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  2. 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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  4. A Closer Look at the Grand Seiko Godzilla Watch

    We’ve got some Godzilla news — the Grand Seiko Godzilla watches are out and available for purchase! Seiko and Grand Seiko outlets are currently selling a 650-piece run of the individually numbered Grand Seiko Godzilla 65th Anniversary Limited Editions. Let’s take a look at this truly unique offering. It Started with Destruction Some serious destruction. And with this watch, Grand Seiko brings us a city-destroying monster tale that’s more than six decades in the making. Avid fans of creature features know that Godzilla first stomped onto the silver screen in 1954. In that fateful year, the raging beast tore through the streets of Tokyo and toppled one of the city’s famed landmarks. The Seiko Clock Tower that rises above its flagship Wako store. The Japanese watchmakers would never forget the carnage. No one would! To commemorate that pivotal silver-screen moment, Grand Seiko unleashes its homage to the cinema’s most-famous prehistoric sea monster (no, he’s not a mutated dinosaur!). Echoes of the Atomic Age  – Grand Seiko Godzilla The watch delves deep into Japanese culture in some subtle ways. It embodies the spirit of “kaiju,” loosely translated to mean “strange monster.” It’s a theme we’ve seen repeated in almost innumerable ways in Japanese art and cinema. One with a dark history that harkens back to Japan’s weathering of devastating nuclear attacks during World War 2. While Godzilla was the first “kaiju,” he was followed by equally destructive beasts such as Mothra, Rodan, and Gamera. Grand Seiko captures this monster madness with a watch that’s big and bold. It measures at 44.5mm and made of high-grade titanium. Titanium that might just be able to withstand Godzilla’s famed atomic breath. Short faceted lugs and a trim sapphire bezel keep the case design sporty. View this post on Instagram GODZILLA! Article coming soon to barkandjack.com. In the mean time, jump over and check out the new posts. We are doing 3 posts a week now. ?? ____ A post shared by Bark & Jack (@barkandjack) on Oct 15, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT A Field of Fiery Crimson The red theme is immediately eye-catching. Dark red. A deep-hued crimson with echoes of bold burgundy to capture the essence of Godzilla’s fiery rage. A vivid red counterweight on the seconds hand pops with blood-red vibrancy. The Grand Seiko Godzilla dial is also an ode to the monster’s power. It’s a deep burgundy with a sunray finish that mimics the destructive heat rays that fly from the creature’s mouth. Twist the dial in the light and watch shades of dark go light. And vice versa, creating a moveable color palette that gives the watch a real feel of fluidity. The hour markers, hands and bezel numbers are coated with Seiko’s signature Lumibriute that positively glows in low light. Protecting the face from any unwanted glare, an anti-reflective dual-curved sapphire crystal stands guard over the dial. Monster Mayhem on the Back While the dial offers a somewhat subtle homage to Godzilla, the back is more in-your-face with monster-movie lore. It’s here we see an illustration of Godzilla wreaking havoc on the Wako building just as he did in the 1954 film. The artwork comes from an esteemed member of the Godzilla movie world, Japanese artist and special effects master Shinji Higuchi. He’s been an integral part of the Godzilla Movie Universe since the 1990s and most recently created movie magic for the 2016 film Shin Godzilla. Grand Seiko aficionados will undoubtedly draw a connection to the traditional Grand Seiko Lion. It’s an iconic and longtime image that’s emblazoned many a case back of Grand Seiko watches. Here, Godzilla strikes a fierce pose that’s similar to that of Grand Seiko’s usual King of the Jungle. Of course, Godzilla would win in a battle between the two. Strap on Some Monster Skin The sharkskin strap is arguably the most striking aspect of the watch. Undoubtedly the mind conjures up images of Godzilla’s rippled hide. And a field of asymmetrical shapes that calls to mind the craggy husk that protects Godzilla from the bullets, bombs, and missiles armed forces throw his way. But in fairness, we should note that these military assaults may be a bit much. After all, Godzilla is an omnivore who doesn’t eat people. If you think about it, he’s at heart a good guy who has actually fought to save humanity from other beasts in a few of the films. View this post on Instagram Godzilla Rising – To mark the 65th anniversary of Japan's most famous monster and pop culture phenomenon, @grandseikoofficial unveils a limited edition sports model Ref. SBGA405. Hit the WEBSITE for all the details. LINK IN BIO⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ A post shared by WatchTime Middle East (@watchtime_middleeast) on Oct 2, 2019 at 3:39am PDT Getting Inside the Grand Seiko Godzilla Beyond celebrating its 65 years with Godzilla, Seiko is also marking 20 years with its revolutionary Spring Drive. While the movement was conceived in 1977, it wasn’t until 1999 that Seiko mass-produced the quartz-signal movement that’s accurate up to ten seconds a month. On the limited-edition Godzilla offering, the 72-hour power reserve is gauged by a small indicator at the dial’s eight-o’clock position. With more than 30 feature films spanning over six decades, plus TV, video games, and comics, Godzilla has racked up legions of fans over the years. So surely these limited edition watches will go quickly. But if you are one of the lucky few, maybe you can snag a Grand Seiko Godzilla watch and wear a piece of monster-movie history on your wrist.

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  5. 5 Desk Clocks Perfect for Your Office

    Even in this age of smartphones, there is something alluring and charming about a desk clock. Although they are no longer a necessary item from a functional standpoint, desk clocks have become more a collectible or a piece of art. Nowadays, desk clocks are stylish, gift-worthy centerpieces that will completely modernize the aesthetic of your office desk. We have searched extensively and reviewed the features of some unique desk clocks to find a few desk clocks which would be a great fit. 1: Oct17 Wooden Alarm Clock This is a multi-functional, digital alarm clock designed with a unique triangular, tip-proof design and an amber-hued, easy-on-the-yes display that is always legible, whether be it day or night. This timepiece is perfect for people who value unfussy contemporary design and prefer the warmth of wood over plastic. The display features temperature, date, time, and humidity at a glance. The wood-grain finish of this clock has a great feel. Although it is a budget clock, it gives any desk, be it in the office or at home, a very chic look. 2: BIZ4U Best LED Clock This attractive desk clock can also be used as a desktop pen holder, making it perfect for students as well as office use. It features a timer, alarm clock, calendar, clock, and thermometer. It is very easy to set this clock as there are only four buttons. 3: Kikkerland Hourglass Desk Clock If you want a unique and cool desk clock, then the Kikkerland hourglass desk clock is the one for you. Designed in the shape of an hourglass, it tells the time on two different axes. This clock shows the hours on the bottom and the minutes on the top. A red line matches the two to show the current time. 4: econoLED Modern Digital Retro Clock The econoLED digital clock will turn your office desk into a grandstand as time flips through number panels reminiscent of the ’60s. The easy-to-read numbers in bold black ink complete the retro look of this digital desk clock.  Its accurate quartz movement and quality construction make it a very dependable product. 5: LED Word Clock With this unique clock, you can forget about numbers as it is designed with a matrix of words. These words are selectively highlighted to display the correct time as text at five minutes intervals. This desk clock is a perfect gift for the wordsmith in your life. Considerations before buying a desk clock It is not uncommon for people who work all day at their desks to need a good quality desk clock to keep track of time. Whether you are a professional handling multiple tasks simultaneously or a student managing assignments, it is vital that they are completed in a particular timeframe. By choosing a desk clock that reflects your taste, you can make your desk better equipped to track the time that you are spending on tasks. Following are some points that will help to narrow your search down: Look for the best features Contemporary desk clocks are much more than a showpiece for your desk. They are designed with many features that not only help you optimize how you spend your time but can also work as an important device. Nowadays, these desk clocks are equipped with multiple charging ports, thus providing users’ convenience while the intelligent alarm system allows them to set reminders all day. You can also pick a unit that is designed with large hologram letters to make it easier to see the weather forecast, date, and time better. Choose the style that matches the room decor Desk clocks vary in style. You can choose a modern design to give your desk a chic look. Or you can go with contemporary styling, which has experienced great development in the latter part of the 20th century. Contemporary styling refers to those desk clocks which are designed with rounded lines and softened edges instead of hard edges that are characteristic of modern designs. With contemporary styling, your primary focus is most likely one thing: bold colors combined with natural elements. But all the while paying particular attention to line, form, and shape. Choosing a desk clock with these things in mind will help you find a piece that is in keeping with the room’s décor. Desk clock materials Nowadays, you can find desk clocks designed from a variety of materials, including plexiglass, chrome, graphite, woodblocks, etc. These materials blend very well with both modern and contemporary desks. It works well with transitional styling too, which features a mixture of traditional and modern designs. You can choose a material which best suits your taste and goes well with your desk. These beautiful desk clocks can serve as a focal point of a desk set collection. What do desk clocks tell about a person? When you see a desk clock on someone’s table,  you know that the schedule is important to them. Typically people schedule their time on their laptops or phones. But the addition of a desk clock gives an indication that the individual gives critical importance to schedule. It is a subtle way of telling classmates and co-workers that you like to remain on-time without saying out loud.

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  6. What Is a Ring Clock?

    Call it a ring clock, call it a watch ring, either way, it’s an amazing way to tell time on your finger. Let’s take a look at this unique type of timepiece and why you just might want to slip one on your hand. The Future? Some say we are looking at the natural evolution of timepieces with a ring clock. What started with pocket watches later went to the wrist and now we’re simply progressing to a more natural state with a ring clock. But will they ever replace wristwatches? Well, many thought watches would go the way of the dinosaurs with the invention of cellphones. Some asked, “Who needs a watch when you already carry a device that tells time?” Of course, that didn’t happen. That’s because watches are much more than simple time-telling devices. They’re expressions of personal style, homages to engineering marvels and, at their best, stunning works of art. Are Ring Clocks Jewelry? That depends on how you look at it. Watches face the same quandary. For many, antique pocket watches are considered jewelry. So are high-end wristwatches, especially if they’re adorned with precious stones. But most don’t put entry-level watches into the category of jewelry. Just try ensuring your Casio calculator watch as jewelry and see how long your insurance broker laughs! But it’s hard to argue that a ring is anything but jewelry, a few exceptions aside, say Batman’s Lantern ring or that pesky One Ring from Lord of the Rings. But for mere mortals and non-caped crusaders, if you slip a ring on your finger, you’re wearing jewelry. So, in that sense, yes, a ring watch is a piece of jewelry, albeit one with a function. How Do They Work? That problem took some serious sorting out. In an unusual way. Nearly a decade ago a proposition was posed by CGSociety.org, a group that seeks to “inspire, empower, and engage artists.” The challenge, dubbed Moving Innovation, was to create a new visualization for an existing product that didn’t exist presently but likely would in the next ten years. Hungarian inventor Gusztav Szikszai accepted the challenge and set his mind on marrying a ring and a watch. The result is a (yes, admittedly clunky) stainless steel loop with inner and outer rings. The outer ring is split into three bands: one with dots that count seconds, one with minute markers and one with 24-hour markers. View this post on Instagram El anillo futurista que da la hora, #ringclock no se pierdan mi vídeo, link en mi biografía A post shared by Tecnofanatico (@tecnofanatico) on May 4, 2018 at 6:49am PDT Slip on a Light Show! So we have all of the ingredients of time telling, but no hands to point to the hour and minute markers. Well, just pop that ring onto your finger, give it a spin, and watch that thing light up like the dashboard of the Millennium Falcon! LED lights, in blue, white, red or orange, are positioned at the markers and illuminate to signify the hour, minute and the ticking away of seconds. But don’t worry that you’ll be stuck with this glowing thing on your finger all day, which might get you some odd looks at the office or on the street. Instead, the light show only lasts for fifteen seconds and you’ll have to re-spin to show the time again. What seems like a simple function, lights at the minute and hour markers, is actually a small wonder (pun intended) of microelectronic engineering. Szikszai teamed with Hungarian engineers to create a curved ultrathin rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and likewise rounded circuitry that could fit inside the narrow stainless steel casing. View this post on Instagram Native #ringclock on #thumb with #pipe A post shared by Ring Clock (@ringclock_official) on Feb 15, 2019 at 1:24am PST How Does it Hold Up in Use? Pretty darn good by most accounts! When it comes to battery life, a two-hour charge should last a week, that’s if you are lighting it up 50 times a day. As for constant use, it’ll run for about two hours before needing a refresh on the wireless charger pad. Though the 8mAh battery does lean to the more delicate side, so letting the ring charge continuously for days on end will drain the life out of the little guy. However, with responsible two-hour charging sessions, the battery should last for three years. Drawback alert: the battery isn’t replaceable. The casing is made of sturdier stuff. High-grade surgical stainless steel is designed to take any bumps, bruises and scratch-causing punishment your hands may see out there in the world. Don’t worry about getting the ring watch wet as it’s water-resistant up to 30 meters, so showering, swimming, and unexpected rainfall are just fine. View this post on Instagram Repairing is GREAT!!!! #ringclock #repairing A post shared by J.Seokcheon [Cadiz] (@seokcheon_cadiz) on Nov 8, 2018 at 6:01pm PST As one size never fits all when it comes to rings, the ring clock is available in a variety of sizes, 18 to be exact, ranging from an inside circumference of 53.1mm for those with delicate digits to 74.8mm for some big meaty hands. Not sure of your ring size? No worries. After you order, Ringclock.net will send you plastic sizers to test out and know what size is best for you before shipping the real deal. The ring clock also comes in ten different styles, including silver, Black PVD, Gold PVD, and Rose Gold. And what about the price? To be honest, it’s not the cheapest gadget out there. Putting one of these things on your finger will cost you about $350. That’s about what a new Orient Bambino or a good Casio G-Shock might set you back. Ring Clock Conclusion So, are you convinced yet? Are you ready to put your watch on the shelf and start sporting a ring clock? Maybe you’ll want to wear both. Maybe you’ll just wait to see how this whole ring clock thing plays out before getting on board. Just know that when you’re ready to put a timepiece on your finger, there’s a ring watch waiting to light up just for you. View this post on Instagram Minimal Rose Gold model and the snowy nature #ringclock #jewelry #fashion #ring A post shared by Ring Clock (@ringclock_official) on Feb 28, 2019 at 3:04am PST

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  7. Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Limited Edition’s New Colors

    Grand Seiko, the luxury arm of Seiko watches, always strives to add hints of art and poetry in their timepieces. From Snowflake and Urushi dials on subtle models to the sharp lugs of their more in-your-face sporty offerings, there’s always something a little special when you go with a Grand Seiko. Arguably, that’s never been truer than with the new model in the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection. Let’s take a closer look at the watch that offers an unabashed homage to fall in Japan. All Limited Editions Are Not Equal For a true watch collector (maybe even a casual wearer), the phrase “limited edition” has lost some of its import. Most major watch brands offer limited editions all the time. Sure, the runs may have small quantities, but the exclusivity of a limited-run watch can get lost in the overload. If you didn’t get in on one limited-edition watch just wait, surely another (and another) limited-edition watch will come along. But the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection SBGH269 stands apart from its limited-edition peers in several interesting ways. The first is thematically. This watch is an ode to the seasonal colors of Japan, a fairly specific time and place that’s captured almost exclusively through the use of color. Patterns and textures also add to the overall evocation of autumn in Japan. Are You Ready for Red? Buying a watch with a red face is a bold choice and one that you will not likely make lightly. A red face is a real attention-getter and maybe you don’t want to bring that much scrutiny to your wrist. Popular watches like the Invicta Grand Diver, Bulova 98M119 and Rolex Oyster Perpetual have stunned with cutting-edge red dials. But each of these can be a bit much, not lending themselves to office wear or dress-casual ensembles. View this post on Instagram The Grand Seiko SBGH269. Inspired by the autumnal colour changing of leaves. More specifically the colour and reflection on Japanese wooden flooring. It's very red. #grandseiko #sbgh269 #grandseikohibeat #hibeat #seiko #autumn #redleaves #seasons #seasonschange #9s85 #calibre9s85 #reddial #zaratsu #limitededition #watchesofinstagram #hodinkee #barkandjack #womw #wristporn #mapleleaf #watchesandcoffee A post shared by Matt (@mattraffan) on Oct 13, 2019 at 11:46am PDT However, this Grand Seiko Heritage takes the red theme into more subdued territory. It has echoes of burnt umber and soft yellow hues that seem to rise from under a multi-layered mix of reds. These are the shades you’ll see on a trek through the rugged mountains of Japan. Delving into Design Details This is a timepiece that leans to the sporty side. But it doesn’t go overboard with size as many a sports watch does. Instead it’s housed in a stainless steel case measuring 39.5mm × 13mm. With that striking dial, it doesn’t need to wear so hefty to garner attention. Handcrafted like the rest in the Grand Seiko line, the Heritage features the brand’s signature Zaratsu polishing. It also has a noticeable gleam on the edges of the hand-finished lugs. The three-link stainless steel bracelet adds to the sporty vibe. It’s also 100-meter water resistance, which means you can actually get active in the water. A Look Under the Hood In keeping with the rest of the offerings in the Heritage collection, this is a 36000 Hi-Beat timepiece, with an oscillation rate of ten beats per second. Years in development, the Caliber 9S85 automatic movement has 55 hours of reserve power. Grand Seiko says it has an accuracy of minus-three to plus-five seconds per day. But that seems a conservative estimate and it may be that Seiko is wishing to under promise and over deliver as higher rates of accuracy have been reported with the Hi-Beat movement. View this post on Instagram The #GrandSeiko #autumninjapan #hibeat #sbgh269 #limitededition has arrived!! Very few made! Hurry before they are gone! Call or text 813.875.3935 or 727.637.3394. Darren A post shared by gemgeek (@gemgeek) on Oct 7, 2019 at 11:25am PDT To get a good look at the inner workings, flip the watch over and take a gander at the sapphire display case back. It’s an eye-catching show with a brilliant green oscillating weight that recalls verdant leaves that will transform into fall colors, evoking a feeling of change as one season closes, and another begins. The Enchanting Feel of Fall Autumn colors are celebrated in many places and in many ways. It’s no surprise. The seasonal mix of reds across an amazing spectrum, plus likewise yellows, oranges and magentas have inspired romance and wonder through the ages. Almost nowhere are these fall colors more celebrated than in Japan. Some might say it’s a national obsession. Or international as each fall Japan welcomes hordes of visitors who descend on the island nation to take in its fall foliage. From Japan’s northernmost isle of Hokkaido to its southernmost shores, locals engage in gathering Momiji (red leaves) and looking out across landscapes that are on fire with deep crimson, golden yellow and popping patches of orange. Japan’s shrines and temples take on a drastic shift as their summer-green trees put on stunning shows from mid-October to mid-December. Grand Seiko captures this ephemeral color collage in one truly remarkable watch. View this post on Instagram Accuracy after 2 WEEKS …."Spring" #sbga413 at +1 second and "Autumn" #sbgh269 at +2…Amazing!#GrandSeiko . #notarolex #madmen #madmenstyle #zaratsu #watchoftheday #watchgeek #federicotalkswatches #Seiko #monochromewatches #topperjewelers #wristshot#wristporn #dailywatch #luxurylife #watchporn #watchesofinstagram #watchaddict #finewatches #watchaddiction #hodinkee #wus #wornandwound #madeinjapan #springdrive #pink #thisisgrandseiko A post shared by Tony Abbate (@t.abbate) on Oct 19, 2019 at 7:51am PDT Grand Seiko, A Celebration of Japanese Culture But the artistic design isn’t limited to Japan’s much-celebrated natural landscapes. One glance and you’ll notice that there are unique vertical lines down the face of the watch. The more astute of us will immediately make the connection to the floors of traditional Japanese homes, or “minka.” A style in use for centuries, these timber floors are most often crafted from cryptomeria and cypress. It’s finished with rich red and soft brown lacquer. Careful detail is given to flooring as floors are considered furniture from the traditional Japanese perspective. This same attention to detail and tradition are reflected in the dial. There’s a chance you’re not ready for a watch with a bold red face. Perhaps you’re looking for something more versatile, something that can go from boardroom to bistro without raising an eyebrow. But for uncommon colors, a celebration of culture and the reliability of a Seiko, perhaps this limited-edition Heritage is the perfect way to capture the changing of the seasons. Will you be one of the lucky few who get one of the 900 that Grand Seiko has produced?

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  8. Citizen Watches Releases Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Watch

    Citizen watches gives us a unique timepiece that’s sure to satisfy both fans of Marvel movies and the comic books on which they’re based. Meet the Marvel 80th Anniversary watch. Citizen Watches and Marvel Join Forces But first, a quick glance back in time, as this is not Citizen’s first go-around with Marvel. At Baselworld 2018 Citizen unveiled its partnership with the comic titan and introduced a bold new collection that honors Spider-Man, Captain America, the Black Panther and the Avengers. Then, at Comic-Con 2019 in New York City, Citizen watches unveiled the watch that pays tribute to Marvel’s 80-year history. Featuring a vibrant blue sunray dial imprinted with Marvel logos from across the decades, the 80th Anniversary offering is a stunning entry in the line. In a nod to the year Marvel began, 1,939 pieces were made in the limited-edition run that’s available in November 2019. Diving Deeper into the 80th Anniversary Taking a closer look at the commemorative watch we see a striking dial with Arabic numerals in an animation font that’s similar to those found in the pages of Marvel comic books. Adding to the high-contrast colors we’ve grown to love in the comics, the minute track positively pops in yellow and white. Red accents and a black bezel keep things in true comic-color mode. View this post on Instagram A true collector’s keepsake: the new Limited Edition Marvel 80th Anniversary timepiece by Citizen pays homage to Marvel’s signature stylization and logos, and is built with Super Titantium™—making it five times harder than stainless steel. #MyCitizen #CitizenMarvel #Marvel #Avengers #superhero A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Oct 6, 2019 at 3:10pm PDT But beyond its eye-catching looks, this watch was built for the rough-and-tumble action our Marvel superheroes are apt to encounter. It’s constructed of Super Titanium, which is forty percent lighter and five times harder than stainless steel. The watch’s hands are coated by luminescence that glows brightly in low light, powerful enough to guide any Avenger through the dark of night. Flip it over to find a case back that honors Marvel’s longevity with an engagement marking 80 years of super-hero adventures.  A complementing silver-tone titanium bracelet completes the classic look of the watch. It’s also got some serious operational power, functioning with Citizen’s signature Eco-Drive, powered by any light source and never in need of a battery. While your wear may vary, you can count on the watch going strong for about ten years before you’ll need to replace the depleted solar cells. View this post on Instagram #marvelcitizen #marvel #citizen #captainmarvel #lovethiswatch #thankyoubae A post shared by welcome to me and my own (@melizabeth84) on May 25, 2019 at 11:58am PDT A New Homage to Spider-Man In conjunction with the 80th Anniversary watch, Citizen is releasing another timepiece. This one honors one of the Marvel Universe’s favorite sons. The new limited-edition Spider-Man watch goes for a really retro vibe with black-and-white comics across the dial, giving the watch an overall casual and even somewhat whimsical feel. They’re not just random images, but rather greyscale versions of classic comic book covers. A full-color Spider-Man in action jumps out from the face, the red from his famous Spidey suit matched by robust red hands. There are also notes of Spider-Man’s signature red with the contrast stitching on its black leather strap. Citizen only produced a run of 1,962 pieces, which (you guessed it) marks the year that the friendly neighborhood crimefighter made his debut on the pages of Marvel comics. View this post on Instagram Commemorate everyone’s favorite web-slinger with a Limited Edition Marvel Spider-Man watch by Citizen celebrating the superhero in his vintage, black-and-white comic form on the dial. #MyCitizen #CitizenMarvel #Marvel #Spiderman #superhero A post shared by Citizen Watch Company (@citizenwatchus) on Oct 6, 2019 at 1:44pm PDT Watches in the Marvel World The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t limited to Citizen watches. With stars of the film franchise sporting a variety of luxury timepieces both on and off-screen. Let’s take a look at their amazing watches. Robert Downey, Jr. We met Robert’s alter ego, billionaire “Tony Stark,” in Spider-Man Homecoming when he was brandishing a big, flashy Urwerk UR-110 RG. Tony exuded vintage style in his first Iron Man with a BVLGARI Retrograde Day-Date Moonphase and next strapped on a Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX III Tourbillon GMT for his second outing as the man in the high-tech suit of armor. Mark Ruffalo. Of course Bruce Banner can’t wear a watch. Not even the strongest titanium bracelet would withstand the pressure when Bruce balloons up into the Hulk. (We’re amazed the pants stay on — maybe they’re some kind of super-stretchy pants?). But star Mark Ruffalo isn’t shy about celebrating his Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture offscreen. To be fair, with Swiss movement and smartphone features, the Hybrid Manufacture more than deserves the gushing praise. View this post on Instagram Twice as sweet as sugar… #flashback #sciencebros promoting #avengersageofultron (? @jimmy_rich ) #happylaborday #hair @davynewkirk #style @jeanneyangstyle #OG #avengers #TeamStark #nofilter #bts A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. Official (@robertdowneyjr) on Sep 3, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT Chris Hemsworth. As a TAG Heuer ambassador, the Australian actor who plays Thor has had some seriously nice watches on his wrist. A favorite we’ve seen him wear more than once is a TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01. Benedict Cumberbatch. In the movie Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch’s cherished timepiece is a white-gold Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual. Chris Evans. Offscreen the star of Captain America wears an IWC Portugieser Chronograph. Don Cheadle. The man who plays War Machine has been spotted wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 5711, and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Chris Pratt. The Guardians of the Galaxy star favors Cartier, flashing a Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph, Calibre de Cartier Diver and a Santos de Cartier. Citizen Watches and Marvel Conclusion  Spider-Man continually ranks as one of the favorites when it comes to Marvel movies. So chances are you’ll want to put the web-slinger on your wrist. But perhaps you champion the entire universe, from Wolverine and Captain America to Iron Man and, yes, even Ant-Man. If you want to celebrate all things Marvel, there may be no better way than with an 80th Anniversary timepiece.

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  9. Chopard Watches New Collection: Alpine Eagle

    Chopard watches is one of the world-renowned Swiss luxury watch brands. With a rich history and a client list that famously boasts Royals, it is one timeless watch brand that knows class and sophistication. It is also one of the oldest watch brands, dating back to 1860. Ever since its inception, it has satisfied its clientele, both male and female, with its high-quality and reliability. A Brief Background of Chopard Watches Chopard was founded by Louie-Ulysse Chopard. He conquered Switzerland and the rest of the world with his amazing skills at just the age of twenty-four. He created works of art using innovation, skill, and great technique. After his death in 1915, Paul, his son, then took over the reins of the company. Paul moved the company headquarters to Geneva in 1937, where they still reside today. The modern-day owners, the Scheufele family, became the owners after Louis’s grandson Paul-Andre sold the company due to a reduction in profit and labor in post-war years Now, bringing their latest collection to the world, featuring refined, chic, sporty timepieces that are definitely the talk of the town, Chopard gives us: The Alpine Eagle Collection. Alpine Eagle Collection in Depth As officially defined by Chopard, the Alpine Collection can be summed as: “Contemporary, refined, and assertive, the new Chopard Alpine Eagle sports chic timepiece collection is a state-of-the-art reinterpretation of the St. Moritz.” This is the first collection that Chopard has released in years. The name and aesthetic of this collection are inspired both by the eagles soaring over the Alps, and is also a modern take on their St. Moritz collection from the 1980s, which was the first collection designed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the now co-president of Chopard, who at that time, was just a 22-year-old executive starting his role in the family business. This reinterpretation has been inspired by his son, Karl-Fritz, who encouraged his father to take the leap, and this latest collection is once again personally designed by the co-president himself. Materials The watches have been manufactured using completely new materials, which include a new alloy of stainless steel known as Lucent Steel A223, which is a highly refined version of the one used by other luxury watch brands, such as Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Omega, etc. It has been invented by an Austrian Foundry, Voestalpine, and has taken four years to perfect. Going through the process of smelting twice makes sure that it retains fewer impurities. And that same process gives formation to a crystal-like layer, which makes it fifty percent harder than normal stainless steel. It’s scratch-resistant, lighter in weight, able to reflect light, and harder (223 Vickers strength). Lastly, it’s composed of seventy percent recycled steel, which is ten percent more than regular stainless steel. They also use gold in the manufacturing process, all of which is fairly mined, as Chopard watches has long stood for ethical gold mining. Dial The collection also features an ‘Eagle Iris’ dial, which is inspired by the golden eagle that soars over the Alps, along with other aesthetic touches such as a textured finish on the case, which gives the effect of the sun rays falling on icy mountain tops. Screw heads As stated above, the collection has been inspired by the St. Moritz Collection from the 1980s. The watches of this collection were highly recognizable because of the eight exposed screw heads. The Alpine Eagle collection pays a sort of homage to that look by adding eight screws to the bezel at all the cardinal points. Chronometers Another renowned feature of the collection is the use of the Chopard manufactured 01.01-C and 09.01-C automatic chronometers. They are used in the two versions of the watches that have been launched: the 41mm and the 36mm. Both of the versions consist of male and female appropriate watches, with power reserves of 60 hours and 42 hours, respectively. Dimensions The 41mm is 9.7mm in length from top to bottom with a frequency of 25,200-vph. It has a thickness of 4.95mm, which is a pretty thin and lightweight watch in comparison to other brands. It comes in three references, two of which are all Lucent steel, one with a blue dial and one with a grey dial. And the third one is a two-tone Lucent steel with the addition of eighteen carats Rose Gold. The 36mm has all the same features of the 41mm, but with a slightly reduced power reserve. It comes in seven references, each with a different price range. Chopard – Taking steps further Along with the release of his watch collection, Chopard watches’ co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has announced the start of his wildlife conservation foundation, The Eagle Wings. It’s a new environmental initiative taken by the nature-loving man. In the words of the company, this foundation wishes to: “Raise awareness and galvanize the public with respect to the importance, beauty, and fragility of Alpine biotopes.” Their first project is the Alpine Eagle Race. In which they will use eagles mounted with cameras to take pictures of the tops of the mountains. It starts this month from five Alpine peaks and will end in St. Moritz.

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  10. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Watches in Movies

    One thing that watch companies have known for centuries is that marketing with celebrities is incredibly effective. Say what you want about big-name endorsements, but they inform many of our opinions, whether we like it or not. An excellent example of this effect is Leonardo DiCaprio. Leonardo DiCaprio’s watches in his movies have caught the eye of many people. Below, we explore the exact pieces he has worn in some of his biggest movies. Inception – Tag Heuer Carrera In this film, Leo plays a heist artist. He’s no ordinary criminal, though. Rather than breaking into buildings or safes in the real world, the character implants ideas into people’s dreams while they sleep. The movie is a favorite among many, but did you notice the timepiece he sports in it? The watch is the TAG Heuer Carrera, which is notable for two reasons. First, DiCaprio is a brand ambassador for this company and frequently appears in advertisements for them. He also sports their pieces to parties and awards shows. We’re not sure if they paid to be in this film, but Leo being in it definitely helped them get their foot in the door. The second thing to note is the extreme conditions that DiCaprio braved in the movie. He treks through snow, water, and altitude at different points in it. Luckily, his TAG Heuer is built for the roughest conditions possible and kept ticking throughout the film. Blood Diamond – Breitling Chrono Avenger Our second DiCaprio movie features a role that is vastly different than the first. In Inception, he is a sophisticated, smooth, and well-dressed criminal. In Blood Diamond, he takes on a much more rugged role as a diamond smuggler. Though he is somewhat of a thief in both, the characters are quite different. Does that mean they require different watches? No matter how different these characters are, they both seem to have a flair for luxury. The reason we say this is that in Blood Diamond, Leo wears the Breitling Chrono Avenger, which is an esteemed timepiece in its own right. What it offers is excellent craftsmanship. It is made from the finest materials, has a Swiss origin, sports a reliable automatic movement, and is water resistant up to 300 meters. Additionally, it has an attractive aesthetic and comes in at a nice size (45mm), which is neither too large nor too small. The Great Gatsby – A Raymond Weil Concept The Great Gatsby is the story of an enigmatic and wealthy man that throws gaudy parties in hopes of his old lover showing up at them. Of course, at one point, she finally does. You’ll have to find out the rest of the story for yourself. Luckily, there are three mainstream works of art that depict this tale: The original book by Scott F. Fitzgerald, a movie with Robert Redford, and another film with Leonardo DiCaprio. The final and most recent edition features an all-star cast, each of which is outfitted with luxurious clothing. One example is Leo, who wears a gorgeous looking Raymond Weil concept. It is silver, square, and exudes pure luxury, which fits the character perfectly. Unfortunately for us, the watch DiCaprio wears in the film is not real. Instead, it is an entirely unique concept piece that is not for sale. While we cannot buy it, what we can do is find a timepiece that mimics that aesthetic and energy of the one in the movie. To do so, our best recommendation is to look at the Longines Evidenza, which has a similar shape and a classy Swiss brand to back it up. Wolf of Wall Street – Tag Heuer Series 1000 Wolf of Wall Street is the story of Jordan Belfort, who experienced a meteoric rise in the investment banking industry. Throughout the film, Leo depicts this character as a drug-abusing, hard-partying maniac with a ton of charisma. His friends are no different than him, and they combine to create a great deal of tomfoolery. This movie also features an excellent array of wristwatches. While Belfort’s friends opt for Rolex and IWC, Leo sports a Tag Heuer yet again. As you might imagine, the story of an insanely wealthy investment banker should feature a luxurious piece that fits right in with the culture surrounding it. In our opinion, that’s precisely what we get with the Series 1000. The ultimate debate you must have is whether or not you should model your timepiece choice after a movie character. No matter what your answer is to that question, you’ll likely agree that Leonardo DiCaprio characters are some of the best you could choose from. Between Tag Heuer, Breitling, and Raymond Weil, you have a few excellent brands at your disposal. No matter what, we hope you found a watch that you love on this list. At the very least, you should have a couple of ideas for your next movie night.

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  11. Grey Market: What Is It Exactly?

    You must have heard someone advising you to buy grey market watches. The first question that arises is, what is grey market anyway? A place where the goods or products are traded outside of the original manufacturers authorized distribution channel is called the Grey Market. These goods are neither illegal nor counterfeit. The goods are usually sold at a much lower price than the price they’re sold at by the authorized sales market.  This market allows trading to take place on suspended stocks or before official trading in the white market starts. One of the biggest stocks that are traded around in the Grey Market comprises of watches. Over the years, this industry has bloomed into a multibillion-dollar one. This allows consumers to get their hands on products such as a diamond-studded Rolex at a price that’s almost $10,000 cheaper than the original price. Why Does the Grey Market Exist? Once a retailer has excess inventory, he could make a proposal to the Grey Market dealers, with heavy, daunted prices. Before the invention of the internet, this market existed in major cities and storefronts. These transactions at that time had almost little to no effect on the authorized retail market, other than that you wouldn’t even know you were purchasing something from the Grey Market. But now, times are different, and the internet has a big impact on the transactions of these watches. The internet has given an opportunity to these Grey Market dealers to make a prominent presence. More timepieces make their way from the Swiss dominated official retail industry to the Grey Market where they’re sold with surprising discounts. Although the sound of discounted luxury watches would be like music to the consumers’ ears, these high discounts damage the careful fabrication of the prestige this luxurious industry holds and makes it much harder to sell products at their original price of retail. It also causes issues for the distributors of high-end brands, whose main goal is to make deals with authorized retailers. When these brand’s spokesperson walks into the shop of an authorized dealer, the first they get to hear is, “My clients are buying you watches at lower prices online, so I can’t sell these here anymore.” or “Why shouldn’t I buy your watches from the internet where they’re sold at a much less price?” This causes a great plummet in the sales of the distributor. Many leading companies are trying to reduce the loss that occurs in the industry. The chief executive of Longines, Walter von Kanel, is using a group of private operators to track down the retailers that sell their goods at the Grey Market. Where Does it Get its Supply From? It’s actually the brands themselves that give the market what they want. When retailers in foreign countries liquidate their inventory, it ends up in the Grey Market. This is done to get rid of old inventory and to gain short-term money flow. Some Grey Market dealers have contacts with authorized dealers and can actually order or demand a specific watch. If you’re browsing online and find a watch with 40 percent or more off, the chances are that it’s probably a product of the Grey Market. The catch is, no matter where the watch gets sold, it’ll add to the advertisement profit. For example, if an authorized retailer sells $100,000 worth of watches to the Grey Market, the profit might only be $5,000 to $10,000, but the advertising will give it an additional $5,000-$10,000 profit. How Should Brands Avoid Selling to the Grey Market? Brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe have an annual inventory in the 90 percent range. These are rare brands to see on the Grey Market. The products of these brands aren’t easily accessible; the demand will either meet the supply or outweigh the supply; hence, there’s no need for them to sell at discounted prices. Secondly, the brand should be loyal to the authorized retail network. If one thing is to be avoided, it has to be over-manufacturing. That’s how these brands stay off the Grey Market. Only occasionally, you can find them on the Grey Market, and even those watches are purchased at a suitable discount and then sold at or very close to the original price. Usually, these brands cut off their supply from the offending authorized retailers and deprive the market of their goods. If a large manufacturing company is capable of making 50,000 watches, it doesn’t mean that they should. Especially if the demand is of 40,000 watches, instead, making it less than the required amount would be more beneficial. Brands can also lower the original price if they’re not selling at current prices. This could appeal a lot more to the consumer’s side. Another solution is that instead of dumping their old inventory to the Grey Market, they can sell those same watches to authorized retailers in bulk. They can sell these with better prices than the prices they sell them at for in the Grey Market. Conclusion Not to forget that there is a much bigger risk of buying rip-offs of such products from the Grey Market. It’s much more important to do background checks when buying from an unauthorized retailer. In conclusion, there is a big risk factor in making trades with the Grey Market from both ends. It all depends on the strategy the consumer or retailer uses.

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