people who are skiing not just for fun but also to lose weight. Recommended Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts 1. Casio Pro Trek Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF The Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF watch from the Casio Pro Trek collection is a robust choice for ski enthusiasts. For one, it is geared towards outdoor activities, and that includes skiing. With that said, it features the basic functions that every skier will need, whether a beginner or an expert. Among those features is an altimeter that can take measurements every second. Apart from that, the watch also has a barometer or thermometer with a built-in alarm for sudden changes in atmospheric pressure. Lastly, this robust watch from Casio has a digital compass that can show 16 directions (e.g. NW, N, SW) and the direction angles for a more accurate reading. All of these functions are all determined by a Triple Sensor for accurate readings. In addition to being accurate, it also detects changes in natural phenomena instantly, thus allowing the wearer to make the appropriate responses in time. This is why you can feel safer when skiing in the mountains with the Casio Pro Trek Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF. 2. Suunto 9 Baro Let’s get one thing straight — the Suunto 9 watches are made to last long, and the Suunto 9 Baro is one of the most durable ski watches you can get in the market. Apart from its solidly-built body, its battery is optimized so that it can survive even during your longest training session. Thankfully, its durability is paired with a good set of features. It has a fitness tracker that you will find useful even after your ski training sessions. When you’re done skiing, it can show you your recommended recovery time. Apart from that, it also has an extensive weather tracking list, which you can consult before scheduling a ski. Most importantly, Suunto boasts this timepiece’s GPS accuracy. It uses the U.S.’s GPS, the Russian’s GLONASS, and Japan’s QZSS satellites. This means its accuracy is far superior to other ski watches. It also uses the Fusedtrack technology which retains the GPS’ accuracy in locations where satellite signals are hard to find. That being said, you don’t have to worry about losing the GPS function in case your ski location is full of trees. Lastly, the Suunto 9 Baro is easy to use. Its screen is large and the touch screen is guaranteed to be flawless even when it’s wet with snow. 3. TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 The TAG Heuer Connected Modular is a premium collection for people who love brands with a good pedigree. While TAG Heuer is mainly known for motorsports, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, in particular, is also a good ski or snowboarding watch. One of the most obvious things that you’ll notice about this watch is that it feels premium. Indeed, it uses a premium metal body and metal backplate. Apart from that, it mimics the look of the famous TAG Heuer Carrera. Inside, the watch features a lot of functions that you will need for your sport. It comes pre-installed with a Google Fit Workout app that includes a variety of challenges and sports modes. Apart from that, you can install other fitness apps that complement your routine. It also has a GPS tracker to help you monitor where you’re going. Overall, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a great timepiece for hardcore watch enthusiasts who love skiing as well. Its features and brand history are sure to be a conversation starter. 4. Tissot T-Touch If there’s one thing the Tissot T-Touch line is good at, it is sports. Whether it’s ski flying, weight lifting, or cycling, this watch can meet your demands, thanks to the Tissot Touch Technology and professional sports instruments. When it comes to an athlete’s timing needs, this watch nails it. In particular, it has six functional areas on the dial — The meteo (Barometer and weather forecaster), altimeter, thermo (ambient temperature), chrono (stopwatch and countdown timer), compass, and alarm. These features are a must-have when looking for the best ski watches. Furthermore, the Tissot T-Touch has a water resistance rating of 100m. This will give you confidence that it can survive even after you’ve fallen a lot of times in the snow. If functionality is your top priority, look no further than this watch. 5. Tudor Heritage Chrono  As a brand, Tudor needs no introduction. This particular collection, however, is not as popular as the other collections. With that said, the Tudor Heritage Chrono is the brand’s iconic chronograph watch that is suitable for sports. While it is a traditional mechanical watch, it packs a few functions that can help you during a ski session. For the features, the Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330B-Steel model sports a chronograph and a date indication. To expound, its elapsed time is shown on the 45-minute counter instead of the typical 30-minute counter. In addition, its pushers are also screw-down, meaning you have to unlock it before you can use it. This means you can avoid accidentally resetting the timer in case you bump the watch while skiing. If you’re an enthusiast, you’d be delighted to hear that this watch uses a reliable workhorse movement. To be specific, it runs on the ETA 2892. This movement runs at a frequency of 28,800 vph and has 55 jewels to ensure that pivots rotate without friction. Additionally, it has a power reserve of up to 42 hours. All things considered, you can never go wrong with the Tudor Heritage Chrono. Being part of the Rolex group, Tudor is sure to deliver the right specs and features for your skiing essentials. 6. Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon While the Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon was originally made for motorsports, you cannot deny its usefulness in skiing too. To add, its carbon fibre-themed design is also a nice addition that will appeal to many people. Moving on to the dial, this Oris Williams watch features a chronograph that has three sub-dials. It has an hour counter, a running seconds tracker, and a minute counter. Furthermore, it has a tachymeter bezel for measuring distance based on speed. To add, its chronograph function runs on the Valjoux 7750, which is dubbed as the “world’s most iconic chronograph movement”. That being said, this watch from Oris is in great hands as it bears a reliable calibre that can perform its job really well. Lastly, people overlook comfort when looking for ski watches. Fortunately, the Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon features a rubber bracelet that fits nicely on different wrists. Apart from that, it has a deployant clasp that makes the watch more premium. It’s a guarantee that you’ll be able to ski for hours without feeling uncomfortable. 7. Citizen Bluetooth Citizen Bluetooth is an analogue watch that you can connect to your phone. It combines the smart functionality of technology and the charm of an analogue timepiece. This is why it’s the perfect ski watch for people who love novel features but can’t go fully digital. As for the features, the Citizen Bluetooth BZ1045-05E model has a chronograph that can measure up to 60 minutes. Apart from that, you can also set-up an alarm. This can be useful when you want to remind yourself that it’s time for skiing practice. Another useful feature that you will appreciate from this watch is its Smartphone Search. In case you drop your phone in the snow while skiing, the watch will warn you by vibrating.  In terms of performance, its Calibre W770 (Eco-Drive) movement can run up to 4 years when fully charged and especially when you maximize its power save function. It is also light-powered so you don’t have to change its battery every now and then. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about recharging this Citizen watch as it charges from any kind of light, from sunlight to dim light. 8. Seiko Astron 5X Series The Seiko Astron 5X Series is perfect for every type of lifestyle and situation. That includes demanding sports like skiing, snowboarding, and the like. Apart from being durable, this watch delivers enhanced comfort on the wrist. In terms of accuracy, the Seiko Astron line is one of the best, if not the best. It connects to one or more GPS satellites and automatically adjusts to the exact time, up to the second. When it comes to comfort, this iconic timepiece from Seiko can also deliver. In particular, it is one of the world’s slimmest GPS watch with a depth of only 12.2mm. You don’t have to worry about fitting it under your skiing jacket. In addition, it has a new buckle adjustment system to let you do minor adjustments at the touch of a button. This is extremely important when you’re out in the snow as a change in temperature can make the wrist expand or contract. 9. Garmin Fenix 6 Garmin is one of the most famous names when it comes to sports watches. They are known for producing durable and feature-rich timepieces that can survive the outdoors. With that said, their models are also fit for skiing as they boast features needed by most skiers, novice or pro. Photo from Ski MagazineOne particular model you should check out is the Garmin Fenix. It has preloaded TOPO and ski maps that feature over 2,000 ski resorts globally. To add, it also indicates the difficulty so you can choose the right venue appropriate for your skill level. Meanwhile, if you’re planning to go on a long backcountry skiing sesh, the Expedition Mode can give you up to 56 days of GPS track points. It also has a Pulse Ox Acclimation feature which keeps track of your oxygen saturation levels. This is an important feature if you’re often skiing at a high altitude. The bottom line is that the Garmin Fenix 6 has everything you will need for your skiing sessions. In fact, it was made with skiers in mind, that’s why you can never go wrong with this model if you want to be serious in the sport. 10. Apple Watch Series 3 If you’re already a proud owner of an iPhone, you should consider getting the Apple Watch Series 3. After all, using Apple devices together works really well due to the efficiency of the Apple Ecosystem. It will also let you track your data easier as it syncs perfectly with your phone. The smartwatch is available in two versions — one with GPS only and one with both GPS and cellular connectivity. Both versions have a water-resistant casing and a heart rate monitor, which Apple improved on. In fact, it doesn’t only count your heartbeats per minute, but it also records your resting heart rate and workout ranges. Additionally, it has a dedicated workout mode where you can track the calories you’ve burned while skiing. And with 50m water resistance, your watch is safe in case you fall into melted snow while practising your skills. To conclude, the Apple Watch Series 3 is one of the best you can get for your money if you’re an Apple user. No matter what sport, whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, or swimming, you will find its features extremely helpful in achieving your goals. Tips for Ski Beginners Starting a new sport like skiing might be scary at first. But don’t worry, here are a few tips that will get you on the right track! 1. Find a good ski teacher. One of the fastest ways to progress is to find a good ski teacher. Finding someone who knows what they’re doing can make a lot of difference than trying to figure things out on your own. For one, they can watch every bit of your form and tell you which parts you should improve on. Apart from that, they can also help you avoid bad habits that you are likely prone to do. Moreover, a good ski teacher can help you discover and guide you to other terrains that you wouldn’t be able to see on your own. Image by tookapic from Pixabay2. Wear the right clothes and equipment. Unlike other sports, skiing requires you to face harsh environments. With that said, it is crucial for you to wear waterproof clothing as you are expected to fall a lot in the snow. You should consider getting snow pants to help keep you dry and warm. Apart from that, you should also wear a helmet and a pair of goggles. The former to keep your head safe and the latter to keep things from hitting your eyes. Wearing a ski watch like a TAG Heuer Connected Modular or a Suunto can also do wonders for your progress as some of those have ski maps preloaded in them. Remember that the more comfortable you are, the longer you’ll be able to stand practice sessions. If you’re hesitant to shell out money for gear as a beginner, you can always rent. Believe me when I say that wearing proper-fitting clothes can make learning a lot easier and fun. And not to mention, a whole lot safer. 3. Don’t skip leg day. Skiing is a sport where you’ll be thankful you didn’t skip leg days during gym sessions. In case you didn’t know, this activity requires a lot of leg power. To be specific, your quads and calves will do a lot of work while skiing. That being said, having stronger legs will give you the endurance to make more runs in the mountain. And being able to practice more means the faster you improve your skills. Image by Oleksandr Pyrohov from Pixabay4. Bend your knees. Not bending your knees is one of the most common mistakes beginners make when skiing. By bending your knees, it centres your body above your legs to keep you balanced. Thus, it is easier to gain control of your ski. Apart from that, you will also get more prepared for small jumps and uneven terrain. Other Winter Sports to Try Besides Skiing There are a lot of other things you can do to make the best out of winter. So if you’re not too keen on skiing or if you’re adventurous enough to explore more, here are other snow sports that you can try. Image by Scros from Pixabay1. Snowboarding If you’re a skater who’s frustrated about not being able to skate because of the snow, why not give snowboarding a try? In fact, this sport was inspired by a mix of skateboarding, skiing, and even surfing. There are a lot of snowboarding styles, but the main gist is that you glide down a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard that’s attached to your feet. Compared to skiing, a lot of people would argue that snowboarding is harder to learn. However, once you’ve overcome that steep learning curve, it becomes a lot easier to master tricks in snowboarding. While the sport is fairly new (snowboarding was only developed in the 1960s), it is now considered a part of the Winter Olympics. Image by invisiblepower from Pixabay2. Ski jumping If you want to take skiing to the next level, then check out ski jumping. Simply put, the goal in this sport is to make the longest jump after descending from a ramp on your skis. In this sport, participants make two jumps and their score depends partly on the distance jumped and their form. As for the latter, points are deducted for errors like touching the ground with a hand after landing, etc. It is also important to note that ski jumping has been included in the Winter Olympics since the 1924 games in France. Image by Guido Kamm from Pixabay3. Ski flying Much like ski jumping, ski flying is a sport where athletes jump from a much bigger ramp than ski jumping. In fact, it is considered an extreme form of ski jumping. The rules and scoring in ski flying are similar to ski jumping. However, the difference lies in the hills where contestants jump off. In particular, the ramps for the former are constructed so that athletes can jump 66% longer in distance. Image by Gipfelsturm69 from Pixabay4. Ice climbing For people who have overflowing adrenaline, ice climbing may be the best for you. It is a lot like rock climbing, however, instead of climbing on rocky surfaces, you climb on ice using picks, ropes, and crampons. There are a lot of ice climbing venues but the most popular are glaciers and waterfalls. Other adventurous climbers can be flexible and practice mixed climbing which is climbing a combination of rock, ice, and snow. Due to the conditions involved in ice climbing, it is considered an extreme sport and should be done only by people who know what they’re doing. photo from Adrenaline Hunter Blog5. Ski paragliding Have you ever wondered how it feels like to fly? Ski paragliding can quench your curiosity! Ski paragliding is an extreme sport where you launch yourself with ski and use skydiving parachutes to descend from mountaintops. For this sport, experience in both skiing and paragliding are essential. It is not suitable for beginners as the activity can be extremely dangerous. Final Notes Although it is not often mentioned by enthusiasts, ski watches are extremely helpful when going on a ski session. Apart from telling you the time, a lot of those timepieces have life-saving features, whether you opt for a high-end watch from Tudor or a reliable one from Casio. A few of those are the compass, the weather forecaster, and the GPS. Yes, skiing can be dangerous at times, but wearing a ski watch might help lessen your worries.

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  11. 12 Best Watch Museums Around the World: Must-Visit on Your Next Trip

    12 Best Watch Museums Around the World: Must-Visit on Your Next Trip

    It’s not every day that we get to travel the world, that’s why we all cook up a hectic itinerary to make sure that we can cover as much ground as we possibly can. However, between all the dynamics, touristy activities, and food crawls, it’s almost impossible to find time for a laid-back moment, like visiting a museum or art gallery. And while most immediately think about the Louvre or The MET, there are other places that can lead us relatively closer to time travel than we think — the watch museums. These expanses bring us back to the beginning, not only of the brands such as Patek Philippe, Omega, and Seiko but also of horology itself.  So on our next trip — from the far east to the great big west — let’s explore all the amazing museums by luxury watch brands and institutions. Photo from Glashutte OriginalWhat to Expect from Watch Museums To travel and explore the history of horology is not always on the itinerary of everybody. When you’re a tourist, watch museums often get sidetracked by other places such as art museums and galleries, nature trips, and a whole other bunch of activities. I mean, it’s not every day that you get to go paragliding either! But watch enthusiasts usually take some time to explore horology and its roots through the museums built and established by storied brands we all love. These places will give you a quick history lesson with the most iconic watch models and their very roots. Surely, every watch enthusiast will enjoy every bit of it! Eager to find out what awaits you on your next trip to a watch museum? Here are some things you can expect when you visit a museum dedicated to watches. 1. History of Time Every museum not only has artefacts but also stories of how each came to be. Just like in any other museum, watch museums have great stories about the time that can only be explored when you visit them. Trips to watch museums can give you a first-hand account and experience of time’s history in itself. Most people have watch brands — especially luxury watch brands — to thank for all the innovations we have on watches today. And to see and hear about them in the flesh will be like taking a front seat on a quick trip beyond time. 2. Brand Heritage Aside from the history of time, every museum established by a brand can be seen through their museums. For instance, if you take a quick trip to the IWC Museum, you’ll get an in-depth glimpse of the conscious beginnings of IWC Schaffhausen, where they utilized renewable energy to power the first and only watch manufacture in the north-eastern part of Switzerland. From there, the manufacture grew to what we know today as one of the most respectable watch brands that even newer generations look up to. Just as with this brand, other watch brand museums hold a key to the company’s rich legacy that will make you appreciate your timepiece even more than you already do. 3. Most Iconic Models With every brand’s history comes the iconic models that put them on the map. In museums by brands such as Audemars Piguet, Longines, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, you’ll find the first Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Lindbergh Hour Angle watch, and Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, respectively. While these museums offer a ‘by appointment only’ tour, it wouldn’t be a waste to schedule ahead of time for a glimpse at the models that made the brands we know and love today. 4. Names to Know These models wouldn’t come to life without the people working behind the scenes to bring each design to fruition. A lot of brands and watch models were established by storied names, known not only to the brand but also to all of watch history itself. For instance, Breguet was founded by Abraham-Louis Breguet, master horologist, who invented the tourbillon escapement and was watchmaker to royalties. Meanwhile, acclaimed designer Gerald Genta designed and crafted historic watch models such as the IWC Ingenieur, Omega Constellation, and Patek Philippe Nautilus. Visiting museums will not only get you to understand the roots of each model but also get to know the people behind them. 5. Home of Innovations Every watch brand was established in their respective hometowns where their humble beginnings started. It’s a part of the place’s tourism efforts to promote every aspect that makes the place known. And as every museum carries the legacy of each watch brand, we also get to learn how each place is recognized for the ingenious innovations that took place in it. Through museum trips, we get to understand why and how Switzerland thrived with watchmaking and how Japan made huge waves across the globe with the invention of the ‘Quartz movement’. These museums share a history of its hometown that, in part, was contributed by these notable brand names. Seiko Museum | Photo from SeikoHow to Plan Your Visit Just like any trip or touristy activity, a watch museum visit has to be planned perfectly for one to enjoy it entirely. It takes time and some even require appointments before you can get past their front door. To make sure that your visit is worth every second of your precious trip, here are some things to keep in mind. 1. Guided vs. Unguided Tours Just like art museums, watch museums have guided tours available for groups of people. If you’re travelling with a group, a guided tour is definitely a smart choice. It will keep the group together and focus on the information, making sure that no detail gets missed out. However, guided tours can cost more than non-guided ones. But if you’d like to freely explore the museum, unguided tours are for you. You’ll have more time to yourself and get to appreciate any facet of the museum at your own pace. The only downside? You might get lost in the moment and ultimately push your schedule. 2. Know the museum hours If you don’t want to mess up your whole itinerary because of a museum tour, make sure that you know the updated hours of the watch museum you’re visiting. Most museums post their business hours on their websites for everyone’s reference. However, to ensure that you get the updated hours, double-check on their social media accounts as well. This will save you the trip if you’re planning to visit as a walk-in visitor. 3. Research the guided tour lengths Every guided tour eats up a lot of time than one could imagine. With all the history and stories you’ll learn from it, every tour definitely takes quite some time to complete. So before signing up and to make sure that you have ample time for it, do a quick research about how long each tour usually takes. You can ask someone who’s been there before on forums and other communities or the museum staff themselves through social media or email. 4. Find out admission and tour costs A lot of watch museums are free, like the Seiko museum in Japan; while some have different fees depending on the age and number of visitors coming per batch. To make sure that you have enough money to get you on the tour, find out all the fees required beforehand. No one wants to come home empty-handed after a watch museum tour. If you want to bring home some souvenirs, make sure you have extra cash with you (or your credit card!) for purchases at the museum shop. Who knows? You might get to bring home a new timepiece on your way back from your trip. 5. Get the exact location of the museum Every trip itinerary includes the exact location of the place they’re visiting. To keep you from getting lost, verify your mode of transportation, and know where the museum is exactly located. This will save you a ton from transportation to time going back and forth for nothing. Some museums are specific with the routes you’re supposed to take before you can reach them. Know the most efficient routes before going out on your adventure. 6. Set an appointment if necessary Unlike most museums, there are certain watch museums that require an appointment before you can make your visit. This helps the staff manage the crowd better and allows a deeper, more interactive tour around the vicinity. While you’re on your research, take your time to find out whether or not a schedule can be arranged before heading to your watch museum of choice. If possible, an appointment will assure you a slot, skips a lot of hassle, and get on with the tour immediately! 7. Ask about accessibility features beforehand Some people require accessibility features to enjoy museum tours. That not only includes step-free access, print guides, and audio guides but also various language accessibilities. All these come together in giving you an unforgettable tour. To make sure you won’t encounter any hassle before the trip, you may ask the museum staff before the tour for special accessibility features you may avail of or message them beforehand for the preparation of such features. If you are scheduling a guided tour, make sure that you’re signing up for the right language of the tour. Some museums offer tours in other languages such as French and German apart from English. You wouldn’t want to get lost in translation during the tour! 8. Observe proper museum etiquette Once you arrive at the museum, just like in art museums, proper etiquette is required for any visitor. We’re talking about the ground rules that most guides reiterate before the tour begins. Don’t touch artefacts, don’t take photos or videos if told not to, etc. These rules vary per museum. We know how exciting it can be to see all these horological wonders, but proper decorum must be observed at all times. 12 Best Watch Museums Around the World for Watch Lovers and Tourists Alike There are a lot of watch museums spread all over the world. From Japan to the United States, you’ll surely find one that will take you back in time. Here are the best watch museums around the world to visit on your next trip. 1. Patek Philippe Museum (Geneva, Switzerland) There is nothing  — and we mean nothing at all — that can compare to the vastness and greatness of the Patek Philippe Museum. Revered by Philippe Stern and enthusiasts themselves as a ‘temple to watchmaking’, the collection this museum holds not only the brand’s legacy but of time in itself. Separated into two grand collections, Patek Philippe houses an antique collection that dates as far back as the 1700s with the earliest watches ever made and a collection of Patek Philippe watches from 1839 onwards. Moreover, the museum has a library with more than 8,000 publications about time and time measurement. This horological haven also includes automata and enamel miniatures that boosted Geneva’s reputation and tourism even more! Photo from FHH JournalSome notable parts of the collection include the Supercomplication ‘Duke of Regla’ and the ‘The Grand Vase’ that is a double-faced clock in the shape of a vase that includes eight singing birds and music. You’ll also find the Patek Philippe Ref. 1527 gifted by Charles Henri Stern to his son Henri Stern. The Patek Philippe Calibre 89 will astound you with 33 complications made to commemorate the brand’s 150th anniversary. Patek Philippe’s collection includes pocket watches as well as wristwatches with notable models such as the Patek Philippe Calatrava and World Time. You’ll discover rare Patek timepieces that are inspired by Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso and Franck Muller watches. It will also be a pleasure to sight the TV Screen Pateks or Ellipse Jumbos Ref. 3604 in the brand’s collection of watches. There certainly is a lot to unpack when it comes to the Patek Philippe Museum, that’s why it wouldn’t be such a waste to drop by for a visit if ever you’re in Geneva. They offer a private tour in either English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian, and public tours in French or English. Tours take two to three hours depending on the collection you so decide to explore. The Patek Philippe Museum is located at Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers 7, Geneva, Switzerland. 2. German Watch Museum by Glashütte Original (Glashütte, Germany) On over a thousand square metres of exhibition space, the German Watch Museum displays the history of the Saxon art of watchmaking through exhibits and first-hand experiences. This museum, funded by Glashütte Original, presents not only the history of local watchmaking but also the precision mechanics from the 1800s to the present day. What sets this museum apart is the multimedia approach that will engage its visitors to be part of the museum instead of just being mere spectators of it. It also makes the whole tour a perfect trip for the whole family. Photo from Glashutte OriginalThe building that houses the museum is an 1878 German watchmaking school that’s not too far from the Glashütte Original manufacture. Here, you’ll find the earliest Glashütte pocket watches and wristwatches, as well as early models of a 3/4 plate pocket watch movement. As it’s built in an old watchmaking school, escapement models and jewels used for teaching are also part of the tour. You’ll also find collections of pocket watches, wristwatches, and clocks from A. Lange & Söhne, Adolf Schneider, and Moritz Grossmann. Aside from this, a glass room where people can observe watchmakers on the job can be found inside the facility. Earlier versions of the brand’s collections such as the Glashütte Original Pano and the Glahsütte Original Senator can also be found in the museum. The German Watch Museum takes its motto — “The Fascination of Time – Bringing Time to Life” — into account when crafting the activities and planning its tours. It evokes emotions and a sense of belongingness despite one being a visitor to the German region. The German Watch Museum is located at Schillerstraße 3a, 01768 Glashütte, Germany.  3. Seiko Museum (Tokyo, Japan) On your next trip to Japan, make sure to visit the Seiko Museum. Seiko was founded in 1881 by Kintaro Hattori in Ginza. And as part of the 100th-anniversary project of the brand, the Seiko Museum was built in 1981. The goal of the museum was to gather, preserve, and study different materials and samples that relate to time and timepieces. Established in Sumida City, the museum was relocated to the Ginza district in August 2020 in time for the 160th birthday of Kintaro Hattori. Photo from SeikoEverything about the brand and the history of timekeeping in Japan can be found in this museum. It’s certainly an interactive experience that the whole family will enjoy throughout the tour. You will find the brand’s most iconic watches and their history in this museum, including the roots of the Seiko Prospex collection and the brand’s pursuit of accuracy with their chronographs. You’ll also find the world’s first Quartz watch that is the Seiko Astron, as well as the first Grand Seiko model. It truly is quite a visit and a lot of information to take when you visit the Seiko museum. The higher you go, the more you learn in this place. And the best part is that it never gets boring with simple stories and traditional guides. Seiko harnessed the power of technology in allowing the museum to keep up with the times as the brand always did. The Seiko Museum stands today at 4-3-13 Ginza District, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan. 4. National Watch & Clock Museum (Pennsylvania, USA) There are very few museums in the USA that focus solely on watchmaking or horology in general. One of the few that exists in the country is the National Watch & Clock Museum located in Columbia, Pennsylvania. This museum, among the handful ones in the US, holds such great value in the country’s horological history that includes the science and art of timekeeping. As a tourist and watch enthusiast, your next trip to the US should never be complete without visiting the National Watch & Clock Museum. Photo from Lancaster County MuseumsThis museum serves as home to many important clocks and watches in history. With about 12,000 clocks and watches in its care, there are about 3,000 displayed for viewing in this museum. It spans various timekeeping devices from the first non-mechanical clocks such as sundials, hourglasses, and fire clocks to the atomic clock and mass-produced wristwatches of today. The museum also houses a Learning Center where people can understand the basic methods of timekeeping from pendulums to mechanical escapements. The National Watch & Clock Museum is located at 514 Poplar Street, Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA. 5. The Clockmaker’s Museum (London, UK) Formerly located in the Guildhall complex in the City of London since 1874, The Clockmaker’s Museum moved to South Kensington at the Science Museum’s 2nd Level in 2015. It boasts the world’s oldest clock and watches collection that spans 600 watches, 80 clocks, 25 marine chronometers, and a number of fine sundials. It also includes hand engraving samples and a chronological view of the history of innovation in watch and clock-making in London, from 1600 to the present day. Indeed, this place is a must-visit on your next trip to London! Photo from Worshipful Company of ClockmakersSome of the most iconic timepieces you can find in this museum include creations of Edward East and Thomas Tompion, an astronomical table clock possibly owned by Isaac Newton made by Samuel Watson, chronometers by Thomas Earnshaw, and a whole lot more. The institution holds great weight in the industry that even notable names in the industry worked to maintain and upholds its collection. That includes George Daniels, the inventor of the coaxial escapement, who serves as an Assistant Honorary Surveyor of the Collection. The Clockmaker’s Museum is located on the 2nd floor, The Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom. 6. German Clock Museum (Schwarzwald, Germany) The watchmaking region of Furtwangen in Schwarzwald in Germany is home to the German Clock Museum where 8,000 timepieces sit. The collection began when Robert Gerwig, Director of the Grand Ducal Baden Clockmaking School in Furtwangen, started collecting old clocks as witnesses of traditional handicrafts. This grew to be the museum we know today that is now part of the Furtwangen University. Photo from FlickrJust like other watch museums, the German Clock Museum hosts a collection that focuses on the history of watchmaking in the region. Through the collection, one can experience time through the years as it develops to the great innovations we know currently. The museum has four major exhibits that you can explore today: History of Clocks and Time up to Industrialisation, Black Forest Clocks, Pocket Watches, and Wristwatches, and Modern Times and Mechanical Musical Instruments. With the museum’s free tours, everyone is welcome to explore its rich collection and understand the preserved history of watchmaking in Furtwangen. The German Clock Museum is located at Robert-Gerwig-Platz 1, 78120 Furtwangen im Schwarzwald, Germany.  7. Musée International D’Horlogerie (La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland) Every watch enthusiast would have heard about La Chaux-de-Fonds. This historic place proves one of the most prominent towns in the watch industry, located at the Canton of Neuchâtel in the Swiss Jura. This place serves as a home for luxury watch brands such as Breitling, Girard-Perregaux, Omega, and Tissot. As a distinguished town, the government of La Chaux-de-Fonds established a museum to honour the timekeeping history of the town — the Musée International D’Horlogerie. The International Museum of Horology (in English) was officially opened in 1902 within the walls of the Watchmaking School of La Chaux-de-Fonds and ultimately became a big tourism destination. The museum heralds a wide collection of horological artefacts that strengthens the status of La Chaux-de-Fonds as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the museum, you can find the rich history of time measurement in the form of watches and clocks. You also get to learn about the history of Swiss manufacturing through tools, machines, instruments, and automata. As the Swiss watchmaking industry also paved the way for artistry to thrive even in timepieces. To showcase that, the museum holds a special section for paintings, engravings, and iconographic collections from many different fields of time measurement. You may visit the museum at Rue des Musées 29, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.  8. Omega Museum (Bienne, Switzerland) There’s so much to unpack about the Omega Museum given the brand’s affiliation with historic movements and occasions. From Omega’s innovations, space travel, and precision records to its deep-sea adventures, the Olympic Games timekeeping, and even James Bond – Omega holds a story that no other brand can tell. Its museum, located in Bienne, Switzerland, holds answers to every enthusiast’s question about the brand’s past, present, and future. Photo from FHH JournalThe brand’s interactive museum includes a 3D movie experience where one gets to walk around a Speedmaster-shaped room to better experience the infamous Co-Axial escapement first-hand. One may also experience Omega’s timekeeping tech used in the Olympics as they run on a 9-metre track. In the museum, you’ll find the most iconic Omega watch models such as the Omega Speedmaster worn to the moon by Buzz Aldrin himself, James Bond’s Omega Seamaster, as well as collections released by Omega for the armed forces such as the Omega Railmaster and Omega Constellation. The Omega Museum is located at Nicolas G. Hayek Str. 2, 2502 Biel, Switzerland. Audio guides for visitors are available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese. 9. IWC Museum (Schaffhausen, Switzerland) IWC pioneered a lot of things when it comes to the Swiss watchmaking industry. For one, it harnessed renewable energy through the River Rhine. From there, the Swiss manufacture grew to be the brand we know and love today. About 40 minutes from Zurich, the IWC Museum stands as proof of the company’s ingenuity when it comes to timepiece technology and design. Photo from IWC SchaffhausenThe museum showcases various exhibits and even a multimedia presentation, documenting the company’s rich history. The museum also exhibits the genealogy of its most iconic collections, such as the IWC Portugieser, IWC Portofino, and IWC Pilot. Brand archives including watch catalogues from 1900, historic tools, spare parts, and technical drawings, as well as contracts and records also have a special place for exploration in the museum. And if that isn’t enough, on display are two of the 94 ledgers with information on every IWC watch made since 1885. That includes calibre, case material, date of delivery, and name of the recipient. The museum is located at Baumgartenstrasse 15, CH-8201 Schaffhausen, Switzerland. To better guide your trip to the museum, you may download their app on your phone. 10. Clapham’s Clock Museum (Northland, New Zealand) On your next trip to Whangarei in Northland, New Zealand, the Clapham’s Clock Museum has to be at the top of your list. It serves as a home to a wide range of watch collections that exhibit and preserves timekeeping techniques for the new generation to experience and see. The collection includes ancient sundials, sand and water clocks, rare antique clocks, and even wacky, zany, unbelievable clocks. From the personal collection of Archibald Clapham — or Archie — these clocks include ones that have unexpected quirks, matching the collector’s fun-loving personality. Photo from FlickrThis family-friendly museum allows for a newer generation to be inspired and understand the complicated workings of a timepiece without the overwhelming technical details. It’s a fun tour with a true heart for timekeeping. The museum stands today at Town Basin, Dent Street, Whangarei, New Zealand with affordable and admission costs for visitors of all ages. 11. L.U.Ceum — Traces of Time (Fleurier, Switzerland) The Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier serves as a home for the L.U.Ceum — Traces of Time. This inventive museum allows its visitors to do just as the name suggests: follow the traces of time. It showcases the rich history and groundbreaking innovations in the watch industry that occurred and developed in Europe during various time periods, in different regions. Displaying a collection that spans five centuries, the museum hosts various exhibits including watches from Chopard. Photo from FHH JournalSpecific timepieces from certain time periods flock the museum including an 18th-century sandglass, 19th-century oil lamp clock, and even Breguet pocket watches. A nickel-cased surviving Louis Ulysse Chopard pocket watch from 1860 is also on display in the museum.  This perfectly curated collection doesn’t take a long time to explore but with its fascinating artefacts, it’s impossible not to get lost in time with your visit. You may visit the museum at Rue des Moulins 20, 2114 Fleurier, Switzerland. 12. The British Museum | Clocks and Watches (London, UK) A favorite tourism destination, the British Museum holds all the wonders of British and even European history in general. At Rooms 38 and 39 of the museum, one can find a dedicated gallery for timepieces that trace the development of horology in Europe through its earliest samples, complex and highly decorative domestic clocks, marine chronometers, mass-market designs, and modern precision time-keeping. A lot of the clocks and watches on display still work to this day, making a rhythmic beat that resounds the room with every tick and chime. Photo from The British MuseumThe museum upholds accessibility during their tours with large print guides, British Sign Language guide handset, audio description guides, and even step-free access. So, no worries about making sure that your trip there will be worthwhile. Not to mention, you get to explore more about British history with its vast exhibitions on various topics. The British Museum is located at Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom. Museums of Time Watch and clock museums simply are fascinating that even non-fans of horology will get to appreciate them. Most of these museums are kid-friendly with very interactive tours, perfect for early learning, and more. Moreover, it hosts not only a collection of watches that every watch nerd will enjoy but a whole history that spans the brand’s legacy and the place where it’s instituted. Through these museums, one can learn the many wonders every country has in relation to horology. You’ll get to experience firsthand how the west built and developed the watch industry and how Japan disrupted the market with the Quartz watch movement. All of this and more can be seen in these museums of time, so make sure to include them in your itinerary on your next trip.  

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