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  2. Boo! 8 Spooky Watches for Halloween

    Boo! 8 Spooky Watches for Halloween

    Sure, you’ve got a few ideas about costumes for Halloween, but have you thought about what you will put on your wrist? Celebrate ghouls and goblins with watches that perfectly match the witching season. From skull motifs to ghost designs and spine-chilling spiders, here are watches that perfectly complement your Halloween. 1: Hublot Celebrates with Skulls Watches While technically odes to the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead, Hublot’s Big Bang Calaveras make great accessories to wear during the Halloween season. The limited-edition Calaveras from the Swiss watchmaker capture the colorful spirit of the undead with floral designs integrated into the carved-skull motifs. For even more colorful fun, check out the Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull line. These singular timepieces feature dials that are embroidered with traditional Day of the Dead-style skulls in an eye-popping variety of hues. Honor the spirit world with designs in vibrant turquoise, fiery orange, bold blue, and soft pink. Spooking has never been such fun! 2: Bejeweled Skulls with Romain Jerome Watches Romain Jerome is another luxury Swiss watchmaker that pays homage to Día de los Muertos. The first incarnation of their Day of the Dead-inspired watches features simple skull appliques on black dials with black PVD-coated cases of stainless steel and black leather straps featuring tang buckles. They later got more elaborate. The subsequent Clásico models have bezels with mini skulls and floral engravings. Some pieces in the Clasico line have faces that are covered with miniature skulls, and skull appliques with diamonds and rubies for teeth. 3: HYT Spooks with Liquid Time Yet again hailing from Switzerland, HYT gets into the skull-watch game with a twist…fluid! While water clocks have been in use since ancient times, HYT was the first to figure out how to put the time-honored technique on a wrist. How about a black-and-gold titanium timepiece with fluid that flows around a skull to show the hour? Last year HYT debuted its first pocket watch and continued its love of skull-themed designs. With no hands, the Skull Pocket shows the time with clear and colored liquids that meet to indicate the hour. 4: Creepy Crawlers on the Invicta Sea Spiders Get sporty with your Halloween accessorizing. Available in a variety of bold colors and intriguing designs, the Invicta Sea Spider is a tough and lightweight timepiece that goes with just about anything. Many of the models are perfect for trick-or-treating. Most notably are the watches with large spider charms that sit astride the 7 o’clock position, seemingly poised to crawl across a dial with a spider-web texture. 5: Gucci Gets its Ghost On Gucci has famously teamed with snowboarder-turned-artist Trevor Andrew for the Gucci Ghost line of clothing and accessories. It began as a fluke. In 2012, Andrew was looking for a last-minute Halloween costume and cut two holes in a Gucci sheet to go out as a ghost. His alter ego “Gucci Ghost” was born! He soon incorporated the iconic double-G Gucci logo in his art. The company took notice and Andrew’s affiliation was made official. Flash forward and Andrew joined forces with Italian fashion designer Alessandro Michele to create the Black G-Timeless Gucci Ghost Watch. A unisex timepiece that captures the spirit of Halloween, the watch has a playful ghost on its black face and a sapphire crystal lens. A black stainless steel PVD-coated case and sturdy black rubber strap complete the spooktacular watch. 6: Enjoy Fright Night with Fendi Watches How about a demon-eye design that seems to stare daggers at you? Pick up the Fendi Black Stainless Steel Monster Watch. Bold luminescent yellow eyes peer out from a pitch-black dial. The watch’s hands seem to form menacing eyebrows when they’re at the ten and two o’clock positions. Dual chronograph hands create feline-like pupils on the glaring eyes. A black satin-brushed stainless-steel case and Fendi’s trademark Cunoio Romano calfskin leather strap complete the eerie timepiece. 7: High-End Horror with Richard Mille Watches If you’ve got extra half a million dollars lying around, pick up a Richard Mille Tourbillon RM 052 Skull for this year’s Halloween. That is if you can even find one of the prized 21 watches that were made. Arguably the world’s most-unique skull-themed watch, the RM 052 incorporates the bold skull on its face into the movement. Crafted with grade 5 titanium, the skull’s jaws hold the tourbillon cage’s ruby, the skull’s rear is the movement’s center bridge and bridges connecting the case to the movement form a skull-and-crossbones. 8: Swatch Watches Tells Monster Time For something more accessible, how about a monster-friendly Swatch? Southern California artist Kenny Scharf brings his playful brand of whimsical art to this color-splashed timepiece. A ghoulish face that’s at once friendly and fierce adorns the watch face, while bright green snake designs trail across a plastic strap. It’s a fun and affordable way to show your Halloween spirit! Whether you go for luxury with bold skull watches or make mischief with weird and wonderful designs, a Halloween-themed watch is perfect for both tricks and treats.

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  3. 10 Versatile Watches for the Minimalist

    10 Versatile Watches for the Minimalist

    When it comes to shopping for a proper watch, it can turn into a real journey. Although there is a wide range of watches you could choose from, if you’re a fan of less is more, then you might need to satisfy your inner minimalist. A versatile watch can look very stylish on your wrist, and a simple one can do the job just perfectly. For that reason, this article has a list of versatile watches that minimalists will surely love. 1: Junghans Max Bill This watch is inspired by Max Bill’s watch collection, and it offers you a stylish look while providing the simplicity you so much desire. This time-showing little object has a stainless-steel case and self-winding movements. Its design makes it fit for a suit at certain events, but it can also be worn with casual clothing. 2: Jack Mason Nochikaru Nautical For classic men, this timepiece brings a modern design combined with tradition. It comes with a traditional dark brown Italian leather strap that can be changed with any 22mm Jack Mason strap, making it versatile and pleasant to own. Moreover, it has a 42mm stainless steel case and an easy-to-read dial. For someone who seeks versatility and simplicity while looking stylish, this is the perfect watch. 3: Grand Seiko A stainless-steel case – something that shelters Grand Seiko’s clean black dial. This watch not only makes your wrist more attractive, but it’s versatile as well. Although it comes with a sturdy steel bracelet, it can be changed with a leather one. This way, you can offer it a simpler design. The watch can look great in many situations, from an important business meeting to a clubbing weekend with your friends. 4: Longines Conquest Heritage This Longines Conquest Heritage timepiece based on models from the 1950s comes with a variety of case sizes. If you’re into the vintage look, then this watch will satisfy you with its stainless-steel case that houses a mechanical watch with self-winding movement. 5: Stowa Marine Original With a more modern look and manufactured in Germany, Stowa Marine Original could be a great companion when you’re going to any event. Adding a vintage look to your wrist, this stainless-steel case holds a white dial. It has Arabic numerals that are easy to read, so you don’t have to worry about struggling to see the time. Additionally, it comes with the manual winding Unitas 6498-1, which is a reliable pocket watch style movement that adds to the product’s versatility. 6: Cristopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic With British Origins, this Swiss-Made watch’s movement will make you feel stylish while wearing it. Housed by a stainless-steel case, SH21 comes with a 5-day power reserve. Moreover, the brown strap combined with the blue dial makes it stand out design-wise, and you will fall in love with it and its innovative movement. 7: Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch Elegance, long battery life and great movement – what else could you wish for in a watch? The Horological Smartwatch comes with Motion X technology in the MMT-285 movement. Moreover, the battery life is of 25 months – doesn’t that sound amazing? You won’t have to worry about the battery for two years. Also, if you’re into fitness, you’re going to love it even more. This Frederique Constant watch is able to track your fitness goals and can synchronize time with the connected time. Basically, you won’t have to worry about setting the time – it does it by itself. So, if you’re traveling a lot, you will be pleased with this characteristic. In addition to all these features, it comes with a simple look, having a leather strap and an easy to read dial. Therefore, you can safely wear it at meetings, events or even during a casual day. 8: Braun BN0095 Dieter Rams, the Braun Chief Design Officer, had the amazing idea of joining the world of watches and creating this stylish piece. The brand’s aesthetic and signature are brought by the BN0095 chronograph, coming with a stunning bracelet too. It has a futuristic style while being minimalistic enough to please your eyes. Moreover, the case construction makes it durable. Basically, the one-piece case prevents dust and water from entering the inner case. 9: Nomos Ahoi Atlantic Despite the marine deck watch being one of the oldest watch styles in the world, Nomos did something to renew it by changing the design in a great way. The deep-sea blue dial is a pleasure to look at, and the numbers are very easy to see. Moreover, it has Epsilon movement, and the Geneva stripes give it a unique design, making your wrist attractive whether you’re wearing a suit or a casual jacket. Basically, this watch is a work of art. 10: Hamilton Intra-Matic Are you looking for a simple, versatile watch that also makes you look cool? The Hamilton Intra-Matic is at your service. Being available in either a modern 42mm size or a retro 38mm one, you will feel a mid-century vibe wearing this timepiece. It’s dial looks just impressive and it’s powered by an ETA 2892-2 movement. In addition, the rotor has a unique decoration with a wide sapphire case back. You will definitely make a good impression wearing it anywhere you go. Final Thoughts Sometimes, it can be really hard to find versatile watches that come with simpler designs. Many products you find come with a cramped design, something that is not for everyone’s tastes. Hopefully we’ve helped you out with some versatile but simple watches that could brighten your life!

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  4. History of Rolex Daytona: Why It’s Still So Popular

    History of Rolex Daytona: Why It’s Still So Popular

    When Hans Wilsdorf founded Rolex in 1905, the automotive industry as a whole was still in its infancy. German and American manufacturers were competing for a way to mass produce their cars. Little did he know, his soon-to-be revolutionary brand would become associated with a sport that hadn’t even been imagined yet.  The Beginning Wilsdorf himself would become infatuated with the high-octane sport of automobile racing and the lifestyle surrounding it. Specifically that of Sir Malcolm Campbell. Known by his peers as the “Speed King,” the British motorist was among the most successful race car drivers during the 1920s and 1930s. Daytona Beach was the location that hosted the first organized races. It was instrumental in pioneering the sport, attracting competitors, enthusiasts and fans alike. Between 1924 and 1935, the Sir Malcolm Campbell shattered nine land speed records in his iconic Bluebird race car, five of which occurred at Daytona Beach. The Racing World and the Oyster  What’s more is that he also happened to be an avid wearer of Rolex watches, both on and off the racetrack. During the height of his success and fame in 1931, he wrote a personal thank you note to Rolex’s headquarter. He gushed about the durability and reliability of the Oyster during his races. The lifestyle of Sir Malcolm Campbell during his time in the “speed capital of the world” symbolized that of Rolex. This made him the first official brand ambassador in the early 20th century. His lavish and fast-paced lifestyle, as well as the attention, caught the eye of William France, who left everything and moved to Daytona with just $100 in his pocket. As Sir Malcolm Campbell and other race car stars of the time left in favor of Bonneville Salt Flats due to the poor quality of the track, France began to lay the foundation of the National Association for Stock Car Racing (NASCAR). In the early days of Daytona, the elongated oval-shaped racecourse partly ran along the bend of the oceanfront along the beach. The smooth, compacted sand was ideal for land speed records and made for an entertaining spectacle. Under France, the popularity of the high-octane sport skyrocketed during the 1940s and 1950s. In 1953, France proposed the creation of what would be dubbed the Daytona International Speedway, moving the racecourse to a permanent asphalt track that could accommodate the large crowds. Rolex and NASCAR’s Relationship It was during this time that Rolex capitalized on the movement with the creation of the Rolex Oyster Chronograph. It’s what many consider to be the forefather of the iconic Daytona. Dubbed “Reference 6234,” they released just 500 annually between 1955 and 1961. During that time, Rolex registered the name “Cosmograph.” These so-called “Pre-Daytonas” sold for a measly $200 at the time and had very limited success. Especially since other watch brands had already established themselves as chronograph specialists. Rolex became the first official timekeeper of the Daytona International Speedway in 1962. The following year,  they released the Cosmograph “Reference 6239.” The model was emphatically nicknamed the “Daytona” to cement its affiliation with the now prestigious auto race. Rolex designed the timepiece to meet the demands of the professional drivers. They did so by having a larger tachymeter scale on the bezel that allowed for the precise measurement of speed. The close relationship between the sport and the brand would begin to culminate with the initial release of the Rolex Daytona Chronograph in 1965. Each timepiece paid homage to the Daytona International Speedway. Each also came equipped with an even larger tachometer engraved on the bezel. One-minute, thirty-minute and 12-hour recorders, 17-jewel movement, sweeping second-hand time to ⅕ of a second and finished off with the iconic Rolex Oyster waterproof stainless steel case. Going Hollywood This watch managed to make its way into the hands of celebrity race car driver Paul Newman. He received it as a gift by his wife Joanne Woodward in 1972. His personal Daytona watch became his favorite accompaniment during races but also off the track. In large part due to Paul Newman as an unofficial ambassador, the Rolex achieved incremental and steady increase in popularity. The actor was frequently spotted with his Paul Newman Rolex Daytona which he wore every day until his passing in 2008. In 1988, there was enough demand that Rolex released a second iteration, this time featuring a Zenith El Primero modified winding movement. These models were designated with a five-digital reference number. They continued to push the envelope with the introduction of a third iteration in 2000, designated with a six-digital reference number. The calibre 4130 self-winding movement is still in use today, complete with 44 jewels, 72-hour power reserve, kid shock absorbers and column-wheel switching. The start, stop and reset functions are enabled by pushers that screw down to create a crisp and clear click.  Then and Now Today the iconic black dial allows for a precise reading of ⅛ second. While the two counters on the dial displayed the lapsed time in hours and minutes. Drivers can map out their track times and tactics without fail. The Daytona also features the brand’s iconic Oyster bracelet which equips the model with the reliable technology. In addition, an impeccable aesthetic that has stood the test of time. Despite the continued innovation, the legacy of the Rolex Daytona begins and ends with Paul Newman. The limited “Paul Newman” models fetch millions at auction today. They’re instantly recognizable by the block markers instead of lines.  Also, one of four contrasting color combinations along the dial’s periphery. The model must be Reference number 6239, 6241, 6262, 6263, 6264 or 6265. These haven’t been produced for decades, leaving them to become a rare collector’s item. Daytona Is Here to Stay Along with the Submariner, the Rolex Daytona has remained a mainstay among its most iconic of timepieces. The Rolex Daytona, in particular, represents Rolex’s ability to bring reliability and solidity and merge them into a beautiful timepiece. Rather than a single “eureka” moment, the ascension in popularity and development of the Rolex Daytona was a slow burn. Throughout its 55-year history, there were many years in which the model would sit at an authorized dealer’s shop. It now stands as one of the most sought-after timepieces. It has become associated with some of the sport’s most recognizable icons such as Sir Malcolm Campbell and Paul Newman. The 55-year history of the Rolex Daytona was a slow burn in its acquisition of popularity and development. The model that would often sit for years at an authorized dealer’s shop now stands as among the most sought-after timepieces ever. At its core, the Daytona embodies Rolex’s passion for the sport and the racers themselves. While its longevity and rich story is what distinguishes it as a true classic. 

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  5. 5 Common Misconceptions About Watches

    5 Common Misconceptions About Watches

    Like with all technological devices, numerous misconceptions also surround watches. Once you become a victim of these misconceptions, you can end up buying the wrong watch! For this reason, we have listed five common misconceptions about watches. 1: Swiss-made Watches Are 100% Manufactured in Switzerland Just because a watch says that it is Swiss-made, don’t be fooled that it’s all fully made in Switzerland. Swiss law states that Swiss-made only means that, at a minimum, 50% of the parts used in the watch are made in Switzerland. Swiss-made also means that both the first and the last wheel were added to the watch in Switzerland. So, while this ensures that half of it is made in Switzerland, the remaining parts are made elsewhere. 2: Jewels Determine the Watch’s Quality Manufacturers often refer to the number of jewels they have in the watches to demonstrate its quality. However, extra jewels don’t always mean the watch is automatically higher quality. Primarily, jewels had been originally used in watches to reduce the friction in those parts of the watch that are most likely to experience heavy wear and tear. Since jewels are harder compared to metal, they are used to counter metal on metal wear. The most suitable jewels for this purpose are rubies, sapphires, and diamonds. However, the jewels that are often used today are rubies that have been synthetically created. So, since these jewels are synthetic and hardly of any value, they don’t really increase your watch’s value. So, if you come across a watch that has more jewels than other watches, it is better if you ask the purpose of the jewels before spending so much. 3: NASA Has Only One Official Watch Numerous articles on the web mention that the Omega Speedmaster is the only official watch of NASA which it trusts. However, this is far from the truth. NASA proves again and again that it has a good relationship with Omega since the Speedmaster has been used on many missions since 1962. In fact, it is the only watch that astronauts wore on their mission to the moon back in 1969. However, it is not the only official watch. NASA has deemed numerous watches as official watches certified for space travel. Apart from the Omega Speedmaster, other watches include the Timex Ironman and the Casio G-Shock. 4: Best Watches are Always Rolex Watches In the watch world, Rolex has made a name for itself and has become the manufacturer of some of the most desirable watches. Of course, factors like numerous innovations they have introduced to the world: excellent craftsmanship, and high-quality design are partially responsible for the hype, but it is also because of their incredible marketing campaigns! So, while Rolex is the most recognized platinum watch and is without a doubt one of the top players – there has been talks that watch enthusiasts state other manufacturers to be the more premium watchmakers in the industry. Depending on the things you look for in a watch, options from other manufacturers might suit you better. 5: Higher Price Ensures a Better Watch You’ve probably heard people discussing how sometime you pay for what you get, but that may not always be true. Of course, many only stand by this reason as this is the case with many other items like laptops. However, with watches, that might not always be the case. For instance, a Timex watch available at a much lower price might keep a much better time as compared to many highly priced watches available on the market. This is all really because of the watch’s movement. Generally, lower-priced watches make use of quartz movements which are not only cheap to produce but are highly accurate too. Meanwhile, high-end watches use mechanical movements that are not only more expensive and complicated to produce, but they also don’t tell the time any better than quartz watches do. At the same time, the design quality and craftsmanship of the highly priced mechanical watches will be much higher. Similarly, you should also expect a costly watch to last much longer and be more durable than the cheaper ones. Conclusion These five popular misconceptions about watches have been growing more and more popular so don’t be feel bad if you believed in them! The good thing is, now you know what is true and what is not. Head to WatchShopping to start shopping!

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  6. Luxury Watches That Can Benefit World Travelers

    Luxury Watches That Can Benefit World Travelers

    Whether you find yourself on the road for business, the annual family holiday, or maybe you’re just an avid traveler – a watch is simply a travel essential as old as time itself. As any savvy traveler will tell you, the ideal wrist watch offers the right balance of quality, functionality and of course, style. Whether you find yourself lounging by the sea or exploring the streets of a new city, there are a number of watches that were designed to meet the demands of the modern traveler and all the needs that come with the journey. Luxury watches that will benefit world travelers: 1: Rolex GMT-Master II The obvious choice. The Rolex GMT-Master II is an all-time classic and the ultimate travel watch that is versatile, functional and fashionable. Since it was conceived in the 1950s for transatlantic pilots crossing several time zones at once, the wearer is able to monitor two separate time zones. Whether it’s family, friends or work, the Rolex GMT-Master II allows you to eliminate the mental math when it comes to thinking in other time zones in the form of a beautiful timepiece. 2: Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time The ultimate convergence of class, durability and time telling – the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time. It has long established itself as an essential among the most sophisticated of travelers. The bespoke design is bolstered with automatic Vacheron Constantin 2460 WT/1 movement, 150-meter depth water resistance rating and an antimagnetic build. The real gem is that this World Time watch doesn’t simply house 24 time zones, but rather all 37 including those also offset by 15 and 30-minute intervals. 3: Grand Seiko Heritage  With Grand Seiko, it’s the unseen technical details that make them so impressive. The high-beat movement ticks at 36,000 bpm (most high-end mechanical watches beat between 21,000 and 28,000 bpm), bolstering the insane accuracy and giving its seconds hand a much smoother movement than other similar options. 4: Sinn Uhren 857 UTC FVR Tested and certified to the German flight standards, this Sinn watch is essentially shockproof and can reliably operate at temperatures between -49 and 195 degrees fahrenheit. That makes it the no nonsense choice for the thrill-seeking adventurer. The watch also features two time zones and an aviation-inspired design. 5: Omega Speedmaster If it was durable enough for NASA astronauts during their visit to the moon, the Omega Speedmaster will be reliable enough for any travel adventure the road may throw your way. With its unique ability to measure distance and speed, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the most exceptional watches to carry on any journey. The simplicity in aesthetic make it a stylish choice that you can’t go wrong with. 6: Monta Skyquest The Monta Skyquest is a GMT that comes equipped with 300m of water resistance.  Also, an automatic Sellita SW330 movement and a power reserve of 42 hours. It is the perfect “tool watch” that you can take into the water without having to baby it like the Rolex GMT-Master II. The exquisite steel bracelet and rubber strap make for a beautiful design, while allowing you to have the peace of mind for whatever your trip throws at you. 7: Nomos Zürich World Time This model is more of an advanced GMT with a world city ring around it. But the Nomos Zürich World Time comes equipped with the brand’s DUW 5201 movement. It’s also 30m water resistance. The watch doesn’t display the hour for all 24 time zones individually. Instead, the city at the 12 o’clock dial corresponds to the time shown on the main dial. When the pusher at 2 o’clock dial is pressed, the world ring advanced to the next city. While the hour hand advanced one hour in perfect synchronicity. The clean aesthetic is the perfect options for the modern globetrotter. 8: Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime Designed to withstand the harshest of conditions, the Ball Engineer Master II Diver Worldtime is the timepiece every explorer needs. This Ball watch will hold up particularly well for any and all globetrotting adventures. You can find yourself on top of Mount Everest. Or perhaps on Italy’s Mediterranean coastline, you’ll want a watch that holds up against all odds. 9: Farer Lander Automatic GMT The beautiful mid-century explorer look of the Farer Lander features a blue dial and leather wrist strap. The subtle 39.5mm x 10mm case pairs nicely with the bronze crown. While the model offers up to 100m of water resistance and automatic ETA 2893-2 movement. 10: Patek Philippe World Time Besides being one of the most elusive high-end timepieces, the Patek Philippe World Time is an efficient watch. You can locate a particular time zone with the simple push of a button. The impeccable design lends itself to the first-class traveler, as it seems it was meant to be worn next to business attire with its gold finishing. It is not only a real luxury watch but also a convenient one due to its dual timezone complications.

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  7. 7 Japanese Watches That are Worth Your Attention

    7 Japanese Watches That are Worth Your Attention

    A lot of luxury timepieces are manufactured in Switzerland, which many people call the “watch capital of the world.” The origins of this trend are complicated, but all you need to know is that the Swiss have perfected the art of watch manufacturing. However, don’t count out Japanese watches just yet. Other locations around the world have built up a reputation of their own as well. The most famous of them is Japan, which produces the majority of quartz watches on the market and also does an excellent job of creating affordable automatic pieces. For these reasons, taking a look at Japanese watches is worth your attention. We list sever of our favorites in the sections below. Seiko Men’s Automatic Diver Watch A general rule of thumb in the watch world is that automatic movements are significantly more expensive than quartz. What is so amazing about Seiko is that they manage to buck that trend and create affordable timepieces that perform at a luxury level. One example of this achievement is their automatic diver watch, which is water-resistant up to 200 meters. For some perspective, many of the most expensive dive watches in the world only go to 300 meters. This is the kind of excellence you can expect from what is perhaps the most esteemed Japanese brand. Casio G-Shock GA 100 Military Series Watch Though this watch is quite attractive, Casio prioritizes function and ruggedness over everything else. The result is a chunky, well-made timepiece that is water-resistant up to 200 meters, has an insanely precise stopwatch, incorporates a full calendar, and can be programmed to 29 different time zones. To get an idea of how resilient they are, just look at the name: Military Series. Casio wants to make a machine that functions in rain, snow, mud, and everywhere else a soldier would go. Of course, you don’t have to be in the military to appreciate an excellent product like this. Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chronograph A-T Watch One of the most favorable features of the Citizen Eco-Drive watches is the nature of its movement. First, it runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, rather than a conventional power source that cannot charge again. Second, the watch recharges itself by harvesting solar energy. The result is that you never have to change out your battery. This function makes it somewhat like more expensive automatic watches, which use kinetic energy for power. Additionally, this timepiece has a gorgeous look to it, effective water resistance, and a sturdy titanium case. Orient Monarch Mechanical Hand Wind Watch Orient’s mission is to create watches that are reliable, classic, and speak for themselves. That’s why Orient doesn’t bother with expensive celebrity endorsements and massive marketing campaigns. Instead, they put their energy into world-class production and let the products do the talking. Such is the case with the Orient Monarch, which is elegant, understated, and doesn’t break the bank. One thing to consider is that this watch is not automatic or quartz, like the others on this list. What that means is that you’ll have to power it either by hand or with a watch winding device. For some, that will be a deal breaker, but others appreciate the vintage vibe that a manual piece gives off. Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless-Steel Watch Seiko is one of the most popular Japanese brands of all time. The Seiko 5 watch is the perfect choice for campers and other outdoors lovers due to its automatic movement, simple dial, and unique aesthetic. That being said, you shouldn’t put this piece on the shelf for your daily errands and nights out. The reason is that the Seiko 5 has a versatile look that holds up just about anywhere. Casio Multi-Function Chronograph   Though Casio is known for their rugged resin watches, they also produce more traditional looks. One example is this aviation-inspired piece that has a chronograph, impressive water resistance, and a rotating bezel that allows the wearer to make a variety of measurements. Seiko Solar Diver Chronograph If you’re a big fan of Rolex, the famous dive watch brand, this model might be your second best bet. The first reason is its movement, which is powered by solar energy and never needs a battery change. The second is its aesthetic, which incorporates a bright, multi-color bezel that is sure to turn heads. Lastly, this Seiko Solar watch has excellent diving functions for its price, including resistance up to 200 meters and top of the line materials. If you still want to stick with the Swiss after reading this article, we don’t blame you. The manufacturers that operate there are some of the best in the world, and you can’t go wrong when choosing one. Still, anyone can admit that Japanese timepieces deserve respect and consideration, especially if your budget is a bit lower than what the top luxury brands require. Hopefully, with the help of this list, you’ll be able to choose a Japanese masterpiece to add to your collection!

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  8. 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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  9. 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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