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  2. An Introduction to Monta Watches

    An Introduction to Monta Watches

    Given the surge of boutique watch brands in recent years, Monta Watches may not have hit your radar screen. But maybe they should have. While headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, the microbrand makes all of its watches in Switzerland. They have a passion to preserve the centuries-old tradition of fine Swiss watchmaking. In less than five years, Monta has earned the respect of watch aficionados. They’ve offered some serious competition to established brands. Let’s take a closer look at this American-born Swiss-made success story. It Started with the Oceanking In 2016, Monta watches debuted its first-ever offering. The Monta Oceanking may have been new but it owed much of its makeup to the greatest dive watches in the history of horology. Specifically, those from the 1950s, as the Oceanking is an unashamed homage to classics like the Rolex Sea-Dweller, Omega Seamaster, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, and others that captured the imagination of adventurous watch lovers decades ago. The connection to Rolex is even deeper (pardon the pun) as the founders of Monta watches hail from Everest Horology, which produces rubber straps for Rolex sports watches. Photo from montawatch officialIn design, the Oceanking checks all of the boxes that all great dive watches should. A 40mm stainless steel case has a large nearly-onion-shaped crown for easy underwater gripping. Its bearing-mounted bezel is equally grip-friendly. Plus there’s water-resistance up to 1,000 meters. An anti-reflective domed crystal tops a non-nonsense matte dial with easy legibility that serves well in undersea situations and presents subdued sophistication on land. And while the case has notes that echo a contemporary Rolex Submariner, its beveled edges and polished flanks give it a truly unique feel. Comparisons to other luxury dive watches get even better when you consider the Oceanking’s price point of around two grand. Monta Watches, Then Came the Triumph In strictly branding terms, one might have thought the Triumph Field should have been Monta’s debut timepiece. The name Monta, derived from “mountain,” is an ode to the company’s connection to Everest. It stands to reason that a watch designed for mountainous terrain would have come first. But we didn’t meet the Triumph Field until Baselworld 2017. It has some design elements that echo the Oceanking. One could call the Triumph Field a military spin-off of Monta’s first-ever watch. Photo from montawatch officialIt has a case diameter of 38.5mm and 9.6mm thickness. The Triumph is slightly smaller than the Oceanking, but wears just about as big given the heft of its broad lugs. The stainless steel case mixes finish with polished (chamfers, for example) and brushed (planes) surfaces. That continues the unique mix on the bezel, bracelet, and clasp. The dial follows the Oceanking’s no-frills approach. Flip it over to find a display caseback that lets you get a look at the Swiss-made Sellita SW-300 automatic movement. And while the Triumph Field falls squarely into the tool-watch bucket, it wears well in dressy situations, equally at ease on a link bracelet or a sturdy rubber strap as it is on fine leather for more formal occasions. Things Soar with the Skyquest GMT Another Monta watch we met at Baselworld 2017, the Skyquest GMT again serves as homage to the great tool watches of the 1950s. This time we harken back to the revered Rolex GMT Master Ref. 6542, first made for Pan Am pilots in 1954 and today beloved by collectors for its once-groundbreaking ability to track dual time zones with just a glance to the wrist. Photo from montawatch officialWe owe some of Skyquest’s design to the Oceanking. This could also be considered a spin-off, a GMT version of Monta’s firstborn, just as Rolex did when they rolled out the Submariner and its GMT-Master cousin together back in 1954 at the Swiss Watch Show that would become Baselworld. Even the names of Monta’s “Oceanking” and “Skyquest” sound like they could be part of the Rolex family. More on Skyquest However, the Skyquest departs from Rolex’s influence in a number of intriguing ways. Skyquest’s ramp-up GMT hand is more reminiscent of classic Seiko models than Rolex. The coin-edge bi-directional bezel features a target-shaped and lumed pip at the 12’clock position. Available in two finishes, black and gilt, the Skyquest dials don’t spare the lume and are super bright with an intensity that rivals pro dive watches. Rhodium-plated sword hands and red accents offer a vintage feel without going old-timey. Photo from montawatch officialThe Skyquest’s stainless steel case also mixes brushed and polished finishes. Its Sellita SW330 automatic GMT movement has 25 jewels and a power reserve of 42 hours. Priced in the $1,600 to $1,900 range, this is not the cheapest GMT out there, as the market today is flooded with automatic GMTs you can pick up for under a grand. But the quality and craftsmanship of the Skyquest is comparable to that of luxury watches found at much higher prices. Monta Watches Conclusion If you’re in the market for a fine tool watch, you can, as many do, look to the established brands like Rolex, Hublot, and Tudor, to name a few. Or turn your eyes to emerging brands that have looked back to watchmaking heritage to stake out new paths ahead. Monta watches will likely one day spawn their own new generation of watchmaker’s intent on continuing the tradition.

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  3. Top 5 Dan Henry Watches

    Top 5 Dan Henry Watches

    When people think of affordable watch brands, one of the names that pop up is Dan Henry watches. This microbrand produces beautiful and vintage-inspired timepieces at affordable prices. We love introducing you to affordable watch brands and what they have to offer to your wrists. So today, we’ll be shining the spotlight on Dan Henry watches. About Dan Henry Watches Dan Henry Watches is a watch company that was founded in 2016. It was established by, you guessed it, a man by the name of Dan Henry. Dan was a chap whose vintage watch collection was 1,500 strong. He sourced these watches from flea markets and local auctions and eventually, his watch-loving friends asked him to start sourcing watches for their collections too. One day, he decided to open up an Instagram account to proudly display his watches and this led to him starting his own watch blog called Timeline Watch. Before he knew it, Dan, this fairly regular watch enthusiast, had become the person other people turned to for advice and information on all things related to vintage watches. He couldn’t source enough watches to keep up with the demand and so he decided to create his own vintage-inspired watch brand. Thus, the microbrand Dan Henry was born and the horologist community was thrilled. Top 5 Dan Henry Watches 1: 1963 Pilot Chronograph First, we have the 1963 Pilot Chronograph. You know how much we love our pilot watches and this one is no exception. It features a 3D embossment of a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird spy plane on its case back. Also, a 12-hour rotating bezel, double-deck sandwich dial, and is water-resistant up to 165 feet. It is constructed with high-quality stainless steel 316L, has a Miyota 6S20 quartz chronograph and sapphire crystal glass. The watch was designed to appeal to the inner adventurer in each of us and is stylish yet functional as a pilot’s watch. It’s available in silver or black. 2: 1964 Gran Turismo Chronograph Next up, we have the 1964 Gran Turismo Chronograph. This sleek timepiece is constructed with stainless steel 316L. It has a sapphire coated double domed mineral glass crystal. In addition, it features a classic beads-of-rice bracelet. The watch has two sub-dials, a tachymeter, a Seiko caliber VK63, a Chrono hand, and instant rest functionality. It is water-resistant up to 165 feet. On the case-back is a 3D embossment of the Aston Martin DB5 automobile. That ties in with the fact that it was created with the inner high-performance driver found within all of us. The fact that this watch resembles a panda is not lost on the brand. They have created their option line around it. It is available in Panda, Evil Panda, Slate Gray, and Silver variations. 3: 1962 Racing Chronograph Nobody can look at this 1962 Racing Chronograph and not want to shout ‘on your marks, get set, go!’ This stainless steel 316L watch has a chronograph, 24-hour indicator, and is water-resistant up to 165 feet. This watch aimed to embody everything a racing watch should have and has been built to withstand the tough conditions out on the track. The watch is available in blue, Panda, or Evil Panda. 4: 1968 Dragster Chrono Now, let’s take a look at the 1968 Dragster Chrono. These Dan Henry watches are simple but sporty. It has been built with high-quality stainless steel 316L. If durability is your biggest concern, look no further than this bad boy. It’s tough and water-resistant up to 165 feet. The watch steers away from stylishness and enters the sports watch arena. It’s available in black or white and you can pick between a black or brown strap. 5: 1947 Dress Watch Lastly, we have the 1947 Dress Watch. This stylish timepiece will help anyone to achieve that gentleman status. It has a sapphire coated mineral glass and a strap made from either leather or NATO. These Dan Henry watches are water-resistant up to 165 feet and feature a sub-dial in its simple design. The 1947 Dress Watch is meant to elevate the style of the wearer—whether they are attending a black-tie event or a business meeting. It’s available in silver or rose gold and features a black leather strap or a black NATO strap. Dan Henry Watches Final Thoughts There’s no denying that being a watch enthusiast can be a pretty expensive hobby to maintain. But with affordable watch brands like Dan Henry producing stunning wristwear like the five we introduced you to today, this hobby becomes much more budget-friendly. What do you say? Will you be reserving a spot in your collection for Dan Henry watches? Or are you an exclusive luxury brand supporter? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them with us in the comments section down below so we can keep providing you with the content you want to read.

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  4. Farer Watches: The Watch Brand You Should Know

    Farer Watches: The Watch Brand You Should Know

    We love introducing you to new watch brands—whether we stock them or not. The horological community is one that thrives on learning and so we share the knowledge at every available opportunity. Today, we’ll be sharing everything there is to know about Farer watches and why this is one brand to watch out for. About Farer Farer is one of the youngest successful watch brands on the market today. The Britain-based brand was established by four watch-loving friends in 2015 in response to the shortage of affordable vintage watches. The brand operates entirely online and has no retail relationships nor do they plan on developing any soon. Although Farer watches are British designed, they are Swiss-made which makes them of the highest quality. It is amongst the few watch brands that are truly boutique and employs only 1 – 10 people including the brand’s quartet of founders: Ben Lewin, Jono Holt, Paul Sweetenham & Stuart Finlayson. Source: Farer official website The name of the company, Farer, speaks to its ideal customer. Seafarer, wayfarer, farfarer, and the likes. Farer watches are designed with durability and affordability in mind but also focus on stylishness, premium Swiss design & a spirit of adventure. In addition to its watches, Farer also produces an assortment of handmade hide watch rolls, as well as a range of different watch straps. Its strap selection includes those made from stainless steel, mesh, Cordovan leather, Horween leather, Barenia birdle leather, as well as perforated natural rubber and Italian calf leather. Farer Watches Now that you know a bit more about the brand and its products, let’s focus on what’s really important: its watches. Before we take a closer look at two of the brand’s most notable watches, let’s take a look at Farers watch collection. Source: Farer official website Chronograph sport: the Moritz, the Cresta, and the Bernina. Chronograph automatic: The Cobb, the Eldridge, and the Seagrave. World timer automatic: the Aldrich, the Markham, and the Roche. GMT automatic: the Oxley Silver Le, the Lander III, and the Oxley Black Le. Aqua compressor automatic: the Hecla, the Endeavour, and the Leven. 37mm hand-wound: the Stanhope, the Lansdell, and the Hudson. Three-hand automatic: the Hopewell II, the Beagle II, and the Endurance II. Quartz: the Fairford, the Elvington, the Pendine, the Ainsdale, the Stark II, and the Frobisher II. The Bernina The Bernina is Farer’s most notable watch. It’s a chronograph sports watch that acted as the official timekeeper of 2019’s Bernina Gran Turismo. The Bernina is constructed with 316L stainless steel, polished steel, a bronze cap, and sapphire crystal glass. It features 3 sub-dials; a ceramic bezel and a racing-inspired design complete with engraved racing red tachymeter scale. Source: Farer official website It is water-resistant up to 10 ATM, has a Sellita SW510 BH Elabore grade movement, and has a 58-hour power reserve when fully wound. It comes standard with a navy-colored perforated Barenia sports strap, but you can swap that strap out for many other options. The Hudson The Hudson is one of Farer’s 37mm hand-wound watches and has been designed with true horological enthusiasts who prefer more traditional watchmaking in mind. This timepiece is named after 17th century English sea explorer Henry Hudson which speaks to the brand’s ethos. This vintage-looking watch has been constructed with polished silver steel, stainless steel, and sapphire crystal. It has a sunray sea-blue triple stepped dial that not only looks beautiful but adjusts in color according to the time of day or night. The Hudson features a Swiss Made ETA 7001 movement, has a 42-hour power reserve when fully wound, and is water-resistant up to 5 ATM. You can choose from a few different strap options. Source: Farer official website Perforated leather: Take your pick from tan, black, or denim perforated strap options Barenia strap: Black, green, tan, chestnut, or navy barenia strap options are available. As are XL barenia straps in tan and navy. Bear in mind that this strap option increases the total cost of the watch. Mesh: A sleek and stylish Milanese mesh option is also available. Maybe you appreciate a modern touch to a vintage design. Bear in mind that this is the most expensive strap option. So the cost to purchase the Hudson increases by $20. Final Thoughts As far as watch brands go, we can say with certainty that a prosperous future lies ahead for Farer as a brand. Farer watches are all about resonating with the modern-day consumer. What do you say? Will you be trying to give Farer a chance? All Farer watches have a 100% 30-day money-back guarantee. Each watch’s movement has a 5-year warranty. So instead of taking our word for it, see what the brand has to offer for yourself.

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  5. New Watches: Top 4 Watches Released in 2020

    New Watches: Top 4 Watches Released in 2020

    If one thing is for certain about 2020, it’s that it’s going to be a weird year for watches. Given the current landscape, many launches for brands such as Patek Philippe, Tudor, and Rolex have been postponed until 2021. Thankfully, a few incredible new watches have already been released. Let’s take a look at 4 of the best new watches 2020 has revealed so far. While we’re certain that many other new watches will be introduced throughout the course of 2020, here are the best of the best as of early 2020. 1: Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition We’ve discussed the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition quite recently and still feel that it is arguably one of the most exciting new watches that has been released in 2020 so far. This addition to the Seamaster collection can be seen in the James Bond film, No Time to Die. The best—or worst depending on who you ask—part about the OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M 007 Edition is that it is part of a non-limited series. It’s water-resistant up to 30 bars (1000 feet), shock resistant, has a built-in helium escape valve decompression system, and has anti-magnetic properties. Omega Official Website It is a slightly slimmer version of the standard 300M Diver and features a brown dial & a titanium mesh bracelet with an adjustable buckle. Inside this beautiful timepiece is the Co-Axial Master Chromometer 8806. 2: Seiko Black Series Limited Editions Seiko’s new watches released back in February and March can be classed as honorary members of our round-up of best black watches for men. Inspired by the ocean at nighttime, the Seiko Black Series Limited Editions is made up of the SLA035J1, SPB125J1, and the SSC761J1. The SLA035J1, released in March 2020, is water-resistant up to 300 meters and features the 8L35 movement. It has a black, red & white design with Lumibrite on its hands, bezel & index to ensure it can be ready in the dark depths of the sea. Only 600 timepieces have been made. Seiko Official Website The SPB125J1 and SSC761J1 were both released in February. The SPB125J1 is an automatic with a 6R35 caliber and features a black & orange color scheme. 7,000 timepieces have been made. The SSC761J1 features a solar movement and a V192 caliber & has a black, red & orange color scheme. Only 3,500 have been made. Both new watches are water-resistant up to 200 meters and feature Lumibrite on their hands & indexes. 3: Vacheron Constantin Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry If you ever wondered what a watch with more than 1,300 diamonds would look like, look no further than the Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry from Vacheron Constantin. Released in late March, this striking timepiece features 1,345 diamonds and is constructed from 18k white gold. It is a non-limited edition and is just one of Vacheron Constantin’s many, many diamond watches. Vacheron-Constantin Official Website The Égérie Moon Phase Jewelry features a 1088L caliber and is an automatic watch. It is water-resistant up to 30 meters and its design consists of: A 246-diamond adorned 18k white gold case An 18k white gold dial set with 510 diamonds 18k white gold bracelet that is covered in diamonds We’ll be the first to admit that this watch is far more pretty than it is practical, but we do admire Vacheron Constantin’s effort to attract more female customers while proudly showing off their phenomenal craftsmanship. 4: Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic Released in January, this beautiful bad boy is the latest addition to the Hublot Big Bang Collection. The Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Red Magic is a striking timepiece of which there are only 100 pieces available. It features a HUB9011 caliber and has a 14-day power reserve. The MP-11 Red Magic has a polished red titanium case, a sapphire crystal dial, and a textured black rubber strap. It is water-resistant up to 30 meters and reminds fans of a Ferrari engine. Hublot Official Website It is one of the best and most beautiful high-tech ceramic watches there is. Partly because most ceramic watches are black or white in color while this daring design is a bold red one. Final Thoughts And there you have it: the four watches released in 2020 you should know about. Also, there are many new watches you should keep watch for including the Chanel J12 X-Ray and the TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition. Whether you simply want to keep up to date with recent watch releases and news or are updating your wish list to include the latest models on the market is up to you. What do you think about these watches? Were they worth the wait or will you be watching to see what else 2020 brings with it?

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  6. Top Affordable Mechanical Watches for Men

    Top Affordable Mechanical Watches for Men

    When looking for an affordable timepiece, many people do not usually consider a mechanical watch. At least, they do not do so at first. More often than not, people would opt for a quartz wristwatch due to its price, which tends to be cheaper. To be sure, there are many high-quality quartz watches out there with great prices, but there are also numerous outstanding mechanical timepieces in the market that come with similar, affordable price tags. Despite being quite economical, each mechanical model is packed with complications and quality that you can trust. For this article, we will be taking a look at some of the best affordable mechanical watches available for the dashing enthusiast. 20 of the Best Affordable Mechanical Watches in the Market Affordable mechanical watches are not the easiest things to come by. But do not fear, for we have you covered. Listed below are 20 of the best affordable mechanical watches in the market. Keep in mind that the models are listed in no particular order and each piece is an excellent choice in its own right.  1. Seiko 5 SNK805 Image by: Ebay Our list starts with the military-inspired Seiko SNK805 from the Seiko 5 line, which features a no-nonsense matte-finish green dial that keeps things simple, with an inner ring for hour markers. Its outer ring contains numerals for the minutes and seconds, and a day-and-date complication at 3 o’clock. The 38mm stainless steel case is modest, lightweight, and unassuming in the best possible sense. Inside the watch is a reliable 7S26C mechanical movement that performs beyond the watch’s approximate price point of $100 USD. Combined with a green nylon strap, this affordable Seiko mechanical watch is homey and constantly ready to go. 2. Orient TriStar  Image by: Ebay When people ask about an affordable mechanical watch from Orient, the response is usually the Bambino. And without a doubt, the Bambino is great. Its elegance and affordability are undeniable. But Orient also has another affordable mechanical timepiece, which many people argue is actually better than the Bambino: the Orient TriStar. Marked by the three stars applied on its watch face, the TriStar has a history that dates back to the 1970s. The brand states that the TriStar was originally meant to be an option for countries with less access to replaceable quartz watch batteries. Weighing in at 40mm in diameter, the TriStar possesses a timeless look with its stainless steel case and classy light brown nylon strap. While some TriStar models can reach up to $200 USD, other pieces will only cost you around $100 USD. 3. Invicta Pro Diver 8926 Image by: Invicta Watch The Invicta Pro Diver is renowned in the watch community as one of the best affordable alternatives to the Rolex Submariner. In many respects, that statement does hold. First of all, an Invicta Pro Diver is worth around $100 USD. That affordability in itself should already be a point for consideration. The watch comes in a 40mm stainless steel case that has a water resistance capacity of 200m, and a matching, sleek stainless steel bracelet. Working behind the black dial is an NH35A mechanical movement, and you can view the caliber at work through an exhibition-style case back. In terms of looks and functionality, the Invicta Pro Diver is quite the selection. Sure, it’s not an actual Rolex, but it is definitely a great option as a mechanical watch, especially if you are working with a budget.  4. Citizen Promaster NY0040 While the Invicta Pro Diver is a great bargain, you can take a serious step up forward in terms of diver’s watches by shelling out a little more moolah for a Citizen Promaster. The Citizen NY0040 is an ISO-certified diver’s watch with a depth rating of 200m and a high-visibility black dial. Its 46mm stainless steel case features a blend of brushed and polished surfaces, giving it a rugged and super sporty appearance. Inside the case is an in-house 21-jewel Miyota 8200 movement. Truthfully, this is a watch that wants the attention, and if its specs are not enough to get yours, then maybe the under-$300 USD price tag will. 5. Timex Marlin Automatic California Dial Image By: Timex Timex describes the Marlin Automatic California as a watch inspired by vintage models during the 1930s to 1940s. With its classic looks and hand-wound movement, the Marlin Automatic California exudes sophistication and never fails to catch the eyes of on-lookers. Its rose gold-colored case is sleek in every sense of the word and gives the watch a luxurious feel. Beneath its alluring black dial is a tried-and-tested automatic movement equipped with 21 jewels and a 40-hour power reserve. Taking everything into account, it does come as quite the shocker that something this beautiful and reliable only costs around $250 USD. 6. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Hamilton is always a great choice when it comes to affordable automatic watches. The Khaki Field Mechanical is a piece of American watchmaking that pays homage to Hamilton’s rich heritage. Though the case leans towards the small side, measuring only 38mm in diameter, its brushed case, simple dial layout, and hacking capabilities allow this Hamilton to stand as a genuine American military field watch. Usually supplied with an ETA 2801-2 automatic movement, the Khaki Field Mechanical boasts a vintage military aesthetic and retails at under $500 USD.  7. Tissot Everytime Swissmatic Coming in at around $400 USD, the Tissot Everytime Swissmatic is a stylish yet affordable piece from the T-Classic collection, and is one of Tissot’s best entry-level mechanical watches. This watch offers the best of Swiss watchmaking, with its clean and minimalistic aesthetics. Its stark black dial contrasts delightfully against its silver-toned indices, long hands, and slim stainless steel case. This elegant look is topped off with a classy black leather strap. Apart from its dressy looks, another impressive aspect of the Everytime Swissmatic is its movement. Its automatic movement boasts a power reserve that can last up to 70 hours and has an accuracy of +/- 10 seconds per day. For such an affordable price, it would prove quite a challenge to find a mechanical caliber as capable as this one. 8. Bulova Aerojet 98A187 While tourbillon watches are beyond the budgets of many, Bulova has a budget-friendly open-heart timepiece that almost anyone can afford. Covered by a 41mm stainless steel case, the Aerojet 98A187 showcases a grey dial with rose gold-colored indices, dauphine hands, and a circular window at 6 o’clock to give the dial a faux-tourbillon aesthetic. The window puts the spotlight on the Miyota movement’s balance wheel, where you can see it oscillate back and forth. You can also view the Miyota in its entirety through the Aerojet’s exhibition-style case back. The Bulova Aerojet 98A187 can be purchased at just only $299 USD. 9. Seiko Prospex “Save the Ocean” Samurai SBDY019 The “Save the Ocean” Samurai is a Seiko timepiece that needs no introduction. Several aspects make this Prospex diver iconic, including its design, heritage, reliability, and its price. To be exact, the Seiko SBDY019, also known as the SRPC93, is priced around $500 USD. Made in collaboration with Fabien Cousteau, grandson of world-renowned marine biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the enigmatic SBDY019 comes in a 43.8mm stainless steel case paired with a dark matching sleek silver bracelet of the same material. Of course, the real star of the show is the watch’s dial. Its uneven blue gradient emulates the imagery of ocean waters, which is thematic on-point, considering this Seiko Samurai is a diver’s watch. The 4R35 movement that powers this mechanical watch is reliable and has manual winding and hacking capabilities.  10. Orient Kamasu Image By: StufflerMike (Watchuseek) It is pretty hard to find a mechanical watch under $300 USD. It is even more challenging to find one that also comes with protective sapphire glass, which is typically the most expensive of watch crystals. Fortunately, you can get all this and more with the Orient Kamasu. The Kamasu, formerly known as the Mako 3, is a diver’s watch that boasts a sturdy stainless steel case, 200m of water resistance, a layer of sapphire glass, and a cool blue rotating bezel. Inside the casing is a mesmerizing blue sunburst dial with outlined indices, hands, and a day-and-date window. This watch is powered by an automatic Orient Caliber F6922, which many say is able to match the reliability and accuracy of Seiko’s movements. Overall, this watch offers so much for so little, and is one of the best value-for-money mechanical timepieces you can get. 11. Vostok Amphibia Automatic Image By: Vostok Amphibia People who know about Vostok watches will definitely vouch for how great the Amphibia really is. As a brand, Vostok is the watch supplier for the Russian army. The Amphibia, in particular, is an affordable and robust watch made to withstand different environments. Costing around $90 USD, this Russian stainless steel mechanical watch with 200m of water resistance and a reliable Vostok automatic movement. This watch comes in a variety of colors and designs, meaning you certainly will not be limited by your options, and will easily be able to find a Vostok Amphibia that suits your specific tastes. Each Amphibia timepiece also has a power reserve that lasts for 31 hours when fully wound.  12. Nodus Sector Field Image By: Nodus Watches Sold at approximately $425 USD, the Nodus Sector Field is a mechanical field watch that comes with a variety of functions for your everyday needs. Its stainless steel case features a mix of bead-blasted and polished surfaces, a sapphire crystal, and a water resistance rating of 100m. The brown sunburst sector dial is beguiling, to say the least, and it comes with a sword-shaped handset that matches well with the overall design scheme of the watch. Underneath the watch face is a Seiko NH35 automatic movement, which Nodus regulated in four positions to achieve a precision rate of +/- 10 seconds per day.  13. Fossil Inscription Automatic Image By: Fossil Oftentimes, wearers like to be able to see their watch’s movements in action. However, not all wristwatches come with a display case or skeleton dial. In this case, we have found an affordable watch with a suave skeleton dial that allows you to view its intricate mechanical movement at work. The Fossil Inscription can come in a smoke or gold-tone case and boasts an octagonal curvature with screws unusually placed at each end of its bezel. It has a case size of 42mm, but its short lugs make it look much slimmer. This watch only has a water resistance capacity of 50m, which is not surprising considering its beautiful skeleton dial. Still, the Fossil piece is attractive and makes for a trusty $250 USD timekeeper. 14. Swatch Sistem51 Irony Sistem Boreal Image By: Swatch Even after years, the Swatch Sistem51 remains a fresh and modern take on mechanical watches. Assembled by an army of robots, each Sistem51 watch comes with an automatic movement equipped with 51 components, a central screw, and a 90-hour power reserve. There are many Sistem 51 timepieces to choose from, and they are all superb options. But one model that instantly catches our attention is the $215 USD Sistem51 Boreal. With its one-of-a-kind celestial dial, this Swatch watch comes in a finely-polished stainless steel case coupled with a matching stainless steel bracelet. Its beauty is magnificent and it is an affordable mechanical model that belongs in anybody’s collection. 15. Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical Image By: Victorinox Retailing at approximately $650 USD, the Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Mechanical stands as the highest-priced affordable mechanical watch on our list. From its looks alone, you can understand why this Victorinox timepiece fetches such a price. It is both classy and sporty, and fits snugly thanks to its 40mm diameter and 9.9mm height. Located underneath the gorgeous asphalt-like watch face is an authentic Swiss ETA 2892 automatic movement, which you can view clearly through the exhibition-style rear case. Equipped with triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire glass, 100m water resistance, and adequate lume, the Alliance Mechanical is an exceptional mechanical timepiece that instantly ups your class once you wear it. 16. Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto Image By: Hamilton Watch Its moniker of “King” is not just for show. With its handsome looks, military heritage, sturdy structure, and 80-hour power reserve, the Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto rightfully earns its title as the king. If you have been looking for an affordable mechanical watch for a while now, you should know that it is not easy finding something this capable, worth around just $575 USD. This Hamilton Khaki Field watch boasts a 50m water-resistant stainless steel case that uses an anti-reflective sapphire crystal on top. Its H-40 movement has a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and can be viewed through the open case back. 17. Marathon General Purpose Mechanical Image By: Marathon Watch The Marathon General Purpose Mechanical is a watch that leans on the small side, both in size and price. Worth around $360 USD, the General Purpose Mechanical sports a slender 34mm Fibershell case. Though the watch is quite slim in structure, its automatic movement packs a sizable punch. The timepiece uses a Seiko NH35 self-winding caliber, a kind of mechanical movement that winds itself through the natural motion of your wrist. After being fully wound, this Marathon wristwatch can last up to 41 hours. Sheltered by scratch-resistant sapphire glass, General Purpose Mechanical is dust-proof and water-resistant up to depths of 30m. 18. Laco Augsburg Image By: Laco Available in both 39mm and 42mm sizes, the Laco Augsburg boasts a highly legible dial with leaf-style hands and a generous amount of lume. Its Laco 21 automatic movement features manual hacking, which is a nice benefit to have on a $400 USD watch. Its case has some incredible profiling for an entry-level Flieger timepiece, and its case back provides a nice view of the mechanical movement in motion. 19. Tissot T-Classic Le Locle Powermatic 80 Another member of the T-Classic series, the Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 is an opulent yet luxurious mechanical watch that you will certainly want to try. Like the Khaki Field King Auto, the Le Locle Powermatic 80 costs around $575 USD. The model we have for this list is the Le Locle T006.407.16.053.00. This Powermatic 80 timepiece features a 39mm stainless steel case and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Its sector dial sports a vintage design with a patterned black surface, silver-toned Roman numerals, and leaf-shaped hands. Running the watch is the Powermatic 80 movement renowned for its 80-hour power reserve. 20. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time “Blue Moon” SRPB41J1 The last watch on this list is this stunning Presage piece Seiko made in collaboration with renowned Japanese bartender Ishigaki Shinobu. Commonly known as the Blue Moon, the SRPB41J1 is a prime example of exceptional Japanese watchmaking. Without a doubt, the best part about this watch is its dark blue sunburst dial. Its overall design and how it plays with light makes the watch an outstanding yet affordable work of art. Protected by a 40.5mm stainless steel case, the Blue Moon utilizes an automatic 4R35 movement. Tried and tested, this movement exhibits reliable accuracy and a 41-hour power reserve. If you want a mechanical watch that looks captivating while only costing you around $440 USD, look no further than the SRPB41J1. What is a Mechanical Watch? Essentially, a mechanical watch is a timepiece that utilizes a clockwork mechanism to tell the passage of time. This differs from a quartz model, which functions electronically with the help of a small battery. There are two kinds of mechanical watches: hand-wound and automatic. Hand-wound models get their power from being manually wound on a regular basis. Automatic movements, on the other hand, can supply power to itself through a self-winding apparatus. Mechanical watches, both hand-wound and automatic, typically have five main components: a mainspring, a gear train or wheel train, a balance wheel, an escapement mechanism, and, of course, a dial.  The mainspring is a spiral torsion spring that acts as the power source of the timepiece. Generally, the mainspring must be wound regularly, either by hand or by a self-winding apparatus, to keep the watch functioning. The energy received from the mainspring transfers via the gear train to the balance wheel. As the balance wheel oscillates back and forth from the force, the escapement mechanism releases the gear train to move forward with each swing of the balance wheel. This, in turn, moves the watch hands forward at a steady rate, making the watch “tick”.  Now, when you buy a mechanical watch, you need to bear a few things in mind. These models are very different from the regular quartz watches you see every day. If you are new to the concept of mechanical timepieces or have never invested in one, doing a bit of research will save you from a lot of unwarranted stress and will ensure that you are ready for your first mechanical timekeeper. Why Are Mechanical Watches So Expensive? Most mechanical timepieces tend to be more expensive than their quartz counterparts. While not all mechanical watches come at prices that break the bank – hence the point of this guide – there are several reasons why mechanical watches tend to be pricey in general. Quality First and foremost is the quality. Compared to quartz movements, watchmakers craft their mechanical movements with materials of the highest quality. As a result, the parts in a mechanical watch tend to be more durable, reliable, and resilient. When put together expertly by a skillful watchmaker, each component makes up a clockwork mechanism movement that is built to last for a lifetime. Craftsmanship Next, we have the craftsmanship of the watchmaker. It is not easy to forge a mechanical movement. It takes years of experience and practice to master the art. There are hundreds of parts that form an intricate structure inside a timepiece. How a watchmaker puts them all together, without any component misaligning, is a testament to the watchmaker’s craft. Heritage The third reason for the elevated prices of mechanical watches involves the watchmaker’s heritage. While there is a universal standard to making watches, each brand has its own method of creating a mechanical timepiece. A mechanical watch that is handmade traditionally is unique, as it highlights authenticity and exclusivity. Although the industry continues to dish out innovation after innovation, what remains true to every brand is the traditional values they personally imbue in their timepieces. Value All things put together, a mechanical watch comes out as a horological work of art. And just like a work of art, its value increases as time passes. In general, mechanical watches always appreciate and have a higher value over time, and this is especially true of models from the most recognized brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet. Final Thoughts These mechanical watches are always fascinating to look at, especially when they come with a transparent case back that allows you to see their mechanical movements in all their glory. Seeing every component at work reminds you of the effort and expertise a watchmaker invests into their craft. Now, nobody is saying you should not splurge on a brand like Rolex or Omega, if you are able to. After all, luxury watches, including mechanical ones, come at a much more exorbitant cost due to their overall elevated value. That said, our list today is a reminder that you can still acquire an exceptional mechanical wristwatch without ever having to break the bank. Looking for fine additions to your Classic Watch collection? Have a look at this article on 20 Classic Watches that also act as collectible pieces Photo credits to WatchShopping.com unless otherwise stated.

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  7. Watch Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

    Watch Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

    Being a watch owner comes with a handful of responsibilities. Cleaning watches and watch maintenance should be included near the very top of every watch owner’s list of responsibilities. Whether your watch is a high-end luxury timepiece or something you got for under $2000, keeping it clean is your responsibility. We’ll be dishing the dirt on why it’s important to keep your watch clean, well maintained, and how to do this. Why Watch Maintenance Is Important Take a moment to think about your watch and where it sits on your body. Unless you’re a pocket watch fanatic, your watch typically calls your wrist “home.” Humans are prone to sweating. So, it just makes sense that sweat gets trapped under your watch which not only results in an uncomfortable feeling but the formation of a particularly cheese-like odor. On top of sweat, watches can trap dead skin as well as particles of dirt. Finally, an unclean watch can be eight times dirtier than a toilet and makes for the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, ranging from the plain old gross to the downright dangerous. The bacteria that is commonly found on watches include the likes of: Staphylococcus aureus (also known as staph) Saccharomyces Cerevisiae (also known as yeast) Hyphae (also known as mold) And all of the above is just what your body and its surroundings produce on their own! This is not accounting for the lotions, creams, or ointments you may apply to your body. Do you now see why cleaning watches is so important? Watch Maintenance Maintaining your watch is incredibly important for a wide range of reasons. Thankfully, none of the reasons are as gross as the reasons that make watch cleaning so important. The primary reason for maintaining your watch is simple: to get the most out of it. Your watch is an investment, right? And who wouldn’t want to protect their investment? The watch maintenance requirements depend on many aspects including the type of watch, the brand, the age, how often you wear it, as well as how you store the watch when it’s not in use. In terms of servicing your watch, the industry recommendation is every three to five years for watches that are worn daily and less often for the watches you only wear once in a while. Top Tips for Maintaining and Cleaning Watches Now that you know why maintaining and cleaning your watch is so important, here are a few watch tips to help you do so successfully. Cleaning the Watch Face With the exception of especially old watches, most watch faces can be cleaned in one of two ways: with a Q-tip or with a chamois cloth and warm soapy water. Faces that have crystals or markings on them require careful cleaning with a moist Q-tip. Standard watch faces need only a gentle wipe with a chamois cloth that has been dipped in warm soapy water. Tips for cleaning watch faces If you don’t have a chamois cloth handy, a soft-bristled toothbrush will work just as well Always use a mild antibacterial detergent or special watch cleaning soap Never press down hard or scrub the face Remember that the cloth or toothbrush must be damp and not sopping wet Use a light window cleaner product to make your watch’s face shine even more Cleaning the Watch Strap Perhaps the most important part of cleaning watches is making sure that the strap has been thoroughly cleaned. The steps involved in cleaning a watch strap are entirely determined by the material of the strap. Leather watch straps can be cleaned using a damp, soft cloth. If your leather watch strap is in serious need of cleaning, then the usage of a mild antibacterial detergent is permitted. Nylon watch straps are among the easiest to clean, as long as they can be completely removed. So easy are they to clean that you can add a nylon watch strap in your washing machine along with your regular load of washing! To clean a stainless steel watch strap, wipe it down with a clean, dry chamois cloth. Once you’ve removed the initial layer of dirt, dip the straps in lukewarm water with a splash of dish soap. Next, grab a clean toothbrush and work away at the crevices of the bracelet before rinsing with warm water & drying with a soft cloth. Tips for cleaning watch straps Use special conditioning oil to keep leather watch straps well maintained If you don’t have a chamois cloth you can use a paper towel, microfiber cloth, or even the hem of a soft cotton shirt to clean stainless steel watch straps Wipe down your watch straps on a daily basis Deep clean your watch straps once every month Watch Maintenance Final Thoughts We hope our watch tips have helped you to fully understand the importance of cleaning watches and keeping them properly maintained. Sure, it requires a bit of time, effort, and sometimes money on your part, but it is so worth it. Keep them clean folks!

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  8. 15 Lesser Known Watch Brands You Should Consider

    15 Lesser Known Watch Brands You Should Consider

    If you are currently on the hunt for new members of your growing timepiece collection, chances are you know the names Cartier, Omega, Rolex, and TAG Heuer like the back of your hand. However, in reality, there are dozens of other watch labels out there that create outstanding timepieces with compelling designs, unparalleled precision, and superior longevity.  Perhaps you are the type of person who does not like settling for the mainstream, and who likes their time-telling accessories unique yet versatile. If so, here are fifteen obscure watch brands that should be on your radar. 15 Best Lesser-Known Watch Brands 1. Georg Jensen Georg Jensen Vivianna Ref. 3575655_0Established by its Danish silversmith namesake, Georg Jensen, is one of the most unknown yet extremely artistic watch companies today. Georg Jensen is better known for its amazing line up of well-designed jewelry, cutlery, gift products, tableware and other home items made out of pure silver. That said, the brand also makes some fine wristwatches using high-quality stainless steel and sophisticated Swiss automatic movements. As a company heavily influenced by Scandinavian principles, Georg Jensen’s timepieces are sleek, breathtaking and elegant. These watches embody simplicity and focus on just the essentials of timekeeping.  Famous Models The brand ventured into the horological realm in the late 1960s with the release of the well-acclaimed Vivianna Bangle, made in collaboration with talented Swedish silversmith Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe. Equipped with a mirror dial, an odd-shaped bangle bracelet, and a hand-wound movement made by Chopard, the timekeeper screams fanciness and timelessness all at once. Today, the Vivianna Bangle watch remains one of the most quintessential pieces from Georg Jensen. One modern variant is the Vivianna Ref. 3575655_0, which comes in a 34mm stainless steel case with a diamond-studded dial and bezel. Powered by a Swiss-made Caliber ETA E61.031 that has a battery life of up to 49 months, it costs around $13,500 USD. This makes it the most expensive piece from the obscure Danish watch brand today. 2. Giuliano Mazzuoli Manometro Compressed Polished Blue and Trasmissione Meccanica ChronographNext up, we have another luxury brand from Europe that excels in manufacturing fully-functional and stylish timepieces. This brand is perfect for sports timepiece lovers and those who have an eye for unusual concepts. Known as Giuliano Mazzuoli, this obscure watch company has a remarkable heritage under its belt. Its story began in 1949 when its namesake owner’s father decided to bring their family’s designs to life through various products. When Mazzuoli took the helm in the 1970s, the company shifted its focus to manufacturing planners, notebooks, and writing instruments with compelling appearances. Eventually, they also expanded to crafting bold watches with unique aesthetics. Famous Models One version that stands out is the Manometro Compressed Polished Blue. This watch comes in a 45mm chunky stainless steel case and a bezel made out of the same material. Secured with a brown calfskin Florentine leather strap, it also features a beautiful blue dial. This dial is adorned with white railroad-like markings on the outer ring, Arabic numeral indices and luminous baton-style hour and minute hands. Priced at around $2,900 USD, this Giuliano Mazzuoli watch is water-resistant up to depths of 30 meters and relies on a 25-jewel automatic ETA 2824/2 movement.  Perhaps you want something with a little more attitude? Try the Trasmissione Meccanica Chronograph instead, which costs around $6,720 USD. Taking inspiration from an automobile transmission, this piece with a black strap has a stainless steel case with unusual patterned edges. It tells more than just the time by having a handy chronograph function as well. 3. Junghans Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Ref. 27/4500.49 and Junghans Force Mega Solar Ref. 18/1938.44Another obscure watch brand worth knowing is Junghans, which is a company based in Schramberg, Germany. The German brand began creating products bearing its own name in 1866 and soon became the largest clock manufacturer in the world, with around 3 million pieces produced yearly. Junghans finally decided to manufacture wristwatches in 1927, and eventually started crafting its own movements in the 1930s.  Oozing with precision, their watches are not only refined but also stylish enough to be worn at any occasion. With their vintage and commanding designs, extremely neat lines and impressive movements, it is no surprise why Junghans watches are popular among seasoned enthusiasts and lovers of classic aesthetics.  Famous Models Whether you are into chic dress watches or highly-robust timekeepers equipped with a few useful complications, Junghans has definitely got you covered. However, if there is one piece that encapsulates what the brand is all about, it would probably be the Max Bill watch. First produced in the 1950s, the Max Bill perfectly embodies the revolutionary Bauhaus art movement. It utilizes  a unique, minimalist blueprint and numerous functionalities that make its wearers’ lives simpler. One good contemporary example is the Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Ref. 27/4500.49. This piece comes in a 40mm stainless steel case paired with a silver-colored Milanese bracelet. Protected by a plexiglass crystal, its black dial has luminous Arabic numeral indices and pencil-style hands, two chronograph subdials at 12 and 6 o’clock marks, and a date-day indicator at 3 o’clock.  In terms of durability, this watch runs on a self-winding Caliber J880.2 movement with 48 hours worth of power reserve. Priced at around $2,200 USD, this Max Bill piece is also water-resistant up to depths of 30 meters, meaning it can easily withstand a few accidental splashes and raindrops.  4. Komono Komono Ray Legacy Nato Lunar and Komono Mono SkyHailing from Belgium, Komono can be your next source of affordable watches made from superior materials. The youthful nature of this young and obscure brand is inspired by its founders Raf Maes and Anton Janssens, who are former snowboarders by profession. They officially introduced watches to their sunglasses and opticals brand in 2009, and have been making waves in the horological field since then.  Famous Models Eye-catching and stunning, the Komono Ray Legacy Nato Lunar is a great option if you are into understated and straightforward pieces that steal attention effortlessly. With its 38mm alloy case and nude-colored recycled webbing band, this dive watch can easily match any of your ensembles. Shielded by a tough mineral crystal, its black dial features white baton and Arabic numeral hour markers, stick-shaped hands, and a small seconds sub-dial sitting above the 6, 7, and 8 o’clock positions. In terms of its technical specifications, this $115 USD Komono watch runs on a reliable Japanese quartz mechanism and is water-resistant up to depths of 50 meters.  If the Ray Legacy is not enough to satisfy your thirst for minimalistic and versatile timepieces, you could always go for a slightly bolder choice, the Komono Mono Sky. The Mono Sky watch is available in many colorways, but the sky-blue piece is the most pleasing to the eyes. It comes in a polycarbonate case that complements the sky-blue silicone strap and dial, which is adorned with grey baton hands and hour markers. Protecting the watch’s quartz movement is a sturdy case back made out of stainless steel. You can cop this Komono piece for around $69 USD, making this one of the most affordable obscure watches out there. 5. Objest Objest Hach Grey Automatic and Objest Simple Black WatchIf a customized timepiece sounds appealing to you, then Objest might be the answer to your prayers. From the dial, hands, and strap, down to the buckle, rotor, crown, and date window down, almost every detail of Objest watches are fully customizable. You do not have to worry about the design process since Objest offers lovely colorway, finish, and material choices that will surely fit all your needs and preferences.  This company also houses ready-made pieces designed in London and assembled by veteran watchmakers from Switzerland. Boasting minimalistic aesthetics. These unisex Objest watches also use top-tier engines made by either Ronda or ETA, so you do not need to worry about their durability at all. Famous Models Looking for something that exudes a luxurious and an athletic vibe? The Objest Hach Grey Automatic is the right choice. Its 42mm DLC-treated stainless steel case guarantees protection from any kinds of scratches and bumps. Matched with a black numberless dial with three-dimensional patterns and thick rounded baton-style hands, this watch is effortlessly attractive. It also has a single vibrant yellow minute hand, which adds a youthful touch to the watch’s whole look. though the single vibrant yellow accent also adds a youthful touch.  This Swiss-made watch also has an exhibition case back and a grey strap made from soft Italian leather. Powered by a 25-jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve, this Objest unisex watch will set you back by around $690 USD. 6. Shinola Shinola The Runwell 47mm Ref. 20223880-SDT-010752541 and Shinola Middle Child Detrola Ref. 20194499-sdt-008445313Let us take a break from European brands and take a closer look at this impressive but frequently unknown American watchmaker. Shinola‘s legacy officially started in 2011, with entrepreneur and former executive for Fossil, Tom Kartsotis. The founder had one goal in mind: to craft affordable and fully-functional American timepieces that could directly compete with watches produced by renowned Swiss manufacturers.  Famous Models From the build and finishes to the dial layout and style of the crowns, pushers and strap, everything about Shinola watches will remind you of the old times. One good example of a vintage-inspired timepiece from the brand is the Shinola The Runwell 47mm Ref. 20223880-SDT-010752541, which is priced at only $625 USD. As its name suggests, it comes in a 47mm case made out of sandblast PVD gunmetal and a hand-sewn brown Cattail strap. The matte velvet dial boasts a fierce midnight blue color, and is adorned with a small seconds subdial, silver Arabic numeral indices and sword-style hands.  As if these were not enough, this Shinola watch relies on a powerful Argonite 1069 quartz movement and has around 2 years worth of battery life. This striking piece is also available in many other colorways and sizes. It is an excellent, if somewhat obscure, choice for urbane men who wish to express themselves through their watch.  7. Skagen Skagen Ancher Ref. SKW6779 and Skagen Anita Ref. SKW2151Coming from the northernmost town in Denmark, Skagen has been in operation since 1989. This obscure brand offers pocket-friendly and trendy timepieces suitable for any occasion. As proof of its growth over the past few decades, the company now houses other goods in their product lineup, such as handbags, jewelry, homewares, decors, and other accessories.  Attractive and streamlined, Skagen watches are generally for people who appreciate sustainable and timeless concepts. Besides having thin cases that feel light on the wrist, most Skagen watches sport colors that fall on the monochromatic or neutral side. Endorsing variety, many models come with leather or NATO straps but loyal consumers also love the Milanese bands designed personally by Skagen. Though they showcase minimalistic concepts, these Skagen watches pack a lot of features, ranging from open-worked dials, date and day components, chronographs and dual time.  Famous Models If you have been looking for a good monochromatic timepiece, the Skagen Ancher Ref. SKW6779 is definitely an excellent choice. This men’s watch comes in a 40mm case and a thin fixed bezel made out of 50% recycled stainless steel. This matches well with the beautiful stainless steel mesh bracelet with a safety mesh buckle. As a Bauhaus-inspired watch, its charcoal-colored dial is tidy and pleasing to look at. It features silver baton hour markers and luminous hands that glow brightly in low-light conditions. Powered by a simple three-hand movement, this Skagen Ancher piece is one of the best Skagen watches you can get, costing around $135 USD only.  Next, we have another chic and graceful watch, but this time catered towards the ladies. The Skagen Anita Ref. SKW2151 comes in a 30mm rose gold stainless steel paired with the signature mesh bracelet of the brand. What makes this Skagen Anita watch especially popular among women is its stunning silver sunray dial, which is adorned with Arabic numerals and dot indices, and baton hands in rose gold. Much like other Skagen watches, this piece also runs on a three-hand movement and is water-resistant up to depths of 30 meters. You can get it for $135 USD as well. 8. Thomas Earnshaw Thomas Earnshaw Beaufort ES-8059-02 and Thomas Earnshaw Bloomsbury ES-8124-33English watchmaker Thomas Earnshaw was the man who simplified the production of marine chronometers back in the 1700s. This unknown brand, named after the esteemed watchmaker, excels in creating intricately-designed watches that fit the lifestyles of passionate adventure-seekers.  The dials and case backs of Thomas Earnshaw watches are mostly skeletonized and transparent, which lets users view the beauty of  their movements. As a brand which likes utilizing retro themes and techniques, you will also notice that its watches have cases and straps that come in quintessential silver, black, gold and white hues. When it comes to performance, most Thomas Earnshaw watches rely on automatic movements and have simple time-telling capacities only.  Famous Models One outstanding watch from the brand is the Thomas Earnshaw Beaufort ES-8059-02. This watch comes in a 43mm gold-colored case and a brown strap made out of genuine leather. Showcasing the brand’s mastery of watchmaking, its insanely intricate dial features subtle lines and skeleton parts that allow wearers to admire the beauty of its movement. As if this unique design is not enough, this Thomas Earnshaw watch also runs on an automatic movement and has a water resistance rating of 50 meters. Priced at around $601 USD, this is one of the best-seller pieces from the obscure brand.  9. Alpina Alpina Alpiner4 Automatic Ref. AL-525G5AQ6 and Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage Brown AL-525BR4H4Alpina is a lesser-known yet still impressive watch company that started making history in the late 1800s. It built its underrated reputation crafting exquisite and classy sports watches.  Today, Alpina continues to impress with its robust yet sophisticated watches, which are perfect for people who equally prioritize form and function. Every watch that comes out of its factory undergoes various tests to ensure its effectiveness and reliability while faced with tough conditions. Despite being rather obscure, Alpina is a brand you can definitely trust if you are on the hunt for masterful but budget-friendly pieces that do not disappoint. Famous Models If you are more of the old-school type, then you will surely love this brown diver from Alpina that is water-resistant up to a whopping 300 meters. The Alpina Seastrong Diver Heritage Brown AL-525BR4H4 has a 42mm stainless steel case in a bronze hue and a matching brown strap made out of leather. Protected by a sapphire crystal, its brown dial features rose gold indices and hands with beige luminous elements. Priced at around $1,827 USD, this Alpina Seastrong watch runs on a robust automatic movement that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour. 10. Ball Ball Engineer III Pioneer Ref. NM2026C-S15CJ-BK and Ball Engineer Trainmaster Standard Time Ref. NM3888D-S1CJ-WHAmong the lesser-known brands listed here, this next one offers some of the most advanced timekeepers. Ball Watch Company, better known as Ball, is known for pioneering numerous horological innovations over the last 130 years. Originating from Cleveland, United States, this unknown watch brand deeply honors the American railroad industry.  Today, the brand continues to release state-of-the-art timepieces, made for all kinds of professional pursuits. Tough and compelling, Ball watches are equipped with extremely legible dials, sturdy straps, useful functions, and high-performing movements. Many of Ball’s tool watches also embody an athletic appeal that men will surely appreciate. One of the major inventions of the brand is the helium escape valve system, which allows watches to operate more efficiently underwater. Famous Models For those of you who prefer subtle timepieces that are not too overwhelming, you can get the Ball Engineer III Pioneer Ref. NM2026C-S15CJ-BK, which retails at around $2,515 USD. It comes in a 40mm stainless steel case and a bracelet made out of the same material. Apart from the magnified date display, its black dial has baton-style and Arabic numeral indices, and dauphine hands, all fitted with tritium gas tubes. Together, they allow for great readability, especially in low-light conditions. The Ball Trainmaster Standard Time Ref. NM3888D-S1CJ-WH is also a great option if you like dials with a simple but organized design. This $2,924 USD men’s Ball watch bears a milky white dial that matches well with its stainless steel bracelet. Aside from the stylized Roman numeral indices, the watch face is also adorned with a date window and playful blued steel hands. Performance wise, this Ball Trainmaster watch runs on a Caliber BALL RR1105-C automatic movement and has shock-resistance rating of up to 5,000 gauss. 11. Festina Festina Chrono Sport Ref. F20439/1 and Festina Women’s Boyfriend Ref. F20403/1Another excellent watchmaker that has been continuously impressing everyone with its magnificent creations is Festina. Founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1902, this relatively obscure watch corporation now includes brands like Candino, Perrelet, Lotus, Jaguar, and Calypso. Festina also has a huge global presence, maintaining production hubs in countries worldwide and selling about 5 million units per year. Festina is also well-known for its involvement with the cycling industry and for being the official timekeeper for the Tour de France from 1992 to 2016. The brand specializes inelegant dress watches and practical chronograph timepieces, perfect for modern men and women.  Famous Models Moving on to a more dainty option, Festina offers delightful pieces suitable for the ladies. One of them is the Festina Boyfriend Ref. F20403/1, which has a silver and rose gold color scheme that endorses supreme elegance. Priced at $207 USD, this piece features a 36mm 316L stainless steel case and a matching bracelet with rose gold links. Protected by a mineral crystal, its dial has stone-studded indices and baton hands coated with luminous elements. This Festina Boyfriend piece runs on an analog movement and has a water resistance rating of 50 meters. 12. MeisterSinger MeisterSinger Circularis Ref. CC903 and MeisterSinger Classic N°01 DM303_SV02 Moving on, we have a relatively young, obscure brand from Münster, Germany, which produces distinctive and high-concept watches that fuse traditional and modern concepts. Known as MeisterSinger, this revolutionary company was established in 2001.  What makes MeisterSinger watches so distinct are its award-winning designs, vintage-inspired appearances, and contemporary details. Inspired directly by tower clocks from the 15th century, these watches only have one hand that tells the time instead of the standard two or three hands. While many of you may find this odd, this concept brought the brand fame and immense recognition among seasoned collectors. In fact, it also allowed the brand to win numerous awards from well-known horological award-giving bodies.  Famous Models For an affordable but highly dependable and solid option, the MeisterSinger Classic N°01 DM303_SV02 is the right choice. Its stainless steel case and domed sapphire glass guarantee protection from any kinds of scratches and impacts. Matched with an ivory dial and a thin black hand that sweeps smoothly over the Arabic numeral hour markers, this watch is effortlessly classic. Aside from a large, easy-to-grip crown that makes timekeeping easier for wearers, this Swiss-made watch has a water resistance rating of 50 meters. Priced at around $1,607 USD, this MeisterSinger Classic watch runs on a high-powered Sellita SW210 hand-wound movement. 13. Nixon  Nixon Sentry Ref. A356-502-00 Demonstrating what American watchmaking is about, Nixon began making waves in the industry in 1997. It started out by producing voguish yet dependable timepieces that would not break the bank. The brand started with only seven models, but slowly expanded its offerings in the succeeding years.  Nixon watches were initially crafted for a more youthful audience,  who enjoy thrill-seeking and  love being outdoors. Today, however, Nixon’s expanded selection of watches, along with its other fashion items like bags, accessories, and clothing, cater to people from different walks of life. These include professionals, casual wearers, and sports lovers. Famous Models The Nixon Sentry Ref. A356-502-00 stands out due to its all-gold color scheme, and its brushed case and bracelet that look good even from afar. Embodying the phrase “simplicity is beauty”, its dial only has a simple date-day component and baton hour markers and hands. Apart from a three-link bracelet, this watch also features a Miyota quartz movement at its core. You can get this 100 meter water-resistant Nixon Sentry watch for only $275 USD.  14. SevenFriday SevenFriday P-Series Ref. P1B/01 and SevenFriday S-Series Ref. S2/01If you are into futuristic and ultra-unique timekeepers that do not stick to the status quo, then you will surely love what this lesser-known Swiss luxury watch brand has to offer. Called SevenFriday, this young company lives by the principle of enjoying life as if everyday is Friday. Its products also embody this vision perfectly, which is why they are all unique and well-designed. As a lifestyle brand which prioritizes creativity and constant innovation, SevenFriday also offers eyewear, watch accessories, and apparels. Famous Models One of the most popular SevenFriday watches is the P-Series Ref. P1B/01. It is a piece that can instantly spark conversations with its 47mm square-shaped case, case back and bezel, all made out of polished stainless steel. What’s more, it is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and is powered by a high-caliber Miyota 82S7 automatic movement. Retailing at $995 USD, the focal point of this SevenFriday P-Series watch is its ornate dial, which is adorned with black markings and a delicately skeletonized portion that gives wearers a glimpse of its inner mechanisms. Another eye-catching timepiece is the 47mm S-Series Ref. S2/01, which costs $1,250 USD. Just like the previous model, it comes in a polished stainless steel case and bezel that match the embossed and padded black calfskin leather strap. Protected by a layer of anti-reflective mineral glass, its dial has antique brass PVD-coated metal all over its surface, as well as black texts that exhibit great legibility. With its tough machine-like exterior and extraordinary format, this SevenFriday S-Series watch is indeed worth getting. 15. Bremont Bremont ALT1-C Griffon-R-S and Bremont ALT1-WT-BL-R-SLast but not the least is another British luxury brand, Bremont, which specializes in creating chronometers suitable for the members of the aviation niche. Fueled by its passion for British engineering, Bremont started producing watches equipped with numerous groundbreaking technologies such as the TRIP-TICK case, Bremont Anti-Shock, and the like. Most of the brand’s watches are reserved for the members of the armed forces, which serves as proof that they are indeed robust and reliable.  As proof of the brand’s excellence and commitment to superior watchmaking, they have even won numerous awards with their commendable designs. If you are looking for an obscure brand that houses timepieces worth every penny, Bremont is definitely the way to go. Famous Models A good pilot watch from the brand is the Bremont ALT1-C Griffon-R-S, which costs around $9,220 USD. It comes in a 43mm stainless steel case and case back, with a black strap made out of leather. The dial is in a stark black color, decorated with Arabic numeral hour markers and Super-LumiNova-coated hands. Aside from bearing two-subdials for the chronograph function, it also has a date window at 6 o’clock and a sweep seconds hand. On the inside, this Bremont watch runs on an automatic Caliber 13 1/4”’ BE-50AE with 25 jewels and a 42-hour power reserve.   While the brand undoubtedly excels at creating pilot watches, they also make quality pieces perfect for dedicated explorers. One of them is the Bremont ALT1-WT-BL-R-S, which has a World Time function, in addition to its date, chronograph and UTC hand features. It runs on a Caliber 13 1/4”’ BE-54AE as well and is water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters. You can expect this hardy $5,000 USD watch to last you for years—perhaps even decades. Final Thoughts On the whole, lesser-known brands will make you realize that not all dependable timepieces worth collecting always come from acclaimed labels. They may be considered as underdogs for now but these obscure watch brands should not be underestimated. This is especially true given the massive amount of dedication, creativity, and meticulosity they put into their watchmaking process.  With their incredible passion for craftsmanship, it will be quite interesting to see how these unknown watchmakers will grow and what they will offer in the future. Given how these lesser-known watch labels give equal importance to design, performance, and innovation, it will not be surprising if they also become mainstream in the future. Either way, you can be sure that any piece that comes out from these obscure watch companies’ respective factories will deliver precise timekeeping and reliable dependability.  Looking for more timepieces worth adding to your growing collection? Better check out our articles on the Top Eco-Friendly Watches and the 7 Best Minimalist Watches for Men. Photos from the aforementioned brands’ official websites, unless otherwise noted

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  9. Celebrity Watches: 8 Watches Often Seen on Celebrities

    Celebrity Watches: 8 Watches Often Seen on Celebrities

    Do you want to dress like the stars? There are ways you can recreate a celebrity’s style simply by looking at what they wear in photos. Many celebrities become ambassadors for products and accessories so you can use this as a guide when selecting items to wear. The most common celebrity accessory is a watch and it’s an item that you should always have on your wrist. In this article, we’re going to take a look at eight celebrity watches that will make you look sophisticated. Keep reading to find the perfect luxury timepiece for you. 1: Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Celebrities such as George Clooney and Tom Hanks have both been spotted wearing the Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional from Omega. The Omega Speedmaster watch is probably the most famous brand since it was the very first timepiece to make it to the moon. Ever since Neil Armstrong sported a Speedmaster, the Omega timepiece is now famously known as the Moonwatch Professional. The sophisticated Moonwatch features a black dial, covered by a hesalite crystal with a sleek silver-tone stainless steel bracelet. Buy Omega Speedmaster Watches 2: Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 Tag Heuer is a watch worn by many male celebrities. Brad Pitt was the original brand ambassador for Tag but has since passed the torch to Chris Hemsworth. The design is suitable for men with bigger hands and wrists but it also has a sporty design inspired by race cars. The Tag Heuer Carrera Heuer-01 is a lightweight watch made with titanium which is twice as durable as steel. This watch has a full matte black ceramic face that has an innovative modern appeal. Source: Tag Heuer Buy TAG Heuer Carrera Watches 3: Longines Master Collection If you want to look debonair like Simon Baker, then you’ll need to wrap the Longines Master timepiece around your wrist. The Longines timepiece has a brown leather strap with a 44mm white round face that has a classical design. The Longines Master watch is streamlined and comfortable to wear. It has a vintage appeal to it so it works well when you wear suits or polar shirts. Buy Longines Master Collection Watches 4: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Omega thrives on making themed timepieces. The Seamaster Planet Ocean watch is worn by Daniel Craig and is also known as the James Bond 007 timepiece. But there are many beneficial features to the Omega Seamaster watch. Since the Seamaster watch was made with an ocean theme in mind, it’s completely water-resistant. It’s a watch that can be worn when diving, sailing, or any recreational boating activity. Besides the robustness of the Omega Seamaster, it’s also lightweight, sleek, and comfortable to wear. Buy Omega Seamaster Watches 5: Cartier Tank The Cartier Tank is a women’s timepiece that’s elegant with a classic design. Princess Diana wore the Cartier Tank watch many times on her travels and it suited her style. The classic yellow gold timepiece is over 100 years old but it’s an iconic watch that many other celebrities prefer. There are many male celebrities that love the graceful design of the Cartier Tank watch. Leonardo DiCaprio, as well as Tom Hanks, have been spotted wearing the Cartier Tank. This timepiece fashions a beautiful rectangle case either in yellow or rose gold with a soft dark brown leather strap. Buy Cartier Tank Watches 6: Rolex Daytona The Rolex Daytona is probably one of the most iconic timepieces from this brand. Legendary actor Paul Newman wore the Rolex Daytona which was gifted by his wife. Since Rolex is famous for its bulky and flashy structure, it’s suitable for men who are tall and broad with big hands and wrists. Rolex uses a diamond finish with a combination of ceramic that makes the Daytona casing scratch-proof and resistant to color degradation. The Rolex Daytona will always look shiny and new thanks to the stainless steel casing. Buy Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Watches 7: Panerai Luminor Marina The Luminor Marina watch from Panerai became a famous timepiece when Sylvester Stallone wore it on his most iconic 1995 film called Daylight. Since Stallone was part of the reason Panerai Luminor Marina became so prevalent in the 90s, the Panerai brand released a limited edition of the watch dedicated to the actor. Buy Panerai Luminor Watches 8: Tudor Black Bay David Beckham always looks sophisticated when he attends celebrity functions. To complement his look, David wears a Tudor Black Bay timepiece. This watch was first launched in 2012 as an upgrade to Tudor’s Submariner design. The Tudor Back Bay watch has a slender design with a smaller casing and a vintage aesthetic. This watch has crisp lines with a high-quality finish and a robust stainless steel casing. Buy Tudor Black Bay Watches Final Thoughts on Celebrity Watches A watch is an accessory everyone should wear because it saves you from looking at your phone to see the time which can be a distraction. Looking at your smartphone for the time is prone to increase tardiness whereas classic timepieces will make you more punctual. Not only does a watch make you look stylish but it’s also highly convenient and they’re made with exceptional craftsmanship. Celebrities always pick watches that are of the highest quality, so select one of the celebrity watches on our list because a resilient timepiece is exactly what you deserve.

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  10. Rolex Predictions at Baselworld 2020

    Rolex Predictions at Baselworld 2020

    It’s that time of the year again when we roll out the rumor mill and take a look at what the Rolex has in store for its fans in the upcoming Baselworld 2020 event. This means we’ll be looking at some of the new models and features that might be introduced, as well as those that might be getting the figurative ax. Baselworld 2020 begins on the 30th of April 2020. In spite of several well-known brands pulling out of the event including Breitling, Seiko, and the entire Swatch Group, the event is still going to continue. You can expect regular heavyweights like Patek Philippe, Rolex, and the whole LVMH Group. Unlike last year, the Rolex SA will take extra measures to ensure none of the upcoming innovations for the fair are going to be leaked. Baselworld 2020 1: Rolex Submariner 116610 LV “Hulk” Being Dropped This rumor about the Rolex Submariner has been going around for years, especially with the Reference 116610LV. Ever since it was launched in 2003 as Ref. 16610LV, which was to commemorate the brand’s 50th anniversary, fans have been worrying that the model is going to discontinue at any time. There is almost little to nothing solid regarding this rumor as of yet, but Rolex did replace the original model (Ref. 16610LV) with the latest one (116610LV) in 2010. Even so, given that the green model has experienced such a successful run, it doesn’t really seem wise for the brand to discontinue its production now all of a sudden. The rumors about the Hulk’s discontinuation have only helped enhance the product’s grey market price. Even if it were to continue, we only expect its price to go higher. This is just a prediction, as we don’t actually know what Rolex plans to do going on into 2020. In other words, take this rumor with a grain of salt. Buy Rolex Submariner Watches 2: The Explorer Finally Getting an Update It’s been 10 years since fans have been expecting an update for the world-renowned mountaineering watch, the Rolex Explorer. But so far, things have been slow from the manufacturer’s end. Will 2020 be the year to finally put an end to all those empty years that consumers have been expecting? However, the seeds of hope may have been planted due to the recent price increases for Rolex at the start of 2020. The price for the Explorer went up by only 150 euros. But the Rolex Explorer 2 went up by 400 euros. This could serve as an indication that the brand may roll out a new version at a higher price later on. Buy Rolex Explorer Watches 3: Rolex Submariner Getting a New Jubilee or Oyster Bracelet Like the Rolex GMT Master II 116710 BLNR, the Rolex Submariner 116610LV will get a re-release. Except with either a jubilee or Rolex Oyster bracelet. It is a possibility to see a Jubilee bracelet on the Submariner as we have seen with the Rolex GMT Master II models, we’re almost certain to expect this level of surprise from the brand. Although, it could be just us spitballing ideas. Still, one can dream, can’t they? As for the Rolex Oyster bracelet, we’re not really sure what update the brand will bring to the original. This is because it stands out pretty well on its own with its glide lock system and solid center link. For some reason, we can’t stop getting this urge that the Submariner bracelet is going to get an update, if not now perhaps later. 4: The Explorer II Gets a Ceramic Bezel Over the years, the Ref. 116500LN from the Rolex Daytona collection and the Ref. 226659 from the Rolex Yacht-Master collection have received a ceramic bezel, so it might be time for the Explorer II to get one as well. It would certainly make sense since this reference hasn’t had a revision since 2011. And if it does get an update, then it may be possible to fit the new caliber 3285 as it is so with the recently updated GMT Master models. And if there isn’t going to be a grand Explorer update this year, when the only model to remain unchanged would be the Explorer reference 214270, which was updated back in 2016. Buy Rolex Explorer II Watches 5: The Coke GMT Master II Making a Comeback The Pepsi GMT colors have been very popular since their launch in 2018. So, it only makes sense for the Coke colors to make a comeback as well. We’re talking about the infamous black and red cerachrom bezel along with the red Rolex GMT Master II hand. And if this color scheme does indeed show up in 2020, then like the Pepsi GMT Master II, we expect it to sport the Jubilee bracelet. Buy Rolex GMT Master II Watches 6: The Submariner Gets a New Movement Another little hot rumor that we anticipate is the introduction of a new caliber generation for the Submariner Date (possible reference: 126610LN). Fans will be able to recognize this with a small crown between “MADE” and “SWISS” on the dial’s 6 o’clock position. This could be due to a number of reasons. There hasn’t been an update to the Rolex Submariner series in a number of years. The caliber 3235 is a successor to the 3135. It is now being used in several other models including the Rolex Sea-Dweller, Datejust 41, and Yacht-Master 40. The solid gold Submariner versions are no longer available for order. The ones we’re talking about are the reference 116618LB, which comes with a blue dial. And the one with the black dial, which is the reference 11618LN. This is kind of a downer since Rolex always used to update the gold models before the stainless steel ones. This may be a strong indication that we’re getting an update sooner for the Ref. 126610 LN. Besides that, there’s also an update expected for the Submariner No Date, Reference 114060. These rumors suggest that this model could be something more than just a simple caliber update. Buy Rolex Watches

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  11. Laurent Ferrier Debuts Geneva Edition

    Laurent Ferrier Debuts Geneva Edition

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

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