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    15 Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Gentlemen

    What do George Clooney, John Mayer, and Virgil Abloh all have in common? You’d easily be able to list a bunch of similarities among these men. For instance, they’re all icons in their own rights. However, there’s one commonality that these men share: luxury watches. Despite the differences in their lines of work, these men all share the common love for statement watches. These grail watches reflect not only the glitz and glamour of their industry but also the success and financial independence they’ve attained through the years. Financial Independence and Luxury Items Fame or popularity isn’t the only indication that you’ve finally reached financial freedom. It can be seen through a stable income and investments. But not everyone can flaunt the amount of money they make by rubbing their bank accounts on other people’s faces. Many people often resort to luxury items for various reasons. Firstly, they function as status symbols to one’s financial stability and capabilities. After all, not everyone can afford a Rolex, a Patek Philippe or an Audemars Piguet that easily. Secondly, these items serve as rewards for a milestone in their career. Say a promotion or closing a big deal, for example, can trigger a man to give himself a rightful reward for all the hard work that put him there. Others also purchase a specific item to commemorate a special event, like getting married or having a new member in the family. For most people, owning a luxury item is not only about showing off. Owning a luxury item reminds people of how they got to where they are through sheer hard work and dedication. Any man can own his dream watch but not everyone can justify having to wear them at all. That’s why financial freedom is almost always anchored with a luxurious lifestyle. It’s a well-deserved treat for a well-deserved man. Swiss Luxury Watch Brands That Paved the Way More often than not, Swiss luxury watches equate with luxury and extravagance. The most popular luxury watch brands that we know today has a history that dates back to the early beginnings of watches themselves. Advancements in horology revolve around specific brands that any affluent man can recognise from afar. The Swiss watchmaking industry left a mark in the industry that remains to this day. No wonder why a lot of brands turn to these grail watch brands for inspiration. You might recognise these names as they remain to be the top watch brands of all time that changed the way we perceive time. Photo from Patek PhilippePatek Philippe For over 180 years, Patek Philippe goes on to be the most trusted brand of luxury watches to this day. Founded in 1839, the company proves to be one of the longest-running watch manufacturers in the world. Its uninterrupted watchmaking history, despite the Quartz Crisis in the late 1960s and early 1980s, demonstrates the company’s well-being from then till now. With the seal of luxury from royalties themselves, Patek Philippe exhibits genuine opulence with its known clientele. Known owners of the brand include Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Pope Pius IX, Pablo Picasso, Sir Paul McCartney, Robert Downey Jr., and a whole lot more. This watch brand unquestionably displays horological excellence and tradition in their timepieces. They possess a range of designs that cater to every style — from the minimalists to the maximalists. Its unyielding quality also counts for the many reasons it holds great value today. Not to mention, the brand boasts being a family-owned company. The Stern family has been running the mill at the Patek Philippe headquarters for four generations now. Photo from Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet Technology student Jules-Louis Audemars and economy student Edward-Auguste Piguet brought the Audemars Piguet brand to life in 1873. It remains, to this day, one of the most sought-after watch companies in the industry. For that reason, a lot of people look to this brand for quality timepieces that possess irrefutable luxury. The company also boasts many firsts for the watch industry in general. For one, in 1892, Audemars Piguet produced the world’s first minute repeater movement for wristwatches. The company also boasts having developed the first skeleton watch in 1934. Just like Patek Philippe, this brand holds great regard in the industry as one of the oldest manufacturers in the world. Audemars Piguet has also been family-owned since its establishment. The brand, mostly loved by sports icons like Novak Djokovic, LeBron James, Serena Williams, and Stephen Curry, empowers with its design and capabilities. It heavily boasts its affiliation in the arts with various independent projects that support it. In turn, this reflects on the design of the company’s timepieces — from the simplicity of the Royal Oak to the intricacy of the Haute Joaillerie. Photo from Vacheron ConstantinVacheron Constantin  Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Vacheron Constantin dates back its establishment to 1755. As one of the oldest manufacturers, the brand continues to be an icon to this day. Another choice of the royalties, Vacheron Constantin boasts a clientele with recognisable names such as Napoléon Bonaparte, King Fuad I of Egypt, Marlon Brando, and the Wright brothers. The brands status as a luxury watch manufacturer holds true as King Faud I’s Vacheron Constantin pocket watch No. 402833 (1929) is crowned as one of the most expensive watches ever sold at auction at 2.77 million USD. The brand’s pocket watch Reference 57260 also holds the title as the most complicated mechanical watch ever made. This watch includes a whopping 57 horological complications. If you take a peek at Vacheron Constantin’s lineup today, there’s only one way to describe its products: artful. Each of the brand’s model is intricately designed to show the dedication that goes into a single watch. The brand upholds the art of watchmaking through its marvellously crafted timepieces. Vacheron Constantin takes this seriously with the application of long-standing artforms like enamelling and engraving. But that’s not to say that the brand lacks simple and understated designs. The great thing about the brand is that no matter how simple or how grand its designs are, its watches maintain certain extravagance that can’t be replicated anywhere. Photo from RolexRolex Perhaps the most popular brand even among non-enthusiasts, Rolex stands to this day as one of the most prominent luxury watch brands. This Geneva-based company was not a Swiss brand during its establishment. In fact, it was headquartered in London, England. However, due to the First World War, the company moved to Geneva to avoid the depressing economic situation in England. Rolex is one of the top 10 luxury brands in Forbes‘ annual list of World’s Most Valuable Brands. It’s impossible to count how many celebrities don a Rolex watch. But it’s safe to say that it’s one of the grail watches that people look into as a symbol of success and financial independence. Each Rolex watch, like any luxury watch, costs a lot to research, develop, design, and ultimately produce. These brands rely mostly on the rarity of their timepieces as indications of their prices. But what makes them stand out, perhaps, would be the fact they assemble their timepieces by hand and produce their own gold. Not to mention, the company takes pride in their COSC-certified movements. Photo from OmegaOmega Founded by Louis Brandt in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland on 1848, Omega now functions as a subsidiary of the Swiss Watch Group. A lot of people remember Omega as the first wristwatch to ever reach the moon. In 1969, NASA chose the brand to equip Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin for the Apollo 11 lunar mission. Buzz Aldrin wore the Speedmaster Professional Chronograph as he stepped onto lunar soil. Moreover, iconic fictional spy James Bond has been wearing Omega watches since 1995. Beyond fiction, Omega remains popular to its wide clientele that includes Prince William, George Clooney, Elvis Presley, and Michael Schumacher. Omega’s affiliation to pop culture, sports, and other endeavours greatly expand the brand’s distinction. Aside from James Bond, the brand incessantly sponsors other films and TV series. Omega also associates itself with sporting events like the Olympics and the Professional Golfers’ Association of America as the official timekeeper. The greatest feats of Omega ultimately attached to its brand name and rightfully so became a favourite not only among watch enthusiasts but also other professionals. From Seiko to Patek: The Journey to Financial Freedom A lot of financially independent men turn to watches as their luxury item of choice. Throughout history, these luxury watches became a symbol of success. It also heralded a lot of milestones throughout history and ultimately carried with them a once in a lifetime story. But more than that, a lot of successful men are very particular with their choices of timepieces. Their dream watch must carry in itself the following traits. Status Symbol As aforementioned, these watches prove as symbols of success and financial independence. A lot of outstanding men buy their timepieces as a trophy for a successful deal made or a promotion to remind themselves to continue working hard. These watches hold great value not only in the real world but also to the person who wears it. As to the people who see it on other people’s wrists, it can become an inspiration to work harder. Some of the famous celebrities and personalities with their luxury watches include Grace Kelly with her favourite Rolex Lady Datejust, Barack Obama with his Cartier Tank, Jay-Z with his Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Rihanna with her Bulgari Serpenti, and John Mayer with his Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, among others. Brand Recognition We mentioned a few brands earlier that paved the way in the industry. These brands are highly recognised for their value and affiliation to certain things. Different brands associate themselves to certain industries. For instance, Audemars Piguet proves popular among athletes and rappers. On the other hand, more affordable brands with undeniable top-notch quality prove popular among prosperous people. Seiko and Casio, today’s most iconic Japanese Brands, were seen on the wrists of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, respectively. Watchmaking Heritage Most luxury watch brands heralded the greatest inventions in horology. For instance, Breguet founder Abraham-Louis Breguet invented the Tourbillon. On the other hand, a lot of firsts also come to play when it comes to a brand’s heritage. But most importantly, a long history of horological advancement and commitment Resale Value Most luxury watches produce timepieces in limited stocks per batch. This is separate from the limited-edition timepieces that the brands release. The scarcity in the brand’s releases hikes up the price of the watches almost immediately. When maintained and highly preserved, these watches can sell a lot more than its original price. In fact, the most expensive wristwatch ever was sold for 31 million USD in 2019. The Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A-010 smashed the records of the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona that sold for 17.7 million USD in 2017. Both of these happened during an auction. Auctions aside, even a vintage luxury watch can cost the same or twice as much as its original sale value. Reselling timepieces whether as vintage or after customisation definitely helps in boosting a watch’s value. Investment Given the resale value of each luxury watch, it’s impossible not to consider it an investment. Just like art, a lot of people collect watches as a form of investment. Watches like the classic Rolex GMT Master-II more often than not hold their value over time. Therefore, you can look at watches as a way of freezing your assets in a wearable accessory. However, this should be done with great care as maintenance of the watch hold a great percentage of its value moving forward. Fashionability Before anything else, a watch is also an accessory. It’s made not only to tell time but to flaunt an affluent lifestyle. While watches in the more modern period prove to be more of function than form, a lot of people still pay for a watch as a fashionable item. The reason why luxury watch brands have such a wide design range is to be able to cater to all style choices. Some wear watches as a dress watch to pair with a suit and tie. Others take it to a 9-to-5 for an important business meeting. Others wear luxury watches to a weekend vacation. Each of these functions requires different designs. Sports watches tend to look bulkier while dress watches are often sleek can easily be hidden under cuffs. At the end of the day, your choice of luxurious timepiece all boils down to your personal aesthetic. Best Luxury Watches for the Financially Independent Men Now that we know what traits we’re looking for in every financially independent man’s dream watch, let’s break down 15 of the best luxury watches that meet these standards. Sophisticated and stylish gentlemen will revere in these timepieces that are on a whole new level of richness. 1. Patek Philippe Nautilus Perhaps the most popular Patek Philippe watch, the Nautilus takes pride in being the most well-loved luxury sports watch. Its demand is so high that it already surpassed the supply of the watch. Now, it can take from 8 to 10 years just to get one’s hands on the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Why it’s so popular is beyond Thierry Stern, president of Patek Philippe. But a quick review of the watch’s history makes the love for the watch not that much of a mystery. In fact, it could only be reliant only on one person who single-handedly changed the industry with his ingenious designs. Meet Gérald Genta — horology icon and illustrious designer. There’s enough Nautilus today but its most popular iteration, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 5711/1A, remains such a great bestseller that it now takes about 10 years to acquire one. Launched in 2006, the Ref. 5711/1A comes with a 40mm porthole-shaped case, a millimetre bigger than the original Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref 3700-1. The timepiece comes in either a black/blue (Ref 5711/1A-010) or silver/white (Ref 5711/1A-011) embossed dial. The horizontal lines on the dial even gained a nickname of “garage door” among fans. To be quite honest, it’s a simple three-hand watch with a date window at 3 o’clock. However, its brief history proved time and time again that its demand needs to be met. Other versions of the Nautilus, however, remains a popular choice among fans like the Nautilus Chronograph Ref 5712/1A-001 and Ref 5711/1R-001 that is in Rose Gold. 2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Another Gérald Genta design in our midst, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak comes with a similar steel case with an octagonal bezel. Launched in 1972, the watch has since become an icon in the watch industry for its one of a kind design at the time. The watch’s “tapisserie” dial and integrated bracelet proved the timepiece a trendsetter for that era. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak heralded an innovation that, to this day, goes on to be an inspiration to many watch manufacturers. Even after more than 50 years since its launch, it’s still the brand’s best-selling piece. There are a whole lot of Royal Oak models that exist to this day. All of the designs feature the iconic octagonal bezel with a varying dial design. Other designs feature the “petit tapisserie” dial motif while others include an open-heart design or studded with diamonds. Brushed dials are also available in the line. A Royal Oak would also be incomplete without the visible hexagonal screws. The watch also comes not only in mechanical movements but also in quartz movements (Ref 67651SR.ZZ.1261SR.01). The Ref 15450ST.OO.1256ST.03 comes with a self-winding movement, perfect for a more luxurious feel. Our favourite, however, remains to be the iterations with blue dials like the Ref 15202ST.OO.1240ST.01. The Royal Oak also has Chronograph versions like the Ref 26320OR.OO.1220OR.01 and Ref 26320OR.OO.1220OR.02. 3. Rolex Submariner The Rolex Submariner needs no introduction. It’s one of the most popular timepieces even for non-enthusiasts. Professional divers recommend the Submariner and use it themselves. It’s not long until it became a favourite among the professional diving community. The Rolex Submariner proves a great timepiece, especially for professional divers. Whether you’re into diving or simply basking under the sun on the vast ocean, the Submariner is a great choice for you. Iterations of the Submariner produced from the late 1980s to the late 1990s include a depth rating of up to 300 metres. The Ref 16610 (black dial) and Ref 14060 feature the Calibre 3030; while the Ref 14060M and Ref 16610LV feature Calibres 3130 and 3135, respectively. In 2010, Rolex discontinued the production of the aforementioned models to introduce a new line of improved Submariner watches. Firstly, the brand powered all Submariners with the Cal. 3135 movements. Secondly, they replaced the aluminium insert bezel with a Cerachrom bezel, a ceramic bezel with a luxe finish. Lastly, Rolex equipped each watch with a Glidelock system that allows 2mm-increment adjustments to perfectly fit over a wet suit. Photo from Omega4. Omega Speedmaster A timepiece so historical, it reached the moon. The Omega Speedmaster heralded a historical feat that no other timepiece could. It’s the first wristwatch to ever reach the moon. But to be chosen by NASA to equip the astronauts for the Apollo 11 lunar mission, Omega broke through the science of timekeeping. The Omega Speedmaster teems with varying models. Each has its own aesthetic appeal and function. For instance, the Omega Speedmaster  Moonwatch collection includes the 44.25mm Co-Axial Chronograph and the 42 mm Professional Chronograph. It also includes limited-edition timepieces like that of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary series. The Mark II series features a design inspired by a 1969 model of the same name. The collection includes three models of various colourways and materials like Sedna gold on steel, black steel on steel and another steel on steel with orange hands and markers. Other models include a racing Master Chronometer chronograph, the Skywalker X-33, and more. 5. IWC Portofino Despite its understated elegance, the IWC Portofino is a timepiece well-loved by many, especially professionals. Why not? It’s the perfect dress watch that you can take from your job to a suit and tie event without any fuss. What the Portofino carries is a well-balanced connection between form and function at its elegant best. This watch from IWC comes with various iterations and, therefore, a wide range of design and function. From an self-winding timepiece to a hand-wound classic, the Portofino carries within itself a varied collection of timepieces. One of its most popular models is the Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Eight Days that works for exactly 192 hours. Every week, the timepiece has to be wound but it’s not at all a hassle. If you’re more of an automatic fan, the Portofino Chronograph with a minimalist design works best for you. It comes with a day/date window as well as a hacking function. The series comes with multiple designs depending on your personal aesthetic. The silver dial version (IW391031) features gold hands that show a refined look. For a more minimal look, it also comes with a silver dial and hands (IW391027) as well as black dial (IW391008) versions. For those who prefer a cleaner dial look, the Portofino also comes in a simple three-hand date watch such as the Portofino IW356504 (gold/silver) and Portofino IW356502 (silver/black). 6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Jaeger-LeCoultre surely knows how to enchant people with its timepieces. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, for instance, is one unique timepiece with its reversible case. Thus, its name. This design became iconic soon as it’s release due to its unique features as well as art deco aesthetic. Not to mention, with its inventive look, the timepiece easily became an androgynous choice. Contrary to many people’s misconceptions, the shape of the Reverso doesn’t actually prevent the timepiece from having a diverse line of designs. The most popular versions of the Reverso come with leather straps for an additional deluxe feel. A Classic Reverso features two hands with minute markers around its inner ring as seen on the Reverso Q2538420. A version of the Reverso also comes with a small seconds dial as in with the Reverso Q3858520. A more minimalist take on the Reverso reflects on the Q2588422 with its black dial and lined hour markers with 12 and 6 o’clock in Arabic numerals. A similar minimal version comes with the Q3848420 sans the Arabic numerals. 7. Cartier Santos de Cartier The Santos de Cartier packs a punch with its design feature. From its unique shape to the many variations of its design, this timepiece from Cartier displays a rich historic legacy. Louis Cartier crafted this watch in 1904 as a gift to his aviator friend Alberto Santos-Dumont. Easily, the Santos de Cartier was generally accepted as the first-ever wristwatch. The timepiece featured a square case with exposed screws. While it’s far from the typical pilot watch that we know today, it surely deserves being called a trailblazer. You’ll easily recognise actor Jake Gyllenhaal as the ambassador of the new Santos de Cartier. The actor promotes the timepiece as a forerunner of innovation throughout the history of watches. With the wide variety of Santos de Cartier watches, it’s almost impossible not to find. Firstly, it comes in various dial colours such as silver (WSSA0023), blue, black, etc. A version comes with a date window at 6 o’clock (WSSA0039), as well as a skeletonised version (WHSA0009). Photo from Breguet8. Breguet Tradition Breguet’s history plays a huge part in the creation of the Tradition collection. Taking inspiration from the subscription watches of Breguet, the aptly named Tradition timepieces look back on the past while travelling head on to the future. In 1796, Abraham-Louis Breguet invented one-hand pocket watches sold by subscription. This means that a quarter of price must be paid upon order while the remainder of the balance has to paid on the delivery of the watch. As a tribute to these watches, the Breguet gave the Tradition a skeletonised design showing the movement’s components on top of the main plate. The Breguet Tradition carries inspiration straight from 1796 while keeping modern technology on the front line. Breguet’s self-winding manufacture movement Cal. 505SR1 includes 50 hours of power reserve and 38 jewels. There aren’t a lot of variations on the design of the Breguet Tradition. However, each of the timepieces displays its own unique aesthetic value. The watch’s hour dial sits humbly on the upper part of the dial. The Breguet Tradition Automatic Retrograde Seconds comes with a retrograde seconds hand by 10 o’clock. Meanwhile, a classic Breguet Tradition comes with a power reserve indicator on the main plate. On the other hand, jet-setters can get the best of two timezones with the Breguet Tradition GMT. 9. TAG Heuer Carrera The TAG Heuer Carrerais the brand’s response to the growing demand for motorsport-inspired chronographs, . At the time, the motorsport industry was growing. And while timepieces are of great use to drivers, there’s not a lot of watches that provide the drivers’ needs on track. There was a need for a legible watch that provided necessary information during a drive, such as lap time and speed. The TAG Heuer Carrera started as a powerful chronograph but as time passed, more and more designs came about. Some with a simple three-hand day/date function like the WAR201A.FC6266, which shows a more streamlined display of information. Some of its simplest chronograph versions include the CBK2110.FC6266 with a fixed bezel. This TAG Heuer collection also includes a model with a skeleton dial and tachymeter (CBG2A90.BH0653). Now more than ever, these timepieces uphold TAG Heuer’s long affiliation with motorsports as seen on its design inspiration and history. Photo from Vacheron Constantin10. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony takes a minimalist approach to provide the necessary information. Taking into account designs from the 1950s, this watch provides a truly classic look and feel. Launched in 2004, these watches uphold within them a certain look that doesn’t require any complicated design choice to stand out. These timepieces from Vacheron Constantin excited elegance without even trying. One of the thinnest watches yet with 7.65 mm in thickness, this collection proves to be a comfort to wear. The dotted minute markers on the silver dial version of the watch (1110U/000G-B086) are almost invisible, which makes it an even more interesting piece. Even when the minute markers are completely visible (as in the 81180/000R-9159), the Patrimony remains minimal at its best. And if you haven’t noticed by now, the Patrimony takes texture as an additional element in the watch. In fact, a version of the watch has engraved minute markers (82172/000R-9382) that make for an interesting conversation piece. Photo from Franck Muller11. Franck Muller Vanguard The aesthetic value of the Franck Muller Vanguard truly is one of a kind. The watch pays homage to the Art Deco design principle with a hint of Novecento design on its overall look. The uniqueness of the watch placed the timepiece on a certain pedestal, especially in the Franck Muller lineup. Fans of truly unique eccentrics will adore the eye-catching look of the Vanguard. Firstly, the watch comes in a tonneau-shaped case that already sets the image it wants to carry on. Second, it’s hard to ignore the large ⁠— and we mean truly big ⁠— Arabic numeral hour indexes that appear to retrofit on the edges of the watch. To balance such heavyset indexes, the watch features a much simpler set of hands that compliment the timepiece’s colours. With that said, the collection comes with large variations in design. There’s a monochrome Vanguard, a blue dial Vanguard, and even an all-white dial with red accents Vanguard. To further the style choices on this timepiece, it also comes with a date option and a no-date option. For you special timing needs, yes, the Vanguard also comes with a chronograph iteration. Photo from Bulgari12. Bulgari Octo Despite being one of the youngest choices in our list, the Bulgari Octo has proven time and time again that it’s a luxury icon in its own right. Launched in 2012, the watch gained a cult following for its unique aesthetic and record-breaking movement. While a lot of people tend to underestimate the prowess of the Octo — from its popularity to its mechanism — it’s unfair to judge it with only just a few years under its sleeve. But most people don’t know that a lot of time actually went into the research and development of this watch. No wonder its movement remains a regal choice for many. The aptly named Octo features an eight-sided case with a round bezel as well as an octagonal flange on the dial. With that alone, it appears that the watch from Italian company Bulgari intends to surprise people. Powering the watch is a self-winding Bulgari Calibre BVL 193. But after two years since Octo’s launch, the Octo Finissimo features an in-house movement that shocked the industry. With record-breaking thinness, the watch ultimately became a powerful piece of horological history. Various iterations of the watch exist such as a chronograph version, a skeletonised version alongside the classic Octo Finissimo look. 13. Tudor Black Bay The Tudor Black Bay was also launched in 2012 with a look directly influenced by the Tudor Ref 2922 Submariner from 1954. For many years, this watch became the companion not only of recreational divers but also of everyday people. Now, as Tudor Black Bay relives the historical look and function of the Ref 2922, Tudor explores more than just a reimagination but an improvement of a classic. One of the most iconic iterations of the watch includes the Black Bay P01 that is based on a 1960’s military prototype. The watch features a 12-hour bezel with a unique locking mechanism included. This, for one, made such a huge difference as it almost contravenes the Black Bay’s comfortable feel. This makes the classic Tudor Black Bay the most popular among the line. 14. Hublot Big Bang Much like the name suggests, the Hublot Big Bang has quite a story to unpack. Launched in 2005, the collection comes with a unique design that can almost be unified to a certain point but not completely. The variety in colours, sizes, as well as materials makes it such a story to tell. Moreover, the watch from Hublot features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that makes it a high-end dream watch. It’s impossible to know where to begin with the Big Bang. To pull apart its materials completely goes against the purpose of the watch. This collection consists of timepieces that fuse what was almost impossible in a sensible manner. There’s a Big Bang with white ceramic, red ceramic, titanium, stainless steel, and even a gold version. 15. Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde It’s not a list of luxury watches without a Jaquet Droz watch. This time, we’re looking into the classic Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde. Launched in 2002, the watch features a time-honoured look inspired by a pocket watch created in the 18th century. The dial displays a refined presentation of the art of Grand Feu enamelling. The watch shows two overlapping sub-dials — the hour and minute at 12 o’clock and the seconds counter at 6 o’clock. Since its launch, Jaquet Droz created new iterations of its classic design as described above. An off-centred version of the watch launched as well as a design that offered a date dial called the Grande Seconde Quantieme. The Grande Seconde Dual Time features a second timezone, while a moon phase version is also available. Perhaps, the most interesting iteration of the watch is the Grande Seconde Skelet-One that comes in different materials like the ceramic version and gold version. Every Successful Man’s Companion Luxury watches have historically been a part of every successful and financially-independent man’s milestones. Traditionally, timepieces represent a huge part of a man’s accomplishments. A luxury watch not only displays the hard work a man had done but also serves as an inspiration to continue to push forward for better rewards that come ahead. We hope that by finding out the story of the timepieces listed above, you’ll find the right watch to celebrate your achievements with. Featured photo from Sotheby’s

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  4. 5 Steps to Find the Perfect Sports Watch

    5 Steps to Find the Perfect Sports Watch

    Sports enthusiasts use an array of equipment to optimize their fitness from strength training devices to the clothes they wear. Additionally, avid sportsmen use watches too! There are watches on the market specifically designed for training athletes, like sports watches. Are you an athlete looking for ways to monitor your performance? Then you will need a sports watch. Today we’re giving you five steps to finding the perfect sports watch for you. Continue reading to find out what important features and specs you should consider when selecting a sporty timepiece. 1. What Fitness Information does it Monitor? There are myriads of sports watches on the market and some of them come with a range of features. The purpose of a sports watch is to monitor information such as: The calories you’ve burned How many steps you’ve walked Your heart rate The speed you ran Distance you’ve walked or ran Some sports watches may not have all of these monitoring features. Watches that don’t have all of these trackers will be a lot cheaper. On the other hand, if you want to track every aspect of your fitness routines then pick a sports watch that can monitor distance, speed, heart rate and calories burned. Another aspect you must remember is that not all sports watches are digital. There are many traditional style watches that are automatic chronograph devices. Take the Tissot T-Sport V8 watch for example. It has a stunning sophisticated design with the following features: Automatic chronograph function Tachymeter to measure distance and speed Accurate timekeeping If both function and design are important to you then select a mechanical sports timepiece. 2. Is it Waterproof? Most sports watches are waterproof because athletes may have to train in the rain. Another reason why most sports timepieces are waterproof is that athletes sweat during training. Moisture can damage internal mechanisms. Therefore, the structure of the timepiece must allow for a tight fit between components so water can’t enter crevices and destroy internal components. On the other hand, if you’re a swimmer or scuba diver you may want to opt for a certified dive watch. Athletes who take part in a multitude of land and water sports will benefit from highly waterproof timepieces. Ensure the sports watch you pick has a water resistance of 100m or 330ft. 3. Fit and Comfort When running, swimming or hiking you don’t want to contend with a watch that’s uncomfortable and doesn’t fit you well. Select a sports watch that has adjustable straps so you can customize the fit of the timepiece on your wrist. The strap must be made out of soft fabric that’s designed based on moisture-wicking technology. Timepiece straps are typically made from leather that keeps your wrist dry. A watch strap should never chafe or irritate your skin, especially when you’re training. You want to be as comfortable as possible when you’re training so ensure your sports watch is the fit you need. 4. Interface and Functionality As mentioned before there are manual and digital sports watches on the market. Digital watches can be easy to set up if it has a user-friendly interface. But the downside to digital watches is that they must be charged regularly. If the battery is faulty it may switch off randomly while you’re training. This results in the loss of important stats on your training. Digital sports watches are waterproof but they are more susceptible to damage than manual timepieces. Manual sports watches offer accurate readings and they’re incredibly durable. They’re easy to set up and can be used for many different types of sports. An excellent example of a premium manual sports watch is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. A famous mountaineer by the name of Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual because of its feature-rich capabilities and user-friendly interface. 5. Legibility Whether you pick a digital or manual sports watch, the information on the device must be easy to read no matter what lighting conditions you’re in. Clarity is extremely important in sports watches because if you can’t read what’s on the timepiece it will be useless to you. Ensure you pick a watch that has backlights so that you can read the information on the watch even when it’s dark. You may want the information while in low light conditions, so make sure all the numbers and features can be seen clearly. Final Thoughts Finding a high-quality sports watch is easy if you know exactly what to look for when you’re shopping for your timepiece. Use our five steps to assist you when you’re looking for a premium watch for your fitness journey. Additionally, make sure you purchase a watch made with high-quality materials and that comes with an excellent warranty.

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  5. Pros and Cons for Automatic Watches

    Pros and Cons for Automatic Watches

    What do you consider before picking a watch? Is it style, appearance, cost or brand? People have varying motivations when deciding on a watch to buy. But one thing you should definitely consider is if it’s an automatic watch or battery operated watch. Automatic watches have been around since the 1920s. Omega and Tudor are a few examples of prominent brands that have their lines of automatic watches. One would think that because this watch features self-winding abilities, picking it is a no-brainer. But with pretty much every product, automatic watches have both advantages and disadvantages. Simply weigh the two before making a decision to buy. We’ll list these pros and cons below. How Automatic Watches Work Automatic watches either use a rotor or metal weight to power up the unit. This rotor is designed to move freely and the movement is further prompted by the wearer’s motion. Simply put: every time you move, the rotor spins causing the hands to move. Shop Automatic Watches   Pros for Automatic Watches No Battery Required Since automatic watches are designed to wind automatically, it follows that they don’t need a battery to operate. You won’t wake up one day to find the watch battery drained on the morning of an important business meeting. Basically, you don’t have to worry about replacing batteries every now and again. Fairly Accurate These watches fare well where accuracy is concerned. A standard automatic watch will be plus or minus 25 seconds in respect to the actual time, which you’ll agree isn’t too bad. Of course, this will depend on who is wearing it or rather, what you want to use the watch for. If you’re in the medical, marine or military sector, then naturally every second counts. You’ll need a watch that’s extremely accurate like a chronometer from Ulysse Nardin. No Hand Winding Necessary if Worn Regularly If you wear your automatic watch all the time, you’ll never have to manually wind it which makes it very convenient. Stellar Aesthetics Just the craftsmanship alone incorporated in automatic watches is sheer genius, not to mention the engineering. This makes them some of the most aesthetically pleasing watches on the market. A look at the Rolex GMT Master II confirms this. Smooth Movement To add on to the stunning aesthetics, these watches boast a smooth and suave hand movement. The smooth movement is more pronounced if you pick an automatic watch with high beats per second (BPH). A high BPH can also increase the reliability of an automatic watch. This is something you’ll appreciate if your taste in watches goes beyond the aesthetic appeal. High Power Reserve Automatic watches have a high power reserve—particularly if they are fully wound up. It can have up to 42 hours of power stored before you need to wind it up again. Depending on the brand you pick, some automatic watches can even store power for up to 10 days. Low Maintenance Watches that are automatic are generally easy to maintain. By using a soft cloth to wipe your watch every night, you’ll have it looking as good as new for years. But this doesn’t eliminate the need to handle it with extra caution. Like any other watch, avoid showering or bathing with it (even if it’s waterproof). The gasket ends up expanding, reducing the watch’s accuracy and overall lifespan. Cons for Automatic Watches Rather Pricy If cost is your determining factor when buying a watch, you may have to think twice. This is because this type usually fetches a higher price tag compared to its battery operated counterpart. Jaeger Lecoultre has some of the market’s most expensive automatic watches that are worth over a million. Extra Sensitive The internal mechanisms behind the watch operation are rather delicate. In some cases, the watch becomes extra sensitive to the environment causing the hand to move at the slightest shift in wind. May Need Winding As stated earlier, to get the most out of your automatic watch, you’ll have to wear it on a daily basis. If not, you may have to wind it manually which can be inconvenient. May Need to Install a Winder To avoid having to wind your watch regularly, your next best option is to purchase a watch winder. The extra cost and added inconvenience aren’t appealing to some people. And the winder might interfere with the watch’s stunning aesthetics. Loses Accuracy Over Time Unfortunately, these watches tend to lose their accuracy over time. As you can imagine, this is rather disappointing considering the high price tag. You may have to consider tuning it up every now and again which is done at an extra cost. Conclusion Now that you have all the facts, it’s time to make a decision. Based on the pros and cons, will you be purchasing an automatic watch or not? These will always remain popular for their unique craftsmanship. Simply handle it with absolute care and it may last you a lifetime.

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  6. 5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Luxury Watch

    5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Luxury Watch

    Finding that perfect timepiece when buying watches online often means navigating a complicated maze of collections from high-end watch brands. So it’s a good idea to figure out what you really want instead of just plunging into the overload of offerings. These simple steps can guide you in your search for that perfect luxury watch. Step 1: Set Your Price Range As with almost every other transaction in life, things go a lot smoother if you know how much money you’re planning to spend. And don’t go over! The world will be a happier place if you set a budget and stick to it. So what prices are we talking about with luxury watches? There are some nice options for under $1,000. Tissot is a good brand to go to in this budget, with solid Swiss-made selections from the T-Sport and T-Classic lines, or perhaps the Tissot Gentleman, a dress watch that wears at a higher level than its entry-level pricing suggests. Hamilton is another great name in the same price range. From $1,000 to $5,000, your options go broader, and you’re getting into (or at least close to) entry-level models from names like Rolex, Tudor, and TAG Heuer, among the better-known upscale brands. But above $5,000 and up to around $40,000 is where you’ll find the majority of luxury watches. Think Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger LeCoultre. Step 2: Match Your Personality This is a big one. It requires you to take inventory of yourself. Honestly. Taking a hard look at the true you help to identify those parts of yourself you put out there for the world to see. And the job of a good watch is to accentuate those public-facing aspects of your personality, while still staying true to your more private side. So take the well-known Myers-Briggs personality test (it’s free!) and figure out which of the distinct 16 personality types you match. Then go with your gut feelings on how that personality type would pair with watches. You could come up as, say, The Thinker, leaning to the quiet and reserved side, a thoughtful type drawn to intimate gatherings who would stay away from big and brash watches. An elegant dress watch like the Junghans Max Bill Automatic or the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony is more fitting for The Thinker. On the other end of the scale, you might turn out to be a Performer personality, living in the moment at the center of attention. That type calls for watches that get noticed, and perhaps something from the aviation arena such as the IWC Big Pilot. Or maybe the test finds you’re a Caregiver, in touch with emotions, best paired with the charms of classic watches such as the Cartier Tank. Step 3: Consider Where You’ll Wear Your Luxury Watch So we’ve, hopefully, got a clearer idea of who you are, now we should take a look at what you do. Or at least, specifically, what you will be doing while wearing the watch. Some realist reflection here is also helpful. If you don’t go to red-carpet galas now, chances are you’re not going to need a formal watch for them in the future. If your life does include a lot of dress-casual gatherings, you might consider something dressy but versatile from the Longines Heritage collection. Someone given to casual weekends in jeans and t-shirts may want to go with sportier watches that brandish commanding style like the Rolex Submariner or a Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Step 4: Targeted Search with an Open Mind You’ve narrowed things down for a luxury watch, limited by price (step 1), type (step 2), and use (step 3). Next up, targeted searches. But where? Online, sure, and it’s good to buy directly from the watchmakers’ websites. But you can usually get better prices with similar trustworthiness from the long-established online watch retailers. Browse the watch sites, focused on type, use, and price (searching, for example, a dive watch that can go dress-casual for $3,000). Flip along through images, images, and more images until one just stops you. And what if you’re not grabbed by that gotcha watch? Well, then you can get a little calculated about things. Make a checklist from the first three steps and apply the criteria to possible contenders.   Step 5: Plan for its Future Like puppies and plants, watches need care after you bring them home. If you’re getting automatic movement, you might want to consider the pros and cons of a watch winder. Most watches are not covered under warranty for damages done by moisture, often caused by not storing your watch in a dry enough place. Which raises an important point: know your warranty for a luxury watch! A good watch-sales site will post their policies on a prominent page, with warranties typically ranging from two to five years. Experts recommend you have a luxury watch professionally serviced every four to five years, so keep the paperwork for technicians to log. Why wait? The best that high-end luxury watches has to offer is just a few clicks away. And armed with the understanding of who you are, where you’re going, and how you’re going there, you’re right on the cusp of finding that perfect luxury watch.

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  7. 6 Underrated Watch Brands to Follow

    6 Underrated Watch Brands to Follow

    When discussing watch brands, names like Rolex and Audemars Piguet are seldom left out of the conversation. These watch brands embody all the aspects people look for in watches: luxury, practicality, and reliability. While these watch brands are certainly worth the hype, we believe that there are quite a number of serious contenders that are often overlooked. We’re here to bring your attention to these watch companies and put them in the much-deserved spotlight. Let’s get right into it. 1. Nomos Glashutte It’s certainly surprising how Nomos Glashutte watches are overlooked considering how the brand has managed to scoop multiple awards. Best outstanding design, Capital Watch and the Chrono award are just a few examples of awards the brand was honored with—and with good reason. Shop Nomos Glashutte Watches These German watches have been recognized for their excellent design, watchmaking craft as well as sustainability. And this applies to all models designed by the brand. Nomos Glashutte watches are perfect for both men and women. You have 13 models to pick from depending on your style sense. But regardless of the model you pick, you’re guaranteed a beautiful and robust piece that’s built to last. 2. Mido Watch brands that have made a name for themselves manage to do so because they know a thing or two about the art of watchmaking. Exquisite watch styles offer the perfect balance of mechanical expertise and elaborate beauty. The final result is an exceptional watch with a killer design. And we believe Mido has mastered this technique very well. Shop Mido Watches Mido is a relatively small brand that’s a part of the prominent Swatch group. Despite being a small brand, Mido watches are very sophisticated in their design and don’t compromise on quality and durability. In actual fact the brand is recognized among the top 10 producers of certified chronometers. It combines aesthetics, functionality and innovation in the designing of all its timepieces. 3. Glashutte Original We believe that Glashutte Original watches are very much underrated. A close inspection of their watch styles reveals that innovation, creativity, and technical skill are behind every single watch produced by the brand. They are the brand to consider if you want a casual watch that’s affordable. These watches are the epitome of modern German art making. And all watches are designed to uphold the brand’s highest standards starting with the captivating aesthetics to the stunning finish. These high quality timepieces are designed with flair and passion by the skilled engineers. Shop Glashutte Original Watches Whether you’re a fan of bold colors and textures or more subtle styles, the brand has a watch for everyone. 4. Czapek If you’ve never considered Czapek watches, then you’re seriously missing out. Firstly, they’re reasonably priced. Secondly, they are literally your go-to brand for stunning bespoke pieces. Having been in business for over 150 years, it’s safe to say that they’ve also mastered the art of watchmaking. The premise upon which Czapek watches are designed is simple: they aim to bring out the true personality of the wearer. Now, if you want a watch that accurately represents your style and character, you’re bound to find one from this brand. And quite honestly, Czapek watches are a real bargain considering how much you pay and the features you’ll get in return. A gold or titanium double-edged hand, enamel dial, power reserve and weekday tracker are just some of the features you can enjoy depending on the model you pick. 5. H. Moser &Cie Moser & Cie is the manufacturer of high-end dress watches. Their stunning luxury watches are oven overlooked. Sometimes people opt to spend two to three times more on other “better’’ brands. But in essence we believe they’ll be purchasing a product of a similar quality. You only have to look at the impressive watch design which exudes class with a touch of edginess. If ever you’re looking for the best value luxury watch that features an elegant design and doesn’t compromise on quality, reliability and performance, consider the H. Moser & Cie watch brand. 6. Schaumburg You probably have never heard of these watches. But given their interesting designs and reasonable price points, Schaumburg watches should be a household name by now. The company has been around since 1998 designing authentic hand-made watches. If you’re not a fan of simplistic and minimalistic designs and are more drawn to cutting edge and out-of-the-box designs then you must follow this brand. Schaumburg watches are a product of creative expression. They are designed to trigger human emotions and enrich human senses. In short, they’re more than just a watch that simply tells time. Final Words for Watch Brands There you have it, six underrated watch companies that everyone should be talking about. Dare to be different and look for your timepiece elsewhere. You might just like what you see.

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  8. Do You Need a Dive Watch? 3 Reasons You Might

    Do You Need a Dive Watch? 3 Reasons You Might

    At the beginning of the 20th century, a dive watch was manufactured purely for commercial and military use. These timers were tools for navigators and of course divers. The watch was designed to remind divers when to return to the water’s surface. In today’s society, divers’ watches are considered collectors’ items. Many people wear one because of its sophisticated structure and rugged look. So why should you opt for a dive watch? Perhaps the three reasons outlined in today’s article can give you some clarity. 1. A Rugged Waterproof Structure That’s Sophisticated Too Dive Watches Are Completely Waterproof Many watch brands state that their watches are waterproof but only for a certain amount of time before water starts seeping into the crevices of the device. This is because these watches are simply there so you can read the time. They’re not designed for underwater use. On the other hand, it was specifically manufactured for divers. You’re able to submerge a dive watch in water that is 100m deep. Since most dive watches have a water resistance of 1.0Mpa you can use it for any recreational water sports such as the following: Relay swimming White river rafting Underwater cave diving Additionally, these watches are able to withstand freshwater and saltwater. The structure is made from non-corrosive materials so that it doesn’t oxidize over time in saltwater environments. Rugged Design A dive watch is extremely durable. These timers have a rugged exterior that can withstand harsh environments. So whether you drop it, scratch it or bang it up against a wall by accident it isn’t likely to break. The rugged exterior makes a dive watch extremely economical because you won’t have to spend money on replacing parts or the entire device. It’s important to purchase a dive watch that has a strong case made out of crystal namely sapphire or mineral. The strap must be made out of durable materials too so it doesn’t wear. A high-end dive watch will last for decades if you select one that’s tough. Sophistication on Your Wrist Even though the watch has a rugged construction it has a sophisticated design that will complement your outfit. Most people prefer to wear dive watches because of their vintage aesthetic. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what you wear the dive watch will pair well with any outfits. 2. Dive Watches Get Better with Age Dive watches are like a fine wine; they simply get better with age. People say that no other watch ages as stunningly as dive watches. After many years of use, the finish may have a slight discoloration that gives the device a vintage look. After time your watch may have a few scratches here and there, but it will still work wonderfully and look classy. These watches are built to last and surprisingly the aesthetics simply seems to get better as time passes. To this day there are people who are seeking old dive watch styles from the past. So if you take care of your device, a few years from now, a collector may seek out your watch. They become stunning heirlooms that can be passed down from generation to generation. 3. There are Reasons Dive Watches Are Iconic There are brands that attach the word icon to their products as a way to boost their sales. But what makes an object iconic? Well, it’s the structure and design of an item that never loses its appeal. It will forever have the same classic look that will stand the test of time. These watches are no exception because there are products on the market that still have their same classy design that made it popular in the first place. Iconic Watches That Are Popular One dive watch that seems to be ever-popular is the Rolex Submariner. This watch was first developed in the mid to late 1960s. Today the Rolex Submariner has the same structure people love but it comes in an assortment of two-toned steel colors. Another iconic dive watch is the Omega Seamaster 300 Diver. It was first created in 1957 for professional divers but this design paved the way for future Omega dive timers. However, the Seamaster 300 is still the most popular one of them all. Final Thoughts So now that you know what dive watches are all about, will you get yourself one? Even if you’re not a diver this device will be highly beneficial to you. You can go diving in the ocean, rivers, and swimming pools without being concerned about your watch. They’re affordable and can withstand any harsh environments. All of these benefits in one complete classy design that will ironically stand the test of time.

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  9. Watch Guide: Beginner Tips to Watch Buying

    Watch Guide: Beginner Tips to Watch Buying

    Is it time for a watch guide? The right watch on your wrist could be the biggest fashion statement of your ensemble. It has the ability to class up whatever you’re wearing and gives you a sense of style and confidence. Your taste in watches can speak volumes about your sense of style; therefore, it is crucial that you’re cognizant of your panache and the quality of the product you are eyeing. The market is flowing with new designs and innovative features, and it can be a little daunting if you don’t know what you’re looking for. However, not to worry, as we educate you on everything and anything that you need to keep in mind before making a decision. Here are some things that can ensure the ideal pick: 1: Type This should be at the top of your watch guide. The first and foremost thing that you need to decide on is what kind of watch you are looking for. You’ll find an array of options ranging from classic vintage and elegant timepieces to more specialized options. Are you a golfer? Or maybe a diver? Perhaps a cyclist or maybe even a pilot. No matter what, you’re covered. These watches are uniquely designed and have tons of cool features to meet your distinct demands. For example, a diver’s watch is not only water-resistant. It should be salt water-resistant, equipped to measure your diving time, should be shock-resistant and antimagnetic, and be legible from some distance in the dark. 2: Design Now that you are clear on what type of watch you want; you will find that there are copious amounts of designs available within that category. Leather strap, steel band, a vintage digital chrome watch, large dial, detailing on the bezel, rotating bezel, studded watch, and watches with exciting colors are some examples. Narrowing down your preferred design will help you do more focused research and reduce the task’s enormity. The design can say a lot about your personality and taste. Therefore, it is imperative that you have the right design for every vibe. 3: Budget You will find a wide collection of different types of watches, ranging from a few dollars to thousands and sometimes even millions of dollars. It might sound a little extravagant, but a watch is a lot more than just a timepiece or a piece of jewelry. It is the most personal accessory, one that signifies wealth, status, ambition, and class. For centuries, men and women have worn one watch their entire lives, which are then passed as family heirlooms. Such exquisite watches are not mere scarps welded together; rather, they are made up of precious metals like gold and have stones embedded in them. It is only fitting that your watch matches your splendor and grandeur. 4: Brand Once you know your budget’s rough parameters, it would be easier to decide what brand you want to go after. If you are a person of class and have the resources to treat yourself, you would probably want a watch from one of the high-end brands to meet your stature. Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Chopard, IWC Schaffhausen, and Rolex are just some of the top names in the industry. However, if you don’t want to break the bank and are looking for something more affordable yet stylish, then you cannot go wrong with Victorinox, Alpina, Seiko, Stuhrling, Casio, Tissot, Triwa, and Citizen. These are just some of the reliable names, and you can find a worthy watch beyond these as well; you just need the right eye for it. 5: Material This is a crucial factor that needs not to be overlooked while making any decisions. This usually dictates the reliability, durability, and also, the price of the watch. Although plastic watches don’t have the most majestic look, it sure can be useful for outside or rough usage. Metal materials can class up your timepiece, but they also add more dollars as you move up to silver and gold. Although traditional, leather straps are more prone to wear and tear. It mainly boils down to what you think would look good on your wrist. 6: Water Resistance Although popular in sports options like swimming diving, this feature is present in varying degrees in all watches. This is to prevent any damage to your watch because of a little water splash when you are washing your hands or any other accident. However, sports collections tend to have a higher degree of water resistance or even saltwater resistance so that if you are a swimmer or diver, you can easily time your laps. Even within the sports sphere, there are varying extents, and you need to decide what kind of water exposure you will have and then choose this feature accordingly. 7: Power Source Without going into the nitty-gritty, one should have at least a vague idea of how your watch is powered and what are some of the options to choose from. The first type is more traditional and is a mechanical power source. This needs to be winded up at least one time in a day or two. The second is the automatic one, which winds itself due to the movement of your wrist. The third is the quartz system, which is used extensively and requires a battery that needs to be replaced after years only. Lastly, there are solar-powered watches. As long as your watch is functional, these don’t require any replacement or winding up and work efficiently. 8: Wardrobe Considerations You don’t need to be a fashion expert for this one (or even a watch guide), but just have a general sense of what colors pair well with each other and which watch is more suited to your attire. Generally, gold watches are preferred to be worn during the day, especially with dark colors like black, grey, and brown. Silver or titanium options are well-suited for night events and can generally go with a wide variety of colors. This factor is for people who like to collect watches and have exclusive options for different social settings. 9: Weight A watch should not only look good but feel good on your wrist. Some watches are so lightweight that you can barely feel them, whereas some can be heavy and feel like an inconvenience on your wrist. Try to find something with the right balance, and that feels appropriate on your wrist. Many brands feature the same model in a metal band or a leather strap so that you can decide for yourself what feels comfortable. Watch Guide Conclusion Buying a watch is an important business. That’s why we created this watch guide to hopefully help people out. It can create impressions and give a glance into the wearer’s personality, sense of style, class, and even humor. Therefore, you want to make sure that you buy something that does not only have a reputation in the market but is a top-quality product and worth all the dollars you are spending on it. We have tried to address every factor that needs to be addressed. We hope you find this helpful. Happy Shopping!

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  10. 10 Best Watch Straps for Hot Summers

    10 Best Watch Straps for Hot Summers

    The summertime is a bit more casual, which comes with comfort and unique styles. With a perfect summer outfit and sunglasses, a nice watch is also compulsory. To make you feel relaxed and comfortable, you would have to choose the right watch strap for these hot summers. The following are the ten best watch straps that will be the perfect companion in the heat-beating summers. 1: Nato These are ultra-tough belts made of nylon or polyester. The best thing about these types of straps is that they are easy to adjust and can be really comfortable and cool. NATO is a reliable option, and it’s simple to wash the nylon construction. Also, they’re one of the least expensive strap choices out there, and they also look good on practically any kind of watch. 2: Perlon These braided style watch straps are excellent for summer wear and work well with a variety of situations. These straps come in a wide variety of colors and are known as one of the best watch straps for fashion and versatility in summer. Perlons are featured in both one-piece and two-piece straps, but we prefer the one-piece because it slips like a NATO through the back of the watch, making wear-ability quick and easy. 3: Tropic These are rubber-style straps that became very widely known for tropic-themed outfits in the 1960s. This could be an excellent choice for a vintage watch to get you through the whole summer. 4: Rubber Typically, rubber straps are the go-to for divers and other watches you might wear while swimming in the pool or on the beach. They are a little thicker than Perlon and Nato straps previously mentioned, which are weaved from fabrics. The rubber strap is a little bit more of a significant alternative. Natural rubber straps that are vulcanized are heat-resistant and comfortable and will wick away sweat, moisture, or any other kind of water, making it ideal for use around water. 5: Mesh The best thing about metallic watch straps is that they are never out of fashion. When worn with a casual or formal attire setting, they can work well, are also long-lasting and waterproof, and comfortable. You should consider giving your oyster bracelets a break in the summer and try bracelets with thin metal weaves and ties, like mesh and jubilee bands. Meshes are just a little more breathable and lighter, thanks to the presence of several smaller ties rather than larger ones, creating more room between the links to allow air to pass. 6: Leather rally strap Leather rally straps are similar to ordinary leather straps, but they have pierced holes that contribute to the strap’s breathability and comfort. They are built on the basis of the 60s and 70s racing styles, where holes were perforated into road cars, steering wheels, and so on, to help make the car more aerodynamic, at least theoretically. 7: Canvas Although not the most waterproof, a Phalanx-like canvas strap can provide a bit more detail while still giving you the pleasure of a NATO or Perlon (especially in black). Small and cleanly assembled straps will take your watch’s look to new heights. Canvas also comes with clean contrast stitching and just enough padding to prevent it from losing its shape after a few wears. 8: Zulu To such an interesting name, Zulu straps have surprisingly little history. While influenced obviously by NATO belts, there are a few minor differences that separate the two. Firstly, they are made up of thicker materials, whether nylon or leather. This increases its strength and durability slightly. Second, to accommodate their increased girth, Zulu straps have larger, more rounded hardware. 9: Oyster Bracelet The Oyster is characterized by its three-piece long and thick link structure and is by far the most famous bracelet version available. The Oyster bracelet is a great choice for almost any timepiece. The heavy ties on a large watch are often more proportionate, but it also looks great on a smaller one. The Oyster strap has a vast and fascinating backstory, and it’s here to stay for a long while. The large center bar makes each attachment solid and less susceptible to stretching, so the bracelet is extremely durable and great for summers. The small number of links further limits the number of possible breakpoints. 10: Bund Bund straps are created with an extra layer of padding underneath the back of the case, thus preventing the wearer from burning. This was also useful in low altitudes where the temperature would rise significantly. Another reason for the popularity of the Bund brace is its ability to withstand suddenness; early watches were not very water-resistant, so sweat could quickly penetrate back through the case and ruin the watch’s internal mechanisms. Watch Straps Conclusion It is important to find the right watch bracelet for the job as the weather gets hotter. Over the summer, Nato, Perlon, rubber and steel watch straps will all keep you cool, while being durable and waterproof for all sunbathing and fun. Leather rally straps are a nice alternative to conventional leather watch straps for a cool night out, as the perforations promote air circulation and help keep you cool. It’s best to re-evaluate which watch strap is best for you, and which one you’ll choose for your next watch.

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  11. 6 Affordable Pilot Watches

    6 Affordable Pilot Watches

    When considering affordable watches, pilot watches often aren’t the first timepieces that might come to mind. Pilot watches came to fame in the Jet Set Age. A golden era of air travel when a small but glamorous subset of the population enjoyed globetrotting in luxurious style. The first pilot watches were precise tools used by aviators for navigation, with price tags to match their much-needed precision. But things have changed since the first glory days of accessible air travel. The prices of many pilot watches have dropped to put them within reach of the average consumer. Let’s look at some of the top affordable options. Deals for Less Than $200 Orient Flight Orient goes for a classic look with its Flight, keeping the dial straightforward yet still sleek feeling with large Arabic numerals contrasting slim minute markers on the outer perimeter of the face. The contrast continues with a black-and-white color scheme for easy visibility, aided by luminescent hands and markers. Probably not the watch you want to wear to the office, the Flight is more suited to your dressed-down times. Stührling Original Aviator Photo from stuhrling officialDeveloped by the German Air Force, Flieger style is instantly recognizable, with large steel cases, oversized crowns, sword-shaped hands, and a signature triangle at the 12-o’clock position. The Stührling Original Aviator stays true to that classic design. This traditional watch feels elegant enough for dressier times when fitted with a fine leather strap, yet it can also skew quite casual. That’s in part because at 41mm in diameter it’s smaller than many Flieger (which means “airman” in German) watches that go as high as 55mm in case diameters. Seiko Flightmaster Quite the opposite of Stührling’s strict adherence to traditional pilot-watch design, Seiko heaps its dial and bezel with a massive helping of information to create an analog “flight computer.” Whether it’s visually impressive or a frenetic eyesore depends on the beholder. But none can deny the Flightmaster’s functionality, a sheer marvel for anyone who wants to geek out with calculations. The bezel recreates a conventional slide rule, capable of an almost incalculable number of computations, in conjunction with three chronograph subdials. And all of that is packed into a 42mm watch, which makes it wear smaller than the first-glance overload might lead you to believe. Pilot Picks Under $500 Hamilton Khaki King Pilot Watches Hamilton doesn’t diverge much from the Flieger formula, and again we see the classic round case, large crown, black-and-white scheme, sword-shaped hands, and even the 12 o’clock triangle. But, as Hamilton is known to do, there are features that take things up a few pegs. The day-date window on the dial is a nice subtle touch. A sapphire crystal is anti-reflective and scratch-resistant, while the watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters. Its crisp, clean design gives it almost a regal air, especially when paired with a black leather strap. Laco 42mm Pilot Watches While Laco may not be a household name, the brand is well known among watch lovers, especially those with penchants for pilots. That’s because Laco was actually involved in creating watches for the German Air Force in the 1940s. Rhose that serve as the design inspiration for pilot watches to this day. So it’s not surprising we find all of the hallmarks of a Flieger watch here — case, hands, and indices all according to time-honored tradition. But Laco throws in some nice new touches. Such as a riveted leather band, sapphire crystal, and numbers coated with Superluminova C3. Simple in the best possible sense of the word, the Laco pilot is about as classic as you can get. Bulova Lunar Pilot Chronograph Photo from AmazonWe think of pilot watches as made for the folks who fly aircraft, but Bulova reminds us that they’ve made watches for pilots of spacecraft as well. A Bulova chronograph was used to make critical calculations on the Apollo 15 mission in 1971. It was one of the dozens of NASA launches that the watchmakers have joined. So, as you might expect, we see something of a departure from terrestrial style with the Lunar Pilot. It features a silver-toned tonneau-shaped case instead of round and polished stainless steel and a floating second hand. Dress this one up on a textured black leather strap, or down on a black nylon band. Pilot Watches Conclusion So what are you waiting for? If you can afford $100 (or even less!) you can pick up a really nice pilot watch. And if you’re willing to go a little higher, then slipping a fine aviation timepiece that performs well beyond its price tag is well within your reach.

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