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  2. An Introduction to Monta Watches

    Given the surge of boutique watch brands in recent years, Monta Watches may not have hit your radar screen. But maybe they should have. While headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, the microbrand makes all of its watches in Switzerland. They have a passion to preserve the centuries-old tradition of fine Swiss watchmaking. In less than five years Monta has earned the respect of watch aficionados. They’ve offered some serious competition to established brands. Let’s take a closer look at this American-born Swiss-made success story. It Started with the Oceanking In 2016, Monta watches debuted its first-ever offering. The Monta Oceanking may have been new but it owed much of its makeup to the greatest dive watches in the history of horology. Specifically, those from the 1950s, as the Oceanking is an unashamed homage to classics like the Rolex Sea-Dweller, Omega Seamaster, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, and others that captured the imagination of adventurous watch lovers decades ago. The connection to Rolex is even deeper (pardon the pun) as the founders of Monta watches hail from Everest Horology, which produces rubber straps for Rolex sports watches. In design, the Oceanking checks all of the boxes that all great dive watches should. A 40mm stainless steel case has a large nearly-onion-shaped crown for easy underwater gripping. Its bearing-mounted bezel is equally grip-friendly. Plus there’s water resistance up to 1,000 meters. An anti-reflective domed crystal tops a non-nonsense matte dial with easy legibility that serves well in undersea situations and presents subdued sophistication on land. And while the case has notes that echo a contemporary Rolex Submariner, its beveled edges and polished flanks give it a truly unique feel. Comparisons to other luxury dive watches get even better when you consider the Oceanking’s price point of around two grand. Then Came the Triumph In strictly branding terms, one might have thought the Triumph Field should have been Monta’s debut timepiece. The name Monta, derived from “mountain,” is an ode to the company’s connection to Everest. It stands to reason that a watch designed for mountainous terrain would have come first. But we didn’t meet the Triumph Field until Baselworld 2017. It has some design elements that echo the Oceanking. One could call the Triumph Field a military spin-off of Monta’s first-ever watch. It has a case diameter of 38.5mm and 9.6mm thickness. The Triumph is slightly smaller than the Oceanking, but wears just about as big given the heft of its broad lugs. The stainless steel case mixes finish with polished (chamfers, for example) and brushed (planes) surfaces. That continues the unique mix on the bezel, bracelet, and clasp. The dial follows the Oceanking’s no-frills approach. Flip it over to find a display case back that lets you get a look at the Swiss-made Sellita SW-300 automatic movement. And while the Triumph Field falls squarely into the tool-watch bucket, it wears well in dressy situations, equally at ease on a link bracelet or a sturdy rubber strap as it is on fine leather for more formal occasions. Things Soar with the Skyquest GMT Another Monta watch we met at Baselworld 2017, the Skyquest GMT again serves as an homage to the great tool watches of the 1950s. This time we harken back to the revered Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542, first made for Pan Am pilots in 1954 and today beloved by collectors for its once-groundbreaking ability to track dual time zones with a glance to the wrist. We owe some of Skyquest’s design to the Oceanking. This could also be considered a spin-off, a GMT version of Monta’s firstborn. Just as Rolex did when they rolled out the Submariner and its GMT-Master cousin together back in 1954 at the Swiss Watch Show that would become Baselworld. Even the names of Monta’s “Oceanking” and “Skyquest” sound like they could be part of the Rolex family. More on Skyquest But the Skyquest departs from Rolex’s influence in a number of intriguing ways. Skyquest’s ramp-up GMT hand is more reminiscent of classic Seiko models than Rolex. The coin-edge bi-directional bezel features a target-shaped and lumed pip at the 12’clock position. Available in two finishes, black and gilt, the Skyquest dials don’t spare the lume and are super bright with an intensity that rivals pro dive watches. Rhodium-plated sword hands and red accents offer a vintage feel without going old-timey. The Skyquest’s stainless steel case also mixes brushed and polished finishes. While its Sellita SW330 automatic GMT movement has 25 jewels and a power reserve of 42 hours. Priced in the $1,600 to $1,900 range, this is not the cheapest GMT out there, as the market today is flooded with automatic GMTs you can pick up for under a grand. But the quality and craftsmanship of the Skyquest is comparable to that of luxury watches found at much higher prices. Monta Watches Conclusion If you’re in the market for a fine tool watch, you can, as many do, look to the established brands like Rolex, Hublot, and Tudor, to name a few. Or turn your eyes to emerging brands who have looked back to watchmaking heritage to stake out new paths ahead. Monta watches will likely one day spawn its own new generation of watchmakers intent on continuing the tradition.

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  4. Top 5 Dan Henry Watches

    When people think of affordable watch brands one of the names that pop up is Dan Henry watches. This microbrand produces beautiful and vintage-inspired timepieces at affordable prices. We love introducing you to affordable watch brands and what they have to offer to your wrists. So today we’ll be shining the spotlight on Dan Henry watches. A Bit About the Brand Dan Henry Watches is a watch company that was founded in 2016. It was founded by, you guessed it, a man by the name of Dan Henry. Dan was a chap whose vintage watch collection was 1,500 strong. He sourced these watches from flea markets and local auctions and eventually his watch-loving friends asked him to start sourcing watches for their collections to. One day he decided to open up an Instagram account to proudly display his watches and this led to him starting his own watch blog called Timeline. Watch. Before he knew it, he, this regular watch enthusiast like you, had become the person other people turned to for advice and information on all thing’s vintage watches. He couldn’t source enough watches to keep up with the demand and so he decided to create his own vintage-inspired watch brand. Thus, the microbrand Dan Henry was borne and the horologist community was thrilled. Top 5 Dan Henry Watches 1: 1963 Pilot Chronograph First we have the 1963 Pilot Chronograph. You know how much we love our pilot watches and this one is no exception. It features a 3D embossment of a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane on its case back. Also, a 12-hour rotating bezel, double deck sandwich dial and is water resistant up to 165 feet. It is constructed with high-quality stainless steel 316L, has a Miyota 6S20 quartz chronograph and sapphire crystal glass. The watch was designed to appeal to the inner adventurer in each of us and is stylish yet functional as a pilot’s watch. It’s available in silver or black. 2: 1964 Gran Turismo Chronograph Next up we have the 1964 Gran Turismo Chronograph. This sleek timepiece is constructed with stainless steel 316L. It has a sapphire coated double domed mineral glass crystal. In addition, it features a classic beads-of-rice bracelet. The watch has two sub dials, a tachymeter, a Seiko caliber VK63, a chrono hand and instant rest functionality. It is water resistant up to 165 feet. On the back case-back is a 3D embossment of the Aston Martin DB5 automobile. That ties in with the fact that it was created with the inner high-performance driver found within all of us. The fact that this watch resembles a panda is not lost on the brand. They have created their option line around it. It is available in Panda, Evil Panda, Slate Gray and Silver variations. 3: 1962 Racing Chronograph Nobody can look at this 1962 Racing Chronograph and not want to shout ‘on your marks, get set, go!’ This stainless steel 316L watch has a chronograph, 24-hour indicator and is water resistant up to 165 feet. This watch aimed to embody everything a racing watch should and has been built to withstand the tough conditions out on the track. The watch is available in blue, Panda or Evil Panda. 4: 1968 Dragster Chrono Now let’s take a look at the 1968 Dragster Chrono. This watch is simple but sporty. It has been built with high quality stainless steel 316L. If durability is your biggest concern, look no further than this bad boy. It’s tough and water resistant up to 165 feet. The watch steers away from stylishness and enters the sports watch arena. It’s available in black or white and you can pick between a black or brown strap. 5: 1947 Dress Watch Lastly, we have the 1947 Dress Watch. This stylish timepiece will help anyone to achieve that gentleman status. It has a sapphire coated mineral glass and a strap made from either leather or NATO. It’s water resistant up to 165 feet and features a sub dial in its simple design. The 1947 Dress Watch is meant to elevate the style of the wearer—whether they are attending a black-tie event or a business meeting. It’s available in silver or rose gold and features a black leather strap or a black NATO strap. Final Thoughts There’s no denying that being a watch enthusiast can be a pretty expensive hobby to maintain. But with affordable watch brands like Dan Henry producing stunning wristwear like the five we introduced you to today out there, this hobby becomes much more budget friendly. What do you say? Will you be reserving a spot in your collection for Dan Henry watches? Or are you an exclusive luxury brand supporter? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them with us in the comments section down below so we can keep providing you with the content you want to read.

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  5. Farer Watches: The Watch Brand You Should Know

    We love introducing you to new watch brands—whether we stock them or not. The horological community is one that thrives on learning and so we share the knowledge at every available opportunity. Today we’ll be sharing everything there is to know about Farer watches and why this is one brand to watch out for. About Farer Farer is one of the youngest successful watch brands on the market today. The Britain-based brand was established by four watch-loving friends in 2015 in response to the shortage of affordable vintage watches. The brand operates entirely online and has no retail relationships nor do they plan on developing any soon. Although farer watches are British designed, they are Swiss made which makes them of the highest quality. It is amongst the few watch brands that are truly boutique and employs only 1 – 10 people including the brand’s quartet of founders: Ben Lewin, Jono Holt, Paul Sweetenham & Stuart Finlayson. The name of the company, Farer, speaks to its ideal customer. Seafarer, wayfarer, farfarer and the likes. Farer watches are designed with durability and affordability in mind but also focus on stylishness, premium Swiss design & a spirit of adventure. In addition to its watches, Farer also produces an assortment of handmade hide watch rolls as well as a range of different watch straps. Its strap selection includes those made from stainless steel, mesh, Cordovan leather, Horween leather, Barenia birdle leather as well as perforated natural rubber and Italian calf leather. Farer Watches Now that you know a bit more about the brand and its products, let’s focus on what’s really important: its watches. Before we take a closer look at two of the brands most notable watches, let’s take a look at Farers watch collection. Chronograph sport: the Moritz, the Cresta and the Bernina. Chronograph automatic: The Cobb, the Eldridge and the Seagrave. World timer automatic: the Aldrich, the Markham and the Roche. GMT automatic: the Oxley Silver Le, the Lander III and the Oxley Black Le. Aqua compressor automatic: the Hecla, the Endeavour and the Leven. 37mm hand-wound: the Stanhope, the Lansdell and the Hudson. Three hand automatic: the Hopewell II, the Beagle II and the Endurance II. Quartz: the Fairford, the Elvington, the Pendine, the Ainsdale, the Stark II and the Frobisher II. The Bernina The Bernina is Farer’s most notable watch. It’s a chronograph sports watch that acted as the official timekeeper of 2019’s Bernina Gran Turismo. The Bernina is constructed with 316L stainless steel, polished steel, a bronze cap and sapphire crystal glass. It features 3 sub dials; a ceramic bezel and a racing-inspired design complete with engraved racing red tachymeter scale. It is water resistant up to 10 ATM, has a Sellita SW510 BH Elabore grade movement and has a 58-hour power reserve when fully wound. It comes standard with a navy-colored perforated Barenia sports strap, but you can swap that strap out for many other options. The Hudson The Hudson is one of Farer’s 37mm hand-wound watches and has been designed with true horological enthusiasts who prefer more traditional watchmaking in mind. This time piece is named after 17th century English sea explorer Henry Hudson which speaks to the brand’s ethos. This vintage looking watch has been constructed with polished silver steel, stainless steel and sapphire crystal. It has a sunray sea-blue triple stepped dial that not only looks beautiful but adjusts in color according to the time of day or night. The Hudson features a Swiss Made ETA 7001 movement, has a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound and is water resistant up to 5 ATM. You can choose from a few different strap options. Perforated leather: Take your pick from tan, black or denim perforated strap options Barenia strap: Black, green, tan, chestnut or navy barenia strap options are available. As are XL barenia straps in tan and navy. Bear in mind that this strap option increases the total cost of the watch. Mesh: A sleek and stylish Milanese mesh option is also available. Maybe you appreciate a modern touch to a vintage design. Bear in mind that this is the most expensive strap option. So the cost to purchase the Hudson increases by $20. Final Thoughts As far as watch brands go, we can say with certainty that a prosperous future lies ahead for Farer as a brand. Farer watches are all about resonating with the modern-day consumer. What do you say? Will you be trying giving Farer a chance? All Farer watches have a 100% 30-day money back guarantee. Each watch’s movement has a 5-year warranty. So instead of taking our word for it, see what the brand has to offer for yourself.

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  6. New Watches: Top 4 Watches Released in 2020

    If one thing is for certain about 2020, it’s that it’s going to be a weird year for watches. Given the current landscape, many launches for brands such as Patek Philippe, Tudor and Rolex have been postponed until 2021. Thankfully, a few incredible new watches have already been released. Let’s take a look at 4 of the best new watches 2020 has revealed so far. While we’re certain that many other new watches will be introduced throughout the course of 2020, here are the best of the best as of early 2020. 1: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition We’ve discussed the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition quite recently and still feel that it is arguably one of the most exciting new watches that has been released in 2020 so far. This addition to the Seamaster collection can be seen in the James Bond film, No Time to Die. The best—or worst depending on who you ask—part about the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is that it is part of a non-limited series. It’s water resistant up to 30 bars (1000 feet), shock resistant, has a built-in helium escape valve decompression system and has anti-magnetic properties.   It is a slightly slimmer version of the standard 300M Diver and features a brown dial & a titanium mesh bracelet with an adjustable buckle. Inside this beautiful timepiece is the Co-Axial Master Chromometer 8806. 2: Seiko Black Series Limited Editions Seiko’s new watches released back in February and March can be classed as honorary members of our round-up of best black watches for men. Inspired by the ocean at nighttime, the Seiko Black Series Limited Editions is made up of the SLA035J1, SPB125J1 and the SSC761J1. The SLA035J1, released in March 2020, is water resistant up to 300 meters and features the 8L35 movement. It has a black, red & white design with Lumibrite on its hands, bezel & index to ensure it can be ready in the dark depths of the sea. Only 600 have been made.   The SPB125J1 and SSC761J1 were both released in February. The SPB125J1 is an automatic with a 6R35 caliber and features a black & orange color scheme. 7,000 have been made. The SSC761J1 features a solar movement and a V192 caliber & has a black, red & orange color scheme. Only 3,500 have been made. Both new watches are water resistant up to 200 meters and feature Lumibrite on its hands & indexes. 3: Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry If you ever wondered what a watch with more than 1,300 diamonds would look like, look no further than the Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry from Vacheron Constantin. Released in late March, this striking timepiece features 1,345 diamonds and is constructed from 18k white gold. It is a non-limited edition and is just one of Vacheron Constantin’s many, many diamond watches.   The Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry features a 1088L caliber and is an automatic watch. It is water resistant up to 30 meters and its design consists of: A 246-diamond adorned 18k white gold case An 18k white gold dial set with 510 diamonds 18k white gold bracelet that is covered in diamonds We’ll be the first to admit that this watch is far more pretty than it is practical; but we do admire Vacheron Constantin’s effort to attract more female customers while proudly showing off their phenomenal craftsmanship. 4: Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic Released in January, this beautiful bad boy is the latest addition to the Hublot Big Bang Collection. The Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic is a striking timepiece of which there are only 100 pieces available. It features a HUB9011 caliber and has a 14-day power reserve. The MP-11 Red Magic has a polished red titanium case, a sapphire crystal dial and a textured black rubber strap. It is water resistant up to 30 meters and reminds fans of a Ferrari engine.   It is one of the best and most beautiful high-tech ceramic watches. Partly because most ceramic watches are black or white in color while this daring design is a bold red one. Final Thoughts And there you have it: the four watches released in 2020 you should know about. And there are many new watches you should keep watch for including the Chanel J12 X-Ray and the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition. Whether you simply want to keep up to date with recent watch releases and news or are updating your wish list to include the latest models on the market is up to you. What do you think about these watches? Were they worth the wait or will you be watching to see what else 2020 brings with it?

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  7. Watch Maintenance and Watch Cleaning Tips

    Being a watch owner comes with a handful of responsibilities. Cleaning watches and watch maintenance should be included near the very top of every watch owner’s list of responsibilities. Whether your watch is a high-end luxury timepiece or something you got for under $2000, keeping it clean is your responsibility. We’ll be dishing the dirt on why it’s important to keep your watch clean and well maintained and how to do this. Why It’s Important to Keep a Clean Watch Take a moment to think about your watch and where it sits on your body. Unless you’re a pocket watch fanatic, your watch typically calls your wrist “home.” Humans are prone to sweating. So, it just makes sense that sweat gets trapped under your watch which not only results in an uncomfortable feeling but the formation of a particularly cheese-like odor. On top of sweat, watches can trap dead skin as well as particles of dirt. Finally, an unclean watch can be eight times dirtier than a toilet and makes for the perfect breeding ground for bacteria ranging from the plain old gross to the downright dangerous. The bacteria that is commonly found on watches includes the likes of: Staphylococcus aureus (also known as staph) Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (also known as yeast) Hyphae (also known as mold) And all of the above is just what your body and its surroundings produce on its own! This is not accounting for the lotions, creams or ointments you may apply to your body. Do you now see why cleaning watches is so important? Why It’s Important to Maintain Your Watch Maintaining your watch is incredibly important for a wide range of reasons. Thankfully, none of the reasons are as gross as the reasons that make watch cleaning so important. The primary reason for maintaining your watch is simple: to get the most out of it. Your watch is an investment, right? And who wouldn’t want to protect their investment? The watch maintenance requirements depend on many aspects. Including the type of watch, the brand, the age, how often you wear it as well as how you store the watch when it’s not in use. In terms of servicing your watch, the industry recommendation is every three to five years for watches that are worn daily and less often for the watches you only wear once in a while. Top Tips for Maintaining and Cleaning Watches Now that you know why maintaining and cleaning your watch is so important, here are a few watch tips to help you do so successfully. Cleaning the Watch Face With the exception of especially old watches, most watch faces can be cleaned in one of two ways: with a Q-tip or with a chamois cloth and warm soapy water. Faces that have crystals or markings on it require careful cleaning with a moist Q-tip. Standard watch faces need only a gently wipe with a chamois cloth that has been dipped in warm soapy water. Tips for cleaning watch faces If you don’t have a chamois cloth handy, a soft-bristled toothbrush will work just as well Always use a mild antibacterial detergent or special watch cleaning soap Never press down hard or scrub the face Remember that the cloth or toothbrush must be damp and not sopping wet Use a light window cleaner product to make your watch’s face shine even more Cleaning the Watch Strap Perhaps the most important part of cleaning watches is making sure that the strap has been thoroughly cleaned. The steps involved in cleaning a watch strap are entirely determined by the material of the strap. Leather watch straps can be cleaned using a damp, soft cloth. If your leather watch strap is in serious need of a clean, then the usage of a mild antibacterial detergent is permitted. Nylon watch straps are among the easiest to clean, as long as they can be completely removed. So easy are they to clean that you can add a nylon watch strap in your washing machine along with your regular load of washing! To clean a stainless steel watch strap, wipe it down with a clean, dry chamois cloth. Once you’ve removed the initial layer of dirt, dip the straps in lukewarm water with a splash of dish soap. Next, grab a clean toothbrush and work away at the crevices of the bracelet before rinsing with warm water & drying with a soft cloth. Tips for cleaning watch straps Use special conditioning oil to keep leather watch straps well maintained If you don’t have a chamois cloth you can use a paper towel, microfiber cloth or even the hem of a soft cotton shirt to clean stainless steel watch straps Wipe down your watch straps on a daily basis Deep clean your watch straps once every month Final Thoughts We hope our watch tips have helped you to fully understand the importance of cleaning watches and keeping them properly maintained. Sure, it requires a bit of time, effort and sometimes money on your part, but it is so worth it. Keep it clean folks!

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  8. TAG Heuer Monaco 2009-2019 Limited Edition

    The TAG Heuer Monaco celebrated its 50th year in 2019 with a whole lot of fanfare. At a Shanghai gala, brand ambassador’s Li Yifeng and Cara Delevingne introduced us to a limited edition set that commemorates the last decade of the famous watch. But first, let’s get up to speed on the Monaco’s heritage before we say hello to the new entries. It’s That Square One Surely that’s how the TAG Heuer Monaco has been described to the uninitiated over the decades. It’s arguably the world’s most recognizable square watch, so it wouldn’t be a stretch seeing it that way. Or, you may have heard it referred to as that watch with the “robot face.” In truth, the hands at the 10:00 position do make “eyebrows” over subdial “eyes” that, yeah, kind of look like a robot staring at you in a judgmental robot-like way. Still as Cool as Steve There may be no more an iconic image of an actor and his trusted timepiece than Steve McQueen in the 1971 Formula One flick Le Mans. He sported the then-modern watch in the movie. It felt real and fitting because it was both. McQueen famously embodied his parts and was a hands-on guy who loved to drive race cars really fast. McQueen’s Heuer (the TAG part came along later) was selected because that was the brand real race car drivers wore. All these years later, collectors are still after models with blue-and-white dials like McQueen wore in the movie. But Much More than McQueen What the watch set out to do was novel, then and arguably even now. Heuer wanted to create a chronograph that functioned as a stopwatch with no need for winding. Today these automatic chronographs are common but that wasn’t the case in the 60s when fitting the parts for both automatic movement and a chronograph into a watch case seemed impossible. But Heuer did it with Caliber 11! Seiko was also working on the problem and released a similar movement in Japan soon after. But Monaco had crossed the finish line first and will forever be remembered for its old school chronograph creds. Let’s Look at Those Limited Editions   Looks like fifth time’s the charm for the Tag Heuer Monaco, which has seen tribute editions that honor the designs from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Now we look to the 2009-2019 period to complete five decades worth of Monaco design elements. Unlike past entries, which went heavy on the retro-racing style, the final round keeps things modern and cosmopolitan, even leaning to the minimalist. But before you cry foul, that we’ve gotten too far from McQueen’s eye-grabbing racing stripes, let’s see how they pay homage to racing history with a practical eye on style in the modern world. So we have sandblasted stainless steel cases with high polish finishes that would be at home in any dress-casual situation — sleek, cosmopolitan, confident. Offsetting the natural rigidity of a square case, the crown and pushers are unconventionally spaced to the left and right as they were on the iconic original in 1969. Sleek sunray dials bring the look back to present time with some modern sheen. Look closely and you’ll notice the dial’s “Heuer” logo is a throwback to the pre-TAG days. View this post on Instagram The steely industrial touches reflect the straightforward street style characteristic of this beloved decade. @tagheuer #TAGHeuerMonacoLimited Edition 1989-1999 A post shared by Swiss Watch Gallery (@swisswatchgallery) on Jul 26, 2019 at 9:01pm PDT The contemporary updates continue with Super-LumiNova on the hands and indices to light the timepiece up. Inside the watch case, you’ll find that the now-famous self-winding chronograph Caliber 11 (that was a breakthrough all those years ago) still powers the watch. But now it’s got a 40-hour power reserve. In keeping with the Formula One motif, calfskin straps have race-inspired perforations and contrast stitching. A Few Final Honors TAG Heuer is celebrating the golden anniversary of Tag Heuer Monaco in a few other notable ways. Monaco Heuer 02. We’re seeing the launch of the Monaco Heuer 02! It clearly draws design inspiration from the watch’s time in the 70s. Its racing past is honored by the addition of a second indicator at the six o’clock position. While the PVD sunray dial keeps things modern and sleek in conjunction with silver opaline accents. Unlike classic Calibre 11 designs, the crown and pushers share space on the same side of the case, which houses an impressive 80-hour power reserve. View this post on Instagram Coupled with its revamped appearance, the #TAGHeuerMonaco is powered by an in-house manufacture movement for the first time in its 50 year history. Meet the #MonacoHeuer02 #DontCrackUnderPressure Discover more: https://tag.hr/MonacoH02 Euro 5.400 Acquistalo a 199 euro/mese senza anticipo. #ciacciwatchesjewels #ciacci #tagheuermonaco #tagheuer #sporttourism #sport #sportcar #heritage #rimini #riccione #sanmarino #nataledellemeraviglie #riminibeach #unirimini A post shared by CIACCI Watches&Jewels (@ciaccigioiellerie_official) on Nov 11, 2019 at 2:18pm PST Monaco Calibre 12 Final Edition. A limited run of the Monaco Calibre 12 Final Edition is also rolling out to commemorate 50 years of the iconic watch. Monaco devotees will know that the Calibre 12 was something of a game-changer. It flipped the crown from its lonely spot on the left to between the pushers on the right side of the case. This gave the watch a sleeker and a more conventional look and increased its versatility and hence its popularity. The latest entry has a subtle grey brushed ruthenium dial that oozes sophistication when paired with a black alligator strap. These final 1,000 pieces end the glorious run of the Calibre 12. View this post on Instagram TAG Monaco ACM on Rustic Horween Leather is a winner in my eyes. #TAGHeuer #TagHeuerMonaco #MonacoACM #MonacoCalibre12 #WWC #UGWC A post shared by Jason Kernc (@canuckrs) on Apr 18, 2019 at 3:42pm PDT Sure, legions of TAG Heuer Monaco fans are likely going after the small number of limited-edition pieces that are available. And if you’ve got the luck and the means, we hope on of these signature watches will be on your wrist. If not, just look around. With 50 years of history and heritage, there are a whole lot of Monaco’s out there just waiting to hit the road again.

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  9. 8 Lesser Known Watch Brands You Should Consider

    Today’s generation doesn’t know life without a watch and is constantly monitored by time. While wristwatches have existed for many years, you may not know the history behind these timepieces and watch brands. If you’re currently shopping for watches you’ll know the names Cartier, Omega, Rolex and TAG Heuer like the back of your hand. Instead of going for these popular labels, why not opt for the lesser known watch brands? Here are eight unfamiliar watch brands to consider for your next purchase. 1: Georg Jensen Established in 1904 by its Danish silversmith namesake, this Copenhagen based company’s still going strong. Although this company’s more popular because of its jewelry, they make some fine wristwatches using Swiss automatic mechanisms. Georg Jensen watches are simple yet elegant. Their minimalist designs feature only the essentials of long, thin hands set against a plain background dial. If this tickles your fancy, opt for an understated but sophisticated watch brand such as this. 2: Giuliano Mazzuoli Inspired by his family roots in the rolling hills of Florence in Tuscany, Italian watch designer Giuliano Mazzuoli followed his dream of creating a watch that stood out from the rest. What makes the Giuliano Mazzuoli watches so desirable is their artistic and functional detailed design coupled with clean lines. Known to ‘say it with their hands’, he encapsulates his creativity and passion while remaining authentic to his Italian essence. 3: Junghans As far back as 1861 Junghans became a name in Schramberg, southwestern Germany. Starting out as Junghans and Tobler, Junghans brothers-in-law Erhard Junghans & Jakob Zeller-Tobler began a clock part factory in the Lauterbachtal valley area. What’s now become the biggest watchmaker in Germany, other countries might not be so au fait with the humble automatics and design. Their reasonable prices and timeless visual appeal make this a sharp statement of a watch to wear with pride. 4: Komono Hailing from Belgium, this Belgian brand’s an affordable alternative to a timepiece that’s still made with superior materials. Komono’s youthful nature is inspired by founders Raf Maes and Anton Janssens, who in 2009 introduced watches to their existing sunglasses brand. What makes this watch brand so different is the pops of color in the cases, dials, straps and smooth design. Less is definitely more with a watch such as this. Your pockets will thank you for it too. 5: Objest If a customized watch sounds appealing, then Objest’s the brand for you. Designed in London and collaborating with master Swiss watchmakers, Objest makes anything is possible. Whether you’d like a customized buckle, case, crown, date window, dial, hands or strap, this watch brand allows your dream timepiece to be tailor made. Take your uniqueness to a whole new level and get exactly the watch you’ve always wanted within just three weeks. The best part? You’ll have a one of a kind creation that’s been designed for yours truly. 6: Shinola Shinola started when former retrenched automotive industry workers began making watches in Michigan, Detroit. Launched in 2011, this watch brand occupied the premises of a former General Motors design laboratory and the rest as they say is history. The name was bought from the early 20th century brand of shoe polish. The Swiss trained team hand makes watches along with other goods. For a watch that’s handsome and hardy, this is it. 7: Skagen Coming from the northernmost town in Denmark, Skagen’s been in operation since 1989. Founded by Henrik and Charlotte Jorst, the couple who’d moved to New York three years before had the idea of selling business gift watches while Henrik worked as a Carlsberg sales manager. Skagen watches are made in the USA with Swiss parts. Their Scandinavian design is trendy and they are luxurious yet within most budgets. 8: Thomas Earnshaw English watchmaker Thomas Earnshaw was the man behind the simplification of producing marine chronometers back in the 1700s. Once these were made accessible to the general public, Charles Darwin used one such piece on his revolutionary Origin of Species voyage. This watch brand has grown to craft timeless watches for today’s generation that are perfect for travelers or land lovers. You might want to add one of these to your classic collection. Conclusion Don’t forget these lesser known watch brands. Rather than going with the flow and blending in with everyone else, owning one of these timepieces will certainly be a conversation starter & turn heads.

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  10. 8 Watches Often Seen on Celebrities

    Do you want to dress like the stars? There are ways you can recreate a celebrity’s style simply by looking at what they wear in photos. Many celebrities become ambassadors for products and accessories so you can use this as a guide when selecting items to wear. The most common celebrity accessory is a watch and it’s an item that you should always have on your wrist. In this article, we’re going to take a look at eight celebrity watches that will make you look sophisticated. Keep reading to find the perfect luxury timepiece for you. 1: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Celebrities such as George Clooney and Tom Hanks have both been spotted wearing the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional. The Omega Speedmaster watch is probably the most famous brand since it was the very first timepiece to make it to the moon. Ever since Neil Armstrong sported a Speedmaster the Omega timepiece is now famously known as the Moonwatch Professional. The sophisticated Moonwatch features a black dial covered by a hesalite crystal with a sleek silver-tone stainless steel bracelet. Buy Omega Speedmaster Watches 2: Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Tag Heuer is a watch worn by many male celebrities. Brad Pitt was the original brand ambassador for Tag but has since passed the torch to Chris Hemsworth. The design is suitable for men with bigger hands and wrists but it also has a sporty design inspired by race cars. The Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 is a lightweight watch made with titanium which is twice as durable as steel. This watch has a full matte black ceramic face that has an innovative modern appeal. Buy TAG Heuer Carrera Watches 3: Longines Master Collection If you want to look debonair like Simon Baker then you’ll need to wrap the Longines Master timepiece around your wrist. The Longines timepiece has a brown leather strap with a 44mm white round face that has a classical design. The Longines Master watch is streamlined and comfortable to wear. It has a vintage appeal to it so it works well when you wear suits or polar shirts. Buy Longines Master Collection Watches 4: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Omega thrives on making themed timepieces. The Seamaster Planet Ocean watch is worn by Daniel Craig and is also known as the James Bond 007 timepiece. But there are many beneficial features to the Omega Seamaster watch. Since the Seamaster watch was made with an ocean theme in mind it’s completely water-resistant. It’s a watch that can be worn for diving, sailing and any recreational boating activity. Besides the robustness of the Omega Seamaster, it’s also lightweight, sleek and comfortable to wear. Buy Omega Seamaster Watches 5: Cartier Tank The Cartier Tank is a female timepiece that’s elegant with a classic design. Princess Diana wore the Cartier Tank watch many times on her travels and it suited her style. The classic yellow gold timepiece is over 100 years old but it’s an iconic watch that many other celebrities prefer. There are many male celebrities that love the graceful design of the Cartier Tank watch. Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Tom Hanks, have been spotted wearing the Cartier Tank. This timepiece fashions a beautiful rectangle case either in yellow or rose gold with a soft dark brown leather strap. Buy Cartier Tank Watches 6: Rolex Daytona The Rolex Daytona is probably one of the most iconic timepieces from this brand. Legendary actor Paul Newman wore the Rolex Daytona which was gifted by his wife. Since Rolex is famous for its bulky and flashy structure it’s suitable for men who are tall and broad with big hands and wrists. Rolex uses a diamond finish with a combination of ceramic that makes the Daytona casing scratch proof and resistant to color degradation. The Rolex Daytona will always look shiny and new thanks to the stainless steel casing. Buy Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches 7: Panerai Luminor Marina The Panerai Luminor Marina watch became a famous timepiece when Sylvester Stallone wore it on his most iconic 1995 film called Daylight. Since Stallone was part of the reason Luminor Marina became so prevalent in the 90s, the Panerai brand released a limited edition of the watch dedicated to the actor. Buy Panerai Luminor Watches 8: Tudor Black Bay David Beckham always looks sophisticated when he attends celebrity functions. To complement his look David wears a Tudor Black Bay timepiece. This watch was first launched in 2012 as an upgrade to Tudor’s Submariner design. The Tudor Back Bay watch has a slender design with a smaller casing and a vintage aesthetic. This watch has crisp lines with a high-quality finish and robust stainless steel casing. Buy Tudor Black Bay Watches Final Thoughts A watch is an accessory everyone should wear because it saves you from looking at your phone to see the time which can be a distraction. Looking at your SmartPhone for the time is prone to increase tardiness whereas classic timepieces will make you more punctual. Not only does a watch make you look stylish it’s also highly convenient and they’re made with exceptional craftsmanship. Celebrities always pick watches that are of the highest quality, so select one of the celebrity watches on our list because a resilient timepiece is exactly what you deserve.

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  11. Rolex Predictions at Baselworld 2020

    It’s that time of the year again when we roll out the rumor mill and take a look at what the Rolex has in store for its fans in the upcoming Baselworld 2020 event. This means we’ll be looking at some of the new models and features that might be introduced as well as those that might be getting the figurative ax. Baselworld 2020 begins on the 30th of April 2020. In spite of several well-known brands pulling out of the event including Breitling, Seiko, and the entire Swatch Group, the event is still going to continue. You can expect regular heavyweights like Patek Philippe, Rolex, and the whole LVMH Group. Unlike last year, the Rolex SA will take extra measures to ensure none of the upcoming innovations for the fair are going to be leaked. Now let’s look at what we expect for a Rolex Baselworld 2020: 1: Rolex Submariner 116610 LV “Hulk” Being Dropped This rumor about the Submariner has been going around for years, especially with the Reference 116610LV. Ever since it was launched in 2003 as Ref. 16610LV, which was to commemorate the brand’s 50th anniversary, fans have been worrying that the model is going to discontinue at any time. There is almost little to no nothing solid regarding this rumor as of yet, but Rolex did replace the original model (Ref. 16610LV) with the latest one (116610LV) in 2010. Even so, given that the green model has experienced such a successful run, it doesn’t really seem wise for the brand to discontinue its production now all of a sudden. The rumors about the Hulk’s discontinuation have only helped enhance the product’s grey market price. Even if it were to continue, we only expect its price to go higher. This is just a prediction, as we don’t actually know what Rolex plans to do going on into 2020. In other words, take this rumor with a grain of salt. Buy Rolex Submariner Watches 2: The Explorer Finally Getting an Update It’s been 10 years since fans have been expecting an update for the world-renowned mountaineering watch, the Rolex Explorer. But so far, things have been slow from the manufacturer’s end. Will 2020 be the year to finally put an end to all those empty years that consumers have been expecting? However, the seeds of hope may have been planted due to the recent price increases for Rolex at the start of 2020. The price for the Explorer went up by only 150 euros. But the Explorer 2 went up by 400 euros. This could serve as an indication that the brand may roll out a new version at a higher price later on. Buy Rolex Explorer Watches 3: Rolex Submariner Getting a New Jubilee or Oyster Bracelet Like the Rolex GMT Master II 116710 BLNR, the Rolex Submariner 116610LV will get a re-release. Except with either a jubilee or Rolex Oyster bracelet. It is a possibility to see a Jubilee bracelet on the Submariner as we have seen with the GMT Master models, we’re almost certain to expect this level of surprise from the brand. Although, it could be just us spit balling ideas. Still, one can dream, can’t they? As for the Rolex Oyster bracelet, we’re not really sure what update the brand will bring to the original. This is because it stands out pretty well on its own with its glide lock system and solid center link. For some reason, we can’t stop getting this urge that the Submariner bracelet is going to get an update, if not now perhaps later. 4: The Explorer II Gets a Ceramic Bezel Over the years, the Rolex Daytona Ref. 116500LN and the Yacht-Master 42 Ref. 226659 have received a ceramic bezel, so it might be time for the Explorer II to get one as well. It would certainly make sense since this reference hasn’t had a revision since 2011. And if it does get an update, then it may be possible to fit the new caliber 3285 as it is so with the recently updated GMT Master models. And if there isn’t going to be a grand Explorer update this year, when the only model to remain unchanged would be the Explorer reference 214270, which was updated back in 2016. Buy Rolex Explorer II Watches 5: The Coke GMT Master II Making a Comeback The Pepsi GMT colors have been very popular since its launch in 2018. So it only makes sense for the Coke colors to make a comeback as well. We’re talking about the infamous black and red cerachrom bezel along with the red GMT Master II hand. And if this color scheme does indeed show up in 2020, then like the Pepsi GMT Master II, we expect it to sport the Jubilee bracelet. Buy Rolex GMT Master II Watches 6: The Submariner Gets a New Movement Another little hot rumor that we anticipate is the introduction of a new caliber generation for the Submariner Date (possible reference: 126610LN). Fans will be able to recognize this with a small crown between “MADE” and “SWISS” on the dial’s 6 o’clock position. This could be due to a number of reasons. There hasn’t been an update to the Submariner series in a number of years. The caliber 3235 is a successor to the 3135. It is now being used in several other models including the Rolex Sea-Dweller, Datejust 41 and Yacht-Master 40. The solid gold Submariner versions are no longer available for order. The ones we’re talking about are the reference 116618LB, which comes with a blue dial . And the one with the black dial, which is the reference 11618LN. This is kind of a downer since Rolex always used to update the gold models before the stainless steel ones. This may be a strong indication that we’re getting an update sooner for the Ref. 126610 LN. Besides that, there’s also an update expected for the Submariner No Date, Reference 114060. These rumors suggest that this model could be something more than just a simple caliber update. 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