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  2. Statement Watches: What Your Timepiece Says

    Statement Watches: What Your Timepiece Says

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

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  3. Best Gold Watches for Men in 2021

    Best Gold Watches for Men in 2021

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

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  4. History of TAG Heuer Monaco Watch

    History of TAG Heuer Monaco Watch

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

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  5. The Recent Rise in Smartwatches

    The Recent Rise in Smartwatches

    You can probably assume just from personal experience that smartwatches are on the rise. The data backs this assertion up, too. The following are how many million units were sold in the last few years, plus a forecast for the final result of 2018. 2014 – 5 2015 – 19 2016 – 38 2017 – 75 2018 – 141 As you can see, smartwatches are starting to dominate the timepiece market. We explain the history of these devices, why they’re booming right now, and what the future might look like in the sections below. Origins Though smartwatches seem like a relatively new phenomenon, people have been throwing this term around for a long time. In fact, many call the 1972 Hamilton Pulsar the first smartwatch because it managed to use a digital display, rather than a conventional analog. Moving on the 80’s, Seiko took a lead role in adding intelligent functions to their pieces. This process involved products that could display cable television, had sophisticated calculators, incorporated tiny radios, and more. In the 90’s, we started to see pieces that looked a lot more like the ones we have today. The Seiko MessageWatch is an excellent example, as it could display stock market prices, sports results, and weather data. Early 2000’s The turn of the century brought many watches that look like rudimentary versions of the products we have today. Some of the most prominent include the Fossil Palm Pilot, Microsoft SPOT, and Garmin Forerunner. Though much less powerful, these machines could carry out functions like saving phone numbers, keeping a to-do list, managing your calendar, and tracking fitness data. The Recent Boom The truth about smartwatches is that the initial models were both expensive and lacking in functionality. The same was true of the cell phone, computer, and almost every other form of groundbreaking technology. Recently, scores of excellent manufacturers have started jumping into the smartwatch market and making products that put their predecessors to shame. The reason is that they have remedied the two fatal flaws of earlier smartwatches. What is Driving This Rise? The following are the two crucial factors that are driving the smartwatch industries meteoric rise. Falling Prices – The first watch we mentioned, the Hamilton Pulsar, was priced at $2,100 in 1972. Adjusted for inflation, that is almost $13,000 in today’s money. All that money for a simple digital display! As you can imagine, only a tiny portion of the population could afford it. Today, smartwatches can be had for as little as $50, and even the most expensive of them usually do not exceed $1,000. Increased Functionality – Let’s compare to a watch of the past again. The Fossil Palm Pilot wowed people of its time with the ability to make notes, keep a calendar, and store phone numbers. Today, those are basic functions that consumers take for granted while paying more attention to sending texts, making calls, surfing the web, and more. What Shortcoming Do Smartwatches Still Have? Though these pieces of technology have come a long way, they still face the hurdle that is battery life. To understand why, think about other types of watches. Quartz pieces operate on a battery and often can function on one charge for multiple years. Automatic and manual timepieces operate indefinitely, albeit the occasional winding and some maintenance from a professional. Smartwatches, on the other hand, often can only function for one full day on a charge. While we deal with similar issues with our phones and laptops, there are many people out there that don’t want to maintain their watch nearly every day. What Does the Future Look Like? Smartwatches have hit a sweet spot of growing demand, quickly improve technology, and reasonable prices. The result of those factors leads us to believe that they aren’t going away anytime soon, if ever. What makes the future so bright for these products is that they are fast becoming lifestyle companions for consumers in the Western world. Every day, thousands of consumers are giving these watches a try and finding that they increase quality of life substantially. Once somebody gets into the habit of using something, they usually don’t stop. That should mean high retention rates for smartwatch companies. Another issue watch enthusiasts wonder about is how much of a market share smartwatches will take from conventional pieces. In our opinion, there will be an effect, but old-fashioned watches definitely aren’t going away. People will still want the high status that comes with luxury products, the aesthetics of good looking pieces, and the rugged capabilities of survival watches. Ultimately, consumers are more likely to purchase smartwatches in addition to conventional ones, rather than the former replacing the latter. As you can see, smartwatches have come a long way from the 70’s. Today, they are essentially small, hyper-useful computers that can be had for reasonable prices. These attributes combine to make us believe that the future is bright for this product and it could make its way into your life soon. If you’re sold on them already, check out some of the most popular brands: Apple, Samsung, Garmin, ASUS, Motorola, and Pebble. Going with one of those established names should guarantee your satisfaction.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 10 Best Luxury Watches For World Travelers

    10 Best Luxury Watches For 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 world time watches that will benefit globetrotters: 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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  11. 15 Best Japanese Watches Worth Your Attention

    15 Best Japanese Watches Worth Your Attention

    A lot of luxury timepieces are manufactured in Switzerland, which many connoisseurs call the “land of horology.” It has become widely accepted that many Swiss watch brands have already perfected the art of watchmaking. However, that does not mean we should count out Japanese watches just yet. Many other countries have been making big waves in the horology industry as well. The most famous of them is Japan. Japan is known for producing the majority of quartz watches we see in the market, along with some affordable automatic pieces too. For these reasons, taking a look at what Japanese watches have to offer is definitely worth your time. From the renowned Seiko and Casio to the underrated Frank Miura and Knot, here are some of the best Japanese watches you should consider. They come in different price points and designs, so you are bound to find one that fits your tastes and budget. Our Best Picks: 15 Japanese Watches Worth Your Attention 1. Seiko Prospex Ref. SLA021J1 What better way to begin this rundown than with an eminent brand best known for creating affordable timepieces that perform at a luxury level. Seiko is famous for creating the first Japanese dive watch in 1965. This is why its Seiko Prospex divers remain incredibly respected and popular to this day. One of the most prominent members of this collection is the Seiko Prospex Ref. SLA021J1. Versatile and robust, this watch is one of the most impressive releases of the brand to date. This Seiko model boasts a 44.3mm case and a black unidirectional bezel, both made out of stainless steel with super hard coating. Secured with a sturdy three-piece link bracelet, the timepiece also has a screw-down crown placed strategically at 4 o’clock for easier access. On the simple but striking matte black dial, you will find geometric hour markers and sword-shaped hands, all coated in LumiBrite. There is also a small date window on the right of the dial..  With a water resistance capacity of 300 meters, this Seiko watch can easily accompany you in various extreme watersports and diving activities. It relies on a 26-jewel automatic movement, which has a power reserve of 50 hours and an accuracy rating of +15/-10 seconds per day. Carrying a reasonable price tag of $3,150 USD, this is the ideal choice for those seeking a Japanese watch that is durable and long-lasting. 2. Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster Ref. GWR-B1000-1AJF Next up, we have a piece from Casio. Casio is a well-known brand from the East whose expertise lies in creating extraordinary and high-performing digital watches. Due to their solid builds and unparalleled quality, Casio’s near-indestructible flagship watches have become a staple in every serious watch collector’s closet. Among the Casio timepieces worth checking out is the Gravitymaster Ref. GWR-B1000-1AJF. As part of the premier Casio G-Shock collection, this Japanese men’s watch is a testament to the brand’s passion for innovation and pure Japanese craftsmanship.  This G-Shock watch comes in a 50.1mm black carbon monocoque case and bezel. These match well with a tough resin band sporting the same black hue. True to its name, this timekeeper has outstanding shock resistance and can even withstand water pressures up to depths of 200 meters. Continuing with the dark aesthetic, its dial features luminous black baton indices and sword hands, and a date component at 3 o’clock. It also has a Super Illuminator LED light and an afterglow that endorse great legibility in low-light conditions. When it comes to features, this Casio watch packs a lot. Aside from bearing a mobile link capacity, it also has a 1-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, a daily alarm, a battery level indicator, a full-auto calendar, a dual-time feature, and more. It is also solar-powered so you would not have to worry about its accuracy and durability. Indeed, Casio chose to prioritize function and ruggedness in this masculine $899 USD Japanese timepiece. 3. Citizen Promaster Aqualand Ref. BJ2167-03E When talking about Japanese watches with cutting-edge functionalities and commendable looks, Citizen is surely the first brand that comes to mind. They famously pioneered light-powered timepieces with their proprietary Eco-Drive movement. This company has also been at the forefront of GPS technology, with models such as the Red Arrows World Time chronograph and the Satellite Wave GPS dive watch. Right off the bat, you can tell that the Citizen Promaster Aqualand Ref. BJ2167-03E, priced at around $795 USD, will survive even the harshest circumstances. Coming from the brand’s famous Promaster collection, it has a beefy yet striking structure, which men with bigger wrists will surely appreciate. This watch features a stainless steel round case that is 50mm in size, and wide lugs that give the piece more edge. The majority of the watch sports a cool black tone, including the polyurethane strap, pushers and crown. However, there are also blue and red accents on the black bezel and dial that provide a youthful touch. The black dial with a matte finish bears thick hour indices and hands with luminous coatings. In terms of complications, it also features a  date window at 3 o’clock, a 60-seconds sub-dial, a power reserve indicator, and a 12/24 hour time display. Like most of Citizen’s products, this Japanese men’s watch relies on a movement equipped with the trailblazing Eco-Drive technology.  It also has a water resistance rating of 200 meters. On the whole, you should go for this one if you love playful Japanese watches loaded with useful features. 4. Grand Seiko Ref. SBGA211 Each of Seiko’s subsidiaries probably merits a lot more discussion than we have time for. However, if there is one worth emphasizing, it would be Grand Seiko. Established in 1960, this Japanese company produces luxurious yet extremely precise timepieces. Indeed, Grand Seiko watches could easily compete with Swiss-made timekeepers in terms of appearance and performance. Exuding simplicity and elegance, Grand Seiko watches have pristine finishes, straightforward layouts, and chronometer-grade movements. One of the brand’s most notable entries is the Grand Seiko Ref. SBGA211, popularly known as the Snowflake. This desirable gem comes in a 41mm high-intensity titanium case and a fixed bezel made of the same material. Its bracelet has thick, solid links that ensure a nice fit on the wrist, and it has a sizable teeth-edged crown which provides a good grip. Sporting soft textures that are reminiscent of snow, its milky white dial features silver baton hour markers and dauphine hands. There is also a date window with large black numbers at 3 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator sitting between the 7 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions.  This watch is powered by a Spring Drive movement with 72 hours of power reserve and a ±1 second per day accuracy rating. This timepiece is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters, making it suitable for snorkeling and swimming. With a hefty price tag of around $6,000 USD, this is one of the most expensive yet admirable Japanese watches  on this list. 5. Orient Star Ref. RK-AM0001S Evoking a lavish feel, the Orient Star Ref. RK-AM0001S runs on an in-house automatic movement and features a classic black crocodile leather band. You can glimpse the mechanism’s charms through the open-heart dial, which is protected by a resilient sapphire crystal. The crisp white face of this Orient watch sports large Roman numeral indices and blued steel hands. It also bears a moon phase display with blue and yellow accents, a power reserve indicator found below the 12 o’clock marker, and railroad-like patterns on its outer rim. The watch’s signature is also delicately engraved on the right of the dial, signalling this elegant Japanese watch’s identity. . Its 41mm round case, case back, lugs, and crown are all made out of hard and polished stainless steel, a material capable of withstanding impacts, corrosion, and scratches. On top of that, this Orient Star watch is both anti-magnetic and water-resistant up to depths of 50 meters. Priced at around $1,299 USD, this Japanese timepiece would look good with any ensemble, whether casual, business-themed, or formal. 6. Seiko 5 Sports Ref. SRPG33K1 Here we have another piece from Seiko, but this time with a more rugged and commanding look. While its daring aesthetics may not be everyone’s cup of tea, its well-executed dial layout and build are what makes this piece worth getting. With its handsome appearance, there is no doubt why this watch is one of the Seiko 5 Sports collection’s most popular members. Suitable for men with retro tastes, the Seiko 5 Sports Ref. SRPG33K1 boasts a 39.4mm brushed stainless steel case, a fixed bezel, and a crown with teeth-like edges for a secure grip. Matching the lightweight nylon strap, the dial sports a dark green hue which is surprisingly pleasing to the eye. Adorned with silver Arabic numeral hour markers in a 12/24 hour format and luminescent sword-style hands, it also features a day-date display at 3 o’clock and a seconds hand with subtle orange accents. As a finishing touch, Seiko added a curved Hardlex crystal on both the front and the back, to shield the watch from external threats like dust and moisture.  This Seiko 5 Sports watch relies on a 4R36 automatic movement with 24 jewels and 41 hours of power reserve. It also has a manual winding capability, giving you the best timekeeping experience you deserve. With a price of only $379 USD, this simple but sturdy Japanese timepiece can easily serve as a conversation starter.  7. Casio Edifice Ref. ECB-900DB-1B Although Casio is better known for their bulky resin watches, they also excel at creating trailblazing pieces with traditional looks. One good example is this motorsports-inspired Casio Edifice Ref. ECB-900DB-1B. It boasts a mesmerizing dark blue and silver color scheme, and combines the wonders of analog and digital displays all at once. Hailing from the brand’s reputable Edifice line, this watch comes with numerous state-of-the-art features and a bold, large watch face for optimal legibility. Dashing and attractive, this Japanese men’s watch has a 51.5mm stainless steel case and a tachymeter bezel adorned with legible medium-sized markings. This is paired with a brushed stainless steel bracelet with thick links for a better fit on the wrist. Since this piece takes inspiration from the world of racing, it is only natural that its black dial boasts a fancy, dashboard-like appearance. Bearing baton hour markers and luminous, sword-shaped hands with silver outlines, the watch’s face also features a double LED light, a battery level indicator, and sleek metallic blue accents. You will also notice that this watch has four round pushers and a crown with engraved details.  This Casio Edifice model is water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters, making it the perfect companion for your swims. What’s more, this solar-powered watch also comes with a world time function featuring 39 time zones, a 1/1000-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, a speed indicator, a full-auto calendar, a power saving mode, and several alarms. This Japanese watch retails at around $250 USD, giving you excellent value for your money.  8. Grand Seiko Solar Diver Chronograph When it comes to sports watches, you simply cannot go wrong with classic stainless steel ones. With its versatile aura and elegant finish, the Grand Seiko SBGE253 will surely look good with any outfit, whether formal or casual.  This Grand Seiko watch runs on a 30-jewel Caliber 9R66 automatic movement. It has 72 hours worth of power reserve and a ±15 seconds per month accuracy rating. With a water resistance capacity of 200 meters, this watch can be an instant diving companion. It boasts a stainless steel case that is 40.5mm in diameter, paired with a silver bracelet with a three-fold clasp and push button release. The brand also decided to craft the bezel using a black-colored ceramic, which makes the timepiece more high-tech and innovative.  Continuing with the minimalistic theme, the dial sports a chic black matte finish. This serves as a great backdrop to the luminous baton indices, hands, and the silver Grand Seiko signature. Apart from bearing a vibrant red GMT hand and an outer ring that displays 24-hour time, the face of this Grand Seiko watch also boasts a date window and a power reserve indicator. Enclosed in an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, this versatile men’s watch costs around $6,490 USD.  9. Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Ref. CC4004-58 Here we have another revolutionary timepiece that is worthy of hype and praise. The Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Ref. CC4004-58 adds a stylish and contemporary twist to the classic dress watch.  Everything about this Citizen watch screams lavish and timeless. Its exterior includes a 44mm black titanium case, paired with a sleek bracelet made of the same material. As a true chronograph piece, this men’s watch also has two pushers on the right and a large crown, giving it a 100-meter water-resistance rating. The textured black dial, however, is the true standout here. It boasts luminescent baton hour markers and sword-style hands, and a date window between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock positions. Other features it comes with include, a 1/20 second stopwatch, a world time feature, a Universal Coordinated Time (“UTC”) display, a perpetual calendar, a power reserve indicator, and more Like what its name suggests, this model has a satellite GPS timekeeping system that keeps the watch accurate at all times. It even runs on an Eco-Drive movement, meaning it relies on any light source for power. Priced at around $2,495 USD, this is another Japanese watch worth checking out. 10. Orient Bambino Ref. AC00003W Let us take a break from sporty timepieces and take a look at this sophisticated and graceful gem. It is no secret that Orient produces attractive watches that never go out of style. What’s more, their products all come with dependable in-house movements, making them good additions to anyone’s collection. One of the famous members of the brand’s current watch lineup is the Orient Bambino Ref. AC00003W. This is an affordable and stylish dress watch with exceptional attributes that are on par with its expensive Swiss counterparts. Exuding a classy aura, this 40.5mm watch boasts a gold-plated stainless steel case, a fixed bezel, a medium-sized crown, and nicely-shaped lugs. These match well with the cushiony crocodile leather strap in a dark brown color. When it comes to design, this Orient watch veers towards a vintage-inspired concept. Its faded silver-whitedial features triangle-shaped hour markers and sleek, gold-tone dauphine hands. One downside to this watch is that it does not have any luminous elements.  Nevertheless, the dial’s minimalistic aesthetic and polished finish  are enough to make this timepiece very desirable  Driven by a 22-jewel caliber F6724, this automatic Orient watch beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. This Japanese watch retails at $230 USD only. Despite its affordable price, this is one of the best pieces the brand has to offer.  11. Naoya Hida NH Type 3A  For those who love sleek timepieces with a lovely pop of color, then the NH Type 3A from the young label Naoya Hida is the best option. Aside from embodying superb retro aesthetics, Naoya Hida watches are also equipped with highly reliable movements. These movements are made by Valjoux, an esteemed Swiss mechanical movement manufacturer which focuses on crafting intricate chronograph mechanisms. Apart from sporting a blue hand-sewn leather strap made of Alcantara, the Naoya Hida NH Type 3A also has a 37mm SUS904L stainless steel case, fixed bezel, and lugs. It also bears a curved sapphire crystal that provides optimal protection to the face of the watch. Exhibiting a vintage feel, the nickel silver dial with a micro bead blast finish features blued steel hands and hand-carved Roman numeral indices. To add, the dial boasts black dot markings on its outer ring and a delicate 18K gold moon phase disc at 6 o’clock. Aside from looking good, this watch can also withstand water pressures of up to 50 meters. It relies on a Caliber 3021LU hand-wound movement that beats at 28,000 vph and has 45 hours worth of power reserve. Priced at a whopping $23,071 USD, this Naoya Hida watch is a must-have for those who love refined Japanese dress watches with a twist. 12. Hajime Asaoka Tsunami If you are on the hunt for a versatile and ingenious timepiece that could easily impress onlookers, then Hajime Asaoka is a great place to start. The founder of the same name has been producing top-notch timepieces since 2005, becoming famous for his incredible watchmaking skills and philosophies.  Ideal for everyday wear, the Hajime Asaoka Tsunami comes in a 37mm polished stainless steel case and a bezel with the same finish. Its slim lugs ensure a nice fit on the wrist, while the large crown is easy for wearers to grip and adjust the watch’s settings. However, what truly makes this timepiece interesting is its neat and understated dial. Adorned with silver-colored hands and a mix dot and Arabic numeral indices, the dial sports a black and gray hue with sandblasted and matte finishes. It also features a railroad-like pattern on the outer rim, a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, a red hand for the sub-dial, and a striking signature below the 12 o’clock marker. The brand also added a transparent case back, allowing wearers to admire the beauty of the watch’s reliable and intricate movement. In addition, this watch relies on an in-house engine, designed personally by Hajime Asaoka in his own atelier. Aside from boasting 40 hours of power reserve, it also beats at 18,000 vph. Falling on the more expensive side of the spectrum, this well-designed Japanese timepiece retails at around $22,000 USD. 13. Maker’s Watch Knot Ref. CC-39BKWH Many of you might think that only European watch brands can produce high-quality Bauhaus-inspired timepieces. That said, wait until you see this next model from the rising Japanese label Maker’s Watch Knot. Whether you need a chic dress timepiece with unusual dial layouts or a sporty watch you could proudly parade around, this brand has got you covered. The best part about Maker’s Watch Knot’s offerings is that they do not come with hefty price tags, making them true collectible pieces. The Maker’s Watch Knot Ref. CC-39BKWH, priced at around $200 USD, runs on an Epson YM91 movement with 5 years of battery life. It is also water-resistant up to 50 meters, which means that it is suitable for showering and even recreational swimming. In terms of design, it comes in a 39mm black stainless steel case and a tan leather strap with fine stitchings. Embodying a vintage aesthetic, the dial bears clear Bauhaus influences. It contains thin black baton hour markers and hands, sub-dials for the chronograph feature, and an understated date display at 3 o’clock. On the whole, this is a unique Japanese timepiece that definitely deserves a spot in your collection.  14. Minase Horizon Ref. VM02-R01KD This next piece from the underrated 58-year-old Japanese brand Minase will surely change your perspective about rose gold watches. The Minase Horizon Ref. VM02-R01KD is one of the brand’s best offerings to date, and it stands out effortlessly with its quirky but powerful shape. Bearing a futuristic and lavish look, this Japanese watch takes inspiration from Samurai swords and the horizon’s line over the ocean. This Minase watch comes in a 38mm box-shaped stainless steel case and has a black rubber strap with a stainless steel deployment clasp. Besides the baton hour markers and luminous hands, its three-dimensional gray dial also consists of an elongated date aperture and a simple signature at 12 o’clock. Endorsing comfort on the wrist, the timepiece has a lightweight profile, weighing around 150 grams only. Minase also added a sapphire crystal to the case back. This protects the watch from scratches and impacts, and allows wearers to view the movement at work. Moving on to its technical specifications, this Minase Horizon watch relies on a Caliber KT7001/1 automatic movement. It boasts 38 hours of power reserve and consists of hand-polished plates and bridges. Unique in all ways, this Japanese watch retails at around $3,700 USD and can withstand extreme wear and tear.  15. Masahiro Kikuno Sakubou Last on our list, we have a piece from another independent watchmaker, Masahiro Kikuno. Known for his incredible horological prowess, he produces watches that go beyond expectations by hand. The Sakubou watch serves as solid proof of the founder’s amazing artistry and attention to detail. With its intricate parts, lavish appeal, and stunning composition, it is a timepiece that will surely age well. Powered by a Caliber MK17 manual-winding movement that beats at 28,800 vph, this Masahiro Kikuno watch is quite slim, with a case diameter of just 38mm. It is secured with a brown leather band to finish off its daring but sophisticated look. This watch also has a Kuro-Shibuichi and white gold flower-shaped case with a flawless brushed appearance. The dial is the true show-stopper of this Japanese timepiece, sporting elegantly patterned black curves reminiscent of flowers and leaves. In addition, it boasts simpledot indices, thick maroon-colored hands, and an understated moon phase sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. You just have to be cautious while wearing this delicate and opulent watch, as it is only water-resistant up to depths of 30 meters. This Sakubou timepiece costs around $44,000 USD, making it the most expensive piece in this list of Japanese watches. Final Thoughts If you still want to stick with Swiss watches after reading this article, we do not blame you. The manufacturers that operate there are some of the best in the world, and you cannot go wrong with choosing one of their masterful pieces.  However, as this article proves, timepieces made from the East can easily match the quality, form, and appeal of their Swiss counterparts. They deserve the same respect and consideration as Swiss timepieces, especially considering their more budget-friendly prices. With so many options out there, it is impossible not to find a Japanese timepiece to suit your exact tastes, which you can use for the decades to come. We hope that this list can help you choose the right Japanese masterpiece to add to your growing collection. Can’t get enough of Japanese-made watches? Make sure to check out our articles on the 5 Best Seiko Credor Watches, Seiko SNK809, Orient Kamasu, and Citizen NY0040. Photos from the aforementioned brands’ official websites, unless noted otherwise

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