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    Gorilla Watches: Are They Worth the Hype?

    The 21st century marked the beginning of a new era in watchmaking. More and more people are being drawn into the charms of smaller manufacturers. Of course, that is not to say that horology giants Rolex, Omega, or Audemars Piguet have no place in the industry anymore. It is, however, truly satisfying to see fresh names and even fresher designs emerge in the watch industry. Making a mark in the industry are Gorilla watches, an up-and-coming microbrand. Gorilla watches are sensible, artful, and — most especially — modern. The hype around the Gorilla brand is truly fascinating. However, the question remains: are Gorilla watches worth it? Get to Know Gorilla Watches Gorilla is a relatively new brand, and by that we mean it is practically a toddler in the industry. But it is also more than just that. In the past few years since its foundation, many people have raved about Gorilla, largely due to its impressive performance and stylishly contemporary designs inspired by motorsports. Gorilla watches truly know what it is like to be a leader in modern watchmaking. You will find Gorilla watches on the list of brands to look out for. They are solidly made and have a very innovative philosophy in technology and design. The brand uses automatic mechanical movements from Miyota to power its watches. It also employs the use of state-of-the-art, high-tech materials such as forged carbon and ceramic. All these, you can get for a price that is well worth the overall value of a Gorilla timepiece. Gorilla Watch Collections: Top Picks What makes Gorilla watches truly relevant to the market is that they cite its automobile inspirations even at first glance. For instance, the Gorilla Truffelhunter is the watch incarnate of the Porsche 917/20 Pink Livery, which raced in LeMans during 1971. On the other hand, the Gorilla Fastback GT Mirage will definitely remind you of the Ford GT 40 in Gulf livery. All Gorilla watches are distinct and innovative, and any piece can immediately be identified as being from the Gorilla brand. To better understand what I’m saying, let us take a look at the top collections from Gorilla watches that you should check out. Gorilla Complications Collection The Gorilla Complications collection is exactly what you think it is. It comprises watches with numerous complications, and do more than just tell the hours, minutes, and seconds. That includes watches with chronographs and sweeping seconds. Gorilla Fastback Thunderbolt Chronograph Made in collaboration with Vallée de Joux manufacture Dubois Dépraz, the Gorilla Fastback Thunderbolt Chronograph has, as its name suggests, a chronograph complication. It also features a grade 5 titanium case, which gives the watch a very lightweight build. This case comes with a brushed and bead-blasted finish with a sleek black DLC coating. It easily contrasts the bright orange aluminum part-line, while also complimenting the ceramic cushion-shaped bezel of the watch. It is a durable watch with wide crown guards also made from grade 5 titanium. The Dubois Dépraz DD-268 skeletonized chronograph module sits at the base of the dial alongside the three-spoke claw design. It is powered by the ETA 2892-A2 automatic caliber, which works hand in hand with the chronograph module, thanks to the Stem Transmission System (STS) from Dubois Dépraz. This caliber has a bi-directional winding mechanism and 42 hours of power reserve. This 44mm watch is 13.1mm thick and measures 57mm lug to lug. It has 100 meters of water resistance, so it easily withstand some contact with water. The strap of the watch is made from FKM rubber with Alcantara™ lining and is secured with a grade 5 titanium pin buckle. This Gorilla watch is limited to only 99 pieces and it is not even available in the market yet! The Gorilla Fastback Thunderbolt Chronograph costs around $8,500 USD in retail. Gorilla Outlaw Drift The Gorilla Outlay Drift will take you back to the 1970s with its retro-inspired design. It features a dynamic aesthetic with a mirror-polished concave bezel. The case has a radial brush finish, and is made from grade 5 titanium. You can find a pacific-blue anodized aluminum flange on the watch for some color contrast. On the dial, you will appreciate the luminescent numerals and subdivision, all hand-laid by artisans. This watch also carries the classic tonneau shape of Gorilla watches. This Gorilla watch has a sweeping seconds complication, thanks to its G-5238 module from VAUCHER Manufacture. It runs on a base caliber ETA 2824-2 movement, which has a PVD-coated oscillation weight. At the back of the watch, you will find the model’s specific reference number engraved. There are only 250 editions of this watch, each individually engraved with their appropriate numerals. The strap is made from FKM rubber with a Cordura™ lining and a grade 5 titanium pin buckle. This watch measures 44mm in diameter and is 13.8mm thick. It also has a 100 meter water resistance rating, true to its sporty appeal. In retail, it costs around $3,950 USD. Another sweeping seconds watch you may also opt for is the Drift Mirage. This Gorilla watch is reminiscent of the powder blue and orange racing livery that emerged victorious at LeMans in 1968. This piece is a bit bigger, weighing in at 44mm or 48.5mm in diameter with large crown guards. The case is made from forged carbon, anodized aluminum, titanium, and ceramic. You can cop this Gorilla piece for just $3,750 USD. Like the Gorilla Outlay Drift, the Drift Mirage is also limited to 250 editions. Gorilla Drift Elise If you are more into British Racing liveries, the Gorilla Drift Elise is for you. It is a monochromatic gem with a wandering hours complication. Thanks to its G-5238 module from Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, this watch is as beautiful as it sounds. It is powered by an ETA 2824-2 base caliber with 38 hours of power reserve. This Gorilla watch’s case measures around 44mm, 48.5mm with a crown guard. It costs around $3,250 to $3,270 in retail. There are only 350 editions of this watch available. Gorilla Fastback GT Collection You can easily spot a Gorilla Fastback GT piece with its gorgeous openwork dial. There are a lot of watches in this collection and they are all incredibly stunning and sophisticated with their partially skeletonized dials. Gorilla watches from this series have very bold colors matched with atypical materials used in watchmaking. The dials of the watches from this collection also show off dimensions, as they are layered and three-dimensional. As usual, the Gorilla watches in this range all have exhibition casebacks. Here are some of our favorites from this collection. Gorilla Fastback GT Modena Luxurious, sporty all at the same time, the Gorilla Fastback GT Modena is everything you need in a sports watch. It boasts a gleaming black ceramic exterior. The dial, on the other hand, comes in sporty yellow aluminum and is radially brushed for a more lustrous appeal. On the whole, this Gorilla watch is a homage to the rev counters of Italian sports cars. Even the strap of this Gorilla piece feels luxurious, with an Alcantara™ insert of the hybrid FKM rubber strap often seen on other Gorilla watches. At the heart of the watch is the self-winding Miyota 90S5 caliber. You can see its exposed balance wheel through the aperture on the dial. Plus, Gorilla also offers buyers a personalized oscillation weight. This watch costs $1,350 USD in retail. Gorilla Fastback GT Truffelhunter The Fastback GT Truffelhunter takes inspiration from the outlandish livery of the 917/20. This prototype was an aerodynamics test car at the 24 hours of LeMans in 1971. You can see a reflection of this car in the Fastback GT Truffelhunter’s wide width, butcher cuts graphics, and soft pink color. The car that inspired this Gorilla watch was nicknamed the Truffelhunter, or the Pink Pig, and Gorilla later adopted these names for this modern watch icon. With only 500 pieces available, you can get this Gorilla watch for just $1,350 USD. It features a woven forged carbon case, a pink ceramic bezel, and anodized aluminum pinstripe. Thanks to the titanium crown of the watch, it also has an improved water resistance capacity. Gorilla Fastback GT Espionage Just like the Fastback GT Truffelhunter, there are only 500 pieces of this watch available. The Gorilla Fastback GT Espionage brings the idea of restomod to watchmaking. A restomod refers to a vintage automobile that has been restored with modern technology and parts. It is one of the most popular customizations in automotive sports, as it requires attention to detail and the use of appropriate materials. The great thing about restomod is that at the heart of the car, it is still a vintage ride, but it has been revamped for improved performance. The Gorilla Fastback GT Espionage got its name and colors from the 1965 Ford Mustang, which was customized by the Ring brothers. This Gorilla watch boasts sporty and cool hues of green, orange, and black, and would look perfect on the racetrack. It can be yours for $1,350 USD! Gorilla Fastback Collection Do not be confused. The Gorilla Fastback Collection is quite different from the Fastback GT, although the two collections do share some similarities. For instance, the Gorilla Fastback line lacks the open-work dial design, giving it a more casual, everyday look. These Gorilla watches boast polished ceramic bezels and anodized aluminum pinstripes. They also have a 44mm forged carbon case which measures only 13mm thick. All the watches in the Fastback range also have 100-meter water resistance ratings. Powering these Gorilla watches is the Miyota 8215 caliber, a self-winding movement that beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. The models Galaxy Blue, Hugger Orange, and Stinger Yellow all come from the limited production Fastback Titanium Collection, and each model boasts a colorway that perfectly fits its name. The brand also offers the Phantom Black model, which features a sleek, scratch-resistant bead-blasted ceramic bezel. This is paired with a hybrid strap, which gives it a very rugged look. Meanwhile, RS While features a semi-glossy white ceramic exterior for a more stunning everyday look. All these Gorilla watches cost around $880 USD in retail. A Brief History of Gorilla Watches The Gorilla brand was launched in 2016. Like many watch manufacturers such as TAG Heuer, Richard Mille, and Breitling, Gorilla created watches inspired by motorsports. Indeed, the link between horology and racing has resulted in some of the most iconic models that exist today. These include the Rolex Daytona Cosmograph and TAG Heuer Monaco. That said, although it is easy for a watch brand to identify itself with motorsports, but not every model that races this track succeeds. Lucky for Gorilla watches, they gained traction almost immediately, quickly becoming one of the next big things in the watchmaking industry. Gorilla Watches is the brainchild of Octavio Garcia and Lukas Gopp. Garcia, a watchmaker, and Gopp, an industrial designer, have both had extensive careers in the horology industry, serving stints at big names such Omega, Audemars Piguet, and IWC Schaffhausen. It was through the expertise of these two designers that the brand and its innovative, ultra-modern designs were born. Gorilla Watches: Made for the Modern Collector As you might have noticed, nearly all Gorilla watches are limited edition. This can be a bit of a hassle for most consumers. That said, Gorilla’s focus on quality over quantity ensures that each and every one of its products is high-performing and very reliable. There are only about 30 to 40 watch pieces made every month within their facility. This is in part because certain components of Gorilla watches are also painstakingly hand-made, making them practically modern works of art. With engraved Gorilla watches typically only running at 250 pieces per drop, this makes them great collectible pieces. Think of people lining up to get a watch that says “1/250”. That is quite some flex! Ultimately, there are thousands of people waiting for Gorilla to drop new watches, and their pre-releases are always incredibly sought-after. Gorilla continues to develop truly inventive, sophisticated designs, and we look forward to seeing where they will be in a few years. Young brands are beginning to dominate the market. Check out our review of the Baltic Aquascaphe and why it is one of the most underrated divers today. All photos courtesy of Gorilla.

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  4. 10 Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts

    10 Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts

    It’s just a few months before winter (at least for those residing in the northern hemisphere), and that means it won’t be long until we see snow again. If you’re worried about not being able to jog and enjoy your favorite outdoor exercises because of the weather, why not make the most of what you’ve got? Snowboarding, skiing, and ski flying for instance are just a few activities you can enjoy in the snow. And apart from staying fit, you also get to have fun! But before going to the nearest ski resort, it is important to have the right gear. Accordingly, some of the most overlooked tools are ski watches. Yes, just like how TAG Heuer excels in motorsports and Seiko in diving, brands like Suunto and Garmin shine when it comes to skiing. Can I wear basic waterproof watches instead? The answer is yes — you can. However, there certainly are a lot of features that you will miss out on. Depending on the model, some reliable ski watches can even show you maps of ski resorts from all around the globe!  No doubt, a ski watch is not just another accessory but also a tool that you can maximize to help improve your skills faster. Recommended Best Ski Watches for Winter Sports Enthusiasts 1. Casio Pro Trek Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF The Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF watch from the Casio Pro Trek collection is a robust choice for ski enthusiasts. For one, it is geared towards outdoor activities, and that includes skiing. With that said, it features the basic functions that every skier will need, whether a beginner or an expert. Among those features is an altimeter that can take measurements every second. Apart from that, the watch also has a barometer or thermometer with a built-in alarm for sudden changes in atmospheric pressure. Lastly, this robust watch from Casio has a digital compass that can show 16 directions (e.g. NW, N, SW) and the direction angles for a more accurate reading. All of these functions are all determined by a Triple Sensor for accurate readings. In addition to being accurate, it also detects changes in natural phenomena instantly, thus allowing the wearer to make the appropriate responses in time. This is why you can feel safer when skiing in the mountains with the Casio Pro Trek Climber Line PRW-60-2AJF. 2. Suunto 9 Baro Let’s get one thing straight — the Suunto 9 watches are made to last long, and the Suunto 9 Baro is one of the most durable ski watches you can get in the market. Apart from its solidly-built body, its battery is optimized so that it can survive even during your longest training session. Thankfully, its durability is paired with a good set of features. It has a fitness tracker that you will find useful even after your ski training sessions. When you’re done skiing, it can show you your recommended recovery time. Apart from that, it also has an extensive weather tracking list, which you can consult before scheduling a ski. Most importantly, Suunto boasts this timepiece’s GPS accuracy. It uses the U.S.’s GPS, the Russian’s GLONASS, and Japan’s QZSS satellites. This means its accuracy is far superior to other ski watches. It also uses the Fusedtrack technology which retains the GPS’ accuracy in locations where satellite signals are hard to find. That being said, you don’t have to worry about losing the GPS function in case your ski location is full of trees. Lastly, the Suunto 9 Baro is easy to use. Its screen is large and the touch screen is guaranteed to be flawless even when it’s wet with snow. 3. TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 The TAG Heuer Connected Modular is a premium collection for people who love brands with a good pedigree. While TAG Heuer is mainly known for motorsports, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45, in particular, is also a good ski or snowboarding watch. One of the most obvious things that you’ll notice about this watch is that it feels premium. Indeed, it uses a premium metal body and metal backplate. Apart from that, it mimics the look of the famous TAG Heuer Carrera. Inside, the watch features a lot of functions that you will need for your sport. It comes pre-installed with a Google Fit Workout app that includes a variety of challenges and sports modes. Apart from that, you can install other fitness apps that complement your routine. It also has a GPS tracker to help you monitor where you’re going. Overall, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 is a great timepiece for hardcore watch enthusiasts who love skiing as well. Its features and brand history are sure to be a conversation starter. 4. Tissot T-Touch If there’s one thing the Tissot T-Touch line is good at, it is sports. Whether it’s ski flying, weight lifting, or cycling, this watch can meet your demands, thanks to the Tissot Touch Technology and professional sports instruments. When it comes to an athlete’s timing needs, this watch nails it. In particular, it has six functional areas on the dial — The meteo (Barometer and weather forecaster), altimeter, thermo (ambient temperature), chrono (stopwatch and countdown timer), compass, and alarm. These features are a must-have when looking for the best ski watches. Furthermore, the Tissot T-Touch has a water resistance rating of 100m. This will give you confidence that it can survive even after you’ve fallen a lot of times in the snow. If functionality is your top priority, look no further than this watch. 5. Tudor Heritage Chrono  As a brand, Tudor needs no introduction. This particular collection, however, is not as popular as the other collections. With that said, the Tudor Heritage Chrono is the brand’s iconic chronograph watch that is suitable for sports. While it is a traditional mechanical watch, it packs a few functions that can help you during a ski session. For the features, the Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330B-Steel model sports a chronograph and a date indication. To expound, its elapsed time is shown on the 45-minute counter instead of the typical 30-minute counter. In addition, its pushers are also screw-down, meaning you have to unlock it before you can use it. This means you can avoid accidentally resetting the timer in case you bump the watch while skiing. If you’re an enthusiast, you’d be delighted to hear that this watch uses a reliable workhorse movement. To be specific, it runs on the ETA 2892. This movement runs at a frequency of 28,800 vph and has 55 jewels to ensure that pivots rotate without friction. Additionally, it has a power reserve of up to 42 hours. All things considered, you can never go wrong with the Tudor Heritage Chrono. Being part of the Rolex group, Tudor is sure to deliver the right specs and features for your skiing essentials. 6. Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon While the Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon was originally made for motorsports, you cannot deny its usefulness in skiing too. To add, its carbon fibre-themed design is also a nice addition that will appeal to many people. Moving on to the dial, this Oris Williams watch features a chronograph that has three sub-dials. It has an hour counter, a running seconds tracker, and a minute counter. Furthermore, it has a tachymeter bezel for measuring distance based on speed. To add, its chronograph function runs on the Valjoux 7750, which is dubbed as the “world’s most iconic chronograph movement”. That being said, this watch from Oris is in great hands as it bears a reliable calibre that can perform its job really well. Lastly, people overlook comfort when looking for ski watches. Fortunately, the Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon features a rubber bracelet that fits nicely on different wrists. Apart from that, it has a deployant clasp that makes the watch more premium. It’s a guarantee that you’ll be able to ski for hours without feeling uncomfortable. 7. Citizen Bluetooth Citizen Bluetooth is an analogue watch that you can connect to your phone. It combines the smart functionality of technology and the charm of an analogue timepiece. This is why it’s the perfect ski watch for people who love novel features but can’t go fully digital. As for the features, the Citizen Bluetooth BZ1045-05E model has a chronograph that can measure up to 60 minutes. Apart from that, you can also set-up an alarm. This can be useful when you want to remind yourself that it’s time for skiing practice. Another useful feature that you will appreciate from this watch is its Smartphone Search. In case you drop your phone in the snow while skiing, the watch will warn you by vibrating.  In terms of performance, its Calibre W770 (Eco-Drive) movement can run up to 4 years when fully charged and especially when you maximize its power save function. It is also light-powered so you don’t have to change its battery every now and then. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about recharging this Citizen watch as it charges from any kind of light, from sunlight to dim light. 8. Seiko Astron 5X Series The Seiko Astron 5X Series is perfect for every type of lifestyle and situation. That includes demanding sports like skiing, snowboarding, and the like. Apart from being durable, this watch delivers enhanced comfort on the wrist. In terms of accuracy, the Seiko Astron line is one of the best, if not the best. It connects to one or more GPS satellites and automatically adjusts to the exact time, up to the second. When it comes to comfort, this iconic timepiece from Seiko can also deliver. In particular, it is one of the world’s slimmest GPS watch with a depth of only 12.2mm. You don’t have to worry about fitting it under your skiing jacket. In addition, it has a new buckle adjustment system to let you do minor adjustments at the touch of a button. This is extremely important when you’re out in the snow as a change in temperature can make the wrist expand or contract. 9. Garmin Fenix 6 Garmin is one of the most famous names when it comes to sports watches. They are known for producing durable and feature-rich timepieces that can survive the outdoors. With that said, their models are also fit for skiing as they boast features needed by most skiers, novice or pro. Photo from Ski MagazineOne particular model you should check out is the Garmin Fenix. It has preloaded TOPO and ski maps that feature over 2,000 ski resorts globally. To add, it also indicates the difficulty so you can choose the right venue appropriate for your skill level. Meanwhile, if you’re planning to go on a long backcountry skiing sesh, the Expedition Mode can give you up to 56 days of GPS track points. It also has a Pulse Ox Acclimation feature which keeps track of your oxygen saturation levels. This is an important feature if you’re often skiing at a high altitude. The bottom line is that the Garmin Fenix 6 has everything you will need for your skiing sessions. In fact, it was made with skiers in mind, that’s why you can never go wrong with this model if you want to be serious in the sport. 10. Apple Watch Series 3 If you’re already a proud owner of an iPhone, you should consider getting the Apple Watch Series 3. After all, using Apple devices together works really well due to the efficiency of the Apple Ecosystem. It will also let you track your data easier as it syncs perfectly with your phone. The smartwatch is available in two versions — one with GPS only and one with both GPS and cellular connectivity. Both versions have a water-resistant casing and a heart rate monitor, which Apple improved on. In fact, it doesn’t only count your heartbeats per minute, but it also records your resting heart rate and workout ranges. Additionally, it has a dedicated workout mode where you can track the calories you’ve burned while skiing. And with 50m water resistance, your watch is safe in case you fall into melted snow while practising your skills. To conclude, the Apple Watch Series 3 is one of the best you can get for your money if you’re an Apple user. No matter what sport, whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, or swimming, you will find its features extremely helpful in achieving your goals. Photo from DC RainmakerHow to Choose the Right Ski Watch? 1. Know what you need. Depending on your experience level, you’ll need different sets of features for your ski watch. So for an easier time finding the right model, ask yourself what you want from the timepiece. Make a list of features that are must-haves and what you can do without. This will make it easier for people to recommend what kind of watch you need. 2. Try it on for fit and comfort. Ski watches come in different shapes and sizes. Some are heavy, some are light, while some are too big. Not to mention, each watch is also made with different materials that have different levels of comfort. So with that said, it is important to test it first on your wrist to know if it is comfortable on you. Get a feel if it’s light enough for you to not feel tired after wearing it for hours. 3. Set a budget. Ski watches come in a large range of price tags so before going to the store, it is important to set a budget that works for you. Knowing and staying in your price range can narrow down your choices, thus making it easier for you to find the perfect model. What to Look for in Ski Watches? Image by Simon Steinberger from Pixabay1. GPS Just like in any other sport, GPS is one of the most important things you should look for in a ski watch. Knowing your location and finding your coordinates on a map is extremely useful when climbing mountains for a quick ski. With GPS on your ski watch, such as the Suunto 9 or Seiko Astron, you can have peace of mind that you won’t get lost when trying to reach the bottom of the slopes. 2. ABC If your budget won’t permit you to get a GPS, the next thing you should look for is the ABC — altimeter, barometer, and compass. To expound, an altimeter measures how high you are on a mountain, giving you an idea of your skiing location. Meanwhile, a barometer can detect atmospheric pressure readings and changes. And lastly, the compass can help you get in the right direction.  3. Durability When skiing, it is inevitable that your watch will be exposed to snow and other harsh elements. With that in mind, it is important to look for ski watches that are durable enough to survive such conditions. A few things you should look out for in the specs sheet are shock-resistance, resistance to cold temperature, and the material of the case itself. 4. Water resistance When learning how to ski, it is expected of you to fall down a lot in the snow (and there’s no shame in that!) That being said, water-resistance in a watch is a must-have as melted snow can leak inside some watches’ cases. To be sure, choose watches that are at least resistant to 50m of water, such as the Tissot T-Touch. This level allows you to dip waterproof watches in shallow depths with no problem. Image by Apichit Yutithammanurak from Pixabay5. Heart rate monitor For people who want to track their fitness status, a heart rate monitor is a must. This feature will allow you to see how hard you’ve been exercising and if you’re in the fat-burning zone. With that said, this is a handy feature for people who are skiing not just for fun but also to lose weight. Tips for Ski Beginners Starting a new sport like skiing might be scary at first. But don’t worry, here are a few tips that will get you on the right track! 1. Find a good ski teacher. One of the fastest ways to progress is to find a good ski teacher. Finding someone who knows what they’re doing can make a lot of difference than trying to figure things out on your own. For one, they can watch every bit of your form and tell you which parts you should improve on. Apart from that, they can also help you avoid bad habits that you are likely prone to do. Moreover, a good ski teacher can help you discover and guide you to other terrains that you wouldn’t be able to see on your own. Image by tookapic from Pixabay2. Wear the right clothes and equipment. Unlike other sports, skiing requires you to face harsh environments. With that said, it is crucial for you to wear waterproof clothing as you are expected to fall a lot in the snow. You should consider getting snow pants to help keep you dry and warm. Apart from that, you should also wear a helmet and a pair of goggles. The former to keep your head safe and the latter to keep things from hitting your eyes. Wearing a ski watch like a TAG Heuer Connected Modular or a Suunto can also do wonders for your progress as some of those have ski maps preloaded in them. Remember that the more comfortable you are, the longer you’ll be able to stand practice sessions. If you’re hesitant to shell out money for gear as a beginner, you can always rent. Believe me when I say that wearing proper-fitting clothes can make learning a lot easier and fun. And not to mention, a whole lot safer. 3. Don’t skip leg day. Skiing is a sport where you’ll be thankful you didn’t skip leg days during gym sessions. In case you didn’t know, this activity requires a lot of leg power. To be specific, your quads and calves will do a lot of work while skiing. That being said, having stronger legs will give you the endurance to make more runs in the mountain. And being able to practice more means the faster you improve your skills. Image by Oleksandr Pyrohov from Pixabay4. Bend your knees. Not bending your knees is one of the most common mistakes beginners make when skiing. By bending your knees, it centres your body above your legs to keep you balanced. Thus, it is easier to gain control of your ski. Apart from that, you will also get more prepared for small jumps and uneven terrain. Other Winter Sports to Try Besides Skiing There are a lot of other things you can do to make the best out of winter. So if you’re not too keen on skiing or if you’re adventurous enough to explore more, here are other snow sports that you can try. Image by Martin Rulsch from Wikimedia Commons1. Snowboarding If you’re a skater who’s frustrated about not being able to skate because of the snow, why not give snowboarding a try? In fact, this sport was inspired by a mix of skateboarding, skiing, and even surfing. There are a lot of snowboarding styles, but the main gist is that you glide down a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard that’s attached to your feet. Compared to skiing, a lot of people would argue that snowboarding is harder to learn. However, once you’ve overcome that steep learning curve, it becomes a lot easier to master tricks in snowboarding. While the sport is fairly new (snowboarding was only developed in the 1960s), it is now considered a part of the Winter Olympics. Image by invisiblepower from Pixabay2. Ski jumping If you want to take skiing to the next level, then check out ski jumping. Simply put, the goal in this sport is to make the longest jump after descending from a ramp on your skis. In this sport, participants make two jumps and their score depends partly on the distance jumped and their form. As for the latter, points are deducted for errors like touching the ground with a hand after landing, etc. It is also important to note that ski jumping has been included in the Winter Olympics since the 1924 games in France. Image by Guido Kamm from Pixabay3. Ski flying Much like ski jumping, ski flying is a sport where athletes jump from a much bigger ramp than ski jumping. In fact, it is considered an extreme form of ski jumping. The rules and scoring in ski flying are similar to ski jumping. However, the difference lies in the hills where contestants jump off. In particular, the ramps for the former are constructed so that athletes can jump 66% longer in distance. Image by Gipfelsturm69 from Pixabay4. Ice climbing For people who have overflowing adrenaline, ice climbing may be the best for you. It is a lot like rock climbing, however, instead of climbing on rocky surfaces, you climb on ice using picks, ropes, and crampons. There are a lot of ice climbing venues but the most popular are glaciers and waterfalls. Other adventurous climbers can be flexible and practice mixed climbing which is climbing a combination of rock, ice, and snow. Due to the conditions involved in ice climbing, it is considered an extreme sport and should be done only by people who know what they’re doing. photo from Adrenaline Hunter Blog5. Ski paragliding Have you ever wondered how it feels like to fly? Ski paragliding can quench your curiosity! Ski paragliding is an extreme sport where you launch yourself with ski and use skydiving parachutes to descend from mountaintops. For this sport, experience in both skiing and paragliding are essential. It is not suitable for beginners as the activity can be extremely dangerous. Final Notes Although it is not often mentioned by enthusiasts, ski watches are extremely helpful when going on a ski session. Apart from telling you the time, a lot of those timepieces have life-saving features, whether you opt for a high-end watch from Tudor or a reliable one from Casio. A few of those are the compass, the weather forecaster, and the GPS. Yes, skiing can be dangerous at times, but wearing a ski watch might help lessen your worries.

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  5. 10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

    10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Crush Your Fitness Goals

    A lot of fitness coaches will say that if you’re serious about improving your physical fitness, it is necessary to track your progress and count your calories. This is especially true if you have a time limit for reaching your fitness goal. These tasks may be tedious to do, but thankfully, fitness watches — such as the Suunto 9 and Casio G-Shock — are here to solve that problem. Simply put, these fitness trackers are like digital coaches on your wrist. They keep track of the calories you’ve burned, your heart rate, and even count the steps you’ve taken. In fact, depending on the model, some sports watches give out motivational quotes for you to keep on going when workouts get tough. That being said, having a fitness watch is a great tool to maximise your workout routine. Photo by Karolina Grabowska from PexelsWhat to Look for in a Fitness Watch Before swiping that credit card for that new fitness tracker, ask yourself first if it’s the perfect fitness watch for you. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for the best fitness watch for your physical fitness goals. Design A lot of people overlook this factor when deciding on a watch. Apart from the features, it is also important to like how your watch looks. If you’re not feeling the aesthetic of a watch, chances are you won’t wear it despite its high-tech functions. Conversely, if you get a watch that you can’t stop looking at, it can act as a motivation for you to get off that couch and exercise. Reliability and accuracy When it comes to sports and fitness, reliable timing is important. A few instances are when you have to count your calories or when you have to time a sprint for practice. There are a few times when miscalculating can lead to undesirable results. To ensure your fitness tracker is accurate, take note of which movement it is using. There are a lot of sources on the Internet where they state the accuracy rating of the calibre. Photo by mali maeder from PexelsWater-resistance Even if you’re not a swimmer, a water-resistance rating is important in sports watches. There may be times when you can get caught in the rain while jogging or cycling on an open road. Apart from that, the watch also has to be resistant enough to combat excessive sweating. For those kinds of conditions, a water-resistance rating of 50m is sufficient. However, if you’re more on water-based activities, a higher rating should be considered. Particularly, you should get watches with a rating of at least 100m. A good example is the Seiko Prospex with a solid 200m water-resistance. Smart features Perhaps the most important question to ask is, “does it have what I need?” Indeed, a fitness watch might have all the cool tech, but it might be useless to you if it doesn’t have the one thing you want. To make things easier, list down all your fitness goals. Compare it with the specs of the watch and see if it fits all of your needs. A few basic things to look out for are a stopwatch feature, heart monitor, fitness tracker, and a sleep monitor. These are the most common things that you will need to get your physical fitness goals on track. Price Like mechanical timepieces, the price of sports watches can range from under $100 to above $1000. With that said, it is important to set a budget and stick to it. Prioritise all your must-have features if you have a limited budget. We suggest estimating the ratio of performance to price so you can get the most value from the fitness watch. Image by skeeze from PixabayDurability Last but not least, you have to consider the durability of the watch. It is a given that while exercising, your watch will be subject to harsh conditions. If you love exercising outdoors (e.g. cycling, trekking), you should get a watch that has a scratch-resistant dial such as the TAG Heuer Connected Modular with scratch-proof sapphire crystal, as there’s a chance you will accidentally scratch it against a rough surface. Do remember that you can get more value from your watch the longer it survives. Apart from that, you wouldn’t want to lose important features in the middle of a workout. Useful Fitness Apps and Features You May Need The perfect fitness watch varies from person to person. What the other person needs may be different from yours. With that in mind, here are a few useful fitness apps or features that you should take note of when researching about the best fitness watches. Image by Apichit Yutithammanurak from PixabayHeart rate monitor A heart rate monitor is one of the most important features of a fitness tracker. In fact, a lot of data can be derived from this number. With it, you can calculate if you’re in the ‘fat-burning’ zone. Apart from that, knowing your heart rate also gives you a more accurate count of burned calories. Furthermore, this feature will also let you know if you’ve been overworking yourself. Some watches allow you to set an alarm in case you go over your limit, thus keeping you extra safe. Steps tracker As its name suggests, a steps tracker counts all the steps you’ve taken throughout the day. This is one of the most basic features a fitness tracker should have. It is extremely useful as a lot of people use walking as a way to exercise due to its convenience and effectiveness. Sleep tracker Getting enough rest or sleep is necessary to meet your physical fitness goals. A watch with a sleep tracker, such as the Suunto 3, lets you know how much sleep you’ve been getting. If your sleep tracker is more advanced, it can even analyse your snooze and break it down into a chart that shows your deep sleep, REM, and light sleep. This lets you figure out which habits to improve on when it comes to recovering from a training session. Image by Ian Wakefield from PixabayStopwatch Many exercise routines are time-sensitive. For instance, HIIT requires participants to do intensive exercise and rest for a particular number of seconds. Apart from that, a stopwatch is also used when testing your abilities like balance and endurance. Activities log Having an activities log is useful when you want to be meticulous about tracking your progress. This feature allows you to view all the data you’ve gathered from previous days. A few of that information are the calories burned, steps made, and even your sleeping patterns. This feature can let you pin-point where you started making progress and when to increase the intensity of your workouts. Learn How to Get Into the ‘Fat Burning’ Zone Sometimes, burning fat is not just as simple as sweating. If you want to take your fitness to the next level, you also have to measure the intensity of the exercises. In other words, you have to get into the ‘fat-burning’ zone. Getting into the fat-burning zone is a way to maximise your weight loss and physical fitness. Why do you burn more when you’re in the fat-burning zone? When working out, you get into one of the four different heart rate zones depending on your intensity. These zones determine where your body will get the energy from (e.g. sugar, basic carbohydrates, fat). And this often affects the number of calories you burn from a workout session. Here are some of the steps to take if you want to get as much as you can from your exercise routine: Image by tomwieden from Pixabay1. Find your maximum heart rate. The first thing to do is to calculate your maximum heart rate. A lot of fitness trackers can calculate this for you. But if you do not have a fitness watch or a heart rate monitor, the formula to getting it is quite simple. You only have to subtract your age from 220. So for example, you’re currently 30 years old. If you subtract 30 from 220, you get 190 which is your estimated maximum heart rate. Easy peasy, right? Take note of this number as it is the average maximum number of times that your heart should beat per minute when exercising. You should also remember that going above your maximum heart rate for long periods of time can be dangerous to your health. 2. Find out your sweet spot. Now that you know your maximum heart rate, the next step is to find your sweet spot or your ‘fat-burning’ zone. Take note that this varies per person as it is dependent on your maximum heart rate. With that said, the fat-burning zone is around 70% of your MHR. But if you want something more specific, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends staying in the range of 64% to 76% of your maximum heart rate. Again, using a heart rate monitor or fitness tracker will be a lot more convenient in determining whether you’re staying in the zone. But if you do not have one of those, you can use what fitness enthusiasts call the “talk test”. A way to estimate if you’re in the fat-burning zone is when you are slightly out of breath but can still hold a conversation. Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay3. Choose a workout that suits you. Finding the best workout for you depends on a lot of things. One of the most important things to consider is your fitness level. For example, if you bike regularly, then chances are you’re already used to that workout. Thus, you have to pedal more intensely than someone who is just starting out. Here are a few examples of workouts that can help you reach the fat burning zone: Cycling under a speed of 15 km/hour Brisk walking Water aerobics Slow, long-distance jogging Ballroom dancing Remember that there is no one way to break a sweat and we all have our different ways to workout. Some sports may be more boring to you than others and that’s okay. The most important thing is to choose the workout routine that is the most convenient for you and most importantly, the most fun! 10 Best Fitness Watches To Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals More than just a fitness ally, you want your fitness watch to look great and feel good. You want something that will not only help you with your physical fitness journey but also you can wear fashionably outside of the gym. In that regard, here are 10 of our highly-recommended fitness watches you should check out: 1. Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Lime  If your workouts can get intense at times, look at the Suunto 9 G1 ZH Baro Lime. One of the robust watches from Suunto, this sports watch is built to last. Among the key features of this fitness watch is its long-lasting battery. The Suunto 9 can deliver up to 120 hours of recording time with GPS tracking on. With that said, you don’t have to worry about running out of battery when you’re out for a long-distance run. You will also appreciate the built-in weather function that will alert you if there’s an incoming storm. This allows you to set a more feasible outdoor workout schedule in advance. Apart from that, it uses Suunto’s own FusedTrack algorithm to improve the accuracy of calculating track and distance. Meanwhile, its training functions include heart rate, training recovery, and training load. It also has various dedicated sports modes to better calculate your heart rate when working out. Whether you’re a swimmer or a cyclist, you will appreciate the technology of the Suunto 9. It will serve as an excellent alternative to a coach as it has almost everything you need to keep track of your workouts. 2. Seiko Prospex Land Fieldmaster If you’re looking for reliable watches, Seiko should be on top of your list, particularly the Seiko Prospex Land Fieldmaster. With its rugged exterior, this digital watch is made to handle harsh environments that you might send on its way. Like any other fitness tracker, the Seiko Prospex has the basic timing features that you will need while running or even cycling. It has a stopwatch that can even show you the elapsed time. Apart from that, it has a diving bezel that can act as a timer. Speaking of water activities, this is where the watch truly shines. While it doesn’t have an ISO 6425 certification, it has a water resistance rating of 200m. That means you can use it to swim laps at the pool or even use it while jet skiing. Overall, this watch is more than capable of being your triathlon companion. Apart from the basic timing features and water resistance rating, it is indestructible. Thanks to its silicone rubber strap and rugged case, you wouldn’t have to worry about pushing it to its limits while training or while in the middle of a competition. 3. Suunto 3 ZH Slate Grey Copper The ZH Slate Grey Copper watch from the Suunto 3 collection was inspired by Nordic nature. Indeed, its design is minimalistic and uncluttered and its user interface is easy to use and tinker with. One of the watch’s highlights is the adaptive training guide which comes in three different modes. These modes allow you to maintain your fitness level, improve your fitness moderately (default), or improve it intensely. Each mode comes with a 7-day training plan that also states the optimal duration and intensity for the exercises. Fitness coaches would say that getting proper rest is just as important as exercising. So with that said, this watch tracks your sleeping pattern, too. It can analyse how long you’ve slept and how well your sleeping pattern affects your recovery. All in all, the Suunto 3 ZH Slate Grey Copper is a practical watch for those who need help in tracking their physical fitness journey. A bonus is that it comes in a simple design that you can easily pair with your casual wardrobe. 4. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor4. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor  Tag Heuer has always been a master when it comes to mechanical watches. This time, they also tried their hands at making the best fitness watches in the market. Staying true to their word, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Processor is something worth checking out. Impressively enough, the brand has even designed its own fitness tracking app. That application can support various sports like golf, cycling, or running. Additionally, the data collected from your workouts can be synced to popular apps like Strava, Apple Health, or Google Fit. In terms of durability, the engineers designed the watch with high-intensity activities in mind. The dial is protected with sapphire glass to combat scratches and cracks. Meanwhile, its rubber strap is made for optimum breathability, comfort, and grip. In conclusion, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular is perfect for fitness junkies who are watch enthusiasts at the same time. This model will still let you enjoy wearing a luxury watch while working out and without worrying about damaging it. 5. Casio G-Shock Rangeman Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping  When it comes to rugged watches, the Casio G-Shock line is a staple. Just one look at the Rangeman Multi-Band 6 Atomic Timekeeping watch and you know that it takes its job seriously. This is why it’s a good watch to wear while doing intense physical activities. Its black resin case is bulky and can resist a few bumps and scratches. Apart from that, it uses a scratch-resistant mineral crystal to protect the dial. Meanwhile, its water resistance rating can handle up to 200m of water pressure. That is enough to handle a dip in the pool or lake. In terms of performance, this robust watch from Casio features a digital compass, thermometer, altimeter, sunrise, and sunset data. Additionally, it has a 1/100 second stopwatch with Direct Access. It can also measure elapsed time, split time, and 1st to 2nd place times. With its durability, this watch is perfect for outdoorsy people like hikers and mountain climbers who will inevitably hit their watches against rocks or rough surfaces. Apart from land explorers, this is also ideal for recreational scuba divers due to its ample water-resistance rating. 6. Apple Watch Nike Series 5 If you’re deep into the Apple ecosystem, you might want to get the Apple Watch Nike Series 5. As its name suggests, it is the 5th iteration of Apple’s famous smartwatch and it has a few fitness updates built into it. In case you didn’t know, Apple partnered up with giant sports brand Nike to create the perfect fitness companion. The watch is connected with the Nike Running Club app, which features various workouts and coaching. It also has most of the things you need in a fitness watch like a heart rate sensor, GPS, and a built-in compass. Just like a fitness coach, the Apple Watch can also motivate you by reminding you if you’ve been on the couch for too long. It also features an achievements system where you get awards for completing basic goals. And if you’re the competitive type, you can also challenge friends or even strangers who are also in the Apple community. All things considered, the Apple Watch Nike Series 5 will help you crush your fitness goals in style. It is available in different bands that are optimal for working out. Apart from that, you can also customise your watch using exclusive watch faces, including one that is inspired by classic Nike Windrunner jackets. 7. Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar Another Casio G-Shock watch to add to your list is the Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar. While it has the same durability as the previous one, this one has a more refined look. Indeed, its rectangular case shape has caught the attention of many people. The highlight of this watch is its durability. And in case its tough exterior hasn’t gotten the message across, this watch is shock-resistant as well. Additionally, it has an above-average water resistance rating of 200m. This is more than enough for recreational diving and swimming. Apart from durability, this watch also takes pride in its accuracy and precision. This is thanks to its atomic timekeeping abilities. With it, it has an hourly time signal and a 1/100 second stopwatch. You can also set 5 alarms and 2 timers. Overall, the Casio G-Shock Origin Tough Solar is mighty fine for an outdoor watch. It is best suited for cross-country cyclists, spelunkers, and trekkers. In addition to its super strength ability, it is also an attractive watch that you can wear casually if you’re not training or doing sports. 8. Garmin Forerunner 645 Music For the person who has included running in their lifestyle, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a perfect match. Based on its name, it is specially made for runners who love blasting music through their headphones while on a run. As for the basic running needs, this watch has a GPS and a wrist-based heart monitor. It can track the intensity of your training and your recovery so you can prepare for an upcoming race. Apart from that, it has a feature that evaluates your exercise to indicate if you are training productively. Lastly, it can get your biomechanical measurements like stride length, ground contact time, and cadence. These data will help you understand and correct your running form. Apart from those features, the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music also makes running a lot more fun for you. For instance, you can save up to 500 songs right into your watch so you can listen to your favourite workout playlists for motivation. Furthermore, it provides a more convenient running experience. As long as your watch is paired with your smartphone, you are connected with your friends. You no longer have to bring out your phone in the middle of the workout just to check on messages and notifications. Apart from that, it features Garmin Pay, a contactless paying solution that lets you pay with your watch. That’s handy in case you need to buy a bottle of water in the gym and you left your wallet at home. 9. Casio G-Shock DW-5750E-1JF Another Casio model to consider is the Casio G-Shock DW-5750E-1JF. Like the previous watch on this list, this one has a less aggressive design compared with the Rangeman. However, it still shares the iconic black resin case that gives the watch a monochrome look. For your timing needs, it has a stopwatch with a split time feature. Apart from that, it has a countdown timer and a multiple alarm option. This is extremely useful if your exercise routine involves a set of burpees or lunges for a specified amount of time. It is also helpful for HIIT exercises where timing is important. Swimmers and divers will also appreciate its water resistance rating of 200m. This watch is tough enough to go on a few freestyle laps in the pool or even a scuba diving session. In addition to its water resistance, it is also shock-resistant and can handle a lot of bumps while doing your exercises. This watch is ideal for people who love a monochrome look that can handle tough situations. It is a no-frills watch that has the basic timing capabilities that you will need for an improved workout session. At the same time, it is simple enough to use, even for non-tech savvy people. 10. Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch The Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch is perfect for people who love setting new records. This practical watch features a lot of things that you need to improve your training and performance. Indeed, it is one of the most value-packed fitness watches that you should check out. When it comes to fitness features, this model has all the basics and the extras. It has an onboard GPS and a heart rate monitor that uses the Precision Prime sensor fusion technology. This new tech provides more reliable readings by combining optical heart rate measurement with other sensor technologies. Apart from that, it features over 130 different sports modes for you to choose from. You can also customise these modes to better suit your needs. With this watch, you also have access to Polar Flow, a free online training, and workout log. This is a program that helps you plan your workouts and get personalised feedback. It can give you a detailed analysis of things like training sessions, test results, activity, sleep, and recovery data. You can also doze well knowing that all of these training programs are backed by scientific research and validation for you to achieve more. To conclude, any person who is serious about stepping up their game should check out the Polar Vantage M Fitness Watch. It is like having your own personal coach on your wrist. Final Notes Whether you’re already a gym rat or just starting out, the benefits of having a fitness watch are undeniable. It is like keeping a personal assistant on your wrist that tracks all your activities and sleeping patterns. Whether you like it or not, nitpicking these details can help you reach your goals a lot faster.  

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  6. 10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable

    10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable

    This may be surprising to a lot of people, but cycling and horology have a lot in common. Yes, enthusiasts from both communities spend a lot of time admiring gears and machinery — the crankset or full-carbon frame for the cyclists, and the manual movement for the watch fans. Apart from that, both camps put a lot of value in tracking time as accurate as possible. With that said, it is inevitable that these two worlds merge and create a useful tool — cycling watches. When it comes to professional cycling, timing is important. In fact, a lot of people say that timing is everything in events like Tour de France. As we all know, the cyclists who participate in these competitions are highly competitive that even a split-second difference counts. That is why it is necessary to be equipped with the most reliable cycling watch. The same goes for beginners who want to take cycling seriously. It is recommended for them to use these sports watches to aid them during practice as they have a lot of features aimed at making your cycling session more efficient. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why a reliable sports watch is important in cycling. The Importance of a Reliable Watch in Cycling Whether you’re a beginner or a long-time rider, a cycling watch is something that you must consider adding to your biking checklist. Here are a few reasons why it’s worth investing in one. Photo by RF._.studio from Pexels1. It tracks your progress. When you want to improve your game or if you want to get into professional cycling, training is important. In fact, you’ll have to keep track of your speed, time, and distance so you’ll know which aspects of your training you have to improve on. Fortunately, a lot of cycling watches offer a built-in fitness tracker. Apart from being aware of the weaknesses that you have to work on, your fitness tracker can also serve as a motivation. In fact, depending on the software used, some display motivational quotes or even let you share your progress with your friends online. 2. A cycling watch is more convenient to use than a smartphone. Some people might argue that smartphones can now do whatever cycling watches can do. However, tracking your time with your wrist is easier than getting your phone out of your pocket and unlocking it. And if you have to check your timer while on-the-go, you risk keeping your eyes off the road. With that, simply taking a peek at your wrist will help you save both time and energy. Famous Cyclists and their Favourite Luxury Sports Watches When you say cycling watches, however, it doesn’t mean you only opt for beater or affordable watches. Some luxury sports watches prove to be the best cycling buddy. Let’s take a look at these famous cyclists and their favourite luxury cycling watches. Photo from IWC1. Fabian Cancellara and his IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’ If you’re a fan of Fabian Cancellara, you might have noticed his fondness for luxury watches, particularly IWC models. In fact, he has been spotted numerous times wearing those watches in events like the Tour de France. One of those models is the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’. Apart from that chronograph, Fabian Cancellara also enjoys sporting a few other timepieces. A few of those are the Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar and the Ingenieur Double Chronograph. As its name suggests, the Chronograph Edition ‘Galapagos Islands’ from the IWC Aquatimer collection has a chronograph function that features minutes and seconds trackers. Apart from that, it has a SafeDive system which gives it enough water-resistance rating in case it ends up raining during a cycling tour. The watch is also durable, as evident in the materials used. For the case, IWC used stainless steel with vulcanised rubber coating. Apart from that, it has a screw-down crown and a sapphire glass for added durability. Lastly, it comes with a black rubber strap to keep Fabian Cancellara comfortable during his cycling tours. Photo from Sigma Sports2. Richie Porte and his TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Richie Porte, a famous Australian road bike racer, is also known for strapping on luxury watches on his wrist. And his partner in crime is the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45. This watch is a combination of TAG Heuer’s signature design and the benefits of a high-tech smartwatch. The famous cyclist has been seen numerous times wearing the watch with different straps. For instance, he was spotted wearing an orange strap during the Tour Down Under. Another example is when he sported a yellow one for the Criterium du Dauphine. Indeed, the watch’s Strava app helps professional cyclists track their training. Apart from that, the touch screen is a breeze to use, especially if you want to toggle the chronograph and stopwatch functions. When it comes to comfort, the TAG Heuer Connected Modular comes with a titanium finish and a fully-perforated rubber strap. This is easily adjustable and breathable so Richie stays comfortable even during a hot ride. Photo from @alafpolak on Instagram3. Julian Alaphilippe and his Richard Mille RM 67-02 Going on a tour using expensive bikes is not uncommon. In fact, it is normal to see professional cyclists who use all-carbon bike frames that cost at least $2000. But Cyclist Julian Alaphilippe took flexing to the next level as he was spotted spinning with a $120,500 luxury watch at the Critérium du Dauphiné in France. The watch spotted on his wrist was a Richard Mille RM 67-02. According to the brand’s website, that particular model is “thin, lightweight, coloured, elegant and athletic”. While it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of a smartwatch like a heart rate monitor and fitness tracker, it is durable and light. In fact, it only weighs 32 grams and is made with carbon composite and titanium components. Apart from that, the model was designed so that it can be adapted to various sporting disciplines. That is why the brand made various RM 67-02 units in the colours of various athletes’ countries. A few examples are Alexis Pinturault for skiing and Mutaz Essa Barshim for high jumping. Requirements of a Good Cycling Watch Cycling is a physically demanding activity. With that said, you will need more than just a regular watch. You will most likely need a few features that aren’t found in a time-only watch. Here are some of the few important things that you should consider when out shopping for sports watches. 1. It should be durable. Perhaps durability is the most important thing to look for when shopping for cycling watches. Indeed, bike watches should be synonymous with tough watches. Whether you’re just going out for a sprint in the city or a long ride in the mountains, it is inevitable that you come across rough roads. Also, add the possibility that you might drop the watch or rub it against a rough surface. With that, we recommend looking for bike watches made with durable material. A few things you should consider for your case are stainless steel and titanium. Apart from the case, you should also mind the crystal used for the dial. Sapphire crystals, for instance, are shatter-proof and can resist scratches. Moving on to the inside of the watch, some brands offer shock-resistant calibres. With that said, it is important to watch out for words like “Parashock” when looking at the watch’s spec sheet. This will help it keep time more accurately even after being subjected to shocks. 2. It should be lightweight. There’s a good reason why people opt for lightweight materials when it comes to bike parts. Enthusiasts won’t second guess spending all the extra money for carbon materials, etc. And it is for aerodynamics. The same thing can go for your equipment. With that said, it is important to prioritise lightweight watches when looking for your next sports watch. A timepiece’s weight might seem unimportant, and people might overlook it. However, it is important to note that having a lightweight watch on your wrist can minimize fatigue. Photo from Suunto3. It should be GPS-enabled. One of the most useful things that bike watches offer is GPS functionality. With this feature, it would be easier for cyclists to check their speed and distance travelled. This is extremely important if you’re setting cycling goals or tracking your progress and looking to break your record. Apart from that, it can also provide navigation when you’re going through an unfamiliar trail. And depending on the device you’re using, some maps show the condition of the route. This allows you to avoid damaging your tires in case you are riding a road bike instead of a mountain bike. 4. It should be waterproof. As mentioned above, you will be wearing your cycling watch while doing intense physical activities. That means apart from having durable materials, it must have the correct water-resistance rating as well. But why would you need a watch with a good water-resistance rating if you’re not going to swim with it? Remember that when you’re out doing exercises, your sweat can drench your timepiece especially when you’re cycling intensely. Apart from that, there is also a chance that you get caught in a rain. We recommend looking at sports watches that have at least a 50m water-resistance rating. What this means is that your timepiece can be used to swim with. Additionally, having a watch with a high water resistance rating can be extremely useful if you’re a triathlete who needs to alternate between swimming and cycling. Photo from IWC5. It should come with a rubber strap. Last but not least, you should be comfortable wearing your bike watch for hours. Believe us when we say that the ergonomics of your watch strap can play a big role when it comes to performance. You wouldn’t want to compromise a workout by getting distracted with an uncomfortable bike watch. One of the most recommended straps to get for sports watches are rubber straps. In fact, this is the most common material used for dive watches and other sports watches. Unlike leather or metal bracelets, rubber can handle sweat and dirt better. Additionally, it is easier to clean in case you drive through muddy trails. Apart from the material of the strap, you should also look at how it’s built. For instance, some straps offer better breathability. You should also look for straps that have a secure lock system so you don’t have to worry about it falling while riding. 10 Best Cycling Watches — From High-End to Affordable Now that we have all the requirements and introductions covered, we go to the best part of this article — the list of our recommended best cycling watches, from luxury to budget-friendly. 1. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good The IWC Aquatimer is one of the brand’s sportiest collections. In fact, it was intentionally made for professionals who need a robust and durable timepiece. With that said, you should check out the model called “IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport For Good.” Specs: Case material: Stainless steel Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 68 hours Water resistance: 300m Performance-wise, it uses the IWC-manufactured 89365 Calibre. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 BPH, has a total of 35 jewels, and can power the watch for up to 68 hours. Furthermore, it is a chronograph movement with a flyback function. Overall, this watch from IWC is considered a reliable and accurate movement. Among its features are a water-resistance rating of 300m and a chronograph function with minutes and seconds. The sub-dial at the 12 o’clock position shows the stopped minutes. Apart from that, it has an external/internal rotating bezel which guarantees accurate setting of times. The stainless steel case of the watch is covered with vulcanized rubber. This can protect it from a few bumps and scratches that you may encounter during a ride. Moreover, it comes with a navy blue rubber strap that matches the shade of the dial. And looking closely, it features a basket weave-like pattern. This bracelet is both comfortable and attractive at the same time. 2. Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz Tag Heuer has always been known for its connection with motorsports. This time, they have also caught the attention of the cycling community with the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz. With their experience in making sports watches paired with new technology, Tag Heuer has made a smartwatch that has computerised and mechanical modules that can be useful in various sports. Specs: Case material: Fine Brushed and Polished Titanium Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 50m From afar, it is easy to mistake the display for a mechanical one. But the truth is, it’s made with Amoled Touch Screen Display that features various watch faces. And on top of the screen is a sapphire crystal that directly blends into the bezel. Apart from protecting the touchscreen, it also makes it easy and comfortable to use. When it comes to software, the Tag Heuer Connected Modular Quartz runs on Google’s Wear OS. Among its features include a fitness tracker and Google Assistant. The fitness tracker also includes a special cycling mode that displays the time, calories, and heart rate data. In my opinion, this is a very useful feature if you want to meticulously track your progress. Overall, this Tag Heuer Connected Modular is a handy watch for cycling. Apart from offering various features and even a dedicated cycling mode, it also sports an attractive design that is ergonomic. 3. Tissot T-Sport T-Race Cycling Chronograph Like the previous brand, Tissot is also known for its passion for motorsports. But from four-wheeled vehicles, they also ventured into two-wheeled with the Tissot T-Sport T-Race Cycling Chronograph. Indeed, this watch was driven by the brand’s passion for cycling. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 44.5mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m Judging by its design, the watch’s details were clearly inspired by racing bikes. To demonstrate, the pushers at the right side look and act like brake levers. Furthermore, its strap and lugs imitate the fork of the bike. Lastly, the icing on the cake is the engraving on the caseback as it depicts a bike cassette. In terms of performance, it uses a Swiss quartz movement called the ETA G10.212. A few of its functions are the central 60-seconds chronograph hand, EOL (battery end-of-life indicator), ADD, and SPLIT functions. These functions are very nice to have when cycling especially with the quartz movement’s accuracy. To conclude, this Tissot T-Sport watch is a must-have for serious cyclists. Apart from the plethora of features and the design cues, the watch can handle enough stress. Its sapphire crystal and silicone strap will surely put your mind at ease when the going gets tough. 4. Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph The Breitling Superocean was created with athletic people in mind. Whether you love swimming, surfing, or even cycling, you should check out the Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph. It is rugged yet modern – perfect for those who are looking for something they can have an adventure with and bring to formal occasions at the same time. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 44mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 48 hours Water resistance: 200m Its blue dial contains three sub-dials — one for the small seconds, one for the chrono minutes, and another for the chrono hours. This chronograph movement is called the Breitling Calibre 13, which is based on the ETA 7750 Valjoux. Furthermore, it is certified by the COSC and it beats at a frequency of 28,800 BPH. This movement is considered a reliable workhorse due to its high accuracy. In the durability department, this model stands out as well. For one, it has an ample water-resistance rating in case you get caught in the rain while biking. Apart from that, the round hour markers are applied with lume. This will come in handy if you’re cycling through a tunnel or if you decided to go on a night ride. Lastly, it comes with a dark blue rubber strap that will keep you comfortable even for hours. This watch from Breitling is a very versatile timepiece. It has a lot of the timing features that you will find handy during a cycling session. Apart from providing the features you need, this watch is also nice to wear on a casual day. 5. Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium Undoubtedly, the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium is one of Omega’s most advanced watches. In fact, it was made with aerospace and aviation in mind. However, cyclists can also find its features useful when training for the next ride. Specs: Case material: Titanium Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 30m Just one look at this particular Omega Speedmaster model and you’ll know that it’s made for sports. Apart from the playful blue and green colourway, its materials are made to handle tough elements. The case, for instance, is made of grade 2 titanium that provides a lightweight feel. To add, its dial is covered with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that has an anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Under the hood, it is powered by a multi-functional quartz chronograph movement called the Omega calibre 5619. It has special functions like chronograph, timer, MET (Mission Elapsed Time), PET (Phase Elapsed Time), three alarms, and perpetual calendar among others. All of these features have been tested by the European Space Agency (ESA). As expected of Omega, the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Chronograph Titanium is a capable watch for professional cycling. It has a lot of the bells and whistles that you will need while on a tour. Apart from that, it sports a unique design that will surely catch the attention of fellow cyclists. 6. Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition Named after one of the most prestigious racing events, the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition was made to conquer sporting events. And while the Chopard Classic Racing collection was particularly inspired by car racing, cyclists can also find its timing features useful. Specs: Case material: Titanium Case dimension: 44.5mm Movement: Automatic Power reserve: 46 hours Water resistance: 100m Undoubtedly, this model is one of the most attractive cycling watches around. Its case and tachymeter bezel both come in two different hues of grey. This colour scheme seems to continue on the three subdials which display the tracker for 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. These timers are useful for recording your speed when doing a few laps. This watch from Chopard is powered by the ETA-Valgranges Caliber A07.211. It is based on the ETA 7750 and is certified by the COSC for guaranteed accuracy. This allows you to get the correct numbers when tracking your cycling progress. Additionally, it beats at 4 Hz and can power the watch up to 46 hours when fully wound. Lastly, the nylon strap is something to write home about with its attractive grey and orange combination. With its automatic chronograph function, the Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2016 Race Edition will surely be in the spotlight the next time you go on a cycling club fun run. 7. Seiko Astron 5X Series Dual Time GPS Solar Of course, this list of cycling watches will not be complete without mentioning the Seiko Astron 5X Series Dual Time GPS Solar. In fact, the Seiko Astron collection has gone down in history as the world’s first quartz watch. And now, the Japanese brand has upgraded that watch into something more impressive. They even call the 5X series “the most advanced ever” on their website. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 42.9mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m Speaking of advanced features, this watch from Seiko is one of the most accurate timers that you’ll ever encounter. Like the previous Seiko Astron models, it has a GPS feature that connects to different satellites around the globe in order to adjust the time to the dot. This is particularly useful for people who participate in cycling races and need a very accurate timing device. Apart from the features, this watch also excels when it comes to looks. It comes in a classy black and gold colourway that will definitely blend with most of your wardrobe. Apart from that, the three inner dials and a small date window are placed strategically to avoid looking cluttered. The three pusher buttons on the right side are all coated with black to complete the look and make it more unique. Furthermore, this watch is both durable and comfortable to wear during extended periods of cycling. The case’s finishing and materials feel premium and solidly built, offering a water resistance rating of 100m. This allows you to cycle through the rain without worrying about ruining the watch. Lastly, its dial is protected by a dual-curved sapphire crystal so you don’t have to worry about scratching it. 8. Suunto 7 Graphite Copper The Suunto 7 Graphite Copper is popular with people who are into professional cycling for a good reason. In case you didn’t know, Suunto’s strong suit is in making sports watches and dive computers. And that forte in sports is evident in this model. Specs: Case material: Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyamide Case dimension: 50mm Movement: Digital Water resistance: 50m Features-wise, this timepiece has everything you need to make your fitness experience better. It has a built-in GPS so you can track your cycling route and how far you’ve pedalled. Apart from that, it has a barometric altimeter and an optical heart rate sensor which lets you determine your activity’s intensity. A bonus feature is that the watch supports offline outdoor maps. This means that you can still view the maps even when you’re cycling in a place with a poor signal. Additionally, the maps are detailed and show trails, terrain info, and even contour lines. This can be very useful when you’re using your road bike instead of a mountain bike and want to avoid the rocky paths. Apart from cycling, the Suunto 7 also features around 70 sports modes including running, swimming, and hiking among others. As someone who is serious about improving their cycling skills, training in a different sport like weightlifting can be beneficial especially if you’re targeting specific muscle groups. With that said, there is no doubt that the Suunto 7 Graphite Copper is a great fitness companion. 9. Garmin Forerunner 920XT It seems that the brand Garmin is a staple for triathletes. So if you’re in the market for cycling watches, don’t forget to take a look at the Garmin Forerunner 920XT in particular. This multisport watch has almost everything you need for your next workout session. Specs: Case material: TPU Case dimension: 45mm Movement: Digital Water resistance: 50m The watch is jam-packed with advanced features. One of those is the heart rate monitor which helps you dial in your recovery status and your racing potential. To further explain, it provides a recovery time to let you know how long before you should attempt another intense workout to avoid passing out. Furthermore, you can also connect this watch to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This enables a live tracking feature where your friends can monitor your stats and location on a map in real-time. With this, you can see how you rank compared to other cyclists in your age group. In my opinion, this is a nice touch because a sense of competition can motivate you to complete your workout. All things considered, there is no doubt that the Garmin Forerunner 920XT is an effective training tool. Being from a sports-oriented brand, this watch contains a lot of features that you certainly cannot get from other watches. 10. Casio Edifice Bluetooth Compatible Solar The Casio Edifice Bluetooth Compatible Solar has a very futuristic design. But this watch is not just for show, its modernity is also evident in its specs and high-tech features. In fact, this smartwatch can compete with other luxury watches in the market when it comes to functionality. Specs: Case material: Stainless Steel Case dimension: 43mm Movement: Quartz Water resistance: 100m In terms of power, it gets its source from the sun through a solar panel on the dial. What this means is that you don’t have to change its battery every now and then. That’s a very convenient way to keep your watch ticking. Meanwhile, its dial contains various subdials and gauges that tell the day, date, and timers. One of its highlights is its Bluetooth feature. Casio released its own mobile application that can synchronize your timepiece with your phone. Apart from the World Time function, the app allows you to set alarms. It also has various timer functions and stopwatches which you can find handy when calculating your speed while cycling. And most importantly, it includes a range of race tracks that you can check out. Lastly, this watch from the Casio Edifice collection can handle all the stress you put it through. It is made with stainless steel and has a screw-down crown that protects it from water ingress. Apart from that, its indexes and hands are all applied with lume to aid you even when you’re cycling in the dark. Final Notes It should be clear by now that cycling watches are extremely helpful for people who are into cycling. Indeed, it is a tool that when maximised, can bring you a lot of benefits. For one, it helps you track your strengths and weaknesses in the sport. Additionally, it gives you the tools to navigate unfamiliar roads in case you want to spice up your workout. On top of that, a lot of these sports watches are considered luxury watches, too. These have evolved into something more durable and suitable for athletic environments. If you’re a watch lover, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone as you have an excuse to show off your timepiece during a cycling session.     Photo Credit: Featured photo from Garmin

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  7. 5 Best Sports Watch Brands

    5 Best Sports Watch Brands

    If you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle in fashion, then you need a proper, functional, and versatile sports watch. A good sports watch can help you stay in shape and reduce your chances of getting ill. And luckily, this is just the article for you. As the years go by, humanity continues to evolve in a variety of ways, especially in terms of technology. And it just so happens that sports watches aren’t that far behind. The sports watches of today are equipped with a wide range of features that are crucial for sporting and outdoor activities. These days, the most talked-about brands when it comes to sport include Apple, Garmin, Suunto, Fitbit, and Samsung. In this article, we’re going to be covering each of them and reveal why sports athletes and fans alike prefer their wearables. So, without further ado, here are the most popular sports watch brands that athletes, competitors, and fans appreciate the most: 1: Casio There’s probably nobody in the world who hasn’t heard of a Casio watch in their lifetime. The brand has honestly got everything going for them: being cool, durable, stylish and most of all, affordable. But let’s have a look at where it all began. In 1946, a factory worker by the name of Tadao Kashio, founded a small subcontractor company known as Kashio Seisakujo In Mitaka, Tokyo. The very first major product for the brand was a successful finger ring pipe that allowed smokers to smoke hands-free. In 1949, Tadao and his brothers used the profits they generated to make electric calculators, which were later introduced in 1954. It took a couple of years until 1957 to refine that calculator until it was known as Casio 14-A. In the later years, the company would be known as Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Then, in October 1974, they decided to enter the watchmaking market by introducing their first-ever digital quartz watch, the Casiotron. This is where it all started. As far as sports watches go, the company leans mostly on the G-Shock series. It has a number of amazing features designed for outdoor activity and workouts. Some of the features include shock, gravity, vibration, low temperature, and water-resistance of 200m. The series utilizes Multiband 6 Radio Technology, GPS Hybrid Technology, and energy-efficient GPS to display accurate time around the world. 2: Samsung Another top-of-the-line watch brand for sportsmen and athletes alike is none other than Samsung. Samsung is always duking it out with other sports watch brands like Fitbit, Apple, and Garmin. Source: Samsung Official WebsiteOne of the coolest and stylish Samsung watches for sports fans is without a doubt the Galaxy Watch. It comes in either 46 mm or 42 mm. Both come with a rotating bezel that can be spun to help users navigate through various menus and features. The design for this watch is also waterproof so that it can be used for swimming sessions. And the fitness features that come with it are actually very impressive. Besides, this is the Gear Sport model. For just $299, this fashionable looking sports watch is extremely fitness-focused. It enables users to comfortably answer calls from their wrists while they workout inside the gym or outdoors. The watch automatically keeps track of your activities whether you’re walking or running, with a manual GPS tracking feature that is activated upon starting an exercise. And by using the brand’s proprietary Health app, users can choose between walking, running, swimming, and cycling. Users can also alternate between three screens showing information regarding heart rate, cadence, pace, the time elapsed, and more. 3: Suunto Suunto has established a solid reputation for designing a plethora of timepieces specifically for outdoor activities and sporting events. This is thanks to its mass array of attractive designs, long battery life customizable battery management options, and heavy-duty features. This multi-sport Finnish smartwatch producer is widely known for its Suunto 9 model. In case you ever decide to go try for an ultramarathon, the Suunto watch should be at the top of your head. You can also use it for walking or running in the park or even working out at the gym as well. Source: Suunto Official WebsiteIf it’s the finest Suunto watch you’re looking for, you can’t get any better than the Traverse Alpha model. This incredible gem stands out among other sports watches due to its scratch-resistant crystal glass exterior and rugged stainless-steel bezel.  This makes the watch the most ideal for withstanding the forces of outdoor elements. So, whether you’re going out for a trek, a dive, or anything else, this is the watch that can go the distance. 4: Fitbit Fitness tracking is a thing that is available in virtually any smartwatch in the market. But Fitbit is all about fitness tracking and more. On top of that, it is also one of the best fitness tracking wearable brands available today. It offers a wide assortment of trackers, weather standards, or advanced, at a variety of price rates. In addition, Fitbit also makes its own line of smartwatches. Source: Fitbit Official WebsiteYou can choose the basic Fitbit Inspire, opt for the feature-laden Fitbit Charge 3, or seek out a multifunctional experience with the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch. And these are just the select few among many other excellent fitness trackers and smartwatches that Fitbit has to offer. 5: Garmin If there’s ever a time when choosing a sports watch becomes a challenge, it would be picking out a Garmin model. This brand has a growing list of running and fitness watches, making it even more difficult to pick the best one. Fortunately, we took our time making hefty comparisons between other Garmin watches before settling for the Forerunner 45 model. This watch does everything that the 35 model does and introduces a slew of other features, even at a reasonably good price.   Source: Garmin Official WebsiteIt features a transflective display screen like other Garmin watches, offers 50m-deep water-resistance, and a heart rate monitor. In addition, its tracking capabilities focus largely on cycling and running. It also offers complete satellite mapping support and core metrics.

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  8. Sports Watches: Best Adidas Watches for Sporty People

    Sports Watches: Best Adidas Watches for Sporty People

    Have you been looking for sports watches that are stylish, sophisticated, and designed with sporty people in mind but don’t want to break the bank trying to get your hands on one? Then look no further than Adidas watches that have been designed with the modern-day sportsman and woman in mind. Remember that these watches aren’t luxury Swiss sports watches nor are they often spotted on the wrists of sports celebrities. Rather, these sports watches are stylish, sporty and accessible to almost everyone. Let’s take a look at them. Adidas Sports Watches Adidas AG, formerly known as the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory, was founded back in July of 1924 in Herzogenaurach, Germany, by Adolf Dassler and his brother Rudolph. In 1949, the two brothers had a falling out and Rudolph left the company, starting Puma almost immediately after leaving. As soon as Rudolph had left the company in 1949, Adolf—whose childhood nickname was Adi—renamed the company by combining the first three letters of his nickname with the first three letters of his surname. Today, Adidas is the world’s second largest sportswear manufacturer after Nike. Puma is the third largest. Adidas ARCHIVE_M1 Released way back in 2017, the Adidas ARCHIVE_M1 is a nod to the 70s style and its retro-like design pays homage to the dawning of the digital era. Its features include a built-in calendar, a light, dual time, and a stopwatch. Its case is constructed from stainless steel and hardened mineral crystal while its strap is a 5-link 24mm stainless steel bracelet. Photo by AdidasIt is water-resistant up to 50 meters and comes in an assortment of colors. Take your pick from the stainless steel and black color option as pictured below, a black & rose gold option, or a black on black option. Adidas DISTRICT_M1 Another 2017 release, the Adidas DISTRICT_M1 takes a Bauhaus-inspired design approach to a classic yet modern sports watches. It has a round silhouette and oozes elegance. It has a three-hand movement that displays seconds, minutes and hours. Photo by AdidasCrafted from stainless steel and hardened mineral crystal, the DISTRICT_M1’s case was designed to last. It has a Milanese 20mm stainless steel bracelet for a strap. It’s water-resistant up to 50 meters and is available in: The gorgeous gold color option as shown above A suave silver with navy gray color A beautiful color combo of black & copper Adidas DISTRICT_LX2 The latest version of the massively successful DISTRICT line of Adidas watches is the _LX2. It was released in celebration of the M1’s success and enduring style. Only 250 have ever been made, making this one of the most exclusive Adidas watches on the market. It has all the same features as its muse, the M1, with the addition of a date indicator. Photo by AdidasThese sports watches have a stainless steel case, a Japanese quartz movement, and a leather strap produced by the Horween tannery. The back of each case is engraved with the production run number. It’s available in the simple yet striking silver, black and tan color palette as pictured below as well as in a brown, olive green & rose gold option. Adidas PROCESS_L1 The focus of the Adidas PROCESS_L1 is clearly on wearability, comfort, stylishness, and sensibility. It has a Japanese quartz movement and hands to display hours, minutes & seconds. It consists of a 20mm genuine leather watch strap, a stainless steel case with hardened mineral crystal, and a feeling of laid-back luxury. Photo by AdidasIt’s water-resistant up to 100 meters – making this one of the top sports watches on the market. In terms of colors, it’s available in the collegiate navy, dark brown and silver color option as pictured below as well as the following color options: Gun metal, stone and bone option Blue, dark brown and gold Black and gold Rose gold, collegiate navy and black Adidas PROCESS_M1 Similar in design and principle to the L1 mentioned above, the Adidas PROCESS_M1 is one of the most popular Adidas sports watches. They’re also one of the top sports watches too. The M1 is inspired by simple yet sophisticated designs that can be worn everyday—for all activities. Photo by Adidas  It consists of a Japanese quartz movement and has hands for seconds, minutes & hours. Its case is stainless steel with hardened mineral crustal while its strap is made from a 6-link 20mm stainless steel bracelet. It’s available in navy blue and silver, rose gold, black & white, as well as the black & copper color combo pictured below. Final Thoughts on Sports Watches If one thing is for certain, it’s that Adidas watches sure are stylish! While they aren’t designed with luxury and elegance in mind by any stretch of the imagination, these sports watches look good and are practical.

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  9. Sports Watches: Best Nike Watches on the Market

    Sports Watches: Best Nike Watches on the Market

    For quite some time now, sports and watches have been intricately laced together like a pair of sports sneakers. It seems that every type of athlete appreciates beautiful sports watches, from NFL stars to baseball players and every athlete in between. But beyond a celebrity accessory, sport watches can aid you in your fitness journey and help you become a better athlete. The sports watch market is flooded with different options from different brands. One such brand is the one we all know and adore: Nike. We all know that Nike has long been producing essential sports gear. But did you know that the brand also produces sports watches? Granted, they haven’t made many nor is this likely to become something the brand focuses on in the future. But here’s a look at the very best of them because one of these may be your dream watch? A Bit About the Brand Just in case you aren’t familiar with Nike as a brand, here’s what you need to know. Nike was established in Oregon, United States, by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman at the beginning of 1964 under the name of Blue Ribbon Sports. In 1971, it adopted the name Nike in reference to the Greek Goddess of Victory and the rest is history. Along the way, it bought many other companies and employs over 73,100 employees. Today, Nike sponsors some of the biggest sports stars on the planet and is the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes & apparel. So, what do they know about making sports watches? Let’s find out. Nike Sports Watches The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) Nike teamed up with Apple to create the ultimate fitness wearable. The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) is incredibly smart and enables users to track their workout data. They can also stream music or listen to Nike Run Club’s Audio Guided Runs. Source from NikeIt features a silver aluminum case as well as a 40mm case with Nike watch band. It also has an Always-On Retina display, swim-proof properties and elevation detection. This watch is filled with safety features including electrical and optical heart sensors, fall detection, internal emergency calling, an ECG app, a built-in compass & even an emergency SOS feature. The Apple Watch Nike Series 5 (GPS + Cellular) is available in two color options being anthracite and black or pure platinum & black as pictured below. There is also a GPS only watch that retails for slightly less than the GPS and Cellular combo. The Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) Though this watch came long before the Series 5 just discussed, and even though there have been two other watches in between, the Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) remains a firm favorite amongst fans of Nike watches. Source from NikeThe Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) has built-in GPS and GLONASS, a barometric altimeter, a heart rate sensor, accelerometer and gyroscope & is water-resistant up to 50 meters. It is built to last as it has a ceramic black build, includes Ion-X strengthened glass and boasts an 18-hour battery life. The Apple Watch Nike Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) comes in the anthracite black design as pictured below and features a space gray aluminum case. You can pick between a black Nike band or a bright crimson Nike band. The Nike+ Sport Watch The next Nike watch is powered by TomTom GPS. While it’s not as impressive as the results of Nike’s collaboration with Apple the Nike+ Sport Watch, it does have quite a lot going for it. Perhaps its most impressive feature is that the band of the watch doubles as a USB plug for easy charging and data viewing. Source from AmazonThis nifty device has been created with runners in mind. The watch tracks your pace, distance, calories burned, and heart rate. It also has extensive data tracking capabilities such as elevation detection and routes ran. It’s waterproof for up to 50 meters so swimmers can also wear this watch without worry. On top of the black and volt color combo, the Nike+ Sport Watch is available in: A white & silver color combo Black & anthracite Black & blue Final Thoughts on Nike Sports Watches As you can see, though they be few, Nike sports watches sure do bring a lot to the party. They might not be dominating the world of sports watches just yet, but they sure are giving their competitors a run for their money. Are you thinking of buying any of the Nike watches we introduced you to today? Our advice to you would be this: just do it!

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  10. Best Watches for Triathlon Athletes

    Best Watches for Triathlon Athletes

    More people are becoming aware of the risks of sedentary lifestyles. They are also aware of the benefits of living a healthy life. The market is flooded with watches for athletes. It seems that the best watches exist for those who play tennis, golf, basketball and even for those who drive racing cars. But what about triathlon athletes? Sure, some of the best watches available are designed with swimmers, runners and cyclists in mind respectively. But is there a perfect watch for those who do all of these sports? Is there a watch for the people who push their bodies to the extreme in not one, not two, but three sports at a time? The answer to this question is yes. Today, we’ll be sharing the best watches for athletes above all over athletes: triathletes. What Do Triathlon Athletes Need in Their Watch? Triathletes tackle the elements of both earth and water, so naturally, a triathlon watch needs to be extremely durable and feature a high level of waterproofing or water-resistant properties. On top of this, a triathlon athlete’s watch must be constructed from comfortable materials. It should also have the ability to track data relating to your athletic performance. Best Watches for Triathlon Athletes – The Kind Who Master Three Sports Let’s take a look at which models tick all of the necessary boxes with aplomb. Almost all lists that mention the best watches for athletes, triathletes, and even casual fitness enthusiasts will include the same four brands. These brands are Garmin, Polar, Suunto, and Coros. But for many triathletes who double as members of the horological community, these modern-day monstrosities just don’t cut it. There are a select few luxury watches that will meet the needs of any triathlete. The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good, Zenith El Primero’s Sport Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch, and the Tissot T-Sport Race Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch are prime examples of such watches. IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good This sporty timepiece is as beautiful to look at as the story of its conception is. This Aquatimer Chronograph was created in celebration of IWC’s partnership with Laureus Sport for Good. This organization uses sport and the power it holds to put an end to disadvantage, discrimination & violence. Shop IWC Aquatimer Watches The IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Laureus Sport for Good sports a stunning blue-colored design and is constructed with vulcanized rubber, stainless steel and features a textured rubber strap to keep up with you on your triathlon adventures. It offers up to 30 bar of water-resistance, a 68-hour reserve, a rugged and durable design & a chronograph to help you track your time while training for your next triathlon. Zenith El Primero Sport Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch Another example of a watch that is well suited towards the trials and tribulations faced by triathletes is the Zenith El Primero Sport Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch. This timepiece is water-resistant up to 660 feet (200 meters) and has a reserve of approximately 50 hours. Water-resistance aside, why is this one of the best watches for triathletes? It’s simple: this watch has a chronograph as well as a second, minute, and hour hands. You can constantly work towards your best time. Don’t worry about its brown alligator leather strap hindering your comfort while you’re in the zone. Just remember to keep it cleaned and conditioned & it will meet your athletic needs brilliantly. Tissot T-Sport Race Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch The Tissot T-Sport Race Chronograph Automatic Men’s Watch will easily meet the needs of most triathletes. This is a popular choice by athletes around the world. But this model, in particular, is a firm favorite amongst triathletes. Shop Tissot T-Sport Watches In addition to having a chronograph, the Tissot T-Sport Race Chronograph has three sub-dials and is water-resistant up to 330 feet (100 meters). This watch has a reserve of approximately 45 hours, as well as a comfortable silicone rubber strap with a striking blue and black design. It’s easy to see why this watch ends up on the wrists of so many triathletes. Triathlon Athletes Final Thoughts It’s only fair that those who push their bodies to the extreme should have a watch that can keep up with them. Take your pick from any of the best watches for triathletes we’ve outlined. And take your sporting life higher! Not to mention more fashionable.

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  11. Best Swiss Sport Watches

    Best Swiss Sport Watches

    Sport Watches Apart From the Rest Swiss watches are synonymous with elegance and craftsmanship among watch enthusiasts.  For centuries, they have gained a reputation as not only being beautiful but also extremely accurate in measuring time.  Innovations in watchmaking and design often hit the Swiss watch industry first, going back to the early days of self-winding mechanisms to the use of jewel bearings. Even today, at the height of watch design and innovation, tritium gas illuminated faces and pressurized water-proofing set chronometers apart from the watches of yesteryear. Swiss timepieces began when Huguenot clockmakers immigrated to Switzerland from France in the 16th century to escape religious persecution. During this time, the simplicity of Puritanism lent itself to an aesthetic that valued practicality over ostentatious jewelry. The key to watch-making was miniaturization. The complexities of mechanical clocks were reduced to portable versions which could be carried in the pocket or on jewelry. During the Age of Enlightenment, better innovations in spring steel and jewel bearings were explosions in the scientific community. That solidified the standing of clocks and watches as a utilitarian marvel of form meeting function. Best Swiss Sport Watches There are many watchmakers to choose from, originating from the traditions of Swiss watchmaking. Omega In 1848, Omega began production of some of the most well-known Swiss timepieces today.  From James Bond to the official chronometer of the 2020 Youth Olympic games, these watches are accurate, durable, and each one is a work of art. Buy Omega Watches Patek Philippe These watches bear a vintage feel and a sense of class that is uncommon in a world of rugged sports watches with all the bells and whistles. Patek Phillippe prides itself on tradition, being the creator of the first wristwatch–1868 for Countess Koscowicz of Hungary and remains as the last family-owned Genevan watchmaker in Switzerland. Buy Patek Philippe Watches Rolex A brand that has become ubiquitous, not only for a name that carries with its connotations of affluence and success but also precision and reliability.  Rolex was the first manufacturer of the waterproof and dust-proof watch, with its Oyster in 1926.  Since then, it has not only become the watch that sets the standard for all others, but also an indication of wealth and prestige. Buy Rolex Watches More Swiss Sports Watches to Choose from: Watchshopping.com features Swiss timepieces from several manufacturers: Tudor Tag Heuer IWC Jaeger-LeCoultre Sport Watches Conclusion You can find all of the best Swiss sport watch brands at WatchShopping.com.  We offer a variety of watches so that there is something for everyone. We’ve got different watch styles, watch shapes and watch colors for your choosing. For ease of selection, optimal pricing, and free shipping, why would you look anywhere else for your next Swiss timepiece?  Contact us today, or browse for Swiss sports watches from the best online watch store.

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