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  2. Best Square Watches

    Best Square Watches

    We’ve been conditioned for decades to follow the design of round watches. But sometimes the endless parade of circular watches can get a little monotonous. But what about square watches? A square-shaped watch is not only modern but pleasingly retro as well, offering something that’s both classy and contemporary. Square watches are perfect if you’re up for wearing something slightly unusual but still stylish. Square or rectangle watches don’t get the props they deserve when compared to their rounded counterparts. They combine the classic style of yesteryear with a modern appeal and can be worn casually with jeans and a shirt, or dressed to the nines with a suit and tie. Not sure which square-faced watch to go for? Here are some options you can check out. For Women More than just an accessory to tell time, a woman’s watch must look attractive and chic. A square watch is not only trendy, it shows that a woman isn’t afraid to wear something different. Featuring outstanding quality, craftsmanship and design, these sqaure watches promise to up your fashion ante in the most sophisticated way. Have a quick overview of a few of the most sophisticated pieces available with a square dial. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto  Jaeger-LeCoultre has a full history of innovating Swiss watches. It is also known for manufacturing Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso some 85 years ago which was introduced as a luxury reversible sports watch. The reversible case was invented for wearers to protect their watch’s face during polo matches. This iconic reversible design has been a statement timepiece since then. The Squadra Lady Duetto has an elegant square face. It comes in a variety of options, for example, a white rear dial with a visible oscillating rotor. Some has a rose gold case that’s water resistant. Moreover, the automatic self-winding movement is as precise and sophisticated as you would expect from any Jaeger-LeCoultre watch. Similarly, the impression this timepiece makes is as memorable as you would hope to get from a watch. Cartier Tank  When it comes to square watches, the Cartier Tank is an icon of modern watchmaking. It represents the perfect balance between technical excellence and geometrical style. The modest, modern design of the Tank watch, the Tank Solo, envisions royalty from the moment it first appeared in the collection. The Tank Solo is a well-known watch from Cartier that’s been popular for its exquisite design. An instant classic, the watch has a rectangular face and slanted roman numerals. All in all, the watch adds elegance to your personal style. For Men: Although not a lot of men like square watches, those who do appreciate the instant ‘cool’ factor that a square watch brings without even trying. Here we have a couple of our favorite sophisticated square watches for men. TAG Heuer Monaco Launched in 1969 in honour of the Monaco Grand Prix, the TAG Heuer Monaco is a revolutionary watch, holding the title of being the first automatic and the first square watch to have a chronograph complication. At 37mm in size, this TAG Heuer Monaco Quarz, which replaces the usual Calibre 11, makes the watch more affordable. Powered by the TAG Heuer quartz movement, one of the most reliable and accurate movements by made in Switzerland, this square watch has the same sleek and sophisticated design.   Bell & Ross Golden Heritage The Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Automatic version in 42mm satin-brushed steel case features golden appliqué indexes and numerals and golden hands against a dark-brown dial. Unobtrusive between 4 and 5 o’clock lies the date aperture. A gold calfskin leather strap with a hot-stamped finish completes the vintage look of this Bell & Ross Instruments watch. At the heart of this pilot watch runs a mechanical automatic movement.

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  3. History of Watches: A Quick Timeline

    History of Watches: A Quick Timeline

    Watches have been around for a long, long time. But what is the actual history of watches? Ever asked yourself, “When was the watch invented?” Or wondered how they’re made? Watches today are not what they used to be. Take a look at a smartphone for example. What we know is that it can take calls, send texts, track fitness data, and carry out scores of other functions. At this point of highly advanced technology, it is interesting to look back throughout history and understand where watches came from in the first place. Below, we briefly go over the history of watches from when were watches invented to now. Invention of the Clock Before we talk about watches and the invention of them, we must go over the history of timekeeping devices. Though early civilizations used primitive time-telling devices, such as sundials, the first clock was invented by the English in 1275. In the beginning, they were so basic that all they could do was ring a bell at every hour. Still, engineers and blacksmiths collaborated for hundreds of years and eventually were able to build clocks that looked roughly like the mechanical ones we have today. They also started to experiment with metals outside of the traditional material, steel. That included silver, bronze and brass. Pocket Watch History When was the pocket watch invented? These were such primitive times that the famous religious figure John Calvin actually banned the wearing of jewelry in Switzerland. This opened up a massive opportunity for anybody in Switzerland that could create pocket watches. Historically, the first of them was produced in the late 1500’s and like the earliest clocks, only had an hour hand. As the utility and popularity of pocket watches became apparent, the industry was further funded and advanced. The result was more reliable pieces, the inclusion of minute and second hands and a growing consumer base. Widespread Adoption In the 19th century, the industrial revolution had taken hold and every industry was experiencing massive improvements. Many changes took place, but the most prominent were superior products, lower prices and mass production. One sector that was swept up in this wave of productivity was pocket watches, and they finally reached the mass market. Before this, only the wealthy could afford such expensive and luxurious timepieces. Now, commoners could afford them too. The Wristwatch History  Though wristwatches had been around for centuries, their use was not widespread. In fact, they were primarily worn by wealthy women. The reason was that at first all watches were too expensive for common people. Then, after the prices fell, there were still very few people wearing them because they were considered a women’s style, and not many women chose to wear watches. What shifted this trend was the adoption of men using wristwatches in the military. This began in 1880 when Constant Girard decided to outfit his German naval officers with wristwatches. In the following years, doing so became more and more popular. Use on the Battlefield We’re talking about the history of watches, but watches have a history with history itself. Though WWI had many massive implications, one of the less significant ones was the use of wristwatches. What happened is that soldiers in the trenches did not want to take a watch out of their pockets every time they needed to check the time. They opted for the more functional wristwatch, which could be checked immediately and did not require the soldier to take one of their hands off their weapon. Beyond convenience, having the time handy was a critical factor in making military maneuvers. The reason is that different groups of soldiers could coordinate attacks even if they could not communicate. Instead, they would agree to attack at a particular time and use their watch to confirm coordination. Wristwatches Take Over After the war, it was now acceptable and trendy for men to wear wristwatches.  Watch company marketing departments began to use depictions of soldiers wearing wristwatches to sell them to other men. Additionally, men who had worn them throughout the war had become accustomed to doing so and wanted to continue that habit. The result was an explosion in the popularity of wristwatches, which allowed them to nearly take over the entire pocket watch market. Technological Developments Once watches became a massive industry, money came pouring in for research and development. This led to added features such as chronographs, quartz movement, useful bezels, and more. The result was a diversification of the functions watches could carry out, which further expanded the market for them. Watches Get Smarter In the last twenty years, computers have been getting smaller and smaller. First, they went from the size of entire rooms to personal computers. Next, we developed laptops and smartphones. Now, in the modern age, we can fit advanced computers in tiny compartments that fit on our wrists. The result is smartwatches like the Apple Watch. There is still a large market for vintage style watches, but smart innovations are changing the watch industry in rapid fashion. When you go shopping for watches online, most of the pieces you come across are vastly different than timepieces were throughout history. The reason is that what you see today is the accumulation of hundreds of years of advancements. Now, whoever you are and whatever you are looking for, there is a piece for you. You just have to go find it.

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