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  2. Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Limited Edition’s New Colors

    Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Limited Edition’s New Colors

    Grand Seiko, the luxury arm of Seiko watches, always strives to add hints of art and poetry in their timepieces. From Snowflake and Urushi dials on subtle models to the sharp lugs of their more in-your-face sporty offerings, there’s always something a little special when you go with a Grand Seiko. Arguably, that’s never been truer than with the new model in the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection. Let’s take a closer look at the watch that offers an unabashed homage to fall in Japan. All Limited Editions Are Not Equal For a true watch collector (maybe even a casual wearer), the phrase “limited edition” has lost some of its import. Most major watch brands offer limited editions all the time. Sure, the runs may have small quantities, but the exclusivity of a limited-run watch can get lost in the overload. If you didn’t get in on one limited-edition watch just wait, surely another (and another) limited-edition watch will come along. But the Grand Seiko Heritage Collection SBGH269 stands apart from its limited-edition peers in several interesting ways. The first is thematically. This watch is an ode to the seasonal colors of Japan, a fairly specific time and place that’s captured almost exclusively through the use of color. Patterns and textures also add to the overall evocation of autumn in Japan. Are You Ready for Red? Buying a watch with a red face is a bold choice and one that you will not likely make lightly. A red face is a real attention-getter and maybe you don’t want to bring that much scrutiny to your wrist. Popular watches like the Invicta Grand Diver, Bulova 98M119 and Rolex Oyster Perpetual have stunned with cutting-edge red dials. But each of these can be a bit much, not lending themselves to office wear or dress-casual ensembles. However, this Grand Seiko Heritage takes the red theme into more subdued territory. It has echoes of burnt umber and soft yellow hues that seem to rise from under a multi-layered mix of reds. These are the shades you’ll see on a trek through the rugged mountains of Japan. Delving into Design Details This is a timepiece that leans to the sporty side. But it doesn’t go overboard with size as many a sports watch does. Instead it’s housed in a stainless steel case measuring 39.5mm × 13mm. With that striking dial, it doesn’t need to wear so hefty to garner attention. Handcrafted like the rest in the Grand Seiko line, the Heritage features the brand’s signature Zaratsu polishing. It also has a noticeable gleam on the edges of the hand-finished lugs. The three-link stainless steel bracelet adds to the sporty vibe. It’s also 100-meter water resistance, which means you can actually get active in the water. A Look Under the Hood In keeping with the rest of the offerings in the Heritage collection, this is a 36000 Hi-Beat timepiece, with an oscillation rate of ten beats per second. Years in development, the Caliber 9S85 automatic movement has 55 hours of reserve power. Grand Seiko says it has an accuracy of minus-three to plus-five seconds per day. But that seems a conservative estimate and it may be that Seiko is wishing to under promise and over deliver as higher rates of accuracy have been reported with the Hi-Beat movement. To get a good look at the inner workings, flip the watch over and take a gander at the sapphire display case back. It’s an eye-catching show with a brilliant green oscillating weight that recalls verdant leaves that will transform into fall colors, evoking a feeling of change as one season closes, and another begins. The Enchanting Feel of Fall Autumn colors are celebrated in many places and in many ways. It’s no surprise. The seasonal mix of reds across an amazing spectrum, plus likewise yellows, oranges and magentas have inspired romance and wonder through the ages. Almost nowhere are these fall colors more celebrated than in Japan. Some might say it’s a national obsession. Or international as each fall Japan welcomes hordes of visitors who descend on the island nation to take in its fall foliage. From Japan’s northernmost isle of Hokkaido to its southernmost shores, locals engage in gathering Momiji (red leaves) and looking out across landscapes that are on fire with deep crimson, golden yellow and popping patches of orange. Japan’s shrines and temples take on a drastic shift as their summer-green trees put on stunning shows from mid-October to mid-December. Grand Seiko captures this ephemeral color collage in one truly remarkable watch. Grand Seiko, A Celebration of Japanese Culture But the artistic design isn’t limited to Japan’s much-celebrated natural landscapes. One glance and you’ll notice that there are unique vertical lines down the face of the watch. The more astute of us will immediately make the connection to the floors of traditional Japanese homes, or “minka.” A style in use for centuries, these timber floors are most often crafted from cryptomeria and cypress. It’s finished with rich red and soft brown lacquer. Careful detail is given to flooring as floors are considered furniture from the traditional Japanese perspective. This same attention to detail and tradition are reflected in the dial. There’s a chance you’re not ready for a watch with a bold red face. Perhaps you’re looking for something more versatile, something that can go from boardroom to bistro without raising an eyebrow. But for uncommon colors, a celebration of culture and the reliability of a Seiko, perhaps this limited-edition Heritage is the perfect way to capture the changing of the seasons. Will you be one of the lucky few who get one of the 900 that Grand Seiko has produced?

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  3. Citizen Watches Releases Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Watch

    Citizen Watches Releases Marvel’s 80th Anniversary Watch

    Citizen watches gives us a unique timepiece that’s sure to satisfy both fans of Marvel movies and the comic books on which they’re based. Meet the Marvel 80th Anniversary watch. Citizen Watches and Marvel Join Forces But first, a quick glance back in time, as this is not Citizen’s first go-around with Marvel. At Baselworld 2018 Citizen watches unveiled its partnership with the comic titan and introduced a bold new collection that honors Spider-Man, Captain America, the Black Panther and the Avengers. Then, at Comic-Con 2019 in New York City, Citizen watches unveiled the watch that pays tribute to Marvel’s 80-year history. Featuring a vibrant blue sunray dial imprinted with Marvel logos from across the decades, the 80th Anniversary offering is a stunning entry in the line. In a nod to the year Marvel began, 1,939 pieces were made in the limited-edition run that’s available in November 2019. Diving Deeper into the 80th Anniversary Taking a closer look at the commemorative watch we see a striking dial with Arabic numerals in an animation font that’s similar to those found in the pages of Marvel comic books. Adding to the high-contrast colors we’ve grown to love in the comics, the minute track positively pops in yellow and white. Red accents and a black bezel keep things in true comic-color mode. But beyond its eye-catching looks, this watch was built for the rough-and-tumble action our Marvel superheroes are apt to encounter. It’s constructed of Super Titanium, which is forty percent lighter and five times harder than stainless steel. The watch’s hands are coated by luminescence that glows brightly in low light, powerful enough to guide any Avenger through the dark of night. Flip it over to find a case back that honors Marvel’s longevity with an engagement marking 80 years of super-hero adventures.  A complementing silver-tone titanium bracelet completes the classic look of the watch. It’s also got some serious operational power, functioning with Citizen’s signature Eco-Drive, powered by any light source and never in need of a battery. While your wear may vary, you can count on the watch going strong for about ten years before you’ll need to replace the depleted solar cells. A New Homage to Spider-Man In conjunction with the 80th Anniversary watch, Citizen watches is releasing another timepiece. This one honors one of the Marvel Universe’s favorite sons. The new limited-edition Spider-Man watch goes for a really retro vibe with black-and-white comics across the dial, giving the watch an overall casual and even somewhat whimsical feel. They’re not just random images, but rather greyscale versions of classic comic book covers. A full-color Spider-Man in action jumps out from the face, the red from his famous Spidey suit matched by robust red hands. There are also notes of Spider-Man’s signature red with the contrast stitching on its black leather strap. Citizen watches only produced a run of 1,962 pieces, which (you guessed it) marks the year that the friendly neighborhood crimefighter made his debut on the pages of Marvel comics. Watches in the Marvel World The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t limited to Citizen watches. With stars of the film franchise sporting a variety of luxury timepieces both on and off-screen. Let’s take a look at their amazing watches. Robert Downey, Jr. We met Robert’s alter ego, billionaire “Tony Stark,” in Spider-Man Homecoming when he was brandishing a big, flashy Urwerk UR-110 RG. Tony exuded vintage style in his first Iron Man with a BVLGARI Retrograde Day-Date Moonphase and next strapped on a Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX III Tourbillon GMT for his second outing as the man in the high-tech suit of armor. Mark Ruffalo. Of course Bruce Banner can’t wear a watch. Not even the strongest titanium bracelet would withstand the pressure when Bruce balloons up into the Hulk. (We’re amazed the pants stay on — maybe they’re some kind of super-stretchy pants?). But star Mark Ruffalo isn’t shy about celebrating his Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture offscreen. To be fair, with Swiss movement and smartphone features, the Hybrid Manufacture more than deserves the gushing praise. View this post on Instagram Twice as sweet as sugar… #flashback #sciencebros promoting #avengersageofultron (? @jimmy_rich ) #happylaborday #hair @davynewkirk #style @jeanneyangstyle #OG #avengers #TeamStark #nofilter #bts A post shared by Robert Downey Jr. Official (@robertdowneyjr) on Sep 3, 2018 at 11:32pm PDT Chris Hemsworth. As a TAG Heuer ambassador, the Australian actor who plays Thor has had some seriously nice watches on his wrist. A favorite we’ve seen him wear more than once is a TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01. Benedict Cumberbatch. In the movie Doctor Strange, Cumberbatch’s cherished timepiece is a white-gold Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Perpetual. Chris Evans. Offscreen the star of Captain America wears an IWC Portugieser Chronograph. Don Cheadle. The man who plays War Machine has been spotted wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 5711, and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore. Chris Pratt. The Guardians of the Galaxy star favors Cartier, flashing a Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph, Calibre de Cartier Diver and a Santos de Cartier. Citizen Watches and Marvel Conclusion  Spider-Man continually ranks as one of the favorites when it comes to Marvel movies. So chances are you’ll want to put the web-slinger on your wrist. But perhaps you champion the entire universe, from Wolverine and Captain America to Iron Man and, yes, even Ant-Man. If you want to celebrate all things Marvel, there may be no better way than with an 80th Anniversary timepiece.

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  4. Chopard Watches New Collection: Alpine Eagle

    Chopard Watches New Collection: Alpine Eagle

    Chopard watches is one of the world-renowned Swiss luxury watch brands. With a rich history and a client list that famously boasts Royals, it is one timeless watch brand that knows class and sophistication. It is also one of the oldest watch brands, dating back to 1860. Ever since its inception, it has satisfied its clientele, both male and female, with its high-quality and reliability. A Brief Background of Chopard Watches Chopard was founded by Louie-Ulysse Chopard. He conquered Switzerland and the rest of the world with his amazing skills at just the age of twenty-four. He created works of art using innovation, skill, and great technique. After his death in 1915, Paul, his son, then took over the reins of the company. Paul moved the company headquarters to Geneva in 1937, where they still reside today. The modern-day owners, the Scheufele family, became the owners after Louis’s grandson Paul-Andre sold the company due to a reduction in profit and labor in post-war years Now, bringing their latest collection to the world, featuring refined, chic, sporty timepieces that are definitely the talk of the town, Chopard watches gives us: The Chopard Alpine Eagle Collection. Alpine Eagle Collection in Depth As officially defined by Chopard watches, the Alpine Collection can be summed as: “Contemporary, refined, and assertive, the new Chopard Alpine Eagle sports chic timepiece collection is a state-of-the-art reinterpretation of the St. Moritz.” This is the first collection that Chopard has released in years. The name and aesthetic of this collection are inspired both by the eagles soaring over the Alps, and is also a modern take on their St. Moritz collection from the 1980s, which was the first collection designed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the now co-president of Chopard, who at that time, was just a 22-year-old executive starting his role in the family business. This reinterpretation has been inspired by his son, Karl-Fritz, who encouraged his father to take the leap, and this latest collection is once again personally designed by the co-president himself. Materials The watches have been manufactured using completely new materials, which include a new alloy of stainless steel known as Lucent Steel A223, which is a highly refined version of the one used by other luxury watch brands, such as Rolex, Patek Phillipe, Omega, etc. It has been invented by an Austrian Foundry, Voestalpine, and has taken four years to perfect. Going through the process of smelting twice makes sure that it retains fewer impurities. And that same process gives formation to a crystal-like layer, which makes it fifty percent harder than normal stainless steel. It’s scratch-resistant, lighter in weight, able to reflect light, and harder (223 Vickers strength). Lastly, it’s composed of seventy percent recycled steel, which is ten percent more than regular stainless steel. They also use gold in the manufacturing process, all of which is fairly mined, as Chopard watches has long stood for ethical gold mining. Dial The collection also features an ‘Eagle Iris’ dial, which is inspired by the golden eagle that soars over the Alps, along with other aesthetic touches such as a textured finish on the case, which gives the effect of the sun rays falling on icy mountain tops. Screw heads As stated above, the collection has been inspired by the St. Moritz Collection from the 1980s. The watches of this collection were highly recognizable because of the eight exposed screw heads. The Alpine Eagle collection pays a sort of homage to that look by adding eight screws to the bezel at all the cardinal points. Chronometers Another renowned feature of the collection is the use of the Chopard manufactured 01.01-C and 09.01-C automatic chronometers. They are used in the two versions of the watches that have been launched: the 41mm and the 36mm. Both of the versions consist of male and female appropriate watches, with power reserves of 60 hours and 42 hours, respectively. Dimensions The 41mm is 9.7mm in length from top to bottom with a frequency of 25,200-vph. It has a thickness of 4.95mm, which is a pretty thin and lightweight watch in comparison to other brands. It comes in three references, two of which are all Lucent steel, one with a blue dial and one with a grey dial. And the third one is a two-tone Lucent steel with the addition of eighteen carats Rose Gold. The 36mm has all the same features of the 41mm, but with a slightly reduced power reserve. It comes in seven references, each with a different price range. Chopard Watches – Taking steps further Along with the release of his watch collection, Chopard watches’ co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has announced the start of his wildlife conservation foundation, The Eagle Wings. It’s a new environmental initiative taken by the nature-loving man. In the words of the company, this foundation wishes to: “Raise awareness and galvanize the public with respect to the importance, beauty, and fragility of Alpine biotopes.” Their first project is the Alpine Eagle Race. In which they will use eagles mounted with cameras to take pictures of the tops of the mountains. It starts this month from five Alpine peaks and will end in St. Moritz.

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  5. A Brief History of Iconic Watch Brands

    A Brief History of Iconic Watch Brands

    Did you know that watches have been around for centuries? Clockmakers began crafting miniature versions of their timepieces clear back in the 1400s! Of course, there have been quite a few changes since those earliest watches. For one thing, we wear them on our wrists now. The oldest and most historic watch brands, or “miniature clock” makers, were worn as a rather large pendant on a cord or chain around the neck. Listed below are five most iconic watch brands of heirloom quality. Each one has a long history of exceptional craftsmanship. They all have well-deserved reputation’s for being one of the best watchmakers in the world. With at least a century of perfecting their craft behind them, these long-established brands epitomize quality Swiss watchmaking. 1: Blancpain This is the oldest watch brand in the world, having been founded in 1735 by Jaques Blancpain and handed down through his family for nearly 200 years. It had a somewhat on-again, off-again history until it became a part of the Swatch Group. This luxury watch brand has now partnered with the equally luxurious car brand Lamborghini and appears to finally be around to stay. 2: Breguet The Breguet company, a historic watch brand, was started in Paris by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1775. By that time, the 28-year-old Breguet had apprenticed with several well-regarded French watchmakers. In 1810, this progressive company invented the world’s first wristwatch for Caroline Murat, the Queen of Naples. Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte were just two of the many other world leaders clamoring for the new wristwatches. The Swatch Group acquired this highly-regarded and historic company in 1999. 3: Longines In 1832, Auguste Agassiz founded the Longines watch company in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. Longines is the oldest unchanged watch brand name registered with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization). In 1868, the company was instrumental to the industrialization of Swiss watchmaking after sending a representative to the Universal Exhibition in Philadelphia. Famous aeronautical pioneer Charles Lindbergh worked with Longines in 1931 to create the Lindbergh Hour Angle watch – a forerunner to modern GPS! Like Blancpain and Breguet, Longines is now part of the Swatch Group. 4: Patek Philippe Polish watchmaker Antoni Patek originally paired with Czech partner Franciszek Czapek from 1839 until 1844. In 1844, he met French watchmaker Jean Adrien Philippe when Philippe won a Bronze Medal at the World Fair in France for his key-less winder. Philippe hired Patek as his head watchmaker and made him a partner in 1851 when the firm officially became the historic watch brand, Patek Philippe. Since 1932, this Swiss company has been privately held by the Stern family. 5: Vacheron Constantin Vacheron Constantin isn’t the oldest in the world (Blancpain holds that honor) but it is the world’s oldest continuously operating watch company. That remarkable achievement began with its founding by master watchmaker Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755. François Constantin joined the company in 1819 and the name was officially changed to Vacheron Constantin. For over 250 years, this company has produced watches of exceptional quality and desirability. To celebrate its 260th anniversary in 2015, the company produced Reference 57260. This watch currently holds the record for the most complicated watch ever made. It has fifty-seven complications along with 2,800 decorated components. The value matches its intricacies – €8 million (that’s over $8.8 million)! The Richemont Group acquired this iconic brand in 1996. Collecting These Historic Watch Brands When you hold a watch from one of the oldest treasured watch brands, you’re holding history in your hands. Centuries of brilliant innovation, exquisite craftsmanship, and loving tradition have gone into each watch. Whether you treasure a vintage watch or take pride in the newest model, you can’t go wrong when you add a watch from one of these venerable brands to your collection. Like fine automobiles, these watches appreciate in value even as they age. Fortunately, at WatchShopping.com we can regularly offer both new and classic models of these fine watch brands to our most discerning customers!

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  6. Watch Trends to Expect in 2020

    Watch Trends to Expect in 2020

    The watch business is the right basics of style. For one, the watch world is amazingly conventional, where brands grasped online retail with vigor quite a while back. Like most things, drifts in watchmaking will come around continuously and become settled in the fashion world. As much as people would oppose the new designs at first, there will be fashion-fans that will likely be drawn to them. The current year’s fairs highlighted many key patterns in watches which have been around for quite a long time. However, some of them failed to stick around completely. So what watch trends can we expect in the next year to come? Will it be patterns we’ve seen already or things we haven’t thought of? Which watch colors will be most popular? Here are the watch trends expected in 2020 to help you out with your next potential pick. It’s How You Wear It During a time when nobody ‘needs’ a watch, brands are getting progressively smart around the thoughts and executions that will get customers over the line and into their stores. One technique: Products with purpose. It is turning into a critical driver of structure; every brand from Panerai to Oris is willing to create timepieces with advancements that meet present-day competitions. Others are investing in reserve hours and calibers of their watches or picking solid materials for their bands and bracelets. Some are about to release watches that are both smart and old-school at the same time. They are focusing on the modern-day requirement of watches from what people actually need and want and being a mere style statement. For this purpose, they are going for strategies that will help them create fashionable and sleek designs. Of course, you could select the queen that serves all the purposes with the royal luxuriousness. For instance, it can be the Patek Philippe‘s fresh and brand new 5520P Grand Complication, including alarm caution and travel time capacities. All Retro The miniaturized scale pattern of the nineties is currently a backbone fashion and even the standard watch business. Even items from the forties until the seventies are being reconsidered. In specific designs, they are reproduced totally with a slight vintage touch. TAG Heuer is about to go high after designing an entirely new line with its celebrated Autavia model of the sixties. Here, the innovative move has been the incorporation of its new nanograph composite carbon hairspring innovation. Tudor went one phase further by reproducing a watch that never truly existed. The brand’s P01 ‘Commando’ is a reinterpretation of a model from 1968. It notes the requirement for US Navy divers searching for a submersible timepiece where the bezel could be bolted, and the crown wouldn’t disrupt the general flow. Now that this line was released with an all-retro look, it is expected to re-shine in the upcoming year with brand new designs. True Tudor lovers will surely appreciate this collection. What else is coming up in the retro-loving designs? Patek Philippe came with a retro line with the guarantee to never leaving an opportunity to shock people. The 1955-vintage ‘triple calendar’ Calatrava model with five hands running off its center is awaiting a sequel. Smoking Salmon  Was this an unexpected one? The color of salmon-tinted dials were all over in Geneva in the last year. From the smoked style to the perfectly retro Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph, the watch with salmon-tinted dials is a retro specialist’s watch which can read blood pressure. Similarly, the delightfully created Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Flat looks even more incredible. Then comes the A Lange and Sohne’s Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon, which would look superb worn underneath the sleeve or a navy personnel’s attire. The upcoming year is tied in with coordinating your timepiece with your canapés or, without a doubt, your morning meal). Go All Blue! A blue watch pattern has been going solid for some time; however, for 2020, we have a feeling it is going to be a big hit. Even though there are a lot of timepieces in this pattern already, a couple watches really stand out from the group. Jaeger LeCoultre‘s new take on the great Ultra-Thin model, with that exceptional guilloche dial, and the blue-on-blue piece in Audemars Piguet‘s is worth every penny. Vacheron Constantin‘s Patrimony design can be opted by those who don’t want to change the watch when going from a formal occasion to a casual one or vice versa. It too comes in a beautiful dark blue colored finish. For 2020, your watch choice needs to be as blue as the suits in your closet. Small, Yet Gloriously Framed  Small watches were enormous news at SIHH. It is incredible for fans of retro-inspired, chicer dress watches. However, it might be bad news for those with huge wrists. The best pieces exhibiting this pattern could be found at Cartier. It created the Parisian marque, a brand new take on the exemplary Santos Dumont watch in a 38mm structure. Or at the IWC, where a 39mm sizing of the Spitfire Longest Flight pilot’s watch, placed on a nato strap, had military attention. Returning to Nuts and Bolts? In the previous years, vast numbers of marques demonstrating their products at SIHH have endeavored to handle the surge of brilliant watches. Our expanding dependence on cell phones is also treated by creating reasonable youth-centered ranges in metal. For 2020, a considerable amount of those brands have come back to their foundations, shunning less-expensive alternatives. Not to forget the crazy Two Beat timepiece with a 65-day reserve or the exquisite re-launch of the Tonneau. And of course, there are the meteor-dial Altiplanos which captured everyone’s attention at Piaget in the realm of marvelous watchmaking. Watch Trends Final Verdict Watches may not be a need of the modern world, but they sure are a part of fashion that never goes out of style. What is the ideal watch for you? Now that the year is nearly ending, hold your horses before making a purchase. Wait for the designs that are about to come, so you can be a part of next year’s watch trends.

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  7. Panerai Luminor Due Adds to Its Collection

    Panerai Luminor Due Adds to Its Collection

    Panerai watches are usually big, and while on the less-massive side, the Panerai Luminor hasn’t exactly deviated from the Italian watchmaker’s “more is more” attitude in making bold timepieces. Until recently. The Panerai Luminor Due collection has released a new version of the wildly popular watch with a 38mm case. It’s part of a package of six recent Dues that expands the field to include a new GMT and a variety of design updates. A Flash Though Luminor’s History This merits a quick look back at Panerai, founded in 1860. But not that far back, let’s just look to the 90s, 1993, specifically, when Panerai made the first Luminor watches available to the public. They had been making high-end military watches for decades. Their watchmaking expertise showed, and the world went wild for the Luminor, based on a Panerai design from the 1930s. But the thing is, these watches were big (and many are still big). The traditional cushion-shaped case comes in at 47mm! Not everyone will want to lug something like that around. So Panerai presented an alternative and a few years back they introduced the Luminor Due collection, a smaller and more subtle version of the now-iconic watch. The Luminor Due is more appropriate for dress casual and workwear, something that’s not so bulky it can’t slip under a nice cuffed shirt. We started with 42mm cases in 2016 and got a few 38mm models in 2018. Panerai Pitches to Women Now, of course, there is no rule that says a woman shouldn’t wear an oversized watch. From red carpets to fashion shoots, we’ve seen big watches work with a variety of looks. But women tend to buy timepieces in the 38mm and under range. With slimmed-down and more compact cases, plus a variety of vibrant strap colors, it’s hard not to see Panerai’s push to put this watch on the wrists of women. And vice versa, a red gold case on a burgundy strap goes equally well on a man’s wrist. The Latest Half Dozen So what are these six new watches? With three of the six models (PAM00926, PAM00927 and PAM00964), we have brushed titanium cases, sunburst dials and alligator straps. All have date windows and 72-hour power reserves, with water resistance up to 30 meters. Yes, Panerai purists will gripe that a company with such a deep dive-watch history should offer 100-meter resistance. And they have a point but you’re probably not diving for sunken treasure any time soon. Prices on the new watches start at around $6,000 USD and go up to $15,000. Now let’s take a closer look at the latest in the Luminor Due line. 1: PAM00926 This is the first time Panerai has gone with titanium on a 38mm watch. The dial keeps things simple with printed Arabic numerals. On the inside, you’ll find the automatic Calibre P.900 in-house movement. The watch comes with an alligator strap featuring a brushed-titanium buckle. 2: PAM00927 The bigger brother of the PAM00926 model, this 42mm case is also made of titanium and has the same movement that gives three days of power. 3: PAM00964 Things get just a tad more complicated when it comes to this entry. It’s a GMT! So that means we’ve got a GMT function in a micro-rotor movement (to keep the profile slim), the automatic in-house P.4002 caliber. It offers the same 72-hour reserve as the Calibre P.900. Beyond the dial’s date window, you’ve got a GMT hand topped by a traditional arrow, a small seconds/24-hour subdial that indicates AM or PM. Beige Super-LumiNova covers the indices and hands. With all of that going on, it’s the busiest dial of the new bunch. 4: PAM01043 This is one of the more popular of the latest additions and it’s easy to see why. It’s pure modern Panerai, no-nonsense with a tool-watch vibe that’s elevated by the contours of timeless Italian design. The polished stainless steel case looks classic on an alligator strap. The white dial is subtly contrasted by the black borders of the beige numerals and indices. 5: PAM01046  The big brother of the PAM01043, this 42mm watch wears wonderfully on its included deep brown calf leather strap. It shares the same in-house P.900 movement. 6: PAM01045  The last on the list we find the most expensive of the recent editions (north of 15k). You can probably tell from first glance it’s a bit higher-end than the others, likely due to its “Goldtech” case. Panerai took 18k gold and mixed it with platinum and copper to create an alloy that’s tarnish resistant and exudes more warmth than traditional all-gold. Match this red-hued alloy with a red alligator strap and you’ve got yourself a watch that wants to get out for a fun weekend. While the dial is similar to others above on the list, the hands are gold to go with the case and overall gleaming look. In total, these new entries in the Luminor Due line are some of the most accessible watches Panerai has put out there in a while. With toned-down sizes, elegant dials and a variety of strap colors, they’re versatile enough to go with any look short of black-tie formal. So maybe take your eye off that Swiss timepiece you’ve been considering and turn your gaze south to enjoy some Italian style.

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  8. Citizen Watches: Top 3 Favorite Collections

    Citizen Watches: Top 3 Favorite Collections

    There are a number of top-quality watch brands in the horology industry, and some prove to be better than others. Each brand has a different flavor and never-before-seen attributes. In a competitive world with unlimited options, we are likely to have our own personal favorites when it comes to watches, like the Citizen watches, for example. Citizen is a sought-after Japan-based watch brand that has successfully made big in the global watch market. Citizen Watches Citizen watches are considered to be a remarkable brand across the board. Their collection of timepieces is completely exceptional. They have a multitude of watch offerings, ranging from simple to complicated. We are going to break down our top three favorite Citizen watches. Ready? 1: Promaster Diver The Citizen Promaster Diver is specifically designed for diving enthusiasts. It suits their disposition and spirit, simultaneously. This watch is a multi-faceted piece which never disappoints. Made of stainless steel case and bracelet, the robust 45mm watch features a blue dial and equipped with an Eco-Drive technology. The hour markers and hours and minutes hands are in silver, the seconds hand is in red. The azure blue aluminum bezel and matching blue dial contrast beautifully with its silver body. At its heart beats the calibre number E168 movement. It is water-resistant up to 200 meters. This substance of elegance and class is a great composition. It depicts serenity and placidity, perfect for any sophisticated gentleman. 2: Axiom It is one of the most popular timepieces from Citizen. The Axiom features a striking gold tone case and bracelet contrasted by a jet-black dial. A sophisticated timepiece that can easily get you from day to evening affairs, the Axiom also features the Citizen iconic Eco-Drive Technology. A caliber J165 drives this sleek watch. The Axiom features a minimalist dial without hour markers, except for one at 12 o’clock. Two golden hands for hours and minutes stand out against the black dial, so do the date window at 3 o’clock and the Citizen logo. The beautiful blend of black and gold of this 40 mm elegant watch boasts a trendy vibe that deserves a thumbs-up.  3: Promaster Tsuno Chronograph Racer The Citizen Promaster Tsuno Chronograph Racer is an athletic timepiece that most sports lovers would like to don. It layers multiple features in a row. The watch is made of stainless steel featuring a white dial and a black leather strap. The strap has a ladder-like structure with hidden push buttons. It is backed by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The 45mm case has four sub-dials in black. One of them shows an indicator for power reserve. The rest show 30-min index, 6-hour index, and a date calendar. The main dial that shows the regular time has silver watch markers as well as silver hands. Which Citizen Watches Are the Most Suitable for You? It depends on your fashion tastes and lifestyle. If you’re into sports, then maybe you can take a pick between the two Promasters. Get the Promaster Diver if you like diving and other water sports, or the Promaster Tsuno Chronograph if you’re into motor sports. Now, if you are a businessman who is always going for business meetings and formal events in a tie and suit, then the Axiom is more your thing. Whatever your preference is, you’ll never go wrong with either of these masterpieces.

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  9. Omega Watches Tokyo 2020 Olympics Limited Editions

    Omega Watches Tokyo 2020 Olympics Limited Editions

    Alongside the latest Seamaster Aqua Terra, Omega watches has rolled out a few other special limited edition pieces to commemorate the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. It’s a story that’s more than eight decades in the making. Omega, the official timekeeper of the 2020 games, first had that role in 1932, when the games were held in Los Angeles. Omega watches has since been the official timekeepers of the Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Omega Watches, Timepieces for Today’s Games When Olympics fever takes over Tokyo in the summer of 2020, Omega will watch the future unfold. Modern competitions such as skateboarding, karate, and surfing make their first-ever runs at Olympic gold. Simone Biles will be the gymnast to watch judging by her 2016 gold-medal showing. Swimmer Katie Ledecky also comes in as a favorite, while the ever-popular Team USA Basketball has also made the cut. New Speedmasters for Tokyo 2020 Looking ahead into 2020, Omega went back to its past for inspiration from their Professional Moonwatch, the Omega Speedmaster that was along for man’s first step on the moon in 1969. That classic style is carried over to the Speedmasters for the upcoming games. The new Omega watches come in five colors that represent (you’ve guessed it) the five colors of the Olympic symbols: red, yellow, green, blue and black. Omega came with color and the watch world took notice. Omega Speedmaster Olympics watchesBlue: The Tokyo Blue brings it in reverse panda-style with a brushed blue dial beautifully contrasted against popping white sub-dials. Purists love the trademark red font for the Speedmaster logo. Black: We have traditional panda style with a striking white dial and black subdials that peer through the minimalist face. Green: Green and gold is both an elegant and a bold choice, so just a touch of green please, on the bezel. Now bring on the glimmering contrast with Omega’s signature Sedna Gold in a balanced mix with stainless steel. Red: Red comes in bold and stormy. It’s seriously downplayed by an all-business light-grey saturated dial. But that robust ring of red around the face embodies its spirit and radiates an action-ready vibe. Yellow: Here we get a full-on tribute to Olympic rings with a medley of circles in yellow gold cast in sleek contrast with a matte black dial. Omega Watches, Meet the 2020 Seamasters For the Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020, Omega watches made a sweeping change with the collection’s first-ever ceramic dial. The official Olympic emblem for the event is laser engraved across the high polish blue dial. At a solid 41mm case size with a sapphire case back, this Seamaster wears super sporty. They’re rolling out just 2,020 pieces (a bit on the nose, but okay). If you want to make a change from the all-stainless-steel motif, it wears wonderfully on the included blue rubber strap. On the Seamaster’s inside, you’ve got magnetic-resistant Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8900 from a solid Swiss player in the industry. Omega Watches, More to It A nod to the games lies in the case’s solid back stamped with a competing continent. The switch from the traditional Speedmaster sapphire case back is a standout feature. Beyond that, these limited editions don’t veer too far from Speedmaster territory with polished and brushed 42mm cases, three-link bracelets and 1861 hand-wound movements. The Dial Let’s talk about that dial that mimics the Cubist-inspired logo for Tokyo’s games. It’s standing right out there like an art grad’s accent wall. Sooner or later someone is going to call attention to the design that would be at home on the set of a swinging’ evening variety show in 1964. Love it or not, it’s got an iconic style. Sticking with the sea, we also get the Seamaster Planet Ocean Tokyo 2020. The host country gets a salute in this watch Omega says has “a true Japanese touch.” Could they be referring to the Liquidmetal diving scale that would be at home in Japanese anime? Could it be the patriotic colors with a “lollipop” seconds hand that echoes the flag of Japan? A bezel filled with red liquid ceramic continues the country’s colors. This one wears in a refined kind of funky, or funky kind of refined on a white leather strap. Or go with the more traditional stainless steel bracelet or the NATO strap that’s in with the packaging. Flip the watch over to find a sapphire crystal case back with the emblem of the games on stainless steel that’s protecting an Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 8800 movement. Omega Watches Seamasters to Mark Moments It’s worth looking back just a few balmy summer months ago to when Omega bowed its Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black to commemorate tequila, mezcal and a wee splash of George Clooney. Going black-on-black, the watchmakers did a design meld with Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal, an artisanal agave producer in Oaxaca, Mexico that the actor co-owns. Chances are you won’t be in Tokyo for the Olympic games. More than likely you will catch them on TV, maybe have a mini addiction on something like Badminton or Dressage. And when you see the shining Olympic moment of triumph that inevitably happens, maybe you’ll want a piece of that history on your wrist with something like these Omega watches.

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  10. Watches in Space: These 9 Are Out of This World

    Watches in Space: These 9 Are Out of This World

    From the first Soviet launches to Elon Musk’s spaceships of today, watches in space have played a very important role in space exploration. Let’s take a closer look at the history of some watches that have gotten shot out of this world. Watches in Space 1: A Cosmonaut Makes History With Sturmanskie The early days of the Space Race saw an iconic timepiece blast off into the outer limits. It was cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who first took a watch into space. He lifted off from Soviet territory back in 1961. While there has been some debate about which watch he wore, the most common assumption is that it was a Sturmanskie Vostok 1. The Soviet-made watch was issued to pilots when they graduated from the Chkalove Air Force Pilot School. The brand is alive and well today in a Russian-Swiss partnership that champions its history with outer space. You can buy both a reproduction of the Vostok 1 and new models that draw inspiration from the brand’s space-age history. 2: America Teams With Heuer for Watches in Space As the competition with cosmonauts intensified, America sent John Glenn into space in 1962. The astronaut carried a Tag Heuer stopwatch as he orbited the Earth in the Mercury Atlas 6 ship. Using it as the mission’s secondary clock, Glenn manually started the watch soon after taking flight and monitored it throughout the three-week journey. Today, you can see the watch at the San Diego Air and Space Museum and pick up a new TAG Heuer that continues the tradition. Partnering with China’s space program, the Swiss watchmakers have created a Carrera and an Aquaracer that are suited for space travel. 3: Breitling Navitimer Blasts Off Luxury watches in space? Yes please. A few months after Glenn’s trip, Scott Carpenter lifted off wearing the first Swiss wristwatch to make it into space. He wore a Breitling Navitimer that NASA helped design to withstand the pressure in space. But they were shortsighted about the issues on Earth. No one thought to make the model waterproof and it was damaged when Carpenter splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean. 4: A Second Soviet Launch With Strela The Soviets again made history with their second timepiece in space. This time the honor belongs to the Strela that was with cosmonaut Alexey Leonov when he took flight in 1965. Russian for “Arrow,” the Strela that Leonov wore was also issued to Soviet pilots at the time. It was also the watch of choice for cosmonauts until 1979. Strela survives today as a German brand that’s based in Munich and stays true to its space roots with their Cosmos line. 5: Omega Goes to Outer Space When you’re talking about watches in space, this has got to be one of the more popular ones. It was again in the year 1962 that Wally Schirra left the Earth’s atmosphere. He wore an Omega Speedmaster as he orbited the planet six times. The Speedmaster has long been a favorite of pilots who like the watch’s ability to withstand extreme conditions. A few months later, astronaut Ed White became the first American to make a spacewalk and wore a Speedmaster as well. But Buzz Aldrin arguably has the most-famous trip while walking on the surface of the moon with a Speedmaster in 1969. 6: Rolex Makes it to the Moon On the final mission of the Apollo program, astronaut Ronald Evans took a Rolex GMT Master to the moon and completed a destiny for the watch that was over two decades in the making. Famed pilot Chuck Yeager was wearing a GMT Master when he broke the speed of sound in 1947. He tested the physical limits of what humans, aircraft, and watches could withstand. 7: Seiko Sends the First Automatic Chronograph The self-winding watches of the ’60s gave way to automatic chronographs, and American astronaut William Pogue took his personal Seiko 6139 on a Skylab mission in 1973. He was also issued an Omega Speedmaster like his predecessors. But Pogue preferred his Seiko because it had a “speed timer” that allowed him to gauge engine burns. The watch has since come to be known as the “Pogue Seiko.” 8: Cosmonauts Make a Comeback With Fortis In 1992, the Swiss watchmakers Fortis became the official timekeeper for cosmonauts as part of the international space program Euromir. The crew of the 1997 MIR 97 mission was given Fortis Andora watches for the trip and Fortis later launched the space-themed line Cosmonauts. Now talk about cool watches in space! 9: TAG Heuer Teams With SpaceX TAG Heuer partnered with Elon Musk and his SpaceX program in 2012. The union spawned the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 SpaceX Chronograph, a watch designed to mirror the Heuer stopwatch John Glenn brought into space decades earlier. The SpaceX Chronograph blasted off on the SpaceX’s Dragon and made a trip to the International Space Station. Today, NASA is pushing for a return to the moon and making plans for a manned mission to Mars. Wherever humans boldly go, we can rest assured they’re bringing along some of Earth’s best watches. How do you think the future of watches in space will change?

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  11. A Hands-On Review of the Invicta Pro Diver

    A Hands-On Review of the Invicta Pro Diver

    While brands like Omega and Rolex make gorgeous dive watches, they also price their products at multiple thousands of dollars. Some in the upper echelon are even above $15,000-20,000. That kind of price tag is likely going to exclude the majority of consumers. The good news is that there are plenty of excellent watches that cost under $100. One of them is the Invicta Pro Diver, which has a mostly positive reputation in the watch community. I give my thoughts on this product in the sections below. The Brand Invicta is a polarizing brand among timepiece enthusiasts but is generally respected by people who are more casual fans. The reason why people like them is two-fold. First, they make products that have fantastic quality for their price. This definitely isn’t a brand that inflates the cost of their products with marketing schemes. Instead, their products tend to be a great deal. The second thing to love about Invicta is that they are a historic timepiece manufacturer, with roots going back to 1837. Those that dislike Invicta do so because of some recent changes to their business practices. One of them is being a bit more liberal with how they source their products and where they assemble them. Rather than solely manufacturing in a place like Switzerland or Japan, Invicta is all over the world. Likely the most significant shift is this brand producing watches with massive dials and flashy appearances. While some love that new look, others see it as lacking in class. Materials I am very impressed by the quality of the materials that make up the Invicta Pro Diver. The metal is thick stainless steel, which feels sturdy as soon as you touch it. It also has a scratch-resistant mineral crystal and a highly functional bezel. It’s diving capabilities are excellent as well, with 200m water resistance and luminescent hands. Overall, the materials on this product are one of the biggest reasons why I think it is such a good deal. Movement Your movement will vary based on the price model you get. I will address both of them. The first is automatic, which Invicta doesn’t actually make. Instead, they source this machinery from Seiko, a highly respected brand, and then build the rest of the product around it. This movement has a 41-hour power reserve and is one of the best you can find for under $100. The other variant is a Japanese quartz movement, which is even cheaper than the conventional model. It is also very reliable, though most consumers prefer the automatic option. Aesthetics This watch is a nice one to look at, and it is no mystery why. The truth is that it is an homage to the Rolex Submariner, which is one of the most iconic timepieces of all time. Still, I don’t think that takes away from the aesthetic quality of the Invicta. It has a nice size, looks fantastic on many types of straps, and allows you to get creative with the precise color scheme you want. Comfort Comfort is often the last thing you think about when purchasing a watch, but it is crucial once you actually start wearing it. Luckily, the Pro Diver passes this test with flying colors. It isn’t too light or heavy, and it sits on your wrist nicely. You shouldn’t have any issues with it if you choose to make a purchase. Two Things to Take Into Consideration: Now, onto hot topics of this watch. There are two of them that come up over and over again. It’s an Homage Watch – While most dive watches look similar, the Invicta Pro Diver is practically a twin of the Rolex Submariner. I don’t mind that fact, but many watch enthusiasts think that homage pieces are unacceptable. You’ll have to come to your own opinion on the matter. Why Not Get a Seiko? – The second thing people say is that if the movement is from Seiko, why not just purchase a watch from them? Again, this opinion is understandable, and getting yourself a Seiko is never a bad idea. That said, you might enjoy the aesthetics of the Pro Diver more than any other watch in this price range. In that case, go ahead and get it. The final question is whether or not the Invicta Pro Diver is the right watch for you. What I can say with certainty is that this product is a fantastic deal. For under $100, you can get a reliable automatic movement, a sturdy watch made of high-quality materials, and a classic diver aesthetic. Those positive aspects led me to purchase one for myself near the beginning of my watch collecting career. The people who shouldn’t buy one are those that don’t like homage watches, would prefer a Seiko, or have a budget well above this price range. No matter what, this product is incredibly popular and is likely worth your consideration.

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