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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. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Laurent Ferrier Debuts Geneva Edition

    Laurent Ferrier has released a new, beautiful and limited-edition timepiece! The watch features a flawless technical perspective with a Galet Annual Calendar. The company has named this high-end watch the ‘Geneva Edition.’ Laurent Ferrier created this timepiece for Boutique Montres Prestige Geneva. Are you wondering if this watch is for everyone? Well, it is a limited edition. So limited that there are only five pieces available. Yes, only five! Laurent Ferrier introduces a new color in their collection. Geneva Edition features a unique and stylish finish, unlike other models of the company. The watch has a two-toned dial with a grained texture to devote its creation to autumn leaves. Autumn Inspiration, Geneva Edition Every season in our lives represents a stage of life. Autumn portrays the sense of maturity and amassed knowledge. This Geneva watchmaking company has been a great manufacturer since the 1960s. Over the years, Laurent Ferrier has grown and attracted great people who love wearing classical timepieces. The dial of the watch is much warmer and richer than the case. The watch displays all the stages of the autumn scenery. The dial is sparkled with a sandy matte texture that attracts the eyes. The Galet Annual Calendar is one dominating characteristic of the timepiece. The date is in blue Arabic numerals; the 31st is in red with a white pointer hand. There are two rectangular perspectives at the top of the dial displaying the day and month. The small seconds are located in the center of the dial at the 6 o’clock position. Known for its iconic hour and minute hands. These white gold hands are shaped like javelins known as ‘Assegai.’ They are polished with dark ruthenium and finished to complete satisfaction. The Galet Annual Calendar Laurent Ferrier builds their timepieces to ensure user-friendliness. The latest creation of the company, Geneva Edition, carries an array of proved qualities. This watch is designed in-house and wounded by hands to distinguish its high-end performance. The white gold Assegai hands tell the time. And the date is displayed in the periphery of the dial by a white hand. The Geneva Edition indicates quite a lot of information and yet remains a smart and stylish choice by the purists. Unlike other timepieces, the Geneva Edition consists of easy-to-use grip pushers. The fiddly sticks have become old fashioned and do not give the watch a decent appearance. The watch endows an annual calendar that recognizes the months with 30 and 31 days. The watch advances automatically to the 1st after the previous month has ended. The only adjustment required by the watch per year is on the 1st of March. To adjust the day display, there is a push key on the left of the case. Other changes can be made by pulling the recessed crown and rotating it to choice. The ball-shaped calendar portrays the feeling of old-fashioned pocket watches. The crown of the watch is an appealing attraction because it features a domed circlet. On the back it reads, “Geneva Edition” and a very limited serial number. These unique digits distinguish the watch to be restricted to 5 pieces only. The 40mm case of the watch is sturdy and rugged with 10mm thickness, excluding the sapphire crystal. With the crystal finishing, it gets 12.80mm thick. Caliber 126.01 The heart of the high-end Geneva Edition is the caliber 126.01. The movement of the hand-wounded timepiece comprises of 235 components. The watch can run amazingly for 80 hours and incorporates a Swiss-made lever escapement. The rim of the balance wheel has fixed screws to balance the variable inertia of the watch. Purists believe that the Geneva Edition gives superior performance when combined with a simple index-adjusted balance. The rear of the watch has a power-reserve indicator. The whole watch gives an eye-catching appeal to the brand owners. The Geneva Edition incorporates 23 jewels in the whole creation of the watch. The bridge of the timepiece has thick Genevan stripes. Polished ruthenium steel and brass parts give a contrasting look to the finishing of the watch. The watch features water resistance to 30 meters and polished sapphire crystals on both sides. To tie the watch, there are two options available for the brand owners, double-blade folding clasp or pin buckle. Verdict All the 23 jewels in the watch glow with astonishing amusement. The fortunate user of the Laurent Ferrier Geneva Edition experiences incredible expertise in the company. On the whole, the watch indicates the virtue of wisdom and power.

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  8. Casio & Hershel Create One Unique G-Shock

    When we think of Casio watches, their G-Shock watches loom large. Since storming onto the world stage in 1983, the Casio G-Shock has occupied a special spot with shock-resistant timepieces that are ready for action. It was the Casio G-Shock that put digital watches on multitudes of outdoor adventurers. It was made for adrenaline junkies and all shades of action-ready sorts. Surfers were right there along for much of the ride. Casio G-Shock, Meet Hershel   What do you get when you cross a battle-tested watch with a backpacking legend? That’s not a joke, that’s how we got one of the more unique rough-and-ready watches on the market today: The G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide. It seems an at-first unlikely match-up, and perhaps it’s an oddity that it came together so beautifully. Herschel Supply has long been a favorite of surfers who love their water-resistant backpacks. G-Shock watches are famously fitted for military use and have gone into actual combat quite a bit. In retrospect, the melding of surf style and military might now seem like it was always inevitable. Buy Casio G-Shock Watches Futuristic with a Retro Vibe At first glance, you might think the Casio G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide was made for a Star Wars soldier. Not the glossy accent you might find gracing the wrists of Stormtroopers on an Imperial Star Destroyer, but something built for resistance fighters on the vast desert sands of Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine. And yet the new limited-edition watch also looks retro, like those wonderfully basic digital displays that middle school geeks discovered in the 80s. In a further nod to that decade, the new G-Lide has got a removable metal protector over the screen that watch nerds went crazy for in the 1980s. Soldiers Meet Surfers You don’t have to be an action-ready soldier to love the looks of this watch. Take note of (and likely love) its military-inspired style. Both its matte resin case and its sturdy band come in the iconic “Army Green” hue that’s known the world over to signify soldiering. According to Casio, all of the metal finishes are up to “Mil-Spec.” That’s armed forces jargon which means something has been approved by a U.S. government inspector to meet the rigorous criteria demanded by its military. Even the watch’s small grace notes are odes to military style. The mineral crystals over the faces of G-Shocks are normally transparent. Keen-eyed observers will undoubtedly note that this G-Shock has a slight yellow tinge over its digital readout. That’s the meticulous work of Herschel’s designers. The designers insisted that the covering mimic the yellow-toned crystals that go over military-issue flashlights. The border of the watch’s face is done in a light brown “buff” color that serves as an homage to the manila folders that have housed many an army field report. In a cheeky continuation of the military theme, the watch comes in similar buff packaging with a feel and fonts that echoes GI rations. But the tech is tailored to surfers, with a tide-chart indicator to gauge waves on the face, as well as a moonphase function. Built for both wave-riding and storming the beaches in battle, this tough timepiece is both water and shock-resistant. It is, after all, a G-Shock! “You Can Surf Later” The message is engraved on the back. A small but intriguing cultural footnote that arose from the Vietnam War. Most U.S. soldiers during that conflict carried the ubiquitous metal Zippo lighter. It was sold on bases for $1.80 and almost always taken on missions. They were nicknamed “Zippo Raids” after the lighters that went along. And wherever there was a military PX selling Zippos, there were locals setting up sidewalk kiosks to personalize the lighters with hand-engraved messages. As we know, the war ended. Most of the Zippos were left behind and sold on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City in the post-war years. But in 2006, a collection of these vintage Zippos was sold at auction. One engraved phrase in particular got some media attention. Nobody knows his name, but one young man was likely a surfer who carried the hope that one day he’ll be back riding waves when the fighting is over, so, “You can surf later.” View this post on Instagram Get up early and go longer with @gshock_us for Herschel Supply. Our latest partnership introduces the HSC G-LIDE Watch, made for field and water in any weather. Head to the link to discover it now. #GShockXHerschel A post shared by Herschel Supply (@herschelsupply) on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:00am PDT Casio’s Heritage on Display The last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam in March of 1973. The troops came back to a country where digital watches were poised to propagate. The Casiotron was Casio’s first digital watch. It made its debut in November of 1974 and the watch world has never been the same. It was the first mass-produced timepiece to feature a digital display with a date function. Its groundbreaking LCD display meant the time and date were always visible. As opposed to competing digital watches that required a push-button to display the data. Looking at the Casiotron alongside the recent G-Shock X Herschel and you’ll note the displays are strikingly similar. It’s no accident that this current model is paying homage to Casio’s first big digital breakthrough. Conclusion You might be a surfer, a soldier, a digital nomad or a home-loving creature of comfort. You may love the watch for its tough tech or its vintage style. But you probably will love this singular Casio G-Shock that embraces history and heritage while combining disparate cultures. So, yes, “you can surf later,” now’s the time to check out the G-Shock X Herschel G-Lide.

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  9. Closer Look at Omega’s New James Bond Watch

    Suave super spy 007 will be back in theaters this spring and Omega watches is rolling out a new James Bond watch for the film. It’s a tradition that goes back a quarter-century to when Pierce Brosnan first sported an Omega Seamaster in GoldenEye. The latest installment, No Time to Die, comes out in April but you can get the Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition in February. Let’s take a closer look at the stunning James Bond watch that Daniel Craig will wear on the big screen. The Look of Classic Luxury Omega goes for true vintage style with the latest Bond watch. It features a color scheme with brown, red, and black that should be familiar to lovers of the classic line. The aluminum dial and bezel ring share the same aged-brown hue (which collectors have dubbed “tropical”) that many dark dials naturally turn into overtime. Adding more shimmer than we’ve seen in previous Seamaster’s, the sapphire crystal glass is domed. The hour and minute hands are common to the series, pronounced and pointed. While the seconds are marked by a lollipop pointer with a red tip that matches the color of the signature Seamaster script on the dial. For a dressier look, go with the Milanese bracelet. Omega aficionados will know that the mesh bracelet was common on the Seamaster of the 1960s and adds a serious vintage vibe with decades of ingrained history. But as James Bond is a man of action, the new watch is also available with a striped NATO strap that continues the color theme in beige, brown, and grey with the numbers 007 engraved on its loop. View this post on Instagram #OMEGA007 / #BondWatch Daniel Craig joins OMEGA in New York to unveil the brand new @007 James Bond watch. #NoTimeToDie #Bond25 ? by @GregWilliamsPhotography A post shared by OMEGA (@omega) on Dec 4, 2019 at 10:03pm PST Design Help from Daniel Craig It’s no secret that Craig is a big fan of luxury watches. He’s often seen sporting one of his many Omegas off-screen. He’s been an Omega ambassador for about a decade. And he’s worked with the Swiss watchmakers to help create the watch he’ll wear in his final outing as Bond. Craig had a hand in adding some vintage flair to the latest watch, specifically with the color schemes. It has a matte aluminum dial and the integration of the time-honored Omega broad-arrow that’s engraved on the back and found at the dial’s 6 o’clock position. It’s a history that goes back to 2006’s Casino Royale when Craig wore both an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 300M and a Planet Ocean 600M. Craig followed with Quantum of Solace in 2008, opening the film while wearing yet another Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M, a model he stuck with for the movie Skyfall in 2012. But he also wore an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra in Skyfall and then continued with that model into 2015’s Spectre. In that last film, he also brandished the Omega Seamaster 300M model that connects to the upcoming movie. And sorry to spoil the movie magic, but Craig admitted that he wore a fake while doing some of the action scenes in No Time to Die. View this post on Instagram #OMEGA007 / #BondWatch In stores – February 2020 Lay your eyes on James Bond’s @007 newest watch. #NoTimeToDie #Bond25 A post shared by OMEGA (@omega) on Dec 4, 2019 at 2:58pm PST Built to Take on Rough Seas But Craig probably didn’t need to go fake with the action. The latest Seamaster Diver 300M 007 is built plenty tough. It fits thematically as the original Bond was a Commander in the Royal Navy. The latest version’s 42mm case, bracelet, and buckle are forged with Grade 2 Titanium. It has a 13.15mm thickness that makes it a bit bigger than Seamaster’s of yore. As you can probably guess by its name, the watch is water-resistant up to 300 meters. It’s also resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. fFor reference, a strong refrigerator magnet has about 100 gauss. The case back is held in by Omega’s signature “Naiad Lock” system designed to always keep engraved text in perfect formation. Homages Engraved on the Back Flip over the watch to find something special. The case back has a series of engraved numbers that follow military format and include nods to the film franchise. The number “0552” signifies that the watch belongs to a member of the Navy. “923 7697” is a code-number that indicates a dive watch. The letter “A” is there to signify that the watch has a screw-in crown, thus creating a water-tight seal. The number “62” serves as an ode to the year the very first Bond film, Dr. No starring Sean Connery, was released. The number “007” is a nod to James Bond’s designation in the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, best known as MI6. Inside, the Seamaster is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 and has a power reserve of 55 hours. And when we say you can buy it in February, we really do mean “you.” Unlike other limited Bond watches from Omega, this watch is getting the full-production treatment. So slip on a tuxedo and get your order for a martini “shaken, not stirred” ready. Finish getting your James Bond on with this exquisite new watch.

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  10. Top 5 Watch Brands That Will Hold Their Value

    There are two types of watch enthusiasts that we’ve seen over the years. We have those who only want a watch that does its job remarkably well – regardless if it’s quartz, mechanical, or otherwise. On the other hand, we have the watch collectors who consider timepieces to be investments. Either way, you’re going to want to look into watch brands that’ll hold it’s value. So just after this short intro, we’ve listed five watch brands that retain their value incredibly well. A few years down the lane, inflation should have reared its head again, and prices should be flying through the roof. 1: Rolex They’re the undisputed champions when it comes to brands that hold their value well—almost like real estate. The reason for this is simple: Rolex has a lot of rich history backing it up. They were the first watch to be on Mount Everest on the wrists of both Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Likewise, they are well known to be the first watchmaker to engineer a dive watch. With these kinds of achievements and more, they’ve become the world’s most renowned and sought-after watch brand. Recommended models include: Go for the Deepsea and Submariner models due to their demand. Oyster Perpetual has always been a great choice too! 2: Patek Philippe Other than their tradition which has lasted for 177 years now, exclusivity, power, and class are Patek Philippe’s keywords. They once made a statement that goes along the lines of “You don’t own a Patek Philippe watch, you keep it for the next generation.” The brand’s watches are mechanical masterpieces with materials, parts, and movements all manufactured and assembled in-house by their artisans. Still, despite the fantastic resale value they have, the only issue is getting even one copy in good condition. Recommended models include: Patek Philippe Nautilus, Chronograph, and Aquanaut are models you should consider. 3: Jaeger-LeCoultre While Jaeger-LeCoultre might not have the same fame that Rolex and Patek Philippe has, but they have the same ingredients those two have. The watchmaker has a tradition (founded way back in 1833) in the art of making mechanical movements. They take this art to the extent that they have commissioned movements for other watch brands. Brands like Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, and Rolex. Their watches range from the usual classic/dress watches to sports models. Recommended models include: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Master Ultra-Thin, Master Compressor, Master Control, Geophysic, and Duomètre are our recommendations. 4: Omega While Omega watches don’t come with the price tag of all the brands we’ve mentioned, they still hold their value remarkably well. The clock has numerous achievements. For one, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph was the watch worn to the first lunar landing by Buzz Aldrin in 1969. Likewise, Omega is now making their movements (the Co-Axial) in-house, rather than buying and modifying ETA movements as they did before. This trend is gratifying (with a positive effect on the resale value) for any watchmaker that calls itself a luxury brand. Recommended models include: You should get anyone between the Omega Seamaster, Speedmaster, or the Constellation. 5: TAG Heuer TAG Heuer didn’t start late in the game. The watchmaker formed in 1860, and since then, has been making luxury watches for people with diverse preferences. Nevertheless, the brand’s winning-formula is their marketing. TAG Heuer has appeared on the wrists of famous people such as Elvis Presley and Chris Hemsworth as a marketing strategy that works. The fact that their watches keep the vintage, but functional design, while upgrading the internals makes it all the more enjoyable to use. Makes it, that watch enthusiast immediately associate their TAG Heuer watches with heritage. Recommended models include: Any collection of their flagship models will never be complete without the presence of the TAG Heuer Carrera, Monza, and Monaco. Why are They Considered Great Investments? It’s not because they make limited copies as Rolex will show you. The reason is just that the watch community usually reveres most watchmakers that engineer mechanical timepieces with innovative movements done in-house as great brands. Quartz watches use IC (integrated circuits) which function as the clock, timer, alarm, GPS tracker, etc. On the other hand, all of these functions are created from scratch by moving mechanisms called complications in a mechanical watch. Asides that, we all look at the heritage. The fact that the brands themselves have tradition, and thus, social proof creates a demand for them. Watch investors are just the ones who supply them, at a future date. Final Thought Keep in mind that we consider only the iconic timepieces in the various collections of these brands the real investment. Anything that’s not well-loved and wanted typically won’t be valued well. So be very careful.

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  11. 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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