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    Do You Need A Watch Winder?

    Watch winders have been the talk of the community for as long as I can remember. There are a lot of people who say that you do not need one while many others claim that it is a basic necessity. While the discussion is ongoing, it is best to learn more about them before making a decision on whether or not you need or want a watch winder. We have also come up with a list of options for you to watch out for — some of the best, most affordable, and most expensive watch winders available on the market today. 20 Best Watch Winders Watch winders all serve the same basic purpose. However, there are a few that tick all the boxes necessary for every individual’s specific needs. It can be a multi-winder or a single-winder. Some have interactive designs, while others are more traditional in function. No matter what you are looking for, we have listed down 20 of the best watch winders that will suit your needs and budget. Do note that this list is in no particular order. 1. Volta 31-560120 Signature Series 12 Watch Winder Photo from Amazon Let us start off strong with the Volta 31-560120 Signature Series. It can store 12 watches at a time, which is definitely more than enough for most watch collectors. As you can see, it has a very sleek design which appeals to any modern collector’s tastes. The base of the winder stands on metal bars that only add to its overall aesthetic. It is a reliable watch winder with a hardy carbon fiber finish and a front glass. This will allow you to see the watches from the inside. Even better, you can turn on an LED light inside to showcase your collection with great ease. It will look great on any display shelf, especially in your man cave. This watch winder weighs around 30 pounds. It can be used with a 110 or 240 volts adapter. For safety purposes, it comes with a lock and key, so your prized possessions will remain secure. Powered by a Japanese Mabuchi motor, you can rest assured that it works quietly and efficiently. Inside the machine, you’ll find 2 LCD screens that indicate the power of and control 6 of the winders each. On the side of each screen are buttons that allow you to determine the direction or TPD (turns per day) of the winders. You can choose between 650, 900, 1350, or 1800 revolutions. The Volta 31-560120 Signature Series costs around $2,000 USD in retail or less. 2. Rapport London Optima Time Capsule Single Watch Winder Photo from Rapport London It is hard not to fall in love with the Rapport London Optima Time Capsule watch winder. It has a unique design that strikes a careful balance between modern and period. Sharp-eyed fans have even commented that it reminds them of Iron Man’s arc reactor – do you see the resemblance?  This single-watch winder is far from average. It has a striking cylindrical design, made by putting together beveled glass and chrome-plated aluminum as support. There are also brass cogs fitted inside this winder. You can easily fit a watch into the adjustable leather cushion. Plus, it also comes with a magnifying glass lens that you can lock in order to protect your watch. With the glass panel in place, this watch winder not only winds your watch but also displays your investment piece with ease. This watch winder is typically powered with direct current (DC), but in the event of a power outage, it can still function with a backup battery. That said, this winder is a little costly, retailing at $2,590 USD.  3. WOLF 301853 Chloé Single Watch Winder  Photo from WOLF WOLF is a force to be reckoned with in the industry. It is one of the most trusted brands and an established institution when it comes to watch winders. With their experience and expertise, it is not hard to fall in love with their designs and the functions each of their winders offers. Not to mention, the quality of WOLF watch winders definitely fits the bill for an investment piece. The WOLF 301853 Chloé Single Watch Winder is perfect for people who are into clean yet elegant designs. You can tell by the way it looks that it is definitely a luxury watch winder. It has a nice cream leather design that is soft and supple to the touch. Moreover, the leather is laser-cut with precision, so you can be sure that it fits the box perfectly. At the front of the box is a glass cover that also comes with a lock for extra security. This elegant winder costs around $259 USD in retail. It comes with a 2-year warranty and works at 900 TPD with a bi-directional, patented rotation program. It can be charged on AC power or with AA batteries — either alkaline or lithium. 4. Triple Tree Single Watch Winder Photo from Amazon If you are looking for a watch winder on a budget, the Triple Tree Single Watch Winder might be the one for you. It costs a lot less than the first three winders on our list, retailing at only $60 USD. However, that does not mean that this watch winder sacrifices quality for an accessible price. This winder comes with a solid wood build, surrounded by polyurethane leather. It also has a clear acrylic display glass to give the winder a deluxe feel. It is comfortable to the touch and works great as a gift for your collector friend. It also functions quietly with a Japanese Mabuchi Motor. Powered by an AC adaptor, it is a plug-and-play device that does not need any other complications. You can also use two AA batteries to power this winder. At 2.5 pounds, it is not at all heavy and will look great as a display as well. 5. CHIYODA Automatic Single Watch Winder Photo from Amazon Another affordable winder on our list, the CHIYODA Automatic Single Watch Winder is a great way to show off your watch while also keeping it running. It is made from a 100% hand-made solid wooden frame. The winder also has an acrylic organic glass window, and the box surface comes with a high-gloss piano lacquer finish. This watch winder is exquisite and luxurious without being overly flashy. At 80mm in diameter, the pillow in the box can hold watches of just about any size. It has four TPDs available for use: 2100, 1400, 1050, and 680 TPD. It can also be rotated three different ways — clockwise, counterclockwise, or both. You can set these aspects separately, giving the winder a total of 12 available modes, catering to almost every watch in the market. Each TPD mode technically has the same rotation speed. They only differ in interval time. Power this watch using an AC adapter or AA batteries for a more mobile experience. At 10 decibels, it is a quiet winder, thanks to its Japanese Mabuchi motor. This watch winder costs around $70 USD. 6. Barrington Single Watch Winder Photo from Barrington Barrington is a UK-based company that focuses solely on creating watch winders. The Barrington Single Watch Winder is the company’s flagship and bestselling winder. It comes in various colors, such as Crimson Red, Midnight Blue, Racing Green, Electric Yellow, and Glacier White. However, we are partial to the Shadow Black version for its sleek, understated appearance. There are also special edition Barrington single watch winders available such as the one in Grey Koto and wood finishes. This winder is incredibly quiet with a Mabuchi motor. It mainly runs on AC power but it can also be powered by two AA batteries. It is made of hard plastic, which does not take away the quality of the winder. The winder also features curved edges for a more high-end look and an LED light that powers on while winding. It rotates clockwise, counterclockwise, or both. You may also choose between 650, 750, 850, 1,000 or 1,950 TPDs. The Barrington Single Watch Winder in Shadow Black costs $249 USD in retail. 7. WOLF 270002 Heritage Single Watch Winder Photo from WOLF It is hard not to fall in love with WOLF and its lineup of watch winders. The WOLF 270002 Heritage Single Watch Winder is another entry from this brand. This luxury watch winder has a start delay of 10 seconds for greater efficiency and is pre-programmed with 900 TPD. Intermittent rotation with pauses and sleep phases are also pre-programmed into this winder. You can choose to opt for the 12-hour delay setting as well. If you want to double the amount of TPD, simply select the bi-directional rotation option. You have a choice of adjusting the directional setting of the winder between clockwise, counterclockwise, or bidirectional. The cuff of this winder can fit watches of most sizes, up to 52mm. Its design locks the cuff into the rotator so that your watch remains secure. Moreover, you can power it with either AC power or D-Cell batteries. It comes in smooth vegan leather, which not only adds to its luxurious feel but makes it an eco-friendly watch winder as well. There is some feedback that the cuff may be too big for some watches and that the box is bulky. However, these are personal opinions that are not indicative of the winder’s performance. The WOLF 270002 Heritage Single Watch Winder costs around $390 USD in retail. While it is one of the most expensive watch winders on our list, you will later find that it is truly worth every penny. It is perfect for high-end watches like a Rolex, Tag Heuer, or Omega timepiece! 8. Cheopz Safe 6 Watch Winder Photo from Amazon Not all watch winders are created equal. Some serve exactly their intended purpose, while others carry a little extra function for us to enjoy. The most serious watch collectors might need more than just a simple winder, as they might need one that doubles as a safe. If that describes you, then the Cheopz Safe 6 Watch Winder is exactly the watch winder for you. It has enough space to fit 6 watches, along with 3 additional drawers which you can use to store other prized possessions such as jewelry and money. You can also place other watch-related accessories here, like straps and other components, for easier access! This winder comes looking like a bulky safe, offering you protection not only for your watches but also for all the other items you choose to keep inside. Made from solid steel, it has an 18mm explosion-proof window and dual-locking bolts. The hinge bar of the box is also very much resistant to prying. For even better security, it also has a detector alarm system. You can also attach this watch winder to the wall or the floor with its pre-drilled holes. This prevents anyone from easily carrying the winder away as a whole! To secure this box, you can customize a code of up to 10 digits. It also has an LCD display touch panel on the door for ease of use. It is quiet when being used, thanks to the gear-driven Japanese motors inside. The LCD controllers can set the TPD to 5 different modes, with 3 rotation directions for each slot. For an added bit of fun, the LED lights can also be easily controlled to turn on, off, or motion-sensing. On the whole, it is a very pleasant-looking watch winder. The black microfiber leather exterior and red microfiber leather interior scream absolute luxury. True to that, this watch winder costs around $3,600 USD in retail. With all the features this winder offers, you can easily understand its more expensive price. 9. Versa Quad Watch Winder  Photo from Amazon There are, of course, more accessible multi-winder options for watch winders. Case in point, the Versa Quad Watch Winder. It can handle up to 5 watches, and you can pick the setting for each individual holder. It is just as functional as the aforementioned Cheopz Safe 6 Watch Winder, as it has the same Japanese Mabuchi motor powering it. So, you can actually get a quiet and efficient watch winder for a lot less! The Versa Quad Watch Winder features a very sleek and clean design. It also has a stand at its foot, so that it remains stable even when running. The front covers are clear and transparent, so you can watch as the winder works. This winder even comes with blue LED interior lights for aesthetic or display purposes. It has 12 different modes works for approximately 5 minutes before resting. The Versa Quad Watch Winder also has an adjustable spring action pillow to support different watch sizes. All these, you can get for just $160 USD.  10. Orbita Sparta Bold Single Watch Winder Photo from Orbita The Orbita Sparta Bold Single Watch Winder is an interesting take on watch winders. It has a unique design that makes it stand out from the others on our list. As you can see, the aforementioned winders all typically come in boxes, with glass covers to protect the watch. However, that is not the case with this one. It has no covers and lets the watch hang freely on the holder. It is designed this way to allow for easier access to the watch. There are of course some cons to this design. For one, this winder does not protect your watch the way glass-cage watch winders do. It may also accumulate dust over time, so you have to be careful to clean it regularly. However, it is undeniable that such a unique design makes it look effortlessly cool. It is also a tad smaller than most winders. As a compact winder that can be powered by batteries, this is perfect as a travel watch winder for the frequent jetsetter.  The Orbita Sparta Bold Black Single Watch Winder costs $250.75 USD in retail. 11. Rapport Vogue Duo Watch Winder in Carbon Fiber Photo from Rapport Rapport is one of our favorite brands. There is just something about luxury watch winders that make them worth praising. This time, we’re looking at the Rapport Vogue Duo Watch Winder in Carbon Fiber. It has a contemporary design and can wind two watches at a time. This double watch winder is made from carbon fiber, so you can rest assured that it is truly sturdy. It is matched with a glossy interior and a suede roof. On the roof, you can find the Rapport logo marked for an even fancier feel. The motor is virtually silent, and this winder can work not only on AC but also using a battery backup. However, keep in mind that this is a premium winder, so it has a more expensive price tag. Purchasing this watch winder will set you back by around $1,700 USD. The positive thing is that you can control each rotator individually. It also has two beveled glass panels located at the upper lid that perfectly complement the luxurious grey velvet interior.  12. Jins & Vico 12 Watch Winder Photo from Amazon Jins & Vico is one of the most affordable winder manufacturers in the world. This model in particular has 12 slots dedicated to watches and 6 additional storage spaces. That makes it the most efficient watch winder you will see on our list! Generally, the Jins & Vico 12 Watch Winder is perfect for those with a pretty big collection, and those who want to keep other watch essentials on-hand for easier access. Made from solid wood and sleek black materials, this watch winder has a very modern design. It has a blue light that turns on in the dark, so your watches remain viewable and in perfect condition for display. The motor, as always, is very quiet, and the glass front allows you to see the wonderworker inside. It also comes with a touch display that is easy to use and can control the different modes available. You can set the rotations to clockwise, counterclockwise, or bidirectional in motion. Its TPD can also be changed depending on your preferences, with 650, 750, 850, 1000, and 1950 TPD settings available.  At $1,100 USD, this watch winder is truly worth every penny.  13. WOLF 456002 Viceroy Single Watch Winder Photo from WOLF The WOLF 456002 Viceroy Single Watch Winder is a modern classic. It is something that you truly do not want to miss out on as a collector. It can only handle one watch at a time, but you can buy multiple pieces of this watch winder and stack them together easily to showcase your collection. Although this watch winder falls on the more expensive side of the spectrum, as expected from WOLF, we can assure you that it is worth it. WOLF, as one of the most prominent brands in watch winder manufacturing, provides only the best with this model. It is extremely high quality, with a black leather finish that gives it a sleek look. It also has a glass window, allowing you to see the watch inside. Plus, it has a smart feature that only WOLF offers. It can count exactly how many rotations the watch has been through. You can set the TPD to 300 or 1,200 depending on your watch’s need. You can also double this by setting the direction to bi-directional. The cuff is patented so that it will fit your watch, no matter its size, giving it the ultimate protection. You can run this winder on AC or battery power. If you are worried about the ecological impact of this watch winder, rest assured, for it is made from green vegan leather too! All in all, you can get this stunning watch winder for just $575 USD. 14. Rapport London Evo Cube Watch Winder Photo from Rapport Rapport continues to impress you with its range of watch winders. This time, they offer the Rapport London Evo Cube Watch Winder. It is also widely known as the “EVOLUTION MKIII” single-watch winder cube. This one has been developed as a part of the brand’s range of sleek, high gloss, and colorful watch winders. To serve its purpose, you can collect each color yourself, or just choose one that suits your taste. This EVO cube comes in precision-crafted wood and has eight layers of lacquer for that beautiful gloss. Inside, you will get a soft leather cushion that securely holds your watch in place through adjustable side clips. You can set the cube to different levels of TPD as well as three rotational directions. Colors available include Admiral Blue, Midnight Black, Crimson Red, Platinum Silver, Polar White, or Racing Green. You can also get this watch winder in either carbon fiber or Macassar wood finish. It comes with a rechargeable battery that can operate for about 35 to 45 days without charging.  The Rapport London Evo Cube Watch Winder costs around $450 USD per cube. 15. Heiden Monaco Quad Watch Winder  Photo from Heiden There is a lot to be expected from the Heiden Monaco Quad Watch Winder. Firstly, it has a classy black leather case with a cross-stitched finish, as well as a clear glass display. However, it mostly differs in terms of its overall design. Unlike the other winders on our list, this one is not made to lie flat on a surface. Instead, it has a tower-like design that makes it quite literally stand out. Inside this winder is a soft gray linen interior. Every pillow can handle different watch sizes from the small ones to the largest. You can place the watch securely by wrapping it around the flat or round sides of the pillow. Moreover, you can set the motors to various turns per day, turning at 650, 950, 1250, or 1850 TPD. You can also set it to three different rotational directions, namely clockwise, counterclockwise, or bi-directional. As usual, it has the Japanese Mabuchi motor inside, so you can rest assured that it works quietly. If there is any downside to this winder, it is the fact that it does not have an internal light display every time the front panel is lifted. So, you will have a hard time seeing anything inside when it is dark. You can bring this watch winder home for around $450 USD. 16. Aevitas Six Watch Winder Photo from Aevitas The Aevitas Six Watch Winder is not necessarily budget-friendly. After all, it comes with a carbon fiber finish and a useful extra space for storage on the lid. This winder comes with the brand’s patented Watch Holder, which can handle larger watches while still catering to smaller watch models. It is perfect if you have a very versatile collection. To set things into perspective, it can handle watches with cases that measure up to 70mm in width. As an added bonus, it is powered by the Mabuchi Brushless Japanese Motor. So, you can be sure that it does its job quietly. The TPD settings include 650, 750, 850, 1000, or 1950. You can also set the rotational direction to clockwise, counterclockwise, or both. Moreover, you can set each rotor differently, depending on each watch’s needs. It also looks sleek with a plush interior and chromed metal exterior. It has LED lighting, so you can display your watch as and when you please. You can get this watch winder for around $1,100 USD. 17. JQUEEN Six Watch Winder Photo from JQUEEN JQUEEN is one of the most popular watch winder manufacturers, for all the right reasons. Their JQUEEN Six Watch Winder can handle six watches at once. However, it gives you 7 extra slots to store watches with. You can take turns storing and winding watches as you please, which makes it a great display tool to showcase your collection. This is ideal for people who have manual and quartz watches. It also has a silent motor and a sleek design. Made from solid wood, it looks like a luxury winder but is much more affordable. The glass is made from acrylic so it is not exactly premium, but it gets the job done. The wood also has a layer of piano lacquer, giving it a gorgeous sheen. With such details, you can easily use this not just as a winder, but also as a good detail for your interior design needs. What we love about JQUEEN is that each of its watch winders is 100% handmade. You also get the standard three-direction settings and various rotation speed settings. If you plan on taking this watch winder on your travels, it can also function with 1.5-volt batteries. All these, you can get for a budget-friendly price of just $190 USD! 18. Orbita Gerstner Double Watch Winder Photo from ORBITA This is as premium as premium can get. The Orbita Gerstner Double Watch Winder ticks all the boxes of a luxury watch winder. Just like most winders by Orbita, you will find that Gerstner Tool Chests deserve their reputation for its excellence, especially when it comes to quality, performance, materials used, and workmanship. This, indeed, is what inspired the collaboration between them and Orbita. With Gerstner’s quality plus Orbita’s critically acclaimed patented automatic watch winding systems, you are bound to be impressed by this one. It is a dual watch winder that has a storage drawer for additional watches, or other jewelry and watches accessories. Made in the USA, this winder costs around $1,495 USD. 19. Boxy Fancy Brick Stackable Watch Winder Photo from Boxy Just starting out your collection? Then we suggest you take a look at the Boxy Fancy Brick Stackable Watch Winder. It comes in different colors meant to be collected altogether and is each monochromatic in theme. This winder only has a space for one watch but that is nothing to fret about. Instead, it is the charm of this brick-like watch winder. You can buy the various models of the Boxy Fancy Brick Stackable Watch Winder, with different colors available, and stack them together in any way you like. This watch winder has a unique glass front that is domed. This gives you a great view of the watch inside but also stands out as an interesting interior detail. It is compact, stylish, and easy to store. The colors offered include black, red, green, yellow, blue, white, orange, and a whole lot more. Each brick winder costs around $135 USD.  20. Rapport London Perpetua III Duo Watch Winder Photo from Rapport Rapport London simply knows how to make the best watch winders. For our final entry, we present to you the Rapport London Perpetua III Watch Winder. This series comes in different versions but let’s focus on the duo-watch winder. Just from the optics alone, this is a stunning product. You can get it in either a black leather-bound watch box or a wooden finish in walnut. It works with a DC adapter or batteries for even more pleasant viewing. This watch winder is best for collectors who have a small yet prized collection. You can also choose between timed or fast-wind modes depending on your need. This duo-watch winder costs around $995 USD. What is a Watch Winder? As you can tell from the name, a watch winder is something that is used to wind a watch. However, there is a lot more to these devices. Watch winders, which are typically electronic, serve as watch-storing devices where you can put your watch so that it continuously runs even when you are not wearing it.  If you have heard of the term power reserve, you will know that this is the amount of power stored in a watch when it is not in use. For example, if an automatic watch has 48 hours of power reserve, it means that the watch can function for 48 hours continuously even when not being worn. Collectors use a watch winder to keep the watch running when they are not wearing them. It keeps a timepiece from running out of energy and stopping together if you are not wearing it. Generally, watch winders tend to function in the same way. They are all meant for automatic watches. but how exactly do they work? How Does a Watch Winder Work? It is not hard to work a watch winder. All you need to do is to place your watch into the holder. The winder then does its job, gently rolling the watch to wind it. Some watch winders have multiple slots, meaning you can wind more than just one watch at a time. To understand how it works, you need to first learn what powers an automatic watch. An automatic watch has a rotor that turns when it is moved or being pulled by gravity. The turning of the rotor then generates energy that powers the watch. When placed on a winder, that rotor is sprung into action, almost literally, producing the energy necessary to power the watch. If you are an avid watch collector, it can be hard to keep all your timepieces running, especially since you only have one pair of hands. As such, watch winders are great ideas. They make sure that you do not need to manually wind your watches every time their power reserve expires. 4 Reasons Why You Need a Watch Winder 1. Keeping the Oils in Motion Now, there is some conflicting evidence here, and experts are not in full agreement on the effects winders have on your watch. Some argue that the lubrication, the small amounts of oil that are in all automatic watches, need constant movement. Without that perpetual motion, these oils will dry up, coagulate, harden and ultimately impede the movement of the gears. Some watch experts say that that is nonsense, and modern watches’ synthetic oils do not coagulate the way oils from vegetables and animals in the old days did. It does not mean the oils last forever, the naysayers argue, simply that time and temperature are much more determinate factors than movement. Nevertheless, pro-watch winder folks have consistently reiterated that continuous movement does have a larger role, and winders are necessary for that reason. 2. Putting Your Collection on Display While we can debate about the technical advantages of owning a watch winder, aesthetics also play a big part in why people buy watch winders. These winders are almost always built with glass fronts that allow you to showcase your watch, or more likely, your watch collection. You can have all of your cherished timepieces lined and stacked in perfect order, spinning in slow uniformity as they await being worn. The truth is, if it was just about telling time, we would all probably stop wearing watches and stick with our smartphones. But presentation matters and watch winders allow us to present our exquisite timepieces in dramatic fashion.  3. Keeping the Watch on Time If an automatic watch goes unworn for a few days and runs out of power, it will need to be reset. That is a given. For most, this task will take about a minute, but for those with busy lives and large collections, this can still be quite troublesome. With a watch winder, you will not have this issue, as the winders will keep your watches running for you. This issue is especially significant for those who own perpetual calendar watches, which are not as simple to reset once the date is off. For those who own perpetual calendar timepieces, or those that do not want the hassle of having to reset their watches, a watch winder is a great convenience.  4. Owning Multiple Watches How many watches do you have? To be honest, if you only have one automatic watch, which you wear all the time, then you probably do not need a winder. But if you have multiple automatic timepieces in your arsenal, then investing in a watch winder to keep them all running would be a wise choice. How Much Should You Pay? Like almost everything else, budget is a big factor when considering whether or not you should buy a watch winder. And prices can vary wildly with winders, so it can be difficult to suss out which models are worth it and why. To help you make your decision, let us briefly go over the basics. Budget Winders You can pick up a watch winder that rotates one or two watches for about $50 USD or $60 USD. In this range, we are usually talking about plastic-lacquered casings and reliable-enough motors with one or two-cycle settings. No frills, but they get the job done. Mid-Range If you want to go into the $200 USD to $500 USD range, the options open up considerably. You can get winders with features like low-noise motors and 12-hour rest functions to ensure that you never overwind the watch. The number of watches you can wind at once also goes up considerably, ranging from around four to twelve. In addition, the materials used for the cabinets get better, with rich hardwoods done in fine finishes. Luxury Level If you’re willing to spend upwards of $1,000 USD, you can get into some really nice stuff. These multi-watch winders are for putting on prestigious displays, with walnut and high-polish teak cabinets. If you are shooting for the stratosphere, you can spend tens of thousands of dollars on watch winders that hold dozens of watches, in cabinets made of precious woods, fronted by massive sheets of tempered glass. Final Thoughts The jury may still be out on some of the practical aspects of needing a watch winder. We can debate whether or not we need a machine to tackle something as simple as winding a watch. You might say the same for display purposes, as some find the displays gaudy while others find watch winders visually stunning. Ultimately, you have to decide on which side of the lines you fall when considering buying a watch winder.

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  3. History of Glashutte Original Watches

    History of Glashutte Original Watches

    There are a few countries that are synonymous with quality products and when it comes to watches. With the choices, you’re bound to pick Swiss or German brands as your go-to options. If you’re in the market for a German watch, it’s worth having a look at the Glashutte Original brand. They have a remarkable story, as well as very impressive products to pick from. Read on to determine if this is the brand you want to trust with keeping you on time for your meetings. The Back Story of Glashutte Original Keeping exceptional time is definitely what you can expect when you own a Glashutte Original timepiece. The brand is connected to some of the most respected individuals in the watch industry. And this story goes back over 150 years! Buy Glashutte Original Watches The Story of Glashutte Original and the Connection to Ferdinand Lange In the early 1800s, there was a well-known watch manufacturer called Ferdinand Adolph Lange. His legacy was A. Lange & Sohne, founded in 1845. If you want to grasp how remarkable this entity’s workmanship was, you’ll be impressed to know that even country leaders such as Alexander II of Russia once wore their products. This brand was one of the many that were located in the town of Glashutte, thanks to a project prompted by the government. They were looking for ways to benefit the area and a town that was once known for mining was identified to start a new industry: watchmaking. First, there were a group of apprentices, and years later, stories began to circulate about the exceptional timepieces produced by the experts from the small town near Dresden. The government’s plan worked: the country’s new industry grew. According to many, this event marked the start of the watch manufacturing industry of modern-day Germany. And thanks to that, we can all enjoy inspiring Glashutte timepieces today. Nationalization and a Conglomerate Now, let’s fast forward a few decades and we end up in the mid-1900s. What happened here is that companies like A. Lange & Sohne were nationalized. In part, this happened because of the Soviet Union invading the area after World War II. A few years later, some of these nationalized brands—yes there were quite a few—were drawn together as a conglomerate. The watch entities were all based in Glashutte of course. The good news for you is that the Glashutte company is the only brand that has direct ties to that very impressive watchmaker from the 1800s, Ferdinand Lange. And you can be sure that much of the quality that you would have found in a watch made for Emperor Wilhelm II, can still be found in the Glashutte timepiece you decide to buy in 2020. 1994 and Privatization In 1994, there were changes once again when the conglomerate called VEB Glashutte Uhrenbetriebe (GUB) was privatized. And that was when the brand name Glashutte Original took effect. 2000 and Swatch That wasn’t the end of the story because years later, the brand once again underwent changes when it was purchased by the well-known Swatch brand. This happened as recently as 2000 but luckily, both these names are synonymous with quality. So, you’ll still purchase excellence if you pick one of their models. What Makes Glashutte Original Different? You may wonder what makes it possible for certain brands to rise above the rest in performance and quality. For Glashutte Original, one of its claims to fame is because it was innovative in terms of watch movements. The brand created its own and designed a total of 10 proprietary mechanism innovations. You’ll also be impressed by the fact that—since 1845—the brand still focuses on teaching new watchmakers. At the Alfred Helwig School of Watchmaking, also connected to the Swatch brand, students learn tools and watchmaking. There is also the chance to obtain a Swiss certification along with German training. The brand even played a part in creating a watch museum, so they’re definitely involved in ensuring Germany’s legacy as expert watchmakers will never be forgotten. What You Need to Know About Glashutte in 2020—Flagship Watches We can’t talk about the past of Glashutte Original without mentioning what you can enjoy about the brand in 2020. The brand has various collections, including the Glashutte Original Senator, the Glashutte Original Pano, and the Glashutte Original Vintage. The brand also specifically caters to women with their ‘Ladies’ set of watches. And if you want to fit one of these watches before you order a Glashutte Original watch online, as most people do these days, you can find Glashutte Original boutiques across the globe. Glashutte Original Conclusion From a tiny German town, the brand has grown into a worldwide market leader, associated with the top brands known to us. It’s definitely a name to consider wearing on your arm today, and you’ll get the same quality as country leaders did almost two centuries ago.

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  4. What Is So Special About a Rolex Submariner?

    What Is So Special About a Rolex Submariner?

    It’s no secret that Rolex is one of the most recognizable names in the wristwatch industry. The brand produces some of the most luxurious watches from around the world. But one of the most renowned Rolex models they often get a mention from every now and then is the Rolex Submariner. What is the Rolex Submariner? The Rolex Submariner was considered a revolution of its time when it launched back in 1953. It was one of the first, if not the first, diver’s wristwatches that were capable of withstanding water depths of up to 100 meters or 330 feet. It was the second watch to have seemingly mastered the art of waterproofing after the first-ever waterproof wristwatch that was released in 1926. However, the submariner set the bar back then as the standard wristwatch for divers. Ever since its release, which has been almost 70 years now, the reputation of the Submariner has changed. It went from being a simple diver’s watch to a timepiece of refined mechanical engineering and regal luxury. As a matter of fact, there are a number of reasons why the Rolex Submariner is globally revered and a favorite among watch owners and enthusiasts. 1: Innovatively Pioneering One of the biggest reasons why the Submariner is considered timeless is due to its creative innovation in design. The outward shape of the watch has changed in the last 60+ years. And there have been a few trendsetting developments that have been made around it since then. One of the developments included the 31-jewel caliber 3135 movement that was included back in 1988. That movement still comes with the Submariner models of today. This movement is incredibly accurate and durable, which serves as the perfect addition to the legendary dive watch series. The luminescent material that was used on its hands and dial also got an upgrade based on the debts that the Submariner model is now rated to. In the late 90s, a photoluminescent compound to the place of the older radioactive tritium, ultimately eliminating the “burning out” issue with lume. 2: Reliable Function Rolex watches are considered timeless among many in the wristwatch community. It is the quality of the bill that the brand puts in their watches. This resulted in one of the most reliable mechanical time-based products ever produced. When it first came out, the Submariner was a revolution among waterproof watches. It was also evidently regarded as the go-to diver’s watch. René Paul Jeanneret, a determined diver was the director of the brand at that time. He had requested renowned oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau to test out a new “tool watch” that he made. For his Academy award-winning documentary, The Silent World, Cousteau was wearing an early build of the Submariner. And that was where the watch’s place in the history of underwater exploring was popularized. These days, the Rolex Submariner is even more robust than when it was first made. Its water resistance rating had gone up to 300 m. Its in-house movement now features the brand’s signature parachrome hairspring, allowing the watch to withstand temperature fluctuations and shops. 3: Highly Versatile If there’s any watch that can back up its looks with its versatility, it is definitely the Rolex Submariner. This is a watch that can pull off a casual sporty combination with a T-shirt and jeans, as well as look sophisticated at formal events. There’s not a lot of bling and extra flash to the watch. But the special edition colors in blue and green boast a special charm. This versatility comes in the watch’s cost as well. There’s a wide range of Submariner’s that come at different prices. A new dateless Submariner, for instance, will cost you around $7500. That is if you can even find this one due to its hot demand – a rare vintage Sub will make even the wealthiest watch owner moan in despair. 4: The Iconic Endorsement The Submariner was an incredibly functional timepiece with a slew of state-of-the-art machinations under its incredibly durable case. Its rise to popularity was brought about by one iconic name. There were other notable icons such as Robert Redford, Burt Lancaster, and Steve McQueen. But it was James Bond checking his reference 6538 in the movie Goldfinger, that truly submitted the watch’s legendary status. Although Omega became the official supplier of the James Bond movie franchise, later on, it was the Rolling Submariner that was getting all the buzz as it appeared in over 11 of those films. As a matter of fact, it was the recurring spy watch in all of Fleming’s original novels, that often doubled as brass knuckles to knock out his post for a hot minute.

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  5. Why Patek Philippe Calatrava Watch Is a Classic

    Why Patek Philippe Calatrava Watch Is a Classic

    The world’s greatest watch inventors have come out with some amazing masterpieces. In the year 1932, a man named Patek Philippe introduced the most amazing and classic watches of all time. What was it called? The Patek Philippe Calatrava. Their entire series features Swiss-made watches, with some amazing designs which are crafted to great perfection without any flaw. The method used in the making of watches is the centuries’ old method of Swiss watchmaking. Over the course of years, there have been many changes, variations and innovations. It was also the introduction of new models in the Patek Philippe Calatrava collection. However, no matter how many changes, the Calatrava is their signature watches of all time. Patek Philippe Calatrava watch The series of Calatrava is an extremely essential part of their luxury watches; hence its importance can be easily seen. Since they are the very first inventors of wristwatches, the Calatrava is the cross about which they are really proud of. You will find many watches from the Calatrava series over the years, and some of them are actually amazing. The best ones are the vintage Calatrava watches, which display elegance and class for whoever wears them. It does not matter whether they are new or preloved; the thing about the Patek Philippe Calatrava watches is that it is made up of redefined elements with the help of great craftsmanship. Special Features of the Patek Philippe Calatrava Watches Let’s have a closer look at the special features of the Philippe Calatrava watches so that you can have a better idea of how good they really are. The foremost and visible characteristic of the Calatrava watch is the polished bezel in gold color, which gives it a really elegant look. When worn on the wrist, it looks smart and appealing to the eye. Most of the features of the Patek Philippe Calatrava watch have remained pretty similar. But a few things have been changed, which we call innovation. One of the changes that have been made in this watch includes the size of the watch case in the Patek Philippe men’s watches. This is due to the change in trend since men have started to wear watches with big cases. The aim of this brand is not only to feature their own styles but also to keep in line with the latest trends in town. Initially, their watches had a case size of about 35 mm. Although women used to wear much smaller cases, recently only has the trend began in which both men and women have started to wear larger sized cases. Some watchmakers have introduced case sizes from 42 to 46 mm, while Patek Philippe Calatrava increased their case size from 35 mm to 39 mm. They did not go for a drastic change in size. This is because they did want to have a good part in the market, but at the same time, they also wanted to keep their original size intact along with a try to make those happy who want to follow the trends as well. Patek Philippe Calatrava 5227j-001  One of the greatest watches of all time has all the amazing features one wants in their watch. It features an 18kt gold and yellow colored dial and a brown colored strap with an alligator skin texture. The watch also features gold hands, hour markers, and minute track. This watch is also equipped with a special feature, which is the 18kt gold dust cover. This gives great protection to the caseback in case of any damage. The dimension of the case is 9.58 mm in thickness and 39 mm in diameter. It also has a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The best thing about the watch is the power reserve of 45 hours, which means you do not need to worry about the battery at all. This is a luxury-themed watch designed for those individuals who are in search of pure luxury-styled watches to meet their demands. Not only is this watch designed beautifully, but it also has some amazing features. It looks great on the wrist, and there is no doubt that this 18kt gold watch might be the watch of your dreams. For people that are in search of a complete luxury style watch, this is the watch for you. The Patek Philippe Calatrava watch, due to its golden color, is definitely a head-turner and extremely valuable. The 18kt gold watch is a must-have for gold lovers and those who love to wear watches made up of gold. It’s reliable, trendy, elegant, and classy, along with some amazing features. So, grab your hands on this watch as soon as you can! Patek Philippe Calatrava Conclusion So, this was an introduction to the Patek Philippe Calatrava watches that have caused a stir amongst many. The reason is that they do not compromise on the quality or on any of the features. These watches are highly demanded all over the world. Their specifications and features are unlike that of any other watches out there. This is the reason that the Patek Philippe Calatrava watch is a classic. You should definitely think about buying these watches, and we are sure that you will not regret buying them!

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  6. Closer Look At the Hublot Big Bang Watch

    Closer Look At the Hublot Big Bang Watch

    Hublot is a relatively new brand and was founded in 1980. Despite its young age, it enjoys a great reputation among wristwatch enthusiasts around the world and commands respect from the young and the old alike. One of the reasons for its popularity is the Hublot Big Bang watch series, which was launched in 2005. At its launch, the striking similarities between the new watch and the classic 1980 original Hublot were evident. The enthusiasts among us will immediately recognize the classic porthole design that consists of H shaped screws lying exposed around the bezel. But for those who haven’t heard much about Hublot watches, we decided to take a deeper look at the Hublot Big Bang series. The Case The Art of Fusion – that’s how Hublot started its brand identity and the philosophy has carried on to the wristwatches of today. Using steel, rubber and ceramic were revolutionary back when the Hublot Big Bang was launched. The feeling and outlook of the texture will leave anyone admiring the watch in a trance. It is that good! Hublot Big Bang’s Dial The miracle of the case continues in the dial as well, but what sets the watches apart is the carbon fiber in a woven pattern sitting proudly on the dial. The contrasting hands and numerals ensure the primary function of the watch – telling the time – isn’t lost. This combination of artistic brilliance and perfect functionality is truly a sight to behold. The Strap A rubber strap is probably not the most impressive thing in the world but Hublot wasn’t going to put in an ordinary material and not make it look brilliant. The strap stands out because of its diamond tread-like pattern and the hooded lugs. The lugs are hidden which gives the impression that the watch is a single piece from one end to the other. Also, the watch comes with other watch strap options as well. Hublot Big Bang’s Movement We now move to the heart of the watch, its movement. Initially, the Hublot Big Bang was utilizing a modified version of the famous Valjoux 7750 movement. However, later models moved on to the Calibre 4100 which is an even more impressive movement. The quality of the movement isn’t really an issue here. Some people do believe that not using an in-house movement sort of kills the whole point of having a unique Hublot watch, but creating in-house movements isn’t easy and many brands have successfully released legendary wristwatch models without putting in any in-house movement. Hublot has done the hard work and also released watches with its in-house movement so there is something for everybody here and we don’t necessarily need to fight over it. Let’s just savor the beauty, shall we? Hublot Big Bang, How Much Are These Worth? Now, we come to the money part. Hublot Big Bang watches are expensive. Stating the obvious, isn’t it? They range from a few thousand dollars to a few hundred thousand dollars. However, it is not just the monetary value but also the emotional value attached to the watch for the owner. Now, that’s not everybody’s piece of cake but those that do savor the art dish out the money to get their hands on it too. Looking at it purely from the financial perspective, those wristwatches that have the original box, as well as the original paperwork with them, usually sell for very good prices and retain their value. If you have a rare model, you can expect to fetch some very good money for it down the road. Beware of Fakes! As is the case with many luxury items, Hublot watches are also prone to be faked. And since there are so many watches of the Hublot Bing Bang series out there, it’s hard to find a standard guide that tells you how to spot a fake one. Having said that, you can stay alert and avoid any potential fraud by keeping the following points in mind. These points are typical mistakes you can spot in fake watches: Even though selling fake items is illegal, it not illegal if the product has a different name. This difference is often achieved with the help of a small spelling adjustment in the hope that the end-user won’t notice it. A typical example includes printing “Hudlot” on the watch instead of “Hublot.” Missing authenticity certificate No “H” shaped screws on the watch. These screws are typical of original Hublot watches. Manufacturing defects. To the trained eye, manufacturing differences will be very obvious. However, some may have to look very closely for hints like visible glue or different shades of colors instead of the ones Hublot uses. Buy Hublot Big Bang Watches Hublot Big Bang Conclusion The best way is to simply buy from trusted and authorized dealers. You can also bring your watch to Hublot experts at any time and have them authenticate it for you. To sum it up, the Hublot Big Bang is a series worth owning, irrespective of whether you’re a fashion fan or just a serious wristwatch collector. Hublot won’t disappoint you.

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  7. Classic Watches You Can’t Go Wrong With

    Classic Watches You Can’t Go Wrong With

    There are a lot of classic watches available in the market. These watches play a vital role in enhancing a person’s personality and look. They contain the best quality technology and microprocessors. Selecting the right watch out of hundreds for yourself is not an easy task. To help you out, we are going to list down the best classic watches available in the market. These watches come in different colors and styles. Have a look at them and select one for yourself. 1: Rolex Submariner Rolex Submariner aims to provide spectacular and exceptional design. The company is famous for its high-quality material and an extensive range of designs. These watches are one of the most luxurious accessories available in the market. Some of the most famous personalities who use this brand are Roger Moore, Steve McQueen, Robert Redford, and Ralph Lauren. For every single person who loves to have cool yet highly functional accessories in their collection, they must buy Rolex Submariner at least once. It will never disappoint you with its outstanding features and astounding look. Submariner is one of the most popular and worth buying models from Rolex. It contains excellent engineering and brilliant architecture. Buy Rolex Submariner 2: Breitling Premier B01 This classic Breitling watch provides a modern retro design, especially for sports players. Premier B01 was once again launched into the market in 2018 with the latest and most updated design. The brand was not present in the list of classic watches for some time due to its sportier design and style. But now, it is one of the leading timepieces, so you must grab one for yourself. The feature which attracts our attention towards this brand is the customization facility. These watches have different types and colors of the dial. You can even select the strap according to your needs and requirements. These watches complement your sports dress and tracksuits. They are also perfect for evening wear. This brand offers an extensive range at a lower rate. 3: Patek Philippe Nautilus It was in the early 1970s that the industry of watches was declining. There were a lot of crises in the quartz factory. But then Patek Philippe launched their newly designed classic sports watches, which revived the market once again. Indeed, this is one of the most beautiful classic sports watches available in the market today. Now, coming towards the reason why this watch is a must-have in your watch collection. Today, Patek Philippe watches are one of the fastest-selling products. They are available at different prices, catering to different customer needs, which means you can buy them according to your budget. They are high-quality watches that can be passed on from generation to generation. The look and structure of the dials and straps are ever-green, truly worth praising. Thus, you must buy from this brand if you love wearing classic watches. Buy Patek Philippe Nautilus 4: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Vacheron Constantin is one of the oldest watch brands present in today’s market. It launched in 1755, and still, this brand is successful in maintaining its quality and performance. We are sure that you will be highly satisfied after buying this timepiece. The features and look of this watch scream the reason for its continuous selling since 1755. The name and reputation of the brand maintained for many years is enough reason for you to buy from them. They design elegant timepieces that attract customers. Some of the functions include the manual setting of the date, month, day, night, and day indicator, counter function for 30 seconds, and small second settings. 5: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms This watch came out in 1953, and to this date, it is successfully running in the industry. This is one of the most popular watch brands one can find in the market. It contains the latest technology, which makes it the favorite brand for most people. All true watch lovers and enthusiasts find Blancpain as their go-to brand and collection of timepieces. Fifty Fathoms tries its level best to maintain the customer’s satisfaction and comfort. These watches are light in weight and easy to wear. The Swiss design and look of this watch are beautiful. This watch is perfect for rough terrain and military training. Its black dials and straps provide a classy look. You can enhance your personality after wearing this watch on your wrist. Buy Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 6: Tudor Heritage Black Bay After working for several days and nights for 60 years, Tudor has now become a modern and fast-selling classic watch in the market. You can wear this durable and rugged watch anywhere while traveling. With few alterations and modifications, Black Bay is gaining the highest rank in the list of classic watches. These classic watches are available for under 3000 Pounds, which means they are quite pocket-friendly. Tudor is the sister company of Rolex. These watches are light in weight and boast an excellent design. It has an outstanding and unique build quality. This brand will never decrease your expectations. Buy Tudor Heritage Black Bay Classic Watches Conclusion Summing it up, buying these classic watches will never disappoint you. The listed watches are the best hand accessories one can find anywhere and you will never go wrong after purchasing them. These are high-quality watches, which can provide you with amazing looks and features. So, don’t waste your time and get started with choosing anyone from them.

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

    Fun Facts: 5 Things You Should Know About Rolex Watches

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

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  9. Famous Watches That Have Fetched Big Bucks at Auctions

    Famous Watches That Have Fetched Big Bucks at Auctions

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

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  10. What Is a Hybrid Watch?

    What Is a Hybrid Watch?

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

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  11. Why Vacheron Constantin Overseas is Great for Travelers

    Why Vacheron Constantin Overseas is Great for Travelers

    We first met the now-famed Vacheron Constantin Overseas in 1996. It was an uncertain time for mechanical watches, and really, mechanical everything. This thing called the Internet, which until then had kind of hummed quietly in the background of fandom, took a seismic leap. One million host computers suddenly jumped to ten million with no signs of slowing. Everything old school was feeling, well, old. But instead of looking forward, Vacheron Constantin went against the grain and dug back into its history: to the 222. The model debuted in 1977, the number of years the world’s oldest watchmakers had been producing timepieces. It was a watch made for an on-the-go lifestyle, the first upscale sports offering from a brand renowned for its luxury dress watches. One glance at the 222 and the similarities to today’s Overseas are clear. From the hexagonal-link bracelet and tonneau case to the small Maltese cross that’s echoed in the design of its notched bezel. Travel with Phase 1  The Phase 1 Vacheron Constantin Overseas we met back in 1996 was ready to go deep diving along coral reefs, boasting water resistance up to 150 meters. It was at once elegant and casual, equally at home on a trek through mountainous terrain, dining at the sidewalk cafes of Paris and strolling the red-carpet galas of Hong Kong. The first versions wore a bit bigger than the average dress watch, at 37mm, but smaller and with a lower profile than the average sports watch. Staying in the middle ground kept it quite versatile. We soon saw smaller incarnations, at 35mm and a compact 24mm. Things got a bit complicated, literally, in 1999 when a chronograph with a sizeable date window was added. Getting Seriously Sporty with Phase 2 Then, the 2000s came along. Traveling no longer required trains, planes, or yes, even automobiles. We were all connected by the Internet, with instant communication across the globe. Soon enough, this new thing called YouTube would be showing us videos from every corner of the world. And the Overseas decided to go big. The Overseas Phase 2, which made its debut in 2004, went for serious bulk with a 42mm case, accented by the equally hefty antimagnetic soft-iron screen designed to take any battering a well-traveled watch is apt to encounter. The bezel got muscled up with a design that shares an even closer resemblance to the signature Maltese cross on the dial. In 2006, Vacheron went for full jet-set mode with a hand that tracks a separate time zone. That year, we also saw the inclusion of a sturdy rubber strap to make no mistake that this watch was meant for on-the-ground exploration. Overseas for Trips in Modern Day There was a revamp in 2016 and we saw the bow of Phase 3, with 18 references over six models. Each makes an exquisite travel companion, from the 42.5mm Chronograph and 43.5mm World time to the 40mm Ultrathin and the 41mm Time-and-date model. Journeys with the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time We met the Dual Time in 2018, embodying all of the exploration-ready timepieces that had preceded it, featuring water and magnetic resistance. With a 60-hour power reserve, it keeps going through red-eye flights, midnight trains, and treks to parts unknown. As you can probably guess by its name, you can track two time zones at a glance. Like many GMT watches, there ́s an extra hand that points to home time. Are you halfway across the world and aren’t entirely oriented about day and night at home? No worries, there’s a nifty little indicator on the dial with an arrow that points to either AM or PM in your home time zone. You Have Options with Vacheron Constantin Overseas Do you want to go dressy or sporty from the start? You can select a rose gold model that feels right at home on any elegant occasion. Feeling a little more sporty? Select stainless steel with a matching bracelet that continues the Maltese cross theme with half-cross designs across each link. But be sure to pack your favorite alligator strap. While it may be better to go with the stainless steel bracelet when you’re in transit, there will be times when a more formal look is in order. Made with travelers in mind, the easy-use strap system doesn’t ́t require a tool to swap in a strap. Just snap in the change and you’re ready to go! Vacheron Constantin Overseas Conclusion So, it doesn’t matter where you’re traveling to. You can be setting off in a slow boat to Bali, or catching the next flight to see the Eiffel Tower. Maybe you’re even dreaming of the trip as you gaze at your screensaver. Whatever it is, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas is a great way to carry the spirit of travel on your wrist.

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