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  2. Tudor Vs. Rolex: Which is Right for You?

    Tudor Vs. Rolex: Which is Right for You?

    There are no two brands in the entire watch community that have more of a sibling-type relationship than Tudor and Rolex. The former is the little brother, and the latter is the eldest. This dynamic begs a few crucial questions between Tudor vs. Rolex. Why are they often mentioned in the same breath? What separates the two? Which is right for You? Below, I detail the differences between these two esteemed brands so that you can choose between them with confidence. Background of Tudor vs. Rolex The reason why these two brands are forever linked is a man that went by the name of Hans Wilsdorf. The story begins when this entrepreneur founded Rolex in the early 1900s. Unlike many companies, who have growing pains in their first few years, this brand became a well-respected name instantly. The reason was exceptional craftsmanship, as they produced a variety of inventions and breakthroughs throughout the next few decades. Eventually, Wilsdorf decided to expand and create a new brand. He named it Tudor as an homage to his favorite period in English history. What he set out to do with this company was make a more affordable and attainable product for those that could not or would not purchase a Rolex. While Tudor has not reached the same heights as its older brother, it is still a highly respected name in the watch industry. Style Our first area of analysis is style when it comes to Tudor vs. Rolex. The truth is that these brands have a very similar look and vibe. In my estimation, two key features separate them. First, Tudor pieces have a slightly different shape to their hands, which might look better or worse depending on your taste. Second, Tudor watches tend to come in brighter colors, while Rolex generally sticks to classic designs and coloring. Ultimately, the aesthetics of both brands are nearly the same. Materials Unlike aesthetics, which are quite similar, the materials that each brand uses vary widely. One theme that we touched on above is that Tudor pieces tend to be a bit more unconventional. Such is true in the case of materials, too. While Rolex sticks to their signature in-house stainless steel and gold plating, Tudor likes to experiment with titanium cases, cloth straps, and more. Movement Now, we move onto the more significant differences between Tudor vs. Rolex. The first is movement. One of the things that makes Rolex watches so special is that they produce almost everything in-house. This means that the movement inside your case is designed, manufactured, and assembled in the historic Rolex headquarters. The result is a piece that is truly unique. If you own one, no other watch will have the same movement as yours because nobody is breaking into the Rolex factory to steal their designs. On the other hand, Tudor has historically assembled their watches with generic movements. While this choice does not mean that their pieces are unreliable, it does take away from the brand mystique. One thing to note, though, is that this trend has started to flip. Tudor has made a big comeback this decade, and as a result, are upping their game. One aspect of doing so is beginning to make some of their movements in-house, just like big brother Rolex. The most prominent example is the esteemed Tudor Black Bay, which many consider to be their signature piece. Prices The second substantial difference between these two companies is the price points they sell at. As far as I can tell, the cheapest Rolex on the market is the Rolex Air King, which is one of their less popular pieces. Even so, you’re likely going to have to pay at least $6,000 for it. Many of the more sought-after models are in the $10,000 to $20,000 range, with some even reaching up to $40,000. Unless you have a lot of cash to throw around, these pieces will be out of reach. Tudor, on the other hand, is a much more accessible brand. What you sacrifice in exclusivity and mystique, you gain in a significantly lower price range. While still a bit steep, the $2,000 to $3,500 range that Tudor specializes in is much more realistic than their equivalents over at Rolex. Now that you have all of the relevant information about Tudor or Rolex, it is time to make your decision. You have three options. First, you can go with the tried and true luxury timepiece powerhouse that is Rolex. Of course, doing so will have a hefty price tag. Second, you might want to enjoy the Swiss heritage and craftsmanship these two brands share, but save yourself a substantial amount of money by opting for a Tudor. Your last option is my favorite of all: Don’t choose at all. If you have the money, getting yourself both a Rolex and a Tudor is a dream come true for any timepiece collector.

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  3. 5 Watch Style Mistakes to Avoid

    5 Watch Style Mistakes to Avoid

    One of the things every watch collector should watch out for is becoming too opinionated. Often, these types of people become too invested about their taste and think that every deviation from is a mistake. But there are some watch style choices out there that are so universal that we’d like to go over them below. Wrong Size One of the most common mistakes we see in the horological world is people wearing the wrong watch size. The first example is pieces that are too small. Whether that person has a large wrist, or the product is simply tiny, this is a classic watch wearing error. The general guideline is that women should not go below 26 mm, while men shouldn’t fall under 36 mm. It may be acceptable to go with a smaller piece depending on a variety of factors, but the vast majority of the time you should shoot for larger than the above values. The second instance of this mistake is wearing a watch that is too big. In our experience, this error is much more common than going with a piece that is too small. The reason is that people get intoxicated by the eye-catching flash of gigantic timepieces. When they start to enter the 50-65 mm range, they begin to look a bit silly. While a hefty watch could have its place in your collection, many will consider it to be tacky. The better bet is going with a smaller diameter. Casual Watches at Formal Occasions Our second mistake is wearing casual watches at formal occasions. While we love a nice military watch or a rugged Casio, they have specific environments that they work best in. A luxurious setting is not one of them, and the chances are that your timepiece will stick out like a sore thumb. A better strategy is wearing an elegant dress watch, which will blend into the rest of your outfit and not draw too much attention to itself. You can also opt for a luxurious looking dive, pilot, or racing watch, depending on your personal style and the event you’re attending. Dress Watches in Rugged Conditions The other side of the coin is wearing dress watches in rugged conditions. Doing yard work, going on a camping trip, or playing a game of pickup basketball are not conditions in which you should be sporting your most elegant looking timepiece. Not only will it look out of place, but you could end up breaking one of your more expensive pieces. The alternative is purchasing a watch that is built to fit in these types of situations. In doing so, you have two options. The first is purchasing a “beater watch,” which is a cheap product that you won’t mind getting some scratches. Our favorite brands for these are Casio and Timex. If you have a higher budget, you can graduate to a slightly more expensive brand like Seiko. Your second option is diving watches, which are specifically built to last through harsh conditions. Either way, your wrist accessory must be able to take a beating and look natural in these environments. Poor Color Matching Most of us have an intuitive sense about matching. We apply this principle when we dress ourselves every day. You’re (hopefully) not going to wear purple pants and a red shirt together, but you might make a similar mistake when you sport your favorite wristwatch. The first way you can do so is not matching your watch colors to your outfit. People often make this mistake when they have a bright diver or strap. Though that color looks excellent on its own, it does not look good with the outfit you chose for it. The second way people mess up matching is when choosing a strap. Changing this part of your watch out is one of the best ways to shake up its look, but this decision can go wrong. We frequently see people choosing bright NATO straps to go with a watch that would look much better with a simple bracelet or leather one. This error can make a gorgeous watch look silly. Too Flashy Lastly, we have watches that are too flashy. Now, we don’t want to judge people on their watch styles. You like what you like, and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it. Still, when someone takes a perfectly attractive watch and throws jewels all over it, that may be a bit ostentatious. What makes things even worse is when those jewels are not genuine. Either way, “icing out” a timepiece is probably not in your best interest.

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  4. The History of Casio’s Popular G-Shock Watch Model

    The History of Casio’s Popular G-Shock Watch Model

    In fusing design and technology, Casio’s now iconic G-Shock watch defied gravity. It also shattered the reputation of the watch as a fragile piece of jewelry. The Casio G-Shock watch holds a special place in the hearts of many. There are few non-mechanical watches that inspire collectors as much as the iconic G-Shock. The story of the ubiquitous and cherished G-Shock watch is directly tied to its battle against the laws of nature. Born from a Dream Kikuo Ibe was heartbroken after he witnessed a watch given to him by his father shatter to pieces as he dropped it.  Kikuo, an engineer at the Head of Watch Design for Casio, vowed to create a reliable timepiece that could withstand major impacts and drops. In 1981, he assembled a tight-knit team of three expert engineers with to goal to perfect what they called the Triple 10 philosophy. The watch had to withstand a drop from 10 meters, resist 10 atmospheres of water pressure and it had to have a battery that lasts ten years. They spent two years of painstaking experimentation and over 200 prototypes. The so-called “Team Tough” still found themselves far away from achieving their lofty goal. It wasn’t until it came across a stroke of inspiration at a local playground in the form of a bouncing rubber ball. He visualized that the center of the ball doesn’t suffer the same shock as the exterior. So he focused his designs in the same manner. After more rigorous testing and tinkering by Ibe and his team, they had something that worked. They created a hollow case structure made from urethane foam. This casing guarded the timekeeping module with the help of gel cushioning material at the key pressure points to protect the watch’s vitals. They also crafted the protruding points on the case and bezel from urethane to protect the buttons and glass in all directions. The G-Shock DW 5000C was resistant to all forms of high G-forces, drops and heavy vibrations. It was available in April of 1983 and gave a new meaning to the word durable. Rise into Pop Culture In its early days, the chunky case of the G-Shock failed to capture the hearts of the masses. Early advertisements showed a hockey player taking a hard slap shot wearing a G-Shock watch. That helped establish its early reputation as the “toughest watch in the world” under extreme conditions. In this utilitarian niche is where its early following came: extreme athletes, first responders, outdoor enthusiasts and military personnel. Its casing assured protection against extreme levels of shock resistance and also featured a ten year battery, 200 meters of water resistance and the digital functions that remain integral to G-Shock today. By the 1990s, the G-Shock watch model had established a place among skateboarders on the west coast and the hip-hop community on the east. The release of the DW-5900C with its innovative Tri-graph liquid crystal display was cherished among youth. From youth across the country and the release cemented its image as a staple in these subcultures of fashion and streetwear. The upscale metal casing of the MRG series made its debut in 1996 with its ability to be worn both dressed up and casually. Drawing upon this success, Casio opted for high-profile collaborations within the realms of streetwear such as Stussy and BAPE in 1997 and 1998 respectively. These models were fashion statements as much as anything else. It’s something that continues to this day with notable limited edition collaborations. From Wu-Tang, Maison Martin Margiela, Burton and Takashi Murakami. Ironically, its rise into pop culture in America made it popular in its home nation of Japan as well. At the time, American pop culture was trendy among Japanese youth. Constant Motion The G-Shock watch was in constant reinvention. That’s what made the timepiece more than the plethora of novelty trends from the 90s.  Trends such as sneakers that lit up and chained wallets. The G-Shock was more than simply a flash-in-the-pan that came and went with the times. After a incremental dip in sales towards the end of the decade, Ibe and Casio began to shift its focus. Going away from fashion, streetwear and pop culture in favor of the performance capabilities that made the model famous in the first place. Which was: shock resistance, tough performance and innovative technology. In 2000, Casio introduced the GW-100. It was the first radio-controlled model to be able to receive time-calibration radio signals from one of six worldwide stations.  Never Give Up Time never stands still and neither does G-Shock, which seeks to constantly reinvent itself. It has become synonymous with independence, innovation and pushing the limits. The blend of its peculiar aesthetic and stubborn toughness made the G-Shock watch an instant favorite among utilitarian crowd. But its beloved place in pop culture caused it to define an entire generation. It’s one of those rare products that transcends its category into the realm of a cultural phenomenon.

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  5. Watch Guide: Powerful CEOs Watches

    Watch Guide: Powerful CEOs Watches

    While many of us like to think we have an entirely original style, the fact is that most people look to others for fashion and status clues. One place they do so is with watches. They look towards celebrities, athlete endorsements, and the subject of this article, powerful CEOs watches. The logic goes that if someone at the top of the social hierarchy is wearing a certain brand, then there might be something to it. Below, we detail some of the most esteemed CEOs in the world and what timepieces they choose to sport. Amazon – Jeff Bezos – Ulysse Nardin  You may have read in the news that Jeff Bezos is now the wealthiest man in the world. The reason is that his business and its accompanying stock have exploded into one of the most influential organizations in the world. So, what does that kind of wealth buy? For Bezos, it is a Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 233-88-7. Though this brand is well-respected in the watch world and makes exceptional timepieces, some might be disappointed to know that the world’s richest man only spends around $8,000 on a watch. We’re sure that Ulysse Nardin owners are quite pleased to share their taste with Bezos, though. Toyota – Akio Toyoda – Patek Philippe You might think that the CEO of Toyota has a strangely similar last name until you realize that Akio Toyoda is the founder’s grandson. Sometimes the decision to keep a large corporation in the family is a bad one, but Akio has bucked that trend by making Toyota one of the most respected brands in the world. He wears another big brand name on his wrist, too, in the form of a Patek Philippe Calatrava 5119G. Though this piece is not too flashy, it is made with exceptional craftsmanship and is sought after by almost every collector in the world. Apple – Tim Cook – Apple Watch As you might imagine, any CEO that produces watches will often wear their own product. This is the case with Tim Cook, the leader of Apple and heir to Steve Jobs. Cook is almost always wearing an Apple watch, which fits with the goal of the product. Apple wants to make a machine that is a life companion, not just a fashion statement. As a result, this CEO tells time, makes calls, sends texts, and collects health data throughout the day. Citigroup – Michael Corbat – Jaeger-LeCoultre  This CEO runs Citigroup, which is one of the largest banks in the world. He has been rising through the ranks of the financial world ever since he graduated as an economics major from Harvard in 1983. That journey culminated in his 2012 promotion at Citigroup. The watch he wears reflects this meteoric rise. It is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Perpetual Calendar Q149242A, which is manufactured by one of the finest companies in the world. What makes this piece so special is its perpetual calendar? If you aren’t familiar, having this kind of movement means you never have to reset the date on your watch. Instead, it knows the number of days in each month and even accounts for leap years. Uber – Dara Khosrowshahi – Chopard   Uber recently went through a bit of a public relations disaster. The result was cutting ties with their CEO and hiring a new one, Dara Khosrowshahi. Though it is still early, this decision shows all indications of being a good one. Another excellent choice is the one Khosrowshahi makes with his wrist accessories. He regularly sports the Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8997. This piece is considered a Swiss classic and would be a joy for any luxury watch collector to own. Walmart – Doug McMillon – Citizen Just like Tim Cook of Apple, Doug McMillion wears a timepiece that fits his brand. It is the Citizen Skyhawk A-T JY0000-53E. What is impressive about this choice is that his salary, like most CEOs, is massive. Still, he chooses to wear a watch that is sold at Walmart and is affordable for most consumers at a price just under $500. He can field questions and compliments about his wrist accessory by saying, “I bought it at Walmart.” There’s something very cool about being able to do that! An endorsement is one of the most potent factors that can influence your watch buying decision. They often come in the form of a celebrity, but there are other people you can look to for inspiration. Given the big names we’ve gone over today, each watch in this article is an excellent choice and will surely meet your needs.

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  6. The History of the Cartier Tank

    The History of the Cartier Tank

    With a heritage rooted in WWI, the Cartier Tank has come to define classical elegance with its simple and pioneering design. The Cartier Tank is one of those rare watches that’s endured time itself without losing its integrity. First introduced in 1917, the timepiece has a rich heritage that’s matched by few. Though Cartier has since released various editions, the Tank remains almost identical to the model put forth over a century ago. Although the design is simple, it’s instantly recognizable and has come to define classical elegance. The Cartier Tank is a true pioneer of luxury timepieces that unlocked a new chapter in the history of watchmaking. Built Like a Tank Two years into the First World War, the public had its first glimpse of a top-secret military weapon. The British deployed the armored tank for the first time at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Under the leadership of Winston Churchill, the world watched in awe as these “landships” changed the stalemate of trench warfare. Engineers designed these war machines to cross no-man’s-land and punch through enemy defenses with ease. This deployment ushered in a new era of mechanized warfare. Louis Cartier had become enamored with the distinctive design and rigorous geometry of the British Mark IV armored tank. So much so that he created a watch in 1917 that reflected the aesthetic of this new wartime phenomenon. Living in Paris, Cartier also witnessed first-hand the dawning of the Cubism movement, the German Bauhaus style and de Stijl in Holland. Machine-influenced shapes were just coming into fashion and Cartier seized the opportunity by pushing it to another level. Following the Liberation of France in 1918, Cartier presented the prototype “Tank” to American General John Joseph Pershing for his wartime efforts. Pershing cherished the watch and brought it back to the United States where it was thrust into the spotlight. A Pioneer of Luxury Watches Like the intimidating land ships rolling around the Western Front, the Cartier Tank itself ventured into unchartered territory in watchmaking. The Cartier Tank was a timepiece that broke the rules and ushered in a new era of watchmaking. The most obvious was the rectangular and flat case inspired directly by the angular shape of the Mark IV tank. During the early 20th century, wristwatches were still a relatively new phenomenon. Traditional pocket watches still dominated the timepiece landscape–and nearly all of them were round. With the introduction of the Tank, Cartier steamrolled the pocket watch, playing a vital role in ushering the era of the wristwatch. This design was also a radical departure from the twisting foliage of the dominant Art Nouveau style. The no-frills timepiece was a simple two-handed watch with no additional functions. The rectangular shape and clean lines made for a simple and elegant aesthetic. This was topped off nicely with roman numerals, adorned blue hands and leather bracelet. The sapphire cabochon-cut stone on the winding crown remains a hallmark of Cartier timepieces to this day. The Tank Goes Strong Cartier also created the intricate shape of the Cartier Tank with a fully attached strap. Not only did this strap connect the arm to the dial, but it played a vital role in the distinctive aesthetic as well. The ergonomic folding buckle allowed for a streamlined look that allowed the wearer enhanced security. In his pursuit of excellence, Cartier wanted to create a complete watch that went beyond the case and dial. He decided to team up with Edmond Jaeger and famed Swiss manufacturers Jaeger-LeCoultre for the raw movements of the timepiece. He entrusted Jaeger with complete creative freedom. Cartier redefined the less-is-more approach and reached the perfect balance between form and function–the holy grail in the world of luxury timepieces. It didn’t take long for its popularity to soar. Into the Hands of the Influential The Tank is perhaps the epitome of elegance and sophistication. Cartier has a history of supplying its products to royalty, so it was no surprise that the Tank quickly found its way onto the wrists of the influential. Following the conclusion of WWI, the Cartier Tank was popular among the Hollywood elite. The world saw the Tank on the wrist of Rudolph Valentino in the 1926 film The Son of the Sheik. Gary Cooper and Warren Beatty are a few notable names who liked the sober timepiece. Cartier even supplied political figures such as Jackie Kennedy and the Obamas. During the postwar days, the Cartier Tank was fashionable. Today, it’s the simple and pure design typical of Cartier is a timeless classic. The elegant aesthetic is one of those rare products that will not only last for generations, but it will forever look as modern as it did when it left the drawing board. Regardless of age, gender, style or occasion, the Cartier Tank is an excellent choice that has come to define luxury and elegance! Inspired by the innovative war machine, the invincible timepiece has become a true legend in the world of watchmaking.

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  7. 7 Clear Watches You’ve Got to See

    7 Clear Watches You’ve Got to See

    Anybody who understands the timepiece industry will tell you that it is currently growing at an incredible rate. While watches were once reserved for luxury buyers, it is now accessible to anybody due to the development of the affordable, new and mid-tier price ranges! One of the latest growing watch trends are clear watches. Have you seen them? An additional benefit of this growing market is new and exciting designs hitting the store shelves. These aren’t your typical watches anymore. Below, we present and go over some of our favorite clear watches on the market today. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for something more luxurious clear watch or something more casual! 1: Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30º Technique Sapphire Greubel Forsey is a name that maybe most casual watch fans will not know, but is respected by those that study Swiss luxury. This particular model has two features that set it apart from typical pieces. First is a tourbillon, which is an advanced mechanism that manufacturers incorporate in some incredibly expensive automatic watches that prevents them from losing or gaining seconds due to changes in position or gravity. The second thing that makes this watch unique is its clear sapphire surroundings. This one is crafted from the same expensive glass that luxury timepieces use to house their dials. 2: Hublot Big Bang Unico Sapphire Our second pick is a masterpiece from the acclaimed luxury brand, Hublot. While most watches come with some transparent elements, this piece manages to be clear throughout. It has a sapphire casing and a smokey rubber strap. The only metal pieces are a few screws that hold the housing together. As far as the movement of the watch, this piece features complex inner workings, a chronograph, and a beautiful presentation that you can see from every angle through the clear outer casing. 3: MB&F Horological Machine No. 6 SV Back in 2014, MB&F created a groundbreaking timepiece called the “HM 6 Space Pirate.” The watch community loved it because of its original, fascinating, and unique design. A few years later, they came out with the Horological Machine No. 6 SV, which is essentially the same watch but with a clear, sapphire exterior. For capabilities, it has a tourbillon, turbines to decrease air friction, and retracted titanium shield that can be utilized at any time. If you’re in love with this piece, we have some bad news. Unfortunately, it had a limited release, and only 20 of them were produced. 4: Richard Mille RM 07-02 Pink Lady Sapphire Automatic Though Richard Mille seems to be more popular with men, it also has a women’s line that is every bit as beautiful and well-made. One piece that backs up that assertion is the RM 07-02, which comes in clear, pink sapphire. An additional perk of choosing this piece is the two rows of diamonds that surround its dial. This timepiece is an excellent choice for someone who has a big chunk of money to spend on a luxury option. 5: Casio Baby-G Semi-Transparent Women’s Sports Watch Now, let’s delve into some cheaper options for those of you looking in a more affordable price range. First is this piece from Casio, which has a silicone exterior and a digital dial. Given that it is made by one of the most resilient watch brands out there, you can count on long-term functionality and the ability to outlast extreme conditions. 6: Stuhrling Original Men’s 976.02 This Stuhrling watch is perfect for anybody trying to balance class and price. Instead of it being made from silicone, like other affordable options, it has a glass dial. Also, the inside of the piece is very minimalistic, which lets you see right through it rather than having a crowded view. Overall, it is a good-looking piece with transparent elements that should charm you! 7: Armitron Sport Women’s 45/7051 Digital Jelly Strap Watch Our most affordable option is this piece from Armitron. It features a quartz movement, digital display, “jelly strap,” and water resistance up to 100 meters. This is an excellent option for those of you that want a simple, everyday piece that you don’t need to worry about. Additionally, it is great for athletes that swim, run, or bike in rugged conditions! 8: Nixon Time Teller P Translucent Watch Nixon is a favorite among the younger generations due to their minimalistic designs and relatively low prices. This is the one clear watch that they carry, and it is very pleasing to the eye. In addition, it also has a rainbow designs feature on the outside of the dial. That can help bring a bit of color (if that’s what you’re looking for) to the otherwise translucent casing. Now that you’ve seen some of options for clear watches on the market, it is up to you to decide whether or not you it is the type of watch for you. Even if you’re usually more of a classic watch fan, a clear one can add a bit of fun to your collection.  To those that like the modern look of transparent pieces, we hope we gave you some inspiration!

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  8. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Watches in Movies

    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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  9. Statement Watches: What Your Timepiece Says

    Statement Watches: What Your Timepiece Says

    Looking for a watch that speaks for itself? Statement watches do just that. Putting a watch on your wrist has a larger impact than a simple fashion accessory. The world sees the timepiece that you choose to wear so make sure it represents you. The Mixed Messages of Rolex Welcome to the complicated world of Rolex. The iconic brand often sends differing and even conflicting messages. While a Rolex exudes a sense of sophistication and success, it also risks looking like overcompensation. Like the mid-life crisis decision to go out and buy a flashy sports car, you may look like you are trying too hard to impress. It depends on what you wear and how you wear it. A Rolex Submariner is a show of masculinity. Made famous by rugged movie icons from Steve McQueen to James Bond, the Submariner is a time-honored style statement that inevitably comes with a touch of testosterone. It’s a sports watch for the well-heeled, worn with a custom-tailored suit as easily as with a casual-chic ensemble that says your conservative side seamlessly blends with a bold desire for exploration. Flashier Rolex models offer quite different messaging. Sporting a gold Yacht Master indicates you want to be seen as you cruise around town in your sure-to-get-noticed luxury car. A steel Rolex Datejust flips that script, telling the world that you appreciate elegance but also value functionality and downplay the need for attention. A Rolex Daytona is all about action. Like the world of high-end racing that inspired the classic watch, you like a fast lifestyle filled with glamorous people and have the cash to keep the adventure going. “Sporty But Still Practical” While titans of business and fashion-forward watch aficionados may gravitate to Rolex, lovers of active lifestyles lean more toward Omega. A classic Omega Speedmaster offers luxury and durability that says you’re equally at home on the golf course or hiking the Himalayas. You’ve chosen a luxury timepiece that can take a few bumps and hold up to get passed down as a family heirloom. You’re precise, dependable and have a sense of upscale style. Your watch should be the same. “Well Rounded and Appreciate Understatement” While it may cost as much as a Rolex, an IWC is much less known and not as likely to get recognized as a pricey timepiece. And that’s a good thing! Someone who wears an IWC Portugieser showcases their exquisite taste with no need to show it off to the world. Other like-minded people will appreciate the classic Swiss watch. An IWC shows you are comfortable in your achievements and need not be defined by your watch. With the elegance of a Patek Phillippe, upscale vibe of a Rolex and boldness of a Breitling, an IWC can go with a sharp suit or sporty weekend wear with equal ease. “Trendy” Slipping a splashy Hublot Big Bang or bold-faced TAG Heuer on your wrist tells the world you’ve come to have a good time and want to be seen doing it. You’re given to forward-fashion style with sleeves rolled up to convey both a vibe of laid-back luxury and to show off your timepiece. Larger models made of precious metals with brash faces tell all you’re successful and you want them to know it. You may not be begging for attention but that watch you are flashing is sure to get some. “Up for Adventure” Want to let the world know you’re ready to shove off and discover new lands? Slip on a Panerai Luminor. Developed for special forces in the Italian Navy, Panerai is both durable and dripping with a sense of Old World style. You like your suits well cut, steaks rare and could be heading off to skydive or scuba along exotic shores at a moment’s notice. Breitling is another brand that tells the world that adventure is at hand. “I’ve Made It” Putting one of the world’s most-expensive watches on your wrist broadcasts an unmistakable message that you breathe the rare air of the ultra-successful. But you need not be uptight about it. The classic design of a Patek Philippe Nautilus gives off a sense of simple elegance with just a hint of a sporty side. You may be among the world’s elite with an appreciation for life’s finer things but don’t make a big show of it. Why go bold on your wrist when your success speaks for itself? But the most important element in the message you send the world is you. Statement watches will help you out with that. Stay true to a sense of style that matches how you feel and how both you and your watch are perceived will follow.

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  10. Best Gold Watches for Men in 2021

    Best Gold Watches for Men in 2021

    One of the critical decisions you need to make when buying a watch is how much flash you want it to have. Some will prefer a basic, minimalistic piece, while others will opt for something that sparkles from miles away. But whether you like the flash or not, the decision is up to you. If you’re up for both, you might want to consider a yellow gold watch. There are some yellow gold watches that can give you the extra shimmy you’re looking for. And then there are also some yellow gold watches that can give you the shine without the whole all-eyes-on-you type of attention. We’ve made a list of some our favorite yellow gold watches below. 1: Rolex President There are beautiful gold watches, and then there are ones that are so iconic that their color scheme gets its own name. Such is the case with the Rolex President, which is another way to describe a gold Rolex Day-Date. The rumor behind the name of this piece is that it was worn by President Eisenhower, but this assertion has been proven false. Still, powerful people seem to be drawn towards this timepiece, and its aesthetic has held up over time. Additionally, those that buy it report that this yellow gold watch stays bright and beautiful for many years without polishing. 2: Omega Constellation Globemaster Not only do the Swiss-manufactured watches, but they also give certifications of accuracy and quality. One institute that does so is METAS, who gave the Omega Constellation watches one of the most prestigious designations there: The Master Chronometer certification. Function aside, the aesthetics of the this Omega Constellation Globemaster watch feature a yellow gold case, minimalistic dial, and a leather strap. These factors combine to create a timepiece with a classy look and the inner workings to back it up. 3: Longines La Grande Classique While most of the pieces on this list are 100% gold, this watch from Longines incorporates silver, too. The aesthetic that this color scheme creates is one of pure elegance. Not only is this Longines La Grande Classique Quartz yellow gold watch a gorgeous timepiece, but the brand behind it is well respected in the industry. Longines chooses to stick to what they know and create some of the best classy, dress options on the market. If you go with the classic style of the Longines La Grande Classique collection, you may never need to purchase a dress watch again. 4: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak It is normal to question whether expensive brands are truly of high quality or just a marketing scheme. In the case of the luxury brand Audemars Piguet, you have nothing to worry about. Despite its celebrity endorsements and flashy marketing campaigns, this brand is a classic Swiss manufacturer with some fantastic pieces. Perhaps the most iconic of them is the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, which can come in a bright, attractive yellow gold. With top-class quality and an iconic look, this shiny gold watch might be your top luxury choice on the market. 5: Seiko Yellow Gold Quartz  One thing that casual watch fans usually haven’t heard of is the “quartz crisis,” which took place in the 1970s. What this catchy name describes is the beginnings of quartz movement watches, which shook up the traditional manufacturers and seized a large percentage of their market shares. Among the first to master quartz movements was Seiko, which continues to create exceptional watches to this day. The one we have listed here is a classic piece of theirs that functions well and looks good while doing it. You cannot really go wrong with a Seiko yellow gold watch, so you can make your purchase with confidence. 6: Stührling Original Men’s Series   Our last pick is an excellent option for those that like skeleton watches. (Because lets face it, they’re pretty cool watches!) Aesthetically, this Stührling watch has a yellow gold case that contrasts wonderfully with its complex, but beautiful silver inner workings. On the inside, you’ll enjoy an automatic movement that never needs a battery change. A genuine leather strap on top of everything else makes this piece a slam dunk. It’s the perfect combination of sophistication without going overboard. Yellow Gold Watch to Match Your Shiny Personality Picking the right watch can be difficult, but starting with color is an excellent first step! Your basic options are variants of sniny gold, silver, or just about any color if you like in plastic or ceramic. Kick it up a notch with some jewels or diamonds if that’s your style. If you choose yellow gold as your color of choice, then just make sure you pick the watch that’s just right for you!

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  11. History of TAG Heuer Monaco Watch

    History of TAG Heuer Monaco Watch

    From the racetrack to the history books, the TAG Heuer Monaco watch is an instantly recognizable classic. The Principality of Monaco is the most densely populated sovereign state in the world. During the Monaco Grand Prix, thought to be of the most important automobile races in the world, thousands flock to the city-state and the population nearly triples. The TAG Heuer Monaco watch embodies the core of the prestigious race and the sport of auto racing, but the journey was decades in the making. A Trusted Name in Sports Timekeeping Since it was founded in 1860, TAG Heuer has established a reputation as the world’s leading manufacturer of reliable and robust chronographs. The Swiss label has contributed its fair share of innovation to the world of watchmaking. As the label grew in popularity, the brand became directly tied to the development of the sport of automobile racing.  The first major milestone came in 1916 when the Heuer introduced the patented Mikrograph. This game-changing model was the world’s first stopwatch with a precision of 1/100 of a second. TAG Heuer followed this up the Autavia in 1933, the first dashboard watches for automobiles and aviation. In the same year, the TAG Heuer pocket chronographs were used as official stopwatches for the Olympic Games. This cemented the brand’s reputation as a leading name for precision timekeeping in sports in the early days of racing. By the 60s, a young Jack Heuer, great grandson of the founder, held the reins at Heuer. He saw the booming world of motorsport and all its glamor and excitement as lucrative business for the brand. His first major mark on the brand was the relaunch of the Autavia. He followed this up with the release of the Carrera, a watch specifically designed for racecar drivers. Heuer named the timepiece after the Pan American road race and it quickly became a staple among racecar drivers for its simple yet effective chronograph design. TAG Heuer Monaco The connection between TAG Heuer and the sporting world was further consolidated in 1969 with the creation of Tag Heuer Monaco. Automatic winding watches were a hot fixture on the market at the time. As the brand was pumping out Carreras, they also worked separately on the world’s first automatic chronograph movement, housed in the classic Autavia. Heuer, however, wanted to achieve a less traditional timepiece built around the innovative new movement. TAG Heuer Monaco was the result of a partnership between Jack Heuer, Dubois Depraz, the leading specialist in the development of the modules, and Breitling, who shared the funding of the expensive undertaking. The dubbed “Project 99” resulted in a modular automatic chronograph built on a Buren base movement with an independent Dubois-Depraz chronograph attached to the watch. Erwin Piquerez, owner of a Swiss company that produces watch cases, proposed a square case that was also waterproof. It was positioned within the world of automobile racing and was made available to the public at Basel Fair of that same year at a retail price of $200. Named after the prestigious Monaco Formula One race, it was the world’s first waterproof automatic chronograph in a square case. The timepiece was further polished off with its metallic blue dial, domed plastic crystal and crown positioned on the left to remark that the watch didn’t need winding. The counters at the 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock were meant to precisely measure chronograph hours and minutes. The TAG Heuer Monaco was an industry disrupting product with its unique square case design. Steve McQueen The legend of the TAG Heuer Monaco is consolidated with its hero, Steve McQueen. In 1971, the iconic Hollywood actor was filming Le Mans, a film that depicted the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race. McQueen’s was set to depict the film’s main character who was racing for the Porsche team. Inspired from Swiss driver Jo Siffert, who was a consultant on the movie. He was the leading man for the Porsche team competing in the World Sportscar Championship. He also happened to be a good friend of Jack Heuer’s and an ambassador of the brand on the track. McQueen wore the same jumpsuit of the Swiss champion, boldly sporting the TAG Heuer logo on his chest. In a bid to depict Siffert as accurately as possible, he also matched the chronograph on his wrist. While Siffert preferred to wear the round Heuer Autavia 1163T, McQueen instead opted for the square-shaped Monaco chronograph. The timepiece drew him in with its unconventional look. The blue dial and unique design was highly visible during the film and had become forever associated with the legendary Hollywood star himself and all of the glamor and excitement of the Monaco Grand Prix itself. The timepiece garnered tons of exposure during the movie and it wasn’t long before the TAG Heuer Monaco 1133B became one of the most recognizable sports watches ever designed. TAG Heuer Monaco Later Days TAG Heuer Monaco was considered a limited success at first, largely due to its unusual shape. By 1975 it had disappeared from catalogues and Heuer halted its production. It wasn’t until 1998 that the brand recognized the heritage of the ingrained watch and launched the successful “Re-Edition” series that was inspired by classic chronographs from the 1960s. Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) took over TAG Heuer the following year. Since then the watch has remained a fixture in luxury fashion and high fashion. In 2003, LVMH released the Modern Monaco, reference CW2113. It is defined by the Tag Heuer logo rather than the traditional Heuer logo. By its aesthetics alone, the Monaco was a brilliant feat in watchmaking. It remains one of the flagship models to TAG Heuer to this day. And is one of the most distinguishable watches ever made. The square casing was truly revolutionary. The TAG Heuer Monaco remains one of the coolest watches on the market four decades after its initial launch. It’s an instantly recognizable classic that isn’t going out of style anytime soon. The rich heritage of the timepiece packs a big punch. It’s also directly tied to the development of the Monaco Grand Prix and embodies the thrill and excitement of the sport of automobile racing itself.

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